Doctrines of Demons
Paul warns in I Timothy 4 that in the latter days men will depart from “the faith” by giving heed to deceiving spirits and “doctrines of demons.” Lest we be deceived, we need to be on our guard. But how do we recognize these demonic doctrines? Let’s see.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 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. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” (I Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV)
Here are some deductions we can make about demonic doctrines from our observation of the text:
1. They are lies that appear to be true, taught by men who may seem very genuine. Remember, Satan can transform himself into an angel of light.
2. They get people to focus on rules and regulations instead of on developing a loving relationship with God and with people.
3. They emphasize law instead of grace.
4. They focus on self-denial instead of gratitude.
5, They replace what Christ has done with what man must do.
6. They are doctrines that cause men to depart from “the faith.” In other words, they teach things that either add to, or take away from, “the faith.”
For a summary of the doctrines that constitute “the faith,” all we need to do is turn to the last verse of I Tim. 3.
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.” (I Timothy 3:16 NKJV)
Child of God, from beginning to end, the focus of our faith is on the Person of Jesus and His finished work on our behalf. Any doctrine that takes our eyes off Jesus and weakens our faith in the sufficiency of His finished work is, therefore, a doctrine of demons. Resist it and teach others to do the same.
Remember, “salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for the God’s glory alone!”