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November 10, 2019 7:00 am
As you taking your safe bike sure all your electronic devices are turned off and open your Bibles to first Timothy chapter 4 were talking about beautifying the bride as we preach through verse by verse chapter by chapter through the New Testament epistle of first Timothy Paul has left Timothy at the local church in Ephesus. He's giving Timothy instructions on how to both fashion and to function in the local church and so we have much much wealth for our church today. From this canonized inspired word of God for all the church of all the ages so we look at it together. We come to first Timothy chapter 4 before I read the text or ask you a question. What is it seemed that so many people who've made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ later fall away from the faith. I believe I remember accurately. Unknown close that in the largest Protestant denomination in the southern Baptist convention that over the last 20 years after you remove the that the that those who actually died and left this life.
Southern badness lost 6.5 million. Church members just folks disappear just left her.
Why does that happen.
Well, one of the foundational reasons is because there is a week preaching and unsound and un-biblical views of both evangelism and conversion all the things we've addressed here. Million and one different times of just prayer. Prayer just walked to the front.
This little simple non-biblically established who jumped you might say. And so people coming to the faith. Having never really been converted so it shouldn't surprise us that over 20 years. The largest Protestant denomination in the world loses 6.5 million members. But even in the strongest churches, though it shouldn't be many. There will always be some that fall away, proving that they were not sound the start with and then I'm talking there about folks who actually fully a pasta size. Folks who completely for, say, Christianity, you might say, but then there is another group that we sometimes use the word backsliding for their genuinely saved but third not faithful in serving Christ are belonging to local church.
They're not walking with God. I sailed to be walking with God and perhaps their genuinely converted. Now I'm convinced based on the balance of biblical teaching. This is not something that can go on for years God will apprehend his own and bring them back though. I cannot tell you that there is no backsliding in the Scripture rock and I can tell you this is a dangerous thing to attend because the Scriptures also teach that if you belong to him and you willfully wonder long enough. He may just take you from this earth and take you on home so we churches week preaching a week doctrinal understanding of what true evangelism and true conversion looks like sit in the fact that even the strongest churches will have some who fall away and that there are some genuine Christians who for season do fall away. And God brings them back, but also we have those who fall away from the faith, because the Scripture tells us it's going to happen and that's what Paul tells Timothy in our text today. First Timothy chapter 4 verses 135. Let's read it together. Paul writing to his understudies overseeing the church for him there in Ephesus says, but the Spirit explicitly says that in latter times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the doctrines of demons by means of hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscious as with a branding iron menu for bid. Marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared by those who believe and know the truth for everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it's received with gratitude, for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer. Slavin titled this morning's exposition, apostasy, apostasy I let's note the age of apostasy. This is the New Testament era were talking about here on what you might call the church a.
The apostle Paul is the premier lead apostle to establish and rightfully set up and oversee all of these local churches that are being established literally across the known world is the beginning of the church age. But once the church age began as we are and what the Bible calls the latter day. Why would you call this whole church age that's been going on for 2000 years now, the latter days.
Here's why. Because God is doing his last great work on earth in building his church. Everything else has been done. The only event left after the church is built is the return of Christ in the setting up of the eternal state.
So this is the last thing God's community has no other player other than when he returns purchase the world of sin and sinners, cleanses his bride, the church and reigns forever with her in the eternal state. Somewhere in it. We have entered into and you and our 2000 years into the age of apostasy. You might say why do I say that look what he says in verse one, but the Spirit explicitly says that in the latter times are these last days some will fall away from the play when he says explicitly says he says make no doubt about it.
Mark this down Timothy and local church at Ephesus and local church called grace life Church of the Shoals mark this down. It's a certainty that going to be many who will fall away from the faith and by the way child of God. A lot of those who fall away are the folks you least thought would fall away, the folks you served with folks you prayed with folks you met witnessing with folks you sing in the choir with yet they show they are not really God's because they fall away. It's a certainty that's that's alien or outline. It is a certainty that this is happening and this is going to happen.
You see, just as certainly as the true has come Christ in the true gospel in the true church so it is true that the counterfeit will call but in fact that's why the counterfeit is so prevalent because never has there been an age in the world's history that has said so much truth of God being embraced and promoted in the earth. I mean, when the church's established crisis come he's not in the cross, he told his apostles, he rose again.
