Many times, people who simply go to church, who are not committed totally to the cause or teachings and waiver in their commitment…talk as if they know the bible better than anyone here on earth!
There are so many of these pretenders, spouting off what they think the bible means, rather than what it actually says and what it actually mean, that the non-believing world finds it so-o difficult to determine what “is” the real truth! When we read the word with the Spirit, the true meaning is giving to us in three (3) dimensions! (mind, soul, spirit)
These counterfeiters only know it in a two-dimension arena! (mental, soul) They are so busy spouting off their “cunningly devised fables” and watered-down truths! Their dialog only appeals to those having itching ears…only wanting to hear something to make them feel good about their dis-function!
Apostle Paul said to Timothy, his spiritual son, his protege`…“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils… (7) But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”
The word “seducing” has the idea of ‘deceiver, imposter’. “Refuse” means ‘to beg off, that is,deprecate, decline, shun: – avoid, (make) excuse, refuse, reject.’ Not only was Timothy to not listen or pay attention to them, but he was to outright reject them! No matter how attractive or interesting a fable may be constructed, the warning was given that it could be candy–coated poison!
Keep in mind that Timothy has been serving as a pastor and elder to the churches in Ephesus. That city was where the temple of Diana was located. It was the largest temple in the Greek world – one of the 7 Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The city was a very idolatrous city.
Undoubtedly, those who believed on Christ had to forsake a lot of ‘baggage’ and customs. There were many pressures on the churches there…to adopt pagan practices, customs, mentalities, models, etc. Paul is (in effect) warning Timothy about the abomination of using pagan trappings, terms, mindsets, personages, likenesses, etc. in an attempt to teach the truth – irregardless of how ‘pure’ the moral of the story was. The end achieved is irrelevant, if the means is pagan.
Paul goes on to explain that even though the perceived benefit of using pagan fables is the spreading of truth, in reality it works the opposite!
2Timothy 4:3-5 warns “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, (the practice of giving information about a particular doctrine or set of beliefs to others)…make full proof of thy ministry.”
Paul warned Timothy not to even go down the path of using an imposter-truth as opposed to the sound Truth – God’s Word. Why does Satan want a mixing of paganism and Christianity? Because he knows that it will ultimately turn people away from truth. Our sin nature does not want to hear God’s Word. Under the guise of receiving truth, many people are more comfortable hearing about a watered-down and adulterated ‘truth’.
Satan wants and desires for the sincere milk of the Word to be contaminated. This is precisely the danger that Paul was warning Timothy to be watchful of! He was telling him that, yes, there will be pressure to find new and interesting ways to share the Gospel; but, we should not turn to Satan’s temples and books for inspiration!