These unbiblical doctrines were destroying the churches. Christ’s word to them was “Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth” (Rev 2:16). This “sword” is none other than the Word of God (Heb 4:12; Eph 6:17). The only thing that can expose and destroy deception and lies is the truth. And the only place to find THE truth is in God’s Word. We are to be deceived by lies Jesus also tells us that “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32); and “I[Jesus] am the way the truth and the life…” (John 14:6). The Truth is Jesus Christ Himself, and what He has done and is doing for us as revealed in the Word of God! The better we know Jesus and His Word, the less likely Satan is the father lies (John 8:44) and never tells us the truth. He seeks constantly to ensnare people, even leaders, in his lies. But how can we easily know the difference between the truth and demonic deception?
In many countries, bank clerks are taught to identify counterfeit money by spending hours and hours handling real money. They count and touch genuine bills over and over again. In time, they become so familiar with the characteristics and feel of real money that they can easily detect counterfeit bills by just a quick look or touch.
This same principle works for the Christian. If one regularly and consistently “handles the truth” of the Word of God, it becomes easier and easier to identify the lies of Satan and doctrines of demons. The more familiar we become with the truth of the Bible, the less likely we are to be deceived!
We must know the Scriptures! The Word of God is a hammer, a weapon given to us by the Lord to break the power of deception! Thank the Lord for His Truth! “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapon of our warfare are not of the flesh , but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor 10:3-5a).
How easily the Word of God, full of His immeasurable wisdom, shatters the…
Of Human Reason
Man’s mind builds up lofty intellectual arguments against the truth of the Gospel. The people of the Corinthian church were all too familiar with endless philosophical debates. Such discussions were common among the Greeks. Paul addresses this when he writes, “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Cor 1:20).
Paul, one of the great thinkers of his time, declares with all his heart, “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). This means that if any doctrine or argument is not firmly rooted and established in the Cross of Christ, it will lead one astray, and is not worth wasting time on.