And that time of study, even though it took away my time to write, actually gives my blogging more integrity. It brings me under the tutelage of Christians more knowledgeable than I, as well as helping me pinpoint the Scriptures that I vaguely knew (but couldn't locate off the top of my head). Studying the matter gives me better assurance that naming false teachers offers people protection from the rapidly proliferating heresies that infest evangelical churches today.
1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that 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 made holy by the word of God and prayer.6If you put these things before the brothers,a you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10For to this end we toil and strive,b because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. ~~1 Timothy 4:1-10 (ESV)