A form of falling away

1 Timothy Bible Background

New Testament: 1Ti 4.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read First Timothy 4 on October 24, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Some Christians do not fall away by becoming secular. Listen to a prophecy of Paul when he revealed to Timothy a huge falling away in the church:

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.

– 1 Timothy 4.1

That falling away, which has already occurred, was not a major exodus of people out of the church and into the world, but a major part of the church would pervert the teachings of the Lord, as Paul went on to say:

…speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 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.

– 1 Timothy 4.2–3

Simply because someone still names the name of the Lord does not mean he has not fallen away. Faithfulness to the Lord is belief and obedient in all that He says.

Questions:

  • Have you ever fallen away?
  • If so, what made you come back?

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