Did God Really Say That?

The Word of God, be it from the Living Word (Jesus), or the Written Word (Bible), Satan always uses the same tactic to get the people of God distracted from the truth. Satan doesn't start out calling God a liar, he first brings into question your interpretation of what God said. This is what Satan did with Eve in the garden according to Genesis 3:1-6.

Both Adam and Eve knew what God had said about the tree in the middle of the garden. God kept it very simple, it wasn't complex or difficult to understand. He even told them why: it was deadly. He didn't have to do that, he could have said 'obey me or else' but out of his love, he even told them why they couldn't eat from it.

But Satan came along and asked... (my paraphrase)

"Did God really say that? I know what you think he said, but is that what God really meant? I mean, this is God we're talking about. He's so high and complex, who knows what God really meant when he said don't eat. It all depends on how you interpret that, Eve. There's more than just one way to look at that, Eve.

Besides, you have to consider the cultural background of God's statement. Back when he told you not to eat from that tree, that's probably just because the world was young and there weren't enough trees to go around yet. Things were different back then. God didn't mean you couldn't eat from it forever.

Besides, a lot of what God says is symbolic. He probably was speaking in a much more broader sense that's way over your head. He wasn't literally talking about this tree right here.

I mean, who's to say where the middle of the garden really is? Where were the borders of the garden when God said not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden? Middle defined by what borders? Today's borders or the borders right after creation?

And did you know that there are actually two gardens in Eden? How do you know he was talking about this garden?

You see, Eve? You gotta take into consideration the context of what God really meant when he said don't eat from the tree in the middle of the garden because that was a long time ago, things were different then, God speaks symbolically, you gotta know your geography, history and context. I've been listening to the word of God all my life and I'm here to tell you, there's always more than one way to look at things, Eve.

Who told you that God said you couldn't eat from the tree in the middle of the garden anyway? Was it Adam? Is he a Calvinist? Is he pre-trib or post-trib? Is he Baptist, Methodist or Roman Catholic? You gotta take all that into consideration, Eve. How did he vote in the last election? He's probably a bigot. What's all this hate against this one little tree? Who is he to tell you what tree you can and cannot eat from? Where's the love? Why is he hatin' on this one fruit-tree?"

Tongue in cheek, of course. But this is almost verbatim the kind of rhetoric I've heard from some so-called Christian pastors in the past few days who are trying to straddle the fence on the subject of gay-marriage; the biggest oxymoron if there ever was one.

When the interpretation of Biblical doctrine is questioned, that's a good thing so long as you search it out. That's what Eve should have done when Satan questioned her interpretation of God's Word. But what I've seen most Christians do, is allow Satan to use their fear of Biblical illiteracy to keep them from reading the Bible and standing upon what it says, or worse, even learning what it says. He tells them, "since there's more than one way to interpret things, why read it? Who are you to decide which interpretation is right? Are you smart enough to decide? What if you're wrong?" So Christians become paralyzed and wind up allowing Satan to interpret the Bible for them.

I actually read from a pastor's blog this weekend in which the pastor condemned other Christians for speaking out against the Supreme Court's decision, legalizing nationwide gay-marriage. He spent more time in the blog post deriding and mocking his fellow Christians than he did anything else. But what's worse, is he then spoke as an authority of Bible Study, saying..."I've been reading and studying the Bible for over 30 years and it's difficult to understand and far too complex to simply quote it out of context to condemn gay-marriage. That same Bible condones slavery, polygamy and promotes women as 2nd class citizens but we aren't trying to legalize that are we?"

I couldn't believe what I was reading. The Bible doesn't do any of those things. How could he come to those conclusions reading it for 30 years? But what's worse, how could any Christian read the Bible for more than 30 years and find it complex or difficult to understand? Then it hit me. He either hasn't read it for 30 years or he isn't really a Christian.

Paul said in Romans 16:17-20...

"I appeal to you, brothers, to be on your guard concerning those who create difficulties and cause divisions that are in opposition to the teaching which you have been taught. I warn you to avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ but serve their own appetites and base desires. And by good deeds and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the simple. For while your loyalty and obedience is known to all, I would have you well versed and wise as to what is good and what is evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with you."

It's a good thing to investigate interpretations of Biblical doctrine, so long as you truly investigate them and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to the truth. Don't wander around aimlessly in a vacant state of endless ambiguity. Find out what God really said. Find out what God really meant. And then once you find out, STAND FIRM.

So when someone asks you, "Did you interpret that accurately?" Say, "Let's look at it and find out." Be willing to show them the verses in the Bible and explain to them why you hold the interpretation you do. If they don't want to read it or listen, then they don't really want the truth. They just want to hold onto their view without any consultation from God. Scripture just gets in their way.

