The Truth Does Not Change Regardless of How Many
People Might Deny It
< Genesis 3:1-4 >
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast
of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman,
‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?’
And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the
trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the
midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall
you touch it, lest you die.’’ Then the serpent said to the woman,
‘You will not surely die.’”
Galileo Galilei is famous for saying, “Yet the earth
still moves.” He was born in 1564, at a time when the authority
of the Catholic Church extended all over Europe. Before Galilei,
there actually was someone else, a man named Copernicus, who had
argued that the earth revolved around the sun. At that time, however,
Copernicus’ theory was not accepted at all. Later on, as Galilei
observed the heavenly bodies with his telescope, he came to discover
the validity of Copernicus’ heliocentric theory.
With a telescope that he made, Galilei was able to
confirm the revolution of the moon, and he also discovered satellites
revolving around Jupiter. As a result, he was convinced that the
earth revolved around the sun, and as his conviction of the discovery
grew, he began to support Copernicus’ theory. This deeply offended
the Catholic Church, and soon, the Inquisition set up a tribunal
to investigate Galilei’s writings, and the tribunal rejected and
condemned his theory.
At that time, the Inquisition of the Church was a
court of immense fear and viciousness. The Inquisition was so vindictive
that it even prosecuted and condemned people who were already dead.
The Inquisitors investigated the beliefs of even the dead, and if
any of them were judged to be a heretic, his cadaver was dug out
of his tomb and burnt. Because the Inquisition held such an unrestrained
power, to be called and interrogated by this court was itself a
terrifying prospect. It was to this Inquisition that Galilei was
summoned. So, as Galilei was sentenced to life imprisonment by the
Inquisition held in Rome, he was forced against his will to repudiate
his own views as the following:
“I, Galilei, now 70 years old, the son of the late
Vincenzo Galilei, summoned to the Inquisition, kneel before the
cardinals and Inquisitors of the Christendom all over the world
combating the corruption of heresy, and place my hands on the Scripture
to pledge that I have always believed in everything that the Holy
Catholic Church and the Pope have supported and preached, believe
in it now, and with God’s help, will continue to believe in it in
“Although I had been ordered by the ecclesiastical
authority of the Inquisition to renounce my fallacious view that
the sun was at the center of the world and immobile, and although
I had also been forbidden from supporting and defending the said
doctrine, I wrote and published a book that espoused this forbidden
fallacy. The Inquisition has therefore rendered its judgment strictly
condemning me for being vehemently suspected of heresy, that is,
for supporting and believing that the earth was not the center of
the universe but revolved around the sun. (Omitted)
“I pledge to carry out and abide by all the orders
of penance issued by the Inquisition. However, if—although
this will never happen—I commit an act that breaks my promise
or pledge, I will gladly bear all the punishments established and
decreed by the sacred laws, or other civil or special laws, on the
violator. So save me God, the holy gospel Scripture upon which I
have placed my hands. I, Galilei Galileo, hereby declare and promise
thus. As its witness, I recited each and every phrase of this declaration
and signed it myself. June 22, 1633. At the Minerva Convent, Rome.
It’s said that while Galilei made the above declaration,
he was shivering with extreme cold, and when he stood up after making
his declaration, he was restless, as his conscience was stung for
denying the earth’s motion. So looking down at the ground, he is
said to have mumbled, “E pur si muove”—“Yet it still
As the result of the Inquisition, Galilei was sentenced
to life imprisonment, and he spent the rest of his lonely life in
his home outside Florence under strict surveillance, with his only
beloved eldest daughter to keep company. He even lost his sight,
and eventually died in 1642. After Galilei’s death, the Vatican
did not allow an official burial ceremony and forbade the erection
of a monument over his tomb. However, in October 31, 1992, after
360 years passed by since the Inquisition’s condemnation of Galilei,
the Vatican officially declared Galilei’s complete reinstatement,
thus bringing the whole saga to its final closure and reminding
us once again that the truth is forever unchanging.
