False Teachings Degrade Our God And Unduly Exalt His Creatures

It is my observation that any teaching which claims to be a sound and scriptural doctrine  but which….

(a) cannot be stated in the pure words of God,  but

(b) must be stated in words additional to God’s words or

(c) cannot be stated in words which the Holy Spirit teaches but must be stated in words which man’s wisdom teaches,

(d) was never taught by the Lord Jesus and

(e) was never taught by his prophets or apostles

 is one which degrades or dishonours our God in at least two ways:

 (1) In Principle:  the formulation of every such doctrine which I once embraced teaches by implication that God was not as wise as the composers of the doctrinal statement or creed. Those who formulate such doctrines believe that their choice of words is superior to the words by which God revealed His truth in the scriptures!  They believe that they have done a better job of explaining what God meant than He did in the scriptures! They believe that their command of human language is superior to God’s! They are dissatisfied with God’s revelation in scripture and are convinced that it must be improved upon by their own minds and hands! Men who formulate creeds and doctrinal statements almost always claim to take a very high view of scripture but their actions speak louder than their words. One of the marks of rebellious Israel was that they despised God’s words! (2Ch 36:16) 

 In contrast to those who despise God’s words and feel the necessity of men’s creeds and doctrinal statements, those who simply tremble at God’s word need to hear the words of the Lord’s encouragement in Isaiah 66:2-5 “…to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word…Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.”

 (2) In Content: It has been my observation that every doctrine which I once embraced which could not be stated in the pure words of the Lord taught something about God which minimized Him, detracted  from Him, dishonoured Him, contradicted or distorted his words or else assigned to a creature attributes or powers which belong only to the Creator!

 For example:

– The doctrine that “Satan is the god of this world who has blinded the minds of them that believe not” (from II Cor.4:4) not only assigns “deity” to Satan which scripture never does, but it also ascribes to him power which only belongs to our God…the power to blind minds!

 -The doctrine of the “Trinity” brings God down to the level of creatures by designating the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as “persons” and “members”. Both of these terms are only properly applied to creatures, not the Creator!

 – The doctrine of “Substitutionary Atonement” degrades the work of Christ as a work of substitution. A substitute is always a person or a thing which takes the place of another to do something which the other could normally do for themselves. But what Christ did for us (suffering and dying for us to bring us to God) was something which we could never have done!  His was not a work of substitution!

 – The doctrines of “baptismal adding” or “baptismal membership” degrades God and ascribes to mere mortals the ability to add people to the church or to make people members of the church!  This is a responsibility which scripture assigns to God alone! (Acts 2:47)

 -The doctrine of the “Pre-tribulation Rapturecontradicts the words of the Lord in too many ways to count but for now one example will suffice: The “Pre-tribulation Rapture” doctrine teaches that the church will experience rest from our troubles at least seven years prior to the revelation of Jesus Christ. But II Thessalonians 1:6-10 makes clear that both events happen at the very same time!

 Do you know of any creed or doctrinal statement composed by uninspired men which does not degrade God or unduly exalt his creatures?

 

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9 comments on “False Teachings Degrade Our God And Unduly Exalt His Creatures

  1. Larry says:

    The doctrine that “Satan is the god of this world who has blinded the minds of them that believe not” (from II Cor.4:4) not only assigns “deity” to Satan which scripture never does, but it also ascribes to him power which only belongs to our God…the power to blind minds!
    The KJV does Not say satan only the god (small g) of this world. No thinking Christian would ascribe diety to satan..the gospel is hidden from the unbeliever and many scriptures equate this with walking in darkness..The prince of this world is also referenced in Jn. 12:31. and even though the cross defeated him, in the sense that light comes to those who believe in Christs death burial and resurrection. he is still active in the world today. I know of no other way to explain the condition of our society or the world in general.. Do you?

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    • Hi Larry,

      Please note that I did not claim that the KJV said that Satan is the god of this world! But that is the commonly accepted conclusion from the small “g” which the KJV translators used in this verse! Whom do you think they had in mind when they used that small “g”???

      You rightly said that “No thinking Christian would ascribe deity to Satan.” But I believe that there are many Christians who are just not thinking clearly when they accept and embrace common false teaching from this verse that Satan indeed IS the god of this world!

      I’d encourage you to read the post on this subject at https://idfables4unity.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/who-is-the-god-of-this-world-age/. Just go to the “Satan fable” page and click on the link at the end of the brief blurb there.

      Once you’ve read that, I’d look forward to your further comments.

      Thanks again for stopping by brother!

      Your brother in Christ,
      Bruce

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  2. Larry says:

    OK, Not disagreeing with you but this poses more questions than answers:
    Where is Satan now?
    What Power DOES he have?
    What about the signs and lying wonders of Rev?
    or does none of this apply until he is cast out of heaven.
    Just askin” anyone?

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    • Hi Larry,
      You wrote: “OK, Not disagreeing with you but this poses more questions than answers:
      Just askin” anyone?”

