SATAN’S PATH OF DECEPTION
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (MSG) Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable . . . – CJB
Error begins when we start devaluing parts of Scripture.
1. Devalue the Old Testament.
Why devalue it? Because we’re now under the New Testament. However, the New Testament contains 283 direct quotes from the Old Testament. So they are not at odds with each other, as Satan would have you believe.
Mark 7:1-4 (NIV) The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash).
Leviticus 13:4 (NLT) [Contagions] . . . the priest will quarantine the person for seven days.
The Old Testament still has relevance for our lives today. We need to interpret it in light of the New, but never devalue the Old Testament.
2. Devalue the Gospels.
Why? Because Jesus was teaching under the Old Testament. After all, the New Testament doesn’t begin until after Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection. But Jesus said:
John 17:6-8 (JOHN) I have manifested Your character and personality to the men You gave Me out of the world. They belonged to You and You gave them to Me because they have kept Your Word. Now they have reached the point of knowing that everything I have presented as being from You, really is from You. They believe that the message which I have given them, You first gave to Me.
Jesus tutored His disciples into New Testament reality. Do not devalue the gospels! The gospel’s are filled with New Covenant truth.
3. Devalue Non-Pauline Epistles.
Why? Because Peter didn’t have the revelation Paul had. Paul’s revelation was hard for Peter to understand.
2 Peter 3:16 (KJV) In all his [Paul’s] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood.
2 Peter 3:10-11, 15-16 (TLB) The day of the Lord is surely coming, as unexpectedly as a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the heavenly bodies will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be burned up. And so since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living! . . . Our wise and beloved brother Paul has talked about these same things in many of his letters. Some of his comments are not easy to understand, and there are people who are deliberately stupid, and always demand some unusual interpretation—they have twisted his letters around to mean something quite different from what he meant, just as they do the other parts of the Scripture—and the result is disaster for them.
The truth is, Peter had the same exact revelation Paul had. But, Peter was an uneducated fisherman. He used simple plain language. Paul was educated. Paul used more educated terminology, making his letters harder to understand and easier for people to twist. Do not devalue the non-Pauline epistles!
4. Devalue the Book of Revelation.
Why? Because Revelation is not a future event, it’s simply symbolic of Jesus’s work on the cross. Since we have the “revealed” epistles, we really don’t need symbolism.
Revelation 1:1 (NIV) The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him [Jesus Christ] to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John.
Matthew 24:29-36 (NIV) “The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory . . . . But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
The truth is, Jesus reveals Revelation as a future event! It’s not symbolic of His work on the cross. Revelation reveals details into Christ’s second coming. Never devalue the Book of Revelation!
5. Paul’s Dialectic Style of Logic.
Why? Because Paul writes in a conversation style.
Galatians 6:7-8, 12 (NIV) [You say] Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life . . . . [But I say] Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you.
The truth is, this new teaching allows you to make the Bible say anything you want. Simply insert a “you say” with anything you disagree with and a “but I say” with anything you agree with. This allows a person to take away anything they don’t like in Scripture. But God’s Word tells us:
Revelation 22:19 (NIV) If anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City.