People do not really understand
the intent of the development of the doctrines of demons. Paul wrote the
Scriptures at the direction of the Holy Spirit so that we would understand what
the doctrines of demons were and how they would manifest themselves in the last
days. We need to understand that fact.
Paul says in 1Timothy 4:1-5
Now the Spirit expressly (in words ('retoos)) says that in later times some will depart from the faith
by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, through the
pretension of liars whose consciences are seared (perhaps also meaning in the hypocrisy of the false testimony
(pseudologoon) which brands the idea on the conscience (kekausteriasmenoon ten
idian suneidesin)), who forbid marriage and enjoin abstinence from foods
which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and
know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be
rejected if it is received with thanksgiving; for then it is consecrated by the
word of God and prayer.
The Holy Spirit was emphatic and stated in words to Paul
that in the last days two significant doctrines of demons would emerge that had
to be resisted and exposed by the elect who know the truth.
The demons did not decide to
introduce these doctrines idly. They are not insignificant. They strike at the
very heart of the intent of God in the plan of salvation and the adequacy to
the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. These doctrines are two specific errors,
which seek to undermine the rational intent of the creation.
The first doctrine of demons is the teaching that one should
abstain from marriage. The doctrine is of Spiritism, which seeks for spiritual
union or affinity. The intent of this doctrine of
demons is to strike at the very basis of the teaching unit that God has chosen
to deal with as an example of His system. That unit is the family. By
destroying the stability of the family, the demons destroy the basic building
block of our society. We are watching
this society crumble before our eyes because people are starting to live
together outside of marriage. It is fundamental to our understanding and our
relationship with Jesus Christ and our worship of God that the family unit is
understood. The breakdown of the family and national systems then goes into the
perversion of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The process of this doctrine is accompanied by the idolatry.
This is developed by Paul in Romans 1:1-32. These verses relate to the whole
question of worship and the cause of adultery in the society. It is the same
basis as spiritual adultery in our relationship with God, which is idolatry and
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an
apostle, set apart for the gospel of God
It is God’s gospel and it was
given to Jesus Christ. All of us are set apart for that purpose.
2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets
in the holy Scriptures, 3 the gospel concerning his Son, who was
descended from David according to the flesh 4 and designated Son of
God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the
dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
Christ was a son of God, one of the multiple sons of the
Host, before his incarnation. He laid all that aside and became an human being.
We cannot say Christ retained any part of himself in the Godhead or outside of
himself. Paul quite clearly says here that Christ was designated son of God in
power according to the Holy Spirit, by his resurrection from the dead. He laid
aside his sonship to become a human in order that he might become the first son
of God of the human species. That’s what the intent was. Nothing of Jesus
Christ remained outside of his human existence. That is the doctrine of Antichrist. The doctrine of Antichrist
teaches that Christ has some part of himself separate to his entity as a human
being and somehow he retained some part of his divinity external to his
physical existence. He did not.
5 through whom we have received grace and
apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name
among all the nations,
The faith was then extended into
the nations. It was the structure of the obedience of faith. Our faith is
obedience to God and the acknowledgment that
only God is True God. Our requirement for the inheriting of eternal life from
John 17:3 is the knowledge of the One True God and of his son Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is not the One True God. The Bible is emphatic on that. It is
quite clear that the obedience of the faith to the One True God, that is God
the Father, God Most High, is the requirement for the receipt of the sonship on
the redemption of our bodies, from Romans 8:29ff. That includes all who are
called to belong to Jesus Christ from verse 6.
yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; 7 To all God's
beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: grace to you and peace from God
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thus we establish the Godhead in
the first seven verses and the understanding of the faith of the One True God,
and that Christ laid aside his sonship and became a human and received his
sonship again from the redemption of his body at his resurrection. There is no
existence of Jesus Christ outside of his humanity until his resurrection. To
assert that as a fact denies the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and denies the
totality of his resurrection, and is a doctrine of demons. The trinity is
itself a doctrine of demons and from it two other doctrines flow.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all
of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9 For God
is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that
without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers,
There is no doubt in Paul’s mind
that he served God in the gospel, in the way it was laid down by his master
Jesus Christ. There is no conflict in Paul’s mind about there being two gods or
that Christ was true god. None whatsoever.
10 asking that somehow by God's will I may now at
last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you, that I may
impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,
Why did he need to do that? The Church
was in Rome, the centre of the empire of iron, which followed the bronze
empire, which we see symbolised in the statue in Daniel (Dan. 2:1-49). The
empire of iron tore down and destroyed everything and its seat was the centre
of idolatry. The saints there
needed strengthening and understanding.
12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by
each other's faith, both yours and mine. The weapon of the adversary is
discouragement. 13 I want you to know, brethren, that I have often
intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may
reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.
