1 Timothy 4:1–5 (ESV)
Some Will Depart from the Faith
4 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, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose
consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created
by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
Again, another verse against “Once saved, always saved.” Scripture does not support this false teaching, and todays reading makes it clear that it is wrong. “Some will depart from the
faith”. How else can you interpret this? The Lutheran Study Bible states: “God daily and richly provides us with all that we need. To reject God’s good gifts, or to receive them thanklessly, is a sin against His graciousness.
But God promises His gift of forgiveness to those who turn to Him in repentance and faith. Because of Jesus’ sacrificial death for our sins, God does not reject us but receives us as His own children through faith.”
I pray: Father in heaven, teach us to recognize Your gifts in every realm of life. Lead us always to receive them with thankful hearts. Amen.