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Correcting Your End Time Theology: Revering the God of Satan

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Reverence is a form of respect which is motivated by a fear of being harmed by someone or something’s power.  Without thinking about it, you automatically revere many things in life.  The sober fear that comes over you when you see a damaged power line sizzling and jerking on the ground is reverence.  You realize that if you get too close, the power line might electrocute you.  So you keep your distance and you give careful thought as to how you will handle the situation.  This is one of the effects reverence has on us: it slows us down.  It inspires us to put careful thought into how we are interacting with the thing or being who we revere.  When we deeply revere God, His preferences become very important to us, we really want to obey His convictions, and we are much more careful in how we talk to Him.  Just as you might be rude to a human who you don’t respect, but you’ll bring out your best manners when you’re talking to someone who has the power to drastically change your circumstances in life, developing reverence for God results in us improving our treatment of Him.  We stop treating Him like some intrusive pest, and we start treating Him with great respect. Read more of this post

God’s Absolute Sovereignty: Essential Theology

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Here is a classic theological dilemma:

  • There are elements, activities, and principles in this world which we humans feel greatly threatened by.  Things such as pain, violence, suffering, and depraved desires.  We label these things as evil.
  • If we acknowledge that God exists, then we realize that He is more powerful than us.  The thought of a superior Being who is involved in evil greatly threatens us, so we decide that God cannot have any relationship with evil at all and that He must find it as threatening as we do.
  • We now need to explain the existence of evil in the world while still keeping God separate from it.
  • We choose a set of creatures who are greater in power than we are, yet evil in nature, and we assign those creatures control over this earthly realm.
  • Now our good God is still in control, yet totally separate from evil.  This makes us feel safe.

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Spiritual Bondage: Exposing the Scam

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In an age when deliverance ministries are on the rise and the Church is steeped in an idolatrous obsession with demons, you need to scrub the concept of spiritual bondage out of your theological database. It used to be that when a person spoke of being in bondage, they simply meant they were feeling burdened by some ongoing trial. Maybe there was some addiction or insecurity that they couldn’t shake and it was wearing them down. To be in bondage simply meant struggling with a trial. But in today’s demon worshiping climate, the term spiritual bondage is being used to promote some very dangerous deceptions. Today when people talk about someone being in spiritual bondage, what they’re really talking about is that person’s soul being held hostage by demons. Once you believe that demons can get their grubby little claws on your actual soul, you’re going to become very easy prey for all kinds of vipers in the Church today who want to “deliver you” right into a cesspool of terror and trauma. Read more of this post

Understanding the Limits of Satan’s Power (God’s Relationship with Evil)

Understanding the Limits of Satan's Power

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Suppose I have a large, savage dog who I know hates people and wants to kill anyone who gets near him. I’m the only person in the world my dog doesn’t dare to attack and I’m the only one he will listen to. I walk my dog regularly at the public park and because I know what a danger he is, I keep him muzzled and on a leash—well, most of the time. One day I see you walking in the park. My bloodthirsty dog sees you as well and starts growling with anticipation. You’re walking a ways away from us, and you happen to glance over just in time to see me unmuzzling my dog, unhooking his leash, and pointing in your direction. The next thing you know, a wall of snarling muscle is hauling towards you. As my dog knocks you onto the ground and starts trying to kill you, you catch several glimpses of me standing in the distance with my arms crossed, watching the whole scene quite calmly. We’re the only people in the park, so there’s no one you can call to for help. Just when you realize that you’re going to die a gruesome death, I call my dog back. One word from me, and he leaps off of you and runs back under my control. Later on in the hospital, as you tell the police what happened, who are you going to blame for trying to kill you? The dog? No, because the dog was just an instrument—a brute beast who was acting on sheer instinct. Certainly you’ll demand that my dog be put to sleep, but the burden of moral guilt will be assigned to me, the dog owner, for intentionally sicking my dog upon you. You will accuse me of premeditated murder—only instead of a gun, I used a well-trained dog. Of course you would be correct in your accusation, and anyone who had witnessed the scene would agree with you.

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Disturbing Imitations

Disturbing Imitations

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The fact that God turned all the water in Egypt into blood during the first of His ten plagues sounds extremely impressive until we come across this disturbing comment:

“Using their tricks, the magicians of Egypt did the same thing.” (Ex. 7:22)

What is this? God is letting Satan duplicate His fantastic miracle? Doesn’t He realize how the people will react?

“So the king was stubborn and refused to listen to Moses and Aaron…” (Ex. 7:22)

Well, duh. Now that God’s grand miracle has been reduced to a parlor trick, no one is going to keep applauding. Humans are impressed by originality and rarity. Once a pattern develops, they quickly lose interest. Read more of this post