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Understanding the Divine Spiritual Laws and Court System of Heaven – Part 2

Judge Gavel(Ver 1.1) This is Part 2 in a series of very advanced spiritual Bible lessons on what I believe is a very important subject that has been popularly overlooked by so many Bible teachers and students.  The more that I have studied this subject the more that I have become absolutely convinced that this is a required Bible theme to learn about.  After learning this subject we then must learn how to balance it with other vital spiritual Bible subjects like Faith, Love and Grace to name just 3 other major Bible themes.   If you have not read “Part 1” I would recommend that you go back and read this lesson before continuing here.

Too many times in the church a pastor obtains a revelation from God on a particular subject and too often they take it way beyond the base revelation to an extreme position of error. This is what I often call “Taking A Truth and Making it THE Only Truth or THE Highest or Most Important Truth without a Regard to any Other Truths”.   Any Bible truth can be exalted into an extreme position either to the left or to the right of the balanced middle and this will usually cause the belief to become an unbalanced deception.  It is happening in many churches today with the Grace truth.  Too many modern Bible teachers have taken the awesome truth of God’s revealed Grace and simply ignored the other central theme of God’s Holiness and Judgment to name two that must be balanced with His Grace correctly.

In today’s Bible lesson we will be introduced to the major theme of “Judgment” from the perspective of the Heavenly Court system.  Grace and Judgment are both central themes found from Genesis to Revelation.  We can see these subject threads woven together in practically every book.  For example, in Genesis 6:8 God says Noah found His Grace.  But, within the same context the world was found to be so wicked that God was sorry that He ever created man on the earth (Gen 6:6) and He judged the earth with a great flood.  The subjects of Grace and Judgment are found intertwined so closely together that it should amaze us.

We will be looking at this subject of Judgment from the viewpoint of New Testament writers like Paul and Peter. Both wrote about grace but they also included the balanced message of God’s judgment in the same context.  I would be a fool to ignore the subject of divine judgment just because I like the subject of Grace much more.  You see my flesh loves grace but our spirit should understand that there is judgment for sin.  This is called the human conscious.  However, the human conscious should be viewed to be the Holy Spirit trying to help us think, say and do what is true, good and right.     I, like other Christians am in a war between these two realities.  I try to let my spirit overrule my flesh but sometimes it is more of a challenge than at other times.  I pray that you understand what I am talking about.

I believe the LORD showed me that this lesson series on God’s Divine Spiritual Laws and Court System in Heaven must be read, understood and balanced rightly with today’s extreme Grace teaching that tries to teach us many things that do not touch on what is being stated in the verses that will be clearly covered in this series.

God teaches us very plainly in Hosea 4:6 that His people are destroyed (by Satan) because of their ignorance and stubborn refusal to learn the truth.  He is so clear in John 8:32 that it is only by the dedicated continuation in studying the Bible that we will ever learn the actual truth and only then can this truth that we know correctly set us free from the things that the enemy uses to keep us in captivity.

Therefore, we should learn that what we do not know is being used against us by our legal opponent and adversary Satan to gain an advantage over us while we live here on this planet. I pray that you will continue to read these lessons with an open and receptive mind avoiding any prejudicial preconceived ideas, thoughts or conclusions towards what is being taught.  I believe with all my heart that it is the Holy Spirit’s direction for this information to go forth and be spread to all believers.  Pray first before continuing and ask the Holy Spirit to bear witness with the truth and to reveal anything that may be only a man’s opinion on any verse, topic or subject.  We are commanded by God to study and to rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Tim 2:15).  But, only the Holy Spirit can lead us into all truth (Ps 25:5, John 16:13).  So put your full confidence in Him and not me or anyone else on the earth.  Let’s begin Part 2 with a quick review of the first lesson in which I have added some additional supporting evidence that was not included in the first lesson.

Lesson 1 Review with New Additional Thoughts

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

In the first lesson in the series we should have learned at least two primary essential Bible truths. The first truth came from the Lord recorded by Peter to us in 1 Peter 5:8 and the second came to us from John written in Revelation 12:10. We also learned from two very important Greek words.  The first Greek word G476 was translated as “adversary” and this word meant an “opponent in a lawsuit or a court of law”.  The second Greek word was G2725 and was translated as an “accuser” and it is defined as a “person who brings a complaint of law to court against someone else that allegedly commits a crime”.  Both were very accurate technical descriptions of Satan who God informed us in Revelation 12:10 brings up charges of accusations against us as brothers and sisters in Christ every single day and night.  The term “day and night” in Revelation 12:10 must represent a continuous repeated daily action of Satan.  These two words are used like this several times in the New Testament and this is the correct way to interpret them.

Always remember that Satan is God’s enemy and our enemy and please never believe that he has no right, power or ability to win a law case over you because he is very tricky and has been around much longer than you and knows so much more than you can imagine. We are in a legal fight for our lives and we must understand that doing nothing to fight or win permits Satan almost automatic victory.

In 1 Peter 5:8 Christians not the world are warned that we have an “adversary” who is named the “devil” and he is plainly defined to be our legal opponent in the court of heavenly law.  It is worth noting again that this Greek word translated as “adversary” is only used 4 times in the N.T. and every time it is mentioned it refers to a court case between legal opponents.  This was certainly no accident and God is informing us in a very pure direct easy to understand way that this is how He is using this word in 1 Peter 5:8 also.  There can be no other logical conclusion that Satan is anything else but a spiritual individual that is bringing up charges before God to gain an advantage over us in order to devour us.  If you don’t believe me please hang in there and read all the verses that we will cover today and then tell me if you still believe the same.

We should have learned from reading 1 Peter 5:8 that our adversary the devil (Satan) is described to be going about the whole earth to find someone (primarily a Christian since it was written to us) to devour. I would ask any reader this question to consider, what is Satan seeking (looking for) that permits him to devour some but not others?  It would appear to me based upon Job chapter 1 that God places a hedge of protection in order to keep Satan out.  Why would it be necessary for a hedge of protection to be present if Satan could do nothing to Job unless he had permission?  I find that to be an amazing question.  If Satan could only harm someone if granted permission as is taught by many Bible teachers there would be no need for any hedge round about Job.  It is fascinating to me to see in Job 1 that Satan accuses God of doing this unjustly and accuses Job of fearing God for no cause.  There were at least two accusations brought before God’s court and we need to see this.

However, it is very important to learn from 1 Peter 5:8 that Satan cannot devour everyone. Therefore, there must be something that a Christian does or does not do that permits Satan’s admittance into their lives.  Also by antithesis reasoning there must be something that a Christian can do to keep Satan from killing, stealing and destroying their lives.  I believe the determining factor is our sin and we will learn why as we continue in this study.

I have concluded from significant study of the book of Job that Job opened the door in the hedge and we will certainly be getting into this part of the subject as we continue the Bible study series.  Please expect to receive revelation from the Holy Spirit on what we all need to do to keep Satan as far away from us as is possible in this world.  Let’s continue to explore another new thought.

I believe that it is also critical to learn the definition of the title “devil” used by the LORD in 1 Peter 5:8. We should learn these details in order to more fully comprehend the impact of the warning being spoken of by the LORD.  I believe the title being used in every verse reveals a great deal about Satan’s specific character, plans and methods of operation.  The Greek word G1228 that is translated as “devil” literally means an “accuser”.  This title speaks volumes of information to us.  It teaches us that Satan and his followers are speaking malicious accusation against us as related in Revelation 12:10 both day and night.  Who do you believe they are doing this to?  Of course we learned in Revelation 12 and Job 1 that these accusations are being taken up before God the supreme judge in Heaven and will continue until the middle of the tribulation where all of sudden Satan is cast down never to return.

You may remember in Lesson 1 that God connected this verse statement of truth found in 1 Peter 5:8 directly to the activity found in the book of Job using a very similar synonymous truth. I believe this is not an accident or chance occurrence and that it firmly confirms that Satan came before the throne of God to hold a court trial of the man Job.  I also firmly believe that this connection confirms that these same court trials were occurring even after the death, burial and resurrection of the LORD Jesus in the early church day when Peter wrote this epistle.  I believe 1 Peter 5:8 was a part of God’s commentary of the O.T. story of Job that helps us interpret what happened in the book more accurately.  Always remember a basic rule of interpretation that the God who wrote the Bible is smarter than I am and He will always interpret His own writings.

I would recommend that you go and read Job 1 and 2 again from this new legal trial perspective. For example, we should have learned in Job 1:6 that Satan had come into heaven before the presence of God Almighty to present his legal case for obtaining access into Job’s blessed and protected life.  We should be able to know that this was an accusatory trial case being presented to God since the spiritual being described is revealed to us by the name “Satan” in Job chapters 1 and 2 nearly 14 times.   God’s usage of this name proves to us by the name’s definition that this being was present before God as an “opponent” and an “adversary” present to accuse Job.  We should be able to easily see how the name “Satan” in Job and the description “adversary” in 1 Peter 5:8 are married together.  One is a Hebrew transliteration (Job) and the other is just a translated Greek word (1 Peter).  But, both mean the exact same thing.

Again names and titles in the Bible have great significance. None are there by inadvertent chance.  For example one of the first direct titled mentions of Satan found in the Bible is seen in Genesis 3:1.  Here, Satan is called the symbolic “serpent”.  The title used by God in Genesis 3:1 is a totally different type of informative description.  Serpent is in no manner like the other names used in other verses like Satan, devil, accuser or adversary.  This teaches us that Satan was not present in the garden to accuse, but to do something else that he is also good at.

If you look up the definition of “serpent” in the Strong’s Concordance you will find it comes from a Hebrew root word H517 that can describe someone who came to Eve’s mind to whisper a magic spell.  Wow, that is deeper than many may possibly comprehend.  Serpent literally meant someone who was attempting to magically foretell the future to Eve.  My main point here is that God reveals what Satan does or is doing to us by his names and titles.  We need to learn this principle and use it to help us understand spiritually what is then happening in the context. Let’s get back to our lesson 1 review.

It is critical to see how God asks Satan where he had come from in Job 1:7.  Because God is the omniscient author of the entire Bible He knows the right questions to ask to teach us what is happening.  It is this answer of Satan that provides the joining evidence that we need to learn from.  Satan replies to God’s question very truthfully by saying he had just come from walking up and down on the face of the earth which is the amazing parallel admission of confirmation of the truth that we had learned about Satan in 1 Peter 5:8.  This Hebrew word in Job 1:7 which was translated as “going to and fro” literally means that Satan had just come from traveling all around the earth and was there in heaven for an implied purpose.  We learned Satan’s motivation for this movement from earth to heaven in God’s commentary description in 1 Peter 5:8.  Satan was only searching the earth so that he could locate one of God’s people on the planet that he could devour.  This is exactly what Satan does to Job, is it not?  If we believe anything has changed from Job to Peter we would be mistaken.  Satan was doing the exact same thing in Job’s day as he was doing in Peter’s day and even all the way to the current church today.  We are in the exact same church as Peter was writing to therefore, please don’t write off these words as unimportant.

This direct connected satanic activity description between Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:8 to Revelation 12:10 is no inadvertent assembly of synonymous truth. God has designed the Bible with tremendous amounts of hidden connected verses and these help us to understand correctly, the information that God planned to reveal to us in these last days.  I pray that you are learning how God does this so that we do not have to lean unto our own weak human reasoning as so many have.

We then should have learned from Job 1 that it was only after the appearance of Satan before God’s judgment seat that Satan came back to the earth to devour (kill, steal and to destroy) Job, his family and his possessions. It is so very clear to me that Satan won access to Job in God’s heavenly court system.

I believe that God is the Supreme Judge of everyone but, I also believe His character is so far above our human comprehension. We cannot ever compare God to any human judge on the earth.  I have never seen any human judge never make any errors.  But, I believe God is perfect and does not make any mistakes in judgment and that He is a completely fair and just in every case.  Therefore, if judgment is pronounced there is a reason and we will learn why in most cases it must occur.

I also believe that God is compassionate and merciful in His judgments. Let’s explore this part of the topic briefly.  Job is not directly mentioned very many times in the Bible but this next verse is another divine commentary on the court trial and verdict that was rendered in this case in the book of Job.

Jas 5:11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

According to God’s Holy Word commentary He showed Job great mercy in His judgment. I know it might not seem that was true by our reading the book, but He did.  For example, we can clearly read in Job 1:12 how God restricted Satan from touching or taking the physical life of Job personally.  That limitation was a display of His infinite and great mercy.  The entire duration of the trial of Job did not last a significant amount of time especially in light of God’s view of time and eternity.  God actually restored and blessed Job at the end of the book more than was taken by Satan away from him at the beginning of the book.  So again we see God’s infinite forgiveness, grace and mercy at work.  Let’s go back to James 5:11 and continue reading further.

The Greek word that was translated as “the end” in this verse in James is G5056. This is a very fascinating word to understand.  One of the primary meanings of the Greek word is “the point aimed at as the limit”.  It is absolutely critical to know that Satan’s attack usually have a termination point where it will end.  I said usually because it does depend upon if we learn the lesson and stop doing what we were doing to let him in our life to devour us.  If we repent like Job did and close the open door of attack the blessings of God can and will return.

In one other definition of G5056 it can also represent “the price that was paid as a fine or tax”. Wow that is an important legal description of judgment from a trial if you do not know it.  Job paid a very heavy price for his sin, but yet I believe that we can read and see that he was able to get his life back on track by repenting at the end of the book before God in Job 42:6.  We should clearly learn from this book that if we do the same we can also recover from what we have done to allow Satan’s access into our lives.  I believe that knowledge should encourage and inspire us.

I know that many will try writing this teaching of Job off by explaining it away as an act of the Sovereign God giving Satan His permission to teach Job.  Others will say this is Old Testament and we are not under that law or that covenant.  But I cannot agree with those reasonings using any Biblical rational form of belief since God is a loving good God (1 John 4:8, Romans 2:4) and you must also understand that Job was not under the law or the old covenant.  What we are learning are three examples of judgment and trials.   Job was pre Old Covenant and law, Peter was in the Old Covenant and under the law and then in 1 Peter 5:8 we in the church are New Covenant people.  We will very soon learn more of this occurring in the New Covenant as we continue in today’s lesson.

I believe in every realm of the Bible that there must have been some human action, words, motivation, emotion or other negative sin committed by Job or others that unlocked the door within God’s hedge of protection in order for Satan to come into their lives to devour them.  As we learned again from 1 Peter 5:8 that Satan is seeking for someone whom that he may devour we should be able to deduct by strong implication that there must be something that we do that allows Satan this access.

In the first lesson, I listed at least two reasons that I believe the Lord showed me that opened the access door for evil to enter into Job’s life and I also believe there were other reasons stated that I did not mention. These two door opening sins were first Job’s fear and second his pride that caused him to try to judge God and his friends.  Both of these are huge and they still occur in church members today.  We could write a lot on these two subjects but I do not have the time today. Perhaps the Lord will lead me to write a more detailed lesson just on the trial of Job someday.

In our second key study verse from lesson 1 we read what the Spirit of God said to us in Revelation chapter 12. Here we learned about how in the future when this chapter is prophesied to occur how the “accuser” (Satan) of the brethren (the Church) will finally be thrown down to the earth to never again be allowed into heaven to accuse us.  This clearly taught us that Satan had been authorized to do this legal accusation in the past human history and he must still be accusing the people of God on the earth even now since Revelation chapters 4 through 12 have not been fulfilled.  Therefore, these court battles in heaven will continue according to God’s Word right up until the middle of the 7 year tribulation period.  Time is running out on Satan’s access and I believe personally that he is working especially hard at holding as many trials as he can to gain access to devour Christian people remaining on the earth.

I pray that you will at least study these things to see if they are true for yourself (Acts 17:11).  Let’s move forward into some new covenant verses to learn from on this subject.  These fresh perspectives on legal things found in the New Covenant will help build a firm foundation for our knowledge on this important spiritual subject.  They will confirm that even though we are in the church age of Grace that we are still living in a time where legal trials are still occurring.

 

New Testament Spiritual Court Confirmations

In today’s lesson I would like to expand the topic of spiritual court systems and trials to other New Testament Bible verses that will benefit our study to support this truth from the present day New Covenant saved Christian perspective and viewpoint. As I have just tried to say, I want us to learn beyond any shadow of doubt that these heavenly trials are taking place as I write and type the lesson and even as you may be reading this lesson.   This would imply that it is even possible that you or I may be on trial presently in heaven and we probably would not know about it until Satan came to execute the sentence.  Remember in the examples that I gave in lesson 1 that Job knew nothing of Satan’s attack and he even attributed everything negative that happened to him as being caused by God’s work.  Do you remember in Job 1:21 where Job said that it is God that gave and God has taken away?  However, Job was very ignorant of God, His truth, His Character His ways and His enemies and when we are ignorant of what is really happening in the spiritual realm we can very easily fall into the same trap to accuse God for what Satan is doing to us.

Even Peter was totally unaware of the fact that Satan had demanded to sift him like wheat until Jesus warned Peter and even prayed for him that his “faith” would not fail during this time of trial. That is a great point to learn from.  The objective of every satanic attack is Satan’s attempt to get your faith to waiver enough for you to fall away from following the LORD.  Peter learned a tremendous revelation from this legal trial experience and if you read his letters written to us in the church you will find this was very true.  We have already read in 1 Peter 5:8 about our legal adversary but we will back up in the letter to the previous chapter to learn more.  Let’s observe two of the most important confirming verses that will reveal and ratify this truth of the existence of heavenly trials being carried out.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

 

Can you see the words written to us in the church by Peter according to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit? We will begin by observing the initial time reference of the recorded statement.  It appears to me to be plainly a present tense “now at the time of writing” statement.  Whatever is written directly that follows this introductory time frame must be applied directly to the reader then and by forward association to us the reader now.   This makes the next statements active until there is a verse that we encounter that reveals the end of the validity of the stated truth being discussed by God.  Let’s read what was occurring to them at that time and by implication is occurring now to us also.

The immediate statement following the identification of the timing is about the legal court issue of “judgment”. God informs us that “judgment” will begin with us in the church and again the time being stated was clearly present tense “now” as Peter wrote the letter.  This means that this stated “judgment” written about was to believers in Peter’s day of life on the earth could not be referring to a future judgment after they were dead even though there are other judgments in the Bible that we will face after death.  I hope you understand that there are repeated judgments listed in the Bible.  Just because we are judged once now does not mean we cannot be judged again later and vice versa.

Both of these verses were well written relevant warnings to believers. It is very plainly stated about judgment originating with forgiven saved believers in Christ.  Verse 17 is a sharp contrast between believers and non-believers and it cannot be any clearer.  Then in verse 18 there is a restated direct warning to every Christian that they are just “barely” saved.  We could talk about that truth for a long time and we probably should but it is really not the main thought line of this lesson.

I know for sure that we now live in the prophesied church age of God’s Grace (1 Peter 1:10).  I know for sure that God’s Grace saved us through faith (Eph 2:8).  But, I also know verses like 1 Peter 4:17 and 18 that speak additional truths and these must be aligned correctly with God’s saving grace and forgiveness message.  I just can’t teach this enough.  It is so very important to learn.

What do these verses in first Peter say to us? Do you think they do not apply to you?  I know with 100% certainty they apply to me and were written to me.  I would strongly recommend that you find out if they were written to you also because if they were not then you may not be a real Christ follower.

God wrote to you and I (the righteous and saved) and He informs us very clearly that we may be just “scarcely” saved. This Greek word that was translated as “scarcely” is G3433 and it means “with difficulty”, “hardly” or “scarcely”.  Some synonyms of scarcely are “barely”, “narrowly” or “by a small margin”.  Some other idioms for this word would be to be saved by “the skin of your teeth” or to be saved “by a whisker”.  This Greek word can also mean “with a lot of significant work” we are saved.  Wow, have you heard that taught in church lately?  No, I don’t think so.  I know I don’t hear it personally being taught but this is what God said.  In fact I hear the opposite being taught in churches.

