The Captive and the Silly

August 4, 2010 § 2 Comments

“For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
– II Timothy 3:6-7 –

The words ‘captive‘and ‘silly‘are not kind words. I am certain that no woman considers herself as such. Still, God does not waste words.

In the previous verses, God describes what sort of people to BOLO – (Be On The Look Out) for.  It is not an admirable list either. Characteristics include those that are:  lovers of their own selves; covetous; boasters; proud; blasphemers; disobedient to parents; unthankful; unholy; without natural affection; trucebreakers; false accusers; incontinent; fierce; despisers of those that are good; traitors; heady; and high-minded.

Can you find yourself in that list?  We all can from time to time. A pursuit of purity, a mindset that focuses solely on getting all those things out of our lives, will free us from inclusion from that horrible list of behaviors.

These select words ‘captive‘(meaning without freedom) and ‘silly‘(meaning foolish or void of understanding) are descriptive words and the direct result of two things: 1) their diverse (many) lusts (forbidden desires), and 2) their ever learning (never-ending) of new ideas and things.

In today’s society, women boldly declare their intellect, their fortitude and their independence. But here in Scripture we find that the demands of many women to declare their rights and their never-ending desire to always look for the new and better thing results in the two unkind words ‘captive‘ and ‘silly‘.

It gets even worse. By not pursuing purity, by meandering, they have made themselves prime targets for ‘…those who creep into houses…” One cannot enter through a closed door.

A wise woman is a free woman. A wise woman’s head is not easily turned to the ‘new and better’. She has selected to build her house with wisdom by confessing her sin when God reveals it to her and avoiding the ‘new and better thing’ by holding fast to the teaching of her LORD.


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§ 2 Responses to The Captive and the Silly

  • Sue Stout says:

    What an important reminder. We can be so easily deceived and carried away.

  • Nahoko says:

    I think there’s a fine balance here – pursuing knowledge is not a bad thing. Wanting a good education and personal pursuits are a good thing. It’s when you’re seeking knowledge of things we shouldn’t touch… I can’t remember the verse, but in one of the epistles it talks about “such things that should not be named among you”. I feel that is more of the message here.

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