1 Timothy 4

1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2through the pretensions of liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron, 3who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving; 5for it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

6If you point out these things to the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself in godliness. 8For bodily training is of some value, but godliness is of value in all things, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9It is a trustworthy saying worthy of full acceptance. 10For to this end we labor and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11Command and teach these things. 12Let no one look down on your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you through prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that all may see your progress. 16Take heed to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in them, for if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

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