Wednesday, June 10, 2015
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4 KJV).
Can Satan use the Bible to confuse God’s people concerning their identity? Yes, today’s Scripture says he most certainly can (and does)!
The Bible student must be Scriptural and dispensational. To use the Bible but not rightly divide the Bible is the most dangerous type of Bible quoting and teaching. During Jesus Christ’s temptations, Satan used the Bible but he ignored its dispensational boundaries. Like most in Christendom today, he just haphazardly grabbed any Bible verse that appealed to him, any passage that advanced his agenda (theological system), and unashamedly used God’s Word against God’s Son… on two occasions (Matthew 4:5-6 and Luke 4:9-11)!
Even today, organized religion uses God’s precious Words to “beat up” God’s people. When someone abandons traditional (denominational) thinking, and simply believes the Bible dispensationally, that Bible-believing Christian—not the denominational leadership—is the party accused of “heresy.” When that person calls out those who pervert and disbelieve the words of God in the denomination, that Bible-believing Christian is again condemned as a “heretic.” The Pauline dispensationalist is viewed as the “troublemaker.” Meanwhile, lest the denomination recant and collapse, the denominational leaders—the real troublemakers—cite additional non-rightly divided Scripture.
Thus, Bible believers are often unwelcome in denominational churches. However, those who believe the church’s doctrinal statement and traditions are applauded as “true Christians.” Those outside the denomination—those who use God’s Word, God’s way—are again the “apostates” and the “mischief-makers.” What a complete flip-flop! “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).
Yes, just as Satan corrupted the Corinthian Christians with non-rightly divided Scripture (today’s Scripture), Christendom finds itself in equally dire straits….