Notice the verses are broken up into sequence. There are
seven verses to establish the godhead, then another five. We are dealing with
seven and five to twelve. Dealing with the function of the numbers of grace and
the spirit. These relate to the parables also.
14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to
barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish: 15 so I am eager to
preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not
ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who
has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the
righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written,
"He who through faith is righteous shall live."
Here we see the requirements of
faith and the requirements of mutual encouragement and the fact that faith
leads to righteousness. However, faith itself does not lead to righteousness.
It is faith that God gives, faith that the word of God is true and that God has
given His word for the education of the saints. That faith gives us the
capacity then to be righteous, through obedience to the law under the grace of
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress
That text is also translated
“withhold the truth in unrighteousness”. The concept Paul is getting at is that
people who do not tell the truth, withhold information. Paul is quite clear
that whoever withholds the truth in unrighteousness will receive the wrath of
heaven. That is a promise God makes through Paul.
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them,
because God has shown it to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the
world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been
clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without
We now turn from the structure
of the Godhead (stemming from the One True God) and the faith, to the
observation of the Godhead and the proof from the creation. As our knowledge
increases, we are now actually demonstrating the existence of God. Evolution is
being progressively discarded. It is fundamentally disjointed and
dysfunctional. The scientists are putting it into a box of myth. We are finding
that the universe shows a power of God. The only thing arguable among the
scientists is what the nature of God is.
21 for although they knew God they did not honor him
as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and
their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they
became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for
images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.
That change doesn’t happen as a
direct transposition. It is a progressive thing and it took a long while to
achieve. They went from the acknowledgment of God as God, and within
Christianity they then elevated Jesus Christ to God and began worshipping him.
Having done that they then elevated the saints to the same status and began
worshipping them. Then finally they began praying to images of Mary and other
such idols, losing sight completely of the understanding of resurrection.
Mariam, wrongly called Mary, is dead! (cf. the paper The Virgin Mariam and
the Family of Jesus Christ (No. 232)).
Mariam, called Mary, will be resurrected along with the rest of the
saints in the first resurrection. Jesus Christ is the only person who has been
resurrected to heaven (Jn. 3:13).
The consequence then of this
idolatry is a progressive deterioration in the thinking of the people involved.
Their minds become less and less clear.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their
hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
This is what happens when we get to the
steps in verse 24 and verse 25. Once we get to the deterioration of idolatry,
we are given up to unnatural lusts. This then goes into adultery and then into perversions, and it will get worse and worse. People do not
understand the sequence of the progression of the deterioration.
The doctrine of demons establishes at
the start in the attack of the Godhead and then progresses. Then God gives the
people up to their own lusts. We are seeing that now in this society where people
became godless, but they did not do it without penalty. Their society broke
became fundamentally perverted. The society has to repent of perversion. One
has to restore one’s relationship with God to overcome it and we cannot
overcome these problems until we acknowledge God and we repent and restore our
relationship with God through Jesus Christ. If we worship Jesus Christ we are
doing exactly the same thing as if we were worshipping any other one of the
elohim, other than God the Father. We are attributing to Christ the same sin as
we attribute to Satan.
25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a
lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is
blessed for ever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable
passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, 27
and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed
with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and
receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. 28
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base
mind and to improper conduct.
In one sentence it tells us what
it is all about. The breach of the understanding of the Godhead results in the
perversions and the baseness of this society.
29 They were filled with all manner of wickedness,
evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity,
they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty,
boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish,
faithless, heartless, ruthless.
All of these things follow from
the breaching of our relationship with God. All of these things deal with the
relationships to the family unit and to the social unit and they are the end
result of the problems of the Godhead.
32 Though they know God's decree that those who do
such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who
practice them. (RSV)
It is now getting to the stage
where people call good bad and bad good. People who denounce these practices
are themselves denounced.
We see from this argument that the process of idolatry is
developed into that of unnatural lusts. Those processes become full blown as
the process degenerates. The doctrine of celibacy of priests is a further
adjunct to this decay. Celibacy itself is not the
doctrine referred to as a doctrine of demons from 1Timothy 4. Celibacy is just
another side issue to this doctrine of demons. It is a function of the doctrine
of demons, but the celibacy of priests is not itself the primary doctrine.
However, celibacy of priests and monasticism are doctrines of demons. Paul
says: “You do better not to marry then to marry but if you burn marry.” The
fact that it becomes a doctrine requiring abstinence from marriage is itself a
doctrine of demons. All are developments of the doctrines of demons.
The Bible is clear that the doctrine is not entirely
successful as people are still said to be undertaking marriage at the return of
Messiah (Mat. 24:38-39). However, it is a major
doctrine that is cause for extreme concern in the last days. Marriage is a holy
institution ordained by God to represent the relationship of mankind to Jesus
Christ and the unification of the nations under the Father. What this doctrine
of demons seeks to do is to destroy the understanding of that process, to
impugn God by saying the system He set up is not to be kept and it causes
confusion in the society. It throws into utter chaos any concepts of genealogy,
of inheritance, of order, and of stability. It creates a complete lack of
loyalty and trust of anybody in the mind of the person.