You see the antonym or antithesis of this Greek word G3433 translated as “barely” is to be saved “fully”, “entirely”, “completely” or “totally”. That is the very popular message being spoken of by many extreme Grace Teachers who teach a salvation without any further challenges, struggles, or any other human choices to be made in order to remain a Christian.  That is just not what the Bible actually says.  Please do not misunderstand what I say here.  We are not saved by our works.  Salvation is ONLY through our faith in God’s finished work of Jesus Christ.  But, that does not mean we will never be judged for doing wrong things here on the earth.  Peter clearly is telling us that “judgment” begins with us right now.

We could literally talk a long time on these two verses in 1 Peter 4 but I pray that we  receive what Peter says by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Remember that Peter is also speaking from his own personal direct experience along with God’s inspiration.  Remember we saw that Peter was judged and demanded to be sifted like wheat.  Then we will soon see another example where Peter was present where Christians were judged.

This Greek word G2917 that was translated as “judgment” is the key word that reinforces the truth of a trial system in heaven occurring.  This Greek word is defined as “a decision” that has been rendered by an implied Judge with proper authority (God) to make a ruling.  The decision can either be for us (in our favor) or against us (in the favor of Satan the accuser).  The implied cause of this decision (judgment) is given for the crimes (sins) that have been committed by Christians.  This same Greek word can also mean that we could be “condemned” or it is even translated as “damned” in other N.T. verses.  We certainly don’t hear these words mentioned in many of our Grace churches do we?  Since we all have been guilty of committing sins we can understand a little better why Peter said that we are just “barely” saved, can’t we?

 

Acts 5 – an Example of N.T. Judgment #1

Did you ever read Acts 5:3? Peter was the man that wrote the words of 1 Peter 5:8 and 4:17 and 18 for us.   Peter is also the man found to be preaching in the book of Acts chapter 5 to saved people of the church when another believer named Ananias comes into the service late to bring his offering to the Lord.  However, this man held back some of the money in secret and only gave a part of the money using deception saying that this was all of the money obtained.  However, the same Peter that we are studying about was inspired by the Holy Spirit of a judgment against Ananias.  Peter asks the man Ananias “Why has Satan filled your heart to LIE to the Holy Ghost?”  And immediately Ananias drops dead in the middle of church and his body is carried out and the church service just continues like nothing happened.  I seriously believe that a spiritual trial occurred in heaven and a verdict of guilty was determined and the sentence was carried out immediately.  You of course can explain it away and believe whet ever you like about these truths.  I have heard one popular unnamed TV Grace Preacher say Ananias wasn’t really a true Christian and this is why he was killed.  But, that cannot be the truth based upon what we just read in 1 Peter 4:17.  It is my goal to use the Bible to interpret the Bible and 1 Peter 4:17 stated that judgment begins in the church not the unsaved world..

You will also notice in Acts 5 that this event is repeated again for his wife Sapphira. Please go and reread the story again from a court room trial perspective where a judgment and verdict is rendered and carried out.   The saved Christian wife does the exact same sin as her husband and she also drops dead in the middle of church after being confronted by Peter and the Holy Spirit.  Wow, after all of this occurs in the church a great fear fell on the people in church.  It may be that these types of things will occur in the last days also before Jesus returns.  We should really learn from them rather than repeat them.

Act 5:11  And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

Why would there be any GREAT fear in the heart of saved Christians if two unsaved people just suddenly dropped dead in the church? Why not weeping?   Why not sorrow?  Why not compassion?  Fear would only be justified for one reason.  The only way fear could be found in Christian believers would be because they knew Ananias and Sapphira were also Christians and judgment just fell on them so it could happen to them in the exact same way.    Do you understand this?

It is very foolish for Christians to try to believe these two individuals that were judged by God were anything but Christians. The belief that a loving God would condemn two unsaved people to immediate death and eternal punishment in hell is ludicrous.  Jesus said very plainly in John 3:17 that God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.  Please let that verse found in John sink into your heart and grow very deep roots.

I hear too many preachers try to accuse God of judging lost sinners while forgetting that God loves them enough to wait for them to get saved (James 5:7).  Why wouldn’t God’s love be the same for Ananias and Shapphira if they were unsaved Christians?  I believe God so loved the unsaved world that He gave His only begotten son so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

We are going to read several more verses in today’s lesson about this subject. I would strongly recommend that you not stop reading because of what has been taught so far.  God is only trying to change our perspective so we can see some potentially new truths in the Bible.  All of this so far is to help us think in a fresh and a new way on things in the Bible that we have never seen in this light before.  The really good stuff that will help us fight the enemy’s accusations will be coming later.

 

New Testament Judgment #2

We have already observed where Peter said Judgment will begin with the Church. We then just read through Acts 5 for example #1 of an actual judgment that occurred to two Christians.  We are now going to turn in the Bible to a verse written by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11.  In this verse we are going to be reviewing the implied topic of the heavenly court system to obtain further confirmation that judgment will begin now in the church.  Please read this very carefully and accept the fact of truth that this was written directly to you and I personally as Christians:

1Co 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

This is an amazing truth that is too often ignored by everyone reading and teaching from the Bible. It is addressed to “we” and that is a plural pronoun that even includes the “Apostle Paul” the writer, as well as you and I the readers.  It always amazes me when a Bible teacher misses the fact that Paul included himself in statements like these.  If Paul needed to do this and he wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, how much more do you think we should do this?  What was it that Paul needed to do along with us?  Paul says very plainly that IF I JUDGE MYSELF, then and only then I will NOT be judged.  Wow, that is as insightful as it could get for a lot of Christians.  Paul is declaring very simply that a spiritual heavenly trial could have occurred for him if he did not judge his own thoughts, motives, actions and words.

There are two different Greek words spoken of in this verse that we miss totally if we do not look up the original language definitions. The first Greek word translated as “judge” speaking of our human responsibility is not the act of a judge in a court.  This Greek word is G1252 and it literally means that we need to separate ourselves thoroughly and completely from sin.  This is a human right of choice every day.  We can do what the world does, live like the world, speak like the world, dress like the world or we can come out from the world and choose to be separate and different than they are.  This is our choice.  We can choose to either obey God or if we don’t what does God say will happen?  God says very clearly that we will be judged for doing what the world does.

Let’s observe the second word in the verse translated as “judged”. This Greek word is G2919 and it does mean that a judge will make a decision over us to possibly condemn or punish us.  Don’t take my word for it, go look up the word for yourself and learn.

The Greek Word translated as “should not” is G3756 in verse 31 is much stronger in this stated original Greek language than you can imagine. It literally means the “absolute negative”.  It should be translated in this statement as “we are never judged” IF we judge our own self.  This is revelation #1 for us to keep from being judged.  It is also the #1 reason why Christians are judged.  How many Christians think before they speak?  How many Christians really think hard about what they are going to do before they do it?  How many Christians are going to bars and night clubs acting and looking like the world?  I know there are some Christians who are doing better at being separated from the world’s way of doing things than others.  But, this is just a small part of the subject of judging yourself first in order for Satan not to bring a case before God about you!  If we read the next verse that follows verse 31 God will help clarify the reasoning why He must judge Christians even after all of our sins were forgiven in Christ:

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Notice the initial wording of the sentence. God begins the statement by speaking a fact of truth about “when we are judged (G2916).  He does not say “IF WE ARE JUDGED”.  No it will occur, God leaves no doubt.  Then God gives us the #1 reason for this discipline.  The God of all knowledge says we must be chastened of the LORD that we won’t fall into the exact same “condemnation” that the world will be judged with after we die.  There are two judgments being spoken of.  One in the future is called the “Great White Throne” judgment (Rev 20:11-12) where those that are not written in the book of life will be judged one at a time standing before God.  The other judgment that occurs before this is the one that is occurring in the Church age of Grace.  This judgment occurs when we sin willfully like the world and God needs to bring correction.  This is exactly what happened in Acts 5 believe it or not.

We as Christians can choose to judge ourselves now and choose to be different than the world now so that we can skip this after life judgment. If Ananias and Shapphira would have judged themselves before going into the service they would not have been struck down.  I will try to talk more about this as we go on in the series.  Lets read some of the preceding verses of 1 Corinthians 11 in order to learn more on this subject of judgment for those who do not judge themselves:

1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 

1Co 11:30  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

If we read the context carefully we will confidently confirm that this was written to Christians about Christians concerning spiritual court trial cases that were taking place even when Paul was writing this letter to the church. We should be able to see in verses 29 and 30 how that the Corinthian church was found guilty of both spiritual and natural sins.  In verse 29 they had been found guilty of eating the body and drinking the blood of Christ unworthily and disrespectfully.  It appears from the previous context that this church came and possibly got drunk from too much wine and ate too much bread as if they were gluttons.  Paul informs us very clearly that for this reason that many of them (Christians) in the church were either sick or dead because of this abuse.  In other words, I believe that Satan had brought the judgment of the LORD against them and oppressed some Christians with physical illness that put them in a weakened physical state or Satan had actually been granted permission to take some Christian’s lives.  Wow, that is some very amazing truth to apply to our subject of study.

It is so very obvious to me that because of specific sin in the church that some judgments were passed in heaven in order to allow or permit Satan to come down to devour them to make some of them ill and others of them dead. This is exactly what happened to Job.  This is exactly what happened to Ananias and Sapphira.  This clearly informs us that judgment was passed before they knew of this and that only after Paul wrote to them in order to warn them how to fix it was it learned what the real problem was to begin with.  I personally believe that Paul was given a word of knowledge for this church and Paul tells them very plainly that if they would only judge themselves to do things differently than the world that they would have never been judged.

Wow, Wow and Wow!!!   Who was it that judged them?  Who was it that accused them before the judge?  Who was it that gained an advantage over them to take them out of this world or make them sick?  I hope you can already see the answers are plain.  God had to pass judgment because they had not judged themselves.  The judgment had to have been initiated by the accuser of the brethren and that is only Satan or at least it should be.  I hope and pray that you as a Christian would not pick up a stone to throw at your brother.  Please never do this.  Don’t act like Satan, but rather choose to act like Christ who said to the woman caught in adultery “Woman where are your accusers?  Neither do I condemn you, go your way and sin no more”.  What an amazing example lesson to learn from.

CONCLUSION

I think I have gone long enough in this lesson. We can certainly learn so much more from these chapters in Acts 5 and  1 Corinthians 11 than I was able to go into in today’s lesson.  The Lord has provided us all great and very significant meaty spiritual food for thought.  We all should take these words of God to heart and meditate on them for a long time.  Please study for yourself and verify exactly what is being said in this series is what the loving God of the Bible actually says.  God has provided at least two major witnesses to every truth being taught.

Thank you for reading and taking your time to study these advanced Bible lessons. I am truly humbled that God would use anyone as imperfect as me to teach anyone anything.  The goodness of God is truly overwhelming me every day of my life.  I love the LORD and trust Him to help mold me and you into the highest pattern of Christ Jesus.  I pray that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ Jesus.  Amen.

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Prostituting the Anointing of God! A Copyrighted Gospel Sold in the Den of Thieves! Part 2

(Ver 2.0)  I will get back to teaching on faith and healing very soon.  However, I will warn you again today up front that this Bible lesson will potentially offend some people.  This is now Part 2 of a lesson series that I have been teaching about a modern day problem that has been running wild in almost every Christian church and ministry in the world.  I was not going to write a part 2, but the Spirit of God did not allow me to drop the subject, so here I go again today.  We live in a complex world with vast numbers of pressures that are presented to men and women of God and we must all have money to survive and pay our bills.  But, this mentality and pressure has caused many Christian ministries of God to justify a selling of the Gospel that only allows for a few rich people to hear and learn the truth of God and it places unjust limitations upon all those who cannot afford to buy it.  There are a few exceptions that I can name like Keith Moore who runs Moore Life Ministries and Andrew Womack who runs Andrew Womack Ministries, who both allow you to copy their ministry materials and freely give them to others.   They both also freely distribute the Gospel for free.  I guess I should point out some minor differences between the two; Andrew Womack has an online store where they post suggested prices for their materials but I assume if you cannot afford those prices they might send them to you anyway.   They do say that on their TV show, that if you cannot afford the CD that they are talking about that day that they will send it to you anyway.  I also learned today that they have many of their materials available as a free download as MP3 files.  Prais God for them!  Keith Moore is more technology savvy and will post the entire MP3 file and the WMV video file of his meetings on the internet to allow you to watch or listen to them on your iPod or MP3 player device.  Search the internet and look for churches who give away MP3 files of their sermons for free for you to download and listen to and you will see that there are a growing number that have purposely chosen not to prostitute the Gospel for a few dollars so that everyone in the world can hear it for free.  These are all examples of innovative new types of ministries of God who care more for people than they do for money.  However, it is funny how God works when He sees people who care for what He cares for.  It seems that God will always meet the needs of those who are reaching out to people for free and cause them to prosper.  You see Keith Moore, who does not charge for the Gospel, flies a jet airplane and is significantly blessed by God and this is an awesome example of God’s blessings on a man who is teaching others the truth and being blessed to do it.  This is how it supposed to work in every ministry.    Jesus taught us very clearly “freely you have received, so freely give” and if you are not doing this, then you are guilty of spiritual prostitution and I will talk about this directly today.

If you have not read “Part 1” I would truly advise you to start reading there first and then come back and continue with this lesson so that you will better understand what I am preaching today.  Many times the Bible and the Truth of God are very difficult to swallow for some people.  Some Christian people and even ministers see things in their minds as being acceptable, but in the eyes of God and the eyes of men on the outside it is self-evident to be the wrong approach.   Today’s Bible lesson is about the Christian Prostitution of the Word of God and that is a potentially offensive subject to many today, yet this subject needs to be preached regardless of what people think of it at first.  A prostitute in the natural world is usually a female who sells herself to others for the sexual pleasures of those who pay her money for what they desire.  If you do not understand what prostitution is, you are either blind or extremely naïve.  Prostitution is legal in Nevada and some other countries in the world, but just because something is legal does not mean it is right in the eyes of God.  That is why I can preach against ministries who are selling their Gospel using the laws of the government to justify their approach to the distribution of the Gospel.  Just because Spiritual Prostitution is legal in this country, it does not make it right in the eyes of God either.  There are two questions that enter into my mind when I think about the subject of prostitution.  First, what makes a woman do this?  And second, what makes a man want what she is selling?  For the woman, it is usually a desire for the money.  For the man who is buying it, it is usually just a lust or the fact that he has a very strong desire for sexual gratification.   He obviously sees value in what she is selling and is willing to pay her price.  What am I preaching about today?  When a man has sex with a woman it is called “knowing” her in the Bible.  The Bible says Adam “knew” his wife and she conceived a son (Gen 4:1).  This natural sex act is often times called “carnal knowledge”.  The “knowing” of a woman is the covenant act of marriage.  This is true whether you thought it was true or not.  It is also true if she is a paid prostitute or your real wife (1 Cor 6:16).   But, we can also have spiritual “knowledge” of God by hearing His Word taught by a preacher or a teacher and this is why I am teaching you about prostitution.  There is a direct correlation in the Bible between natural sex to spiritual knowledge if you did not know it!  The Word (Logos) of God is called His “seed” in Luke 8:11 and 1 Peter 1:23.  The sperm of a man is also called ‘seed” in Leviticus 15:16-18 and Numbers 5:28.  Therefore we can conclude the Word of God is His spiritual “seed” sown to give man the knowledge of the truth.  So I am discussing a very mature subject today when I describe people who are on the internet selling the “knowledge” of God for money.  The selling of the knowledge of God’s Word is equivalent in the spiritual realm to the natural sexual knowledge of a prostitute if it is done for money or profit.   Getting or giving the knowledge of God is exactly like having sex in the natural.   You need to get a hold of this concept very fast if you are a preacher who is selling your knowledge of God for money!   I believe that this is a very serious subject and that is why I am preaching it today at the risk of offending my spiritual brothers.  If you know of anyone that is doing this, please share this message with them ASAP!

What makes a prostitute think that she is worthy of this money that she earns?  It is usually because she is attractive and does not know of any other way to get money.  In other words her looks make her desirable to others and this causes her body to have monetary value.  If no one wanted what she had, there would be no prostitutes in the world today, this is just how it works.   Here is the major problem that I am talking about today.  The Word of God is a highly desirable substance to many people like me.  Over twenty years ago I began to hunger for the knowledge of God, so much so that I spent thousands of dollars to obtain this knowledge.   I valued what many men of God were teaching so much that I bought it like a natural man after a sexy prostitute.   Since this was the fastest and only way that I could get this knowledge, I paid their price.  Since I was not a rich man that limited me to what I could give in offerings to them.  But, I sacrificed the one for the other.  So if I was the John looking for the “knowledge” of God, what does that make these ministers who were selling this knowledge?   Wow, that does not leave too many choices does it?   Obviously there are many ministries in the world who are spiritual prostitutes of the knowledge of God.   This is why when I asked Kenneth Hagin Ministries for permission to copy their materials and give them away for free, that I was shocked when they said to me “NO”, I could not do that.  They obviously liked the money more than they liked to help people learn about God.  For a ministry that teaches “faith” predominately I do not understand why they do not live by what they preach.  You see if there was no demand for this ministry’s materials, there would be no prostitution going on by them selling it.  However, since God’s Word has great value to many people in the world they have a golden opportunity to sell their knowledge for a great price.  This may be not what they think they are doing, but nonetheless it is what is going on.  Jesus actually spoke of this in terms of a man who sold everything he had to buy the pearl of great price.  The pearl of great price is actually the knowledge of God that He was speaking of in parable form (Mat 13:45-46).

You see I do not preach against the message that is being taught, it is a great message.  I know I have over a 1000 of them on my MP3 player.  But, how much do think that it cost me to get all of these?  Do you think I got them for free?  If you go to their website you will find that they sell MP3 files for $5 each, Tapes and CDs for $7 each and DVDs for $15 each.   You do the math and see how much you think I spent.  Now, some of these tapes that I bought did not come from them directly.  I bought some of them off of eBay and those usually cost me more than what they would have sold them for but, since they were discontinued sets and they did not sell them anymore, I had to do what I had to do to get them.  You see the Unnamed TV Ministry has created an artificial state of demand by limiting their materials.   Much like the world diamond market controls the number of diamonds on the market so that they can cause the prices to rise.   Anytime you put limits on what you are selling this is what you are doing regardless of what you think you are doing.   Since you cannot find many of the tapes anymore on their websites, you have to buy what comes up for sell by the chance of people selling them that do not know what they have.  Many times people would die and leave their tapes to their children and they would not have a clue what they were so they would sell them in a garage sell or on eBay.  This is where I would buy them.  For example, Unnamed TV ministries has two yearly meetings where they have a week of intensive training and Bible studies.   I have nearly every set of tapes of these meetings going back 25 to 30 years.  Sometimes I paid upwards of $10 a tape to buy them off the internet.  When there are 16 to 20 tapes in one set, you do the math and tell me how much it cost me.  So why did it cost me so much?  It is because I was bidding against 10 other people who knew the value of the information on those tapes.   It would be like having one hot prostitute and 10 Johns bidding to see who was going to have her tonight.  I’m sorry if I’m too blunt sometimes, but somebody needs to wake up to see the truth!

Modern technology permits people to spread the Word of God for the cost of pennies and the majority of the ministries on the earth are still charging many dollars for their valuable spiritual copyrighted information.  If you look at my picture that I have included in this paragraph you will see a very small computer chip that I own.  On this computer chip I have 500 Kenneth Hagin sermons.  So I still value these like the great Words of God that they are.  These are the pearl of great price that I have sought after with my money and these are not all of the sermons that I own.  I will tell you that I have nearly 2000 of just Kenneth Hagin messages and then I have many other Bible teachers of God for a total of over 10,000 MP3 sermons all together.  God knows my heart and sees my hunger to know the truth and God has blessed me tremendously more than I could say.  So I appreciate all that I have and I wanted to share it with others around the world and I have been struggling because of the resistance that I have been getting from ministers of the Gospel found in the body of Christ.

