Have you ever encountered people who just loved to argue. You know, the kind who pick apart a sentence just to win a point? I have known many of them in my life and none of them are profitable to the truth of God whatsoever! They are the kind who will use Hebrew and Greek Lexicons not to prove the scripture but to disprove it. They are the kind who resist sound doctrine by unreasonable arguments, leading astray those who are less learned in the scripture.
The bible warns us against such people who argue over words. Notice the writing of the apostle Paul on this subject: “Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers” (2 Tim 2:14). Oddly, the very next verse is what most churches quote in response to adding other days of worship to the week which God commanded not, nor spoke anything concerning. And what do they do on this extra day of worship? You got it, they argue over words and cause great dissension in the church.
Paul also warned Timothy about such frivolous arguments and tells us why they do it. “If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Tim 6:3-10). The bottom line is this, men who know the least about the Word of God argue in order to make monetary profit and that of its members.
Someone might ask, are we not to stand up for the truth? The answer is yes we are. We are to prove all things by the scripture, defend the gospel, contend for the faith and be ready to give an answer to every man. (1 Thess 5:21 ff; Philip 1:16-18; Jude 3; 1 Pet 3:15). However, whenever you run into mad men who won’t take God’s Word for the answer, you can go no further with them. The Word of God is so simple that even a small child can be made to understand it. Ask yourself one question, “Why do highly educated preachers and teachers make it appear so hard to understand”? 1 Timothy 6:3-10 answers that very question. These kind want you totally depended upon them to interpret the scripture. Why? So you will pay them an absorbent amount of money. Believe you me, it’s the biggest con job in the world, and it causes many to be lead away by obeying the commandments and doctrines of men, which turn men from the truth (Tit 1:14).
Yes, Christians are to answer sincere biblical questions with biblical answers. Like, “What must I do to be saved? or “How do I worship God in spirit and in truth?” I fear that it is too late for many to change because they were indoctrinated in this form of religion and that from a child. These are the kind who do not believe that all scripture was given by the inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16). These are the kind who believe that adding to or subtracting from God’s Word is permissible (1 Cor 4:6 ff; Gal; 1:6-9;1 Pet 4:11; Rev 22:18,19). These are the kind who call those who prove the scripture by book, chapter, and verse are “Legalist” or “Pharisee Hypocrites”.
The Word of God was not made to argue about, but rather something that is taught and reasoned Isa 1:18 f; Acts 24:25). If you are a sincere seeker of God and eternal life, study your bible, obey the gospel of Christ as taught by Jesus and his apostles (1 Cor 15:1-4 ff; Rom 10:17; Rom 10:9,10; Acts 2:38), continue in the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42 f; 2 Jn 9), endure trials and persecutions and you shall be saved (2 Tim 3:12 f; Jam 1:12). We only fall into error when we don’t know the scripture (Mk 12:24), so study, read, and learn of God’s Word (2 Tim 2:15 f; 1 Tim 4:13). And please, whatever you do, ignore anyone who argues over the words of the bible. God never made his Word so hard to understand that a less than average intelligent person could not understand it (Eph 3:3-5 f; 2 Tim 3:15-17). Remember the words Paul instructed the church at Corinth for your inspiration: “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Cor 1:26-31). And console yourself with the words of the Lord Jesus who said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight” (Mt 11:25-26).