Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that 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 it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:1-5
While some might use today’s verses to support the claim that we can lose our salvation or willingly give it up, it seems to me that Paul is writing about legalism encroaching on the faith. Jesus came to free us from the law but just like to caged animal that keeps coming back to the confines of the cage rather than enjoy freedom so we keep trying to go back to the law.
When God gave Moses the law, God knew it would be impossible for us to keep the law. Our flesh betrays us time and time again and we sin. We cannot help but break God’s law. But even as He gave Moses the law God had a plan to free us, His Son Jesus.
Even though we always break them we are comfortable with rules. And just as the caged animal freely returns to the cage so we set up rules in the church. Rule that if we keep them we feel that our salvation is somehow more assured. As if we could add anything to the works of God.
We need to heed Paul’s warning and weed out the rules we put in addition to Christ and His work. Whenever we see or hear that you need Jesus and this or that to be saved we need to immediately call out to stop the practice. Legalism does not free us it enslaves us to the rule of man. Christ cam to free us from the law and the rule of man. Why on earth would we trade His freedom for the cage of law?
Have a blessed day,