He seated at the right hand of God's Spirit is working to the preaching of faithful minister to win more to Christ in Biltmore church is God's truth is, is more prominently even preeminently active in the earth today than ever before. So Satan is more active in the earth than ever before.
This is God's greatest works of Satan is attempting to do his greatest work Christ.
Rather, Satan hates Christ and hates the glory Christ is receiving through his church. He can't reach Christ, but he tries to mess with Christ bride, the church, Paul writes to Timothy and says the Spirit explicitly says, Timothy. Be ready for it. Don't let mess you up when some fall away don't seem to be going forward with God any longer. Jesus warned us of this in Matthew 2424 for false Christ and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. That's it.
That's a very penetrating truth.
There were Christ says some of the satanic ministers the false preachers and teachers are going to be the most charismatic, the most impressive. The most externally speaking provable.
They're the ones everybody would think these guys are on track. Jesus going to say to many of those depart from me. I never knew you in second Timothy 43 and four Paul writes to Timothy says for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine there some in the churches he just won't put up a sound Bible preaching anymore. Why wanted to have their ears tickled the accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own and I met for amplification site put their own natural desires, not spirits field desires their own fallen natural desires and will turn away their ears from the truth.
It will turn aside to myths. Satan is busy promoting false doctrine promoting false teaching that he might lead some away from the faith of the word here in in verse four.
Literally, the new American Standard. It says fall away from the faith. It's the Greek word that we get our English word apostasy from and it's literally all it means the context given the various shades of meeting that literally they fall away from the fate I like the picture. This way they had this position. They will set I'm a Christ follower. I'm a committed one to Jesus Christ and then they moved from that two different position. That summer, somewhere in between. Perhaps what if all apostasy a full apostasy sizing is to come to a new position contrary to the original position that you failed.
Now let's go to be not only is it a certainty. This false teaching. In this apostasy is going to accumulate and then culminate accumulate and then culminate just as the Jews in the Old Testament begin to first synchronize the worldly doctrines, particularly bail worship in with Orthodox Judaism. So the church will bring in false doctrines in the last days begin to wave them in what true doctrine, true Bible teaching and just like the Old Testament. Eventually they even dropped all all or a remnant to Judaism and just embrace paganism so the church will keep going in her apostasy until she fully apostasy sizes and falls away from the faith all together now while this is not spelled out explicitly in this text that is that it will accumulate in the culminate I want to bring it out because it so prominently taught throughout the Scripture and first John 43. The Bible says every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you've heard that it is coming to look at it and now it is already in the world.
Now I'm convinced the Scriptures would bear this out. A mature local church with faithful leadership will not have the spirit of the antichrist getting many inroads, though he will keep trying.
Putting your average happy-go-lucky without diligence and intentionality church just countless things go along. I'm telling you the spirit of the antichrist can gain many many many whole and by the way to the grief of good and godly people in those churches who go to church and are grieved by what they're seeing and experiencing and witnessing in their own local churches. Why because the spirit of the antichrist is unrelenting to bring falsehoods and error into the church. Now the apostle Paul ministered in Ephesus for a long time before he left and left Timothy in charge and before he left Ephesus. Here's what he said to the elders of this local church asked 20 verses 29 and 30.
Paul says I know that after my departure savage jewels will come in among you, not sparing the flock knows this and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after the is is it going to happen. It's a certainty. It is going to accumulate as time goes on. Second Timothy 313 points us out so vividly. But evil men and impostors will proceed notice from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived accumulating now that we come to this final climactic accumulation to where we come to the culmination of apostasy and the culmination of false teaching in the earth. Second Thessalonians 2, three and four Paul writes of this church and says let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first the sink.
There's been apostasy sizing.
All through this church age, but is going to be one final great turning away from Christ and true doctrine in the church are going to be one final apostasy sizing that's going to come first and how we know that that day has come. Because the man of lawlessness. That's another name for the antichrist. He will be revealed. He's the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God's will in this final culmination moment the antichrist will be head of the one world government, and he will be head of a one world Christian church, but it's a false church reveler book of Revelation calls it a Harley sure it's a whole organized Christian apostasy. They will say a lot of the same things we say they'll use a lot of the terminology that you and I use that use the Bible, somebody in the end it's all about the antichrist. It's all about man it's all about rejecting Christ and his truth. In Revelation 17 one through six.
Then one of the ane seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me saying come here and I will show you the judgment of the great harlot. That's that great worldwide false apostasy eyes church who sits on many waters with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality.
