JUDAISM HAS NO DEVIL
by Pastor Jeromy John Visser
Brethren, there are makeshift ministries out
there who devote a majority of their time attacking their own kinsfolk. That's
not to say an "open letter" or public rebuke of a false prophet isn't sometimes
necessary, but when we see so-called men of god writing long expositions against
other Christians it's rather apparent that arrogance is somehow involved. Vanity
is a trait of the snake and many ministers out there fancy themselves wiser than
the very forefathers of our faith even teaching directly against what has been
Brethren, there are makeshift ministries out there who devote a majority of their time attacking their own kinsfolk. That's not to say an "open letter" or public rebuke of a false prophet isn't sometimes necessary, but when we see so-called men of god writing long expositions against other Christians it's rather apparent that arrogance is somehow involved. Vanity is a trait of the snake and many ministers out there fancy themselves wiser than the very forefathers of our faith even teaching directly against what has been long-established doctrine.
Such is the case regarding this new "no-devil
doctrine" that has needlessly divided a once-agreed Christian body of believers.
It's quite ironic actually, some will spend countless hours attempting to
dismiss evil spirits or "principalities" all the while trying to empower man's
evil "flesh nature" by claiming man is his own tempter. As James teaches man is
tempted through the flesh (James 1:14) they teach he's drawn aside by
the flesh itself. Christ tells us to pray to Yahweh and Him alone;
“ ” (
“Lead us not into temptation
” (Matthew 6:13).
For example, the Bible clearly says that Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1 & Luke 4:2) or by Satan (Mark 1:13) yet these false prophets will twist and manipulate others into believing Christ was tempted by His own flesh as if He was imperfect. They'd rather Christians believe Christ was talking to Himself during these trials as if they were needless. Christ's temptations took place after His water baptism and gift of the Holy Spirit, thus they teach against essential baptism because they have no place in the Kingdom (Matthew 23:13).
(False Prophets Among Us:)
That being said, it should be noted that many who seek to undermine Christian authority and ethics from within the ranks are more interested with interjecting their own leaven as opposed to actually defending their faulty premise. This can be seen at numerous White Nationalist websites or message boards around the internet where so-called "no-devils" attack those who acknowledge the existence of a literal adversary by calling them devil worshippers while usually refusing to debate nor even prove their distorted standpoints.
As the serpent is a subtle enchanter, it's through these same methods that false prophets poison genuine Christian doctrine. For example, claiming that there's no children of the devil as Christ taught (Matthew 13:38) leaves open the false belief that the imposters are really "God's chosen people." Telling others that Adam was the devil in Eden actually teaches that Jesus (who descended from that same line of Adam) was actually born of the adversary. Today, we'll examine a few of these false teachings and prove they're jewish in origin.
Peter reminds us;
“There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of
”(II Peter 1-2). We can see this teaching in action as many fall aside to doctrines of "no-devils" while attacking seedliners for their enduring belief in the Bible's teachings about Lucifer.
(Judaism Has No Satan:)
Ironically, a few of the most damaging quotes to those who deny the existence of a literal Satan are from jews themselves. One merely needs to read statements like “In Judaism there is no concept of a devil like in Christianity or Islam” [*] to understand that the recent decline of the belief in Satan is directly linked to false judeo-Christian dogma. In a recent poll by the Barna group, over 65% of today's professing Christians also deny the reality of God's adversary [*] and can be directly linked to liberal post-WW2 "grace only" doctrines.
What these false prophets teach is identical
to the jewish belief of yeẓer ha-ra or the though that Satan is merely
man's own evil inclination [*]
or simply "spiritual obstacles." As jews are taught to pray to
“Remove spiritual impediment (Lucifer) from before us and from behind us” in their Bedtime Shema prayers [*], so also the no-devils teach similar to empower the ancient belief that mankind can become his own lowercase "god." By doing so they also empower talmudic teachings that man is a god himself thus Satan is really the Christians.