About 20 years ago, I was a part of a very large church in a city located in the Bible belt of America.  This was a church that was growing and had increased in size to be one of the largest churches in the city.  Our senior pastor was on TV teaching the Word of God and ministering to people nationwide, and making a lot of money from it.  Our Sunday morning church service was broadcast live to the city on TV.  Our church had over 5000 members in it and we thought we were doing very well and were certainly in the perfect will of God.  Over time the ministry was attacked by Satan and the news media and things started to change and deteriorate quickly.  The senior pastor was under such pressure that he isolated himself and started surrounding himself with ungodly council and advice.  He eventually got deep into error, departing from the Word of God and abusing his anointing from God to go in a different independent direction.   In his eyes he was just fine and thought nothing was wrong with him.  Even after leaving his wife and taking up with another woman he thought he was justified in what he was doing.  Well that church does not exist anymore; it went from over 5000 members to zero in a matter of a couple of years.  That church building was sold to the city and it is now a convention center.  Please learn from the mistakes of this ministry example that no man is justified to do what is right in his own eyes and think they will always have a ministry that can never fail or cease to exist.  I know, I was there and I saw it firsthand.  I tried to help and do what I could, like I am doing right now but I was pushed out like an enemy of the church and ignored.  So it is today in my fight against my brothers in Christ who seem to deny what they are doing is wrong by selling their copyrighted Gospel.

I have learned one very important lesson that if it was not for God and His grace, I would not be doing what I am doing today.  Therefore, what I teach and preach is not mine to control, copyright or limit.  I am smart enough to see that if it were not for the knowledge of God and the anointing of God I would have absolutely nothing to teach that is worth a dime to anyone.  Too many times preachers begin to think too highly of themselves and their abilities and they fall into a trap of believing that they have accomplished and created such a great ministry by their own abilities and talents.  When you fall into this trap, it is very easy to think that you own what you are teaching and not give God the credit for what you have that is so valuable to others.   When I see the anointing of God on me and what I teach, I stand in awe of the Greater One who is at work and I do not dare to think that I can copyright it since it was not my words to begin with.   This is the error that too many ministries have fallen into and they are now so deep in it that it will be extremely difficult for them to get out of it unless they fall on their faces and repent quickly and change.

In my first Bible lesson on this subject, I taught the message of Jesus casting out the money changers from the temple of God and I related this to what is happening today because these men were using their knowledge of God and His Word to create a business.  Today I want to continue this Bible lesson with another story that is found in the Bible that certainly applies directly to what I have been teaching you.  You can turn to this story in the Book of Acts and find it in chapter 18 so please turn and read it with me and observe what is being said very closely:

Act 8:18  And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Here is a man named Simon and he observes the anointing of God in action in the lives of the apostles.  Peter is basically laying his hands on new believers in Christ and they are being filled with the Spirit of God with the evidence of speaking in other tongues and Simon offers them money for the power to do this also.   Since I am preaching about money, the anointing and ministers today this story certainly applies, doesn’t it?  Or at least it should, if people would open their eyes and see what is going on:

Act 8:19  Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

So Simon desires to have the same power and anointing that is present on Peter to do what Peter was doing, but he is wrongly motivated primarily by greed.  He is thinking within himself that with this power, he will be able to get rich.  By buying the anointing he will be able to do exactly what Peter was doing and use it for a new spiritual business.   Wow, I hope and pray that you can read and see what God is saying here!   Here is Peter’s reaction to this offer of prostitution from Simon.  You did hear what I just called it, didn’t you?

Act 8:20  But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Apparently Peter was not motivated by money and he saw things differently than a lot of modern ministries on the earth do today who seem to be motivated or stimulated by money offers that are coming to them.  It is very obvious to me that Peter did not take any money for what he knew was not his to begin with to sell.   Are you still listening to what I just said?

Act 8:21  Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

When you do something wrong does it matter the intentions of why you do it?  Then on the other hand can you have perfectly good intentions and still do the wrong things?  Both of these are certainly possible today.  Here is where it begins to get infinitely more complex.  People do many things in the world today out of ignorance even though they are still clearly the wrong things to do.  I hope and pray that this is the situation for the ministries that I have named in these lessons and all of the others that I did not name.  That is why I like to think that modern ministries are not willfully and intentionally prostituting the gift of God that has been given to them to make a profit from it.  However, Peter was smart enough to see that it was wrong either way and that it was not wise for him to partake of the money that was being offered to him.  Having the right knowledge of God is the power to say no when a situation is presented that appears to be very good on the surface.  Modern ministries today have been presented a very attractive offer for the use or I should say the abuse of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they have fallen into the trap that has turned the selling of that which does not belong to them into a positive thing for the benefit of what they are doing for God.   Could not Peter think the exact same thing in Acts 8?  Couldn’t Peter had justified, that this money could be used to help spread the Gospel, so he better take it and just let God figure out what to do next with Simon.  Think with me, Peter was a called man of God.  Peter was an anointed man of God.  Peter was taught by Jesus himself!  So Peter had the same things going for him that preachers like Kenneth Hagin or Kenneth Copeland have going for them.  I guess I should clarify that Kenneth Hagin went to be with the Lord in 2003, so he is not technically in charge of his ministry anymore and his son runs it today.  His son Kenneth W Hagin is on TV and this is probably a part of what is feeding the problem.    Maybe you think I am being a critic because I do not like these ministries, but since you do not know me, you would think wrong.  It is only because I like them so much that I mention them at all.  You see I consider Kenneth Hagin to be a spiritual father of mine, so it hurts me to no end that I have to teach what they are doing is wrong!  You have no idea how much I cried when I wrote the first article.

What I want you to learn today is that Peter was in town preaching the Word of God and ministering to the people when he was offered what appeared to be a large sum of cash to give what he did not own to another man.  If you do not understand how this applies to the modern world, then you are a spiritually blind man or woman.   If you are selling your anointed teaching or preaching materials for a profit you are accepting money for something that you did not produce or could produce without the power of God’s participation.  Maybe some of my readers do not understand what the anointing is and we should back up briefly and talk about that.  The anointing is God’s Power and Ability for you to do what you have been called to do.  The anointing of God is a gift of God like Peter was discussing in Acts 8.   In other words, you might have been called to preach, but yet if you are trying to do it all in your own abilities and talents you are laboring in vain and wasting your time (Ps 127:1).  To “anoint” is a Bible term that means to smear or rub with oil.  The oil is usually viewed to be a type of the Holy Spirit in the Word of God.  So to anoint with oil, is a concept that is an outward representation of something that actually transpires internally in our hearts (spirits).   That was a brief lesson on the anointing and I know I did not cover it very well.  But, since I’m teaching about Peter in Acts, let’s review a statement that Peter makes in his letter to the church:

1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1Pe 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

I hope that you can see what God is saying to the church in these verses.   Since Peter is the scribe for these words, they directly apply to what we just read in Acts 8.  Peter basically says that it is the ability that God has given to him that has caused him to do what he has done and it was not him that was doing anything.  Think with me about the life of Peter recorded in the scriptures.  It was not the same Peter in Acts chapter 2 who stood up and preached to thousands that it was the Peter who denied Jesus 3 times in John 13.  What changed or happened to Peter to cause such a drastic transformation to a man who was fearful of other men to a man who was bold to preach the Word of God?   The change occurred when God anointed Peter with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit which gave him supernatural power and abilities.  I do not mean he could fly like a superman, I mean he had the Power of God upon him and working through him to do things that his natural man could have never accomplished.   This is the anointing and the gifting of God that he was describing.

I use to be like the Peter who denied Jesus three times.  You see I use to know nothing; I use to have no understanding of the Word of God and I use to have no teaching ability.  I may have been called by God as a young child or even still in my mother’s womb as it says for many men of God in the Bible, but, I could not fulfill my destiny using my own determination or skills.   It was not until the Holy Spirit came into me, filled me, then anointed me to teach and taught me what to teach that I could dare to teach the Bible at all.  This is an essential lesson to learn for anyone in the ministry.  It is always the anointing of God that must be present to produce anything of any spiritual value for others.  So if you are teaching the Bible without the anointing you are just an entertainer that is making money and you ought to charge admission to your shows.  But, if you are anointed by God then you are a man or a woman that is depending on Him to show up and work through you.

Most modern ministries with any integrity would never think of charging you an admission or an entrance fee into one of their meetings like it was a rock concert or a Broadway show.  To charge money to allow you to hear the Gospel message of salvation would be a clear violation of the Word of God.  However, to charge you money for past Bible lessons that they have recorded seems to be another story entirely in today’s world.  I really do not understand how they see these two things to be different.  A live teaching and a taped teaching contain the same words, the same message, the same meanings, the same anointing and the same power to save, heal or deliver the people who are listening to it.  Why is it permissible in their eyes to charge great deals of money for these old Bible lessons that they do not charge for their new live ones?   Why the gift of God is not sold live, but is sold in copies later, I really do not understand?  That is a very narrow minded interpretation of the scriptures if you think one is permissible and the other is not.  That is being inconsistent and ignorantly irresponsible of what God has given to you as a free gift.  Do you not understand these concepts?  Am I speaking empty words to empty heads?   Or have you closed your mind to what the truth of God is telling you because we live in a modern world?  Heaven help us all to get on the same page and work in unity and harmony to reach the entire world for God.  I hope that you learned something from this series of lessons and if you agree with what I am saying, please share it with others so that the truth will prevail.  God Bless you!

Understanding Healing, Sickness & Disease? The Sin Cause and the Sickness Effect! Part 2

(Ver 1.3)  This is Part 2 in a series of Bible lessons about where Sickness and Disease Came From.   If you have not read this series of lessons from the beginning, then I would suggest that you go back to Part 1 and start there.  In the first lesson I taught that God did not create the world originally with sickness or disease present therefore, I concluded you can see these did not originate with God and they were not a part of the original plan of God at any time.  There are many Christians who would certainly disagree with me based upon a narrow minded interpretation of some Old Testament scriptures that conflict with a New Testament revelation that sickness comes from Satan.   I showed you one of these Old Testament verse in the first lesson and how it was poorly translated to accuse God of putting sickness on the Egyptians.  However, I also showed you two prominent witnesses found in the New Testament that said sickness came from the devil (Acts 10:38) and Jesus even called it satanic bondage (Luke 13:16).  So we have a major conflict between opposing scriptures brewing.  You have Old Testament verses that seem to say that God caused people to be sick and you have New Testament verses that clearly say Satan causes people to be sick.  Since the Bible does not ever contradict itself in the true interpretation of the text, we must resolve the question of the cause of the sickness found in people in order to correctly determine who causes people to be healed.  There are only a limited number of technical possibilities to answer these questions and they are quite complex in their relationships of responsibilities.    Here is the list of possible solutions for where sickness comes from and I’ll talk about each of these in the following paragraphs:

  1. God causes sickness and God heals sickness
  2. Satan causes sickness and Satan heals sickness
  3. God causes sickness and Satan heals sickness
  4. Satan causes sickness and God heals sickness
  5. Some other possible cause and effect?

First we could say God controls everything and causes all people to be sick sometimes and then God heals people sometimes and that would be what many ignorant sovereign God theologians would want you to believe.  This interpretation conflicts with several scriptures like “God does not change” (Mal 3:6), with God there is no variableness nor shadow of turning (Jas 1:17) and when Jesus said “When you have seen me you have seen the Father” (John 14:9).  Since Jesus never made anyone sick while he was here physically on the earth we can clearly understand Jesus was the revealed will of God in full manifestation.  We must therefore conclude that God while in heaven never made anyone sick either.  You of course can disagree if you would like to.

Mat 4:23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

However, when you read the gospels closely you will never see Jesus doing anything, but healing the people.  Jesus would heal every type of sickness and every type of disease this verse says.  You can clearly see that this was the will of God being revealed to men first hand.   Here is God in the flesh walking among us and doing what He could only do in person.  If God wanted to teach men that sickness came from Him, He missed a golden opportunity to teach us this in person to dismiss the controversy.   When you see God healing people and never making them sick you finally begin to understand the character of God, the goodness of God, the love of God, the mercy of God and the compassion of God.  You finally begin to understand how much God wants you to be well and whole.

Mat 9:36  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

You can find that when Jesus walked among us, He exhibited divine compassion.  He demonstrated Godly mercy and He did not come to judge anyone.  Were people in those days just better sinners then they are now?  Too many Christians in the world think that people have gotten to be worse sinners today so they accuse God of sending judgment upon the earth in the form of earthquakes and plagues of sicknesses and diseases.  Some have accused God of killing sinners and Christians in massive Tsunamis and natural disasters.  One group of highly confused Christians held up signs at a recent funeral of a woman who died with cancer thanking God for her cancer.  I do not understand how you can follow a God who would do such a thing.  I guess it is purely out of fear and self-righteousness that these people do such things.  Because they feel like they are not sinners they accuse God of killing people who they claim are sinners.  How ignorant is that?  In my opinion if you are afraid of God, it is only because you do not know God and if you are not afraid of God it is only because you do not know Him either.   It is a paradox of a spiritual nature that is supremely complex.   The Bible says “The fear of the Lord is beginning of wisdom” (Prov 9:10).  However, this is the respect of God’s power and not the terror that God is going to hurt you.   I am not afraid of God, because I have the love of God shed abroad in my heart and I know Him (Rom 5:5).  You see my Bible says “Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound” (Rom 5:20).  That verse does not say anything about the judgment of God, it says God’s grace is what dominates Him to do good to sinners and the Bible says it is “The goodness of God that leads men to repentance” (Rom 2:4).   Don’t get me wrong, there is a coming judgment of God and it is coming soon.  But, this is not what is happening right now in the world.  When you finally see the judgment of God you will know the difference between what is happening now and it will be nothing compared to the real judgments of God.   People today, who have accused God of making people sick, have done so out of ignorance.  They clearly do not know the love of God and they ignore Bible verses about God’s love.  A loving God does not make His children sick because they made a mistake.  Therefore, I have ruled out God as both causing sickness and healing people in order to harmonize scriptures of God’s love, mercy, compassion and grace.

You could also theorize that Satan causes people to be sick and Satan heals people and again this is a very wrong teaching based upon scriptures taught directly by Jesus.  When Jesus would heal people, many times Jesus would cast out the evil spirits that were causing the sickness (Mark 1:23-26, Mark 5:2-8, Mark 7:25, Luke 9:42).  Jesus was even accused of casting devils out by the power of Satan (Mat 9:34).  But, Jesus said in Matthew 12:26 “How can Satan cast out Satan, his house would be divided and his kingdom would not stand”?   This is actually a very important verse to understand and it contains a lot of spiritual information that you better know.  Jesus was clearly saying no kingdom working against itself will prevail.  Therefore, God will never make people sick and then change to make them well again or His kingdom would be divided.  Jesus tells you very clearly that Satan also has a kingdom.  This is not the kingdom of God and this is not the kingdom of Heaven.   So this is a separate spiritual kingdom that Christians must come to understand that it exists.  This spiritual kingdom is called the kingdom of darkness.  In Colossians 1:13 it says “Christ has delivered us from the power of darkness…”.  To be delivered is a salvation from a place we did not even realize that we were in.  If you are not a Christian today, you are in this kingdom of darkness.  If you are a Christian then you have been set free from the kingdom of darkness by the power found in Jesus.  These are all Bible truths that are essential to understand.  If you do not understand this then you can easily stray into false teachings that claims God is in control of everything.  Jesus clearly taught us that there is an opposing spiritual kingdom in existence and it is not the Kingdom of God.  Based upon this information and the words of Jesus it is impossible for Satan to make people sick and to heal them simultaneously.  This information also transfers to God’s kingdom and it says that it is impossible for God to make people sick and then to heal them, or His kingdom would be divided.  God is saying you cannot have it both ways.  Jesus is teaching you that one kingdom makes you sick and one kingdom heals exclusively and that is the only definition of an undivided Kingdom that fits.

Next we could say God makes people sick and Satan heals them, but this is clearly shot down by many of the scriptures that I have given you already.  Acts 10:38 said Jesus healed those that were oppressed by the devil.  So sickness can never be attributed to God and healing can never be attributed to Satan.  This is just basic Bible interpretations of the Gospels and the New Testament that makes it very clear.  I have by direct scripture references ruled this possibility out completely.  There are just no supporting scriptures for this possibility that exists.  I mean you can find scriptures in the Old Testament that imply that God causes sickness, but I have never seen a scripture that implies Satan heals people.

Next, you could say that Satan causes people to be sick and God heals them and this theory is more scripturally accurate based upon the verses that I have shown you today already, but, it cannot be the complete and total truth since there is not any mention of the involvement or the contribution of the human factor.  If you believe that man has no choices to make or no ability to exercise their freewill, then you believe in a theory based upon God’s sovereignty and a false teaching called “Predestination”.   This teaching claims God has caused everything in the world to happen with a preset outcome.  This teaching claims that some people were created to go to hell and some people were created to go to heaven.   You could further claim that some people were designed to be sick and some people were designed to be well.  There are many problems with this erroneous teaching and you have to ignore vast numbers of scriptures that teach against it in order to believe in it.  If you have read my series of lessons on Understanding Bible Faith you should understand that Jesus always claimed it was the person’s faith that caused them to receive healing.   Jesus would never point us to any other factor as being the cause for their healing.  This did not mean that this person healed themself; it only means that it was their faith that allowed the power of God to flow into them to resolve their situation.  In the Gospels, there was always a direct partnership between a man’s faith and God’s divine power and grace that resulted in any person receiving their healing, salvation or deliverance.   Therefore, we can very easily conclude that if human faith was a necessary determining factor for a person’s healing to be made manifest, we must also conclude by reverse applied logic or implied antithesis truth that it must have been another human factor like something that the person believed, said or did to allow sickness to come into their bodies in the first place.

Think with me again about the factor of faith allowing God’s power to heal them in the Gospels.   Then take this knowledge and look back into time to see how a sickness might be allowed into a human condition.   Take for instance the factor of fear.  If fear is one opposite of faith, then it might have been possible for someone’s fear to allow Satan to put the sickness on them.  In other words I believe that it is almost always the choice of the person on the earth to determine what happens to them.  This belief is based upon what God said to people in Deuteronomy 30 that we read earlier.  God said very clearly I set before you life and death, therefore choose life that you and your seed may live.   Whose choice was it for you to live, God’s or yours?  I think you can see this makes it our choice.

However, it is certainly more complex than that simple statement.  For example, a person is not all knowing and can be deceived into allowing things to happen and not realize the consequences to what they have done until it is too late.  Someone might have gotten hot and sweaty playing a sport in the middle of winter and then walked outside without a jacket and they will probably regret that choice before they make it home.  It could also be that someone has a casual one night stand with someone that they just met in a bar and a few weeks later they find out they got a sexually transmitted disease and they only have themselves to blame.  It is mostly out of ignorance that people do things that they are extremely sorry for doing after they see the consequences.  God says “My people are destroyed (made sick, weak, killed, hurt) for a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).  So making ignorant decisions can result in some catastrophic circumstances.  Another known factor that is thrown into the mix is the presence of evil in the world.  Sometimes things happen to you just because people are bad and want to do what they want to do regardless of what you want them to do.  When a woman is raped, that is not what she had in mind for a good time like the man was thinking.  Therefore, she could get a sickness passed upon her by something that was not her choice.  You soon begin to see that life is very complex and there are many possible factors that can contribute to anyone being sick.  So regardless of what I teach you today, there are other factors that could be involved in the things that you are experiencing.  So having said all of that there is a spiritual law that is very applicable to our subject today and I will introduce you to it now:

Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

You see God says that people will always reap what they have sown in life.  So we need to figure out if sickness is a fruit of a seed that we have sown.  You might recall in the last lesson I showed you in Deuteronomy 30 where God said “I have set before you a choice, life or death, blessing or cursing, therefore choose life…”.  God appears to place the responsibility for sickness on man as well as for healing, so we must learn how to choose wisely.  Could it be that we just need to learn to plant the right seeds for healing?  This is a very tough lesson to teach, because there are so many factors and even unknowns that you can never say that everybody’s sickness was caused by only one specific thing.  In fact many times sickness is caused by a combination of things and I may have time to talk about that later.  Sowing and reaping is a cause and effect reality.  You plant seeds and you get crops to harvest.   So this truth is certainly heavily involved in the rest of this lesson.  What I want to do is to explore what Jesus emphasized in the Gospels as being a potential cause or we could say the seed for the sickness of certain people.  Jesus did teach us that there were some special contributing key factors to at least some sicknesses and I will attempt to talk about these today and you can make up your own mind to what the truth is.

