Tag Archives: women’s issues

Jannes and Jambres and Other False Teachers: Just Plain Stupid — Post by Mary C. Findley

love girl

2 Timothy 3:6-9 ISV

For some of these men go into homes and deceive foolish women who are burdened with sins and swayed by all kinds of desires. These women are always studying but are never able to arrive at a full knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men oppose the truth. They are depraved in mind and their faith is a counterfeit. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those two men, their stupidity will be plain to everyone.

I always wondered something about those magicians of Pharaoh’s back in the time of Moses. Why would it be a good thing that they could duplicate God’s plagues the first few times? Then I remembered that, in the scientific world, the first step to getting rid of a problem, such as a disease, is to duplicate it. Knowing the nature of the problem is at least helpful in discovering its solution.

Perhaps, then, the magicians were really scientists. So maybe Pharaoh was cheering them on those first few plagues, saying, “Yes! You’ve duplicated the problem. Now get to work on the solution!”

However, there came a time when, not only could the magicians no longer “do likewise with their enchantments”, God even allowed the Hebrews to be spared some of the plagues while they continued to decimate the Egyptians. I can imagine Pharaoh, and that point, changing his tune. “You idiots! All you ever did was make more frogs and bugs! Now you can’t even make bugs! What good are you?” If Jannes and Jambres were not beheaded or impaled, I guess they were at the very least looking for new jobs.

2 Timothy 3 is talking about religious con men. They keep deceiving women who claim to be trying to learn truth but never manage to do anything but fall for every quasi-religious self-help scheme that comes along. Jannes and Jambres were solid with Pharaoh, I bet, before Moses and the ten plagues came along. Note that many scholars say the plagues were each a different frontal attack on the gods and pagan religious practices of Egypt. God attacked and undermined their pet sins, since their entire society’s structure was based on a false religion. He intended to show them His truth by destroying their foundation of lies.

So Paul takes the example of Jannes and Jambres, who had similarities to the false teachers of his day, and explains how the women of his time could stop being deceived by them. If you just get rid of your sins, ladies, these false teachers will be exposed to you for the liars they are, and the truth will start making sense to you.

This problem is still common today. What will it take for silly women nowadays, laden with sins to stop listening to the latest spiritual scam artist? I want to say that they need to get rid of those sins they are carrying around with them. The Bible clearly says, in many places and ways, that we have to purify ourselves or a. The Lord will not hear us, and b. we will not hear Him.

It’s not that there aren’t any good religious self-help books. But let’s study the Scriptures, not the latest religious best seller, to learn how to stop being silly and burdened down by sins Christ died to forgive and cleanse and make disappear. Then we’ll know how stupid some of these self-help wizards are.

Images from Kozzi.com and 1Photos.com


Filed under Bible Teaching, Current Issues, Politics

Purity: What Does It Look Like in 2012? Guest Post by Shelley Hitz

Water Bottle
Nothing else seems to quench my thirst like a nice cool glass of water on a hot day. As we talk about purity, let me start with an illustration involving two bottles of water.

Let’s say it is a hot day and you are really thirsty. I approach you and let you know that I have two bottles of water and offer you either one. The bottles (the containers) look the same. They have both been chilled, but you notice that one bottle has less water than the other. It has been opened! Which bottle of water would you choose? Most likely, you are going to reach for the unopened bottle, right?. Why would you most likely choose the unopened bottle? Well, for starters you have no idea where the other bottle has been. Someone could have already taken a drink out of the bottle. Maybe there is backwash. What if the person was sick with something contagious? Plus you get more water to quench your thirst with the unopened bottle.

Purity Matters

If purity matters with something as simple as a bottle of water, how much more important is sexual purity in our culture today? Sometimes I think we value the purity of our water even more than our sexual purity.

Why do I say that?

Look around at our media choices today. What we would have labeled as soft porn years ago is now plastered on magazine covers, billboards, music videos, television shows, video games and more. I believe sexual purity is not just in what we do, but also in what we take into our minds through our media choices. I know all too well the lure of sexual temptation, especially online. Years ago, I got caught in the trap of internet pornography. And it wasn’t the hard core stuff that hooked me. It was stuff that seemed innocent and that I could rationalize. But, the content was sexually provocative and was the bait that Satan used to hook me into a vicious cycle of porn addiction.

Ephesians 5:3 says, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”

Wow…Not Even a Hint

Remember the water bottles? Let’s not give in to compromise in this area of sexual purity, but let’s be willing to take a stand for purity in all areas of our lives. Not out of a desire to be religious or legalistic, but out of a desire to please the Lord and honor Him in every area…even in our media choices.

“You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I Corinthians 6:20

Shelley Hitz has been ministering alongside her husband, CJ, since 1998. They currently travel and speak to teens and adults around the country. Shelley’s main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements. Shelley’s openness and vulnerability, as she shares her own story of hope and healing, will inspire and encourage you.

Shelley has been writing and publishing books since 2008 including the book she co-authored with S’ambrosia Curtis, “A Christian Woman’s Guide to Breaking Free From Pornography: It’s Not Just a Guy’s Problem.” During their book launch on 9/26/12 – 9/27/12, you can download a free Kindle copy and also enter to win over $450 worth of resources. Find out more at http://www.christianwomenandporn.com/


1 Comment

Filed under Writing, Reviewing, Publishing, and about Blogging