January 29, 1989
Is an appreciation for the arts and humanities a worthy goal for the Christian? Some seem to think not, believing that God requires us to withdraw from cultural pursuits and embrace a life of asceticism. In this study from 1 Timothy 4, however, Alistair Begg helps us to see a different approach at work. Culture, the Bible tells us, is a gift from God—one that is intended for our good, provided that we use it according to the Maker’s wise instructions.
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.
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