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. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 NKJV
One of the first things which can be noticed about this passage is that “some shall depart from the faith”. This is quite a serious statement as a departure from the faith and the word of God is apostasy. This apostasy is directly attributed to the reliance of men and their words, beliefs and practices over the word of God. When men decide to put their faith in what other men say over what God has expressly commanded them, they risk falling away from God. They risk shifting their faith away from the only One who can forgive us of our sins. They risk eternal damnation.
Paul also told Timothy to
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. - 2 Timothy 4:2-5
Knowing that there will be a time when people will have “itching ears” or “depart from the faith”, one might think it wise to stick c...
... middle of paper ...
...es. When a man is too ignorant to recognize and condemn a false doctrine, then that individual is susceptible to it and risks apostatizing and falling into the arms of Satan.
Now, when one individual is so ignorant in the word that they fall into the grips of false teaching, it is bad. However, when this is the practice of a vast majority of Christians today, it is easy to see how so many congregations stray away each year. God compares His people to sheep and rightly so. Sheep are some of the dumbest animals alive. They require somebody to lead them, feed them, and keep them out of harms way. We may make a lot of decisions which rightly gives us a comparison to sheep, but we should always strive to be shepherds. To come to an understanding of the word in which we can not be lead into apostasy so easily. With such a small amount of effort by the devil.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- ... Corinth had two harbors: (1)Lechaeum, a mile and a half to the west on the Corinthian Gulf, and (2)Cenchrea, six miles to the east on the Saronic Gulf . The Diolkos is the road that connect these two harbors; and small ships that were fully loaded could be hauled across from one harbor to the other, and cargo from the larger ships could be transported by wagons from one to the other (Barker, 1732). Trade flowed through the city from Italy and Spain to the west and from Asia Minor, Phoenicia and Egypt to the east (Barker, 1732) Corinth was also known for a metal compound that it produced called “Corinthian bronze” that was highly valued (Powell 276).... [tags: greek culture, congregation, problems]
728 words (2.1 pages)
- Christianity is one of the major religions of this world. Its foundations are centered on the belief that Jesus Christ was sent by God as a Messiah, and that he gave his life for the sins of humans. It is through the belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ that one can obtain salvation and go on to an eternal life. Paul was an apostle who preached the gospel. Through his letter, 1 Corinthians, Paul conveys the essence of Christianity; he emphasizes on important beliefs and Jesus Christ so that people may go on to living an eternal life.... [tags: religion, christianity, belief]
745 words (2.1 pages)
- Paul was an apostle to the Lord. Known for his letter to the church in the New Testament, this was not the only part of the story that we read about. Paul started out as a Pharisee that persecuted Christians for many years. During this time he was called by his Hebrew name of Saul Paulus, which means “asked for” or “prayed for”. He will be called this until Acts 13. Though the years, after his conversion, Paul become one of the most recognized followers of Christ. His letter helped transform the church.... [tags: New Testament, Jesus, Old Testament, Christianity]
1775 words (5.1 pages)
- I have always seen scripture as the Apostle Paul stated in his letter to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV). I see this statement of the Apostle Paul’s directed more to the OT, because the OT would have been readily available to most NT churches of that time period. The churches would have still been receiving portions of the NT scripture well after the Apostle Paul 's statement in 2 Timothy 3:16.... [tags: New Testament, Bible, Jesus, Christianity]
1284 words (3.7 pages)
- Throughout the New Testament there are several noteworthy characters who draw a reader 's attention and help share the Good News message. This being said just who are these characters. There is of course the most important one who is known as Jesus, then there are those like Peter and John the Baptist who are often mentioned throughout the Gospels, but by far one of the most prominent characters (aside from Jesus) is Paul the Apostle. But, the question then becomes just why can Paul be placed at such a high standing.... [tags: New Testament, Christianity, Paul of Tarsus]
1884 words (5.4 pages)
- Harris calls Paul “the most influential apostle and missionary of the mid-first-century CE church and author of seven to nine New Testament letters” (H G-33). It would be quite an accolade to receive such recognition, but what makes it even more remarkable is that Paul, or Saul, (Saul was his Judean name and Paul was his Roman name (footnotes B 1943)) originally persecuted the ekklesia or “church”. Paul went from persecuting the ekklesia or “church” to being its “most influential apostle and missionary”.... [tags: Religion, New Testament]
1092 words (3.1 pages)
- Paul the Apostle, was a famous preacher of first century Christianity and was God’s tool used to spread the light of the gospel to the Gentiles. Paul is credited fir having written many books in the New Testament of the Bible. He was born an Israelite to a clan of the tribe of Benjamin, speaking the Aramaic and Hebrew tongues from infancy. He was an enthusiastic student and a stringent devotee of the Torah. He was the man that later had a peculiar meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ while on the road to Damascus.... [tags: christianity, god, preacher]
764 words (2.2 pages)
- Outside of Jesus Christ, there may not be a more important figure in Christianity other than St. Paul the Apostle. Paul was at one point a persecutor of early Christians, however a revelation experience in the mid-30’s AD changed his view of the faith. He ultimately became the most prominent figure in the spread of early Christianity, as his many missions established Christian churches throughout the Roman Empire. During the time of his missions, Paul penned numerous letters to the various Christian communities that he had helped establish.... [tags: New Testament, Christianity, Christian terms]
1814 words (5.2 pages)
- Introduction Analysis of biblical writings has helped us to better understand the challenges and mysteries of scripture. In studying Ephesians 1: 15-23, research will help us draw out the bigger picture of what the writer intends to convey in his message. This passage is a prayer of thanksgiving and intercession in which Paul expresses gratitude to God upon hearing of the Ephesians “faith in the Lord Jesus and love toward all the saints” (1: 15 NRSV). This leads Paul to pray intensively that the Ephesians will gain an expanded awareness of the extraordinary and unsurpassed power of God manifested on their behalf.... [tags: colossians, bible, apostle paul, ]
2012 words (5.7 pages)
- In order to comprehend and gleam the theological insights of Philemon, or any Biblical scripture, it is imperative that, at least, a basic understanding of the historical and cultural principles be present in the mind of the reader. Without a comprehension of these truths, a false understanding or misrepresentation of the text may occur. This is not to say that nothing can be obtained from the scripture in and of itself. However, many deeper details may remain hidden without further exploration.... [tags: Bible, Apostle Paul, Onesimus]
798 words (2.3 pages)
- The Hipaa Privacy And Security Rules And Its Impact On The Health Care Industry
- Teaching Strategies For Acquiring A Second Language
- Companies And Partnership Law Assessment
- Corporate Fraud Is A Serious Financial Problem
- How Language Acquisition Will Be Motivation
- Curriculum Within The Victorian Education System