70 myths on losing salvation (21): Devoured by the roaring lion, Satan.

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I think by now you know where the article I am refuting i.e. “70 ways of losing salvation” is located but for those who are new here it is: http://smashingidols7.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/70-ways-a-believer-can-fall-away/ 

Also you can follow the refutes by just click to this link:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/tag/70-ways-to-lose-your-salvation/

 

Myth 21:  fail to resist the devil and devoured 1Pet 5:8; James 4:7; taken captive by him at his will to do his will  2Ti 2:26; Gal 5:1

 

There are actually four verses here. The common theme here seems to suggest that devil is to able to steal your salvation from you. Nothing can be further from the truth.  None of the 4 verses actually speak about losing your salvation.

Let’s take the easy one first.

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

This verse has nothing to do with Satan devouring you. It speaks about the Galatians who began their Christian lives by grace who turn back to the law. It speaks about losing their freedom as already righteous to trying to be righteous thus bringing them back to “having to perform” in order to be righteous.

See: Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

2 Tim 2:26

26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

This verse seems to suggest that there are believers which have been kept captive to do Satan’s view. It does not. It speaks about people who oppose the Gospel. Paul is saying here that the opponents of the Gospel may come to their senses and be saved.

See the context: “23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil.”

These opponents are people who preached that the resurrection had taken place and as such teaches you can do whatever you want: 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place.

These opponents of the Gospel are not believers. Though Hymenaues may have seem to have been a believer whom at the material time handed over to Satan so that his spirit may be saved. Paul says this person has made a shipwreck of his faith. We do not know whether in fact he was a genuine believer.  History seems to suggest that he was a Gnostic who had tried to infiltrate the church and deceive many.

However, it is clear that the people Paul is referring to in 2 Tim 2:26 are opponents to the Gospel and not believers in the Gospel. Such people are under the snare of Satan.

James 4:7

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

If Satan flees from you, how can he devour you? Stupid use of the verse!

1 Peter 5:8

Let me produce the whole thing for context purpose. This verse seems to suggest the devil is a powerful roaring lion who can devour anyone he finds. The truth is the very opposite.

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”[a]

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Look at the whole context, the passage is speaking about submission to leadership. It has nothing to do with losing salvation.

What Paul is trying to say that the only way the Devil can get to you is to cause you to fill you with anxiety. The way you resist him is to be alert and sober minded. This means to believe the work of Jesus is already completed for you i.e. standing firm in the faith. The only thing Satan can take away from you is not your salvation but your peace. He makes you think that God is angry at you. So he roars at you impersonating the roaring of a king. But we are already at peace.

See:

Proverbs 19:12

12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, 
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.

And
Romans 5:1 
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

You see dear friends, when you came to Jesus the king is no longer angry with you. He is at peace with you. As such he doesn’t roar at you but grant you favor like dew on the grass.

So what Satan does is to deceive you into believing that God is still angry with you. That is why Paul says stand firm in the faith despite your suffering. God’s favour and grace will raise a standard against the devil.

Notice this. Have you ever seen a male lion going about looking for someone to devour? In a lion pack, it is the female lion that does the hunting, the male lion rests. You see if a lion is still a king, it is the queen that hunts. The queen is given the power to exhibit the king’s authority over the kingdom. She displays his powers. Similarly the church exhibits the power of the Lion of Judah. It is only a defeated and disgraced male lion that has to hunt for his own food. So there you have it, the Devil is a disgraced powerless liar.

It is easy to resist him. Once you do it, he will flee. Don’t  give him credit!

4 Comments

  1. I don’t think a person who is saved can lose his salvation. We are kept by the power of God and we will endure till the end.

    And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
    (John 6:39-40 ESV)

    (Believers) who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
    (1 Peter 1:5 ESV)

  2. you gave me a different view. especially when you mentioned

    @”These opponents are people who preached that the resurrection had taken place and as such teaches you can do whatever you want”

    for example in Galatians, it could be that Paul was also addressing the false apostles polluting the true gospel.
    like when He said
    – “You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace”

    I do maintain that we can never lose justification, for salvation is strongly coupled with salvation.

    therefore, I presume on the words
    “fallen away from grace” – are meant to those who refuse to receive the grace of God freely, but rather are trying to merit justification by the Law.

    – grace and peace

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