MARK THEM WHO DENY THE EXISTENCE OF A REAL PERSONAL DEVIL AND AVOID THEM
I recently received a ‘friend-request’ from someone who appeared to be a Christian who believes in the doctrines of Sovereign Grace and Predestination. I happily accepted their request after reading a post on their page which read –
“Predestination is true, Jesus did not die for everyone, Jesus died only for His bride, the church. God makes man born again according to His will, without the Holy Spirit, man cannot please God . . .” And another quote which read – “Everything happens according to God’s will, & whatever God wants to happen will happen, & those who are God’s have no choice but to obey Him, because God will do whatever it takes to bring His people to Him”.
But a little later I noticed posts on their page denying the existence of a personal Devil, the fall of Satan and the existence of demons, etc! Being a little busy at the time, I failed to investigate further, until another dear Brother and friend brought this up and asked me concerning these things. A link provided by this Christian-friend who was denying the existence of Satan and demons led me to the Heretical Christadelphian Home page!
Besides denying the existence of a Personal Devil, here is a little something more of what they believe from their own mouth –
“We’re a network of Christian believers world-wide who through careful study of the Bible have come to conclusions that separate us from mainstream Christianity. We believe in salvation by grace; eternal life on earth in the Kingdom of God, to be established by the Lord Jesus Christ at His return; in the Lord Jesus as God’s Son, BUT NOT “GOD THE SON” OR A PRE-EXISTENT JESUS AS TAUGHT IN THE COMMON DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY, which we reject; in taking full responsibility for our sins, and NOT BLAMING ANY PERSONAL SATAN FIGURE, WHOM WE FIND NOTHING OF IN THE BIBLE; the Bible being the inspired word of God WE FIND NO EVIDENCE THERE NOR ELSEWHERE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF AN IMMORTAL SOUL, ‘HELL’ AS A PLACE OF FIRE AND TORMENT ETC (RATHER DOES ‘HELL’ REFER SIMPLY TO THE GRAVE); and we urge people to do as the Bible says and be baptized by full immersion in water. You can read more about us in the “About us” section”. [Cap letter emphasis mine]
So there you have it beloved! Straight from the horse’s mouth –
The Lord Jesus is not God, there is no Trinity, your soul is not immortal and there is no place called Hell!
But in this short write-up let us just confront the error that is being pushed on Facebook – i.e.
Satan is not a Fallen Angel, there are no Demons, There is no such entity who ‘Tempts man’ and there is no one who accuses saints before God!
Satan was not always Satan! He was once an ‘Angel of light’ who fell taking a third of the angels with him. The Master said –
“I beheld Satan as lightning FALL FROM HEAVEN”! [Luke 10:18]
If you quoted this verse to a Christadelphian, he would at once say, “but actually the original Greek says this and in the Hebrew it actually means that blah blah . . .
Beloved, while a little knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is profitable, we ought to bear in mind that God did not write the English Bible for the Greek scholar, but for the common ploughman, the coal-heaver and the peasant! Don’t ever let heretics deceive you by saying the original says something else!
Commenting on this verse above, John Gill writes – “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven; meaning, that this was no news to Him (Jesus), nor any surprising event, that devils should be cast out of men, and be in a state of subjection; for as He existed as the eternal Son of God before his incarnation, He was present, and saw him and his angels fall from heaven, from their first estate, their habitation of bliss and glory, down to hell, upon their sin and rebellion, as violently, swiftly, and suddenly, as the lightning falls from heaven to earth . . .”
This is what Christians have all along believed, because THE BIBLE TEACHES IT!
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”. [Rev 12:7-9]
The Christadelphian heretics even deny that there is any sort of conflict between the angels, for after all, the devil and demons according to them are just disease and mental illness!
I write this as an Ex-Satanist! Don’t let these dupes deceive you into believing this LIE! Satan is REAL and so are his demons! And if you’ve been a real Christian for any length of time you know what I am saying is the truth!
There is no Satan and there are no demons? Try telling that to a Satanist, a Shaman, a wizard or better still someone who has witnessed a demon possessed man – “And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: BECAUSE MANY DEVILS WERE ENTERED INTO HIM. And they besought him that He would not command them to go out into the deep.
And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that He would suffer them to enter into them. And He suffered them. THEN WENT THE DEVILS OUT OF THE MAN, AND ENTERED INTO THE SWINE: AND THE HERD RAN VIOLENTLY DOWN A STEEP PLACE INTO THE LAKE, AND WERE CHOKED”! [Luke 8:27-33]
The Apostle speaks of the fall of Satan when he says, do not appoint a novice as an elder lest “lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil” or as the NASB has it – “so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. [1Tim 3:6]
Again commenting on this John Gill says – “it is better to understand it of Satan; and then the meaning is, either lest such an one fall under the censure and condemnation of the accuser of the brethren; or rather lest he fall INTO THE SAME CONDEMNATION AND PUNISHMENT THE DEVIL IS FALLEN INTO, THEIR CRIMES BEING ALIKE. For it seems from hence, that PRIDE WAS THE FIRST SIN OF THE DEVIL, AND THE CAUSE OF HIS APOSTASY FROM GOD; being elated with his own knowledge, strength, and dignity; and not being able to bear it, that the human nature should be advanced above that of angels”.
