1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
1Ti 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
SEDUCING: G4108, planos, plan'-os
Of uncertain affinity; roving (as a tramp), that is, (by implication) an impostor or misleader: - deceiver, seducing.
The Apostle Paul tells us that in the LATTER TIMES some would depart from the faith and listen to SEDUCING spirits, and doctrines of devils.
The Apostle Paul gives Timothy two signs to identify a SEDUCING spirit:
- Forbidding to marry, and
- Commanding to abstain from meats (specifically the requirement to not eat foods forbidden under Jewish law).
Any religious system that forbids marriage or different types of foods should raise a big red flag to a Christian. It is obvious that they are attempting to put on a show of religiosity to impress or fool people. Doctrines that directly oppose the FREE grace and FINISHED work of Jesus Christ are most certainly false.
Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
Col 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Col 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Col 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
The Apostle Paul is not talking about avoiding cupcakes because you do not want to get fat. He is talking about people he called Judaizers (Ioudaizo), a religious person or group that questions your salvation because you eat a pork chop, or enjoy a shrimp cocktail. If you somehow find yourself with a group of these people, my advice is to run, do not walk, to the nearest exit. They are attempting to put you back under bondage to the law and if they somehow SEDUCE you with their false humility, you will inevitably fall from the grace of Jesus Christ.
JUDAIZERS: G2450, Ioudaizō, ee-oo-dah-id'-zo
From G2453; to become a Judaean, that is, “judaize”: - live as the Jews. SEE Galatians 2:14.
The most glaring example of “forbidding to marry” is the priesthood of the Catholic Church. We can see this is a total sham, not only because of the rash of child molestations that were uncovered, but also because the Catholic Church tried so hard to cover them up before they were exposed. When you forbid a relationship, which God has specifically ordained, you will eventually descend into the worst kind of perversion.
The end result of ALL legalism is HYPOCRISY!
HYPOC'RISY, n. [L. hypocrisis; Gr. simulation; to feign; to separate, discern or judge.]
- Simulation; a feigning to be what one is not; or dissimulation, a concealment of one's real character or motives. More generally, hypocrisy is simulation, or the assuming of a false appearance of virtue or religion; a deceitful show of a good character, in morals or religion; a counterfeiting of religion.
The ONLY REAL righteousness is by faith in Jesus Christ and NOT by attempting to obey the law.
Luke 12:1 Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Satan’s system (the Babylonian system) requires that everything be paid for, and if you cannot afford it, you cannot have it…including salvation. If you want something, it will cost you in blood, sweat, and tears.
God’s system, on the other hand, is exactly opposite to the Babylonian system.
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also FREELY give us all things?
There is a stark contrast between the Babylonian system and God’s system. The true gospel emphasizes that the debt we owe to God is impossible for us to pay; therefore, Jesus paid the debt for us. This makes discerning between the true Church and the Babylonian Church relatively easy, simply ask, “Do I have to work for, or pay for my salvation?”
If the answer is yes, then you are involved in a Babylonian Church group. If you gather together with Christians who help you experience liberty and freedom, and who encourage you to leave the Babylonian system, then you are involved with the true Church.
CHURCH: G1577, ekklēsia, ek-klay-see'-ah
From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): - assembly, church.
The true Church will CALL YOU OUT of Babylon!
WISDOM from God gives us the correct course of action, or a specific direction to accomplish God’s plan. The gift of KNOWLEDGE, on the other hand, is supernatural revelation. You simply know something is true without knowing how you know it is true. Sometimes it is called intuition, insight, or having a hunch.
Wisdom directs all things to the best end; knowledge sees that end. John Wesley’s Commentary.
Often times people with the gift of KNOWLEDGE become sales people because they can easily size up people and situations. This is also why seducing spirits also gravitate towards people with this gift. When the SEDUCING spirit takes the place of the Holy Spirit, the demonized person becomes a con man or woman.
2Jn 1:7 For many deceivers (planos) are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver (planos) and an antichrist.
The antichrist will be the master of all deceivers. A good example of a SEDUCER is Simon the Sorcerer mentioned in the Book of Acts. We do not have a lot of information about him in the New Testament, but the Church Fathers wrote quite a lot about him and his sect.
The mystic priests belonging to this sect (Simonians) both lead profligate lives and practise magical arts, each one to the extent of his ability. They use exorcisms and incantations. Love-potions, too, and charms, as well as those beings who are called Paredri (familiars) and Oniropompi (dream-senders), and whatever other curious arts can be had recourse to, are eagerly pressed into their service. They also have an image of Simon fashioned after the likeness of Jupiter, and another of Helena in the shape of Minerva; and these they worship. In fine, they have a name derived from Simon, the author of these most impious doctrines, being called Simonians; and from them knowledge, falsely so called, 1 Timothy 6:20 received its beginning, as one may learn even from their own assertions. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book I, Ch. 23.
Simon the Sorcerer simply practiced the magic arts passed down to him from Babylon under the guise of Christianity. Basically, demonic spirits can counterfeit the gifts of the Holy Spirit and many wonder working clergymen are actually sorcerers. The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians that Satan can also produce signs and lying wonders.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
The antichrist will be a Sorcerer because he will be possessed by Satan himself. I would not be surprised if Simon Magus was also possessed by Satan because he usurped for himself the worship that belongs only to Jesus Christ.
Simon also associated with a prostitute named Helena. Fornication and adultery is a large flashing neon sign that there is demonic activity present. The SEDUCING spirit will nearly always use sex to attract followers. As any advertising executive can tell you…SEX SELLS! If you look into the background of apostate cult leaders, you will find a lot of illicit sexual activity.
Before I would attend any Church, or begin working for any company, or associate with any organization, I would look into the background of its founders and make absolutely sure I was not joining a cult. A cult does not necessarily have to be religious in nature. I look at people like Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, or L. Ron Hubbard, and I can’t tell much of a difference…can you?
Your best protection against a SEDUCING spirit is the KNOWLEDGE of Jesus Christ. The more you KNOW Jesus, the less chance you will be fooled into following the doctrine of devils. The Apostle Peter told us that just like there were true prophets and false prophets in the Old Testament, there would be true teachers and false teachers in the Church.
2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
2Pe 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2Pe 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
After the capture of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967, by the Israeli Defense Forces, there was literally an explosion of sex and drugs called the summer of love. I do not think it was a coincidence that Satan began to pull out all the stops at that time in history…he knows that his time is short.
The Lord told us that we could identify false prophets by their fruits and I feel sorry for anybody who ignores His plain warning.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.