First, let’s review what Scripture teaches about Satan “the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9) “there is no truth in him ... he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44) “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19) “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4) “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8) Satan has convinced the church that many Scriptures are NOT true! Here are Scripture rebuttals to some of Satan’s lies … Satan’s lie: You do NOT need to overcome your sinning • “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) • “For if you live according to the flesh you will die” (Romans 8:13) • “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But (… examples of sinners …) and all liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:7-8) • “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” (Galatians 6:8) • “For to be carnally-minded is death, but to be spiritually-minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6) • “Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” (James 1:15-16) • “reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7) Is “ungodly” the right term for believers who sin regularly, or shall we call them “godly”? Satan’s lie: You do NOT need to continually repent of your sins • “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us (Christians), not willing that any (of us) should perish but that all (of us) should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) • “I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you … because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow.” (2 Corinthians 7:8-10, NLT) • “But IF we walk in the light as He is in the light … the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin … IF we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:7-9) Satan’s lie: You do NOT need to prove that you love Jesus by obeying His commandments • “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) • “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.” (John 14:21) • “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23) • “He who does not love Me does not keep My words …” (John 14:24) • “He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9) • “And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:18-19) Yes, “to not obey is to not believe” -- see the examples of not obeying: sinning (3:17), rebelling (3:16), hardening of the heart (3:15), not remaining faithful (3:14), sinning (3:13), evil heart of unbelief (3:12). Satan’s lie: You do NOT need to maintain your righteousness (i.e. practice righteousness) • “And they (Zach and Liz) were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” (Luke 1:6) Notice above that even people who are NOT born-again can live righteously. • “… let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous” (1 John 3:7) • “… you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” (1 John 2:29) • “… whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:35) • “… (slaves) of obedience leading to righteousness” (Romans 6:16) • “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: whoever does NOT practice righteousness is NOT of God” (1 John 3:10) Notice above that “the children of the devil” do NOT practice righteousness! Satan’s lie: You do NOT need to prepare for going through the great tribulation I have an article with 25 verses proving the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is false. Satan’s lie: You do NOT need to be progressively sanctified unto holiness • “… holiness, without which no one will see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14) • “… so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness” (Romans 6:19) • “… beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) Satan’s lie: You do NOT need to have a personal relationship with Father God and Jesus • “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23) • “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish …” (John 10:27-28) • “I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” (John 10:14) • “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) I am being too gracious, if I give Satan all the credit for the condition of the churches! For those in charge of the churches have been extremely lax in shepherding God’s sheep. The reasons for their many failures might be obvious to you.