Yesterday, a pundit wrote that a politician understood something about governmental power: Use it or lose it. Jesus said that the people of the world often are more shrewd than the children of light (Luke 16:8). This use-or-lose principle is forgotten by Christians.
O Timothy, protect what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the profane chatter and absurdities of so-called “knowledge.”
1 Timothy 6:20 NET
To protect here actually means to use. What Timothy had received was the gospel. The gospel it used when it is preached. After all, the term means “good news.”
When one enters in discussions and arguments with others, it’s impossible to proclaim the truth. These supposedly deal with important and elevated subjects. They say they are research and truth explorations, but of this consists false doctrine, which is what the second part of the verse refers to.
Here at the end of his letter, Paul is insisting that Timothy put distance between himself and false doctrine. Stay away from this!
Because such word fights are an enormous, miry mudhole, in which the gospel is lost.
Unfortunately, in it are lost as well many clueless and carnal Christians.