Posts Tagged ‘False doctrine’

1 Timothy 4:1-5 False Footholds

Even a little twist makes the truth a lie.

False doctrines will lead even some believers astray. Paul shares this sad but sobering fact with Timothy. He focuses on two specific areas prone to attack. Maybe because that was the trouble spots in the body being addressed.

Paul flat out calls those teaching things not found in the gospel liars and led by deceitful spirits. He says their teachings come from demons. That sounds like it would be a scary doctrine and people would easily recognize it. But the examples Paul uses aren’t scary at all. They are swallowed even today as gospel truths.

Satan is REALLY good as twisting the truth just a little bit to make it sound plausible and desirable. But, just like a true/false statement, if even ONE part is false the whole is false. That little twist makes a lot of difference. Read more »

2 Corinthians 11:1-15 Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A wolf in shepherd’s clothing is even worse!

Paul is distressed by the report of the Corinthian church listening to and following false teachers. Why can’t they see them for who they really are?

Satan is cunning. He proved that with Eve in the garden. He tried to use that skill with Jesus in the wilderness. And he was using it with this body of believers. Plus he is still using it today. He knows God’s word and he knows how to twist it. The truth is not in him but he knows how to cozy up to it to take on a few aspects of it. Knowing God’s word yourself is the best way to combat his lies. Read more »