Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons.
These teachers are hypocrites and liars. They pretend to be religious, but their consciences are dead. a3
They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanksgiving by people who know and believe the truth.
Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it. We may receive it gladly, with thankful hearts.
For we know it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
If you explain this to the brothers and sisters, b you will be doing your duty as a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is fed by the message of faith and the true teaching you have followed.
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives' tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness.
Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)