"God Is Not Worthy"
From Satan's Ten Most Believable Lies
Revolution is always built on ideology. Give people something to believe, and they will join your cause.
The roar of cannons is the final outgrowth of a doctrine that produces new convictions, motivating the participants to revolution. Revolutions would never come to pass if there were not revolutionary ideas first. Each revolution in history began with propagandists promoting a concept with which they motivated others.
The point is that ideas have consequences. External activities come to pass because of concepts or convictions, held in the heart, which motivate the will and produce actions. When the Hitlers, Mussolinis, and Jim Joneses of the world want to activate people they must first ideologize them. They first tell them not what to do, but what to believe. If they can cause a false view of life to take root within a heart, dangerous and destructive actions can be carried out by otherwise normal people. False ideas, when acted upon, produce ruinous results.
The cry of Down with the establishment! may sound like just so many words. Those words, however, if translated into action, could become hard realities of terror, assassination, and death. There are people preaching revolution today who, if their words are to be taken at face value, are really advocating the murder of millions. Their plans, if allowed to become actions, would turn a nation into a cemetery.
Satan has the same intention; he would like to turn the whole world into a cemetery. If the fourth point in Satans doctrinal structure were believed and practiced by all the nations, we would see exactly that result. Indeed, the Bible teaches that there is coming a time when all the world will rebel against God. Satans doctrine? God is not worthy to rule the universe. Revolution then is appropriate for Satan. Scripture says,
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bans asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. (Psalm 2:1-5).
This describes that final world rebellion that will culminate in the most devastating battle in history, Armageddon. By then, the world will so accept the doctrines of Satan that millions will march to their death in a futile attempt to make war against God. Millions have already died for a false ideology. Millions more will die for the same insane reason.
What is this satanic ideology that will devastate the lives of men? We find the answer in the first chapter of Job, on the occasion where the sons of God stood before the Lord.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? (Job 1:6-9).
Does Job fear God for nothing? states the devils fourth doctrine. This satanic question implies the inner core of the infernal ideology that motivated the rebellion of Satan against God. Satan in effect is saying, No one who is free to do otherwise will ever serve God except for what he gets out of it. Therefore, God is not worthy to rule the universe and is not intrinsically deserving of love and loyalty from anyone. Only mercenaries will do His bidding. Men will appear to serve God but only because of the temporal reward, not because He invites their loyalty.
Only mercenaries will serve Him! Here Satan delivers the most obscene insult possible before the throne of God. He attacks the very quality of the Godhead and implies that no person will do what is right just because it is right and godly but only because it is materially profitable. He asserts that only the temporal is significant; the divine and the eternal have no significance. God is not worthy to rule the universe, and He retains control only because He was there first! He, by accident of chronological priority, has the material resources to pay off unwilling and untrusting subjects. No one will serve God who is free to do otherwise.
We can learn a valuable lesson from this satanic statement, for from this question, we receive a clue as to the purpose for which man was created in the first place. When Lucifer declared himself against God, he set up a polarity of truth in the universe. He accused God of being unjust. God could, of course, have insisted on His justice. However, under His own rules, He must have a witness to that justice. The purpose, then, for the creation of man is to witness to the justice of God, to prove by his life and loyalty, that God is just and intrinsically worthy. We are here to prove that God is true. Satan revolted against this principle; therefore man was created. We were put into the devils own territory to prove the most fundamental fact of the universe: God is true; God is just!
Who is this God whose truth and justice is being assaulted by this fourth satanic doctrine? This is the high and holy eternal being who is the ground of all other being. He is the One who is before all things and who has created all things by His eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has revealed many characteristics about Himself in Holy Scripture the sum of which gives us a truly awesome picture of this magnificent Father of all things who is our God. Let us notice some of the awesome statements of Scripture concerning the nature of our God. He is declared by the Word of God to be:
We are also told that He fills the heaven and earth (1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:24). This is therefore the God who should be worshiped with the total loyalty and allegiance of His creatures (John 4:24). God is just; God is good; He is the ultimate perfection of all things. When we realize these facts about God, we begin to sense how horrible and unspeakable was the assault against such a Person attempted by His prime minister, Satan. It seems unthinkable that a created being would attempt to insult the personality and integrity in so sublime a being. Satan, in his arrogance, has raised a question that reveals his fundamental ideology. The question, will a man serve God for nought? is probably the most insulting question in all the history of the universe.