My fellow believers, the reason why I told you about
Galilei right after reading today’s Scripture passage is because
there are countless people in this world who deny the Truth and
insist on holding onto falsehood. Until Galilei’s time, the absolute
majority of people had unquestionably believed in the Ptolemaic
theory based on what their eyes could see. Those who believed in
and argued for the heliocentric theory were few and far between.
But what was the ultimate result? Could the geocentric theory be
true, just because it was a theory supported by the absolute majority?
No, it was the Copernican theory that was true, even though only
a few had believed in and followed it.
Like this, even though the gospel of the water and
the Spirit is absolutely the biblical Truth, we see that the majority
of Christians today define this Truth as false and reject it. Although
the fact that God has blotted out all the sins of this world with
the gospel of the water and the Spirit has never changed, far from
believing in this, too many people still continue to stand against
it. This is a great error stemming from the biased view, “Whatever
is supported by the majority is the truth.” We should draw an important
lesson from the story of Galilei. We have to once again consider
carefully here what really is the real Truth of salvation. Most
Christians think that their salvation is obtained just by believing
in the blood of the Cross alone, and they also think that their
everyday sins are washed away by giving prayers of repentance. We
need to question here whether their beliefs are true or not.
The apostles and disciples of our Lord believed as
the following: “Did Jesus Christ wash away all the sins of the world
with the gospel of the water and the Spirit? Yes. Indeed, Jesus
took away all the sins of the world through His baptism. Therefore
there is no sin in the world. Although all of us commit sin until
the day we die, because Jesus Christ took away all our sins, we
are now sinless. Jesus Christ is our Savior.” This is how they believed,
and this is how they preached. They preached this gospel Truth of
the water and the Spirit, saying, “Jesus is our Savior. And He took
upon all our sins through the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
The Lord has blotted out all our sins. Therefore all of us who believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit are righteous. But are
you still suffering because of your sins? Then believe in Jesus
Christ. Jesus came to blot out your sins for you. And He indeed
made all your sins disappear.”
Jesus Took Away All the Sins
of This World Once for All by Being Baptized
Do you think that there is sin in this world? The
Truth is that there is no sin in this world. You may then ask, “How
is there no sin in the world?” Your sins are no longer with you
precisely because Jesus had shouldered all your sins through the
baptism He received from John even before you were born.
Do you know the Truth of the water and the Spirit?
It is true, my fellow believers, that the people of this world continue
to sin time after time, but when Jesus Christ came to this earth,
He bore all the sins of the world once for all by being baptized
by John, and He washed them all away by being crucified. This is
the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. That Jesus came to
this earth and already blotted out all the sins of the world is
However, the Devil has been deceiving mankind, saying,
“There is sin in the world. And so do people have sin. Jesus
only took away your original sin. As for your personal sins, He
blots them out only when you repent, and He hasn’t taken away your
future sins that you haven’t committed yet.”
However, we shoulder no longer be deceived by Satan’s
evil tricks. We must never be tricked. That’s because the sins of
this world are no longer with us, but they were passed onto the
body of Jesus Christ. You must realize that mankind has no sin,
and you must believe in Jesus, who came by the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, as your Savior.
There once was an explorer who claimed to be able
to make an egg stand up on its end. Do you know who this man was?
The name of this person, who managed to make an egg stand before
many, was Columbus. In Columbus’ time, many people thought, “This
earth is flat. As it is cubic-shaped, it must end somewhere at its
edge, and so we would fall off if we were to keep sailing in one
direction.” So the people at that time did not sail far.
However, this man Columbus believed, “The earth is
round. So if we continue to sail in one direction, we will return
to the original point of our departure.” Supported by the Spanish
court, he set sail from the European continent, crossed the Atlantic
Ocean, and discovered the New World in 1492. However, even until
his death in 1506, Columbus did not realize that the continent he
discovered was an entirely new continent. He believed that the land
he discovered was part of India, a nation at the far eastern end
of the earth that the Europeans knew at that time—we can easily
see this just by looking at the fact that he named the newly discovered
land as the “West Indies.” At any rate, thanks to Columbus’ exploring
spirit, a whole new world that had been previously unknown to every
European was opened.
