“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, 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” (1 Ti. 4:1-2). As believers we might wonder if that means any of us. Will we “throw in the towel”? Trust the Word of God, the truly saved will never depart the faith. Rather this speaks to those who supposedly preach the Word. Only thing is, it is their word (doctrines of devils- vs. 1).
Folk are easily persuaded. Barnum supposedly said, “There is a sucker born every minute”. There are thousands in church who just fulfill an obligation to tradition. Others are enamored by some televangelist or charlatan as I like to say. There are honest preachers on television. You know them by the message they preach-Jesus Christ and Him crucified and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins.
Listen to the garble on tv and radio sometime. This preacher is arguing about speaking in tongues and that preacher is worried about our bank accounts; and then another, is telling us we go to church on the wrong day. One fellow preaches on marriage exclusively. While an important subject, it’s more for a Sunday School series than a Sunday morning message. We need Gospel preaching. If I were an unbeliever, the last thing I need is to hear a sermon on worldly things (“Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats…” vs. 3). The fact that I cannot eat Tibetan yak has nothing to do with the saving of my soul!
When my wife and I read the book that was instrumental in our salvation, had it been about meats, money, marriage etc, we may never have met Christ. Instead the book started with the Gospel and ending likewise convicting us of our need!
Later, in verse 12, Paul said, “Let no man despise thy youth.” Many think an older preacher is wiser and more knowledgeable, but Paul warns us not to think that way! Young and old have the same calling and by the same God. Most preachers have sacrificed and toiled in college to learn God’s Word. Other than answering their call, the reason for it is to take what they have learned and pass it onto others. He is giving attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine (vs.13).
No bragging or look at me mentality here. Remember a true friend tells us the truth, but an apostate minister lies. Thank God we have two pastors that tell us the old, old story!