What is Venom?
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”
Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman.
6 The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Attacking God’s Word by saying, you cannot rely on the reliability and inerrancy of Scripture, that is Venom
VENOM: Satan has one purpose and one goal, to kill and wipe out your faith in Jesus Christ by taking away The Truth from your heart through deception.
How does Satan inject Venom?
1 Timothy 4:1-2
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.
Teachings of demons:
- Atheism, there is no God.
- New Age Religion, all roads lead to God. A rejection of John 14:6-Jesus is the only way to the Father.
- False religion: Cults
- Catholicism: Works based salvation and the worship of idols
- Mormonism: A false view of Jesus who they claim is the brother of Lucifer
- Islam: A false view of Jesus who the Qur’an teaches that He was not the Son of God and that He did not die on the cross
- Jehovah’s Witnesses: A false view of Jesus who they teach that He was not God and that Jesus was the first creation of God the Father. They also teach that Jesus is the Archangel Michael, they deny His bodily resurrection by saying that He did not physically resurrect but resurrected spiritually.
What does Venom do to one’s faith?
2 Corinthians 11:3-4
3 But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!
Venom makes you believe in a different Jesus from a different gospel that came from a demonic spirit.
The outcome of deception is spiritual death.
39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.”
40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and asked him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?”
41 “If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.
Self-righteousness is Venom
Anyone who comes to you and tells you to believe in a different Jesus is trying to inject Venom into your faith.
An Atheist who is telling you not to believe in God is trying to inject Venom into your faith.
These people don’t know why they have an impulse to go out and try to convince you to go against the Word of God. But, we believers know. They are being pushed by an outside source which is in the spiritual realm to destroy your faith. Remember, our fight is not against these deceived people but against what’s behind them, demons.
Put on the Full Armor of God
stand your ground