No Other Doctrine
As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, ~1 Timothy 1:3
The book of 1 Timothy is known as one of three pastoral epistles. Paul wrote this letter to a young pastor whom he trained and mentored. He starts off this letter to Timothy by telling him to stay at Ephesus, where he was pastoring, and to deal with issues that, as a pastor, he needed to address in the church. One of these key issues was that other teachers and influential leaders should teach no other doctrine than what Paul had taught them.
We see a battle.
There are two major battles that rage in every church. The first one is who is in control in the church, and this deals with pastoral leadership and laymen or influential teachers trying to control it. The second is what is being taught in the church. It is the second one that Paul is addressing in our devotion this morning. The tendency for immature and unwise pastors is to allow anyone to come into the church and teach whatever they want. Things at the church at Ephesus had drifted to the point where confusion and every