I disagree with this point here. I've undergone immense learning in the last few years and my faith has grown by leaps and bounds because of it. Truly, I'd say that study and learning is the only reason (temporally speaking that is) it grew for the year I was in a church with awful preaching and poor fellowship while I was on the road 2-3 weeks a month. Learning only weakens faith when it's done without discernment and unchecked by the Bible and causes the learner to become puffed up by his/her knowledge.
Btw, I am 100% confident in the KJB and it's all I carry everywhere I go. That doesn't mean I shouldn't lean on godly men who can help me understand it better. If that were the case there would be no need for preachers because everyone would be just fine with their personal Scripture reading. Faith and knowledge/learning aren't mutually exclusive. Faith was an important point that Paul consistently made, but he also told Timothy to study.
Agreed, but where we differ is that God through Paul told Timothy to study His Word, the Scriptures. Not the writings of men, whether the clouds, ruckmans, ripleys or hyles of the day.
Local NT preaching by Pastors is for leading, feeding and motivating the local flock. Study should be between each believer, the Word and the Spirit. NOT by the filthy lucre of men's books.
God describes our hearts as wicked, why would you think God wants us to study our own writings?
Think about it
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