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, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
It is not enough that a teacher may appear to know what he is talking about, is disciplined and moral, or says that he is speaking for God.
If his words contradict the Bible, his teaching is false.
Paul said false teachers were hypocrites and liars who encouraged people to follow
“doctrines of demons”.
Satan deceives people by offering a clever imitation of the real thing.
We must not be impressed by a teacher's style or credentials, we must look to his teaching about Jesus Christ.
Paul's conclusions about Jesus show the source of his message:
1 Timothy 4:3-5
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Don`t abuse God`s gifts.
Gluttony abuses God`s gift of food.
Lust abuses God`s gift of love.
Murder abuses God`s gift of life.
1 Timothy 4:16
Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Wrong beliefs can quickly lead us into sin and heresy. What we believe is more important than how we live.
If we believe right (living according to God`s standard with the help of the Holy Spirit),
we will then live right.
People tend to admire 3 things about others; wisdom, power and riches. However God puts a higher priority on knowing Him personally and living a life that reflects His justice, righteousness and love.
(Resource: Application Study Bible)