If your house was on fire and you could grab only a few things on the way out, I think most of us would agree that toilet paper would not be one of the items we would have in our arms. Toilet paper has its use in our life; however, it does not hold a position of treasure in our heart. Family albums, kid's drawings, safe boxes, etc.....those are the things we'd be scrambling to grab. Some things are for honorable use and some are not so honorable.
Paul makes the point in 2Timothy chapter 2 that some people are vessels of honor to and for God, and some are vessels of dishonor:
2Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
For someone to cling to the lusts of this world is as silly as passing up the silver and gold and grabbing the toilet paper in a fire. If we desire to be vessels for honor, we must leave the garbage behind:
2Timothy 2:21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
Do you know how The Lord knows for absolute certain that you desire to be a vessel of honor, useful to Him? You will repent of your sin and turn and serve Him. Some of you might be thinking, “here he goes with the repent thing again.” Take a look at verse 19 and tell me if there is any other way to confirm that the Lord knows you are His:
2Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
2Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
We need to pay very close attention to the last few verses of this chapter. Notice that it does not say to ignore false teachers in the name of going along to get along. You can not take a piece of Scripture and make it work for your agenda! If Paul spends a big chunk of all his letters rebuking and warning of false teachers and false religions; rebuking and warning of false teachers and false religions DOES NOT fall under the heading of “foolish and ignorant disputes”. That being said, there is plenty of “foolish and ignorant disputes” going on with the brethren where there shouldn't be. For example, there is no need to argue with someone about whether the Word of God says we need to leave our life of sin; that fact is so crystal clear in Scripture that for anyone to argue the point is just a smoke screen of a man that wants to keep sinning; don't waste your time with that foolish and ignorant dispute. On the other side of the coin, Godly men will argue over pre-trib and post-trib rapture. We have a field that is ripe for the harvest, we have a lost and dying world going to hell, don't waste your time with that, go share The Gospel!
In addition to telling us what not to do, Paul tells us what we need to do. We need to be gentle with those that disagree; we need to be patient and humble. Being patient, gentle and humble are great attributes in a person....I need, and pray for, more of all three; but take a look at what the biggest reason is for you to be this way: that those who oppose you might come to repentance so they come to the knowledge of The Truth and escape the snare of the devil. WOW! The price of poker just went up, huh fellas! It is no longer to make you a likable guy, it is to bring Glory to Your King and save souls:
2Timothy 2:23-26 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.