One of the major assignments of Satan is to stop people from knowing the truth, (God's Word). Jesus Christ is The Word of God (John 1). In Robert Liardon’s book "God's Generals," the devil and his agents were exposed! They never wanted you and me to have access to the Bible! They really dealt with the brave men who translated this Bible for the common man to read! Yet, the learned and educated people find it very difficult to read the most important Book!
The Almighty God communicates to mankind through His word of truth as found in the Bible. Since God is perfect, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul" (Psalms 19:7). God’s word as found in the Bible is our road map to Heaven. We will not get there without it. Jesus says, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free" John 8:31-32. Only the truth of God’s word can make us free, but the doctrines and ways of men will cause us to be eternally lost.
So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls. (James 1:21). It is by the truth of God’s word that we are saved and continue to be saved. "Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth" (1 Peter 1:22). Before a person can be saved he must first learn the truth as found only in God’s word (1Timothy 2:3-4). The moment the truth of God’s word becomes adulterated with the false doctrines of men, it will no longer save. Satan changes the word of God so people will be lost.
Currently, there are so many different denominational churches, all with different doctrines, beliefs, and teachings. Anything that differs from what God says in the Bible is false doctrine and is designed by Satan to lead people to hell fire. "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). People give heed to the "commandments of men who turn from the truth" (Titus 1:14). Satan uses people to suppress the truth of God’s word so people will not be saved. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18). God’s word and His church are being ridiculed by those in the denominational world. "And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed" (2 Peter 2:2).
People follow the many false doctrines of men and not the truth of God’s word for different reasons. They want their sins to be covered! Many are after the miracles, the lies called “prophecies.” They do not need the miracle Worker Himself! "They did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved…that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thessalonians 2:10, 12). "Who changed the truth of God into a lie" (Romans 1:25). When God’s word is perverted, it is changed into a lie. But a true Christian is one who is "not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully" (2 Corinthians 4:2). The word of God is certainly being handled deceitfully because of the great multitude of differing denominations. If God’s word was being handled truthfully, there would be only one true church, the church of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ prayed, “That they may be ONE.” John 17:21.
God is serious about His word. He doesn’t want it corrupted or changed. "If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life" (Revelation 22:18-19).
Every person in the world will one day stand before the Lord and be examined and his eternal destiny determined by whether he has followed God’s word of truth. Our standard of judgment will be God’s word of truth. Jesus says, "He who rejects Me and does not receive My words, has that which judges him: the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day" (John 12:48). "But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth" (Romans 2:2). What will happen to the majority of people who do not obey God? "But those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness: indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish" (Romans 2:8). In other words, they will be eternally punished in Hell.
Your destiny is in your hands. Turn to Jesus Christ today! Join a Bible believing Church. Your Bible is with you and it will always help you.
Pastor Chidi Onyesonwu is the Gatekeeper, Saving Ark Christian Ministry Arab Road Kubwa Abuja. Tel:08164344458.Website: www.savingark.org