“Doctrines of Demons” in 1 Timothy 4 – VIDEO

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Posted in Apologetics by Jason

Sadly, many accuse those who follow Yeshua and keep the commandments of YHWH (Revelation 14:12) of being deceived by the “doctrines of demons” mentioned in 1 Timothy 4…

“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 Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of Elohim is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of Elohim and prayer.” -1 Timothy 4:1-5

Is the Torah, the very Word of Elohim, really the thing Paul is speaking of in this passage? In this short video teaching, Zac from New2Torah.com does a great job addressing this topic…

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2 Responses to ““Doctrines of Demons” in 1 Timothy 4 – VIDEO”
  1. Charmaine

    Shalom Jason!

    Regarding clean and unclean animals, some of the Christians nowadays use this passage as an excuse for eating what is prohibited by God.

    “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 Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of Elohim is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of Elohim and prayer.” -1 Timothy 4:1-5

    Also these verses Matthew 15:10-20, Mark 7:14-23, 1Cor. 8:8,

    • Jason

      Shalom Charmaine!

      Yes, that is actually what this video is about. 1 Timothy 4, in context, is in no way speaking of the consumption of dogs, hogs, and frogs. 🙂

      Matthew 15 and Mark 7: There are several major problems with this popular (mis)interpretation of Matthew 15 and Mark 7…

      1. The context of the issue is provided in verse 2, Yeshua’s talmidim (disciples) were breaking a non-Scriptural tradition of men (the ceremonial washing of the hands before breaking bread). This is a tradition within Judaism that is today known as netilat yadayim, it is nowhere to be found in the written Torah. For more information on this ritual, please check out this page and this page.

      2. Note that Yeshua rails on the religious leaders for setting aside the commandments of Elohim and holding to the tradition of men. Leviticus 11 is a commandment of Elohim, so Yeshua did not rebuke them for setting aside the commandments of Elohim to turn around and declare that it is okay to set aside Leviticus 11 (commandments of Elohim). This would make Yeshua a huge hypocrite and render both of these passages as completely illogical.

      3. “Sin” IS (not “was”) defined as transgressing Yah’s Torah (1 John 3:4). If Yeshua was indeed saying that it is now pleasing and acceptable to Yah to consume that which Scripture calls “an abomination”, then He would be advocating sin (transgressing Torah). If this was the case, then Yeshua would not be sinless and would not be the true Messiah. According to this (mis)understanding of Matthew 15, Yeshua fails the Deuteronomy 13 test and actually fits Daniel’s description of the anti-messiah (Daniel 7:25). Fortunately, this is not the case… many are simply misunderstanding the passage.

      4. If Yeshua declared the flesh of rats, bats, hogs, and frogs to be kosher, then why do we see many years later that Peter had still not gotten that memo?

      “But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have NEVER eaten anything common or unclean.” -Acts 10:14

      5. Isaiah 65 and 66 both speak of a FUTURE day, yet we see that consuming the flesh of unclean animals is still something that provokes our Creator to anger:

      “A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face; Who sacrifice in gardens, and burn incense on altars of brick; Who sit among the graves, and spend the night in the tombs; WHO EAT SWINE’S FLESH, AND THE BROTH OF ABOMINABLE THINGS IS IN THEIR VESSELS;” -Isaiah 65:3-4

      “For by fire and by His sword YHWH will judge all flesh; And the slain of YHWH shall be many. Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, EATING SWINE’S FLESH and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together, says YHWH.” -Isaiah 66:16-17

      1 Corinthians 8:8: “Food” is defined for us in Leviticus 11. Nowhere in this passage is the consumption of unclean animals (“an abomination”) in focus, it is concerning “food” (meat from a Scripturally clean animal) which may have possibly been offered to idols.

      Hope this helps!

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