(myCommunity.com) What are the doctrines of demons in 1 Timothy 4: 1? In many places, the Scriptures warn us against false doctrine: "But the Spirit clearly says that in the last times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,"(1 Timoteo 4: 1 LBLA). The RVR1960 says it like "deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons" A doctrine is a teaching or a set of principles. The "doctrines of demons", Then, are things that demons teach.
Then, there can be good and bad doctrines. The word doctrine can refer to the biblical teachings of a church or a pastor. Or, in the case of 1 Timothy 4: 1, the impious teachings of Satan. Those who follow the doctrines of demons "they will abandon the faith" That is, paying attention to the doctrine of demons is a serious matter because it implies a deviation from the truth of the gospel of Christ.
How are the doctrines of demons promulgated? They are delivered through human instructors: "Such teachings come from hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been sealed as with a hot iron"(1 Timoteo 4: 2). These false teachers are hypocrites; that is, their lives do not show the sanctity they apparently embrace. They are liars; that is, they deal with falsehood and, knowingly, lead others to apostasy. And they are beyond the reach of consciousness; that is, they have found a way, in their own minds, to justify their lies. These false teachers can be pleasant, charming and persuasive, but they do not receive their message from the Holy Spirit; rather, they spit out the suggestions of the evil spirits, whose job is to divert people.
What exactly are the doctrines of demons? The immediate context gives an idea of the lessons to be taken into account: "They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received gratefully by those who believe and know the truth. Because everything that God created is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer"(1 Timoteo 4: 2-5). According to this passage, we should not follow any person or group that prohibits marriage or that imposes restrictions on certain foods. Any person or group that says that holiness comes from a select diet or from complete sexual abstinence is lying.
In the Garden of Eden, Eve encountered the doctrines of demons when the serpent spoke to her: "He told the woman: 'Did God really say: "You should not eat from any tree in the garden?"" At the beginning of the conversation, Satan questioned the teaching of God and, as they continued to speak, he replaced his own teaching with that of God. Satan has continued to use deceit, doubt and subtlety to mislead people. Satan is the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning (John 8: 44), and the doctrines taught by his demons through the agency of voluntary human accomplices continue to separate the people of God and his blessing.
Satan knows how to manipulate us, and that is why the doctrines of demons are so effective. We can identify the doctrines of demons by immersing ourselves in the truth. We must read and study our Bibles. When we know what God says on any given subject, then any deviation from that teaching will send a red flag. When we are in tune with the Word of God, the aberrations of that key note will sound hollow and muffled.