Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Lie in the Garden of Eden: You won't surely die

Seems satan has no real new tricks.  Just a new generation of people who don't know his old tricks.  That makes deception easy for him really, for he doesn't have to come up with anything new over the ages.  Just wait for a new generation who don't read the Bible or study Church History much.

And the satanic deception I am touching on today is the lie that "You won't die".

Look at the lie.  "YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE" said satan to Eve, as he tempted her to eat of the fruit from the tree which God had told Adam not to eat from:


Genesis 2:15The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16And the LordGod commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Satan, using God's own words, told Eve:
Genesis 3:4You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.

"You will not surely die".  Satan used God's own words and told Eve this was not how God meant it.

And here is the lie I have recently been hearing from a pulpit ... more than once:
"When you read in the New Testament that anyone living in sin, or giving in to their sinful desires,  'WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD' it DOES NOT MEAN they won't get into Heaven.  That is not what these passages are talking about at all.  It means you won't inherit the blessings of the Kingdom of God while alive on Earth.  You see, you are saved by God's Grace alone ... by the blood of Jesus Christ only ... and nothing you can do will ever remove you from God's love or forgiveness or Heaven.  So these passages do not mean you will not get into Heaven.  You simply will not be walking in God's health and abundance and provision and peace and joy while on Earth.  But you are still saved."
In other words:  YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE and be separated from God.

Same lie.  Same satan.  Same old deception and twisting of God's Words to mean the opposite of what God has said.

But am I correct?   Or is the preacher correct?   Let's look at SCRIPTURE to see:
2 Corinthians 11 (NIV):
2I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. 5But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” 6I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.

In this Passage I see Paul preaching EXACTLY what I am stating:  That the Church is being deceived EXACTLY as Eve was deceived, with the same lie given to Eve, by satan through his workers who state, "You can live as you want.  Do what you want.  You don't have to obey God's laws.  There is freedom and no condemnation in Christ Jesus.  You will NOT die and go to hell when you live as you want, because once you are saved you are always saved.  It is a free gift of God and not by your works".  But Paul was fighting this teaching in order to present a "PURE VIRGIN", or a pure Church, to Christ, as other Scriptures show us:

Ephesians 5 (NIV):
3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.a 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.

Let us break this Ephesians Passage down:
There should not even be a HINT of sin amongst us.  Wow.  I don't really need to go into details about this, as I am quite positive everyone can think of how many Christians look just like the world, divorce and remarry just like the world, go to the same comedy clubs and night clubs as the world, Christians go to movies just like the world, Christians tell the same jokes, and very sadly, it is reported that Christian men are just as addicted to porn as the world!

And Paul says WE CAN BE POSITIVELY SURE that such people, who live in such ways, have no inheritance ... not ANY inheritance at all ... in the Kingdom of God and Christ.

But does this mean such people simply will not be blessed with Kingdom blessings while on this Earth, but are still saved by the blood, with Heaven as their eternal home?  Well, Paul states, "LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU", for it is because of the sinful ways of mankind that the wrath of God is coming on the Earth.

It doesn't say here that the Wrath of God is coming on the Earth because people have refused to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  It says the Wrath of God is coming because of sin.  So, maybe this is another doctrine taught in current Churches which is wrong too (see HERE for my recent thoughts on this matter).  

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852), by British Artist John Martin (1789-1854)
"Let NO ONE deceive you" ... not the evangelist who has a huge following.  Not the Pastor who can preach up a storm.  Not the prophet who gets to see angels every day of his life and visit the third Heaven whenever he wishes.  Let NO ONE deceive you:  It is because of sin that God's Wrath is coming upon the disobedient.  'THEREFORE DO NOT BE PARTNERS WITH THEM."   In other words, don't partner with them and find yourself under God's Wrath yourself.  Really?  Does Scripture support this statement of mine?  Let's look further.
Hebrews 10:26 (NIV):
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left

Deliberately sinning, as I've tried to make clear in my other Posts, is the key word!   For those who are trying to overcome, and who will fight and struggle against sin in their lives, are showing they believe God at His Word and are fighting for righteousness and holiness in their lives.  They are trying to obey 2 Corinthians 7 which states:
2 Corinthians 7 (NIV):
1Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God

When we fight against sin ... with prayer, with faith, with resistance, with fasting, with "just saying no" ... we are perfecting holiness out of reverence and love for God.  We are showing Him that we believe Him at His Word and we are showing Him that we love and have reverence for Him AND His Word and His desires and His will for our lives.

And I pray that all of us, dear brothers and sisters, will continue in God's strength and power and in His Word, filled with grace and faith and joy, in our fight to dominate sin in our lives.  We must not grow weary in our doing good, for in time we will reap a harvest IF we do not give up:
Galatians 6 (NIV):
7Do not be deceived: (there are those words again ... DO NOT BE DECEIVED!) God  cannot  be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that naturea will reap destruction;  the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Destruction comes to the one who sows to the flesh, or who lives according to the desires of his flesh.  And destruction, in this very context, is contrasted with ETERNAL LIFE.   Therefore, destruction in this context CANNOT mean simply not inheriting blessings on Earth.

The Scriptures in this Post are clear:  Destruction (Galatians 6:9) and no sacrifice left for the one who deliberately continues in sin (Hebrews 10:26) belongs to the "Christian" who chooses to live in sin, with all that is left being the Wrath of God (Ephesians 5:6).  Please don't be deceived by preachers.  Believe the Word of God only.
Hebrews 10 (NIV):
26If we deliberately  keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth,  no sacrifice for sins  is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Scripture seems to be clear ... you make yourself an enemy of God if you will continue to LIVE in sin, even if you "prayed a prayer of salvation"!   Yes, scripture seems to be very clear ... and Pastors are found to be teaching another Gospel when we compare their message to the Word of God.  The Church is being deceived by the same lie that satan gave Eve at the beginning in the Garden of Eden, "You will not surely die."

But God has stated the opposite.

Who's side would you like to be found on when you stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ, people?

Does God Promise us BLESSINGS when we become Christians?  Yes, He does.  But how about starting with the first and greatest blessing of all:

Acts 3:26 (NIV)
When God raised up His servant (Jesus), He sent Him first to you
(Jews) to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways

Freedom FROM sin and wickedness ... NOT Freedom TO sin and live wickedly ... is the greatest and first blessing God is offering to all people everywhere.
Acts 3:19 (NIV):
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord

True blessing and refreshment from the Lord starts with turning FROM sin.  
Trust God today to cleanse you AND FREE you from the bondage and strongholds of sin in your life.   
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