He was at one point the anointed Cherub in Heaven, it is thought that he led in worship and praise to God, and was endowed with the gifts of music. It follows then that his most marvelous works and endowments are in deception of religious form, music, and religious thought practices. He and his ministers are transformed as angels of light. So much ability they have in this regard that even the very elect could be deceived if it were possible. We are told that toward the end of the apostasy that satan and his ministers will perform great miracles before people even bringing fire down from the sky.
We must understand that those who strive to excel in these religious matters place
themselves into the very domain where Satan has his greatest ability to deceive, mislead, and destroy. He wants all people to be very religious. This is his area of expertise and greatest goal. Remember, he wants to be worshiped as God. His goal for all people is to have them religious and to be worshipping him. He loves to get people reading the Bible (preferably one of his translations) so that he can mislead and corrupt their interpretations to the place that mankind will eventually be worshipping him. And remember, his ultimate goal is to have a “christian” (small “c”) religion worshiping him as the “Christ.” (anti-substitute Christ) And, of course, this one world “christian” religion will be violently opposed to the few bigots and intolerants who will not agree with them that all will go to Heaven, regardless.
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Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. 1 Tim 4:1-2
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This is a picture of the coming future in this New Age. It is a solemn and unique future. It is a future in which very religious men and all of society will have extremely twisted thinking, being totally deceived by satan. This is taking many years and generations to accomplish, but we can now see it coming together in our day. Through teaching demons even the popular Holy Bible is being
Rewritten with words redefined for popular consumption of the deceived masses throughout the world. Even today, all these changes are becoming obvious to only a very few. To His disciples our Lord said, “Woe unto you when all men will speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26).
An understanding of hermeneutics (rational thinking applied to the Bible) will explain exactly how and why they will be deceived by this very religious satan.
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Our enemy’s specialty and works have never changed since he first rebelled against God (Isa 14 and Ez 28) so that:
his attitudes and intentions are:
1. I will reign supreme instead of God;
2. I will make my own world and govern my own world;
3. I will seek my own glory and worship; and therefore
4. I will do as I please to have these with no regard to God and totally apart and against God, His attributes, His Will, or His Laws. Disobedience (rebellion) to God in all things will be my main agenda,
his manifest attributes and works then are totally opposite to God:
1. Instead of Love (unselfishness); I will be hate, being totally selfish and self seeking only.
2. Instead of Truth (reality under God); I will be lies, misinformation, and deception.
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Knowing all this about the supreme enemy of all sanity and rational thinking we now have a guide in hermeneutics (interpreting God’s Word). By going against all reality in refusing to recognize the Attributes of our true God our Creator, satan can inculcate some very clear assertions and guidelines into our deceived minds in understanding and receiving God’s Word, both in Living in His Son, and understanding His Word written on paper.
How does this understanding help us interpret the Bible?
Your eschatology informs your worldview
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This means that His Word certainly will not, nor can be, interpreted as consistent with dictionaries, lexicons, and secular uses and meanings as the words may are given meaning by the world, because then they would be consistent with all deception, mixture, and impurity of its ruler, satan. This world’s popular high scholarship and linguistic corruption of language understanding, by mountains of multiple dictionary and Lexiconal meanings, obfiscate and confuse everybody, regardless of whether writing about the Bible words or not.
Then, our hermeneutic (interpretation method) must therefore, be based upon two principles. It must totally (1) conform to God’s Attributes, thus excluding those defined attributes and means of the enemy, to determine every single unequivocal root word meaning used by God, and (2) it must also utilize the specific grammar syntax of the languages in which God’s Wisdom chose to utilize to communicate to us in writing.
And to say that using one or more of the world’s specific languages to give understanding and thus willing choice to lost humans, is not appropriate for our Lord, then we must ask just how could it be done if blinded man are to get understanding, and likewise their good news be spread by them to others?
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We must now explain why a single univocal root word meaning must be utilized. God’s primary character Attributes are each unique, one of a kind, having no like or equal, univocal, and by which He rules the universe and under which all others subsume. They are Love, Truth, Wisdom, and Holiness. We might assume, as it seems, that all other character-istics of our Omnipotent-Omnipresent-Omniscient Father God subsume under these four primary Attributes.
We may say that we can interpret His peculiar Word (collective words) conforming to Love, Truth, and Wisdom as to the best of our ability. All truly sincere so-called “Christian” scholars may say this, regardless of their many disparate understandings of what it says. They may all say that, as best they could, these were their guidelines, that these guided their HOW as they interpreted His words (rhema), trying to discern HOW each word meaning supported His Love, Truth, and Wisdom. But HOW can we interpret His word according to the inherent Holiness of each of His single words?
