You must understand that a battle rages between the truth of God and the lies of Satan. This is why false doctrines and false teachings abound concerning Christian truth.
Here’s what the Lord Jesus had to say on the matter of Satan being a liar when He was speaking to the Pharisees: “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
So, why would Satan lie about the assurance of Heaven? Each successful distortion of Biblical truth serves as a useful distraction for the unsaved person and an impediment to spiritual growth for the saved person.
“As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4:14)
Satan usually uses Scripture to present a distraction. For instance if you weren’t that familiar with the Bible and read Chapter 2 of the Epistle of James, you could easily believe that salvation comes by living a good life, doing good deeds, following the 10 commandments or even baptism. But, a thorough understanding of Scripture would reveal that James is talking about faith – not salvation.
You can see then, if a person is focused on living a good life and doing good deeds he or she is distracted from the voluminous Scriptural support for salvation based on God’s grace through faith alone in Christ’s sacrifice for sin (Ephesians 2:8). The person will be so busy striving to be saved by self-effort that they will miss hearing and believing the good news (Gospel) that Jesus already completed all that’s needed for our salvation.
Now, no true Christian would minimize the importance of the 10 commandments, living a good life, doing good deeds, or baptism. However, these things have nothing to do with salvation and everything to do with our walk after salvation. Surely you can see the subtly of how false doctrine is developed.
Here is a partial list of the doctrines I will be discussing as time progresses. Some of these will be posted on our blog, so that interested parties will have the opportunity to comment and ask questions:
|Purgatory||Mary the Mother of God?|
|Angel Worship||Infant Baptism|
||Sinning After Salvation|
|Salvation||Praying to Saints|
|The Pope||The Immaculate Conception|
|Clergy & Laity||Are All People God’s Children?|
|Do You Know God?||The Day of Judgment|
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