What are the signs of a false religion?


The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  1 Timothy 4:1
            Paul wrote to Timothy, the pastor of a church in Ephesus, and outlined a number of qualities of false teachers and false doctrines found in 1 Timothy chapter 4.  He wanted to warn them about getting involved in their churches.  These rules still apply today.
·         The teachers are hypocritical, saying one thing but doing another (verse 2)
·         They are more about forbidding the wrong thing than doing the right thing (verse 3)
·         They are not about thankfulness, but regret and rejection (verse 4)
·         Their teaching is based on unproven myths (verse 7)
·         Hope is not put in God, but in the teacher and the things they do on earth (verse 8)
·         Unlike a true believer, they don’t examine their lives closely, holding it up to the word of God and the example of Jesus (verse 16)