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1 Timothy 4:1-6
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
We live in a world of deceiving doctrines. Like surround sound in the theater, these teachings come at us from every angle. They are tempting and appealing, and contain just enough of the truth to sound legit. But make no mistake about it: they are far from the truth. Let’s consider a few.
Prosperity Gospel. Wrapped tightly in the stories of Scripture and peppered with the name of Jesus, prosperity preachers tell the vulnerable that God wants them wealthy. Never mind that Jesus called his followers to leave everything and follow Him, this “new” gospel says when you follow Jesus (and give to their ministry), He gives you everything. Now that’s a very interesting and heretical twist on the words of Jesus.
Health Insurance. Jesus wants you healthy. With enough faith (and contributions) he will heal all your diseases. And if He doesn’t, there must be, according to these promoters of error, sin in your life. Help me understand how that jives with God’s refusal to rid the Apostle Paul of his “thorn in the flesh.” How do Paul’s words go again…something about…when I am weak; then I am strong?
Be Happy. This is espoused and absorbed by one of today’s most popular “preachers.” This message packs arenas and sells books, but the message leads one far from the self-sacrificing life that God calls us to. I get asked all the time what I think about this particular individual. I believe his watered down message is dangerous and leads people astray.
When it comes to doctrine, remember this: A new doctrine is usually an old heresy. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!