Bullets From The Bible 2-3-18

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    1 Timothy 4:1-3 says, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”

    Paul here by inspiration of God warns Timothy that there will come a day when some Christians depart from the faith. He described those that depart as people who have their conscience seared with a hot iron. They have done wrong for so long that they don’t even feel like it is wrong any longer. These same people who have left truth will forbid to marry. Marriage is an instituting that God has set forth as righteous and something that is good. Marriage is not necessary to be right with God, but it is not ever prohibited by God and should not be prohibited among Christians or church leaders either. Paul also warns that these people who have departed from the faith will command to abstain from food that God has created to be received. While a good diet is important for living healthy, the New Testament does not tell us to abstain from meat. When religious leaders go beyond God’s law and command us to abstain from meat then they have departed from the faith. God’s law has been given to us for a reason. It is not a book of suggestions to be added to and taken away from by men today. It is a firm, complete and solid book of laws from God to be followed by man today. When we depart from His book, we depart from the faith.