St. Paul describes such people well in today’s first reading (1 Tim. 6:2c-12):
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with
the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
and has a morbid disposition
for arguments and verbal disputes.
Thus even when these people think they are “winning” by their argument, it is really they themselves who are losing.
On the contrary, when Cardinal Ratzinger stepped upon the balcony of St. Peters’ as Pope Benedict XVI, he introduced himself as “a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”
Likewise we all need to be firm in the faith and humble before the Word of God.