1 Timothy 4:1-5
B1 Warning of Apostasy
C1 This is for the latter times
D1 End of the church age
D2 Just before the Tribulation
D3 Society falls apart
D4 Like the days of Noah and the times of Sodom and Gomorrah
E1 The sins of society are NOT any special sins.
E2 They are the breaking of God’s Commandments as summarized in the 10 Commandments.
E3 Every law is broken in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
E4 Truth changes from the correspondence theory (reality) to the Narcissistic theory (what I say is truth, is truth).
C2 Characteristics of those times
D1 Depart from the faith—leaving the Gospel and doctrine as taught by the Lord Jesus and the Apostles.
E1 The main doctrine modified concerns the Gospel. Works or something else become necessarily.
E2 Then the doctrine of God, the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are changed.
E3 Christianity departs from evidence and a reasonable faith to one of experience and mysticism.
D2 Turning to seducing spirits and teachings of demons.
E1 Lifestyle is determined by whatever a person decides.
E2 Doctrine and messages come from meeting God(?) in the silence. The people are deceived to think it is Yahweh who gives these messages, but the messages come from the false. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 CSB - For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
D3 Lies and hypocrisy
E1 What these false teachers say and do are not the same.
E2 They love to cover up and hide.
E3 Many fake pastors hide various abuses and financial documents from the faithful.
D4 Conscience seared—people do all these things and do not feel any guilt.
D5 Forbid marriage.
D6 Teach the necessity to avoid certain foods.
E1 These are not foods related to health, but to spiritual progress. Some teach that Christians must follow the dietary laws outlined in the New Testament. If someone wants to follow them, so be it, but if they teach it is spiritually necessarily for the Christian, it is false teaching. I am a Christian not a Jew. God bless the Jews.
E2 The truth is Christians can eat. The reason? God created these foods to be partaken with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. So if a teacher teaches the necessity of not eating something for spiritual reasons, they are teaching lies. Beware! We have been warned.
E3 These foods are spoken by the Holy Spirit to be good and not to be refused. We are to be thankful for them, when we eat any food.
E4 These foods are sanctified.
F1 Because God said so.
F2 Because of prayer.
E5 We can also worship on Sunday or any other day: Colossians 2:16-17 WEL So then don't let anyone condemn you in food, drink, religious festivals, new moon, or the Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of things to come, but the real substance is Christ.
E5 A link about Torah observance by Jews for Jesus.
B2 Remind brethren
C1 These are for the pastors/leaders
C2 We are being good, that is, pleasing servants of the Lord Jesus.
D1 We remind our fellow believers of these things. Thusly, we must not do these things.
D2 We have to remind ourselves through Bible reading, Bible study, prayer, and fellowship.
D3 We have to be open and listen when our fellow believers remind us.
C3 We have to be nourished in the faith. This is knowing the Gospel and Biblical doctrine.
C4 We have to follow them carefully. We do not follow them to be saved or to be better Christians than someone else. We do follow them because we want to be good servants of Jesus Christ.
C5 We are not to follow crude myths or old wives’ stories. These are not doctrine. They are religious myths and stories. None of them are something Christians need to believe. Some examples are
D1 An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
D2 Breaking a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck.
D3 Cleanliness is next to godliness.
C6 We need to be in training for living a godly life.
D1 We must know the Bible.
D2 We must know what we believe.
D3 We must know how to live a Christian life.
D4 We must be able to answer questions challenging our faith (apologetics).
C7 Physical exercise is OK but will not enhance our faith.
C8 We need to be ready for living tomorrow with God’s standards stronger in us then today.
C9 Believing that Jesus is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe is offensive to many people. The Gospel is offensive. Jesus is offensive. A Christian life is offensive to many. God’s standards are offensive to many.
C1 Christians are different. Saving faith is different. Jesus is different. Jesus suffered, so will we.
C2 God gives us grace and strength for whatever we face.
C3 We need to be taught and to teach each other.
C4 We need to encourage each other in the faith.
C5 We need to pray for each other.
B3 More pastoral advice.
C1 Paul is speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so all these words are not suggestions, they are required.
C2 Command and insist on these things
D1 This is not elder or pastoral abuse.
D2 A controlling pastor is either miseducated or more likely, evil.
D3 The word command has the idea of emphasizing the importance.
D4 The command is from the Holy Spirit.
D5 Teach has the idea of letting people know.
D6 Whatever we teach and emphasize MUST be followed by us. We cannot be someone who says but does not do. That is a hypocrite, and God will judge.
C3 All Christians need to be an example.
D1 Those who have been a Christian for many years better be an example.
D2 Those who have not been a Christian for many years can be an example to those who have.
D3 The idea is be an example.
D4 We are to be an example in our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds especially in love, attitude, faith, and purity. There are too many abusing pastors. They are not pure.
C4 Read, exhort, and teach.
D1 We are to do these things to ourselves.
D2 We are to encourage these things to others.
B4 Be steadfast in your belief
C1 We need to think. We need to deeply think. We need to carefully.
C2 The things of God are most important to our life today and in the future life.
C3 We are to be dedicated to God’s ways.
C4 We need to grow in the faith.
C5 We need to be careful what we to and teach.
C6 We need to continue in the faith.
C7 We need to encourage all the brothers and sisters to continue, and they to encourage me.
C1 There is a Christian life for our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
C2 We need to study, teach, and life the Christian faith.
C3 We need to actively think about God’s teachings.
C4 God will give us grace to do these things.
C5 Do not quit.