Columbus, a pioneering explorer, called up people
one day and made a bet. He said, “Let’s make a bet. I can make an
egg stand up. Can any of you do this?” People said to him, “How
can anyone make an egg stand up, when it is round?” But Columbus
insisted that he could do this. “Just watch me,” he said, and then
taking an egg, he lightly cracked the shell at its bottom, and stood
it up. “Look, it’s standing up now,” he said. People then said,
“Who couldn’t do this? Anyone could have done it!” Columbus then
responded, “But isn’t the egg standing up somehow?”
Yes, it seemed to be a very simple idea, but was
there anyone who actually had conceived such a clever idea before
him? Such enterprising ideas like this constitute the foundation
of science. Seeing what others have achieved, anyone can say, “That’s
no big deal; anyone can do it,” but there is only one person who
actually accomplished it. You can encounter new worlds only if you
break out of your own conventional wisdom. This world is full of
mystery, if you would only explore it.
Even today, at the 21st century, many Christians
still continue to be deceived by Satan, believing, “Our original
sin is forgiven when we believe in Jesus, our personal sins are
remitted away from time to time when we give prayers of repentance,
and our future sins that we have not committed yet were not taken
away by Jesus.”
However, the Bible makes it clear that each and every
sin was already taken away and blotted out by Jesus. Therefore,
the Christians who have been born again by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit have no sin. Those who believe in Jesus
as their Savior based on the gospel of the water and the Spirit
are righteous people without sin. If a Christian still retains his
sins even as he believes in Jesus, then this can only mean that
his faith is fallacious.
From the 16th century and on, when the
Reformation took place in full swing, Christianity has produced
countless theologians. With their limited faculty, they began to
solve the Word of God arbitrarily. As they could not understand
many passages from the Bible, they fit the jigsaw together all on
their own and interpreted it in a way that could be comprehended
by their limited intellectual capacity, thus producing many groundless
doctrines. Such fallacious doctrines continue to be made and refined
systematically by today’s bogus theologians, and as a result, virtually
all Christians have come to believe, “Although Jesus has blotted
out all the sins of this world, it is whenever we repent from our
sins that they actually disappear.”
In terms of number, those who believe in this way
form the absolute majority of Christians, and so they have no doubt
whatsoever but every confidence in such a falsehood. And they treat
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the true gospel of the water
and the Spirit, as heresy. Just like the Inquisition in Galilei’s
time, they hinder the Truth with their religious authority. However,
no matter how many people might have denied it, what is clear is
that the earth revolved around the sun. Likewise, that there is
no sin is the undisputable Truth, for Jesus has blotted out all
the sins of the world.
It is such a tragedy that so many people still do
not know this amazing gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit.
In their ignorance of the gospel of the water and the Spirit, they
have misunderstood Jesus and misbelieved in Him. When I see today’s
Christians all over the world, I have so much pity for them. They
are indeed pitiful precisely because they do not realize this fact,
and therefore they have needlessly retained their sins.
The gospel of the water and the Spirit is the Truth.
Isn’t Jesus Christ our Savior, my fellow believers? Just as we sing,
“♪Joy to the world the Lord has come♪,” Jesus is indeed
our Savior. The Savior came to this earth for mankind, and by blotting
out all the sins of this world with the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, He accomplished His great salvation. The Savior who
fulfilled all the gospel of the water and the Spirit then ascended
to Heaven. He went back after giving mankind the Truth that allows
people to reach the righteousness of God by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit with their hearts.
