The Devil Has a Bible
A Plymouth Brethren, C.H. Mackintosh, said in his commentary of Leviticus 16:
“The devil is never more diabolical than when he appears with the Bible in his hand.”
In a similar vein of thought, mid-Acts dispensationalist Terence McLean has said:
“It is not enough to be Biblical, one must of necessity be dispensational.”
Both statements speak to the idea that the Bible can be terribly misused.
It is easy to think, “Well, a little Bible is better than nothing.” But if the “little” is taken out of context then it can cause extreme spiritual confusion and harm.
The Devil has a Bible and he uses it.
Recall how that the Devil quoted scripture to the Lord Jesus Christ leaving out important details, ignoring the context, and not letting God be true (Matt. 4:6).
The same teachings found in Leviticus are said by our Apostle Paul to be “doctrines of devils” in Paul’s letter to Timothy (1 Tim 4:1-3).
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times [of this age of grace] some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and Doctrines of Devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry [celibacy], and commanding to abstain from meats [certain foods considered unclean], which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. - 1 Timothy 4:1-3 (KJV)
It was TRUE in Deuteronomy 6:25 that righteousness could “come by the law” for Israel, but “forbidding to marry [celibacy],” and commanding to “abstain from meats [certain foods considered unclean],” is FALSE in this age of “the gospel of the grace of God.”
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.- Galatians 2:21 (KJV)
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. - Romans 3:20 (KJV)
Also, while it was RIGHT to consider the raven and not work for daily bread in the context of God providing manna for Israel in the wilderness … it would be WRONG teaching today where Paul teaches us “if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thess 3:10).
The ‘word of God’ is compared to bread for believers. But the Bible is also compared to a ‘sword,’ and if not used properly you can cut off a limb. That which is ‘bread’ in one place in the Bible is ‘Doctrinal Poison in another, under Paul’s grace epistles.
The Need is to “Rightly Divide the word of truth”:
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
In order to battle the enemy of your soul you must learn to be a swordsman: clashing the Bible against ‘the Devils Bible.’ This is why it is not enough to be Biblical, as the Devil sometimes is. You must be right by “rightly dividing the word of truth.”
For this you must be ‘dispensational,’ recognizing the dispensational differences that apply to us during our age of God’s pure grace for today! The Devils Bible draws from Israel’s Law program, which is CONTRARY to Paul’s grace epistles for the Gentile “body of Christ” today.
To discern which scripture is right for today requires a ‘division of scripture’: right division. Wrongly divided, or not divided at all, the Bible can be used to teach error, promote evil, and justify wrong.
If you need to drive somewhere you must drive a vehicle, but you better make sure you learn how to drive first. Otherwise, you will end up in the side of a ditch somewhere. We should take just as much caution when people use the Bible.
If you are going to grow spiritually you must use a Bible. Yes, but you must first learn how to use it, or you will end up in a spiritual ditch.
Knowing that the Devil has the Bible, too, should change your perspective when you see or hear someone using it. Be ready to discern.
Do not trust what someone says simply because they have a Bible verse to support a teaching. You may find out that you are following the Devil with a Bible in his hand.
- portions adapted from Justin Johnson -