The reason the Spartan society
failed is because they dispensed with the family unit. Sparta was a military
state. All men were trained for the army. It was the most ruthless military
state the world has ever seen. It destroyed itself because it did away with the
The next process is that of the doctrine of the abstaining
from meats that were created to be received with thanksgiving. Those meats are
clearly identified by the Bible in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.
This process of purification is older than Christianity. It
was part of the Pythagorean system of the Greeks and is evident in Buddhism.
The process is now termed vegetarianism (see the
paper Vegetarianism and the Bible (No.
This process is deficient in essential nutrients for the
proper activity of the brain. Be that as it may, the doctrine strikes at the
very system that God set up from the beginning with Adam. It is clearly noted
there that Cain was a tiller of the soil and that Abel was a pastoralist.
Abel's offering was more acceptable to God than Cain's offering. That is the
reason for Cain's wrath and the reason why he killed Abel (Gen. 4:1-16).
The intent of this selective approval is to point to the
sacrifice of Messiah. The whole pastoral system was
set up reflecting the blood sacrifice of Messiah and reflecting the structure
of the foods that were meant to be taken and eaten. The process of
vegetarianism calls into question the veracity and wisdom of the process of
salvation and the entire system of Temple sacrifice and expiation set up by
God. What it effectively says to God is: “You got it wrong,
you are cruel. The requirement for a blood sacrifice is unnecessary.” Or, “We deny that it is necessary to eat meat or
that it is even good for us to eat meat. In other words God, “You got the whole
structure wrong and we cannot reach the perfection of the plan of salvation
following your rules.” That’s what vegetarianism imputes to God.
A vegetarian sets himself up as
judge of God, denies the totality of the system of the food laws and denies the
wisdom of the creation and the capacity of the human body to exercise and deal
with the foods that are given to be received with thanksgiving. It says that
God did not understand the structure and that the body will in fact break down
following the rules of God. The arguments put forward are completely fallacious. It seeks to
undermine the restoration of the last days and calls into question the ability
of Messiah to institute just systems. The prophecies
are clear that Messiah will establish a system and there will be meat eaten in
the Millennium, and the restoration will take place, and that Messiah will
restore the sacrifice. All of this doctrine calls into question the activities
and the wisdom of Messiah and the plan of God. It accuses both God and Messiah
and is totally anti-Christian.
of the ability to eat all kinds of meats from the Bible texts is incorrect.
Acts 10 and 11 show the cleansing of the Gentiles for acceptance into the
Kingdom of God. The text has nothing to do with food as is plainly evident from
Acts 11. It is quite clear the vision given to Peter
cleansed the gentiles and not the food. The whole question of the
acceptability of food revolved around the fact that a great deal of meat was
sacrificed to idols before it was sold or eaten. The Bible injunctions were
made so that the elect could eat meat without worrying as to whether or not it
had been sacrificed to a deity.
Romans 14:1-4 As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him,
but not for disputes over opinions. 2 One believes he may eat anything,
while the weak man eats only vegetables. 3 Let not him who eats despise him who
abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God
has welcomed him. 4
Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own
master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able
to make him stand. (RSV)
Now this text does not specifically refer to the weakness of
vegetarianism. The Bible labels vegetarianism specifically as a doctrine of
demons. What this text refers to is the fact that the weakness comes not from
the consumption of the vegetables but from the fact that the member had
insufficient faith not to be excessively concerned as to whether or not the
meat had been sacrificed to idols.
Thus the intent is that the meat is to be consumed with
thanksgiving within the regulations laid down by the food laws. The procedures
adopted by Judaism in the sacrifices and the butchering process were not laid
on the Gentiles. Paul laid the simple statement on them to abstain from blood
and that which is strangled or sacrificed to idols (Acts 15:20,29; 21:25). Thus
we are dealing with two concepts concerning the consumption of meat sacrificed
to idols. If it is known, and a matter of public concern and likely to cause
stumbling of the brethren or to be seen as endorsement of a pagan religious
practice, then it is to be rejected and abstention is required. If it is
uncertain as to the process, it is to be regarded as irrelevant and of no
significance. The food is to be eaten in faith for, if it is not eaten in
faith, then the adherent is condemned.
Thus vegetarianism is seen as weakness in the question of
the selection of food involving meats within a pagan system. It is, on the
other hand, a clear doctrine of demons when it is preached as abstinence for
purity or biblical or health reasons. The assertion that God did not institute
a process of meat consumption from the beginning, and continue that process
over through the flood, is biblical error or heresy (Gen. 7:2). The assertion that
God would institute an unhealthy system is again an imputation against His