This is figurative language so the national powers will get in league with this false church and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality. They love the advantage connecting with this false harlot church will give them and their political power pursuit's verse three and he carried me away in the in the spiritual wilderness and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and 10 horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls that this just speaks of the glory and the wealth and the and the impressiveness of this great harlot worldwide church. In the end time, and he continues on and says, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and the abomination of the earth and I saw the woman that features the church draw with the blood of the same's there will be a true remnant church left in the earth and the great false harlot church who professes to be doing the work of God will violently persecute the true remnant church that's very small, comparatively speaking, the didn't go or what good didn't go along with the one world system of government, and the one world system of one church in the world she the remnant church will be viciously persecuted and I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered greatly in Revelation 18.
One into it after these things I saw another angel coming from heaven, having great authority and earth was illumined with his glory and he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she's become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
In Revelation 18, eight. For this reason, and one day her plagues will come pestilence and mourning and famine and she will be burned up with fire for the Lord God who judges her is there's going to be an accumulation of false teaching and apostasy throughout the world and to try to make inroads into every church and then it's going to have a culmination into a one world global apostate harlot church than God's going to say you come far enough and he will crush it in judgment.
So as we are concerned about Pastor.
What about this is so prevalent. It is a certainty and it is accumulating.
What's going to happen. To tell you what's going to happen when his children will reign with him forever. So while there will be an accumulation of false teaching apostasy. There is coming a culmination to it all.
Well not only the is it a certainty.
Not only do we see there's an accumulation of culmination, though not spelled out in this text and the balance of Scripture is obviously clear. Thirdly, from our text noticed the craftsman in this age of apostasy.
The craftsman that is who formulates treatments together these false doctrines is fine getting them sink it ties into our are taught in places without to be sound doctrine taught Windows what is that in verse one.
The last phrase paying attention to DC full spirit and the doctrines of demons.
These are supernatural beings. Their tactic is to oppose the spirit of truth.
They author and craft satanically inspired teachings that always look good. And they always look godly to the fall in the natural mind, but they are a lie there the doctrines of demons. James 315. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly and natural and demonic in second Corinthians 11. Paul actually says these are Satan's minister. Satan's ministers pastor.
How can we be convinced of the truth if satanic and supernatural powers are behind bringing in false doctrines that sound good and they look good will. First Corinthians 214 reminds us that these things are spiritually discerned.
There's something to listen to me there's something deposited into the elect child of God, whereby when he hears the preaching of the truth. The truth, who the Spirit of truth who wrote the Scriptures takes it and seals it to your heart and you identify with it and you have the amen of the spirit. This is yes, that's the truth I can't give you any particular formula. I can't put it under a microscope and dissect how it looks.
There is a ministry to the spirit of God reveals the truth of God to the children of God through the preaching of the word of God. These things are spiritually discerned. Well we are in the age of apostasy is a certainty.
This thing's going to accumulate until one day in God's sovereign purposes. He will culminate. It and the craftsman behind it are demons and satanic power now.
Notice the apostles of the apostasy. The apostasy's apostles of the apostasy. Verse two by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own. That means men.
The teacher should earn their own conscience as with a branding iron that goes on in verse three and and it's implied in the text. Men who forbid marriage and fixing things, etc. etc. so there are actual men that Satan and demons call to their calls as he is leading them to start building the false church.
You see, the great harlot church of Revelation is going to be made up of all the unsaved church members of all the Protestant and non-deposit nominations throughout the and he's going to gather them all together. Now our forefathers by distant evangelicals in general have held that the great harlot church is the Roman Catholic Church think that's a little too simple enough.
You want to argue that that is the only system that has a global footprint so it's the logical system to use out agreement that if you want to argue that the Roman Catholic Church is a full of apostasy, sizing, doctrine, and positioned out agreement that but it don't kid yourself that they're not going to be bad. Vince and the great harlot church. Don't kid yourself that there's not going to be Presbyterians or Assemblies of God.
Whoever, in the great harlot church.
