Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden? Genesis 3:1 (AMP)
It’s no surprise to me that satan’s tactics have not changed down through the ages. He still says to those who are the Lord’s: "Are you sure God really said that?" or "Are you sure that the bible is really God’s word? After all there is so many good things in other religions. Open up your eyes and see that maybe the bible doesn’t have all the truth after all?" Every time I hear those words I hear the hiss of the snake.
Those who are satan’s would tell you that some things that are called sin in the bible are not really a sin. It means something else. It has been misinterpreted. How could things that feel so good and bring such pleasure be a sin? "Eve, Adam, Look at the fruit and see how nice and tasty it looks." Like them many give in and are lost forever.
For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son——both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die. Ezekiel 18:4
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
We have whole churches that teach things contrary to God and have thrown out the bible all together because they listened to a lie. Denominations that were once great moves of God have fallen to great depths because they followed the path of the flesh instead of the Spirit. They listened to those who thought they knew better than God and had a better way. Those churches are now like empty tombs full of empty pews with only the dead attending. If only they had heeded the warning Paul had given.
I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Romans 16:17-18 (NIV)
You need to keep your eyes open for people like this. People who will say they used to be a believer thinking that they have found a greater truth but in reality followed after a false teaching and have begun teaching it themselves. They heard a lie and believed it. Peter says of them:
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them——bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
11Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.
13They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, revelling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed——an accursed brood! 15They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey——a beast without speech——who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
17These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity——for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit,"and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud." 2 Peter 2:1-3, 11-22 (NIV)
For 25 years I was blind and believed that maybe there was other ways to God. That is until I had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. When I met Him a light turned on and what I believed was just fairy tales and written by men, became real and alive. God’s Spirit reached into my heart and spirit and my heart was changed. There is not a thing that anyone could say or do that could change the course that God has put me on. There is not a thing or any other religion that will give you the answers you are looking for. All others are just copycats of the real thing.
God’s word never changes. What was sin yesterday is still sin today. You can’t rationalize it away. You can’t philosophize it to suit your own needs. To those that are perishing, it will always be a closed book. They will always be looking for ways to discredit it. God’s word has stood the test of time and many down through the ages have tried to destroy it and have failed. Many have foolishly challenged God, the creator of this entire universe and thought that they knew better then Him or the words that He has given to man to their shame.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:25
Watch out for these men and women who will change the word of God into a lie. Watch out for their smooth and flattering words. Satan is the father of lies and has been a liar since the beginning. Don’t believe a word he or those that unknowingly or knowingly follow him say. They will tell you to speak plainly to them without using God’s word and yet that is always how Jesus confronted the devil. With the Word.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
4Jesus answered, "It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"
5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
6"If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’"
7Jesus answered him, "It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’"
8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. 9"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
10Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’"
11Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:4-11 (NIV)
If God’s word was good enough for Jesus, then it is good enough for me. Lik Paul said, have nothing to do with these people who teach things other than what you have learned. When God says something He means it. His word is true and alive. Every single word.
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