If Satan causes sickness to come on people we must determine what permitted or allowed this to occur or can Satan just make anyone sick that he wants to at any time?  If you read the book of Job many have concluded that Satan must ask God for permission and then when God says OK, it is Satan’s responsibility to go and carry out the sickness.  However, this is a very bad interpretation of the truth and a clearly ignorant man can easily jump to this conclusion on a surface only reading of the text, but the truth of God is almost always deeper than that found normally on the surface.   You can see this is a tough subject to teach, but I believe it is one that is certainly important for you to understand, so keep reading.  We know from Acts 10:38 and Luke 13:6 that Satan causes sickness, so I will not debate that fact anymore.  I have accepted this as the truth of the Bible and I will move on with determining why this occurs.

Mat 9:2  And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Here is a sick lame man being brought to Jesus for healing and Jesus says something that is very profound and difficult to accept for many Christians.  Jesus looks at the lame man and tells him “your sins are forgiven”.  Why does Jesus say this and what do we need to understand about this statement?   Were this man’s sins a contributing factor for his sickness?  This man is asking for physical healing and Jesus is speaking to him about his sins.  Do you understand the difference between spiritual things and natural physical things?  There are many people who do not.  People look at the external actions of a man and focus only on what people have done and God looks at the internal and focuses on why people do what they do.  The lame man was interested only in a natural thing that he thought would solve his problems, and Jesus was focused on the spiritual root cause of the problem.   It is also interesting to note that Jesus does not cast out an evil spirit or even blame the sickness on a spirit as the cause.  Now we know from Acts 10:38 that whoever Jesus healed was called someone who was oppressed of the devil, but this is not where Jesus is focused in on in today’s lesson.  You see there is more than one truth in the Bible and this is some people’s greatest problem with understanding the Bible; they only want to learn one thing and ignore the rest.  That would be way too simple if that is all that is required.  I have no doubt that this man’s infirmity was caused by Satan, but that does not mean that this is the entire story.  Jesus is pointing us to a sin factor that allowed Satan to come in and bring the sickness on the man.   This is actually the same conclusion that I came to when I studied the book of Genesis and the creation account.  God created everything and called it all “very good” and therefore there was no sickness or disease in the earth before Adam sinned.  However, after Adam sinned things started to change in the world and therefore we can conclude it was sin that allowed sickness and disease to enter into the world.  I cannot come up with any other basic event in Genesis other than man’s sin that would have caused this evil to occur.  Maybe you can go through the Bible and find something else and I would be happy to hear about.   Here is God’s commentary on the cause of sin, sickness and death in our world:

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

You can clearly read that it was the actions of one man that caused sin and death to pass to every man on the planet.   If you are smart enough you understand that sickness and disease is just a form of diminished life before death occurs.  Therefore, it was Adam who allowed sickness to enter into the world by his sin.  So that is another interesting contributing factor.  Your current sickness could have been caused by your ancestor’s sin.  You see God speaks of a generational cursed upon families in scriptures found in Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, and Deuteronomy 5:9 that speaks of the sins of the fathers being passed down three or four generations.  I will not teach on this directly today, but I do want you to be aware of it as a factor.  You see it does not have to be your sin that causes you to have a sickness.  In fact in John 9 the disciples asked Jesus “Who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind”.  You can see by the question that the disciples were looking at the effect and trying to determine the cause.   They also said it could have been caused by the sin of the parents and Jesus did not dispute or contradict them, he just didn’t answer their question.  If you do not understand this story of the blind man in John 9, please take the time and read my lesson on this healing called “Who Sinned”.

Let’s get back to Matthew 9 and to what Jesus was telling the lame man.  Go and read Matthew 9:2 and the surrounding context verses.  Jesus continues to say “which is easier to say rise take up your bed and walk or to say your sins are forgiven”?  Jesus then looks at the religious leaders and says “So that you will know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins, rise, take up your bed and walk”.  In other words Jesus was teaching a fact that these are interchangeable events or words.  If you are forgiven you ought to be healed.   If you are healed then you are forgiven.  Wow, that is probably one of the most important things that I have said so far today, but you need to hear again.  If you have been forgiven of your sins, then you ought to be healed.  Are you forgiven by God?  Let’s move on to another story found in the Gospels:

Joh 5:14  Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Here is another major story of healing that has some very profound spiritual truths associated with it.  Jesus has just healed another paralyzed cripple man and He tells him something that is very important to note.  Jesus basically says “Stop sinning or something else worse could come on you”.  Do you understand the connection being tied in here between sickness and sin?  Jesus is teaching the direct cause and effect of a spiritual reality.  It would appear that sin is an opening of the door for sickness to come in.  This of course is very tricky since the Bible says that we are all sinners (Rom 3:23) and we can see that not everyone is sick in the world.   Nevertheless we can still learn a potential cause and effect law being demonstrated to us.  Do you understand the laws of Physics?  An object in motion tends to remain in motion and an object at rest tends to stay at rest.  Then there is the law that states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  There are just too many natural laws that demonstrate to us the cause and the resulting effect of a natural force, for me to talk about them all.  According to laws never is there an effect without a cause.  Never is there a cause without a resulting effect.  Never is the resulting effect greater than the cause.  It would be like getting a crop without planting the seeds, it just doesn’t happen that way.  These are just a few of the basics surrounding physical laws.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

We can see two spiritual realities being outlined and compared in this verse.  These are two spiritual laws of opposing force being revealed.  In the natural realm it is kind of like the Law of Aerodynamics has set me free from the Law of Gravity reality.  However, Romans 8:2 is the spiritual law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death.  You can clearly see that sin is the cause and death is the effect.  What is the definition of death?  In the natural realm it is a secession or termination of life.   Then what is the definition of sickness?  To be sick is a state of un-wholeness, incompleteness, or even just a state of physical weakness.   Jesus when healing people in the Gospels would tell them “your faith has made you whole”.  So being whole is a state of health where no sickness exists and being un-whole a state of sickness.  Therefore I have concluded that sickness is just a lesser stage of death in operation but not in full conclusion.   So when God told Adam don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you do, you shall surely die, I believe God was warning of the coming of sickness into the world but this does not mean that God sent it.  Here is a simple verse that is basically saying what I am trying to teach you about sickness:

Mat 9:12  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

Jesus is saying there are two different states of the human condition; this is either wholeness or incompleteness.   Jesus is calling the state of not being whole a sickness.  This Greek word translated as whole has a meaning to be healthy, well, sound, and even true.  I can clearly understand based upon this definition that there are direct opposite truths to each of these statements.    Sick, infirmed, weak, and even false are all words that demonstrate the state of sickness.  The Bible calls sickness the opposite of good which is healing and health.

I have given you around three examples in the Bible of people that Jesus encountered and Jesus attributed a sin cause to the effect of their sickness.  I also showed you that it does not necessarily have to be your sin that is the cause, but it could have been one of your ancestors.  However, there are more complex factors than that found in the Bible, but I have gone long enough in this lesson for today.  I will wrap this up by reemphasizing that Jesus basically taught that if you are forgiven you ought to be healed.  If you need forgiveness, then repent and ask for it and do it fast to begin to receive healing.  Do not over simplify anything that I have taught today and say I said it is only sin that causes sickness because that is NOT what I said.   In fact I gave you several other potential reasons for the existence of sickness, one was ignorance, another was the presence of evil, another is sowing wrong seeds, then I could go on and on with other factors that I have not mentioned.  In order for us not to be destroyed by Satan in the world we need to achieve to a higher level of knowledge of the truth.  So we still have a lot to learn, including me!  I hope you come back and read the next lesson about Where Sickness Comes From.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series of lessons you can go to “Part 3“.

Understanding why People Murder People! Genesis 4 – Cain and Abel!

(Ver 1.2)  This is a very tricky complex subject.  In light of the events in America this weekend in Arizona, I thought it would be a good topic to discuss briefly.  I do not like evil and this is not my favorite subject in the Bible to study.  Clearly the murder of defenseless people is an evil action which should be viewed as an abomination to God and not the plan of God.  While it is possible for God to cause something positive to come from any evil negative, there is absolutely no way that God planned it, authorized it or was a party to it.  If you think that He was you are probably very ignorant!   People read stories in the Old Testament like how Joseph spent years in slavery and prison and think that it says God caused this injustice to happen to him so that Joseph could fulfill a greater plan of God, but this is just a religious philosophy to help explain away the existence of the devil who influences evil men in the world to do stupid things.  You see in the Bible it clearly teaches that Satan was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).  So if a man ever killed anybody, where would they have learned it from?  Was it God or Satan?  Let’s look at the first murder in the Bible and see what God says about it. 

Gen 4:3  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Gen 4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

I like verses like this in Genesis.  It says “in the process of time” which represents a scientific principle of creation.   In other words, before creation there was no time, but now we live within the designed process of time constraints.  Cain was the firstborn son of Adam and is said to be a farmer who grows things and his younger brother Abel as we are told is a shepherd of sheep.  Kind of sounds familiar doesn’t it?  Jesus was both a shepherd and the Lamb of God and his brother Satan killed him also.  Uh oh, maybe I shouldn’t have told you that already.  Here in these verses we are told that both men are attempting to do service to God and try to do the right thing, but one does it much better than the other.  Did you notice the difference?  It wasn’t the fact that one brought sheep and the other brought their crops from the field like I have heard some preachers try to teach.  What they brought was not the key difference being revealed to us.   God says that Abel brought the “firstlings” and this is not what Cain did at all.  So what does this word mean?  It basically means the “firstborn” or those who have the birthright of man or beast.   So God had respect for Abel’s offering because He gave the best and Cain only gave some of his crop and not necessarily the first fruits like Abel did.   Oh well that is not my subject today so I’ll move on.  Hopefully you understand what I just said because I will not explain it any further today.

Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

So here is where Cain’s offering mistake hits the fan.  Since God did not respect Cain’s offering it made him very angry.  Emotions are one of the greatest blessings and the greatest curses that we have been given depending how we use them and where they directed.   Let’s think logically again and determine whose fault is it for God accepting Abel’s offering and not Cain’s?  In today’s society no one wants to accept responsibility or accountability for doing the wrong things.  You see in the news recently a young Mexican man was killed by a U.S. Government border agent because he started throwing rocks at the agent, so the agent had to defend himself and stop him.   Well, the news media interviewed the young man’s mother and she was very upset calling the shooting a crime against her son of major proportions.   Isn’t it funny how the mother ignored all of the crimes that the young man was guilty of only to say that an officer defending himself was the real problem.  You see the young man crossed into the U.S. illegally and was not supposed to be there to get shot.  Then if he hadn’t thrown any rocks at the officer he would have just been sent back to Mexico and not shot.  Does the young Mexican man have any responsibility for what happened to him?  I believe he holds all responsibility, whether you want to see the truth or not.  So it was in Cain’s day also.  Cain could have done the right things like Abel and God would have respected his offering also. 

So up until this point nobody has been killed, but yet the seeds are planted in the mind of Cain.  Here is where the story repeats in today’s murders also.  We have a man who has done wrong and has become emotionally unbalanced because of his past wrong thoughts, choices and actions.  Cain let’s jealousy overrule the love for his borther and doing right.  Since Cain has justified his actions as not being the problem it is now much easier for him to escalate his actions to a much greater sin level.  Are you learning anything about how people become murderers? 

Gen 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

It is very clear to me that God tells Cain what I just taught you.  God says to Cain change and do the right thing and I will accept your offering.  However, Cain refuses to conclude that he has done anything wrong.  So a smaller insignificant sin is about to become the entrance door to a much greater path to sin.   This is exactly how murderers become murderers.  They hardly ever start out at the murderer level; it is usually always some smaller petty crimes that are committed first and then they grow into a harder more callous state of the hardness of their heart towards others.  It is a progressive build-up within an evil process over time to become a murderer.  These are the seeds of Satan being planted in the hearts of men that cause them to do progressively evil things.  It always starts with little things and then grows to the greater.  That is why God tells parents in the Bible to “train up a child in the way that they should go and when they are older they will not depart from it” (Prov 22:6).  That is the root to how children without any correct training are becoming murderers in our world.

Gen 4:8  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

So instead of Cain making corrections he became more hard-hearted towards God and took it out on his brother since God was unable to take the wrath that he wanted to display to him.  Here is another factor to why people murder; people will take out their anger towards God on whoever they see first.  Because God has mistreated them and not been fair in their minds, they have become mentally bent to relieve their frustrations on somebody and sometimes anybody.   God tells us that Cain began to talk to his brother and because his brother was the only one there at the time and of course God treated him differently then he became Cain’s solution.   Instead of talking to God, Cain thought that by getting rid of his brother that would solve his problem and now God would have to accept his offerings.   Isn’t it amazing how twisted the human mind can become when all it took was for Cain to take responsibility to do the right thing?   Believe it or not this is why the young man also killed those people in Arizona.  This man took out his misguided frustrations and anger upon the person who he thought would take away his responsibility for his own past bad choices and self-justified actions.  It’s craziness I know and borderline insanity, yet he clearly knew it was wrong based upon his notes that he left asking for forgiveness.   He was not insane, he was just deceived and took out his foolishness upon those who could not defend themselves.  It is extremely sad when this happens in the world, but yet I believe God says these things will happen more as the time of the end grows nearer.  It is important as Christians not to let murderers think that have won anything.

Heb 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Here is God’s commentary to the story of Cain and Abel.  You can clearly see that God honored Abel because of his faith.  You can assume that it was the lack of faith that caused God not to honor Cain’s offerings.  You see the Bible says that God is not a respecter of persons, but it does not ever say that God does not respect someone’s faith.  If you have been reading my lessons on Bible faith you understand this by now, I hope.  Here is the other major thing to see from this verse of scripture in Hebrews; God tells us that Abel was deemed righteous and you can assume Cain was not.  This is the difference between going to heaven and going to hell.  I will not be surprised when I meet Abel in heaven.   Abel’s righteous actions still speak the Bible says and they are profoundly greater than those of his brother, the murderer.   I would much rather be in Abel’s shoes than Cain’s shoes today so it is with the killer of those in Arizona also.   I’ll wrap today’s blog up with a statement from Jesus that you should take note of being a Christian.

Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Here we have a major revelation being presented to us.   Jesus is declaring the life in this world is only temporary so we should not be so afraid of anyone who could kill us physically.  Jesus is clearly saying that there is an eternity after this life that we better be concerned with.  Fear God who is able to save or throw you into hell forever.  This life is only a time of preparation; it is not a permanent lasting situation.  Jesus is clearly saying that just because someone kills your body, the real you (the spirit being) is not dead.  You are just not here in this world alive physically anymore.  Jesus is warning you that we should be eternity aware and not so much concerned with the natural realm where crazy evil men will try to take your life.  I guess that is enough for one lesson today and I pray that you at the least learned a little bit that helped you get through the events that happen daily on our news.   God Bless.

Understanding the Concepts of Deception in the Bible! Righteous vs. Evil Deception! Part 3

(Ver 1.4)  Today is Part 3 of a series of lessons on Understanding Deception in the Bible.  I do not know if you can tell why I write this blog or not?  My number one goal is to help you to understand the Bible better today than you did yesterday.   If I can help just one person accomplish this, I believe that is worth the countless hours that I have invested in writing these advanced Bible lessons.   If you know God better than you did after you read my lessons then I have succeeded at accomplishing my goal.   Today’s lesson is about the complex subject of deception, but this lesson is much more advanced than the first two in the series.  The first two lessons were general overviews of your enemy Satan and the techniques that he attempts to use to deceive people in the earth today.  The first two lessons dealt with only one side of the subject of deception that I refer to as “Evil Deception”.  Today I will introduce you to the other side of deceptin to show you that it can be used for positive outcomes and that will shock many Christians who have never been taught this side of the subject.  If you have not read this series of lesson from the beginning I would suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1”.   Also today’s lesson is intended for spiritually mature Christians since I will probably go into many things that you have never heard before from anyone and I do not want to cause anyone any confusion so please judge your level of spiritual maturity and make the determination if you want to hear something that is potentially new and controversial.  If you do not want to learn anything new, then just go read someone else’s blog for today.

In the previous lesson on deception I talked about Satan being called a deceiver (Rev 12:9, 20:10) of the nations and how God looks upon these actions very unfavorably.   One technique that Satan uses for deception is to take a truth and pervert it with an attached or alternative meaning.   Another technique of deception that Satan uses is to associate a Bible truth with a false religion, causing Christians to reject it as the truth.  Another technique of deception is to take a Bible symbol of truth and to possess it as a satanic symbol so that Christians again reject this truth completely.  There are so many complex methods of trickery involved in deception and you should become intimately knowledgeable of every method that you can so that you are not the one deceived in the future.  However, today I am going to flip the evil deception apple cart and introduce you to a brand new concept that you probably have never heard anyone speak on before in your life, especially in church.  Obviously everyone teaches that deception and lies are an evil sin.   But, today I am going to attempt to show you the positive side of deception found in the Bible.  Right there your religious mind is probably giving you fits saying “I didn’t know deception had any positive side or use”.   What I will show you in today’s lesson is that there are different kinds of deception found in the Bible and how that the Bible says not every deception is considered evil or a sin by God.  I guess most people struggle with this subject because they do not realize that there are multiple types of deception found in the Bible and therefore they do not understand how that any level of deception could be permitted at times to achieve a positive outcome.  Many religious people look purely at the existence of only one type of deception that they associate with someone telling someone a lie.   They then lump all deception into this same basket category as being an evil sinful lie.  I had a reader who read one of my Bible lessons on Abraham and left me a comment saying that Abraham sinned.  In this story of Abraham, he went around telling everyone his wife was his sister so that no one would kill him to get her.   If you read this Bible lesson called “Genesis 12: Was Abraham a Liar?” you should have learned that Abraham never lied, his wife Sarah was his half-sister (Gen 20:12).  They both had the same father but different mothers, so they were clearly brother and sister to each other by definition, yet Abraham married his sister and she became the wife who gave birth to the promised child Isaac.  So Abraham was clearly guilty of remaining silent on the important fact that Sarah was also his wife and not just his sister and this is all that you can accuse him of based upon what the Bible says.  Let me start by asking you this question, is silence a sin?  Can you find anywhere in the Bible where it says if I’m silent even on a key point of information that I have committed a sin?  I searched my Bible and I could not find one verse that said silence was a sin.

Of course it gets more complex than this because your silence is also tied to your motivation of why you are being silent and that fact alone make this subject infinitely more complex.  We’ll talk more about your motivation shortly but, I searched and searched the Bible for a verse that said silence was a sin and I could not find it anywhere.  So my reader claimed that Abraham committed a sin of an invented name called a “lie of omission”.  According to his definition, a “lie of omission” would be to remain silent in any area that left out any important information that could have been said in order to purposely deceive someone.  However, after I confronted my commenter, he had to agree that this term “lie of omission” and its definition was not found in the Bible anywhere and therefore what he had said was a sin came from his own human reasoning.  The human intellect is an amazing God given blessing, however it is rarely God inspired thoughts unless you have thoroughly renewed your carnal mind with God’s spiritual knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  Therefore, you cannot count on anything that comes from your carnal mind as being the truth.  After all of this, my commenter refused to say that Abraham didn’t sin in what he did and he held to the concept that Abraham was therefore still a deceitful liar because he withheld information from the king.  Wow, this is a very dangerous approach to take in your Bible interpretation.  In Matthew 7:26 Jesus called this action of ignoring God’s word a foolish man who has built his house on sand.  To base your beliefs on your own human reasoning instead of the Bible will cause you to be wrong 100 times out of 100 tries.  What we must do is to build our house on the Rock of the Word of God and base our beliefs on what God says and only what God says, in order to be assured and have confidence in what we know and teach to others.  You know I do not have to be right about everything that I say and teach.  I am perfectly willing to change if you can show me the chapters and the verses that say something different than what I teach.  I would rather change and be right than to stay with believing an error.  However, if you are just telling me your opinion that I’m wrong because that is not what you think is true then you have a major problem, not me.  Here is a web definition for the word “deceive” that I found:

Deception, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, and subterfuge are acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth (as in half-truths or omission). Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, sleight of hand. It can employ distraction, camouflage or concealment.

