2.3.4 Staying on the True Path
Knowing the way of our journey to the eternal city gives us the confidence to share and enthuse our neighbours to join us on this right path. As pointed out, earlier there are now many Christian denominations each striking out in their own directions. There is only one Bible that provides the true and precious guidebook to the one true God. So every sincere seeker must be equipped with the beginners guide for detecting the counterfeits by knowing the true treasure in the shepherd who gave His lives to rescue us from eternal death.
188.8.131.52 Quick-Start-Guide on Satan’s Main Counterfeits
This is reserved as the last section as it is more expedient and more impressionable. The counterfeits will be identified briefly but adequately to be recognized. It will be given in mind-map format. They are grouped under five types/situations by stating the genuine precepts of truth underlying the counterfeits.
Satan is a vanquished foe on the cross. He is desperately devising counterfeits of God’s way to delay and if possible to sway God into giving up on mankind, like the antediluvians in the great flood, and starting again with Noah and his family. But Satan has covered that fact successful with lies: that he is non-existent and only fictional character that we brush aside the reality of the great controversy as a conspiracy theory.
Satan’s Five Main Counterfeits:
1. Doctrine of natural Immortality- Satan first lie to Eve in Eden, Thou shalt not surely die. Gen 3:4,5. Many people now believed this lie. Only God the Creator and source of life is immortal. Knowing good and evil enabled Satan to mix his other lies with a bit of truth, as in all subsequent counterfeits.
State of the Dead is the Bible truth that death is a sleep in the first physical death for all- faithful awakes to immortality at Jesus call in second coming- disobedient rebels sleeps on for another millennium- awakened at the third coming- to hear their sins and condemn to lake of fire –second death-no hope of eternal life.(No case for rapture counterfeit #4) No dead goes to heaven or hell or another state as spirit of the dead-Satan’s pagan practice of spiritualism- evil angel’s impersonation of dead speaking to living loved ones with messages at séance sessions. .
2. Questionable Character of God- God a revengeful tyrant; arbitrarily send people to hell, to feel his wrath in eternal flames. But God is love -1 Jn 4:8; Jn 3:16.This counterfeit is against God’s character of benevolence and love, to plunge beings whom He had created into eternal torments. Many people readily regard the Bible as an uninspired book.
Furthermore leads to church apostasy with Speculation on the Deities of the Godhead- Jesus of Nazareth dual characters of “Son of God” and “Son of man” was not accepted by the Jewish leaders. The other doubts later on even infiltrated into SDA church – questioning the fundamental belief in the Trinity (added in 1980) with the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead (as discussed earlier)
3. Speaking in Tongues- Evangelicals’ and Charismatic’s Christians’ belief speaking in tongues is genuine manifestation of Holy Spirit abiding in the true Christian. Counterfeit in misinterpretation of the event at Pentecost where “the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them (Galelians) speak in his own language” Act 2:6,8. It is partial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy (Joel 2:28,29 )- not babbling in unknown tongues, without interpretation.
4. Pre-tribulation Rapture- Lie that all saved in Christ by grace are raptured to heaven before the seven last plagues. Most Protestants are taught in church and influenced by the best selling novel Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and popularised in Hollywood’s movies. This is non biblical- not in harmony with the state of the dead truth in #1. 5. Changing God’s Law-Fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy Dan 7:25. The first public measure enforcing Sunday observance was the law enacted by Constantine. (A.D. 321) that all people must rest on "the venerable day of the sun,"( pagan practice incorporated into Roman Catholic Church) Sunday sacredness was papist mark of authority as she was above the law. The papal council (1545 to 1563) declared changing the seventh day consecrated by God to Sunday, the Lord's Day. Subsequently most Protestants accepted the Sunday rest rather than obeying the biblical Sabbath rest. Many popular teachers declare that the law of God is no longer binding. Thus they cast away the law and the Sabbath together. As the work of Sabbath reform extends, this rejection of the divine law to avoid the claims of the fourth commandment will become well-nigh universal.
The Christian world has cast aside the seventh-day Sabbath, and has exalted the false sabbath. But God has a people who will be loyal to Him. His work is to be carried forward. Churches are to be established as memorials of the people who bear His sign.