“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……” 1 Timothy 4:1,2a
Who are these who “depart from the faith”? They are those who become entrapped in the fowler’s snare. Now no creature would willingly walk into something that could cost them their life. So the fowler, with the use of intrigue, attempts to seduce his victim into that which will entrap him until alas his escape is futile.
Such are the ways of the devil according to this warning posted by the Apostle Paul to this young pastor, Timothy. He identifies them as “deceiving spirits teaching doctrines of demons”. Who are they? Oh, just the everyday, ordinary, run of the mill false teacher, who Christ described as wolves dressed as sheep. For a person to listen to such lies is for that one to become so deceived that they will not discern the snare that is being set for their very soul.
With no clear definitions or clear process for dealing with false teachers, many are being lulled asleep by these who may have excellent entrepreneurial skills, yet have no qualifications in exegetical skills. Impressed by large numbers many may even teach that strong doctrinal teaching is a true enemy to the church.
What is the faithful church to do while living in an environment which embraces everything yet which stands for nothing?
Jude wrote that we must seek to remain faithful by “building up our most holy faith.” Now this “most holy faith” is a reference to sound doctrine; a right understanding of the truth revealed in Scripture. And if we are to build anything, it must be upon a sure and solid foundation. True believers have a sure foundation and cornerstone in Jesus Christ. The truths to which the faithful cling have been provided by the teaching of the apostles and prophets, so that Christians can build themselves up by the Word of God.
Genuine faith can not be built upon the doctrine of demons; the worldly systems and methods imposed by false teachers. They may draw quite a crowd, but the deceived, hypnotically lured into a most dangerous den, have no means of escape.