Here are some synonyms for Deception from the Thesaurus:

Trick, Trickery, Sham, Fraud, Con, Cheating, Pretext, Duplicity, Deceit

Wow this is a pretty amazing definition that is all encompassing, isn’t it?  However, I noticed two things directly missing from this definition of deception;w with one being the motivation of the individual doing the deception and the other being the purpose for the deception or you could say the expected outcome for the deception.   It further does not say or even imply that there are potentially times when deception is good and the results of the deception can cause a positive outcome to occur either.  According to this lone definition that I found on the internet you can clearly see that Abraham was absolutely guilty of committing a level of deception for either evil or for whatever purpose.  However, I believe that to remain silent is still a key area that is totally different than to deceive someone by telling them a lie.  I can find many verses in the Bible that say “Thou Shalt not lie” (Lev 19:11, Zep. 3:13).  But, to be silent I have still not found any verses yet that says this is a sin.  In this story found in Genesis 12 and 20 of Abraham telling the kings that his wife was his sister, I could not find any verses where God rebuked, chastised or punished Abraham for what he did or in this case didn’t do.  Can you find this anywhere?  You can clearly see that these kings were either plagued (Gen 12:17) or had a dream from God that told him that he was a dead man (Gen 20:3).  So God’s attention was focused on what the kings did and not what Abraham did or still in this case did not do.  Do you understand this?  So I want to introduce you to the first new factor about deception today that will upset your deception apple cart.   This concept is called “Self Deception” where a person has deceived themselves into doing the wrong thing based upon their own personal thoughts, motivations or their natural physical or emotional desires.  You can clearly see that the kings in these stories of Genesis 12 and 20 were only interested in themselves and what they wanted.  Nobody asked Sarah what she wanted, did they?  Of course back then it was a male dominated world and when a male king wanted a woman, there were no options for the woman given to her.  When Abraham tells the kings she is my sister, the kings ASSUMES that she is available to be taken like a stray dog that doesn’t belong to anyone.  They make a very wrong assumption based upon not knowing all the facts that they could have found out if they had just asked some more direct questions in order to find the truth.  You can read scriptures about being “Self Deceived” in Jer. 37:9, Oba. 1:3, 1 Cor. 3:18, Gal 6:3, James 1:26 and 1 John 1:8.  There are many factors that cause self-deception and these can involve pride, arrogance and wrong thinking where you think too highly of yourself and see yourself to be wise in this world.  You should go and look up these verses to learn how people can deceive themselves and you should be able to see how these verses can easily apply to the kings in Abraham’s story.

There are three basic factors to deception that are critical to understand that are not normally taught.  First, there are different types or methods of deception.  You can clearly see this by someone telling a lie, but you can also see this by someone just failing to tell the truth.  They are dramatically different types of deception in the eyes of God.  Second, there are different reasons or motivations for using deception and the intended outcome for the deception.  In other words is the person doing the deception doing it for someone’s harm, hurt or destruction or for a purpose of overall good?  Then the third factor to consider is who the intended target for the deception is.  Is the one being deceived a good person or an evil person?  Can the one being deceived do me any harm if they are not deceived?  All three of these factors matter in order for any deception to be called a sin in they eyes of God.   You see there is an implied problem with deception that you have not fully thought of or comprehended fully.  If you take the literal internet definition of deception and apply it as it was written that the omission of information or truth is called “deception” then God is quilty of deceiving us all.  Is your God a deceiver?  If you only take this definition, He is because He knows things that we clearly do not know and many of them.

Some have tried to conclude that all deception is sin like my commenter and this is just not what the Bible teaches.  That statement is really going to shock many of my readers.  However, what people have done is taken a complex subject and oversimplified it and caused all deception to be thought of in a negative light.  But yet as we continue through this lesson we will see that this is not true.  Let me give you an example of some deception that occurred in my life that might shock you.  My own mother was a known and practicing deceiver; my mother deceived me when I was just a child in grade school.  She tricked me into eating squash when I was a kid by mashing it up and stirring it into my cream corn.  They were both yellow vegetables and when they were mixed together I could not tell that the squash was present.  You see I liked cream corn but I did not like the squash and I refused to eat it.  However, by her trickery and deception of her mixing the squash with my cream corn and then by purposefully not telling me about her methods, I ate it without knowing I was eating it.  Clearly she withheld key information and truth from me and clearly it was an intentional act of a hidden deception.  By the definition of deceive that we looked at, she is clearly guilty as Abraham was, but, was this deception a sin?  Did my mother sin by hiding squash in my cream corn and not telling me about it?  According to my commenter he would have said that she did.  However, was this not just an example of the practical use of deception to achieve a positive outcome for me?  I think that you can see it was the only way that I was going to eat squash so it worked.  What was my mother’s reasoning and motivation for deceiving me?  Was it to do evil and harm to me or was it to do something good and positive for me so that I benefited?  In her mind it was to do good so that I would eat my vegetables and grow up strong and healthy.  So hopefully you can see that not every type of deception is a sin from this one simple example.  I do not believe that my mother was committing a sin by hiding squash in my cream corn, do you?  So let’s change the scenario and say someone hid poison in your food.  This of course changes everything dramatically.  Now we have a different motivation for a different purpose and the expected outcome of the deception is completely different.  Clearly anyone who would do this is well within the realm of committing a horrific sin by using a very similar deception method that my mother was guilty of.  I hope that you can begin to see the impact that motivation and purpose play into the role of deception.  Do you see the potential dilemma being presented to us from my two examples of food deception?  It matters who is deceiving, why they are deceiving, who is deceived and what is the intended purpose of the deception in order to make a determination if it is a sin or not.  Just because my mother hid squash in my cream corn and did not tell me that she did it, does not constitute an evil act of the sin of deception.  Are you grasping these very important concepts?  You see if you only used the web definition of the word “deceive” you can clearly see my mother was guilty of “deception”, therefore she should go to jail or hell.  But, her reasons for doing it were justified to achieve a positive outcome for me.  This is called “Righteous Deception” and I will show it to you in the Bible so that you can better understand how it works.  I pray that you are beginning to see the complexity of the subject of deception and the potential use of deception to achieve a positive outcome for someone.

So let’s go back to the story of Abraham and see who did what, where and why?   Abraham was traveling into the nation of Egypt where a foreign government was ruled by a people who didn’t know God.  In fact in the Bible Egypt was a type of the world and Pharaoh a type of Satan.  According to Abraham’s reasoning, he told his wife to tell everyone that she was his sister so that these godless people would not kill him to get to her.  So the motivation of Abraham was not to do any evil to anyone, but to preserve his own life in an uncertain set of circumstances surrounding evil people.  It was Egypt who was doing the evil and not Abraham by taking a woman just because she was pretty and good looking.  You could compare this to rape today and this is clearly a crime.   No one asked Sarah what she wanted; they simply decided what to do based upon what the king wanted.  Was that the right thing to do?   Obviously God did not think so and that is why He put plagues on the nation for what they had done.  So Abraham was dealing with an uncertain evil nation of people who could potentially do great harm to him for what they wanted.  So do you see any differences now in this type of deception initiated by Abraham?  Abraham never had any intention of harm for any evil purpose to anyone in being deceptive.  So by not telling them all of truth; did Abraham lie?  I still do not think so!  Did Abraham sin?  I still do not think so.  Abraham’s heart was clear before God.  I hope that you can see this.

What I am attempting to show you is that not every deception is a sin in the Bible and you will see some more examples of this in these next verses also found in Genesis.  This is a story in chapter 38 is one that is very informative of many things, but I’m only going to talk about the concept of “Righteous Deception” given to us in this story.  In Genesis 38:6 you see that Judah the son of Jacob had a firstborn son named Er and Judah got him a wife named Tamar.  However, verse 7 said that Er was wicked in the eyes of the Lord so God killed him.  Not good for Er!  So Judah had three sons the firstborn Er is now dead so Judah gives Tamar to Onan his next oldest son and tells him to have children for his dead brother Er.  Onan is also wicked in the eyes of the Lord because he refuses his father’s request and God kills him also.  Wow, Tamar is either really bad luck for the children of Judah or something else is going on here.  We can read in this chapter that Judah tells Tamar to go to her father’s house and wait for his third son to get old enough and she will be his wife next.  So Tamar waits and waits and Judah never mentions it again and finally Judah’s wife also dies.  So Tamar does what?  What is Tamar supposed to do?  In Genesis 38:13 it says that someone told Tamar that her father-in-law Judah was going to a certain city to shear his sheep.  So Tamar comes up with a plan of deception:

Gen 38:14  And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.

Here we have a part of the story that is easily missed.  You see Tamar could see that Judah’s third son was grown up and she knew that Judah had not fulfilled his word to her.  By not doing what he said; Judah has become a liar and that is not good is it?  Therefore, Tamar takes off her widow clothes and disguises herself with a veil.  In doing this Tamar has taken on the outward appearance of a prostitute and she places herself in the path of Judah on purpose.

Gen 38:15  When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.

So Judah sees the woman Tamar and thinks to himself that she is a harlot available for hire.  It is very important to note that Tamar does not ever say she is a Harlot; it is only Judah who has assumed the wrong things based upon a perceived impression of outward looks.   Judah could have asked to see her face or spoken with her in many ways to find out the real truth, but he has been self-deceived with natural human male desire.    Isn’t that interesting?  What we see is Judah has deceived himself into thinking the wrong way based upon human desire and lust and outward appearances.  It sounds a lot like what the kings did when looking at Sarah in the first story of Abraham.

Gen 38:16  And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?

So technically speaking while Tamar never says she is a prostitute you have to look at what she says very carefully.  It would appear that she is asking for money for her sexual favor, but examine her heart and think again.  She is really just asking for what she was already promised by Judah.  Nowhere in this story is her deception an evil intentional act for harm to Judah or an attempt to get back at him for his lie.

Gen 38:17  And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?

Judah tells Tamar he will send her a kid from the flock, but Tamar know who she is dealing with and says she needs some security to insure that he will do what he says.  So she says this:

Gen 38:18  And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.

So we can see that Judah is still negotiating the price and the collateral like any normal business transaction.  Tamar asks for his signet, his bracelet and his staff for collateral.  Do you understand the principle and symbolic meaning of these items?  A signet was like giving your credit card to someone today.  With it they could command you to pay everything that they charge with it.  The first time bracelets are mentioned in the Bible it was when the servant gave Rebekah two bracelets for her to become Isaac’s wife, so this is a clear parallel to this story in Genesis 38.  The staff was of course a symbol of power and the main instrument of a shepherd to herd his sheep.  So Tamar was not asking for trivial things, these were signs and symbols of this man’s identity.  In the Bible you can find where it says that having sex with a prostitute causes you to become one flesh with her.  So the sexual act is considered to be a marriage covenant between Judah and Tamar.   Therefore, Tamar was gathering items that could easily be used to identify him later as the one who had sex with her.  Anyway Judah must have missed sex a lot so he agreed and gave her these three items and then he made Tamar pregnant with his children and then he went back home.

Gen 38:19  And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.

Tamar departs back to her father’s house and changes her clothes back to the widow garments and then waits.  Meanwhile, Judah sends people to find the prostitute with the sheep that he promised so that he could get back his possessions and they cannot find her.  Nobody has ever seen this woman, so she was clearly not a prostitute for financial gain or income.  So if money was not Tamar’s motivation what was the motivation of Tamar and who did she deceive?  It is very clear that it was deception in the “nth” degree.  But, I did not see anywhere that said that Tamar ever lied with her lips to achieve this deception, nor do I see where she did it to cause hurt or harm to anyone else.  The purpose of this deception was not for evil but for the good outcome of the continuation of the family name of Judah.  So in effect this deception of Tamar was only done for the good of Judah and not to do him any evil.  This is a very important story in the Bible and you just do not realize its importance right now.  So Judah finally hears about Tamar when she begins to show her pregnancy.  It’s funny how words in the rumor mill can travel so quickly to everyone.  Everyone knew that Tamar was a widow so when she shows up pregnant it is a perceived problem for Judah and the community.  So Judah calls for Tamar so that they can put her to death for being a whore, but when Tamar shows up at his house she has his signet ring, staff and bracelets that show who the father is and Judah cannot not deny it because of these facts she presented to him.  Judah then makes this statement:

Gen 38:26  And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.

You can clearly see that Judah was calling her deception a “righteous justified act”.  Because, of this woman’s trickery the family line of Jesus has been preserved and Jesus can still come into the world as God had designed.  You can clearly see this honor by reading the genealogy of Jesus given to us in the book of Matthew chapter 1.  There are only 6 women mentioned by name in this list of father names and Tamar is one of them.  She earned a mention of prominence by a simple act of righteous deception.  Tamar has arisen to the level of rock star status in the Bible because she used deception for the good of someone other than herself.  This is a very important part of deception that is rarely taught and seldom mentioned.  Here is another mention of her name in the Book of Ruth:

Rth 4:12  And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.

Tamar is again mentioned in the book of Ruth as being a righteous woman who did great things for the good of mankind and the house of Israel.  You cannot deny that this was deception, but God elevates her to a level of importance for doing this deception that few have understood until today.  At no time did God accuse this woman of committing any sin for what she did, do you see this?

I actually have many more Bible verses to go into this subject of deception, but I have gone too long for today.  So I will wrap this lesson up with that story of Tamar and hope that you can now see and understand that not every deception found in the Bible is a negative sin in the eyes of God.  In my next lesson in this series I will give you some more examples found in the Bible of “Righteous Deception” and these will help to establish the truth in the mouths of two or three witnesses.  I hope and pray that you have learned something from today’s lesson that you can take away in growing in your relationship with your God.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series on deception, you can go to “Part 4“.

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Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of Satan in the Bible

(ver 2.0) This is Part 2 in a series of reference documents about the multiple Names, Titles, Descriptions and Symbols of named Spiritual Individuals in the Bible. This document will focus only on the subject verses of the enemy Satan found in the Bible. It is not designed to teach anything other than give you a place to search from to find references to Satan in the Bible. This is a living document of references and it will change and be updated as I am led to additional scriptures. A Name is a direct reference to the individual. A Title is a given direct identifying appellation signifying status or function. A Description is something that represents the individual in expressive words. A Type is a real named person, place or thing that can be viewed to apply to a pattern of the spiritual individual not directly named. A Symbol is a natural object that describes the characteristics or features of a spiritual being that you cannot see or understand without first understanding the symbol. I will now give you the list of my references to Satan in the Bible and if you have others that I have not found yet, please share them with me in a comment.

Name, Title, Symbol, Type for Satan

Description

Scripture Reference

666 The Number of the Beast Rev 13:18
Abaddon Destroying Angel Rev 9:11
Accuser of the Brethren Legal Opponent in Court of Law Rev 12:10
Adversary The Opponent to the Church in a Lawsuit 1 Peter 5:8
Angel of Light Impersonator, Actor, Stage Performer; Masquerader 2 Cor 11:14
Angel of the Bottomless Pit Ruler of the Darkness Rev 9:11
Anointed cherub that coverth The Winged Angelic Defender Ezekiel 28:14
Antichrist Opponent of the Messiah 1 John 4:3
Appolyon Greek Name of Hebrew Abaddon; Destroyer Rev 9:11
Baal False God of the O.T. Type of Satan Rom 11:4;
Balaam False Teacher Jude 1:11
Bear Kingdom of Satan Symbol Rev 13:2
Beast Dangerous Animal; Venomous Rev 14:9-10; Rev 16:10
Beelzebub Lord of the Flies; A god of Babylon Mat 12:24, 27; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15, 18-19
Belial Worthless One 2 Cor 6:15
Bird, Hateful Loveless Rev 18:2
Bird, Unclean Foul, Rev 18:2
Blasphemer Name of the One Who Vilifies God Rev 13:1
Cain Murderer from the Beginning Jude 1:11
Chief of Demons Prince of demonic gods Luke 11:15
Cherub Winged Anointed of God Ezekiel 28:14
Cockatrice The Viper Isa 14:29, 59:5;
Deceiver The One Who Deceives Rev 12:9
Devil False Accuser; Slanderer Mat 4:1-11, 9:33, 11:18, 12:22, 13:29, 15:22, 17:18, 25:41; Mk 5:15-18, 7:26-30; Luke 4:2-13, 4:33-35, 7:33, 8:12, 8:29, 9:42, 11:14; John 6:70, 7:20, 8:44-52, 10:20-21, 13:2; Acts 10:38 13:10; Eph 4:27, 6:11; 1 Ti 3:6-7; 2 Ti 2:26; Heb 2:14; James 4:7; 1Pet 5:8; 1 John 3:8-10; Jud 1:9; Rev 2:10, 12:9, 12:12, 20:2, 20:10;
Dragon Fabulous Serpent Rev 12:7
Dragon, Great Powerful Fabulous Serpent Rev 12:9
Edom Type of Satan, twin brother of Jacob Eze 32:29; Joel 3:19; Mal 1:4;
Enemy Adversary Mat 13:39
Esau Lord Hates Mal 1:2-3; Rom 9:13
Evil One Malicious; Wicked One John 17:15
False Light The Opposite TRUTH of True Light Jesus 1 John 2:8
Father Male Parent John 8:44; Acts 13:10
Father of Lies Fabricator of truth John 8:44
Fiery Flying Serpent Satan Isa 14:20, 30:6;
Fiery Serpent Satan Num 21:8; Deu 8:15
Frog Unclean Spirit Rev 16:13
Fox Cunning Spirit Luke 13:32
Goat, He (devils) Devils (Hebrew Word for He Goat) Lev 17:7; 2 Chron 11:15
God of this World Ruler of the Night 2 Cor 4:4
Gog Symbolic Name for the Anti-Christ Rev 20:8;
Great Red Dragon Serpent of Increased Power Rev 12:3
Herod A Type of Satan the Murdering King Luke 13:31
Judas Judah The Betrayer of Messiah John 6:70-71; John 13:2
King of Babylon Ruler of Jerusalem Isaiah 14:4
King of the Bottomless Pit Ruler of the Darkness Rev 9:11
King of Tyrus Ruler of the Rock Eze 28:12
Laban A type of a Deceitful Man Gen 31:7
Leopard Kingdom of Satan Symbol Rev 13:2
Lesser Light Moon who Rules the Night of Darkness Gen 1:16
Leviathan Serpent Monster of Babylon Isaiah 27:1
Liar Falsifier; Deceiver John 8:44
Lion Kingdom of Satan Symbol Rev 13:2
Little Horn Rising King Daniel 8:9-11
Lucifer Bright and Morning Star Isaiah 14:12-14
Man of Sin Man faced Trespasser 2 Thes 2:3-4
Moon Ruler of the Night Psalm 136:9; Rev 12:1
Murderer Man Killer John 8:44
Oppressor He Who Makes Sick Acts 10:38
Perdition The Destroyer 2 Thes 2:3;
Pharaoh He who rules Egypt a type of the World Eze 31:2-18;
Power of Darkness Superhuman Ruler of the Night Col 1:13-14
Prince of the Devils Ruler of Evil Spirits Mat 9:34, 12:24; Mark 3:22
Prince of the Kingdom of Persia Ruler of the nation of Babylon Daniel 10:13
Prince of the Power of the Air Ruler of the Authority of Spoken Words Eph 2:1-2
Prince of this World Ruler of the Evil Darkness John 12:31-32; John 14:30; John 16:11; 1 Cor 2:6-8;
Roaring Lion Powerful Sounding King of the Beasts 1 Peter 5:8
Ruler of the Darkness Moon who Rules the Night Ephesians 6:12
Satan The Accuser, the Opponent; Adversary 1 Chron 21:1; Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Ps 109:6; Zec 1:3:1-2; Mat 4:10, 12:26, 16:23; Mark 1:13, 3:23-26, 4:15, 8:33; Luke 4:8, 10:18, 11:18, 13:16, 22:3, 22:31; Jo 13:27; Act 5:3, 26:18; Rom 16:20; 1 Cor 5:5, 7:5; 2 Cor 2:11, 11:14; 1 Thes 2:18; 2 Thes 2:9; 1Tim 1:20, 5:15; Rev 2:9,  2:13, 2:24, 3:9; 12:9, 20:2, 20:7;
Seducing Spirit Imposter; Deceiver 1 Tim 4:1
Seraphim Fiery Serpent Isa 6:2
Serpent Symbolic Name for Satan Gen 3:1; Rev 12:15
Serpent, Old Symbolic Name for Satan; First Ruler of the earth Rev 12:9; Rev 20:2
Son of Perdition Destruction’s Child 2 Thes 2:3
Son of the Morning Satan a son of God’s First or Early Light Isaiah 14:12-14
Spirit, Foul Perverted Spiritual Being Rev 18:2
Spirit, the Satan a spiritual being Ephesians 2:2
Spirit, Unclean Leprous Spiritual Being Luke 9:42; Rev 16:13
Star Angel Cast Down to Earth Rev 8:11; 9:1
Star, Great Angel Cast Down to Earth Rev 8:10
Star, Wandering He Who Departs the Path Jude 1:13
Tempter He Who Proves and Tests Mat 4:3
Thief Robber; Burglar Mat 24:43; Luke 12:39; John 10:10
Viper The serpent Satan Isa 59:5;
Waster, the He Who Destroys Isaiah 54:16
Wicked Law Breaker; Evil Degenerate 2 Thes 2:8; Eph 6:16
Wormwood Type of Bitterness Rev 8:11

If you would like to references other documents in this series you may go to one of these:

Why Do People Go To Hell? Using the Bible to Answer the Hard Questions!

