The Spirit Expressly Says

Posted: November 22, 2010 in End Times, Q&A
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Q. Sincere thanks for your labor of love providing rich insight into scripture through your web site.  My question pertains to 1 Timothy 4:1-5.  Since “the Spirit expressly says” some will depart from the faith etc. etc., how would you expound these verses for the “later times” we are living in?

 

A. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 says,

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.

We’re seeing this all around us today as people who claim to be followers of Jesus depart from Bible centered churches to join congregations where the Bible is not studied, where there is no talk of being born again and where the focus is on entertainment and good works, not sin and salvation. I can’t tell you  how many eMails I’ve received from people who’ve searched in vain for a Bible centered church in their community.  We also see increased acceptance of witchcraft and other forms of counterfeit spirituality. Combined with its companion, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, we have some of the major indicators that these are the last days.

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