by Mike Ratliff
ἐν ὑποκρίσει ψευδολόγων, κεκαυστηριασμένων τὴν ἰδίαν συνείδησιν (1 Timothy 4:2 NA27)
In hypocrisy of ones speaking lies, having been seared in their own conscience… (a personal translation of 1 Timothy 4:2 from the NA27 Greek text)
I have made clear what all Christian’s stance should be on homosexuality here. That stance is biblical and any attempt to soften, change, or redirect it has as its source the father of all lies and enemy of our souls. My friend Ken Silva posted an article yesterday titled Christianity 21 To Attack Christian Sexuality. To be honest, the spew that comes from “Christianity 21” no longer surprises me. What would surprise me is if they repented, reversed course, dropped all the post-modern pretense, and submitted themselves to the Jesus Christ as Lord. The reason that would be such a surprise is, of course, once apostasy takes over a person, they depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demon, (1 Timothy 4:1) and it is like watching water circling a drain. Eventually, it will enter the drain and be sucked into the sewer.
Τὸ δὲ πνεῦμα ῥητῶς λέγει ὅτι ἐν ὑστέροις καιροῖς ἀποστήσονταί τινες τῆς πίστεως προσέχοντες πνεύμασιν πλάνοις καὶ διδασκαλίαις δαιμονίων, ἐν ὑποκρίσει ψευδολόγων, κεκαυστηριασμένων τὴν ἰδίαν συνείδησιν, κωλυόντων γαμεῖν, ἀπέχεσθαι βρωμάτων, ἃ ὁ θεὸς ἔκτισεν εἰς μετάλημψιν μετὰ εὐχαριστίας τοῖς πιστοῖς καὶ ἐπεγνωκόσι τὴν ἀλήθειαν. ὅτι πᾶν κτίσμα θεοῦ καλὸν καὶ οὐδὲν ἀπόβλητον μετὰ εὐχαριστίας λαμβανόμενον· ἁγιάζεται γὰρ διὰ λόγου θεοῦ καὶ ἐντεύξεως. (1 Timothy 4:1-5 NA27)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, In hypocrisy of ones speaking lies, having been seared in their own conscience, forbidding to marry, commanding to abstain from foods, which God created fro partaking with thanksgiving by the believers and ones having known the truth. Because every creation of God is good and nothing is to be rejected with thanksgiving being received. For it is being sanctified through the Word of God and intercession. (a personal translation of 1 Timothy 4:1-5 from the NA27 Greek text)
I want to focus on the noun” hypocrisy” that translates ὑποκρίσει in the passage above, which is the dative, singular case of ὑπόκρισις or hupokrisis, “(figuratively) deceit (“hypocrisy”): – condemnation, dissimulation, hypocrisy.” Hypocrisy is pretending to act one way while secretly acting in a different (often the opposite) way. For example, Jesus’ enemies pretend they want to learn something from him by asking him a question, but their true intent is to find reason to arrest him and put him on trial (Mark 12:15; Matthew 23:28). Jesus called this sort of hypocrisy “the yeast of the Pharisees” (Luke 12:1).
Let us be honest and true to what Sacred Scripture says and, therefore, not hypocrites. To compromise what God’s Word says for the sake of post-modern “values” such as what Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Brian McLaren, et al are teaching as their “version of Christianity” fits this warning by Paul to Timothy exactly. These people have departed from the faith giving heed to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons. What they teach as “truth” is done in hypocrisy of ones speaking lies. They have that straight face when they do it because their conscience has been seared.
You have been warned. For those of you who have considered this sort of discernment work to be mean or divisive, et cetera. I have no apology. The passage I just gave you was from Paul’s own hand and in other places he even gives the names of those to the church in warning. Flee from all who teach what is not clearly taught in God’s Word. Turn from all who teach that God wants each of you to be more concerned about offending someone instead of leading them to the Cross of Christ. Post-modernist thinking and political correctness is the noise that confusing the distracted in our time. Oh Lord, wake up your Church!
Soli Deo Gloira!