Satan has his apostles working to build his false church and notices a couple things your first will notice the office of the apostles. We talk about the office of pastor and the office of apostle in the Bible but notice hears the office of the apostles of apostasy. Their office is hypocrite by means of the hypocrisy of liars were hypocrite literally means play acting justice, God has called his men to the office of pastor are apostle men who bear any cost to preach the truth so Satan has his men called to the office of hypocrite and justice. Satan presents himself as an angel of light. So these teachers present themselves as God's ministers, but they are not. They are playacting playing the role having none of the substance of the true man of God that's their office hypocrite. Secondly notice their manner, their modus operandi there liars there liars resources in verse two, by means of the hypocrisy of liars, just as God called pastors and teachers are apostles are to be men of the truth, to preach the truth so these though they parade as men of the truth. They are men of lies and a pre-site and their father and their master is the chief of all liars.
John 844 Jesus says to these religious leaders of his day notice of you saying this to the religious authorities of the day you are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning of this not stand in the truth because is no truth in him. And whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
These false teachers are satanically inspired.
They distort and they twist Scripture for their own end and for their own gain. The faithful true minister preaches to Scripture "rightly dividing the word of truth" to achieve God's end and achieve God's glory. But that's not what these men are doing so thoroughly.
Notice not only would we talk about their office and their manners. Notice their nature notice their nature.
In verse two. As we continue the last phrase verse two seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. Literally it means a branding iron that iron that you would put in the fire and heated until its glowing red and then pressed into the side of the livestock and it burns into the skin of the of the livestock. The brand the picture here is there's been a lot of branding and a lot of burning to that whole areas cauterize is hardened. It's dead and it's unable to be affected by truth and what is right. He said that's what these men are like. I think the point is, they walked in. CNN lived in sin without repentance to such an extent they are no longer able to see recognize I received the truth of God and their conveyance. They know the truth, I made that these are guys who are saying we know what were up to. Basically these guys are so seared they really believe there on the right track but they have cauterized deadening departments. The real point of this being seared with a branding iron means that they are rotten at the core. They have bad hearts so they are men with bad motives and so they teach bad doctrine they present themselves as guardians of holiness and purity.
And yet their own hearts are embracing sin and impurity. They're not humbled it repent hers but hardened hypocrites. Paul gives a contrasting statement in first Timothy 15 race is the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith notice good conscience and sincere are true faith true saving faith connects to good conscience false demonic faith leads to bad conduct. So we have this age of apostasy that were in. And then there are the pot, the apostles, the spiritual leaders of this apostasy. In this false teaching and ultimately culminating in a global false church Nellis notice the axiom of apostasy of the word axiom means something is self-evident and I'm not saying this is self-evident to the natural man.
I'm not saying this is self-evident to the world.
What I mean is to the regenerate man to the spiritual man this is self-evident.
Notice the precept behind all apostasy and false teaching.
It is pride and perverse doctrine. That's the axiom that the self-evident obvious foundation of all they teach. I don't care what form it takes behind it all is pride. I'm in it for me a minute for my glory a minute for my gain a minute for power.
I'm in for whatever you want to say it's pride and flowing out of that pride is false doctrine to serve their end of being so proud. Pride and self doctrine is the precept now in this context is very common throughout the ages, that in this it exhibits or expresses itself in legalism are what I like to call external religion they'll take Scripture though put a spin on Scripture in a twist on Scripture and build this legalistic set of rules. This external religion, and behind it all is just outward conformity, not inward transformation.
The hard motive behind it is self exalting pride and control.
They love asceticism is a rigorous self-denial because they want a person creates a bunch of rules and they impose their morals on themselves. They may impose those rules on you been there in charge very in control and I walk around and they'll be all bent down in the be all humble and they're keeping all these rules because are so well laid there so godly in the Bible.
Is there a holy God either following the doctor's abatement.
It's about drawing attention to themselves. Pride can manifest itself in either of two ways you can be put yourself up to put yourself down beneath the what you talk about sale W toes or calls it boasting by belittling what they're saying is more spiritual than everybody else.
I'm so beat down these rules in these laws and I keep I for some on you but I keep them better than anybody you that was the Pharisees of Jesus day, whom he looked at and said your of your father the devil really what their St. everybody's on superior that here's a key phrase group get this phrase the motive of the false teacher is not the glory of God and the good of the church. It's not the glory of God and the good of the church. The motive of the false teacher is glory unto themselves, and control of the church. Two very different things. True minister of God is about the glory of God and the good of the church. False teacher apostles of apostasy about the glory to themselves and controlling the church and this is a mirror image of Satan's motive in ministry. Satan was jealousy wanted the kingdom. Jesus says so.
These apostles of apostasy put on a show of godly suffering for Christ and then the shallow and spiritually undiscerning sometimes swooned over them all.
