Christians, for the most part, claim they would never expose themselves to evil and demonic spirits because they believe in Jesus and depend on what the Bible tells them about salvation and grace. Sadly, much of the religious cultural traditions they practice and believe in are actually based on precepts that can open doors to evil spirits, never realizing that they (demons) twist and tweak scripture in a subtle manner to convince believers they are an integral part of the true Gospel tradition that has been part of the Christian religion they have been trained to believe in for centuries. One of these traditions is the "Immortal Souls" doctrine.
The debate between the Immortal Soul doctrine and whether it merely sleeps after death until The Resurrection is one of the oldest in theological history. Yet, the Bible answer to this conundrum has been available all along. Based on my extensive research, which is documented in Chapter 10 (Heavenly Minded) of my book, The End Times Passover, data contained therein proves that the soul is not immortal and can be terminated by God at His discretion (Matthew 10:28).
My good friend and colleague, Steve Wohlberg, Director of White Horse Media, has written a great article that provides concise biblical data that not only proves the soul is not immortal, but belief in that doctrine can open portals to painful and even deadly, diabolical spiritualism. Please welcome a gifted Gospel writer and preacher, our guest, Steve Wohlberg:
The Immortal Soul Doctrine is The Devil's Door to Spiritualism by Steve Wohlberg
On the surface, the doctrine seems as "Christian" as the Pope being Catholic and the Rabbi Jewish. "Our dearly beloved Brenda 'went home to be with the Lord,'" the minister informs his tearful congregation at Brenda Webb's funeral. "Her suffering is over. She's with God now." Who dare doubt such a conclusion? Brenda Webb was a firm believer in Jesus Christ. Of course she went heaven, right?
Let's take a closer look.
This belief is belief in an immortal soul. Most human beings across planet Earth accept this idea, including most members of the world's largest religions, which not only include Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim, but Hindu, Buddhist, Pagan, Wiccan and Spiritualist. While these religious persuasions differ markedly in their understanding of where souls go on the day of death, they all believe that every person has an "immortal soul" that goes somewhere after one's physical body disintegrates to dirt.
Put your hand over your pacemaker (if you have one), and get ready for a shock. This doctrine was actually the Devil's first lie that duped Eve in the Garden of Eden. I call it, The Devil's Door to Spiritualism."
Then came the snake. What did he say? A few verses later, the Bible reports:
Did you catch that? It was "the serpent" that first snickered, "You will not surely die," in direct contrast to God's Word. Again, the Lord said, "you will surely die." The serpent countered, "No, you won't." Who told the truth, God or the Devil? Sadly, Eve believed the snake and ate the fruit. Then she offered it to Adam, and he ate too (see Gen. 3:6). The result was sin, pain, and death for all humanity. Ultimately, that tiny act led to the death of Jesus Christ to fix the problem.
Sin is serious.
We should always believe what God says.
After Adam and Eve sinned, God reiterated His "You will surely die" message to the guilty pair. Notice carefully:
Then to Adam He said..."In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken, for dust you are, and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:17,19).
Once again God didn't tell Adam that merely his physical body would revert to dust, but Adam himself. "For dust you are," the Lord clarified, "and to dust you shall return." The word "you" takes in Adam's entire existence. In Genesis 2:7, the Bible says that Adam was formed from dust combined with "the breath of life." This "breath of life" was not an eerie out-of-body intelligence, but rather a spark of life that God placed into all creation, including animals (see Gen. 7:21, 22 and Ps. 104:29,30). It was this combination of dust plus breath that - together - made Adam "a living soul" (Gen. 2:7, KJV). At death (which is the result of sin), "the breath of life," also called "the spirit" that now animates man, simply "returns to God who gave it" (Eccl. 12:7). `But human consciousness doesn't continue. It ceases (see Psalm 146:4, KJV). That's what God said.
The Bible is crystal clear that fallen man is not immortal. God "alone has immortality" (1 Tim. 6:16, NKJV, emphasis added). Fallen man must "seek for glory, honor, and immortality" (Romans 2:7, emphasis added). Only on Resurrection Day will saints "put on immortality" (1 Cor. 15:53). The Bible teaching is not the instant soaring of immortal souls into outer space after the physical body is pronounced dead; but actual death, burial, and future resurrection.
Now here's the scary part. If Christians believe that their deceased loved ones aren't really dead, but are alive somewhere, then this makes them dangerously vulnerable to being deceived by demons impersonating their dead relatives. In other words, if Brenda Webb really did go to heaven, then why couldn't her ghost return at Madam Sophia's beckoning to communicate with the living? Why not? The biblical answer is not that she wouldn't, but that she can't. "The living know that they will die" (Eccl. 9:5), wrote Solomon, "But the dead know nothing." Nothing. That's why communication with the dead is impossible. "The dead...go down into silence" (see Ps. 115:17), dittoed David. They wait for "the resurrection at the last day" (see John 11:24 and John 5:28, 29).
Wait a minute! You might be thinking, what about New Testament passages like "absent from the body" (2 Cor. 5:8), the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16), and Jesus Christ's promise to the dying thief that he would join Him in Paradise (Luke 23:43)? Don't they teach that believers go to heaven at the moment of death?
The Bible sounds the warning that "the great dragon, the serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan...deceives the whole world" (Rev. 12:9, emphasis added).
My advice is: let's believe what God Almighty told Adam about sin and death.
Let's shut The Devil's Door.
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