1 Timothy 6:5
 
1 Timothy 6:5
(KJB) Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
(1611 KJV) Peruerse disputings of men of corrupt mindes, and destitute of the trueth, supposing that gaine is godlinesse: From such withdraw thy selfe.
(1587 Geneva Bible) Frowarde disputations of men of corrupt mindes & destitute of ye trueth, which thinke that gaine is godlines: from such separate thy selfe.
(1526 Tyndale) and vayne disputacions of men with corrupte myndes and destitute of the trueth which thynke that lucre is godlines. From soche seperate thy silfe.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
(NASV) and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.
(ESV) and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
(HCSB) and constant disagreement among men whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness is a way to material gain.
(RSV) and wrangling among men who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
(NRSV) and wrangling among those who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) in a word, the bickering of men with twisted minds who have lost all sense of truth. Such men value religion only as a means of personal gain.
(NWT-Jehovah‘s Witnesses) violent disputes about trifles on the part of men corrupted in mind despoiled of the truth, thinking that godly devotion is a means of gain.
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
paradiatribai diejqarmenwn anqrwpwn ton noun kai apesterhmenwn thV alhqeiaV nomizontwn porismon einai thn eusebeian ajistaso apo twn toioutwn
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
diaparatribai diejqarmenwn anqrwpwn ton noun kai apesterhmenwn thV alhqeiaV nomizontwn porismon einai thn eusebeian
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (original)
33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
048 - Fifth century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (corrected)
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
P 025 - Ninth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “from such withdraw thyself”
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Wordsworth, Christopher - 1856 revised in 1870
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
Von Soden, Freiherr - 1902
 
Affected Teaching
This verse ends a three verse warning to the believer concerning the unbeliever and their false teachings. Not only are we warned to be on guard for false teachings and teachers, but when we hear those teachings verse 5 is commanding us to withdraw or leave such a person. The word for “withdraw” in this verse is “aphistaso” which is in the Imperative Mood. This means it is a command for us to leave and depart from those who teach false teachings, it is not a suggestion. Listening to false teachers like Benny Hinn or Robert Schuller and others (especially on TBN) is actually a sin for the believer since God commands us to depart from those who hold not to the true doctrine of the Bible.
 
God even commands the believer to withdraw from other believers who are walking disorderly and not according to the Scriptures. The word for “withdraw” in this verse carries with it the meaning of “shunning.” We are to actually shun the disobedient believer and normally disobedience begins with adapting to false doctrine.
 
(2 Th 3:6 KJV) Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
 
Now why does God want us to withdraw and shun false teachings?
 
(1 Cor 15:33 KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
 
God reminds us that if we allow any evil teachings or teachers into our lives, we will become corrupted. I know this for a fact that many once solid believers in the Reformed Camp have left the teachings of Scripture to follow Harold Camping in his “Church is Dead” heresy. You also cannot allow evil or corrupt teachings to linger in any church or they will begin to chip away at the true teachings. The word “manners” carries with it the meaning of “habits.” Once false teachings begin to pervade a church, the acting out of habits in concert with those false teachings begin to happen, and any false teaching will cause people to walk differently from the biblical norm. You cannot associate yourself with bad teachings and expect to walk a solid Christian walk. We see this today as many Christians are carried away by false teachings which sound good.
 
This is why God gave the command in 1 Timothy 6:5 for believers to disassociate themselves from false teachings and teachers. No wonder the false teachers love the new versions, the phrase to withdraw ourselves from them has been deleted. When we look at 1 Timothy 6:5, we can see that the TV hucksters of today, especially those of the Charismatic movement, who view wealth and health as a blessing from God. This verse warns us that those who think gain is godliness are severely deceived. If this world goes on for another 100 years, who do you think will be remembered the poor widow who gave her 2 mites or the ugly $1000 tailored suits of Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, or T.D. Jakes? Believe me, gain does not represent godliness or else 99.9% of the Christians in the world, even the suffering Christians, would be considered ungodly, and this is nowhere taught in Scripture. Let us stay with the King James Bible and let the dead bury their dead!

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