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Has Satan Stolen Your Bible from You?

Mark Virkler's picture

I used to scorn liberals (actually I scorned everyone who disagreed with me) because liberals lost their Bible through demythicizing (believing Jesus’ miracles and all supernatural references were myths). I was proud I was an evangelical who believed the whole Bible! Then the Lord spoke to me one day during my two-way journaling time, saying, “Mark, you don’t believe the Bible is for you either.” I objected, and said, "Of course I do!" He said, “No, you believe that the Old Testament is for the Jews, the Gospels are for Jesus, Acts is transitional, and the book of Revelation is for the future. The only part you believe is to be lived is the Epistles.” I said, “Good point!” and repented of my belief in dispensationalism.


I Now Believe the Bible Is to Be Lived, from Cover to Cover!

I finally have my Bible back. It took about 15 years to restore, but now I can live it from Genesis to Revelation! If satan has stolen your Bible from you, fight and get it back.

From the most conservative fundamentalists to the most liberal demythicizers, all are equally convinced God has no living contact with individuals. Well, I have now taught hundreds of thousands how to hear God’s voice and I will tell you, the most transforming experience in my life was learning to hear God’s voice every day. He opened up my mind with the questions He asked me. He caused me to see the other point of view. He became my Wonderful Counselor. If you have His voice as your guide, you should be led into all truth. If you don’t have His voice as your guide then invest the time necessary to learn to hear His voice, as life becomes so much easier from that point on.

Be a Berean

The Bereans (Acts 17:10,11) were open-minded. They sought to prove Paul’s new radical teaching SO, not prove it NOT SO. It is all a matter of attitude. Seeking to prove others wrong is to take the accuser’s attitude, which of course is satan’s attitude (Rev. 12:10). I grew up doing that. Then the Lord challenged me to become a Berean, and to come alongside as the Holy Spirit does and prove others right, not prove them wrong.


What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments below.

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Being a Berean

I have read your blog on Satan stealing your bible from you, and your comments below on being a beer an and how that is to prove what Paul was preaching to be true. I have re read the scriptures in several different translations, and I have to say, that your interpretation leaves me some what concerned.

Does that in your view make me an accuser of the brethren? We all have to be careful when looking at that, as we can easily start accusing others who disagree with us of being of the devil if we are not careful, can't we!

I would urge you to re read the Berean verses again in several different translations if you please, as it appears to me that what the Holy Spirit is saying in these verses, is that those in Berea were more fair minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they listened with an open mind to the message, and then checked the Scriptures to ensure that the message was correct. As it they found that the message was in line with the Word, it led many of them to be saved......and in fact that is the very message that we are given the letter to the Thessalonians, to test all things and holdfast to that which is good (I.e from God).

If we just listen to a message, and don't test it, we are leaving ourselves open to be spiritually abused, and deceived by any old message, because anybody can come along and tell us we are an accuser of the brethren because we don't agree them, can't they!

I humbly ask that you review your reading, and seek to understand your message, not through a biased leaning, but through the truth of the Word and Spirit.

Thanks

Dave

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It is a matter of ATTITUDE

Dave, Your concern is valid, especially if you felt I was suggesting we not test things. I do agree we need to test all things and hold fast to that which is good. However it is the ATTITUDE we have as we do the testing. If my attitude is to prove a person WRONG, then I will find verses which I feel do that. If my attitude is to prove them RIGHT, then I will probably find other verses which I felt proved that what he was saying was compatible with Scripture. If I had an attitude to try to prove Jesus wrong, I could probably find enough Scripture to do that. For Jesus said, you need to hate your father and mother and wife (Lk.14:26). I can find verses saying to honor them (Matt. 15:4) and love them (Eph. 5:33). So it appears that Jesus is a false teacher as he is saying something which directly contridicts Scripture. Also, Jesus said we had to drink His blood and eat his body (Jn. 6:53), which I could probably use to prove he was recommending cannibalism. And thus call Him a false teacher because of this. On the other hand, I could probably find verses to counter my above conclusions. I could assume that Jesus was saying that my love for God has to be so much greater than my love for my parents, that my love for my parents (and my wife) would appear as hate in contrast to my love for God. Not that Jesus specifically explained this, but when I pray and meditate on the verses, that is what my heart says Jesus was saying. Do do I rip Jesus apart for his precise words, or do I seek to understand what He meant in His heart, even thought He did not exactly say that. I could assume that Jesus was not really telling me to eat his flesh literally but that there is some symbolism in play, and perhaps a prophetic gesture which when when I do this in faith releases Christs life into me as I partake of the communion elements. I prefer this approach rather than assuming Jesus was recommending cannibalism. So, Dave, by no means am I suggesting we don't test. I am saying my ATTITUDE needs to be Godly and not demonic as I do the testing. It is the posture of the Holy Spirit to come ALONGSIDE US TO HELP us. It is the posture of satan to come AGAINST as he is the ACCUSER (Rev. 12:10). Hope this helps clear things up. We DO test. However we do it with God's attitude, not satan's. Rev. 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the ACCUSER of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. Jn. 14:26 "But the HELPER, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

 

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