      You asked: “Where is Satan now?”
      I would suggest that Job chapter 1 indicated that in Job’s day Satan had access to both earth and heaven.
      (Job 1:6,7) Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

      I don’t know of any scripture that would indicate that this situation has changed at all to this day. Do you?

      You also asked: “What Power DOES he have?

      I would suggest that Hebrews 2 teaches that He was “destroyed” (i.e. rendered powerless) by the death of Christ at the cross and that those who, through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage, were thus delivered! We need never again fear death or him who had the power of death! As he is a deceiver, his only power is in his deceit. A lie can have no power at all when it is not believed. But a lie exercises tremendous power in the lives of those who choose to believe it rather than believing the truth!
      (Heb 2:9) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11) For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12) Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13) And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 14) Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15) And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

      You also asked: “What about the signs and lying wonders of Rev? or does none of this apply until he is cast out of heaven?”
      Actually, we read of those signs and lying wonders in II Thessalonians 2:9. It is interesting that this same passage teaches much the same truth as II Cor 4:4 about the God of this world (this age) blinding the minds of them that believe not lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them! Paul, the inspired writer of both passages clearly tells us in II Thessalonians 2 who it is who sends a strong delusion! He also tells us the reason why this blindness/delusion happens! Notice the parallel truths that are taught in II Cor.4:3&4 and here in II Thessalonians 2:10-12
      (2Th 2:7) For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

      Do not the very words of scripture, when simply allowed to speak for themselves, shed a lot of light on the questions:
      (1) Who is the God of this age, who blinds the minds of those who believe not? and
      (2) Why does He do this? Is there a choice that is made by certain people which results in this blindness/delusion being imposed upon them?

      Larry, (or anyone)….What have YOU learned regarding these questions from reading II Cor.4:3,4 along with II Thessalonians 2:10-12?

      I look forward to hearing from you!

      Bruce

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  3. Mark Sayworth says:

    Why is it ok for God to send delusions so people will believe lies, and it is ok for him to send lying spirits? He himself cannot lie… but it’s ok for him to pick a spirit to go and lie for him. Can you explain this? Thanks

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    • Hi Mark,
      Thanks for stopping by. You’ve asked a couple of good questions. As I just have internet access at the local library, I’ll work on an answer at home and get back to you here. Just quickly, to address the first part… God does allow people to make their own choices (even to disobey him, rebel against him, or even refuse to believ him!) But He does not allow any of us to choose the consequences that follow our choices. He determines the consequences that follow every choice. See Genesis chapters 2 and 3. Also God always resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Part of his resistance to those who repeatedly and habitually refuse to believe is that he sends them strong delusion so that they cannot believe. One cannot continually refuse to believe God and not receive the God-given consequences.

      More later as my time is up! Bruce

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    • Hey Mark,
      Back again re the question you asked , “Why is it ok for God to send delusions so people will believe lies, and it is ok for him to send lying spirits? He himself cannot lie… but it’s ok for him to pick a spirit to go and lie for him. Can you explain this?”

      No Mark, I can’t! But God’s Word can! If you are willing to read and pay attention to what scripture says, you will understand and learn many profitable lessons in the process!
      There is one Biblical instance of God sending a lying spirit. It is recorded in I Kings ch.22 and II Chronicles 18. Please read both accounts of this event. Also read I Kings chapters 16-22 to learn about King Ahab to whom the lying spirit communicated through Ahab’s 400 prophets.
      -What kind of man was Ahab? (Godly or ungodly? Proud or humble? Righteous or wicked?) -What kind of consequences would we expect such a man would receive from God since God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble? (Prov.29:23; James 4:6; I Peter 5:5) –What kinds of spirits have access into the presence of God and stand on his right hand and on his left? (I Kings 22:19 and II Chronicles 18:18 with Job 1:6-12. See also what kinds of beings are found in the heavenly or high places in Ephesians 1:20; 2:6; 3:10 and 6:12) –When the “host of heaven” was gathered before God’s throne, did God simply assign one spirit to go and lie OR did He ask a question and allow all these spirits the opportunity to make choices? -What choice was made?
      -What kind of spirit “volunteered”?
      -What was the outcome (on earth) of that spirit’s plan?
      -Do prophets also have the ability to make choices? Can they choose between the easy way of least resistance (pleasing man) or the hard and unpopular way of obedience to God? (see I Kings 22 and II Chronicles 18)
      -Did God only allow Ahab to hear “half of the story”, i.e. just the lies? OR did He reveal to him “the rest of the story” which included the whole truth of the matter?
      -Once King Ahab had heard the whole story with all the facts, he still had a choice to make. (Did he choose to obey or to disobey God’s instructions and warnings? Did he choose to be proud or humble?)
      -What sort of consequences did he receive for his choices? (God’s resistance OR God’s grace?)
      To come back to your question, Mark,…. Did God actually “pick a spirit to go and lie for him”?
      I hope that searching out these things in the very words of scripture will be as profitable for you as it has been for me! Thanks for asking!
      Bruce

