Doctrines of Devils
I Timothy 4:1
Notice in the scripture reference, the words “giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”. Paul here is warning the church that “some shall depart from the faith”. The Bible says this will happen in the “latter days”. This dear believers is a prophecy that we can watch happening right before our eyes. I’ve been around a few years and I can’t remember a time that Christ’s church and His people were so hounded for their faith. It comes in the form of family, the media, other members and sadly our own government. It causes doubt and fear among Christian believers who aren’t grounded and settled, here read Colossians 1:21-29.
In this article, we will look at three distinct areas that “doctrines of devils” will affect. We will see that they affect the body, mind, and spirit of the believer as well as the unbelievers. Most will be affected in all three areas at some level.
First let’s examine the outward of our flesh, the body. The body has a “natural” rhythm that Satan uses to great effect. This concerns the physical acts in the flesh, mostly the worship of entities other than our Lord. Read Matthew 4:10 and Luke 4:8. First thing comes to mind is angel worship and self-worship. You can see both of these in the churches of today. There are times in the Bible that man tried to worship an angel and was quickly rebuked for it. See here Rev. 19:10 and 22:9. A holy angel will not accept worship from you. We are to “entertain” strangers because they may be angels, but never worship them, read Hebrews 13:2. Notice the word “unawares”. By this scripture we see that if an angel is sent from God we probably won’t know it. We don’t need word from an angel we have something better the Living Word of God, our holy Bible, from the mouth of God! Read here Galatians 1:8-9.
Now let’s consider the mind. This is where knowledge and wisdom is stored. Left to its own, the mind will always team with the path of the flesh or body. However, it can be brought into submission by God’s Word or sadly overcome by “doctrines of devils”, here read the first chapter of Proverbs 5- 7 concerning wisdom. I think of the new age movement that is gaining strength among Christian believers, one of which is yoga.
The word yoga literally means to be yoked with another entity. People use this to gain enlightenment and inner peace, in the flesh, through meditation. This is now making another advance in fundamental churches. 1st Timothy 6:20 calls this “oppositions of science”. Paul warns Timothy in the same verse to “keep that which is committed to thy trust”. Distrust anyone who encourages you to concentrate on yourself to fulfill some dream or fantasy. It is the gospel of prosperity and the new age that says if you can think it you can make it so. God’s word tells us that it’s not our will but His be done, Matthew 6:10.
Now let’s consider the spirit or heart of man. It’s my thought, this is where I believe faith dwells. Faith is the confidence in what we believe, the substance and evidence, Hebrews 11:1. True faith in Christ cannot be shaken or removed from the heart of the one “grounded and settled”. It is connected to the mind through knowledge, 2nd Cor. 3:3. We’ve all heard someone say that someone else was in a good spirit or a glad heart. Perhaps this comes from Zephaniah 3:14 where God’s Word says to “sing and rejoice with all the heart”. Also here read Psalms 119:2 and Romans 10:10 to get a better understanding of the heart.
Sadly, our hearts can also be grievous thorns. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it”? It’s also where emotions dwell and intent lurks to pull the unwary soul away. Satan uses this tool to great advantage. John 14:27 also tells us that trouble and fear dwells there. It’s through the heart that the cult religions prosper and rule. Here I am thinking of the ones who keep lost souls captured by fear and emotions. They constantly preach that you have to do this or do that or be this or be that to be saved or to stay saved or to enter into the kingdom. All will always attack the redemptive work of Christ blood and tell you there’s another this or that you have to do, this is works. I once heard it preached from a pulpit to a congregation in a chapel that all previous sins were forgiven at the time of salvation but future sins would have to be dealt with later………..WHAT, EXCUSE ME! I had a heart to heart with the preacher later and he then through God’s Word understood his mistake. Hebrews 10:14 tells us that we are “perfected forever”. So dear Christian when you were saved you were sanctified and placed among the forgiven. All your sins were washed and to be remembered no more.
What is the Christian to do when confronted with these “doctrines of devils”? My pastor would say “well I’m glad you asked”! 2nd Timothy 4:2 tells us that Paul wants Timothy to “preach the word” and believers listening are to “receive the engrafted word”, James 1:21. God wants us to worship Him, listen to His word, understand with our mind and believe with our hearts, body, mind and soul.