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Nov 3, 2011

Submit Yourselves therefore to G_d. Resist the devil, ...

Speaking of contextual misunderstanding, I would like to say something... There is this verse "Resist the devil, and he will flee"… Does this mean we have to tolerate those who come with a false Christian teacher among ourselves? At a closer look we can find that the verse actually says the following:

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7 KJV)

It obviously refers to the preceding context, in which we can find:

"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with G_d? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of G_d. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, G_d resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." (James 4:1-6)

It is speaking of the *lust* that the believers have, and it does not speak of the wolves that are coming to devour the flock. If it did, there would be so much contradiction in Scripture with so many other verses that say we are to *reject* false Christian teachers, not to "resist" them. Wolves are those who twist the truth about what God says and *teach* it, they are the false teachers who come with a false doctrine. (Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Rick Warren – just to name a few of them…)

The phrase "Resist the devil and he will flee" is so often what is left in the memory of believers only, and the devil is doing his best to create misunderstanding about this. It is not speaking of how to deal with false Christian teachers and false prophets, but about how to deal with one's own lust when it might cause the believer to sin.

Submit yourself therefore to G_d!

Love You all! G_d Bless You!

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