Outward Godliness Isn't Godliness

This 1-minute devotion addresses 4 types of people who "have a form of godliness" but deny God's power.

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There's a warning in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 about those who "have a form or godliness" but deny God's power. Some of these people are in our churches. Some may even be teachers in our churches.

Like weeds among us, they are:

1. Lovers of themselves, boastful, conceited.

2. Lovers of money, lacking self-control, claiming God wants them rich.

3. Disrespectful of parents,(1) ungrateful, disinterested.

4. Lovers of Pleasure, unholy: Involved in immoral entertainment, porno or immorality.

When people claim to have a relationship with God while ignoring His commands, they are those described as "having a form of godliness while denying its power."

If we know Jesus, we have a deep sense of being loved but we also have a godly fear of violating His loving commands.

Dear Christians, let's speak and live against things which break God's heart (Mark 8:38). 

(1) It might surprise you to find disrespect of parents listed with other adult sins. This is also listed as an adult sin in Romans 1:30 and is not about adults obeying parents as a young child obeys a parent. It's about obeying God to respect and honor parents. Commentators explain it this way: "This expresses the idea that they did not show to parents that honor, respect, and attention which was due" (Barnes' Notes on the Bible); "stubborn and rebellious against those that bare them." (Matthew Poole's Commentary); The Greek word for disobedience in this passage notes an unwillingness to prefer what God prefers - God tells men to honor their parents, but in the last days children of all ages will not agree with God about honoring their parents. 
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Note: This devotion does not address children who have been physically or sexually abused by parents. They must seek godly Christian counsel in handling their relationship with their parents. 


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This 1-minute devotion addresses 4 types of people who "have a form of godliness" but deny God's power.

This 1-minute devotion addresses 4 types of people who "have a form of godliness" but deny God's power.


  1. Just WOW I was looking into this verse yesterday and spoke to a friend about it today. Repentance and relationship is the key to revival.