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False Teaching about Satan (7 of 10)
Job 1:7, Daniel 2:21, Matthew 5:14, 13:49, 28:20, Luke 4:5, John 1:29, 8:23, Romans 9:16-17, 10:18, 12:2, 13:1, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 1:20-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12, 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 2:12, 1 Peter 1:20
What does scripture mean by the statement that Satan is the god of this world? The Word-Faith movement defines this radically different than Historic Christianity. Word-Faith doctrine defines Satan as the possessor and god of this earth. Word-Faith teaches that God is on the outside looking in and has no say in this world. Kenneth Copeland explains it this way:
God's on the outside looking in. He doesn't have any legal entree into the earth. This thing doesn’t belong to Him.
Word-Faith teachers then go on to exalt Satan while demoting God. Here is an example illustration from Job 1:7:
You see how sassy the devil was in the presence of God in the book of Job. It wasn't any of God's business. He [Satan] didn't have to answer if he didn't want to. God didn't argue with him a bit. God hasn't been running things except when he gets a little bit of a chance. When He can get in there and help a little bit. - Kenneth Copeland
This teaching reads a lot into the text that simply is not there. If we read to book of Job, we can't possibly get the impression that the devil was 'sassy' to God. Somehow Word-Faith doctrine has twisted this passage into the opposite meaning clearly intended by scripture. Instead of Satan being subject to God, they claim that God is subject to Satan. Instead of Satan needing permission from God, God is the One who needs permission to work in this earth. All one needs to do is read a few more verses to see that Satan petitions God to allow Job to be tested. God is the one who gives permission. God defines the parameters in which Satan can operate in Job's life. Any student of the Bible can see that God is in total control. We studied this earlier, but it bears mentioning ag ...
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