Summary: John teaches us that we have the truth, know the test for truth and can determine the spirits of the Antichrist in today's world if we will apply the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
How To Know You’ll Stay
• We would like to believe that we are freed from the threat of Gnosticism because of John’s clear message and stand for the truth.
• However, Gnosticism has risen anew. Satan has no new tricks.
• Today we are going to focus on the spiritual world and the truth.
• C. S. Lewis said that the two common mistakes of Christianity is either the overemphasis of the spiritual world or the minimization of it.
• John tries to bring into balance this topic, but let me explain how it sneaks in unnoticed.
• One of the teachings of the Gnostics, particularly the Zoroastrianism, a Persian Gnostic religion, was that Satan became legal owner of the physical world.
• The Zoroastrians taught that there were two major gods, an evil one who ruled the physical world and a righteous one who ruled in the spiritual world.
• This is still taught today by a group of metaphysical, mystic evangelists, but in a different form.
• According to Michael Horton in “The Agony of Deceit”, states: “In such a philosophy the problem of evil is solved by blaming everything that goes wrong on the bad god (the devil); the good god is seen as no more than a counterbalance. One is left with the impression that the two gods each possess equal power both in quality and quantity. Everything that is wrong in the world is the fault of the bad god. And it's up to the initiate or believer to make sure the good god wins.”
• How is this brought current by the mystic evangelists of today?
• “When Jimmy Swaggart defied the orders of the Assemblies of God to refrain from preaching for one year (after it was revealed about his moral failure), he assured the public that he was free of moral defect, for, he said, Oral Roberts had cast out the demons from his body over the phone. Oral Roberts confirmed Swaggart's report, insisting he had demons and their their claws deeply embedded in Swaggart's flesh. Now that the rascals were gone, Swaggart and Roberts asserted, Swaggart could get on with preparing the way for Christ's return. Evidently, personal responsibility for sin can be dismissed by blaming it on an external force. Yet Flip Wilson's famous quip, "The devil made me do it" is hardly comedy when we're talking about the biblical view of sin.”
• The idea that is being proposed by these want-to-be Christian mystics is that, though a Christian cannot be possessed by an evil spirit, we can carry a curse, perhaps a family curse, or a curse from a demon we allowed into our lives at an earlier age.
• Because we don’t want to take responsibility for our personal sins this makes this falsehood seem appealing, and the hope for a “quick fix” for our habitual failures makes us vulnerable to this deception.
• As we proceed through this passage, do not let the discussion of demons, evil spirits and Satan intimidate you.
• Please focus as much attention on the position and protection of the believer.