Satan is Deceptive

“I believe Calvinism would be neither confusing nor alarming to my unsuspecting SBC friends and if we are open and honest we will be fine.” – Calvinist Reformer.  Compare this to what Satan said to Eve, “The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5. 

The Reformer says this to an unsuspecting non-Calvinist Southern Baptist, “I believe that to the extent that we are open and honest in our dialogue, we will be fine.” And what did the serpent say to an unsuspecting Eve? “When you eat from it your eyes will be open and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Both the Reformer and the serpent say the same thing, “Let us have an open and honest dialogue about our differences and We WILL BE FINE.” Far too many Southern Baptists have believed this lie for far too long and, now, the Reformers, the Calvinists, now are in control of the SBC. Look around and know what has happened…Traditional Southern Baptists no longer have a seat at the ‘Head Table,’ although they are welcome to attend when the SBC meets somewhere every year. 

The VERY SAME has now happened across America. Political Conservative Republicans became affluent and were welcomed at the Head Table along with Liberals and for a long time they could agree on things. But, the Conservatives did NOT notice the Liberals began to lean toward Socialist ideas, and began to ‘reach across the aisle.’ Before long there were more of ‘them’ than ‘us,’ and the Conservatives became RINOs, Republicans in Name only. Today, the RINOs have become Socialists, too, and there are more Socialists than Conservatives. THIS is what Donald Trump calls “The Swamp.” This Swamp has now completely reformed Washington and Mr. Trump tried to drain the Swamp, but has mostly failed, not his fault because there are more of ‘them’ than ‘us.’

Well, I find it fascinating that the very same thing has happened within the SBC, and, perhaps across all of Christendom…at the very same time in history. Interesting, is it not? The Serpent may have said the same thing to all Conservatives across the world, “Take a bite, you will not die. You will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Or like the Reformer has said, “If we are open and honest with one another we will be fine.” The similarities are astounding. Just as “Crossing the aisle” to make political agreements in Congress was fine until the Liberals became Socialists, gained control and may have now doomed the Great Experiment known as the United States of America and the Constitution supporting Law and Order.

The Great Experiment may have failed to the Great Deception just as the SBC has succumbed to a similar deception. “Let us all be open and honest with one another and everything will be just fine.” Well, the lie has been told long enough and often enough, and many have been duped into believing the same. I do not believe the Swamp in either case can be drained. The damage may be so destructive and may now be irreparable. There is no hope for reconstruction nor renewal of either entity.

Upheaval across the Planet is in process, have you not noticed? The ongoing Pandemic is but one and there are all sorts of political storms now in progress as well. The current turmoil in the USA is just a symptom of what is coming. 

However, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” The Judeo-Christian heritage upon which America was founded remains true just as the founding of the SBC remains true. Both may have failed because of lies being expounded long enough and finally accepted, but the same Truth upon which they were founded remains, but the present leaders have left the foundation for grass they thought was greener on the other side of the fence.

Jesus tells this parable, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because its foundation had been laid on rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed—it was utterly destroyed!” When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching,  because he taught them like one who had authority, not like their experts in the law.” Matthew 7:24-29. 

No, I really believe the USofA was constructed upon a solid foundation just as the SBC was, but leadership on the inside chose to build upon a new foundation. Well, the structures have been constructed and the storms have now come, but these new structures will not stand for as long as the others. The USA has withstood many storms over the course of almost 250 years and the SBC has been around for a bit more than 150 years. However, confusion has now reigned for many decades and cultural wars have taken their toll. Leadership has changed foundations from those of Truth to Deception. Not all is well, is it? Utter destruction is on the horizon.

I am not into forecasting terrible events, but I do know the Bible speaks of some terrible coming events. Is there a ‘Cat 5’ hurricane in the looming forecast, an ‘F5’ tornado expected or a gigantic earthquake of at least a ‘10’ is possible? That I do not know. But one thing certain, death comes for all. The Rapture is imminent as is the Tribulation and finally Judgment Day. How many are prepared. Are you? Just a thought.

Jesus, however, remains Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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