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2 Timothy 2:15 and the ordained and self-styled Nigerian ministers of God who twist the gospel

Chidinma P. Ukeachusim
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 43, No 1 | a2407 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v43i1.2407 | © 2022 Chidinma P. Ukeachusim | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 October 2021 | Published: 12 May 2022

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Chidinma P. Ukeachusim, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

In Nigeria, it is a theological issue when ministers of God do not give diligence and utmost care to the study, interpretation and application of the word of truth. Some ordained and self-styled Nigerian ministers of God twist the gospel for a gamut of reasons by not being apt in studying, interpreting and applying the word of God, which have negative implications to the mission mandate of the Church in Nigeria. Consequently, this study exegetically examines the theological implications of some Nigerian ministers of God twisting the gospel for an array of reasons and the need for them to be very apt and meticulous in studying, interpreting and applying the word of truth in the light of 2 Timothy 2:15. Employing redaction method of doing biblical exegesis, this study argues that the experiential issue of some ordained and self-styled Nigerian ministers of God who fail in being apt in studying, interpreting, applying and practising the word of truth is hindering the gospel from being fully known in Nigeria.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This study addressed the theological issue of some ordained and self-styled Nigerian ministers of God who are not diligently committed to the ministry of the word of truth. The study recommends that Nigerian ministers of God should study the ministry of the word of truth with diligence and utmost care as Paul instructed Timothy. Disciplines implicated include New Testament and Theological Studies.


Keywords

2 Timothy 2:15; ministers of God; word of God/truth; false teachers; heresy; mission mandate; Christianity; Nigeria

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