My fellow believers, even after you heard the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, do you still find it hard to understand,
and are your minds still confused, by any chance? If so, then you
must listen to the Word of God some more. It took thousands of years
for the whole mankind to finally be convinced of the fact that the
earth revolves around the sun and believe so. Likewise, if you hear
the Word of God and listen to the gospel of the water and the Spirit
more carefully, you, too, will eventually come to realize that this
gospel of the water and the Spirit—that the Lord has blotted
out all the sins of mankind by taking them all upon Himself through
His baptism and shedding His blood on the Cross—is the Truth,
and you will also come to believe in it.
Why Are There People Like
Cain among Today’s Christians?
You must not be deceived by Satan’s cunning and evil
tricks. Nor should you fall into the falsehood propagated by the
Devil’s servants. Between Cain and Abel, the children of Adam and
Eve, God accepted only the offering of Abel, for his sacrifice was
fitting before God, but Cain’s sacrifice was rejected because he
did not give the proper offering of faith. In other words, God could
not accept Cain’s offering in pleasure.
1 John 3:11-12 says, “For this is the message that
you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not
as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And
why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother's
God told us to be “not as Cain.” While the offering
that Abel gave to God was an offering that was proper in His sight,
the offering that Cain gave to God was not a proper offering, and
therefore God did not accept it. Cain, in other words, did not give
an offering of faith. What’s more, Cain even killed Abel who had
given the offering of faith to God. Cain, too, was a man who was
deceived by the wily tricks of Satan.
By whom were Adam and Eve deceived, and by whom do
so many people in this age continue to be deceived? This deceiver
is none other than Satan. Because Satan deceives people constantly,
they come to fall into the fallacious belief, which insists that
it is proper for them to have sin even as they believe in Jesus.
No matter what, we must never be deceived by the wiles of the Devil,
or otherwise we will end up following false faith like this all
the way to hell. By deceiving people, the Devil has not only prevented
them from believing in Jesus properly, but he has also stood up
against the believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
persecuted them and tormented them. Even in this age, there are
many people who have fallen into Satan’s cunning tricks and committed
sin just like Cain, and just as Adam and Eve were deceived by the
serpent and committed a great sin against God. Having been deceived
by the Devil, all such people will be condemned for their sins.
The Bible writes that the serpent was more cunning
than any other beasts. My fellow believers, Satan’s tricks are extremely
cunning. How does the Devil deceive people? Even to this very day,
the Devil has continued to deceive people so cunningly. First of
all, he deceives people saying, “To be saved, one must be sanctified
When the Devil lies to us, if he were to spin out
one lie after another from the beginning to the end, we would discover
his tricks in no time. That is why the Devil at first starts with
something that is correct at the beginning, and then later on disingenuously
mixes it with something else false. People are then deceived very
easily by this lie. What happens when the Devil starts off with
a small lie and then adds some truth? Once again, people are easily
God said to Adam and Eve, “Of every tree of the garden
you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall
surely die.” God specified a certain tree and told them to never
eat its fruit. However, when Satan came to Eve, he said to her,
“Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
Doesn’t this sound somewhat similar to what God had
said? In other words, both God and Satan mentioned the phrase, “You
shall not eat.” However, while God clearly limited it to a single
tree, Satan spoke of every tree. It’s true that God had told Adam
and Eve not to eat, but He did not forbid them from eating of every
tree. So what Satan said was not entirely wrong, but was slightly
similar to what God had said, thus distorting the truth. In other
words, Satan’s cunning scheme is to sound as if he is not saying
something entirely false. Put differently, in fact, the Devil deceives
people by sounding similar to the Word of God, and then mixing it
with his own lies. That is why Satan is called cunning.
So, through his servants, Satan says to Christians,
“We Christians must be sanctified.” And he deceives them by saying,
“People are saved when they believe in Jesus as their Savior. But
after being saved, they must repent everyday, and only then are
they sanctified. While God has blotted out all our sins, because
we still continue to sin in the world, we cannot say that we have
no sin, nor claim ourselves to be righteous.”
