Another dangerous error is the doctrine that denies the Deity of Christ, claiming that he had no existence before his advent to this world .
This theory is received with favor by a large class who profess to believe the Bible, yet it directly contradicts the plainest statements of our saviour concerning his relationship with the Father, his divine character, and his pre-existence. it cannot be entertained without the most unwarranted wresting of the scriptures. It not only lowers man’s conceptions of the work of redemption, but undermines faith in the Bible as a revelation from God.
While this renders it the more dangerous, it makes it also harder to meet. If men reject the testimony of the inspired scriptures concerning the Diety of Christ , it is in vain to argue the point with them, for no argument, however conclusive, could convince them.
The natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.(Corinthians 2:14).
None who hold this error can have a true conception of the character or the mission of Christ, or of the great plan of God for man’s redemption. Still, another subtle and mischievous error is the fast-spreading belief that Satan has no existence as a personal being, that the name is used in scripture merely to represent man’s evil thoughts and desires.
The teaching so widely echoed from popular pulpits, that the second advent of Christ is his coming to each individual at Death, is a device to divert the minds of men from his personal coming in the clouds of Heaven.
For years satan has thus been saying, Behold, he is in the secret chambers” (matthew 24:23-26). and many souls have been lost by accepting this deception.
While God has given ample evidence for Faith, he will never remove all excuse for unbelief.
Check my Blog tomorrow for topic eight.