For many people in the modetn era “A demon made me do it” replaces “Christ lives in me”.
1 Timothy 4:2ff is far more scary than we’ve imagined. I am sure you’ve noticed how the very air we breathe is filled with deception. There are lies everywhere. Paul’s prediction ought to bother us that “some” are in possession of the same profile as the 45th president of the United States and they act like the champion of truth.
Is this you with a fried conscience? Do you
- Say old = new
- Think Moses rules Messiah
- Tell people who to marriage or not to marry
- Believe that God sees Gentiles as unclean
That is a picture of the last days departure from the faith. People who say those things and have those attitudes have left the faith. They have no contribution to make to the journey of Christians to their glorious destiny.
Fried consciences are symptoms of demonic influence and this apostolic saying hits hard, almost like a seven-thunder utterance, that is, does not need to be written (Rev. 10). It is one thing to believe the Bible and another to believe in Christ. Demonic influence therefore is an outcome of rejecting or denying Christ.
I pray that’s not me and I pray that’s not you!
1 Timothy 4:1-8
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.