Teaching the Truth
2 Timothy 2:14-19(NIV)
14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
Teachers can influence the mindset of many people. It doesn’t even have to be children either. There are many people going back to school as adults and there could be discussions and debates on a particular topic. If the part-time teacher is also working during the day, they have a certain bias on how they work and can teach their philosophy and their ideas to their students. It doesn’t mean that the teacher is wrong, but when it comes to the Bible, there is a certain standard.
Paul reminds Timothy that the Bible is the standard and that the truth can only come from the Word of God. He asks Timothy to present himself properly by correctly handling the word of truth. Incorrect teaching spreads like a disease and false teaching can destroy the faith of some. This is why we are to study out the Bible on our own and not accept any teaching that contradicts the Bible.