Summary: The early church dealt with false teachers telling the church that certain foods and even marriage and sexual relations within marriage were sinful and should be avoided. This message deals with Paul's approach in coaching Timothy to deal with this.

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1 Timothy 4:1-16

Dorn Ridge, July 07, 2013

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1.) Jesus said: “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”

2.) As grand as the prophecy of God is, for 2,000 years Satan has repeatedly given his worst to defeat the Church of Jesus Christ.

3.) Today I want us to look at the instruction the Apostle Paul had given to the young man Timothy in regards to some of Satan’s false teachings that had crept into the church, and how that today we can use those same tools in our battle against the prince of darkness.


1.) The Spirit of God had predicted this would happen.

A.) Certainly more than one of the books of the New Testament predict that Anti-Christ, and also anti-Christian influences would come into the church.

B.) The apostle Paul had earlier warned this very same Church of Ephesus on this very matter.

ba.) Acts 20:28-30

C.)Paul said to Timothy that some would abandon the faith.

ca.) Even worse than abandoning their faith, some who would do so would be doing it by the influence of Satan and his demonic world.

cb.) 1 Timothy 4:1

cc.) Sadly, in every age of the church, Satan and his demons have been at work to destroy the work and ministry of Jesus Christ.

cca.) What better means than by giving the church a false doctrine that supposedly will bring one closer in his relationship with God.

cd.) The influence here in this passage is through hypocritical liars in the church moved by the demons of hell.

cda.) Verses 1b-2

2.) Satan will promote that which will draw men from Christ.

A.) 1 Timothy 4:3

B.) Teachings forbidding people to marry.

ba.) One of the teachings that would come into the church that would be a powerful force in leading people astray was a doctrine that people should not marry.

bb.)When Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians chapter 7, something was going on within the church which we do not know the details of today.

bba.) Whatever it was, Paul advised that under “the present circumstances” it was better to not marry and remain in their present state.

bc.) In the early church one of the groups of false teachers that had come into the church were the Gnostics who felt anything of the physical was evil.

bd.) If anything of the physical is evil, then by that logic so also the physical bodies we possess, and therefore sexual relations between a man and woman, even in the holy bonds of marriage were considered by some to be unholy, and even defiling to your being.

be.) The result and conclusion of this line of thinking is that a person will become more holy and more Godly and more dedicated to God if marriage and the sexual relations between a man and woman are taken out of the equation.

bea.) This same false teaching has since been adopted by others in the history of the church.

beb.) For some individuals this can be beneficial spiritually particularly if chosen by an individual as his own desired act of dedication toGod.

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