(Ver 2.3)  This is Part 2 of a series of lesson on the subject of “Understanding What the Bible says About Hell“.  This is also Part 2 of another series called “Understanding Hard Sayings”.  If you want to read the first lesson about Hard Sayings then do that. There are many people in the world today that do not believe in the existence of Hell.  However, that does not change the fact that it exists.  If you did not read the first lesson in this series about the “Bliblical Evidence for the Existence of Hell” you should start reading there first. I often times wonder when terrorist bombers blow themselves up in the hope of achieving or earning paradise, what they think when they go to hell and are looking around wondering what happened.  This is obviously not what they were told would happen if they caused all of this death and destruction to their enemies.  I also wonder how many of them would do things differently now that they are locked within the eternal flames of hell, where Jesus told us there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mat 8:12).  There is no doubt in my mind that most people who are in hell are there and do not know how exactly that they got there.   I hear many people in the world speak of sinners and the people who do really evil things to other people as deserving to be in hell.  It seems that the worst the crime and the more innocent people are hurt or killed, the more deserving that people say they are for going to hell.  You can think of people like Hitler, Stalin and others who have killed men, women and children in wholesale lots and certainly they “deserve” to go to hell.  However, we are all guilty of comparing our sins to other people’s sins and thinking that ours are not bad enough to warrant such a punishment as hell.

I had a reader ask me a question about “Do people go to hell or heaven after they die and why”?   If you have read the first lessonthen you should already know that the Bible clearly tells us that Hell exists and people go there.  So the question arises, why?  This is certainly a legitimate question to ask God.  We will discover that God has already answered the question in the Bible.  What I want to do first is tell you what is NOT a factor in why people go to Hell.   It is not because you have sinned!  Being a sinner does NOT send you to hell!  However, it does not get you into heaven either.  Sin is virtually a non-factor in the process of do people go to heaven or to hell.  Yes, there are sinners in hell right now.  But, yes there are also sinners in heaven right now.  So committing a sin was not the determining factor for going to either place.

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

You can clearly see that the Bible says “everyone” has sinned and failed to achieve to God’s standard of righteousness.  If it says “ALL” that would leave no one out of the Sin Camp.  That would include me and you also.  A verse found in Romans 5:12 basically says the same thing.  So we have two witnesses to the fact that everyone is a sinner.  So now people like to say, my sin is not as great as their sin, so therefore they deserve punishment, but not me.  Unfortunately for you God has already thought of this excuse defense and said the following:

Jas 2:10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

You can be the best sinner in the entire world and have committed the least number of wrong doings and yet God says if you fail in just one place, one point, violating just one rule, you are guilty of breaking them all. Wow! That is very strong! That also is not good news for being the best sinner either. That basically tells us that there are no sins that are greater than any other sins in the eyes of God. What do you do with that information?  God makes it sound like a very ominous and hopeless situation that we are all in. I certainly agree with that assessment and I hope that you do to.

So what have we learned? We have learned that there are no good people in the world who deserve to be saved. Everyone is technically guilty of violating the entire law of God and that will not work to get you into heaven based upon God’s standards. You see Islam and other religions in the world like to see things in a balanced scale system where you put your bad deeds on one side and your good works on another side and then see which one is greater and that determines where you go. Wouldn’t that be nice?  However, this is not what God calls a system that will work to get you into heaven.

Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Hopefully you can see what this verse is saying.  Salvation or justification is not earned by doing good things.  Obeying the law is doing a good thing, yes?  But, God tells us that no flesh will be “justified” by doing the good things written in the Law!   That basically tells me you cannot do anything to work yourself into this salvation.  That means heaven is not guaranteed no matter how many good things you have done in your life.  What we have discovered are two things that are not a factor in whether you go to heaven or to hell.  It is not your sins and it is not you doing good things.  That really shocks a lot of people who have been deceived into believing they can do something to affect their outcome and destiny.   So what are the determining factors for being saved and going to heaven?  I’d like to tell you it is just a simple a 1 + 1 = 2 problem, but that would be oversimplifying the situation.  However, I will make it as simple as I can.  It appears to me from reading and studying the Bible that people go to hell simply because they reject salvation and the savior Jesus Christ.  Part of the problem comes from the fact that God’s idea of Salvation is not usually your idea of salvation and that is one of the biggest problems you face to getting saved.  You see if you were simply presented a choice of believing in Jesus Christ and not believing in Jesus Christ and that is all the choices you had that would certainly make it much more of a simple process.  However, there is an enemy in the world, a spiritual being called Satan, who works very hard at tricking you into believing lies.  While God plays by the rules, Satan does not and has caused a vast number of people in the world to believe in his lies.  So rejecting the savior Jesus Christ could be a simple acceptance of Buddhism as your belief system.  Simply by buying into a false religion you could be missing out on heaven and eternal salvation.  This is what Jesus says to us:

Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Jesus is trying to get into your heart right now, if you have not let him in already.  Jesus is standing and knocking and wants to come into your spiritual house.  Did you ever think that if the omnipotent God wants in your heart, why doesn’t He just kick the door down and come in?  Isn’t He still God?  Doesn’t God always get His will done?  Apparently not!  You see God is a gentleman who abides within rules and self-imposed limitations.  God will never force anyone to get saved.  God will try to get your attention, but yet you have a responsibility to first hear Him knocking at your door and then to go open the door and let Him in.  So what happens when Jesus comes and knocks and you refuse to hear it?  What happens if you ignore Him?   What happens if you do not open the door for Him?  Believe it or not that is what causes you to go to hell.  Here are some more words of Jesus on this subject.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

So here is a little secret, Jesus is not going to come to your physical house and knock on your natural door to try to get you saved.  Those were all symbolic references to a spiritual situation that will transpire in a way that you would probably not expect.  You see Jesus is knocking right now at your heart, if you choose to hear Him.  Did you notice what Jesus said in John 12:18?  Jesus says that if you reject Him and His Word, it will be the Word that you heard and that you rejected that will judge you in the future.  In other words the Word of God is God and if you reject it, you are rejecting God.  That causes a lot of people to not find salvation.  They do not know how God is speaking, when He is speaking, where He is speaking or even recognize what God is saying.  God has purposely chosen to hide himself from your physical view, so that you can be an atheist if you want to be.  However, God uses people like me to try to reach you and convince you that He is real.

So I do not know everyone that is in hell right now.  I do know how they were deceived.  I do not know how many times they rejected the truth of God’s Word.  I do not know how many times Jesus knocked and tried to come in.  It could have been when they were just 5 or 6 years old.  Maybe, it was when they were 12 or 13 years old.  All I know is that Jesus said I tried to knock and they would not open the door and let me in.  It could have been that they were preoccupied by the distractions of working, going to school, shopping or whatever else people do in the world.  I wrote another blog on this subject, if you care to read it about why people are not saved and it was called “The Top 10 Enemies To Salvation! Why People Don’t Get Saved!

Many people think that God sends people to hell, but that is really not a true statement.  The Bible says that Hell was made for Satan and his angels.  God knowing that no man could do anything to earn salvation came to the earth in the flesh and gave His life for the payment of every man’s sin.  So God by His grace reconciled man back into relationship and favor with Himself.  But, yet God still gives man a choice in what they want to do.  Then if we put Satan into the picture and see how he has deceived the world into believing his lies, that it the root of the problem of why salvation is not so easily obtainable.  God freely offers salvation to everyone, but everyone is required accept it.   To accept God is to accept His Words.  To receive God’s Words is to allow God to come into your spirit and live.  Always remember that Jesus is trying to knock at the door to your heart and get your attention, but the devil is trying to distract you with everything that he can put in front of you.  What you decide to do will affect your eternal destiny.  God has placed the ball in your court and it is your turn to move.  God says now is the time for salvation, today is the appointed day for getting saved.  So don’t delay and receive Him while you can.  If you think that you have time and can wait to get saved, you are already deceived.  If you are interested in learning how to get saved, you can read my page “Salvation How to Know if You are Going to Heaven”.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue the study of “Understanding Hard Sayings” in the Bible you may continue to “Part 3“.

What Does God Think About Homosexuality? What Does The Bible Say?

(Ver 1.3)  This is “Part 1” in a series of advanced Bible lessons on the subject of “What does God think of homosexuality”.  This of course is a hot topic and one that is fiercely debated, even in churches.  There are so many controversial subjects that people just want to ignore, because they do not want to offend anyone.  I never recall Jesus avoiding any issues that were brought before Him but, I also do not recall Jesus ever directly addressing sin in any area of people’s personal lives.  People need to understand what Jesus said in John 3:17.  Jesus claimed that He was not sent into the world to condemn the world but through Him the world might be saved.  This of course, people are very quick to point out, Jesus never said anything about homosexuality and I have even heard people try to accuse Jesus of acting like a homosexual.  It is amazing how  foolish people can become when they want to justify their erroneous ways and their sinful lifestyles.  While Jesus rarely addressed sin, you will find that after He healed people, He would sometimes say, “now go and sin no more unless a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14).  To the woman caught in adultery Jesus said “go and sin no more” (John 8:11).  So Jesus never said that sin was OK and acceptable.   Jesus never justified sin, nor would He tolerate people doing everything they wanted to do.  So it comes down to a question of the definition of what sin is and this varies tremendously from person to person.   Some think their sin is better than someone else’s sin and thus they justify themselves to be righteous in their own eyes.  The basic modern argument for homosexuality being forced down our throats is a statement that claims this is who we are.  They claim that God created us this way.  This is the only sin that I know of that makes these assertions.  So that is why I am writing about homosexuality and not about adultry today.  I have never heard someone caught in adultry say this is just who I am and you will have to accept me this way.  Therefore, I am not here to discuss all types of sin today, I just want to focus in on what the Bible says about homosexuality and see if we can determine if God thinks this is a sin, based upon the Bible and not my opinion or yours.

While some people like to claim that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality they quickly forget that Jesus was God in the flesh and that He said plenty about the subject in many other parts of the Bible.  While Jesus was walking the face of the earth in the flesh, you will notice that one of the only things that Jesus ever confronted was religious people who thought they knew more than He did and proclaim themselves to be better than everyone else.  Self-righteousness still abounds today even in the church.  We have church people protesting Homosexuals and Abortionists and in doing so, they proclaim themselves to be perfect.  As a result Christians are portrayed on TV and in the news as the hate mongers.  Christians are viewed as those who are hateful towards others and intolerant towards minorities.  Is this what Jesus did?  Didn’t Jesus tell the crowd of potential stone casters, “He that is without Sin, Cast the first stone”?   I think you could legitimately change that to say, “To Him that is without Sin, Pick up your Signs and Posters and hold them up!”.   It just doesn’t make much sense what people think is right to do, if you think about it.  Christians should change and become more like Christ and less like those in the world.  In Jesus’ lesson about fishing for men, you must conclude that you never try to clean a fish, until you first catch one.   Too many people are trying to get clean fish first and then take them to God to be saved and this is not how it works.

What are Christians suppose to do?  I believe that Christians should just tell the truth and that would be a great place to start.  The truth is a very difficult thing to tell people sometimes, because it is not easily accepted by many who do not wish to hear it.  The truth is often times rejected on purpose so as to deflect blame, shame or guilt away from their lives.  While there are many who want to portray an openly gay life style with open pride today, there are equally as many who are ashamed of their ways.  People do not like to tell about their childhood experiences, where a grown up abused them and did things to them that they should not have done.  These are the areas of life that hurt people and cause emotional and psychological damage and people think that many times they are better left unsaid and swept under a rug somewhere.   Because I do not know you, I cannot speak about you.  I can only tell you about my personal experiences and you of course can believe them or not.

A male family member that I know of was molested as a child by an older male relative.  I know this, because I was there.  It was the middle of the night and this male relative tried to molest me too, but I was too big for him and I said leave me alone.   Because I did not know what to do, I did nothing to stop him from molesting this other relative.  As a result of this attack, this young male family member later turned to a homosexual life style.  But, I know where it started and how it started and this was not how he was born.  This is rarely talked about in the world, in the news media and on TV.  That is unless it is committed by someone in the church.  Then it is run up the flag pole like, look at these people who say they are Christians, they are just perverts who molest our children.  Because people do not normally talk about these events in their young lives, most pretend that they never happen.   What people do not understand, is many Gay men want sex with young boys and that is widely swept under the rug and never discussed.  We can easily understand that being a pedophile is a sin, or at the least against the law.  But we ignore the bigger problem, that there is a heart issue, a mind issue and an emotional issue that is not being addressed in the victims of these molesters.

As a teenage male growing up in America in the sexual revolution 70’s, I was targeted by older males.  Satan also attempted to get me into this lifestyle.   I was picked up and did not know what was happening before it happened.  These guys were aware that I was under age and did not care.  That is why they picked me to begin with.  Being naive is both a blessing and a curse, you are kept from knowing what people really want, but when approached you are easily tricked into being somewhere you should not be.  Because, I was young and naive, I was a candidate and an easy target for these predators.   So how many Gays are talking about this kind of behavior openly, not any that I know of?     I am very thankful to God that these creeps did not scar me for life or get me to change who I really am.  I am also thankful to God for not allowing them to hurt me more than they did.  People rarely talk about these kinds of things, and it is very difficult for me to even admit that I was there.  I could have very easily been drawn into the deception of this wrong life style.  I could have been deceived into believing that I was just like them.   So I have given you my personal experiences with this issue.  Gays would make sex with young males legal if they could get away with it.  I would venture to say that most Gay men have been molested somewhere in their childhood and have been deceived into the lifestyle, but do not discuss it.

So the title of my blog is “What Does God Think about Homosexuality?”   Just based upon what I have written, so far about my experiences what do you think that God thinks about what men do to children?  Or even what women do to little girls?  Do you think that it is OK, in the eyes of God?  Is this how God created people to act?  That of course is a very loaded set of questions.  God loves everyone, but does not approve of everything that people do.  It is not OK to do something’s, just because you are able to and you want to.  There are many things in the world that are here, not because God created them for us, but because, man wanted them for their pleasure and self-indulgences.    What does God think about “homosexuality”?   Let’s look at what God says in the Bible and just see some of the examples of God’s thoughts toward the subject.

Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

Churches, who ordain gay ministers, must ignore vast parts of the Bible.  Here is God speaking about women who are making a critical mistake.  God calls it “vile affections”.  These are women who have sex with women for their own selfish pleasure.  God calls sex “natural”, but only between a man and his wife.  The natural use of a woman is not to have sex with another woman.  If you do not know how to read, you can obviously make up excuses and attempt to explain away what God says very plainly.  The term “vile” means indignity, shame,  reproach, dishonor   and disgrace.  Those are some pretty strong words for something that God does not look upon with favor.    The term “affections” can mean “lusts”.  I will talk about this word more as we look at the next verse in the chapter:

Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Now it starts to become much more more obvious to what God is talking about.  God is definitely saying that sex between a husband and his wife is natural.  However, God says that sex between two males is a clear “error”.    The term “unseemly” in this verse means “indecency” .   What is indecency?    We have heard the term used “indecency with a child”.  That means that in the eyes of the law, you are doing something that you should not do to a little child.  This can include touching them inappropriately to speaking suggestively to them, or whatever.   “Indecency” in the eyes of God is what happens when a man has sex with a man.  God calls it something that should not occur.  It is an abuse of the specifically designed sexual reproduction principles established by God.   You have heard of drug abusers and alcohol abusers, well God is calling men who have sex with other men sexual abusers.  God is saying sex has a purpose and was designed in a certain way to be between a husband and wife and anything else is abuse of the design.  People ignoring God’s moral standards have sought to establish their own definitions of morality.    The term “error” in this verse means to be “deceived”.  God is saying that men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women have been “deceived”.   Who is the deceiver?  Of course the deceiver is Satan.  Satan has caused men and women’s minds to be tricked into believing a false reality of who they really are.   If you know how to read and to look up the definitions of the words in the Strong’s Concordance you will see that I am telling you the truth.

So now let’s discuss what God says is the reason for this deception and how it works.  The Bible says that these men “burned in their lust” one toward another.   What does that mean?  What does it mean to burn?  What is lust?  If you look up the word translated as “lust” in Strong’s it is very interesting.  Lust means “excitement of the mind”.    I have often times heard it said that the mind is the devil’s playground.  This is how he is allowed to work to deceive people.  Do you know that it is illegal for the devil to appear to you and try to trick you naturally?  I guess I won’t go there today, but Satan uses people’s thoughts to entice them into doing things that they should never do.  You know that men who molest children or just have sex with other men do not start out that way, they have done it hundreds of times in their minds before they ever act it out in the natural.  Doing wrong things outwardly are all just manifestations of inward fantasies, projections and thoughts.   The reality of acting out a “lust” is always the result of a previous repeated fantasy of someone’s imagination.  What you continually think about, is what you will eventually do.  Think wrong things, you will eventually do wrong things, this is how God designed the human mind to work.  If you put the right things into your mind, you will get more positive things to come out of your mind into your actions.   But, if you put Garbage into your mind, you will always get garbage out of it in what you do.  Why do you think the Bible says for us to put forth an effort to “RENEW OUR MINDS”? (Rom 12:2)  The renewal process of the mind means a renovation or the replacement of the old previous thoughts in your mind to think new and improved ones from God’s Word.  You could call it a mind thought upgrade to think higher spiritual thoughts.  By replacing the old carnal thoughts, with new spiritual thoughts we can eventually change what we do.  People wonder why we have such problems in our schools and never place the blame on the fact that we have taken God and the Bible out of our schools and are now are reaping the results of producing spiritually ignorant children without morals and standards.  Ok, I got off the subject, I was talking about homosexuality and how people become homosexuals and told you about your mind being the cause and then went into schools.  Sorry about that.  I started this paragraph speaking about lust and I need to get back on track..

