In Genesis the story of Satan’s lies to the first humans is laid out. I have no doubt that the lies were not hissed by the serpent. The voice was probably lovely, beautiful and musical, shimmering with promise and glory.
But beneath that voice was the hiss of the serpent – the fallen angel – who hated God and who was bound and determined to take down God’s highest creation, humankind.
The same lies that were there in the Garden of Eden are still around today. (Genesis 3:5) Satan has no new material. It is simply repackaged for each generation by false teachers, the ones warned about in Holy Scripture. (See Christ’s words in Matthew 24:4-5 for just one example.) This is where every distortion and denial of the Gospel comes from in each generation of supposedly Christian churches. Man is always exalted and lifted up as God, and God is diminished and denied. Sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes it’s blatant.
This article here by Chad Bird is an excellent repudiation of this teaching of man’s greatness that can be heard everywhere today, including in many supposedly Christian churches. The state of our broken planet is not the result of our great fear of embracing our fantastic, all-powerful selves. The state of this shattered planet is the result of spiritual rebellion against God. Sin. And that’s why we needed Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice on Calvary.
Any so-called teacher, celebrity or otherwise, who is spreading the glories of man as savior, is at war with the heart of the Gospel message. They are at war with God himself. Their Gospel is not “watered down.” It is the anti-Gospel. Listen for the hiss underneath the smooth talk. And then, as Chad Bird says so well, look to God instead.