1 Tim 4:1-2 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared. I like what Paul is telling Timothy because it is so very practical. We are persevering against the lies and the liars. Of course the first, greatest, and father of lies is Satan, but we also oppose the natural man living in his sinful, selfish nature. The sins of Adam carry down to us all, so we ought not get haughty and think ourselves above our flaws or we will become the hypocrite. We must persevere against the lies and the liars, especially within our own carnal selves. When we persevere, we stand and are not pushed or fooled by the world and its lying liars.
This post is an excerpt (Question 4.5) from my book Ask James one.