PRIDE–THE OLDEST LIE

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Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)

The Gospel Doesn’t Need To Be Adapted To Unbelievers Of Any Time Period

Apprising Ministries has often told you about “contexualization,” i.e. attempting to make “the Gospel relevant” to a postmodern culture and a post-Christian nation. But, 1) the original liberals already tried that with their “modern theology” attempting to cobble together a form of Christianity for their modern culture.

And, 2) the United States was never a Christian nation to begin with; it’s always featured a plurality of religions in order to be accommodating to its melting pot of different races and nationalities. So, rather than Christian, it’s more accurate to say that America, by and large, has unquestionably always been a religious culture.

Now let me zero in on the heart of Satan’s scheme, which is thus stated: The Church must change for today’s version of capricious culture; and be willing to accept contradicting views of truth from people’s personalized spiritual experiences, because supposedly God understands that they have many different ways to come to Him in relationship.

In other words, man is the one who decides how he will experience God. The reason being, postmodern culture finds the concept of absolute truth too narrow for their broad way of thinking. They’ve now become enlightened to their belief that good ol’ God is just happy that people today wish to worship Him in whatever way they want to.

However, what’s being missed here is, the Gospel will never be relevant to people because they’re dead in sin. In addition, in order to know how God truly wishes His creatures to relate to Him, mankind would have to be God. Unless that is, the infinite Creator had chosen to reveal to His finite creation what His desires were along these lines.

You see, when we choose to look at this issue with spiritual eyes, given us by God the Holy Spirit, then something else entirely emerges; doesn’t it? Look at Genesis, chapter 3 and verse 1 — “Did God actually say? The KJV reads, Yea, hath God said? Can you see, all of this ignoring of what God has said is simply an extension of the oldest lie there is.

It’s actually the very corrupt heart of Satan’s same old double-barreled attack, which he’s been using since the Garden of Eden. In fact, he’s still using it today; only now, he’s even infiltrated the mainstream of evangelicalism through the awful influence of the neoliberal cult now operating openly within the Emerging Church aka the Emergent Church.

We Are Not Unaware Of Satan’s Schemes Because They Never Change

Here’s his strategy number 1) His forces seek to knock out communications—blowup the Word of God—the Bible; put it out of commission. Satan wants man to begin to rely on himself—his “flesh,” his own pride-filled self-centered sinful nature, his own depraved reasoning; to get him to trust in what he believes in his corrupt heart.

Oftentimes preachers here will rightly quote Jeremiah 17:9 — The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? However, these “Christian” agnostics within the Emerging Church will tend to slough that off as merely some kind of primitive and horribly outdated Old Testament concept.

They say, since we are supposedly more enlightened now we can understand that this antediluvian people just didn’t comprehend the unconditional love and acceptance of God that Jesus of Nazareth later taught. Then for some, they actually teach that was the way God used to be; but now, He’s changed the way He deals with us.

But as will happen with every single malicious man-centered theology that Satan will ever perpetrate, the light of Scripture will reveal it to be a lie. The fact is, Christ Jesus our Lord—Whom these people profess to know—actually is teaching exactly what the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament themselves have said all along.

Concerning human nature the Master points out:

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:20-23)

Which then leads us into Satan’s serpentine strategy number 2) Disrupt communications; confuse your enemy—spread lies through propaganda that cause division—get them to turn on each other. Have them seek occultic direct revelation; make them doubt that they can ever understand God’s Word:

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

In other words, man can decide for himself what is right and what is wrong by following the dictates of his own heart . Do you recognize the pro-homosexual agenda? The KJV brings out the devil’s intent a little clearer — ye shall be as gods. Satan’s lie here is that mankind can even be “little gods.” Recognize the Word Faith Movement?

Well, you’re about to hear a veritable Who’s Who of WF teachers. e.g. like T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, and Benny Hinn  teaching this for yourself. A blasphemy they’ve never publicly repented of; because they can’t, it’s classic WF doctrine. Were they to denounce this abominable mythology they’d lose their financial base:

And with all of this Satan has set mankind up for the oldest lie there is—pride—saying, just as he once once did:

“I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:14 )

Now that you know, why don’t you turn away from your pride; for Jesus is calling and:

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7)

For you see the good news is that, no matter what someone has done, there is repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus Name. So, if you’re now hearing His Voice here then you’ll understand when I tell you that Jesus took your place and died for your sins on the Cross.

He was buried, and on the third day Christ Jesus rose again from the dead. Can you feel Him drawing you? Remember, Jesus tells us — “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out (John 6:37).” Won’t you come home…

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