Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen
Instructions to Timothy
1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
Paul was very concerned about false teachers. He saw they were a great threat to the church, and they STILL are. Paul is worried that people may start to follow the teachings of some people, not the teachings of Christ. He did not want the gospel watered down to make it more acceptable for a few. To Paul this watering down was deception, pure and simple. He also believed false teachings were the work of Satan and his little demons.
The devil tries to deceive us by offering imitations of the "Real Thing." By using part of the gospel, and by making rules for living, the false teachers appear to be righteous and disciplined. Remember; righteous living can not remove sin, only God can do that.
We must be always mindful that even if a teacher of the Gospel has impressive credentials, it is not the teaching that saves us. It is Jesus. Another word of warning. It is only through prayer and study that we can protect ourselves from evil.
Prayer- Lord, Protect us from false teachers. Give us the wisdom to recognize Your truth, and the patience to strive daily for understanding. Go-Fight-Win. Amen