Deceiving and being Deceived..

Please read carefully, slowly and preferably without any preconceived notions, if possible… The Apostle Paul is giving instructions to his young student in the simple Truth of the Gospel of Faith.. Paul is trying to convey to Timothy what will SOON begin to take place in the Newly formed Christian Church..  Paul IS NOT necessarily looking forward two thousand years to today.. however truly it does apply to today! .. Paul is warning Timothy how to avoid being deceived as well as deceiving (as a result) of being deceived himself.

I have deliberately used the Message Translation hoping you will not just skim over the text because it is so familiar to you… Many are using these very verses today and deceiving multitudes of people, and  especially believers and non-believers alike.. and these are only a few scriptures that are being twisted today.

When free people will not take the incentive to freely explore the truth for themselves they will be taken captive by those willing to explore and explain the truth to them for profit.. This is happening today in all aspects of religion and government worldwide and it is TIME we wake up…….. 

Since it not my intentions to convince you but only to interest you into discovering the “truth” for yourself, I will not go on much further. I would much prefer for you to freely make up your own mind and freely decide what these few verses speak to you..

I am resisting my temptation to highlight anything or emphasize anything other than the insinuations I have already employed..

Have a great weekend and please enjoy, your freedom to Just Think for yourself..

Love in Him!

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1 Timothy 4

The Message (MSG)

Teach with Your Life

1-5 The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.

6-10 You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.

11-14 Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.

15-16 Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.

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CHURCH??

 ..OR..

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WORSHIP??

…OR… 

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ASSEMBLING??

    …OR… 

………AND THE ANSWER TO ALL OF THE ABOVE IS YES……..

it never has to be either or

it is always

YES and AMEN

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2 Comments on “Deceiving and being Deceived..”

  1. loopyloo305 says:

    I am curious, in your first statement you say that Paul is giving instructions to his students of the time, and I agree that Paul is probably not looking two thousand years in the future, but since these were to be future teachers, would they not be expected to carry on what he was teaching? Or is there something I am missing in what you are saying? Do these same instructions not apply currently because they were given two thousand years ago? If that is your logic, no instruction given in the past would apply today! I don’t think that is what you mean but if you would, please explain a little further on your meaning.

    • Hi, and thanks for stopping by.. No you are not missing anything, yes we are still suppose to be teaching these Pauline instructions today and I purposely do not follow modern logic which brings everything to a nice neat conclusion and ties up all the lose ends and doesn’t allow for students to think discuss and come to conclusions for themselves as to the truth of the message..
      Most today do not even attempt to discover truth any longer. We have become complacent and just prefer someone else to tell us what the truth is.. and that is dangerous which can be seen today.. in both the church and society as a whole.
      This is the very thing Paul was warning Timothy to avoid in these verses above…

      When some of us today raise questions over strict biblical doctrine and dogmatic religious traditions we are met with a tirade of abuses.. do you agree? The exact same thing was going on in Paul and Timothy’s day. Paul was not directing Timothy to avoid new teachings or teachers within the Christian faith! Paul was warning Timothy to avoid being drawn back into the religious doctrine and dogmatic traditions of the Jewish and Gnostic teachers of their days as well as ours… The New wine of the Gospel in Old wine skins of Temple worship…

      I hope this satisfies some of your concerns, however my intentions with this Blog is not to answer questions but to help folks question their answers.. which could make all the difference in the world..?

      Have a Great Day and again, thanks for the visit…
      ps. Check out…https://marcusmccord53.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/vaugue-and-ambiguous-on-purpose/ … this may clear up some other questions you may have.


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