Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's All Good, But No Rats For Me

Paul warns Timothy in I Timothy 4:1-11 that some would leave the faith and listen to spirits and devils instead. There are a lot of people who put a great deal of emphasis on what they feel the Holy Spirit is leading them to do. While that sounds spiritual and close to God, the problem is that many of these people can’t tell the difference between what the Holy Spirit is telling them to do and what some other spirit is telling them to do. The Holy Spirit isn’t the only spirit that can influence people and some spirits have lead people astray.

Notice what Paul says some of these spirits are leading people to do, “forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving.” There are some denominations that will not allow the leaders of their churches to marry. That doctrine is of Satan and not of God. As for eating various kinds of meats, Paul says that it’s all good if we’ve been saved.

Paul tells Timothy to put the brethren in remembrance of this. The thing we need to remember here is that we are no longer under the law, but Jesus has fulfilled the law. The Lord showed Peter a bunch of unclean animals that are now to be considered clean. Satan would love to see us spend our time trying to figure out which meats we can eat and which we can’t instead of serving the Lord as we should.

On a side note: I think I’ll stay away from eating rats, but you go right ahead if you want to.