Doctrines of Demons
by Christine Egbert
1st Timothy 4:1 says, “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons…” To correctly understand this passage, we must determine, from Scripture itself, exactly WHAT this FAITH (that seducing spirits, through their doctrines of demons use to cause some to depart from God) is.
Numbers 5:6 “…Whenever a man or woman commits any sins against any person, thus breaking faith with Adonai, that soul bears guilt…” What does Scripture define as SIN? 1John 3:4 “Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”
Psalms 119:142 declares: Your justice is righteousness forever, and Your Torah is truth. Yet, sadly, since the 4th Century, theologians, blinded by antisemitism, have cast Yah’s instructions, His Torah commandments–not as TRUTH–but as the enemy of grace. Torah, they teach, is bondage. It’s a curse! While professing to believe the entire Bible, they unwittingly demean God’s WORD when they refer to 2/3rds of Scripture as OLD, the Old Testament. They don’t seem to realize that this pejorative term of contempt was coined by a heretic named Marcion. They have either forgotten, or choose to ignore, what Yeshua declared about the first 2/3rds of Scripture in John 5:39. “You search the Scriptures because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. It is these that testify about Me!”
The TaNaKh is an acronym for the entire Hebrew Scriptures: Torah (first five books of Scripture); the Neviʾim (Prophets); and the Ketuvim (Writings). Paul, on his second letter to Timothy, chapter 3, verse 15, said, “Scripture is able to make us wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Messiah.” In verses 16-17, he wrote, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be perfected, completely furnished unto all good works.” Make no mistake, when Paul wrote these words, there was no New Testament. The gospels and letters that make up the New Testament weren’t ratified until the 3rd Council of Carthage, in A.D. 397!
In Psalms 119, there are 176 verses that tell of the blessings bestowed on those who keep Yah’s Torah.
119:43-45 “Take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in your judgments. So shall I keep Your Torah continually, forever and ever, and I will walk at liberty for I seek Your precepts.”
In spite of the thousands of verses in the Bible that extol Torah’s GREATNESS, many Christians have been convinced that God’s TORAH is a CURSE. They see obedience as legalism. They accuse those who, out of love for Yeshua, keep His Torah of falling from GRACE, of attempting to earn salvation. Yet, Paul, himself, in Romans 8:7, said that only those who have the Holy Spirit are able to subject themselves to God’s Torah.
Is Torah Only For Jewish People?
Are the weekly 7th day Sabbaths, the annual Feast Days, and God’s dietary laws (that declare what is and is not food) only the JEWISH people? No! SCRIPTURE declares: “There is only ONE LAW for both the native-born and the stranger dwelling among you.” (Exodus 12:49).
Romans 2:12-13 says: For as many as have sinned without Torah will also perish without Torah, and as many as have sinned in the Torah will be judged by the Torah, for not the hearers of the Torah are just in the sight of God, but the DOERS of the TORAH will be JUSTIFIED!
Many think that in the New (renewed) Covenant, we need only to love God and our fellow man. And that’s TRUE! What they don’t understand is that “loving God and loving our fellow man” are two two categories of commandments that make up God’s Torah, His instructions.
First John 5:2-3 & 2nd John 1:5-6) explains HOW we go about love for God and loving our fellow man. We do it by keeping Yah’s TORAH. God did NOT give us His Holy Spirit and write His Torah on our heart and in our mind so that we would continue to break his commandments. He did that so we could choose to WALK in HIS WAYS!
“Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to 1. abstain from things polluted by idols, 2. from sexual immorality, 3. from things strangled, and 4. from blood.”
One must read the very next verse, verse 21, to realize that the author of Acts expected these new believers to attended Synagogue every Sabbath, where they would (over time) learn all the other instructions for living (TORAH) which YHVH gave to Moses. Verse 21 says: “For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
The four instructions listed in verses 19-20 were preliminary, and they are all found in Leviticus. These four instructions were given so that these new believers, who were fresh out of paganism, could have “table fellowship” with God’s people, who were Jews. Why? Because all four of the things listed in the passage as being forbidden were things commonly practiced in pagan temples. But make no mistake, Acts 15:19-20 did not, and does not, give Gentiles the right to break all God’s other laws. Peter wasn’t granting them the right to murder, to steal, to covet, to mix the sacred with the profane, nor to eat those things God calls abominable. Yeshua said that until heaven and earth pass away not one jot or tittle would pass away from the Torah. God’s Torah, His instructions for living, are eternal, and the four listed above come from what is known as the heart of the TORAH (Leviticus 17, 18 & 19!)
WARNING AGAINST LAWLESSNESS (TORAH-LESSNESS)
For some reason many ignore Yeshua’s warning in Matthew 5: 19 which says that those who break and teach others to break the least of God’s commandments will be least in the Kingdom, and that those who keep and teach others to keep them will be great!
The Antichrist is called the Lawless one! (2 Thes 2:9). Titus 2:14 says, Yeshua redeemed us from all lawlessness (anomia in the Greek) to purify a special people for Himself who are zealous for good works. God sent His Son to condemn sin in the flesh, so that the righteous demands of the Torah might be fulfilled in those not walking according to flesh, but according to Spirit? (Rom 8:3-4).
Yeshua came ONLY to do his Father’s will and to speak His Father’s words. In Leviticus 11: 7-8, Lord YHVH declared that swine is not food for mankind. The Most High reveals the end from the beginning, and He doesn’t change (his mind)! (Num 23:19) Many claim that Yeshua nullified His father’s dietary laws in Mark 7:1-23, ignoring the fact that Yeshua wasn’t even talking about what is food (which animals should and should not be eaten). He was talking about a hand washing ritual instituted by the Pharisees. It wasn’t a Torah commandment. Eating bread without first performing this ceremonial handwashing can not defile anyone.