She's so God all, he's just the most godly man based on what I told you before when I was in India you talk about rigorous self-denial to serve your God when I was in India there was a man in the city that I was in I don't know how he was is 4050 years old. He had never wall since he understood walking because he was going to deny himself walking to roll everywhere. The rest of his life. The police is God all what devotion know what satanic foolishness. I don't know you can go.
They love asceticism, they're not Angels of light. They are demons of darkness know the particulars here in this context falls writing the church… Is legalism because what these cows will do you listen to me though head on what ever will get traction in the day, their ministry will take whatever get some traction in the distorted to teach their false doctrine. In this case, verse three says what I do. Men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from food that was a very popular teaching even in Gentile circles. There was some teaching like this, so the people naturally felt this way. Replace God, then you want to never get married just be a devoted single person to give all your energies to God.
Paul corrected that error to this letter to the Corinthians. Reset mode Fairfield people are given the gift of singleness and that's wonderful but for the most of you get married or not, less spiritual if you get married to Paul just blew that false teaching of the water to stop external legalistic burden, and of course the Jews had their dietary laws. It was very, very important to then you can think this moon or that food. It make you spiritually unclean. God just obliterated that when he told Peter he shall appear that vision is all kinds appalled me barbecue pork chops on the sheet and God.
God said to Peter.
Peter Killen eight. It's all of God. These external rules will not make you more holy.
My point is by forbidding marriage in certain foods in this cultural context. That was a clever scheme they are slick manipulators, folks. You don't have to think hard, especially if you're in my line of work and being in it for several decades now, seeing one wave after another of a new list of rule's a new list of teachings and if you're really spiritual if you're really dictated. You will embrace and brace our teachers. He wrote a book. Usually, somebody's garrotte wrote a book and we follow those teachings. The Prime Minister is not a thimbleful Scripture and most of it and then that fades away then there's another way that countries have now you do these things you've read will be spiritual and all in all we could go in and these things I think there's some very good and godly people that get caught up in the here's the difference they don't stay caught up in the kits themselves and come back into a proper balance for these false teachers.
Having never been cleansed by the gospel in the power of the spirit. They walk in these lies in they teach these allies of external religion and they force it on everyone else. And like I say that this is true of your pastor, I have struggled with balance here myself. I've had to humble myself and repent in my phrases I was more conservative than God. God sometimes has to look at us and say would you shut up.
I know what's good and bad right wrong didn't make anything up. You just follow my book Ellis not be deceived into thinking this is the only way. False teaching manifests itself that is by externalism and legalism. But that's a prominent way and again I don't mean to pick on the Roman Catholic system yet dooming to pick on the Roman Catholic system isolated because not picking on Roman Catholic something for some genuine Christians in that system. If they are there grieved, but the system. The system is wholly built on legalism and control holy and naturally men flock to that we want to feel like tell me something I've got to do so. While child of God, a true child of God can get led astray, God will pull them back.
But these false professors and those who fullbore fall in with them. They don't just go away for a while, they sidle up on their horse and they ride forever. I don't get off their the ones first John 219 speaks of first John 219 says they went out from us, but they were not really obvious, for if they had been thus they would have remained with us, but they went out so that it would be shown that they are all not of us pastor. How do you know if you're in a true church will one characteristic is God removes those from it, who are not truly his church very long God's not purchased. It is probably not God's. He cleans everything he owns and by the way. While he may remove some he's purging our hearts and get a man there. He purges it he cleans his children up sometimes you have to claim some false professors out sometimes passes will tell me when I'm teaching them on some of these things, but the way we don't lose any members us. And of course not. We don't want to lose anybody unless God wants to remove them. Now he goes on to argue against this particular false teaching of of of legalism about marriage and abstaining from certain foods and he says last part of verse three to be greatly shape shared in by those who believe and know the truth for everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it's received with gratitude.
Talk about that thing received with gratitude what he saying is we look at these things, God's given us in this context, marriage and food.
God's given man marriage and food went to look at things like that with fear. When you look at things like that as a gift, and with gratitude. All of God's original creation are gifts to mankind and their still good in their proper they fit into the spiritual life of a follower of Jesus Christ. Do not let someone impose on you man-made rules.
