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;
The Bible reveals that we are at the end of the period of a flourishing Gentile (non-Jewish) Christianity. There are a number of revealing verses about this present age, but many of them paint a dark picture of gentile defection from real Christianity and the willing acceptance of a counterfeit.
This foretold defection will be (is now) instigated by spiritual forces called “seducing spirits” and “devils”. This passage revealed that the breakdown will come when a significant number of Christians “give heed” to certain seductive or appealing ideas formed in the caldrons of darkness. The source of these ideas will be well hidden from the intended consumer so as not to contaminate the appeal. The word “seducing” means these malicious spirits design methods and introduce tactics that will lead people off course.
In these chapters Paul taught Timothy (and the rest of us) how to avoid this seduction. The remedy is not found in knowing the detail and method of every seduction, but in knowing the truth and sticking with it. Paul told Timothy that the remedy was to “refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.” 4:7 Some folks will define Godliness as personal obedience to moral laws or a list of moral rules. But Paul defined “Godliness” in the last verse of the previous chapter, 1 Timothy 3:16, as a tenacious adherence to the truth of the Gospel. To stay in the light during dark days I must stay in the Word and keep my focus on the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only remedy to man’s ultimate problem.