"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." 1 John 3:8. In this scripture we are told that anyone that commits sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning, which shows that their sins follow the likeness of the sin of the devil. Since our sins make us children of the devil and are likened unto the sin of Lucifer which he sinned from the beginning, and Lucifer’s sin was not because of a sinful flesh or a nature of sin (Ezekiel 28:15).Then it follows that our sin is not because of sin in our flesh or some sinful nature. To be children of the devil our sins must be exactly after the likeness of the sin of Lucifer from the beginning.
What was Lucifer's sin?
Lucifer's sin was where he rejected the knowledge of the oneness of God and exalted himself, a creation, as god with God (Isaiah 14:12-14). It is this same false doctrine of creation being god with God that he used to tempt man, which caused man to reject the knowledge of the oneness of God and accept the false concept of Lucifer, thus sinning against God (Genesis 3:1-6).
This false doctrine of creation being god with God is what is behind the development of idol values in our hearts that cause us to worship creation as god, falling short of God’s glory and our purpose, thus sinning against God (Ezekiel 14:1-5, Romans 1:21-23,25, Galatians 4:8, Colossians 3:5). Therefore man in sin exalts some form of creation as god with God, whether it is money, shoes, clothes, guns, women/men etc. Since all creation is equal and on the same level, once you exalt one as god, you exalt all as god. We must understand that the sin of Lucifer was not because of sin in his nature or some kind of sinful flesh but because of the false doctrine by which he exalted himself- a creation- as god with God. Then it follows that all who commits sin is of the devil because they are following in his doctrine of creation being god with God, the same doctrine by which he led a rebellion and war against the rule and law of God, against the government of God.
Hereby we are sure that any religion that exalts creation as god (e.g. the Roman Catholic papacy who exalts the Pope as God on earth), or teaches that the very law that shows us who God is by nature, and give us a knowledge of sin, is abolished, all who are against the numerical oneness of God's divine nature, is of the devil (all false Protestants, Evangelical religions, and Baptist religions). All who teaches that God's holy seventh day Sabbath, which is the fruit sign between God and his people that shows the one true God is the one that sanctifies us or makes us sinfree, (Ezekiel 20:12,20, Hebrews 4:1-11) is abolished, and replaces it with Sunday- the mark of a man that was enforced to do away with the seventh day Sabbath of the true God, to show that he is god on earth and must be obeyed by all- is of the devil (all Sunday keeping churches). All who exalt creation as having a divine spark or teach that when the soul dies it lives on or make idols to serve gods, or teaches that God is in all of creation, or do every wrong including murder in the name of a so called god who practices jihad for religion, is of the devil (Hinduism, Buddhism, Satanism, Zionism, all idol worshippers). For such a doctrine that exalts creation as God with God is pantheism.
For this purpose Christ was manifested, to destroy the works of the devil (pantheism), which is the doctrine exalting creation as god with God from which all sin and false religions are birthed. Christ gives back to man a true knowledge of the oneness of God thus separating sin from the mind of all those who receive this knowledge of God, thus destroying the works of the devil (sin) from our minds, making us sinfree and in subjective obedience to God's law (Isaiah 43:10-12, 1 John 5:18-21, Romans 3:21,22,28-31).
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By Bro. Michael Francis