This satanic doctrine has important implications for us. The basic fact of the universe is that God is love and truth. Therefore, every person who does what is rightno matter what the consequencecommits the witness of his life in favor of God and against the devil. Every person who tells the truth despite the absence or impossibility of material reward is functioning as an individual made in the image of God.
Satan has asserted that God, in His essential being, is not worthy to be the absolutely prior Person in the universe. Satan espouses the false doctrine that ultimate truth and the final value of the universe is resident in some other place or person beside the Godhead. He suggests that the God is able to create only an artificial magnetism or loyalty toward Himself because of His gifts and not because of the finality of His Person.
Ultimate truth, according to the devil, is not in God Himself. Because of this, he advances the argument that a persons final motivation will be within himself, not within the Person of his God. He advocates the notion that we will not commit ourselves to truth in the objective sense, but only to an alternate object which is our final truth, or profit. He suggests that the objective truth of God is a sham and that no person will in any way commit himself to it except for personal profit. Final truth, therefore, is not resident in God, but it is resident in personal advantage.
Once again, the proper conduct of our lives, if we are to live to the honor of our God, has to do with our relationship to this word truth. Our lives are godly or satanic, depending on whether we do or do not commit ourselves to the existence of an objective value outside of ourselves.
When we deny the doctrine of objective value, we have denied the very ground of our being, and we must produce our personal destruction and finally the abolition of humanity. The question reduces itself to the final one, Is objective value in God or in ourselves? Will we commit ourselves to a truth that is outside of ourselves, even if that commitment produces personal disadvantage?
Our parents expression Tell the truth and shame the devil! is not a superficial slogan but is rather the wisest possible advice that any of us can receive. Truth is the substance out of which the universe is made, and it really represents the essential nature of reality. Therefore, words like truth, integrity, honor, and justice are the most important words in any language. They must be embraced with the deepest commitment by any person who would shame the devil by refuting his doctrine.
Truth is so greatly emphasized in the Bible because it is so representative of God Himself. He is called the true God (2 Chronicles 15:3). He gives us true laws (Nehemiah 9:13). His Word is true from the beginning (Psalm 119:160). A true witness delivereth souls (Psalm 14:25). Jesus Christ is the truth (John 14:6; Matthew 22:16). He is the true Light (John 1:9). He is the true bread (John 6:32). He is the true vine (John 15:1), and He is the only true way to the God of truth (1 John 5:20). God solidly identifies Himself with truth. Therefore, he who is on the side of truth is on the side of God.
How shall we respond to this truth, which is the basis of the universe? We are told to draw near with a true heart (Hebrews 10:22) and to meditate on whatsoever things are true (Philippians 4:8). God desires truth in the inward parts (Psalm 51:6) and promises that truth will be our shield (Psalm 91:4). God says that His truth endures forever (Psalm 117:2) and advises us always to choose the way of truth (Psalm 119:30). We are to speak the truth, do the truth, live the truth, and be guided by the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). We are finally warned of the impossibility of succeeding in any other course of action. We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth (2 Corinthians 13:8). Therefore, Scripture well advises, Buy the truth, and sell it not (Proverbs 23:23).
By contrast, we are reminded that Satan is a liar from the beginning, that there is no truth in him. Because he rejected the pillar and ground of truth, namely the Person of God Himself, Satan became a murderer and a deceiver, the embodiment of all that is untrue.
When Satan asserts that God is not worthy in Himself to rule the universe and therefore the standard of our lives must be some other than Gods truth, he is describing the tragic situation in our present world. How many millions live a lie: that is, they live for some reason other than loyalty to truth, to the Person of God Himself? Every person who lives primarily for material gain, pleasure, applause, even altruism, is committing himself to a principle that is essentially satanic.
