Recently at SPC we have been studying 1 Timothy. One thing is clear about that book – false teachers were lurking in the background stirring things up. They had a habit of making peripheral things central things and sought to persuade others of the same. Timothy needed to confront them.
The Apostles’ letters – in fact the rest of the Bible too – tackle teachers of a false gospel more often than I think we realise. Martin Downes has an interesting post on this issue, gleaned from the puritan, Thomas Brooks. It’s well worth reading and pondering.