There is an allusion to Satan’s fall in Ezekiel 28, where it is written –
“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. THOU HAST BEEN IN EDEN THE GARDEN OF GOD; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: THE WORKMANSHIP OF THY TABRETS AND OF THY PIPES WAS PREPARED IN THEE IN THE DAY THAT THOU WAST CREATED. THOU ART THE ANOINTED CHERUB THAT COVERETH; and I have set thee so: THOU WAST UPON THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF GOD; THOU HAST WALKED UP AND DOWN IN THE MIDST OF THE STONES OF FIRE. Thou WAST PERFECT IN THY WAYS FROM THE DAY THAT THOU WAST CREATED, TILL INIQUITY WAS FOUND IN THEE. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee”. [Ezek 28:12-17]
Though reference is made to the king of Tyrus, I am in agreement with Jonathan Edwards that this passage is also a reference to Satan!
Because the king of Tyrus was not an ‘anointed cherub, he could have never been in Eden the Garden of God, Tabrets and pipes were not prepared in him in the day that he wast created!
And watch this, IT COULD NEVER BE SAID OF THE KING OF TYRUS –a pagan king, who was a son of fallen Adam – “THOU WAST PERFECT in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee”!
The children of Adam are not perfect ‘till iniquity is found in them’, but rather are they as David was, “conceived in sin and brought forth in iniquity, and they go astray as soon as they be born speaking lies”! [Psalm 51:5; 58:3]
BUT NOT SO THE DEVIL!
And consider this – if the Devil never actually fell, but was as some suppose CREATED an evil being, then you are charging God of unrighteousness for creating an evil being and then punishing him in hell for the evil he commits! THIS IS NOT THE GOD OF THE CHRISTIAN!
Oh, retorts the heretic, but did not Christ say – “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer FROM THE BEGINNING, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him”. [John 8:44]
What is “the Beginning” meant here? We quote John Gill again – “the phrase, “from the beginning”, does not intend the beginning of his own creation; for he was created a holy creature, was in the truth, though he abode not in it; and was in an happy state, though he lost it: nor strictly the beginning of time, or of the creation of the world, which were some days at least before the fall of man, when the devil commenced a murderer; but it being very near it, therefore this phrase is made use of: the Syriac version renders it, “from Bereshith”, which is the first word in the Hebrew Bible, and is frequently used by the Jewish Rabbins for the six days of the creation; and if Adam fell, as some think, the same day he was created, it might be properly said that the devil was a murderer from thence”.
And incidentally, Christ said that HELL is a real place ‘prepared for the Devil and his angels’! [Matt 25:41]
Satan and his demons are real, beloved, and the Christian’s warfare is with THEM, NOT with humans who persecute us or heretics who are used by Demons!
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, against spiritual wickedness in high places”! [Eph 6:12]
The Apostle warns us to be sober and vigilant! Why? Because there are mental illnesses going around seeking to devour you?! Get real!
“Be sober, be vigilant; because YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom RESIST STEDFAST IN THE FAITH, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”! [1Pet 5:8,9]
Enough said! In your spare time, please pull out your Concordance and your King James Version and do a study on Satan and the various names he goes by, that in itself should open your eyes to who you are dealing with –
For the record, Satan is called in the Bible – Diabolos, Beelzebub, The Dragon, The Old Serpent, The Wicked One, The God of this world, The Prince of this world, The Prince of the power of the air, The Accuser of the brethren, The Tempter, The Adversary, Abaddon, Apollyon, The Enemy, and The Avenger etc
Satan is no mental illness, my friends, but a VERY POWERFUL ANGEL who wars with the saints [Rev 13:7], tempts the saints [1Thes 3;5] and accuses the saints before God [Rev 12:10] . . . but shall finally be crushed under the feet of God’s saints [Rom 16:20] for Christ has overcome him and so shall everyone who is a part of Christ’s body!
For greater is Christ who is in the Christian, than the devil who is in the world! [1Jn 4:4]
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time”! [Rev 12:10-12]
Christadelphians, as we have seen, depart from orthodox Christian teaching in numerous ways. They deny the Trinity, they deny the deity of Christ and the personality of the Holy Spirit. They have a seriously deficient view of the atonement and also believe in a salvation by human merit. You will discover that these are common doctrinal aberrations among the cults.