Many falsely accuse Paul of teaching Christians not to keep the Torah because they are under grace. But Paul never taught that! Paul taught that no one can be saved by keeping Torah! That is not the Torah’s purpose! Paul taught that, “Sin (which Scripture defines as violation of Torah) shall not LORD OVER YOU, for you are not under Torah but under grace.”
In the very next verse Paul asked: “Shall we sin (violate Torah) because we are not under Torah but under grace?” And he answered with, “Let it not be! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whom you obey, whether of sin (a violation of Torah) to death, or obedience (keeping Torah) to righteousness?” (Rom 6:14-16).
What Does Under The Law Mean?
Romans 3:19 says, “Now we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those under the Torah, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become accountable to God.“
Paul used the idiom “under the law” to apply to all people, the whole earth. Why? Because have all been guilty of violating God’s Torah. Paul did NOT say that only Jews are under obligation to keep the Torah, while Christians are free to break it.
Romans 2:12-13 says: “…as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the DOERS of the law will be justified.” Now that is a verse you seldom hear on the lips of those who claim Yah’s Law has been done away with.
End of The Law Or The Goal?
The word translated as “end” in Romans 10:4 is “tello.” According to Strong’s Greek dictionary “tello means “to set out for a definite point or goal.” A more accurate, less biased, translation reads, “Christ is the goal of the Law!”
Peter warned (II Peter 3:16-17) that Paul’s epistles are often hard to understand, and the unlearned (in the Torah) and the unsettled pervert them as they do other scriptures to their own destruction. Peter then warns the reader not to be led away by the “error of the lawless“.
The Lawless love to take Paul out of context, especially in the book of Galatians. But no where in Scripture does Paul ever teach against keeping the Torah, and he categorically said so in Acts 25:7-8, when certain non-Messianic Jews falsely accused him in court.
Throughout the New Testament, Paul teaches against the “tackenot” of the House of Shammai, which dominated religious thought during the first century. Shammai held that salvation was only for the Jews! A Gentile, Shammai taught, must convert and be circumcised in order to be saved.
But Scripture teaches that we are saved ONLY by God’s grace through our faith in the Messiah! Then, once we are saved, once we are in Covenant with the Most High, and HIS Torah is written on our hearts and on our minds, and we have His Holy Spirit leading us, we are to walk by His Spirit, for then we are able to “fulfill the righteous requirements of the Torah.” It’s obedience, not legalism!
Yeshua said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” The mind of the flesh is enmity towards God. It’s not subjected to the Laws of God. And those in the flesh are not able to please God. (Rom 8:7-8)
In Matthew 22:40, Yeshua said that all of the commandments hang on love God and love your neighbor. Blind guides will try to persuade you that obedience to this can be met by having a warm mushy feeling toward God and your fellow man. And after that, do whatever you wish because you are not under the law but under grace. But that is perversion!
I John 5:2-3 says: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
And II John 1:5-6 says this: “And now I beseech you lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you, but that which we have had from the beginning (from WHEN? The beginning), that we love one another. And this is love, that we WALK (keep, act upon) in His commandments. This is the commandment that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”
According to Scripture the only way to love God and to love your fellow man is to keep God’s commandments. And you don’t do it to get saved! You can’t be saved by keeping the law! You keep it because you are saved and love God. Without God’s Spirit in us, we have no desire to keep God’s instructions. In God’s way of thinking, saving faith is not mere mental assent. Saving faith gives one a heart to obey. There is a connection between disobedience and unbelief.
Consider the following passage:
“Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who having heard rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Heb 3:15-19)
In this passage the writer of Hebrews equates disobedience with unbelief. Who cannot enter His rest? Those who disobeyed. Why? Because of their unbelief. God expects those who have faith in Him to obey Him. It’s that simple. Does that mean true believers cannot struggle with sin? No! Of course not. But there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between struggling against sin (confessing it, despising it, praying for more of God’s grace so that we can overcome it) and claiming God’s GRACE as an excuse to keep right on sinning. And, believe me, God knows the difference.
God’s LAW is eternal. When we keep it we are blessed. True saving faith in Yeshua gives us a new heart that wants to keep God’s commandments. This is a sign that we are in the remnant!
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commandments of God and having the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah.
Rev_22:14 Blessed are they that DO His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Contrary to that doctrine of demons that claims Yeshua freed us from the Torah, and that those who keep God’s Torah are in bondage, Scripture says this:
1st John 3:7 “He that does righteousness is righteous, even as He (Yeshua) is righteous.
And King David, that man after God’s own heart, had this to say:
“Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Torah (instructions) of YHVH. Blessed are those keeping His Testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart. They do not work evil. They walk in His way. You have commanded us to carefully keep Your Precepts. O that my ways were fixed to keep Your Statutes! Then I should not be ashamed, when I look to all Your Commands. I will thank You with integrity of heart, in my learning the judgments of Your righteousness.” (Psalms 119:1-7)
Now, I will close with Peter’s admonition: In all diligence add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things abound in you, you will not be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. Those who lack these things are shortsighted, blind, forgetting they were purged from their old sins. Let us, therefore, with diligence make our calling and election sure. For if we do these things, we shall never fall, and an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua Messiah, shall abundantly be provided to us. (2 Peter 1: 5-11)