Deceiving and being Deceived..Posted: September 27, 2013
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!
1 Timothy 4
The Message (MSG)
Teach with Your Life
4 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.
………AND THE ANSWER TO ALL OF THE ABOVE IS YES……..
it never has to be either or
it is always
YES and AMEN