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Article #3 IF The Bible is True, God Will Verify Himself?
Stewart Best's Book of Zero Options One and Two has serious appearances of evil:
Stewart associates Satan with deity by the use of a capital "G"
in his title and uses occult terms to describe the Holy Bible.
God's people must take careful note of appearances of evil in order to be in obedience to the teachings of the Holy Bible.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. 2 Thess 5:21-22
God is very kind to often gives us the reason for his commands. He has given us the reason and reward for obeying this command:
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess. 5:23
Proving all things and holding fast to the good and abstaining from all appearance of evil will result in God sanctifying the Christian wholly and preserving him blameless until Jesus returns. If the Christian disobeys this command to abstain from all appearance of evil, he will not be sanctified wholly and preserved blameless.
Stewart Best has placed appearances of evil in his essays, "The Book of Zero Options One and Two," and I have touched on only the very obvious appearances of evil in these articles.
God says we must abstain from all appearance of evil (not having respect of persons)but many followers of Stewart Best make excuses for these appearances of evil. Please understand these articles are written in love and concern for the remnant body of Christ. That is what you are supposed to be, and in fact, were called to be. You would not have seriously considered Stewart's writings if you did not know there was something very wrong with the falling-away Christianity that is largely practiced today.
Stewart Best used these essays to establish a false premise that IF the Bible is true, then what Stewart has said about it is true. Stewart's use of manipulation in his writing is a powerful tool to sway the reader over to his agenda. Here is an example:
The Bible makes such extreme claims, and confirms them. For example, we open to Genesis, and what do we find?
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
So the Bible OPENS with an EXTREME REMARK. It offers no proof that the remark is true, it simply claims it is. Because Jesus Christ later confirms that IF ANY MAN WILL DO GODS WILL, HE WILL KNOW THAT THE DOCTRINE, THE GOSPEL IS THE TRUTH. In other words, GOD WILL VERIFY HIMSELF TO THE BELIEVER WHO DOES AS JESUS CHRIST COMMANDED, and will do it in a supernatural way, a supernatural method, a method that involves DIVINE INTERVENTION, If they will not do that, NO VERIFICATION will ever be made, and that person is then in deep trouble if the WORD IS TRUE. If it is not true, then what difference could it make? Source of quote:The Book of Zero Options Part Two
Stewart primed the reader to accept his extreme claims by taking a well-known Bible verse--"in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"--and asserting that it was an extreme statement. Red letters are used to emphasize the alleged extreme nature of that Bible verse.
The sentence, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" is not an extreme statement. Extreme means excessive, extravagant, or radical. These adjectives cannot be used to modify the word, "truth." (Stewart has a pattern of modifying the word truth, as you will see in later articles.) Stewart turned truth into untruth by using the adjective extreme to modify a word that must stand alone. "Extreme truth" is not truth.
The statement, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" is simply truth. It is not "extreme truth", but Stewart placed this attribute on the Bible verse, thus connecting this extremist definition of Bible "truth" with his own extreme and excessive teachings which definitely go beyond truth:
In other words, GOD WILL VERIFY HIMSELF TO THE BELIEVER WHO DOES AS JESUS CHRIST COMMANDED, and will do it in a supernatural way, a supernatural method, a method that involves DIVINE INTERVENTION,
If Stewart managed to convince the reader that the Bible teaches extreme truth (excessive, extravagant or radical "truth") then he would have succeeded in bringing the reader along to agree with his extreme "truth"--in the guise of Bible teaching.
The Christian reader has probably never been exposed to Stewart's unique "Christian" teaching that God has promised to verify or prove himself to the believer in a supernatural way and by a supernatural method. But if the Christian has crossed over the artificial bridge Stewart constructed by saying "God created the heaven and the earth is extreme truth to his own unique extreme truth, then Stewart's prove-it-to-me-by-supernatural-manifestation teaching is much more believable.
No Submission To Supernatural Method Equals No Verification
Stewart warned his readers that if they will not submit to this supernatural way and supernatural method, then God will not verify himself to them. And of course he manipulated the reader's mind with the following statement:
...and that person is then in deep trouble if the WORD IS TRUE.
IF the Word is true then that person is in deep trouble? IF the Holy Bible is true? Stewart is sending the message that the Holy Bible is true if it lines up with his extreme "truth"!
This is hugely manipulative and reminded me of Satan's tactic of using the "if" word when he tempted Jesus to prove his identity and the truthfulness of his Word:
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Matthew 4:3
If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dashy thy foot against a stone. Matthew 4:6
Satan was telling the Lord Jesus Christ that IF he was the Son of God and IF his Word was true, he would prove it to him supernaturally. Satan was asking Jesus to prove himself in a supernatural way!
Jesus' answer is interesting. He did not tell Satan that since he was the devil he did not have the right to see Jesus verify himself with a supernatural manifestation. He also did not tell Satan that he would verify himself with a supernatural manifestation to believers who obeyed his commands. He simply responded,
"It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." Matthew 4:7
Jesus' reply reveals to us that Satan's requests for Jesus to display supernatural evidences to prove He was who He said He was and that the Bible is true were not legitimate in the least.
Stewart claims that if a man will do as God commands, God will prove Himself to him in a supernatural way, with a supernatural method and by divine intervention. This is exactly what Satan was trying to get Jesus to do: prove Himself in this very way.
Satan was essentially telling Jesus, "IF you are God, you will prove it to me supernaturally.
Stewart is saying to his Christian reader: IF you will obey Jesus' commands, he will verify (prove) himself to you in a supernatural way, using a supernatural method, and by divine intervention.
We know that Jesus refused to prove himself to Satan supernaturally, and in fact this was one of Satan's devices to try and tempt Jesus to sin. Jesus, the sinless Son of God, did not fall for it, and dear Christian reader, please do not be ignorant of Satan's devices. Jesus said,
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. Matthew 16:4 (Also see Mat 12:39)
This article concludes my brief three article series about "The Book of Zero Options One and Two."
Stewart Best and The Book of Zero Options: Satan is God With a Capital G?
Stewart Best: The Book of Zero Options: New Age Descriptions For the Bible
Debunking Dark Light