"For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than loves of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them."
(2 Timothy 3:2-5)
Paul is on his soapbox here in 2 Timothy 3... listing many different kinds of people to avoid. Some are obvious (abusive, unholy, inhuman, brutes, slanderers, haters of good, treacherous, etc.). Others cause me to self-reflect critically (lovers of themselves & money, arrogant, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, etc.). And ONE causes me deep concern: "holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power." Wow.
What are the "outward forms of godliness" in Christianity?
- scripture reading
- acts of compassion