Satan asserts that no one will serve God for Himself alone but only for a more immediate reward. He wants us to believe that ultimate reality lies not in the Person of God Himself but rather in one of the rewards that comes from Him. It follows therefore that those who serve God for merely human reward are doing the devils work.
The life of every person is built on a first principle. If that first principle is something other than the intrinsic worth of God Himself, that life is oriented in a satanic direction. Before the throne of God, Satan attacks this first principle and declares that no one will serve God for Who He is, only for what he can get out of it.
God will only be served by those who profit from it. How broadly is the satanic doctrine being practiced? It is frightening to contemplate the extent to which this devilish heresy has influenced the course of many.
We who live in this confused religious scene do well to be warned from the Word of God concerning the religious mercenaries, those who presumably serve God but are actually dedicated to material gain. In the name of God, some have separated trusting souls from their money, and in the process, promoted personal wealth through religious exploitation. Their clever promises and adroit manipulations have led distressed and needy souls to press money into their hands that should have gone to buy food for their families. These religious promoters promise blessing, healing, even prosperity, but not without a stated or strongly implied price. The ministry of some is well described by Paul in his warning to Timothy. He describes their message as Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness; from such withdraw thyself (1 Timothy 6:5). I find it hard to believe that some religious promoters serve the same Jesus who said, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head (Matthew 8:20).
For them, it is almost as if the Bible did not say, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasurers in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21). Many today are hard put to remember, The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10), and, In the world ye shall have tribulation (John 16:33), and, Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake (Philippians 1:29).
In opposition to this doctrine of Satan, let us remember the correct biblical view. Material things are to be used to the glory of God. Material things are morally neutral, but they take on spiritual significance when they are invested in the things that count for eternity. Happy is the person who exercises both the wisdom and the discipline to use material things for an eternal purpose rather than the satisfaction of his own indulgences. It takes a wise and disciplined man to lay up for himself treasures in heaven. Our hierarchy of values was well stated by our Lord Jesus Christ when He commanded us, Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).
To take any other course puts us in spiritual danger. Material things can move up in our order of values so that they become, first, the object of our interest, then fascination, then love. It is at this point that we become materialists; beguiled away from our first devotion to God by the incursion of temporal things. At this point we violate the Scripture that admonishes us, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love this world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15).
The church in the Western world should well heed the instances in Scripture where material things grew up to turn the people of God away from the purpose of God. This was the story in the history of the nation of Israel and was the reason for the recurring judgment from God upon this nation. The history of the church also brings us the tragic, recurring story of repeated spiritual treason by the religious establishment. Virtually every church or religious movement begins with dedicated people who give the total of their spiritual and material powers, even unto death, to advance the kingdom of Christ. Then the classic story unfolds. Dedication produces success, and success, prosperity. Prosperity then inevitably diminishes spiritual fervor, and the hand of the blessing of God is lifted from a once fruitful spiritual effort.
Is this not the precise story of the last of the seven churches of the Revelation? I know thy works. . .
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodicians write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched; and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anointing thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:14-19)
It would be interesting to note the reception in our present churches to the words of the prophet Amos, were he to speak in our time as he spoke to the wealthy and lethargic of Israel before their destruction and captivity.
Woe to them that are at ease in Zion. . . That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; that chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David; that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed. The Lord God hath sworn by himself, saith the Lord the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein. (Amos 6:1, 4-8).
Satan has done a most notable work in the religious establishment of our world. He has often turned the eyes of the faithful from service to Jesus Christ because of Who Christ is. As an alternative, he has given us many related human reasons that have become the motives for which we live. This day of spiritual crisis may be an appropriate moment for a personal inventory as to what motivates us to serve Christ.
Satan still raises the most relevant question, Doth Job fear God for nothing? We can rejoice in the fact that the life of Job, that distinguished servant of God, became a sterling refutation of this satanic doctrine. Remembering this, we should pray that our lives may refute the devils falsehoods as well. A good question to ask ourselves is, What have I done today that makes a my life a serious threat to Satan and his kingdom?
Satan's Ten Most Believable Lies