are easy prey to any of the trends in philosophy of the world (as the picture depicts Satan scattering his lies like seed) and then accuse Bible believers as arrogant in their exclusive claim of truth. Even in the “church”, we have to beware of any teaching that supplants God’s truth. We forget that we have an enemy who is working hard to distract us from the main thrust of the message of grace and salvation by offering a plethora of dogmas, all kinds of rules, restrictions and subsequent fringe issues. Clearly these people are being deceived by spirits and demons for them to “abandon the faith” in Christ (provided that they are “in Christ”). If you are not secure in your knowledge that God’s Word is authoritative truth, you will be susceptible to having your conscience “seared” and not even know it.
Instructions to Timothy
4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They 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. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Who are you Lord?
I AM the living God who died and rose again to save all men, and desire all to be saved (who would that is). I have removed the barrier between you and me, but so many have chosen to follow the worthless philosophies of this world, and remain lost to me. Their preachers are false prophets and deceivers, leading you away from the life and hope that I desire to give you. Only in me and my word can you protect yourself from Satan’s lies. I give all good gifts in this life for you to enjoy so that you will know that I am a good God who loves you. Satan will tell you that I withhold things from you for lack of care or that my gifts are not good. Don’t believe it.
I AM the creator who made you in my image and gave you a “free will” to choose whose truth you will believe and depend upon. Originally my desire was that Adam would choose for me to teach him of good and evil. But Adam wanted to experience it for himself independently of me and consequently all humans determine what truth is by their own standards. All men must find that only in my word can you know life giving truth. Devote yourself to my truth, watch your life and doctrine, and persevere in it, know it well as Satan provides many versions of the truth to confuse you. I allow these alternatives so you can use your mind and understanding to listen to, weigh out and agree with my truth over all other options. The choice is yours, I will not force you. Without these alternatives to choose from (religions, philosophies, evolution) you are nothing but robots. “My true sheep hear my voice.”
It doesn’t take long for individuals to err from the truth of God’s Word before they adhere to heresy with full conviction and even teach as truth. Satan disguises all such heresy as worldly truth to entrap people with him in his own lost state. The Scriptures tell us that our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked and that we cannot even know just how deceived we are without God’s Word to show us. So when anyone does stray from scriptures, they are duped by their own heart into thinking that they are right and scripture is wrong. Another phenomenon that our minds have the ability to do is to compartmentalize error and truth which makes us blind to our own hypocrisy. The best way to recognize counterfeit truth is to immerse yourself in God’s truth as recorded in the Word of God. “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my word will never pass away.” Nothing will outlast God’s truth.
More to come,