When God's given you these things to enjoy first Corinthians 321 Paul writes so, then let no one boast in me and for all things belong to you there putting their confidence in a man's teaching. He said you think that something I'm Christ the Lord God of all I own everything I'm giving it all to you so boast in me and all that I've given you because it's all yours if I told you before that every single thing that's ever happened in time and space. History is has happened is happening and is going to happen to the end of the benefit of God's church. It's all for you since all things are Christ, then all things are ours to enjoy in Christ all of these things in the world and not talk about sinful things.
I'll address that in just a moment all the things in the world that God's given me an foods marriage and on and we could go are gifts of common grace that always point us to the greater gift redeeming grace and the gift of Jesus Christ. For illustration, there's a man who gets up in the morning he eats a good breakfast. He feeds his dog. He gets a nice automobile. He drives to work, he works hard all day long.
He takes a lunch break has a good lunch that afternoon. He gets off work. He comes home, he plays basketball in the driveway with his kids eat supper with his wife. He wants Fox News.
He goes to bed and everything he did all day long was seen. Everything was seen. Everything was rejected by God, then there was another man he got up in the morning. He had a good breakfast. He finished dog got in a nice car he drove to work. You are tired that morning had a good lunch card that afternoon he came home he played basketball with the kids in the driveway. He had supper. He wants Fox News and then he went to bed and everything he did was good and acceptable God. What's the difference was the first man views all that he did that day as saying that God I'm a good guy. I'm a good house but I'm a good father. I'm a good worker good ethics so God will surely accept me, that's wickedness or gets up and eat his breakfast goes to work he does good moral thinking is ethical.
God is good news. Canton is good, his wife and he pays the bills is no thought of God. Gratitude to God of thanksgiving to God. It's all sin. The other man is different when he gets up in the morning. He says God sustained me through the night when the ghostly breakfast he says God provided this food we goes and gets in his car since God is given me this is a wondrous gift prices name when he goes to work is is God's given me this job goes to lunch. He said what a gracious God to give me this very date when he goes back to work. He says God gave me my hands buys my brain and body to work these works and feed my family because I was just thinking… These kids again called basketball that we can enjoy a need to separate existing God for a good supper and a good wife watches Fox News he says well after positions, but some of her crazy thanks God that even though the world's going to hell. God still in control and he goes to bed and he praises God for all of those gifts God gave him. And all through the day.
It reminds him, but the greatest gift is redemption through Jesus Christ and everything he did that day was good and acceptable God. What's the difference the condition of the heart. There was no difference in anything I did. But the heart one was a heart of thanksgiving and gratitude, and one was not it's the condition of the heart delegate verse five when the flow, the context verse for everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it's received with gratitude that means your heart's been changed to see God behind all of it because he saved you by grace. Verse five for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer, which is sanctified by the word of God in prayer lot.
Differences of opinion there some containment remains. First of all thank you. He understands that when God made Adam and Eve and God made the garden of Eden. He told Adam and Eve everything here's for you. Enjoy it.
It's a gift.
So this man from the word of God knows these things this world is ours to enjoy but also his heart been changed so we never want to miss use the gifts of the world in a sinful way.
So it's sanctified by the word of God. It seems to enjoy but never sinfully and then by prayer was obtained by prayer remains that acknowledgment that God made this in God and love.
I can't comprehend made me his own and gave me these things above and beyond all of these things he's given me redemption through Jesus Christ is the heart difference now don't you take verse five is some sort of superstitious mantra whereby you can say why most say this word over I'm going to have a real prayer say and over that I can enjoy the simple things in the world. That's not the student some sort of superstitious cleansing séance. It means your hearts change whereby you on the word of God and are grateful for all God's given you. It's a regenerate heart desires to use the earth, according to God's word for God's glory including your own pleasures and with the prayer of thanksgiving, apostasy. We are in an age of apostasy. Those who will fall away from the faith and those who would teach false doctrine.
There are apostles of apostasy, gourmet names, but I will do it today. They teach the fault of theirs. Satan's envoys to teach false doctrine and pull folks away from the truth. There's the axiom of apostasy and that is it's all about pride me, getting glory and having control. That's what motivates the false teacher from our text we understand that often. False teaching is in the form of legalism and external religion. We know that false teaching apostasy will continue it will accumulate until the day it culminates the second coming of Christ in my fact before that when the redemption resurrection of the church occurs will be left on the earth. A one world organized religious apostate church. And we are protected by by staying under faithful shepherds who are faithful to follow the Scripture, attended by the power of the holy spirit. Paul's writing to Timothy, a pastor, the guard sheet.
False teachers and ultimate apostasy