With all this said, I have to tell you that the events of the past 4 days exposes more evidence now than ever before that the Spirit of Antichrist is alive and well in 2015.

With the recent mockery against Biblical Christianity coming from Christian bloggers and pulpits, I can also see that the Woman who will ride the Beast in Revelation 17 is also alive and well in 2015.


Don't Use The Brain That God Gave You

My title for this post might sound like a heretical statement, but the more you examine the Biblical position on how God would have us think, feel and respond to all of life's situations, it flies in the face of what most people would call wise. More and more Christians today are learning, even from their own pastors how to think independently of God by believing that "God expects you to use the brain he gave you" and "God helps those who help themselves". I recently heard a fellow on YouTube proclaim that these sentiments were in the Bible. He couldn't be more wrong.

When Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16 that he was going to be handed over to the religious leaders and be killed, Peter used the brain God gave him and said, "God forbid, Lord! This must never happen to you!" But Jesus attributed that course of logic to Satan himself and told Peter he was following a line of reasoning that belonged to man, rather than God. Earlier, when Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread in Matthew 4, the message "God helps those who help themselves" was at the very heart of Satan's temptation. "Why should Jesus be hungry when he has the power to turn stones into bread? Why hasn't Jesus used the brain God gave him to figure that one out?"

It seems that more and more pastoral teaching these days is embedded with Satanic messages camouflaged as godly principles that are so well camouflaged that the pastors themselves may not even be aware of just how heretical their teachings have become. I gave an example of this in a video I did some time ago called, "Jeeps, Boats & Helicopters" in which the message behind that pastoral parable is this: "Whatever you do, don't wait upon the Lord because if you do, you will be disappointed and then God will blame it on you for being too stupid to figure things out on your own." The pastor never says those words specifically, but after listening to the parable, this is the message that's taken home. Isn't that exactly the opposite of what so many of the Psalms teach? How many promises of God in our Bibles are we afraid to trust because we fear that there's some divine loophole in it's Biblical context that we're too stupid to see and it might bail God out of having to keep his word?

Contrary to popular belief, the brain we have today isn't the brain that God gave us. The brain God created for the human race was first given to Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were given trustworthy advise about a forbidden fruit tree but then Satan came along and gave Adam and Eve something to think about. When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, it damaged his brain with the curse of sin and death, which is exactly what God said it would do when He tried to warn them in advance. But they didn't listen and all of us have been inheriting that curse ever since. Fortunately, we won't always have to endure these abnormal brains we've inherited, we're promised new hardware at the resurrection. But until then, even as Christians, we have to do what Paul called, "RENEWING THE MIND" in Romans Chapter 12.

Our brain is like a computer that's been infected with malicious software. It's still a good brain, but you can't trust and rely upon everything that's going on up in there. It's been infected with software from the world culture, which is opposed to God. It's been infected with the software of our sin nature and harmful appetites. It's been infected with malware straight from Satan himself known as "Arrows From The Wicked One" in Ephesians Chapter 6. So with all that going on up in there, how could any Christian just simply say, "God gave you a brain! use it!" I can't think of any advise more foolish.

I don't know about you, but in my own Spiritual walk, using my brain is what gets me into the most trouble.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to your brain, but the end are the ways of death. Your brain isn't enough.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in your brain.

Proverbs 3:5-7 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding (your brain). In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Don't be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil." (Notice how this verse is attacked by the pastoral parable of the Jeep, Boat & Helicopter? The man in that story trusted in the Lord with all his heart and never leaned on his own understanding and it cost him his life.)

Psalm 147:10-11 "God delights not in the strength of the horse, nor does He take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness." (Therefore, God does not help those who help themselves, God helps those who've reached the end of themselves and have no choice but to trust HIM.)

Psalm 32:8 "I the Lord will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and guide you with My eye upon you." This is the greatest news yet. If that pastoral parable were true to this verse, then God would have sent to that poor fellow some divine instruction with the jeep, the boat and the helicopter to get on board. But his poor brain was too stupid to figure that out.

In other words, you don't have to worry about how to figure your way out of your situation. Quit fretting and searching your brain for answers. God will instruct you and lead you with his eye. That's great news because God's eye is connected to God's brain. My eye is connected to my brain which has proven insufficient over and over again. God's brain is bigger than your brain, right? So God's eye can see more than your eye, right? Trust in the Lord with all your heart, not your brain. He will direct your path and teach you personally which way to go when you need to go.

Of all the tests and trials of our faith, learning how to figure things out is not one of them. God doesn't play guessing games with his children. God has already figured everything out for us and tells us exactly what we need to know exactly when we need to know it. Our biggest trial that we keep having to learn over and over again is simply learning how to trust him.