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Exalting Man (8 of 10)
Genesis 3:22; Exodus 7:1, 9:14; 1 Kings 18:21; Psalm 82:1-7; Isaiah 40:25, 41:20-24, 43:10, 44:6, 45:21-22, 46:9; Micah 6:8; Matthew 5:16, 24:4-5; Luke 4:43, 21:8; Romans 1:22-25, 3:23, 9:17, 15:5-7; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 10:31; Ephesians 1:9-12; Hebrews 2:6-7; Revelation 15:4
The exaltation of man is where the Word-Faith movement sharply deviates from the Bible and historic Christianity. The great lie of Satan has always been, 'You will be like God' (Genesis 3:5). In the beginning, Satan's sin was pride. In Isaiah 14:14 the Bible says that he declared the he would be like the Most High God and then he uses the same false claim on any man who will head him. After his fall, this same echo of pride has been used to tempt man throughout the ages. Pagan religions appeal to people on the level of pride. Margo Adler, a well known witch, stated this well:
The reason people are so attracted to magical and pagan religions is because they want to be god. The fundamental thing of pagan religions is that ultimately they say that you are within yourself the god or goddess.
Isaiah 43:10 tells us:
"You are My witnesses," says the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me."
Is there any other god other than the LORD? No. Will there ever be another god other than the God who has revealed Himself in scripture? No. The Bible is a very exclusionary book. God declared His word in such a way that it is impossible to accept pagan religions without rejecting scripture. Either this verse in Isaiah is a lie, or the pagans are following a lie. Both cannot be true. The claim that man is god is probably the most consistent error that Word-Faith doctrine teaches. Across the board, almost all prominent Faith teachers echo the same message. Some, like Benny Hinn, began by warning people not to believe this doctrine. ...
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