“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 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. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3)
Demons are actively working today to produce counterfeit religious practices that bring temporary relief from guilty feelings but do not deal with real guilt before the Holy God. The Bible warns us of two areas that would be chosen by demons to deceive people in hypocritical Christianity. People whose consciences are already seared by sinful practices will accept these demonic doctrines. What are they? “forbidding to marry” and “commanding to abstain from foods”. Celibacy and diets will make you feel holy when you are not. It is amazing how sex and eating produce guilt feelings. Demons teach that to deny sex, even in marriage, is a more holy state than a loving marriage. Demons teach that you will get closer to God if you stop eating cupcakes or ice cream. God says that the most important response to God’s gift of marriage and food is to thank Him for the goodness He has shown by creating marriage and food. He built pleasure into each. Both are made holy (sanctified) by the Word of God and prayer. We should meditate on verses of Scripture as often as we eat. We should share Scripture and pray along with the loving sexuality of a good marriage. What gifts a good marriage and good food are to us! Thank You God!!! When God Himself meets the deepest needs in our life for love, joy and peace through a faith relationship with Jesus, we are free to love, to enjoy and to share our food with the hungry. Demons want you to be bitter against God. Demons want you to be filled with unresolved guilt about sex and food. Jesus came to forgive us and show us how to experience fulfillment in the gifts He has provided. He shows us how to have self-control in our food and sex by putting others first. Do you have demonic doctrines? Do you follow demonic directions on your quest for holiness? Jesus was the most holy of all but he en-joyed his food and was thankful for it. He is engaged to a beautiful bride and is preparing a home for her. He will enjoy the marriage supper with His bride and then delight her with a 1,000 year honeymoon. They will never be parted. They will enjoy twelve kinds of fruit in their new home by the river of life. Think about it!!!