In Genesis 3, the Bible reveals that Satan’s lies are most often ‘distortion deceptions’, rather than ‘denial deceptions’. To say it simply, Satan’s lies are subtle not bold faced.
Back, back, back to the very first sin, we see Satan shaving off truth and cleverly twisting it as he tempts Eve – “Did God really say” (v. 1), “you will not certainly die” (v. 4). Most subtle of all, we see our soul’s enemy undermining God’s motives, “For God knows that when you eat of it…” (v. 5). (more…)
The biblical command for ministers of the gospel to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with great patience and instruction” (Timothy 4:2) will be mostly resisted, because the “time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.” We are in that time now – Christians, in my experience, seldom bow to “thus says the Lord” Scripture. They will not endure being told that their conduct is unbiblical. (more…)