Description of False Teachers
Verse 1 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
Verse 2 – speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
Verse 3 – 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.
Paul calls the teachings of abstaining from marrying and staying away from certain foods “deceiving spirits” and a “doctrine of demons.” Any time a person, church body, or denomination start to stray from the teachings of Scripture, they have “fallen away” from the truth. Those who depart from the true faith, do so by the false teachings, lies, of those whose conscience has been seared.
This apostasy takes place under the influence of a hypocritical, hardened, and arbitrary minister, teaching their own doctrine instead of the divine commands, and forbidding that which God had declared lawful.
The entire series of doctrines respecting the authority of the Pope, purgatory, the mass, the invocation of the saints, the veneration of relics, the seven sacraments, the authority of tradition, is regarded as false. This entire system is a system of “speaking lies.” This is a falsehood placed upon the world in the place of the simple teaching of the New Testament. They know good and well that their teachings are contrary to the Bible. The forbidding to marry (certain clergy), or abstaining from certain foods on certain days, is all false teachings, created by man. There are many other religions also that forbid things that God has blessed.
Verse 4 – For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;
Verse 5 – for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
By the authority or permission of God. It would be profane or unholy if He had forbidden it; it is made holy or proper for our use by His permission, and no command of “man” can make it unholy.
Instructions for the True Teacher
Verse 6 – If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.
Do you want to know why so many follow false teachings? Because they don’t read the Bible for themselves. I believe God wants us to know His Word like we know the back of our own hand. We are not to rely on what others tell us is true. It will be so sad to find out at the end of a person’s life, that their whole life they have believed a lie. Find out the truth for yourself.
Verse 7 – But reject profane and old wives fables, and execute yourself rather to godliness.
Fables are fiction, not founded on fact. The pagan religion abounded with fictions of this kind, and the Jewish teachers were introducing these fables into Christianity. We are to have nothing to do with this kind of teachings.
Verse 8 – For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of life that now is and of that which is to come.
That body that exercises will only profit while living on this earth, but our spirit will live on, exercise that!
Verse 9 – This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.
Verse 10 – For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
Do Not Neglect the Gift
Verse 11 – These things command and teach.
Teach these important doctrines that Paul and been teaching. God is the Savior of all people and only those will be saved who believe.
Verse 12 – Let no one despise youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Whether young or old, live as though everyone can see Christ in you.
Verse 13 – Till I come, give attention to readings, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Timothy only had the Old Testament in writing, but Paul told him to read it and study it. All Christians should read and study their Bible’s, especially studying sacrifice. It will broaden your knowledge of what Christ has done and why.
Verse 14 – Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of hands of the presbytery.
To be able to preach and teach the gospel, it is a gift from God, a benefit, favor. Timothy’s commission as a church leader was confirmed by prophecy and by the laying on of hands by the elders of the church. He was not a self-appointed leader. Preaching the gospel is a calling and an appointment that comes only from God.
Verse 15 – Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
Verse 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.
We all know that if we don’t listen to sound doctrine, we can easily fall into sin. Don’t be persuaded into doing or believing something that is not Scriptural.