God’s Plan for Man — Supplement Four (for Lessons Seven and Eight)

In our after-breakfast study of Finis Jennings Dake’s God’s Plan for Man (Lawrence, Georgia: Dake Publishing, 1949) this morning, my family and I finished considering Supplement Four, which follows Lessons Seven and Eight. Lesson Seven had been on the rebellion and overthrow of the first social system (the one ruled over by the angel Lucifer), and Lesson Eight had been on the re-creation of the Earth. Supplement Four considers three ways in which saints add to the glory of Lucifer, whom we call Satan) and ten miscellaneous Bible questions.
This report consists of brief summaries of what Dake says about the three ways, supplemented in square brackets by comments from our discussion or by me personally. Biblical quotations are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.

I. Saints Add to Satan’s Glory by Giving in to Him
1. Saints glorify Satan through unbelief. Most believers discourage others from expecting too much from God, telling them to be satisfied what the Heavenly Father sees fit to give. Some even argue that miracles, healings, gifts, and supernatural and inspirational powers were for the apostles only and not for us today. We must believe the Gospel’s promises of such benefits if we are going to attain them. [We agreed with Dake.]
2. Saints glorify Satan through fear of sickness, pain, trouble, and death. Satan gets people to think about sickness, failure, etc.; their thinking about such conditions leads them to talk about them; and soon the conditions materialize. [We agreed only partly with Dake, our agreeing that thinking about sin produces sin but not agreeing that thinking about sickness produces sickness.] Think right thoughts and you will have no acts that you will regret. [We agreed with Dake on this.]
3. Saints glorify Satan by giving in to him in times of temptation. No sin is committed until lust hath conceived and sin is finished (James 1:13-15). People under attack from demons should resist the devil (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9). [We agreed with Dake.]
4. Saints glorify Satan by permitting him to keep them sick. No child of God has to be sick or stay sick (Psalms 91; Matthew 8:16-17; Matthew 21:21-22; John 15:7; Romans 8:11.). Christ came to destroy the works of the devil and give life more abundantly, and those who do not permit Him to complete this work in them are causing the work of Christ to be a failure in them (John 10:10; 1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38) and thus glorify Satan more than they glorify God. [Although we agreed with Dake that Christ came to destroy the works of the devil, we didn’t agree with him that the passages which he cited show that those who don’t ask for and receive healing are causing the work of Christ to be a failure in them.]
5. Saints glorify Satan by permitting him to rob them of the wonderful material benefits promised them by God. If God has promised and provided material blessings for all men, particularly His own children, then all believers can have these blessings. If they do not receive them, it is not God’s fault but their fault for permitting themselves to be defeated by Satan. The following passages prove that natural blessings are promised every child of God: Psalms 1:3; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6; 3 John 2. [Although we agreed with Dake that God promises and provides material blessings for believers, we felt that Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane suggests that we should qualify our requests to God with the provision that He provide just what is in accordance with His will.]

II. Saints Add to Satan’s Glory by Advertising His Works and Magnifying His Power
1. Saints add to Satan’s glory by being living testimonies of the power of Satan. If sickness, sin, defeat, poverty, and failure in life are the works of the devil, then when these things are manifest in the life in the lives of people who claim to be Christians, they glorify Satan more than God. [See my comment on I, 4, above.]
2. Saints add to the glory of Satan by being his tools at times. In Matthew 16:21-23 Christ rebuked Peter for allowing Satan to influence him to try and stop Jesus from going to the cross. Every time a believer takes part in any division, strife, malice, hatred, or wrongdoing, he is being used by satanic powers.
3. Saints add to Satan’s glory when they propagate false doctrines. Any doctrine that is in the least out of harmony with revealed truth should not be tolerated in the life of a child of God. [Although we agreed with Dake on this, we observed that genuine Christians may disagree on what the Bible reveals, noting that Dake himself held some unorthodox beliefs.]

III. Saints Add to Satan’s Glory by Failing God in Life and Work
1. Every excuse for unbelief and every argument that throws any reflection on God’s will for the best good of all creation is helping Satan keep men in unbelief and bondage to sin, sickness, poverty, and failure in life.
2. All failure in trusting God in times of temptation, sickness, trial, and suffering and all insinuations that God is responsible for these things rob God of man’s respect and add to Satan’s glory.
3. Unconcern for lost souls, failure to live and walk in the Spirit and thus live victorious over sin, disease, and failure in life, and disobedience to God in not coveting the best gifts and the endowment of power for service, all help build up the kingdom of Satan.

Hindrances to Answered Prayer and How to Overcome Them
The hindrances to answered prayer are Satan, demons, fallen angels, doubt, unbelief, and false doctrines among Christians concerning God and answered prayer.
https://opentheism.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/gods-plan-for-man-the-doctrine-of-satan/, 11, tells how to overcome Satan. Review it and doggedly carry out the instructions given in Scripture on this point. Above all, be careful that you have Scripture to prove every part of your faith and every detail of doctrine, and then it will be truth that will set free.


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