In part 1 and part 2 of this weak women series, we’ve learned that the women in 2 Timothy 3:6 were women who went to church, yet they were burdened with sin, led by various lusts and passions, lacked spiritual discernment, and didn’t desire the truth of God’s Word. They were vulnerable and gullible, which made them easy prey for false teachers. These false teachers were able to creep into their households and capture their minds, deceiving them and led them astray.
Ironically, though these women were deceived, they were full of knowledge. 2 Timothy 3:7 says these weak women were, “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” NASB. How were they able to be deceived if they had so much knowledge? Let’s look to the Scripture itself for the reasons.
#1- Always Learning– These women were forever learning things. Constantly seeking out knowledge. They listened to the false teachers who were able to give them “new revelations” that possibly Pastor Timothy didn’t know about (of course these new teachings were lies and myths, 2 Tim 4:4). They were seeking after the “wisdom” of false teachers, who flattered and entertained them. These weak women wanted knowledge for knowledge sake. Their thirst for knowledge, caused them to seek knowledge that was not found in Scripture, it wasn’t rooted in the truth of the Word of God. Rather the knowledge they acquired came from false teachers, who proclaimed the doctrines of demons (1 Tim 4:1).
#2- No True Knowledge– The Scripture says these weak women were never able to obtain true knowledge. Although they were knowledgeable, and even may have known some Scripture, their sin, wicked heart, prevented them from knowing and understanding the truth found in the Word of God. They may have had head knowledge of God, His Word, but no heart knowledge, no personal knowledge of Him. Their knowledge was superficial. They had religious knowledge, knew about the Christian religion, how to do church, etc., but there was no real, intimate knowledge of God, that comes from a true relationship with Him.
#3- No Knowledge of THE Truth– Sadly, these weak women didn’t have THE truth. They were women who had a form of godliness (2 Tim 3:5), but they were not actually saved. Their unrepentant hearts, unconfessed sin were partly to blame. However, they also were not able to come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, because they didn’t want to hear the truth of His Word, rather they wanted to hear the lies of the false teachers. They suppressed the truth in their unrighteousness (Rom 1:18). They sought after “knowledge”, instead of THE truth, Jesus Christ (John 14:6). No longer wanting THE truth, The Word of God (Jn 17:17; Ps 119:160), they followed after myths.
What an alarming depiction of women in the church. Women who appear to have knowledge, who appear to be religious and spiritual. However, they are only going through the religious motions. They have never come to a true knowledge of Jesus Christ, a knowledge that leads them to salvation (2 Tim 3:15; Jn 5:39-40; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Tim 2:25). Empty religion is all they had.
Please check back for the final part of this weak-women series.