1 Timothy 4:1-5
As short as it is, I’ve learned a lot from this passage. Some will abandon the faith being committed to false teachings. Paul just used the word πλάνος or planos (deceit) twice in his letters. In 2 Corinthians 6:8, he uses the same Greek word to refer to themselves preceived as others as deceivers. In 1 Tim. 4:1 the context is not of themsleves but can be pertained (in lieu of 2 Cor. 6:8) to those who pretend to be part of them, those who pretend to be Christians, but teach a different Gospel like the Judaizers of the Galatians. Paul differentiates it from the doctrine of the devil in the passage which shows that there are 2 different teachings pulling away both Christians and non believers away from the saving knowledge and devotion to God. I would say that the “later times” Paul is referring to is now.
I made a paper on prosperity gospel in my Soteriology class. I enjoyed it as I discovered how they teach. They teach from the Bible but they deceive people into believing the Bible in a different perspective–out of context perspective; or lack of it. Verse 2 says that is “seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron.” Paul uses the word seared or kasteriazo just once, as it also appears just once in the whole Bible. So intense is his warning about people who teach these lies like they have no conscience–blatant liars. Verse 3 says that these are people who give so much rules and instruct people to abstain from some food and practices. In this day and age, people like this are living in double standards. They say one thing, yet do it differently. I know of a denomination that, years ago, prohibits their women to wear shorts and prohibits the use of technology. But I know of some of its members, even the pastors family who use technology a lot. The pastor’s daughters even wear shorts outside of the church.
I can go on and on with this passage. But primarily, this passage has taught me to guard my stand on theology and the Bible and only trust on what God says in His Word.