Topics for 09-02-2019

On Sunday we discussed 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (cf. 2 Timothy 3:1-9) which gives us a brief glimpse into the nature of the false teaching that was invading Ephesus.  The asceticism promoted by these false teachers led them to forbid marriage and prohibit the consumption of certain foods.  Paul's argued that this teaching was twisting the truth that God created all things for people to enjoy and that believers have an extra measure of enjoyment due to their knowledge of God's grace given through His creation.

This passage does not provide a checklist for all false teaching, but it does provide a framework that we can use to identify other false teachings: all false teaching is an altering of the truth of God in order to draw men away from the truth of the gospel.

  1. Choose an example of false teaching (biblical, historical, or current) and write a brief synopsis of it.
  2. How does this false teaching match the paradigm of twisting God's truth in order to lead people astray from the truth of the gospel?