5-11-2016 The Devil You Say #1

Jesus said “the devil…was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44-45 NKJV).  The Devil has no respect for human life, for he murders.  He has no truth, but only distorts or ignores the truth.  He is the originator (“father”) of lies, intended to deceive.  All this “from the beginning.”  Beginning of what?  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV), and Genesis 3 is where “the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness” (2 Corinthians 11:3).  Jesus said, the final Judgment will send the “cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41 NKJV).  Don’t follow the Devil now, or forever!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#devil, #liar, #murderer

5-12-2016 The Devil You Say #2

The Devil doesn’t “make” anyone sin, but encourages an individual’s decision to sin!  Judas Iscariot, is a case in point.  He “was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it” (John 12:6 NKJV).  He “was a thief” before he was a betrayer.  He “went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?’ And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him” (Matthew 26:14-16 NKJV).  “Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve” (Luke 22:2-3 NKJV). Afterward, at the Lord’s Supper, “after the piece of bread, Satan entered him” (John 13:27 NKJV).  Satan was in control because Judas had given Him control.  However, the Devil can be resisted.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#devil, #judas-iscariot

1-22-2016 Lucifer Is Not The Devil

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12 NKJV). This is the only reference to “Lucifer” in the entire Bible, and there is nothing in Isaiah 14 to indicate that this refers to Satan or, the Devil. Instead, this is a direct reference to Nebuchadnezzar, for God told Isaiah to “take up this proverb against the king of Babylon” (Isaiah 14:4 NKJV). Verse 12 says nothing about the Devil as a fallen angel, with a goatee, or with evil powers! Everyone who identifies “Lucifer” with the Devil shows ignorant misunderstanding of the Bible. Worldly-minded people have latched onto this mythical misunderstanding in books, TV series, and artwork. Christians must “shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#devil, #lucifer, #satan

11-19-2015 Why Blame God

Whenever disaster or evil-inflicted events occur, people are quick to blame God for that evil. They ignore 2 important facts: (1) The Devil is real and against us. Jesus went “through death” to destroy “him who had the power of death that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). The Devil makes death horrible to see. (2) Evil is in the world because people have not listened to God. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:28 NKJV). Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV). Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.


#debased, #devil, #evil-inflicted-events, #obedience

2-26-2015           Propaganda?

Propaganda is “deceptive or distorted information that is systematically spread,” that’s another way of saying, a lie repeated over and over and over. “Advertising” or “marketing” can become propaganda if its intention is to deceive. “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28 NKJV). People who are given propaganda which has little, or no, fact behind it, will “endlessly” repeat it, thinking they have been given truth. Jesus warned, “They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 15:14 NKJV). Whatever people repeat that contradicts God’s Truth is a “lie,” “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4 NKJV). Jesus said the Devil is the “father” of lies (John 8:44 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#advertising, #devil, #lies, #marketing, #propaganda, #truth

Text and audio: What does the Bible say about Satan?

A new lesson has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch and in text and audio.

What do the Scriptures tell us about Satan? Continue reading

#audio, #bible, #devil, #satan

Making the choice for Satan

Last time we looked at the reasons we should choose God as our master. Now we will look into the second choice for a master; that is Satan.

Some might think that no one chooses Satan as their master; however those who think that way are wrong. Maybe a person doesn’t make that choice directly but an examination of scripture will show that by not choosing God, you are automatically making the choice for Satan. Continue reading

#choices, #devil, #satan