Because of our radio program I get a lot of questions emailed to me about the Bible and about what is taught today on the radio, television, and by various groups and churches. One of the “signs of the times” is that what is taught as Biblical Truth will get farther and farther away from the truth, but more and more attractive to the average Christian and even non-Christian.
1 Timothy 4:1 says, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,”
“Doctrines of demons”, that is an interesting phrase, meaning that demons through their influence in the lives of people get doctrines established and that many will believe them. A doctrine is a basic truth that is important, some being important enough to be required for our salvation from Hell to heaven. “Jesus is God, without beginning or ending, eternal, always has been and always will be,” is such a doctrine, but I hear teaching constantly that would teach as doctrine stuff that doesn’t agree with that at all, and people are believing it.
The Apostle Paul instructed his student, Timothy to correct those were teaching “strange doctrines” in 1 Timothy 1:3. “As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,” I hear so much taught as truth today that is “strange”, “weird”, and even “crazy”.
Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;