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      • Mark Sayworth says:

        Your answer is interesting. You are obviously a thoughtful person. However, it sounds to me like you are suggesting that “God sending delusions” is merely what we call “natural consequences”. We call them natural, but perhaps you are suggesting they are ordained of God. But if they are ordained of God, we still have the (possible) dilemma that God who cannot lie, had ordained matters in such a way that the natural consequence of something is to believe a lie. I don’t see how the idea that the “man had it coming to him because of his choices” takes away the fact that it was God who ordained for the man to believe a lie. It was God’s will for the man to believe a lie. So God, who cannot lie, and does not lie, still has the will for a person to believe a lie. He wants the person to believe a lie.

        As an aside, I have known certain people to say, “I used to lie, but I never do anymore.” Interestingly, I have found that some of these people claiming not to lie have become very skilled at using things that are true, with the intent for the person to be deceived. Sometimes they also do not deny the truth, but purposely evade it. After all is said and done, their intention was for the person to believed something less that the actual truth. They have used “truth” to deceive.

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  4. Hi Mike, Let me insert my comments into yours from above in conversational style…
    Mike wrote, “Your answer is interesting. You are obviously a thoughtful person. However, it sounds to me like you are suggesting that “God sending delusions” is merely what we call “natural consequences”. We call them natural, but perhaps you are suggesting they are ordained of God.”

    Bruce responds, “Are not all “natural consequences” ultimately ordained by God for has He not designed the “laws of nature”? Take gravity for instance: If I proudly and foolishly think I can safely get down a cliff by simply walking off the edge, I will suffer the consequences of a sudden stop below! But does the fact that God designed the law of gravity mean that it was His will that I should die at the foot of that cliff? NO! When God designed that death would be the consequence of sin and fully informed Adam and Eve of that fact, was it His will that they should disobey? Was it his will that they should die? NO! You see the responsibility for the choice and the consequences which inevitably follow it lies with the one who makes the choice. In the cases above, I would be responsible for my own death and Adam and Eve were responsible for their own deaths. God who establishes consequences is not responsible for, nor does he decree the foolish or disobedient choices of his creatures!”

    On the other hand if I chose to trust an experienced mountain climber equipped with ropes and climbing gear to get me safely down the face of that cliff to the bottom, who would be responsible for the choice and who would be thankful for the provision made by another for my safe descent? I would! So too, had Adam and Eve chosen to obey God in the garden, who would have been responsible for the choice they made and thankful for the provision which God had made for them? Adam and Eve would.

    Mike wrote: ”But if they are ordained of God, we still have the (possible) dilemma that God who cannot lie, had ordained matters in such a way that the natural consequence of something is to believe a lie.

    Bruce interjects: (Remember that that “something” is a refusal to believe the truth!)

    Mike continues: I don’t see how the idea that the “man had it coming to him because of his choices” takes away the fact that it was God who ordained for the man to believe a lie. It was God’s will for the man to believe a lie. So God, who cannot lie, and does not lie, still has the will for a person to believe a lie. He wants the person to believe a lie.”

    Bruce responds: “Mike this is simply the principle which God has designed that “you reap what you sow.” Galatians 6:7 If you choose not to sow wheat, God has ordained that you cannot reap wheat. If you choose to sow barley, God has ordained that you will reap barley. So too if you choose not to believe God you cannot reap faith in God. If you choose not to believe God you WILL believe the lies of the enemy for to reject truth is automatically to embrace falsehood! Many times God is merciful to rebellious sinners over and over. They sometimes repent and he is merciful and saves them. But continual unbelief and rebellion reaches a limit with God past which there is no remedy, no possibility of repentance! We have already considered the course of Ahab’s life and his end (believing lies even when the truth was clearly declared to him!) There are many other examples of such in scripture, but two very instructive instances of this are found (1) in Deuteronomy 1:22-45 with the NT commentary on this event in Hebrews 3:19 and 4:6 and (2) in II Kings 17:1-23.

    Mike concludes: As an aside, I have known certain people to say, “I used to lie, but I never do anymore.” Interestingly, I have found that some of these people claiming not to lie have become very skilled at using things that are true, with the intent for the person to be deceived. Sometimes they also do not deny the truth, but purposely evade it. After all is said and done, their intention was for the person to believe something less that the actual truth. They have used “truth” to deceive.

    Bruce responds: You are very right! False teachers are often skilled at presenting partial truths, evading truths, or twisting truth in order to deceive. That is why we need to cling unreservedly to the words of scripture as our plumb line to distinguish between true and false doctrines. I hope this helps as you wrestle with these issues!

    P.S. Have you read the blog post, “Who is the God of this World?” on the “Satan Fable” page? It expands on this whole topic.

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