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Instead of regarding His Word and, therefore, His individual words (rhema) as pure, unique, having no like or equal, as God’s Attributes, we hear that “all words are equivocal; the meaning depends upon their individual immediate use or context resulting in many different lexical or dictionary meanings and synonyms of every word.” Isn’t this the montra of every Seminary, Bible school, and self pronounced “answer man” in these last days?
But if we are going to make every single word conform to God’s Attributes, making them Holy, can they be properly regarded as mixtures, equivocal and imprecise, while having no like or equal in meaning, monadically Holy? We must surely think not. If they were equivocal, then they would not be Holy words, by definition.
Obviously, if each word was equivocal in meaning, then each word would conform to the standard of God’s enemy and not God. And if anyone would suggest that God may be using satan’s world uses and traditions of meanings to display His Attributes and Holiness for eternity, what does that say to any rational (noncontradictory) thinking person? In His very Eternal Holy Word that He esteems even above His Name, I doubt that our God would eternally memorialize anything of satan.
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If someone were to rank the favorite words of contemporary thought, tolerance would be pretty high on the list. We often hear about the importance of respecting others and tolerating those with whom we disagree. In one sense tolerance is a very important virtue—we don’t use an Uzi to end an argument, for instance. Nor is it acceptable to burn down mosques or force dissenters to attend classes with which they disagree. The views of law-abiding people should be tolerated (i.e., they should not be violently suppressed), and their lives and property must be respected.
But the catch phrases and buzzwords we hear go beyond this simple truth. All too frequently the term “tolerance” is used as a synonym for “respect” or even “agreement.” And since Christians are characteristically unwilling to “respect” what they believe to be false doctrine or even (gasp) sin, they are, by means of this nifty equivocation, branded as intolerant and unenlightened.
One of the doctrines clearly taught in the Word of God is the unity of the Bride of Christ down through the ages. All flesh, that is mankind, has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate and dwelt among us. He lived a perfectly sinless life. And then He died to atone for the sins of His People. He rose again as the firstborn from the dead that His people might follow when He raises them all and restores them to life on the Last Day.
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While a genocidal take on Darwinism has in large part been repudiated by the world, the secular world still clings to the underlying premise: that mankind can and will evolve into a godlike creature, and some races of men are superior to others. As long as Darwinism is the accepted theory of origins, that society will risk arriving over and over again at Hitler’s conclusion: other races must be put to death.
Scripture easily exposes the blatant falsehood of this doctrine. God created all life (Genesis 1) and all men are descended from Adam. God made ALL of mankind in His Image, male and female He created them. After God judged the world through the Flood, again all men are descended from Noah. All men are under the rule of Christ the King. They will either be saved from damnation by the atoning blood of the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, or they will be sentenced to everlasting damnation.
We are told that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free. This does not mean that Christianity is an egalitarian religion. The same Bible tells slaves to obey their masters, wives to obey their husbands, and acknowledges that the Word of God came first to the Jews. However, the passage teaches us that all of the descendants of Adam were made in the Image of God. In Christ all of the elect are restored to the Image of God regardless of our station in life.
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A second false doctrine introduced in the middle of the 19th century was dispensationalism. This false teaching interprets the Bible to mean that God has two peoples: the Jews, and the Church (Gentiles). This teaching has sometimes said that the Jews were saved by obeying the Law and the sacrificial system, but the Gentiles are saved by the atoning blood of Christ. The Scriptures, however, are exceedingly clear that we are one people. I Corinthians 10:1-4 says, “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.”
The common error of racism, racialism, and dispensationalism is the denial of the unity of the Body of Christ. Read in context, I Corinthians Chapter II is condemning exactly this, “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”
Jesus Christ is not a polygamist. There is one Groom, and one Bride, made up of the elect of all generations from Adam until the last child is born upon the Earth. Galatians 3:29 tells us that, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Romans 11:16-I8 teaches, “For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.”
1. John Nelson Darby
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2.The Brethren Movement
6. Dallas Theological Seminary
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Dispensationalism has actually departed from the only way of salvation which the Christian religion teaches, then we must say it has departed from Christianity. No matter how many other important truths it proclaims, it cannot be called Christian if it empties Christianity of its essential message. We define a cult as a religion which claims to be Christian while emptying Christianity of that which is essential to it. If Dispensationalism does this, then Dispensationalism is a cult and not a branch of the Christian church. It is as serious as that. It is impossible to exaggerate the gravity of the situation.”
John H. Gerstner, Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Critique of Dispensationalism (Brentwood TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1991), 150.
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If the dispensationalist will simply answer these honestly presented queries, we will be able to discern whether the accusations against dispensationalism are true –
Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” -John 6:53-54And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” -Matthew 26:26-28
“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” -John 6:56But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. -Romans 8:9
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. -1 Cor 10:16-17For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body– whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. -1 Cor 12:13
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