But Mankind’s Sins Cannot
Be Washed Away through Prayers of Repentance
To explain this, I often draw an analogy to charcoal
briquettes that have not been burnt yet. Nowadays hardly anyone
uses them anymore, and so I sometime think I should switch to a
different analogy, but since I grew up using coal briquettes, I
still talk about them anyway. A charcoal briquette is black. Can
we turn this black briquette into white briquette? Can we do this
if we use soap and wipe the briquette hard with a sponge? Does the
charcoal briquette eventually become white if we keep washing it?
No, it does not turn white. The attempt to wash away
sin through prayers of repentance is exactly like this. One can
give all the prayers of repentance he wants to blot out his sins,
but do his sins really disappear? Of course not. So, the Bible states,
“‘For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, yet
your iniquity is marked before Me,’ says the Lord GOD” (Jeremiah
2:22). Yet despite this, Satan has been deceiving people all
this time, insisting that they can receive the remission of their
sins only if they give prayers of repentance.
Everything that Satan says is aimed to deceive people.
His words, that people are gradually sanctified and transformed
into completely sinless beings if they give enough prayers of repentance,
are nothing more than a lie designed to deceive you. Just like the
analogy of charcoal briquettes that I just mentioned, your own prayers
of repentance has no power to blot out and wash away your sins,
no matter how hard you might try.
If our daily sins are indeed washed away through our
prayers of confession, then this is indeed what we should do. And
if God has indeed made us clean by such a method, then we should
continue to believe so. But the notion that it is through your own
prayers of repentance or endeavor to sanctify yourselves that you
can receive the remission of your sins is a cunning lie of Satan.
It is written in Jeremiah 2:22-24:
“‘For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap,
Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,’ says the Lord GOD.
‘How can you say, ‘I am not polluted,
I have not gone after the Baals’?
See your way in the valley;
Know what you have done:
You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,
A wild donkey used to the wilderness,
That sniffs at the wind in her desire;
In her time of mating, who can turn her away?
All those who seek her will not weary themselves;
In her month they will find her.”
God said, “Though you wash yourself with lye, and
use much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before Me.” He is saying,
“Even though with lye and soap you try to wash all the carnal sins
you commit while living on this earth, would your sins be really
washed away?” In other words, no matter how fervently we offer prayers
of repentance to wash away our sins, they would never disappear
by these prayers.
As it is written, “You are a swift dromedary breaking
loose in her ways, A wild donkey used to the wilderness, That sniffs
at the wind in her desire,” we humans constantly commit sin while
living on earth. By this passage, God was referring to none other
than ourselves. Seeing the carnal sins committed by us, God is saying
that we are like donkeys. It’s a shame, but human beings are hardly
any different from donkeys. Just as a donkey in heat sniffs at the
wind in the wilderness, we are unable to overcome the sinful passions
that are aroused in us, and thus we end up committing sin.
When animals are in heat, the female wanders around
looking for a male and the male wanders around looking for a female.
When a male animal passes by a female in her time of mating, she
goes all berserk. Smelling the scent of the female in heat, the
male also sniffs around and blows heavy breaths through its nose,
kicks up its legs front and back, and doesn’t listen to its owner.
And it doesn’t even eat.
Mankind is hardly any different. Isn’t this the case?
When I read the Bible, there are many parts that I myself don’t
want to admit either, but neither a jot nor a tittle of the Word
of God is wrong. So before the Word of God, we cannot help but admit
just how evil and weak our human nature is. Some of you may think,
“But really, this comparison is just too much. The Lord is so harsh.
God goes too far. How can He compare us humans to a female donkey?”
If this is how you think, then this is precisely what’s wrong with
you. When we look deep into our hearts, we really are like a donkey.
So given the fact that we commit countless sins out
of our lust, would all these sins be washed away, even if we were
to use up all the soap that there is in the world? Would they be
blotted out if we try to remove them with lye? The sins that are
in your hearts cannot be erased in this way. To remove our hearts’
sins, we must listen to the gospel of the water and the Spirit and
believe in it.
