We continue presently in our series of talks about this present distress. Last time, we started to consider some instructions and understanding that ought to serve as our anchors even in these times. We shall endeavor to press on along those lines.
An instruction the Apostle laid emphasis on by way of repetition was this:
Avoid profane and vain babblings. ( 1 Tim 4:7; 6:20, 2 Tim 2:16)
What was he concerned about, to a degree that his counsel to avoidance?
Listen. There are several ways by which ungodliness is increased in any setting, regardless of the prior characteristics such a setting had sustained. There are no random actions or activities, we are in a reflective or derivative realm so to speak.
Thus whenever certain possibilities are desired, you can almost see the workings and permutations being set in place to arrive at those outcomes. The world system is characterized by ungodliness. It is a core description of its affairs. One of the ways, ‘more’ ungodliness is birth forth in our sphere is through Profane and vain babblings.
2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.(KJV)
2 Timothy 2:16 Keep away from profane and foolish discussions, which only drive people farther away from God. (GNT)
2 Timothy 2:16 Avoid such godless chatter, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness (RSV)
I hope we are seeing the reason for the Apostle’s concern. Imagine that Timothy, a Son in the Faith, a Minister, becoming a conduit for that which has as its effect and intent, the driving of people farther from God.
What does he mean by profane? What do he mean by vain?
The central thrust of the word profane is captured as something that is before or outside the temple. That is, it is heathenistic, unholy, polluted, godless, with regard for God or in reverence to Him.
Vain babblings speak of empty communication that birth forth no fruit(unto righteousness). They are useless, pointless, and irrelevant. They are communications void of grace, void of salt.
Invariably then, seeing as the believer is called to be different, to stand as light, and to advance the kingdom cause even in his day, he can’t afford to be a double-agent. He must gain separation, disentangled from the grips of the world he lives in and its character.