1 Timothy 4:1-2, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressively, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." We are living in this time that Timothy foresaw. This is the latter times and many false doctrines have gone out into the world. Not just with false religions, but false teachings within Christianity. This is why Timothy said some shall depart from the faith. The Holy Scriptures speaks about the "faith" throughout the Old and the New Testament. God expressed heavily about the importance of faith, and how we all must have it. Here are a few of those important statements:
1. The just shall live by faith.
2. Walk by faith, not by sight.
3. It is impossible to please God without faith.
4. For by grace are you saved through faith.
5. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains.
The word faith is mentioned 402 times in the whole Bible. This should be very clear that God wanted to make sure we understood the importance of faith. Hebrews 12:1 tells us that faith is the substance of the things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. We can't physically see God, nor can we physically see the Kingdom of God. This is why faith is so important, because it is the key that unlocks the spiritual doors to the Kingdom of God and everything in it.
When Timothy said that some would depart from the faith, he was speaking of this same faith; that there would be people who once believed and lived by this faith, would one day walk away from it. The question is why? How could someone who once lived by faith, walk away? Timothy said it would be because they gave heed to seducing spirits.
2 Timothy 4:3, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears (KJV)." Another version says this, "For the time will come when people will not tolerate healthy doctrine, but with itching ears will surround themselves with teachers who cater to their people's own desires." This is going on today! Many Christian churches are mixing the scriptures with New Age teachings. They are not teaching nor preaching the whole word of God. Mostly because they don't want to offend anyone, or lose members. If they lost members, then they would lose their steady stream of income. Sounds harsh? It's the truth! Why do you think Jesus warned of many false prophets arising and deceiving many? Jesus knew what was going to happen in our time; He saw it!
Jesus told us that there would be wolves in sheep's clothing. A sheep represents innocence; whereas wolves are cunning and ferocious. Jesus saw that there would be people who would try to deceive those into believing that they are of God, when in reality they are truly devils; pretending to be angels of the true light. There are many false pastors in our day. They are not just in the pews of your local community, but they are also on the radio, and on television. Many of these pastors are probably people you watch.
These prosperity messages are not of God. Jesus wasn't about teaching on money and getting rich. He taught on character, salvation, and love. Jesus cared about our souls, not our bank accounts. God told us to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and all of its righteousness, and THEN (my add-in) everything else will be added unto you. It is clear that God wanted us to see that seeking Him was top priority. God knows how to take care of us! If God has given you a vision to start a business, then praise God!! Let that be between you and God. The leader of the church is responsible for teaching the whole word of God, saving souls, and leading people to Christ.
Many false doctrines have been unleashed onto the world. A pastor in Indiana believe that it is okay to preach the word of God nude to a congregation of men and women who are also nude. There is a homosexual bible, known as the Queen James Bible. There is a group of women who believe that pole dancing is okay, as long as you do it for Jesus. There are millions of women and some men who gravitate to the teachings of Oprah, and she does not believe that Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven in which she openly states....Click Here.
Pope Francis has been getting the attention of many by some of the remarks he has made; such as, all atheist will go to heaven. The Bible clearly tells us that NO man can come to the Father except through Jesus Christ. Atheist do not believe in Jesus Christ nor do they believe in our Heavenly Father; the Creator of all things. The most important thing we must do in these last days is to LISTEN to what people are saying. Many people are following after these pastors and false teachings deceptively because they are not really listening to what they are saying, nor are they watching these people's spirits.
Jesus said you can tell a tree by its fruit. The same is true with people. You won't be able to see a person's spirit if you are not listening to what they are saying, or watching what they are doing. Many Christians, unfortunately, will be deceived because they are not listening or watching. Instead, they allow themselves to be moved by messages that tickle their ears and their fleshly desires. Satan is very crafty. He knows that the love of money is the root to all evil. What better way to entice people down this path, then to infiltrate the church communities with "prosperity" messages being the foundation of pulpit teachings. Check the spirit of those you are listening to. Listen to what they are saying, and watch who you are following. Deception is all around us. We need the Holy Spirit to guide us and keep us on the straight and narrow path. Do not give heed to those seducing spirits! Jesus is the ONLY way, and His word is the TRUTH.
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