God Does Not Bless Those
Who Don’t Believe in the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit
My fellow believers, all humans desire to receive
the spiritual, heavenly blessing of salvation from God. God also
wants to give mankind the spiritual blessings of heaven. Even though
God wants to give us blessings, right now, many people are still
unable to receive them. Then why are we not able to receive this
blessing of salvation along with all the other heavenly blessings?
Although we all desire to receive these blessings, some of us cannot
receive them from God, for they do not have the gospel of the water
and the Spirit in their hearts.
God says in Isaiah 59: 1-2,
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God.”
God said here that He wanted to bless us and sought
to give us His blessings, but there was something blocking us from
God. This was none other than sin. Although mankind keeps asking
God constantly for His blessings, because sin is blocking it from
God, God cannot bless mankind, even though He wants to. Where there
is sin, God can never give His blessings. It is because of our sins
that God’s blessings do not descend on us. You may pray all you
want, saying, “For God is holy and merciful, I believe He will bless
us,” but if there is sin in your hearts, then you cannot expect
to be blessed. God is saying to you that even though He wants to
give you His blessings, because your sins have blocked you from
God, these blessings will not reach you.
God earnestly wants to give the spiritual blessings
of Heaven to people. Yet because their sins are in their hearts,
there is no room for God’s blessings to come in. It is because of
one’s sins that he cannot receive what he asks, and it is because
of our sins that God cannot give us His blessings even though He
wants to bless us. No matter how hard people might try to way away
their hearts’ sins with lye, they simply cannot do this. Cyanide
can melt iron, but it cannot melt away the sins that are in people’s
This is what God says: The sins of the human heart
can never be blotted out with any method of this world at all. Our
human sins do not disappear through any effort of our own. No matter
how one might give his prayers of repentance, and no matter how
he might beg, “God, please forgive me. I am so sorry,” his sins
cannot be blotted out. No matter what good deeds one might do before
God and how virtuously he might live; no matter how he might give
his prayers of repentance, attend prayers meetings day and night,
morning and evening, and fast all the time; and no matter how hard
he might try, his heart’s sins do not disappear.
How, then, can these sins be removed? They can be
made to disappear only if our God blots them out with the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
Satan deceived Adam and Eve. He first approached and
deceived Eve. In my view, women generally tend to be deceived more
easily. I am not insulting our sisters here just because I am a
man, but it seems to me that they are more prone to be deceived.
I have reached such a conclusion because we can usually find far
more women than men in every heretic gathering of this age.
The Cunning Schemes of the
My fellow believers, you must not fall into the cunning
schemes of Satan. Eve was tempted by the Devil.
The Devil said, “Eve?” She answered, “Yes?” “Did God
tell you not to eat of every tree?” “No, that’s not true. But of
the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God did say,
‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die,’” said
Eve had shared only two or three lines of conversation
with Satan, but she was already trapped by the Devil. Had Eve not
been fooled, then when Satan said to her, “Did God tell you not
to eat of every tree in this garden?” she would have said, “Get
lost. Go away and play by yourself. God said that I would die if
I ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Since
God said that I would die, I will indeed die if I eat it. So don’t
say otherwise. Beside, why on earth do I need to eat the fruit of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Why should I eat it,
when there are so many other fruits? God has blessed me. Since He
has blessed me like this, why should I go out of my way to do what
He told me not to do? That makes no sense. Hey, Devil! You are just
wasting your time trying to deceive me. I listen to and believe
in only the Word of God. So stop making a fool out of yourself and
However, Eve’s mind was all shaken as soon as she
heard what Satan said. So she thought, “I am not exactly sure of
what I heard from my husband Adam; he might have told me not to
eat it nor touch it. I guess that’s what he said.” That’s why Eve
answered Satan by telling him that God said, “You shall not eat
it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”
I don’t understand why Eve could not believe in her
own husband’s words like this. Dear sisters, trust in your husband’s
words. You would discover unexpected gains when you listen to your
husband’s words. In general, men are not too gullible. Many of those
who fall into heresy tend to be women. There was a heretic group
called Dami Mission in Korea, which claimed groundlessly that the
rapture would take place on October 28, 1992. This mission was almost
entirely composed of female followers. More recently, a cult called
the Church of Everlasting Life made headlines in Korea for its bizarre
and atrocious activities. Ninety-nine percent of the fanatics in
this cult were all women. Its founder, whose last name was Cho,
was so full of hot air. He claimed to have stopped a typhoon that
was approaching Korea last summer. I laughed so much when I heard
this. How can anyone stop a typhoon, a course of nature that is
set by God? Yet his followers were so gullible that they believed
every word he said so steadfastly.