Lust is a longing for, something that is highly desired to someone.  Did you know if you do everything that your flesh longed for, you would be in really bad shape?  Lust is something that is a normal human emotional state, but what you lust after is always the root cause of every problem.  The verse in Romans was talking about the unnatural sex between people of the same sex as being a result of unnatural thoughts that were acted out.  So why do some men lust for men and others do not?  Why do some men lust after alcohol and some do not?  The Bible says we are all carried away with different things, there are many different temptations in the world (James 1:14).  For the most part, it came about from something that happened in their childhood, their parents could have been alcoholics and it was passed down.  This is a factor that you should realize.  The sins of the parents are often times passed to the children.  Let’s change the focus and go back and see if Jesus ever said anything about homosexuality:

Mat 19:4  And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Jesus asks a very basic question about creation and I wonder why Gay people do not see that He is talking to them.  While some people say that Jesus never talked about homosexuality, I am about to prove them wrong.   Jesus in effect is saying “Are you STUPID”, can’t you READ?”  In the beginning did God create them MALE and MALE or FEMALE and FEMALE?  Or did God create them Male and Female?    Somehow, God must have changed His mind somewhere in the course of human history.  I can only guess that this is that these homosexual proponents must think today!  They obviously declare that God created me this way.  I’m Gay because I was born Gay!    The lies and the deception from Satan are very deep when it comes to this issue.  People seem to think that God has changed somewhere during the last 6000 years, and the Bible clearly says that God never changes (Mal 3:6).  So what do we do with Bible stories like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19)?   In this story two men show up at Lot’s house and the house is surrounded by the men of the city.  These men demand for Lot to send the men out so that they can have sex with them.  However, these men were angels and they strike the homosexuals blind and later destory the city.   I guess we just ignore these stories and pretend that they are not in the Bible and let these people continue with their lie.  We are just all suppose to get along and become more open and tolerant and just look the other way and pretend that it is not happening.  After all God must have intended to created Adam and Steve, instead of Adam and Eve, He just made a mistake.

1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor  idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

People can be exceedingly foolish, sometimes.  They think you have to have overwhelming evidence to the fact of anything in the Bible in order for it to be true.   Just because some people cannot find 15 to 20 Bible verses about the subject of homosexuality, they feel it is not worthy of mention and deem it to be insignificant to their view of God.  However, God does not view it this way.  In fact God says we only need at the minimum, two verses in the Bible to establish any truth.  If you can find just two verses it is an established truth from God’s perspective.  That is the Bible law of interpretation and you can ignore it, if you want to.   Here is another very clear verse in 1 Corinthians and it says something that is profound if you look up the definitions of all of the words.  God starts by declaring that He is talking about the “unrighteous”.   Unrighteousness is the opposite of being righteous.   To be “righteous” means you are in good standing with God.  The Bible declares that true Christians have obtain the righteousness of God, so we know that this verse is not talking about true Christians.  The word translated as “unrighteous” means “heathen” and “wicked”.  So the unrighteous are clearly warned that they will not inherit the kingdom of God.   The verse then goes and defines who these unrighteous people are.  Most of the descriptions of these next terms are sexually based.  So right there we have a major problem being presented to the church.  I’ll start with the word “fornicators” and that word means “male prostitute”.   Isn’t that interesting?   This is someone who sells their body for the sexual pleasure of others.  This word can apply to homosexual prostitutes as well as heterosexual prostitutes.  But I do not see the need for most women to buy a prostitute so this is not what God is talking about, is it?   Now let’s skip to the word translated as “adulterer”.    The word in the Strong’s carries the “male” gender for a word that is a derogatory definition of a “male lover”.   Again this is not a good word for men.  Now let’s continue to the next word translated as “effeminate”, we can already see the negative implications on this word.   The Strong’s defines this word as a “catamite”.   A catamite is defined as a boy that is kept for the sexual pleasure of an older man.  This is the definition of a homosexual and you can ignore it if you want to stay in your sinful ways, but it does not change the truth.  Finally, the last Greek word in the verse tops off the list with the most plain conformation and definition, this word is translated in the KJV as “abuser of themselves with mankind”.  Already we see a pattern of definitions that is clearly not an endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle.  This Greek word is defined in Strong’s as a “Sodomite”.   This is just so clear that those who do not want to know the truth have been blinded by Satan to not accept what God is saying to them in a clear warning.  Sodomy is male sex with a male.  I mean give me a break, the only way a male has sex with a male is either orally or anally.   Males are not designed this way and God tells you very clearly that it is an abuse of the original sexual design of humanity.    So those who want to continue to be how they say they were created will probably not change no matter how many scripture verses I give them.  Gay men and women will always ignore the truth for whatever they want to do.  Either they will see the truth and change or they will encounter the error of their ways for an eternity.   This is what the Bible says, so accept it or choose to reject it and die in your sins, it will always be your choice.  I’m sorry if I’m being very blunt, but it is time to be plain, sound a clear warning and tell the truth.

1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

We have already clearly seen the relationship of lust to homosexuality, if you do not understand the relationship of the two, then you do not want to know the truth.  What is homosexuality?  What is the definition of homosexuality?  It is the sexual relationship of two people of the same sex.  So why do people do this?  The Bible calls it the lust of the flesh.  To lust after flesh is said not to be of God, but is said to be of the world.  God is giving you some very clear information about homosexuality in a non-direct way.  If you think that you can lust after a man and be a Christian man at the same time, God says this is not of Me.

2Ti 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

This is what churches are doing who let in Gay ministers.  They ignore God’s truth and preach their own version of godliness.    They do not want to have to change, so they change the Bible to fit what they desire.  The subject of lust is widely discussed in the Bible, and you should be able to see how it applies to homosexuality.  If you do not, it really doesn’t matter what God says to you anywhere, you have already made up your mind to stay where you are at.  Did you know God will let you do that?  God never forces anyone to change.

I could give you many, many other Bible verses on the subject that are far more direct and speak clearly on this subject, but I have gone long enough for now.  I suppose I will hear some criticism about what I have written.  I know there are churches in America that stand up and allow homosexual leaders to teach and preach and to be ordained as God’s chosen ones.  These people have gathered together teachers who justify what they want to hear and have chosen to ignore the truth.  Do not be deceived with them.  If you are going to a church that promotes sin as something good, you are going to the wrong church.  I always get amused at people who do not like what God says in the Bible.  People like to attack the messenger and want to kill them for bringing them the bad news.  God says certain things about homosexuality that will not be popular with those who wish to continue in their ways.  I did give you enough information in this one blog to show you how you change what you are doing, if God is talking to you today.  If you do not agree with what God says in the Bible, then I prefer not hear the words of fools and idiots, so do not leave me any negative comments.  Take up your negative comments with God and not me, I did not write the Bible.

It is difficult not to have an opinion on this subject of homosexuality.  We cannot go anywhere, where it is not thrown in front of us.   If you have been on vacation to any of the popular destinations in our country, you have been confronted with homosexuality on every street corner.   San Francisco has widely been held as the capital city of the Gay community, put we were confronted with it  in Key West, Florida and even north in Martha’s Vineyard, then certain districts of New York City.   We were in Orlando Florida at Disney World, one year and it just so happened to be the same time that Disney held Gay Pride Day or something like that.  There are Gay Pride parades and events in every major city now and they dress up and cross dress and do as many perverted unnatural things as they want to call it all normal behavior.  Very few places in the world are now not open to the blatant show of in your face sin.  Almost everyone in the media, and on TV and in the Movies have come up with a direct homosexual agenda that is being rammed down the throats of God fearing Christians.  The News media likes to put homosexuality in the same category as racial bigotry and hatred.   I do not know how they can confuse the two issues and think we can lump these into the same level of intolerance.   One is a Sin and the other is the color of someone’s Skin.  Is there a difference, you bet there is.  The homosexual lifestyle is portrayed as a valid alternative lifestyle on TV.  Homosexuals have come out of the closets in droves in the last 50 years.  Gay marriage is being pushed in every state as a violation of their rights.  Acceptance and equal rights is the agenda of the Gay community.  All calling for acceptance in who they say they are.  This is the way we were born, this is how we are, it’s in our DNA, and so they would like to try to convince us.  They are claiming to have been born with a Gay gene.  Now having said all of that, I do not think Christians should go around and hold up signs, telling Gays that God Hates Them.   That is idiotic and not helping anyone.  Where in the Bible does it say that God hates Gays?    Christians should not be in the Gay bashing or hatred realm of existence.    We are to preach the good news, like Jesus did in a way that might help some.  I believe that Christians are to stand up for what is right and base what we believe solely on the Bible.   So have you ever read the Bible?  What does it say about Homosexuality?  I have not found anything favorable or tolerant about this sin, have you?    However, it is still just a sin like every other sin and God views all sin in the same light, on the same level plane.  One sin is not greater than another if you study your Bible, you will see that God does not rate sin in varying degrees like people do.

So if you are struggling with this issue and thinking there is no hope, you are wrong.  You do not know the power of God to change the hearts and minds of people who want to change.  If you want to stay where you are and do what you do, God will let you.  I have given you enough information in this blog on what it takes to change.  With God’s help you can do it.

If you want to go and read the next lesson in this series you may go to “Part 2“.

Why I’m Not A Christian Anymore! A Christian’s Response to a Fool!

(Ver 1.1)  I was reading the internet blogs the other day and I ran across one that particularly stood out to me.  This guy was disillusioned with Christianity and Christians and he gave us his list of the top 20 reasons why he walked away from Christianity.  So this is my response to a fool.  The Bible says a fool says there is no God (Ps 14:1).  I guess this guy is just an example of someone who still has a very lot to learn, but is also someone who refuses to allow anyone to help.  People who close their minds to God, and to His truth, and to His messengers, cannot be helped and that is very, very sad.  That is the definition of a fool!  So here is the list of excuses of this fool and my response to each.

For those wondering, here is a condensed “Top 20 List” of the things that led to my rejection of Christianity.

1.  God is wrathful, jealous, hateful, and kills nations of people like it is a bodily function. He is certainly not just or “holy” in nature.

Please tell me which God you are talking about?  You are not talking about my God or the God of the Bible, so I assume you are just ignorant and are making wild accusations based upon misinformation.  Which nations of people are you talking about?  What has God done that you can prove in a court of law?  Or are your words all the proof we need to believe in what you say?  You are truly a fool.

2.  The act of throwing people into infinite torture and punishment for not believing a Jewish guy from 2,000 years ago was God’s son, or unknowingly worshiping the wrong god, is extremely cruel and sadistic.

Why do you think that people like me spend so much time in trying to get people like you to believe in this Jesus?  I mean there must be a good reason for this extraordinary effort?  I believe it is important, even if you do not.  There are countless Christians on TV, the internet, in books and in person who try to get people like you to see the truth?  You must think that we are all just, stupid and wasting your time.  Jesus told us to go into all the world and preach the good news that God is not mad at you and He has forgiven you and made it so easy to get saved.  All that you have to do is believe in Jesus being raised from the dead and you are saved.  Why is that wrong?  I suppose your way to get people saved is better?  I suppose you have a better way than God’s way, so you must be smarter than God?  You obviously do not want to know the real truth and have already determined what you think is the correct way to salvation.

3.  The statements, “God works in mysterious ways,” or “It will all make sense in heaven,” are little more than irrational cop outs. This God allows horrible atrocities to be committed against innocent men, women and children every day.

This is probably one of the few areas that I tend to agree with you on.  Christians can be as stupid as non-Christians sometimes.  Because they do not know how to answer a question and do not want to appear ignorant or foolish, they make up a religious answer like “God Works in Mysterious Ways”.  That is a cop out and I would say that it is the wrong thing for them to say.  It would be far better for a Christian to say “I don’t know” than to give you an opinionated answer like one of these.  But, to respond to the last part of your statement, I have to say that God also allows what you allow to happen.  God did not commit the atrocities that you claim nor even permit them.  The Bible tells us that God is not the god of this world system (2 Cor 4:4), God is not in control of what you do, or I do or anyone else in what they do either.  God will let you go out and commit 150 murders tomorrow, if that is what you want to do.  So who is doing the evil, you are God?  If you are doing the killing then you are doing the evil and not God.  You might accuse God of not being just, because He does not choose to stop evil when He clearly has the power to do so.  However, is stopping the evil in the world from happening going to fix those who are evil, that commit these atrocities?  What do you suggest that we do with all of these evil people?  I suppose in your mind God should put ropes or chains on all of them and control their every step and action.  Is that the kind of God you want?  Is God the Puppet Master in the sky that is suppose to pull all of the strings and make things happen like He wants them to happen?  Is that the kind of God you want?

4.  Bloody animal and human sacrifices are illogical demands by a divine god as payment for petty wrong doings. These actions are no different than the rituals of archaic pagan religions. Not to mention the bizarre ritual of symbolically drinking human blood and eating human flesh.

You speak of “petty wrong doings” in this statement and horrible “atrocities” in your previous reason.  You obviously accuse God of doing these horrible atrocities and men of doing only petty minor offenses.  What happened to the terrible deeds that men do to the innocent?  Do they not deserve any punishment?  If someone kills a couple of cops, should we let them out and just go free?  What happened to the horrible stuff that people do to innocent, men, women and children?  You are obviously the one that is confused and illogical.  Your mind and focus is shifted depending upon your attempt to make your mindless points.  You are inconsistent, irrational, illogical and ignorant.  God is not guilty of atrocities and men are guilty of more than petty offenses.  The Bible says “Woe to you who calls evil good and good, evil” (Isa 5:20).  You are clearly a fool!

5.  If God loves us and wants us to know and believe in him, why be so completely invisible? What is the purpose of being so illusive to those who believe and worship him?

Again you do not know the God that I know.  God talks to me and holds conversations with me and teaches me stuff every day.  This is called a relationship.  If you do not know God, then God does not know you.  God is only invisible to those who do not believe in Him.  God only speaks to those who want to hear from Him and are listening.   Then there is the bigger problem, in that you do not know how God speaks so you do not know when He speaks.  You might be expecting God to speak to you like your parents did maybe in an audible voice?   However, God does not speak normally in audible voices that everyone can hear with their ears.  God does not suddenly appear and prove His existence to anyone.  However, this does not mean God did not leave you enough clues, if you wanted to see them.  This also doesn’t mean that God does not speak in your heart.  If God proved to everyone that He was real and existed, you would have no further choices to make in life.  Salvation would no longer be voluntary, it would be compulsory.  God will never overrule your right to be wrong.  Either learn to hear God on His terms or shut up and I’ll talk to Him.

6.  God never manifests himself or performs miracles as he regularly did for the Israelites in Old Testament stories.

Again, your narrow perspective and lack of understanding is clearly demonstrated.  Says WHO?  Are you God, are you everywhere at once in the World?  Do you have cameras in every corner of the world?  Do you know every human being?  Have you interviewed every human being to see if God has done anything great and spectacular for them?  So obviously you are an egotistical bigot who is ignorant and has made the wrong assumptions.  You cannot prove anything you have said.  Any fool can type words and raise baseless questions and conjectures.  Your ignorance overwhelms me!

7.  Prayers are never answered. Certainly not in the way Jesus described. Prayer has absolutely no affect on the world around us.

I guess you are again speaking of personal experiences and maybe some testimonies of a few of your nameless friends.  You are either praying to the wrong God, or praying the wrong way to the right God, asking for the wrong things, or just making more ignorant accusations.  You cannot prove this statement either, so you are clearly very foolish in what you say.  I know that God will answer prayer and He has for me.  I can state for a personal fact that what you said is false.  I do not base your lack of confidence in prayer as a basis for my results.  So what do you base your lack of results in praying on?  Do you think no answer means, no God?  Could it be something else?  Could you be the problem and not God?  Could God be waiting on you to change so that He can answer your prayer.   You should really think more before you speak!

8.  Jesus did not fulfill major Old Testament prophesies or even fulfill his own promises and predictions.

So who died and made you the Bible expert?  You obviously do not know how to read, so I have no response for stupidity.  There are so many books and references on this subject, if you were interested in the truth you would have tried to do some research before making any such idiotic statement of falsity.  Go into your Bible and read it and prove to me and the many  other Christian authors wrong, if you can!  Give me the Bible verses that Jesus did not fulfill.  I’ll will bet you that cannot do it!

9.  The authors of much of the Bible are unknown. And of these unknown authors, the men who wrote the gospels likely never even met Jesus considering they were written 40-70 years after his death. A far cry from reliable testimony.

God knows who wrote every book of the Bible.  It was God!  You obviously are looking for excuses and I still have no response for stupidity.

10.  The Bible is repeatedly contradictory with itself, reality, and the laws of morality. Couldn’t God inspire a less poorly written book?

The opinions of children are normally the same response as yours.  If you gave a 6 year child a textbook on Calculus and asked their opinion on what it says, they would say it is a stupid, and a poorly written book.  Because you do not understand what is written, you believe it has errors and contradictions.  God who is the most intelligent individual you will ever attempt to understand is so far above your level of intelligence that you are a fool to think that you can read the Bible and just automatically understand everything that it says.  You should approach the Bible with a different attitude and you might be able to begin to understand that God’s intelligence is infinitely beyond your capacity to grasp anything that He says right now.  God will come down to your two year old level, if you are sincere and want to learn.  However, God also expects you to grow up and mature.  God says that a natural man will never understand the things of the Spirit of God.  Because you do not understand the Bible, proves how natural you are.  God wrote a book about spiritual wisdom and information that is impossible for natural little children to understand.  God wrote a book that allows you to have choices and make decisions.  God did all of these things so grow up or shut up.

11.  The Bible is open to interpretation. Everyone interprets it in the way that suits them best or serves their purposes.

You know here is another area that I have to agree with you on.  Many Christian’s approach to the Bible is just wrong.  They are looking for words and teachers to promote their life styles or their sins.  However, much of what people call science is also open to interpretation.  Do you discredit and reject all of science, because every scientist does not agree?  You can find just as many opinions and theories of how the universe began as you do with church doctrinal differences.  If you gathered 100 people in a room and discussed any subject, how many could you get to agree about anything?  So your argument is baseless without facts and just erroneous.  You do not throw out the Bible or Christianity because you cannot get all 100 people to agree.

12.  Throughout history, Christians have justified horrific actions by the Bible and its teaching.

Another lame excuse without any proof.  Maybe you are talking about the crusades or something else, I do not know.  The errors and mistakes of men who called themselves Christians, do not discount or invalidate God or the Bible.  If you are looking for Christians to be perfect you will be sadly disappointed.  If you are looking for Muslims to be perfect, you will be sadly disappointed also.  There are no perfect people in the world, we all make mistakes.  Just because someone says they are a Christian, that does not make them a Christian.  Jesus tells a story of people who will say “Lord didn’t we do many things in your name”  and Jesus says “Sorry depart from me, I don’t know you”.  These people thought they knew God and thought they were Christians, they thought they were doing the right things, but they were not.

13.  The Bible promotes hate and persecution against women, homosexuals and those who worship other gods or no god at all.

You are obviously not going to the right churches!  True Christianity is a church that Loves others and does not promote hate!  Just because someone stands up with a sign that says “God Hates Homo’s” is just their worthless opinion.  There is really no difference between their worthless opinion and your worthless opinion.   If God hated Gay’s he would not have died for them to get saved.  The wrong actions of people who say they are Christians, should tell you that you need to go to another church and not give up on God and the Bible.  There are many good churches who do not promote evil, hatred and bigotry.  But, yet I am also saying that these good churches do not tolerate sin either.  Sin is still sin.  God loves the sinner, but hates the sin that they do.   There is a major difference.  You can change and repent of your sin.  God can change your heart so that you do not want to sin anymore.

14.  According to the Bible, nearly 70% percent of the people in the world will burn in hell because they don’t believe Jesus was the son of God.

I do not know where you get your figures, I guess you pulled it out of the air and made it up.  However, if you know that is what the Bible says and still want to go to hell you are an idiot and a fool.

15.  The only reason I was a Christian was because I was indoctrinated into the religion as a child as a result of the culture and region of the world in which I was born. 

So what would your chance of salvation be, if you were indoctrinated as a Hindu?  Would it be better or worse?  Do you think that the truth is somewhere else?  Where is your internal and eternal peace found?  Rather than being deceived into believing that the truth is somewhere else, why not be thankful that your parents were in the right place for you to have the opportunity to see the truth? 

