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The Hypocrisy of Liars

November 2, 2016

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The Hypocrisy of Liars

The early church  had some big-time problems.     Not only were they being persecuted  by the Jews and unbelievers,  but they also had to deal  with “the hypocrisy  of liars”,  who were trying  to force their way  into being church leaders.     That was a lot  for the new church  to deal with.

Those “liars” were purposely teaching  all sorts  of false doctrines  that they made up,  in order to try  and draw people  into following them  —  instead of God’s word.     Paul speaks about them  in 1 Timothy 4:1-3 and following,

But  the Spirit explicitly says  that in later times  some will fall away  from the faith,  paying attention  to deceitful spirits  and doctrines  of demons,  by means  of the hypocrisy  of liars  seared  in their own conscience  as with a branding iron,  men who forbid marriage  and advocate abstaining  from foods  which God  has created  to be gratefully shared in  by those who believe  and know the truth…….  

Those “liars”  knew  that people like  to feel  they are gallantly earning their way  to heaven  by remaining celibate, “abstaining from foods”,  etc.     Since they pretentiously  acted so pious,  authoritative  and knowledgeable,  many new Christians fell  for their lies  —  and lost their salvation  in the process.     Those false doctrines  of celibacy,  abstaining from foods,  praying to the saints, etc.,  etc.,  etc.  still exist today.

Paul says  we are to avoid  such false teachings  and much rather,

Discipline yourself  for the purpose  of godliness;  for bodily discipline is only  of little profit,  but godliness  is profitable  for all things,  since it holds promise  for the present life  and also  for the life  to come.                           ( 1 Timothy 4:7-8 )

“Godliness” consists  of following God’s word  in the Bible  regarding our faith,  hope,  and love.     Man-made regulations are of no “profit”.     Our faith needs  to be  in what Christ Jesus has done  for us  —  not in anything we do.

Thanking Jesus  for our full salvation,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  Your sacrifice  makes us complete.     Keep us in Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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