Asked by Satan about God’s order, Eve answered, “Of
the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has
said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
When we analyze Eve’s answer, we can see that as soon as Satan unsettled
her faith, she was already all shaken. Satan had brought confusion
to the hearts of Adam and Eve. The Devil speaks cunningly, mixing
what seems reasonable to people with his lies half-and-half.
To shatter people’s faith in God’s Word like this
is Satan’s wicked wile. This is what Satan says to them: “Believe
in Jesus. You’ll then be saved. And offer prayers of repentance
for your everyday sins and confess them in your prayers. Only then
will you be transformed into a holy and sinless person, and reach
sanctification at your death.” When people hear this, it seems quite
plausible and logical to them, and so they end up believing like
this. They have no idea that they have actually been deceived.
What Does the Bible Say about
God said that He has blotted out all our sins as white
as snow. What’s more, He has blotted them out all at once. My fellow
believers, would mankind’s sins disappear just by giving prayers
of confession? Would they disappear even if we were to use a ton
of soap? Would your sins disappear if you were to wash them with
lye or cyanide? No, they will never disappear. They will all remain
My fellow believers, do not fall into the wiles of
the Devil. Even at this very moment, Satan continues to deceive
people, claiming, “You will be saved if you believe in Jesus,” and,
“We must reach sanctification.”
At the end of 2004, the current world population has
now exceeded 6.4 billion. Let’s assume here that of this population
of 6.4 billion people, about a billion people are Christians. To
these billion Christians, Satan says, “Did God really make you righteous?
Did He take away all your sins? Did He really blot them all out?”
This is how Satan shakes people’s faith.
My fellow believes, countless people have now had
their hearts all shaken, even though they believe in Jesus Christ.
There are many Christians whose hearts have been unhinged despite
believing in Jesus, and as a result, their faith is not standing
upright. And as a further result, they are falling into the way
of destruction, in spite of the fact that they are Christians. They
all are precisely like this because they have been incessantly deceived
The Devil also claims that believers can be saved
by keeping the Law. Put differently, he says to people that they
can be saved only if they live by the Law after believing in Jesus
Christ, but this is nothing more than his evil trick. The Bible,
in contrast, says that those who are under the Law are under the
curse. Galatians 3:10 says, “For as many as are of the works
of the law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone
who does not continue in all things which are written in the book
of the law, to do them.’” The phrase “as many as” here means
“anyone.” Anyone who is of the works of the Law is under the curse.
God says in chapter 2 of Genesis that He made the
Garden of Eden and placed man there. He says that by placing man
there, He enabled him to live a beautiful life forever, being blessed
and enjoying happiness in the wonderful garden. This blessing of
God was a blessing that was given unilaterally by God all on His
own. We should remember the fact that even though Eve was living
in God’s garden amid blessings, when she approached God with her
own work of faith, she could not avoid but be placed under the curse.
