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PERHAPS TODAY Devotional Critiques

 ABOUNDING IN LOVE

The indented sentences are from the book, Perhaps Today, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

"When Jesus raptured His church, this manís girlfriend would be taken and he would be left behind."

 God's word is clear that Christians must not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.  This should have been stated in another sentence somewhere in this devotional so that Christians and seekers alike would not be led to believe that dating an unbeliever is acceptable to God.  A Christian woman dating an unbeliever, which is an unequal yoke and in disobedience to the Word of God, (See 2 Cor. 2:14) would have been raptured?  This statement implies this behavior is acceptable to God because "this man's girlfriend would be taken and he would be left behind."

"Then an amazing thing happened. As he walked down the aisle, an overpowering sense of love came over him. His long-term anger for the person he believed to be a hypocrite was washed away. The Spirit had cleansed his sin and replaced his animosity with love."

It is necessary to use the Bible phrase, "Holy Spirit" rather than the generic, "The Spirit." The Holy Spirit definitely refers to God, but the phrase, "The Spirit" does not necessarily mean God, even if you put a capital "S" to the word spirit.  The Spirit could mean any kind of spirit, either an evil spirit or the Holy Spirit. It is very important to clarify which Spirit one is talking about.  This ambiguous use of the phrase, "The Spirit" is unnecessary and confusing.  Every religion, including the New Age Movement, worships spirits, but there is only one Holy Spirit. "The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is the HOLY SPIRIT.  Saints are washed, sanctified, and justifed in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Cor. 6:11)

"Paul knew the dark captivity of the Greco-Roman religion. These gods were base deities indeed. They were gods who thrived on hate, jealousy, and pride." 

People who are not familiar with the Bible need to be told that there is only one real God, and he is the Most High God of the Holy Bible.  The "gods" referred to here are merely devils masquerading as God.  They are called deities because they are worshipped by those deceived into thinking they are genuine, but there is only one true deity, only one Supreme Being and he is the the Most High God, the possessor of heaven and earth.  (See Gen. 14:20)

The word "gods," used so many times in scripture, refers to the evil spirits worshipped by the heathen who did not know the one, true God.  They were even worshipped by the Jews who did know the one true God, but committed spiritual adultery and ran after these heathen gods and so were able to blend in with the world around much more easily.  These gods are supernatural, and that impresses their followers, but they are only created beings and not the Creator.  They are all evil, no matter how good they can make their followers feel at times.  Remember, these gods are evil spirits who deceive people into worshipping them instead of God, so they can bring as many with them to hell as possible.

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