Whenever Satan is on the scene, there are half truths. All you have to do is turn to the beginning of the Old Testament and examine what he said to Eve. Then turn to the beginning of the New Testament and examine what he said when he tempted Jesus.
Satan is the Father of lies and half truths (John 8:44). Whereas, Jesus is 100% the way, 100% the truth, and 100% the life, 100% of the time (John 14:6). It doesn’t stop there. Our God is not only 100% love (1 John 4:7,8,16), but he is 100% righteousness and 100% consuming fire (Deut 4:24, Isa 33:14, Heb 12:29) 100% of the time. The concept of God as a consuming fire includes both the idea of God’s jealous, holy nature and His judgment upon those who sin and oppose Him. Used in more than one way in the Bible, the overall idea is one of power, both positively in the sense of deserving worship and negatively in punishing those who sin and oppose Him.
Listen to what David Wilkerson has to say:
Right now, there is a terrible practice sweeping through evangelical churches. Ministers go to great lengths to test God’s warnings of judgment. They ask, “Is the warning in this passage compatible with God’s love?” If the warning doesn’t seem to be tender, gentle or loving it is written off and ignored. These ministers have created a false Christ. They preach a Jesus who is only about love and not about holiness and justice. They make him out to be an indulgent Savior who turns a blind eye to anyone’s besetting sin at least 490 times. These shepherds never consider Jesus’ righteous judgment or hatred for sin. They lead people to excuse their sin with the claim, “It doesn’t matter if you fall. God loves you.”
Now listen to what the Bible says to back up the fact that the whole counsel of God’s Word is to be taught without compromise:
Therefore I (Paul) testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (Acts 20:26-29, 2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 4:14)
The excerpt from David Wilkerson that I had quoted is from his sermon ‘Broken Down City Without Walls’ which was originally released in 1998 and is now re-released in April 2016, because it is still so timely. You can read the whole sermon in the following PDF:
The main theme of the sermon is that when we as Christians live a life with hidden sin, we become a ‘Broken Down City Without Walls’. We can’t blame Satan or anyone else for our woes. But when it comes to so many of Christianity’s false Spiritual Leaders, they will be judged for not preaching conviction to these ‘Broken Down City Without Walls’. They will no longer be smiling like they did on their book covers. Blood will be on their hands.