God has blessed mankind unilaterally. Having blessed
human beings all on His own, there is one thing that God has asked
from them, and this is to just accept what God has given them by
faith and enjoy it. After making the Garden of Eden, God said to
Adam and Eve, “If you are of your own work or approach Me with your
own deeds, I will take away the blessings that I gave you.” Therefore,
the reason why people still end up losing this God-given blessing
is because they have forsaken their faith, deceived by Satan.
“As Many As Are of the
Works of the Law Are under the Curse”
Adam and Eve had lived happily in the Garden of Eden.
But, one day, Satan came to Eve and said to her, “Eat from the tree
that will enable you know good and evil.” Adam and Eve could enjoy
all the blessings given by God with their faith, but Satan tempted
them to approach God with their own acts. Satan tempted them by
saying, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will
be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis
3:5). Satan made mankind come before God with its legalistic faith.
By making mankind approach God with its seemingly righteous deeds,
Satan placed it under the curse.
Here, we must remember what God said, that “as many
as are of the works of the law are under the curse.” It is by faith
that we must receive and enjoy these blessings that God has given
us. If we were to add our own acts or efforts even slightly to the
salvation that God has bestowed on us, then these blessings that
God has given us will be cut off from us.
God manifests His divinity through His love for us.
God is gentle and merciful, and He wanted to become our God. Yet
Satan tempted mankind to challenge God. Anyone who challenges God
is to be placed under the curse.
God did not make Satan from the beginning. God says
in the Book of Isaiah that before He made us, He had first created
spiritual beings, the angels. Just as God gave free will to mankind,
so did He give free will to every spiritual being. He did so to
manifest His divine nature, and to be glorified. Satan was originally
an angel created by God, but he challenged God to be higher than
Him. So God drove him away, saying,
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit” (Isaiah 14:12-15).
In all nature, in all spiritual beings, and all human
beings, God wanted to reveal that He is the Creator and the God
who brings all happiness and blessings. So He said, “I, Jehovah,
‘He who exists by Himself,’ have given you happiness like this and
made you happy. Abide in Me, believe in Me, and live happily with
Me forever.” God had made us happy in Him, in Christ.
Yet the Devil challenged God, saying, “This does not
satisfy me. I want to be higher than You.” From then on, Satan lost
his status as an angel, and came to dwell under the curse. Having
thus been cast out, the Devil then now tempted mankind.
My dear fellow saints, how did our God define Satan’s
nature? He said that the Devil was “cunning.” My fellow believers,
we must not fall into the temptation of this cunning Satan. From
the foundation of the world, Satan has been deceiving countless
people on this earth, and he will continue to deceive until the
day the Lord returns to this earth.
Jesus Christ is the One who made this earth, and He
is indeed our God. He has truly cleansed His people from their sins.
He has washed away their scarlet sins as white as snow. He has made
them His own people. He came as the Savior of sinners and completely
eradicated all their sins. Not just in words, but with His actual
deeds, He has blotted out all their sins by taking upon and shouldering
them through the Truth of the water and the Spirit. I admonish you
all to realize that this is the Truth, to overcome Satan’s deception,
and to receive your salvation by faith.
Virtually every church teaches that Jesus Christ took
upon our sins on the Cross and was crucified. Jesus Christ is actually
God Himself, but He came to this earth incarnated in the flesh of
man, and through the baptism He received from John the Baptist,
He bore all the filthy sins of the world. When His people, made
in the likeness of His image, fell into sin, Jesus came to this
earth in our own human image to save them. And by shouldering all
the sins of mankind and of the world on His own body, and by being
punished on the Cross in our place in this sinful state, He made
it possible for us to escape from our punishment.
My fellow believers, we must not fall into the cunning
temptation of evil Satan. This is so imperative. While many people
claim that their sins are washed away when they give prayers of
repentance, that is completely groundless. We must not be deceived
Jesus has saved us by making us sinless. Jesus has
become our Savior. You and I should never be fooled by Satan’s evil
tricks, but we should believe in the Word of God, which came by
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, exactly as it is. This is
what today’s Scripture passage is teaching us.