Temptation

Exposing Satan’s Master Scheme: To Be Like God WITHOUT GOD – Pt. 3

[Part 3 of 5] Satan’s #1 goal is to keep us away from God, at all costs. And his #1 tactic to achieve that goal is so subtle, seemingly so good, that we miss it entirely: He tries to get us to be LIKE GOD WITHOUT GOD, by having us believe that we become like God because of what WE DO. In this episode¬†we look at The Perfect Son of God and Son of Man, Jesus, and how He countered that lie. We delve into:

  • Important warning signs that the devil is keeping us away from God by distracting us with trying to DO to become like God.
  • Satan’s failed schemes against Jesus, the Perfect Man, and how Jesus countered those schemes, which were centered on “DO to become like God”.
  • Jesus #1 counter to Satan’s “DO to become like God” tactic: “I can do NOTHING of Myself” (John 5:19)

[Scriptures: Luke 4:1-13, John 5:19,15:5]

[This episode is a part of the “Exposing Satan’s Master Scheme: To Be Like God WITHOUT GOD” series]

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Exposing Satan’s Master Scheme: To Be Like God WITHOUT GOD – Pt. 2

[Part 2 of 5] On the surface it looks so good. But in reality, it’s the deadly, cunningly deceptive scheme of Satan to keep us away from God: focusing on trying to be like God by means of our doing. In this episode, we examine Origin #2 of this diabolical scheme: the fall of our first parent’s Adam & Eve, and what that has to do with us today:

  • How Satan managed to get Adam and Eve to turn away from God and toward sin, even though they had no history of sin and lived in an environment of face to fellowship with God, surrounded by His goodness.
  • How sin springs to life when the law comes in, which is centered on DO AND LIVE.
  • How we are led into sin by trying to be like God without God, caught up in doing to be “like God”.
  • How false, unbiblical notions of sanctification are evidence of Satan’s scheme to keep us away from God, by distracting us with DO to BECOME LIKE GOD.

[Scriptures: Genesis 3:1-19, 1 Cor 1:29-31, Rom 7:14-25]

[This episode is a part of the “Exposing Satan’s Master Scheme: To Be Like God WITHOUT GOD” series]

CC by-nc-nd 2016 Mark D. VanOuse
This recording is under a Creative Commons copyright license.

The Real Reason Behind Trials: The Testing of Our Faith

The subject of suffering frequently comes up in Christian teachings. Many times the speaker will quote a passage like Romans 5:3-4
3 And not only [that], but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Then they go on and on about “the value of suffering”: God is using suffering, hardship, difficulty to improve our character, refine us, make us stronger, make us “more Christ-like”.
They have it completely wrong.