2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
The complaint is general, there is not that mortification, self-denial, and circumspect walking as formerly. There's more light, but less life; more shadow, but less substance; more profession, but less sanctification, than formerly. There is more fasting, praying, preaching; but where's the practice and power of religion? As Isaac said to Abraham, behold the wood, but where's the lamb? So behold the duties, but where, oh where's the life, the power, the truth of what is done? The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau; for they deny the power of religion not only in their hearts, but also in their works (Titus 1:16; 1 Timothy 5:8). They so live, as if godliness were but an airy notion, and a matter of fashion, without all force or efficacy.
(T. Hall, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.