16.  Christianity has no more rational or factual foundation than any other religion on earth that I openly reject.

The proof of the facts in the Bible are overwhelmingly different than any other religion, but since you are not interested in hearing it, I have no comment for stupidity.  Plus I already told you that true Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with God.  A religion is just man’s attempt to please a God that they do not know.

17.  The Christian church is disjointed and can’t even agree with one another.

So are the Muslims, so are the Hindus, so are the atheists.   Your argument is idiotic.  As I said before, if you get 100 people together and 50% of them will believe one way and the other half another way.  You just cannot get everyone to agree on anything.  Have you ever tried to listen to eye witness testimony at a trial?  You usually can’t get two eye witnesses to agree on everything that they think they saw.  This is just human nature and part of the quality of men that make them unique and individuals.  We all have different gifts and abilities.  Some see things logically, some do not.  Does that make any of them wrong?

18.  Christians are not at all ethically or morally different from non-Christians.

You obviously do not know any true Christians.   You should hang around the right people and quit judging others.  I’ve already told you that there are no perfect people in the world.   Even Christians will make a mistake, so show a little compassion and pray for them, do not be a hypocrite that does not see the plank in his own eye.

19.  Today, powerful church leaders steal, lie and molest young children. The church repeatedly attempts to cover up these atrocities, only to reluctantly apologize as a last resort.

So you are still looking for a perfect Christian to prove to you that God is real.  Men and women will always let you down, so you are looking in the wrong places to find God.  I do not defend the mistakes of preachers and church leaders that should know better than to do some of the things that they have done.  But, they are not my God and I do not reject God because they have failed.  My eyes are not on a preacher, a church leader or even a church denomination.  I look to Jesus the author and finisher of my faith and I refuse to let what others do affect me.

20.  It is absolutely irrational to continue to believe archaic teaching with the amount of knowledge we’ve gained through science and technology. The Bible reads like a book of primitive folklore, not divinely inspired insight into our true reason for existence.

So again I have no answer for the words of a fool.  You have made yourself wise in your own eyes and as a result you are portrayed as a fool.  You have placed too much value in the words of science that have changed radically in the last 5o years.  Whereas the Bible never changes, the Words of God are relevant, consistent and constant like He is.  There is no revised edition of the Bible with corrections, it still has the same words that were true 2000-3000 years ago.   There is still more that science does not know, than what science does know.  The textbooks cannot keep up with the revisions and changes, they are happening too fast.  You are placing all of your faith in a moving target and God says He never changes.  Jesus is the same today as He was 2000 years ago.  That is consistency that you can count on.   Nobody can make you see the truth, it is not my responsibility to make or get you to believe anything, so you will lay in the bed that you have made with your own hands and you will be consumed with the reality that you have invented in your own mind.  I pray that your eyes would be opened and that you would see God and to know Him and the reality of the truth.  But, if you still refuse, God have mercy on the soul of a fool!

Does God Cause Some People’s Hearts to Be Hard? What About Pharaoh?

(Ver 1.4)  This is the Part 1 in an important series of Bible lessons addressing the primary subject of Extreme Predestination.  Many times people read things into the Bible missing what God actually says to make their own independent wrong assumptions.  Ignoring all of the words written on one subject they simultaneously jump to the wrong conclusions based upon selective reading.   Today’s Bible lesson will be a prime example of this type of error in wrong Bible interpreation.  Reading the Bible in isolation and not allowing God to interpret the Bible is one of the most dangerous approaches to take in Bible interpretation.  The Bible will always explain the Bible, but we are required to search the Bible in order to find these explanations.  The explations are not going to come to you and fall into your lap.   I once talked to a man who had graduated from an unnamed theological seminary, who claimed that God causes some people to be saved while choosing for other people not to be saved.  This belief is very much the classic manmade “predestination” mentality or philosophy.  His reasoning was based upon a combination of the known omnipotence of God, the sovereignty of God and several other beliefs that  he attempted to use to explain why things appear to be as if God controls what occurs in the world.  Because God is omnipotent and sovereign, his claim was nothing happened unless God authorizes it or commited it.  He was very pleased to show me scriptures in Exodus that appear to say that God purposely hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that God could do some spectacular plagues and signs to demonstrate His great power.  It is funny how religious minds work and think sometimes.  They think they are right, but when you actually study it out you can find something completely different in the Bible.  Many times the simple basic things written on the surface of the Bible give way to more elaborate complex spiritual meanings, that can be taken completely different than the surface reading.  So this seminary graduate chose to believe something on the surface and did not look any deeper to find out if that was really what the Bible actually said.  We as Christians, must weigh every scripture using other scriptures that are relevant to the subject.  We must use the Bible to interpret the Bible correctly, because only God knows what it all means and not us!  Today I will attempt to give you the rest of the story and help you to see the difference.  Here are a couple of the scriptures that my confused seminary brother in Christ used to say that God had hardened Pharaoh’s heart:

Exo 4:21  And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.

Exo 10:1  And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:

The Bible is written in a style that it can literally be interpreted in many different ways simultaneously depending upon the readers point of view or perspective.  From a single verse, 12 different people can read it and get 12 different individual interpretations.  This however, does not prove that any of them are right.  God purposely selected this method and style of writing the Bible so that mankind would have a choice in what they believe.  However, this does not mean every interpretation is correct, just because God allows you to jump to these wrong conclusions.  You see in Exodus 4:21 and Exodus 10:1, that God is speaking to Moses directly and God tells him what to do and then tells Moses what will happen as a result of what Moses does.  Religious people like to think that God’s will is the only will that is ever accomplished on the earth.  If God wants something done a certain way, then God’s will automatically overrides everyone else’s will and God gets His way.  That reasoning does not make any sense to me and I haven’t been able to find any Bible verses that directly back that theory.  You see that theory would make God the giant puppet master in the sky who pulls everyone’s strings to make them do exactly what He wants, when He wants it done.  That does not match the character or nature of God revealed to us in the Bible.  This does not match other scriptures that say God has given man choices and decisions to make.  If God was calling all of the shots, why would God say “Today I have set before you life and death, therefore choose life”.   Bible verses like these tell me that man has a choice and God makes a recommendation which one we should choose, but is not forcing you or I into making this right decision.  Therefore, we have a conflict presented to us in the Word of God.  Is God a good God, like the Bible says or is He an evil God to some and to others He treats differently.  Has God given mankind a choice in the result of their lives and their destiny or has God predestined some to hell and others to heaven?   Were angels given the ability to make right or wrong choices?   Does God really control everything that happens in the world, good, bad or indifferent?  Does it matter what I do today?  Can my choices change the results that I get?  Will what I do affect anyone else’s results?  What is the character of God like?  Does God require man to do something that He can do differently and God calls it OK for Him, but sin for man?  You have to ask yourself these important questions.  These are hard questions and I cannot attempt to answer all of these in this one blog.

I have to admit, that reading just those two verses that I gave you in Exodus, that it really appears that God purposely caused Pharaoh’s heart to become hard, so that He could do some great signs.  I mean you can very easily take it this way if you want to, by ignoring the rest of the Bible.  However, the Bible is One Book by One Author, who has intentionally revealed Himself in a very tricky way by spreading out little clues about himself from cover to cover.  We are required to find these clues first and then to use these clues to interpret the other verses in the Bible using this information.  Our interpretation of a single part of the Bible needs to be in harmony with all of the other verses found in the Bible on the subject.  One verse cannot contradict or conflict with another.  If you think it does, then you are wrong and do not understand what it says correctly!  God is always consistent and constant in His character, and His treatment of all people.

Often times people confuse foreknowledge with predestination.  Just because God knows your reaction to some event that happens in your life, does not mean that God caused it to happen that way.  So when God tells Moses of Pharaoh’s reaction to what Moses was going to do, why didn’t Moses stop and ask God what else can we do that will actually work and let the people go?  Don’t you think that Moses could have changed God’s mind and His approach to something that would have actually worked, if there was anything that was going to work?  Well the problem is still the question did God intentionally harden the heart of Pharaoh in order to accomplish His greater plan for Israel?   I think we need to start this study by defining what it means to be “hard hearted”.  Isn’t that what we are talking about?  If God made Pharaoh’s heart hard, how did God do this and what transpired or changed in Pharaoh when this occurred?  Did God do something in Pharaoh that caused him to react how he did?  Was there a specific something that changed within Pharaoh that forced this reaction?  Instead of trying to get a definition of “hard hearted” from the dictionary, let’s see if God gives us a definition in the Bible:

Mar 8:17  And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?

Here is a classic definition of being hard hearted directly from God.  Jesus is speaking to the disciples about them having no bread.  He ends the verse with a four part question that ends with “did you harden your heart”?  So why did God ask this question, if God was hardening their hearts?  Didn’t God already know if He was intentionally hardening their hearts for some purpose?  Isn’t Jesus Christ God in the flesh?  I hope you can begin to see how foolish people can be by believing in “predestination”.   Here we have God in the flesh asking if “they” had hardened their own hearts by doing what?  Part 1 of the question was by “reasoning”.  This is a mental operation of an advanced feature of the human capability.  You can train a monkey to do something that gives you a specified result, like play a song on a piano, but they will never be able to reason for themselves in order to come up with the notes to a song!  If you think differently, you are wrong!  Humans have the capability to “think”, to “reason”, to “consider”, to “dispute”, and to “muse”.   These are all logical methods of coming to a conclusion and then they also have the ability to discuss their thought process of why they came to this answer.  A monkey can do this only in an extremely limited capacity.  Keep in mind that “reasoning” ability is based upon knowledge.  People are only able to come to conclusions based upon what they know about the subject.  The more they know, usually a better decision can result.

So apparently “being hard hearted” involves your mind, your thoughts and your reasoning capability, based upon your previous knowledge.  Then Jesus asks parts 2 and 3 of the question, “didn’t you perceive what I said?”, “and didn’t you understand it?”  The first word to “perceive” is a very interesting word.  It means “to exercise the mind”.  It means to “think”.  It also means to “observe”.  All of these things are mental operations of the human mind.   Now the next word translated as “understand” means “to put together”.  It also means “to become wise”.  It also means “to comprehend”.   These are also all mental operations of the human mind.  So what was one of the determining factors to why the disciples hearts were hardened according to Jesus and God?  It was because they did not understand or see what was being said.  They used their minds to reason the wrong things and come to the wrong conclusions based upon the knowledge that they had up to this point.  So was this God’s fault or the disciple’s fault?   Who caused their hearts to be harden?  Was it the words that Jesus spoke or the their own lack of sufficient knowledge and inability to understand what he said that caused their hardness of heart?   This is a very important lesson to learn, because it applies to most Christians in the world today.  Jesus could ask the same question to most people who write blogs on the internet and even to many who sit in the pews of our churches.  I’ll go even further and say Jesus could ask most preachers who graduated from seminary, what are you thinking?

Mar 16:14  Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Here is another determining factor in the definition of “hardness of heart” given to us by God.  Jesus met with the 11 disciples after He was risen from the dead and He more or less rebuked them for their “unbelief”.  Jesus appeared to some and not others and some went and then told the others, but at least some of the others did not believe what was told to them.  Jesus called this being “hard hearted”.   This is also a key factor to what we find wrong in our churches today, and it speaks to why people do what they do.  They either believe what is being taught or they do not!  Those who believe are said to be “tender hearted” and those who do not believe are said to be “hard hearted”.  Of course we do not believe anything just because someone says it, we have to be smart enough to verify it in the Bible, but that is a different lesson.   So what we have learned is that people have a choice in what they believe, don’t they?  By making right choices in what we believe we become more “tender hearted”, by making wrong choices in what we believe we become more “hard hearted”.  I hope you are grasping these concepts, they do apply to you right now.

Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

So this is now factor three in the definition of becoming “hard hearted”.  In, this verse in Hebrews God says to us, that the deceitfulness of “sin” is a key factor to becoming hard hearted.  Sin involves missing the intended mark of righteousness and holiness.   We are all guilty of this and some more than others.  However, it is a determining factor of who is said to be “hard hearted”.  Now I do not think that I covered this subject completely, but I have given you several key factors to the definition of becoming “hard hearted”.  So let’s review what we have learned as to what causes people to be hard hearted:

  1. The Ignorance of People Who Do Not Know Any Better!
  2. Inability to Perceive, Hear, Observe, See Spiritually
  3. Inability to Comprehend, Understand Mentally
  4. Distractions of Temptation and Sin Physically

The result of these factors will culminate into:

  1. Wrong Thinking
  2. Wrong Reasoning
  3. Wrong Believing
  4. Wrong Conclusions
  5. Wrong Assumptions
  6. Wrong Actions

So do any of these factors play a role in the life of Pharaoh?   If you do not think so, you would be wrong again!  God gives us basic clues and definitions throughout the Bible and we must apply them correctly, so here I go.  Did what Pharaoh learn as a child make any determination how he would react as an adult?  Would being the leader of one the most advanced nations on earth with untold power and riches factor into how Pharaoh would react?  Does the fact that Pharaoh and his people worshipped false idols and imaginary gods play any factor into how Pharaoh would react?  You know there are just so many different factors to consider that go into this decision process that Pharaoh had, that I cannot come up with them all.  But, when Moses appeared to Pharaoh and said “The Jehovah God” has sent me!  What would have been your reaction if you were Pharaoh?  This was not one of Pharaoh’s gods?  Who is this God?  That is what I would have thought!  What was Pharaoh thinking while Moses asked for the children of Israel to be freed?  Here the ruler of Egypt who possessed around 2 million slaves, was being asked to let them go for free and what do you think he thought about a request like that?  Do you see how these factors that we just learned of becoming hard hearted from the New Testament apply to what happened in Pharaoh’s heart?  Pharaoh did not believe Moses!  Moses did not come in the name of any of Pharaoh’s gods!  So when the true God says something to someone who doesn’t believe He exists, what is their reaction suppose to be?  I hope that you are beginning to see how complex the world and the Bible is.

Let’s continue through the Bible in Exodus and see what else God says about Pharaoh’s heart being hardened:

Exo 8:15  But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

This verse is a little different than the first two that I gave you from Exodus.  This time it says Pharaoh was the one that hardened his own heart.  Moses had been commanded by God what to do and say before Pharaoh.  During this time, Pharaoh’s magicians would counter the acts of God with their own similar tricks.  Pharaoh saw these great signs of God as just being a magic potion of a sorcerer, which he could also cause to be produced using his own magicians.  Whatever, God did, the magicians of Pharaoh countermanded them with their own spectacular results.  So far God hasn’t done anything that was spectacular enough for Pharaoh to be impressed with.  Pharaoh did not believe in the God of Israel, so there lies the root of Pharaoh’s greatest failure in judgment.

Exo 8:32  And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.

Here we have another verse that clearly says Pharaoh was responsible for hardening his own heart.  Do we have a contradiction in scriptures or just a simple misunderstanding of what it all means?  Can God harden people’s hearts simply by them not believing in Him?  Will what people think about what is said to them, affect what they choose to believe?  Did God harden his heart or did Pharaoh harden his own heart?  Can you see how both of these statements are true at the same time?  God hardened the heart of Pharaoh and Pharaoh hardened his own heart are two perspectives of the same event.  What if Moses had come in the name of the god “Apollo”?   Would the reaction of Pharaoh had been different?  I do not think so.  So you cannot say that it was God’s fault for hardening Pharaoh’s heart.  Pharaoh didn’t believe in “Apollo” any more than He did “Jehovah”.   All Pharaoh knew was this was not his god so he was closing his mind to what else was being told to him.  Christians do this in churches every day.  A new teacher comes to town and says something that doesn’t fit what they think and they shut down and do not hear the rest.  It didn’t matter if it was directly from God and the truth, it was just not what they wanted to hear so they ignored it.  I know this happens with the things that I write on my blogs.  Many read it, but do not believe it, understand it or accept it so they shut their minds down and ignore it all.

1Sa 6:6  Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?

In this verse we again see a comparison being made between the people of Israel and the people of Egypt ruled by Pharaoh.  We can see very clearly that each of these people are responsible personally for hardening their own hearts.  There is no contradiction to the scriptures and there is no predestination reality with God.  God knows the decisions you will make, but you are still responsible for them, not God.

Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Do you know this scripture is talking about you?  If you are a Christian, you have this new heart available to you right now!  Did you notice that God said I will take out your “Stony” heart?   Isn’t a “stony” heart a formerly hard hearted person?  This again can be taken incorrectly, as something that God is solely responsible for making happen.  Some people still think like God is the spiritual surgeon who does a spiritual heart transplant surgical procedure in every believer!   But, that would not be a good interpretation of this verse based upon what we have learned.  God says I will replace your stony heart with a soft tender heart of flesh.  Are these symbolic references?  Yes they are!   Is God responsible for this happening in you?  Yes and No!  You still have a part to play in the procedure.  God never overrides your will and makes you do anything.  God never takes anything away from you that you do not want taken away.  God never gives you anything that you do not want to have.   This is the character and nature of the God and Man relationship.  However, without God doing anything we would all be hopelessly hard hearted.  So it is a partnership between us receiving what God has freely given to us by faith.  Here is an analogy that helped me tremendously when I studied this subject about the hearts of mankind.  I heard a preacher teach this so I cannot take credit for it, but, I will share it with you, so that I can help you to see it also.

Jesus Christ is called Light.  Jesus Christ is called the Sun of Righteousness.  Jesus Christ is compared symbolically to the natural sun in our sky.  The church is said to be in the “Day” and not in the “Night” or the darkness anymore.  Darkness represents the domain of Satan and evil.  So the church walks in the Light of God and Jesus Christ has risen in our hearts to give us this new glorious light.  So what can we learn from this symbolic representation?  Does the sun shine on everyone equally?  Or does the natural sun in our sky shine only on the righteous and good people in the world?    Of course the sun shines on everyone the same.  What causes the same light to shine on everyone equally the same with no bias or prejudice towards anyone?  Is this the nature and character of God exemplified in a natural part of creation?  Are the hidden qualities of God being clearly shown to us by looking at the sun in our sky?   Does God treat everyone the same?  My Bible says God shows no respect of persons, so God must be fairly treating everyone the same.  God has given the same Bible to everyone that contains His words of hope!  Yet some believe it and some do not, is this God’s fault?  Did God make one person hard towards the Gospel and another He made receptive and tender?   Why does the same natural sun in the sky, both melts wax and hardens clay simultaneously?  Is it the sun’s fault that these two objects react differently?  It is the same heat and light source upon both objects isn’t it?  But, the reaction to this light ray is completely different based upon the type of object absorbing or being bombarded by the light.  Can people choose to be hard or tender to the Light of the Word of God in the same way?  Do people have a choice in what they do, what they hear, is what they think important, what about what they say and how they react?  Of course people have these choice everyday and that is exactly why some people harden their own hearts and refuse to hear the truth and others are receptive and open and learn the truth.  The same Sun shines on everyone, but not everyone chooses to react the same to this constant light source.  You must choose to be wax and refuse to be the clay or you will become harden in your heart toward God also.

This is precisely the situation of Pharaoh in Exodus.  God said something that Pharaoh did not want to hear.  God said something that Pharaoh did not consider important.  God said something that Pharaoh did not think was relevant to him or his situation.  God said something that Pharaoh did not believe.  So,  God knew that no matter what he said, Pharaoh was not going to let the Israel people go.  Pharaoh wanted them for their labor and their lives of service for his own good.  Pharaoh let power and influence determine his outcome and the result ended very bad for them.  If you did not know it, Egypt is a type of the world.  Pharaoh is a type of Satan.  Moses is a type of Jesus, the deliverer and the children of Israel a type of the Church.  These are all types that represents patterns of things that were to come in the spiritual realm in the New Covenant of God.  Our spiritual Deliver is Christ Jesus who has freed us from the captivity of sin and Satan.   You have to decide right now are you a child of Egypt or a child of Israel and choose to become hard or tender toward what God is telling you right now.

There are many other things to learn from these lessons of Pharaoh, but I have gone too long in this blog.  I pray that you received something that was a positive benefit in your spiritual walk with God.  God Bless!

If you would like to continue reading in this series about the subject of “Predestination” you may go now to “Part 2“.