27
Jan
15

Truth Doesn’t Sell Well

What does Paul mean by “some will abandon the faith” (1 Timothy 4:1, NIV)?  I believe that as we move closer and closer to the return of Jesus Christ, we will see more and more people who claim to be Christians leaving the orthodox teachings of Christianity for half-truths and lies.  In Ephesus, people were abstaining from marriage and from certain foods because it was believed that doing so would make them more spiritual.  Paul says that these teachings came from “demons” (verse 1) and “hypocritical liars” (verse 2).  There are a couple of inherent dangers in this line of thinking.  First, false teachers lead people away from following Jesus in order to follow them.  That is never good!  Second, false spirituality leads to pride.  “I’m better than you because I don’t do this, that or the other thing.”  When we start comparing ourselves to other Christians, we are missing the point.  We are to keep our eyes on Jesus, not on other believers.  We should not be pointing out the dust in the eyes of others while ignoring the 2 X 4s in our own eyes.  We need to be on guard against the false teachers of our day as well.  There are those who gather huge crowds to themselves as they spread lies and false teachings.  They ignore the traditional teachings of the Gospel in order to get rich selling feel-good lies that scratch itching ears.  They offer discount Christianity – all the benefits at only half the cost!  Truthfully, Jesus calls us to a life of self-denial and self-sacrifice.  He does not call us to the wide, easy road.  We are called to take up that cross and carry it through the narrow gate.  Fully-surrendered, fully-devoted, sacrificial living doesn’t sell well on TV or on the internet.  Read your Bible and know the Truth.  You’ll be able to sniff out a fake every time.
1 Timothy 4:1-5 (NIV)
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 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. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
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