Judaism teaches; “In Jewish theology, this figure (Helel in Hebrew) has nothing to do with Satan” [*] and “Satan, the impulse to evil (yeẓer ha-ra), and the angel of death are one and the same personality” [*]. Simply put, the jews teach that they're their own worst nightmare so the ability to create evil springs from within mankind -- the same principle that the modern "no-devil" preachers advocate. Ironically, this is the same communist belief that "God is dead" only reversed to make man their own adversary instead of a "god."
(Your Father The Devil:)
Jesus tells the jews in John 8:44; “Ye are of your father [singular] the devil [singular], and the lusts of your father [singular] ye will do. He [singular] was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him [singular]. When he [singular] speaketh a lie, he [singular] speaketh of his [singular] own: for he [singular] is a liar, and the father [singular] of it.” This same exact teaching was mirrored by Martin Luther, Adolph Hitler, David Duke and countless other Bible scholars for over two thousand years.
Genesis 3:15 teaches that the serpent has a seed ("posterity") and Jesus even proves this when He explains the parable of the tares and wheat; “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil” (Matthew 13:38-39). The teaching that Satan has literal children on earth is also expanded by John in his own epistles (I John 3:8-12) and further proven by a casual glance at man's dismal history and seemingly never-ending atrocities.
John the Revelator tells us; “The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:7-10). So much for simple man being the Devil or the accuser of our Christian brethren!
(Satan Is Evil Inclination:)
Perhaps more damaging to the modern "no-devil" dogma are statements like; “In order for us to work for the good that Hashem wants to give us, the good of the World to Come, we need something to deter us. That is the ability to do evil. Satan is our Evil Inclination (yeẓer ha-ra). The Evil Inclination tries to prevent us from doing good, because Hashem has commanded the Evil Inclination to do that. Why? To give us free will. Each of us every day fights with Satan because we all have temptations” [*]. Sounds eerily familiar, doesn't it?
Judaism further teaches; “There is no Lucifer, no devil in the Tanach, but there are many, many adversaries and accusers of the Jewish people” [*]. Furthermore; “Jews believe in two distinct Satan entities - the "Greater Satan" (a personification of the "evil inclination" in humans and a rebel against God) and the "Lesser Satan" (the heavenly prosecuting attorney)” [*]. Compare these numerous statements from jews to the same teachings of false prophets who desire that Christians view themselves as Satan as opposed to Biblical teachings.
The teaching that Satanel is merely man's own "flesh" was invented by Rabbi Saadia Gaon who was an 11th century philosopher and scholar of the talmud. He wrote in his commentary of the Book of Job that Satan was simply a human being who resented Job's righteousness and called upon God to test him [*] and the rest is new doctrine history. We now see elements of judaism mixed within Christianity due to judaisers that work alongside those who hate and murdered Christ for reasons only known to God and themselves.
My intention with this study is not unlike my others, I pray that Yahweh will use this teaching to help shatter some of these destructive new "no-devil doctrines." It's a given that man is evil, a casual look at the world today proves this reality. Yet to suggest that man is capable of producing evil itself is blasphemy as only God can create, man can only distort or manipulate that which was already created good (Genesis 1:31). Satan's desire has always been to be like God Himself thus his imposters promote the ideal that Christians are evil.
So what's the purpose in quoting the jews about their own disbelief in Satan? It's my prayer that by showing the similarities between the teachings of the jews and those who advocate "no-devil" doctrine that Christians will awake to the snake in our midst. Sure, they'll continue to slander this ministry and others who hold fast to the faith once delivered to the saints by calling us devil worshippers and mythmakers but history proves them to be the imposters. There is no difference between what they teach and judeo-Christianity.
Pray for one another and be on guard against those who spend more time focused on appearing as Christian as opposed to actually being one. There are many who use the "love of Jesus" as an excuse to deny certain facets of scripture so they can manipulate others into following the enemy under the pretense of Christian unity. Spend less time watching what they appear to teach and more time focused on what else they're coaching through their subtle false doctrines -- the day will come when all such leaven will be purged. War for Christ! Amen.
[ Date: Sunday,
April 8th, 2007 ]
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