“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” (1Timothy 4:1)
The source of apostasy is Satan. When we pay attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons; we sin; we give up truth and follow a lie. Since creation, the world has been a battleground between right and wrong; good and evil; truth and error; God and Satan. In the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve that in the exercising of their free will they were not to eat of the forbidden fruit in the midst of the Garden. Satan then tells them that they can eat it; it should not be forbidden to them. Eve ate and gave to Adam and he did eat. By eating that which God said was not allowed to them, they departed from the plan of truth and right; and introduced sin into the world.
It should be remembered that Satan did not come to the first couple in the Garden with an external arming or supernatural weapon; instead, he came to them with an idea. And it was that idea that condemned them and the rest of humankind, with the only remedy being the sacrificial death of God’s Son. Adam and Eve’s sin provides excellent commentary to Paul’s NT teaching in First Timothy four one.
Apostasy is not only possible; it is expected. The Spirit expressly; clearly; plainly; and distinctly, says that it is so. Who will deny that, except an apostate himself; who is a servant of Satan; whose conscience is seared; and who does not love truth! In latter times it will happen, so says the Spirit!
The big problem is that any teaching that rejects divine revelation is apostate teaching. Jesus has said that the truth will set us free from sin. (John 8:32) He has warned against “false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matt 7:15) We must not be Christians who can be “tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine.” (Eph 4:14) We are to receive a love for the truth; be nourished by truth and refuse that which opposes it; buy the truth and sell it not; that we might be saved.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, or sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Ps 1:1-2) Our minds should not be a battle ground of wavering about what is true and what is false; what to preach or not to preach. Only God’s truth is to be preached; believed and obeyed. AMEN!
With brotherly affection,