3. A False View of God's Word

Genesis 3:1

“NOW the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”


The first thing Satan did in the Garden of Eden was to attack the integrity and the authority of the very Word of God. He is still doing that today.


16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)


3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

(2 Timothy 4:3-4)

A. Types of False Views

  1.      a. Extra biblical Revelation - (God’s Word + something)
  2.      b. Segmented Biblical Attention (Focusing on certain scriptures)
  3.      c. Uncertain Hope - (Causing people to doubt the clear promises of God)

         (Romans 8:38-39; 2 Timothy 1:12)


B. Examples of False Views

7TH-DAY ADVENTISTS

The process of inspiration - “God inspired men - not words” “describe to the best of their ability” “The Bible is divine and human combined.” The writings of Ellen G. White are inspired.


MORMONS

3 books of scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants


JW’s

NWT - 1961 Cannot understand the true meaning of scripture apart from the WATCHTOWER. The WATCHTOWER is God’s only channel for dispensing truth.


CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS

Deny much of the Bible.


NEW AGE

Channeling - automatic writing - spirit guides


ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Let them interpret the scriptures for you.


ARMSTONGISM

Plain Truth magazine, TV program - The World Tomorrow, assorted booklets, and the Bible.


MOONIES

Divine Principle, by Sun Myung Moon. Outline of the Principle, Level 4, and the Bible (selected portions).


CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS

Science and Health, With Key to the Scripture; Miscellaneous Writings; Manual of the Mother Church; and many other books by Mrs. Eddy. The Bible (not as reliable).


UNITY School of Christianity

Unity magazine. Lessons in Truth, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, the Bible (not as reliable, interpreted with “hidden” meanings).


SPIRITUALISM

Spiritualist Manual, Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, the Bible (selected portions), and others.


NEW AGE

No holy book. Use selected Bible passages; I Ching; Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist writings; Native American beliefs. Writings on astrology, mysticism, and magic.


“...yea, hath God said...” (Genesis 3:1)