6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. I Timothy 6:3-6 (Emphasis supplied).
The reason I say the wine of Babylon’s fornication is the lie that gain is godliness is because it is the lie that makes it impossible to live according to the doctrine that results in godly living (v.3). Notice what we are told will happen to those who live by this lie in I Timothy 6:9 &10:
6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Gain is godliness is the lie that Satan has used to cause many of God’s people to err (to be mistaken) when it comes to living by faith in Jesus: They are mistaken because they believe it is godly to serve mammon as well as God, to pursue riches as well as righteousness because they believe gain is godliness.
If we are honest with ourselves we must admit that we have been deceived into thinking this way to some degree or another. It may not be the exact way we think or thought but the underlying error is that we should devote 6 days for secular work (mammon) and 1 day for worship and holy work (God). However, Jesus makes it abundantly clear that it is impossible to serve both. As a matter of fact, notice what Jesus said would happen if we tried to serve both:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus warns us that if we try to serve both what happens is that we end up loving one and hating the other. Can you guess which one we end up loving? Of course it is the one we devote the most time and energy working for: mammon. It is because those who believe that gain is godliness end up loving mammon more than God that the apostle Paul says:
6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. I Timothy 6:7-11 (Emphasis supplied).
Those who try to try to serve God and mammon will err from the faith and be pierced through with many sorrows because they have been made drunk by the lie, gain is godliness. Only those who heed the 1st and 2nd call of the present truth gospel will be able to heed the 3rd call: They will be able to heed the 3rd call because they have come out of Babylon’s confusion and worship God and God only 24/7.
In my next blog we are going began dealing with the 3rd call which decides every ones final destiny. Until then I leave you with this scripture to ponder and pray over:
14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Revelation 14:9-11 (Emphasis supplied).