Verses Evangelicals Ignore or Explain Away: 1 Timothy 3:15

I am going to try to prove that there are at least 100 verses that a large percentage of evangelicals ignore or explain away. I’m not going to do this daily like I am doing the “good works” passages daily. Instead, I’ll just fit these into the blog on days I don’t have something else.

I’m going to start with an easy one.

Verse 1: 1 Timothy 3:15

These things I write to you … that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the household of God, which is the church of God, the pillar and support of the truth.

Applies to whom?

All evangelicals



This is a Roman Catholic verse. Evangelicals don’t pay attention to it.

Fair Warning

One of the “applies to whom” categories will be “eternal security believers.” That will make my task much easier because it will provide at least half of the hundred verses I’m shooting for. You have to close your eyes a lot, have a very creative imagination, and be impervious to embarrassing yourself with outrageous excuses.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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2 Responses to Verses Evangelicals Ignore or Explain Away: 1 Timothy 3:15

  1. kenmullins says:

    I’m not sure that this verse is ignored — “we” just say that “our church” is “the support and bulwark of the truth” (NET). The “other” churches have it “wrong,” but we “know” the truth.

    • paulfpavao says:

      Have you ever heard anyone actually say that? I can see that if asked, a Protestant might think that, but I have never heard an evangelical bring up 1 Tim. 3:15. I also have never had one admit that the Scriptures are never called the pillar and support of the truth.

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