Good Friday, April 18, 2014, 6pm – midnight (CT)
The topic for the Secret Church study this year is "The Cross And Everyday Life." From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we lie down to sleep at night, how does the death of Christ on the cross transform every single detail of our day?
How does the cross compel daily disciplines like prayer and Bible reading or a regular routine of fasting and worship?...
Recently there was a big debate that splashed across the news between the scientist - Bill Nye, and the creationist – Ken Ham. This was watched by millions of people, and from what I read concerning it, it changed few minds. The question comes up from many who claim to be Christian – does it really matter whether one believes in the literal creation account of the Bible, or whether one believes in evolution? Many will add an addendum that...
On the eve of the anniversary of the Roe versus Wade (January 1973) decision whereby the supreme court of the United States made abortion legal, I recently looked at the web site “choice matters,” a pro choice web site, which included a list of arguments why legal abortion should be a right for all women. Although most of these arguments are lengthy, I have extracted the key and most prominent arguments and taken the lead sentences and or summarized...
If there is no sin in Heaven, how could Lucifer and other angels have rebelled against God?
The nature of this question is likely sourced in the thinking that every creature in glory is equal in heart and preservation to what we are promised as the destiny of the saved in glory. This is not true – there are major differences. Those saved are “new creations” of God with the law of God written on their heart (Jeremiah 31:33). As glorified saints we will always have a total allegiance to God.
There is a description of Satan and his fall found in Ezekiel 28. Even though the passage begins with the King of Tyre, the context becomes clear that it is referring to the one behind the wickedness of Tyre or Satan. In the description of Satan we read the following characteristics of him:
- Vs. 12 He had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom, and beauty.
- Vs. 15 you were blameless in your ways
These verses would indicate to us that Satan had no inherited or imputed sin nature. What is never stated is any real allegiance to God, love for God, or appreciation. He had no reason to sin as truly had free will. But, neither do we get in any description of him prior to the fall a proper focus on his God. A further description indicates what he became and why:
- Vs. 17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty.” Satan’s beauty caused him to be filled with pride.
- Isa 14:12-14 – Satan wanted to raise his throne above God – he wanted to rule – be like the most High.
Rev 12:4 – says that Satan took with him 1/3 the angelic host in heaven.
Our finite minds that have been subject to a fallen nature cannot rationally understand the quality of a heart or mind free from the constraints of the inclination to evil, and in the environment of glory. Regardless, evil can be present if the affections are not toward God. As Christians we have something going for us that not even Satan had – the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit residing within the true Christian could never ultimately fall away from God. It is not our own cunning that holds us, but the very power of God – this will hold us eternally. It appears Satan had no such power residing within.
Satan is the highest form or apex of all creation. Even though he is a powerful being, he is in no way to be compared to the One and only God. He was not created evil, but as a creature with an unfettered will he was first lifted up with pride. Pride has at its core replacing God with self. He did not love God, but instead he loved himself. He wanted to be his own ruler “to be like God.” Satan of his own will then created his own evil – he rebelled against God. We also know from Scripture the origination of sin cannot come from God, but must originate within the created (James 1:13-15), therefore Satan originated his own sin. We do not know about the other angelic creatures that went with Satan in the fall from heaven, but it is most likely that just like Adam and Eve, who were also born sinless (without a sin nature), they were fooled by the craftiness and beauty of Satan, and followed him.
-Pastor Jim Bryant