In this post I want to address some common beliefs and sayings that I have heard all my life. Let us a take a scriptural look and see what checks out!
1. I am a Christian, Satan cannot touch me! This mindset is so prevalent in the church that many people actually believe it. The problem is that it just isn’t true! ” For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to you in Asia,that we were pressed above measure, insomuch that we despaired even of life.” 2 Corinthians 1:8
2. Satan can not enter the church because we pray there. The old testemant and new debunk this theory. They went so far as to put idols in the temple and even prayed to them. There are demons lurking in the midst of our congregations! Unless you turn and resist them, they will continue to stay there. Satan entered Judas while he was in the the presence of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:3) and scripture shows us that Satan used Peter and our Lord rebuked him saying to him ‘ Get thee behind me ,Satan. Thou art an offence to me: For thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those things which be of men.’ Matthew 16:23
3. I am not sick, I will not give glory to the devil! I have heard this one all of my life.And it just isn’t scripturally correct. The Bible tells us that when we are sick, or vexed or tormented, we are to humble ourselves and ask for prayer and healing!
Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church ; and let them pray … confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another ,that ye may be healed.” James 5: 14-16
People give glory to the devil in many ways. Admitting that you need help is not one of them.
4.We should not study the Old Testament, it does not apply to us!
There is so much revelation in the Old Testament about us, the end time church, I just don’t get this mindset!
One of the biggest challenges we have as human beings is not understanding the Spirit. We must study all the scriptures to grasp who God is. He has not changed. Studying the entire Bible is a must for us in the last days!
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof ,for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
5. God does not speak to man today and the gifts of the spirit have passed away! If this is true ,I am the most deceived woman on earth, surrounded by deceived people. This concept is so prevalent ,many never even try to hear God, and that is sad!
“My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
So to me, that doctrine says it is true and calls Jesus a liar. True believers know who the liar is ,and it isn’t Jesus!
1 Corinthians chapter 12 discusses spiritual gifts. It describes them and states they are given to the church for the building up and edification of the church body. Has the church passed away ? Nay, and neither have the gifts!
All of these belief systems have one goal in my mind:
Keep people from repentance,keep people from knowledge, keep people disengaged, and keep people in the pride of man and his own understanding. The end time church does and will need the Holy Spirit and the gifts, We need to learn His voice. We need everything Jesus died to give us! We dishonor Him if we do not accept everything he sacrificed for.
*This list is not exhaustive,(in fact it is the tip)
We must repent for trying to humanize God and for putting Him in our little doctrinal boxes!
“And they went out and preached that men should repent , and they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” Mark 6
IN CHRIST JESUS,AMEN