Remind them of this, and charge them before the Lord to avoid disputing about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Avoid such godless chatter, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
and their talk will eat its way like gangrene. Among them are Hymenae'us and Phile'tus,
who have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection is past already. They are upsetting the faith of some.
But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."
In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble.
If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work.
So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart.
Have nothing to do with stupid, senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to every one, an apt teacher, forbearing,
correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,
and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)