1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
I have often come across this passage in relation to the Catholic Church “Forbidding to marry” those who are ordained “priests”, “bishops”, etc.
It is clear to me that the passage as a whole focuses on foods that we are commanded to abstain from, foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by them who believe and know the truth, “for,” the passage continues, “every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving (obviously speaking of foods), “for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
Again I was taught that this too applied to the Catholic church that commands abstinence from meat on Fridays throughout the year, and every day during Lent.
The whole abstinence legislation of the Catholic church affects only a very limited number of days in the year. Did the Holy Spirit inspire this passage only as “proof-text” against the Catholic church. If so, how does it refer to the “latter times” and why is the Spirit speaking “expressly”?
Something of greater moment seems to be involved, something that has not happened throughout history and is characteristic of the “latter days”.
With that in mind, think, when in history has big pharma become so big that it dominates the medical profession and together they dictate what we may and may not eat.Even foods that are kosher (clean), and therefore sanctified by the word of God, are forbidden to us on the ground that they contain cholesterol.
Much more can be said on this, but for now suffice it to say that the course of wisdom is to ask God to guide us to the right sources of information so we can make wise, informed decisions, instead of blindly following the vacillating opinions of “scientists”