Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
It is no surprise that the world has rejected the Word of God and turned to deceitful spirits and the teaching of demons as the guide for their lives, but heart-wrenching when those who claim to be Christians do likewise. There is a somewhat perverse comfort in recognizing that Paul warns of this in the later times, but at the same time, deep sorrow for those who have been led astray. As entire denominations reject various teachings as no longer applicable to their faith and in so doing, reject the work of Christ and grieve the Holy Spirit.
It is the Christian equivalent of the Bataan Death March as the leaders of these groups lead their flocks into damnation by denying the faith. I am not advocating that someone's salvation can be lost, but am raising a doubt that it ever existed when a Christian, for example, claims Christ as Lord and Savior in one breath and advocate abortion in the next.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 54
Evening: Psalm 130
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