1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.In the latter days a sad thing will happen. Some will leave the faith.
Why? They will devote themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.
Why? Because they will believe the lies of people with bad consciences, who forbid marriage, and require abstinence from certain foods.
WHY? Because they will believe liars over the word of God.
They will leave God because they don't believe him. That's what this all comes down to. They would rather believe someone else than God's own word.
This is something that as a believer that I find so frustrating and saddening at the same time.
People who should know better CHOOSE to not know better. They make a decision that they don't like something in God's word, so they choose to listen to someone who says it the way they want to here it. I find it so true in talks with people on issues such as abortion and women in office. They don't like what God's words says so they find some way to discount it.
People so easily forget this:
4For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.Now here God is talking (through Paul) about food.
God made all food, if we receive it from him as food, then we don't need to reject it, or have nothing to do with it. We just need to receive it with thanksgiving from him...for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
Wow...Just read those last few words...that's a real good reason to pray before meals isn't it? Makes what we eat holy, and not just something we stick in our faces.
But consider this....God is the one who makes everything.
He makes the rules, the food, the world we live in....So why can't we just trust him? Why do we have to reject him to make up our own stuff? If we believe in him, we should just believe in him, not say, well I don't like that so I'll reject that...thereby opening the doors in our lives to those liars who KNOW THEY ARE LYING to come in and move us away from God.
How do I know they are lying? God's word says that their consciences are seared. So they KNOW they lying...if they didn't, their consciences wouldn't be seared would they?
Let's just trust God folks. Don't become one of those statistics of people who leave in these final days. Please...just don't do it. It just saddens and frustrates the church of God and doesn't bring glory to God at all.