Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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SATANIC VERSES

GENESIS 3:1-19

(1) Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" {2} And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; {3} but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.' " {4} And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die! {5} "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." {6} When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make <one> wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. {7} Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. {8} And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  {9} Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" {10} And he said, "I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself." {11} And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" {12} And the man said, "The woman whom Thou gavest <to be> with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate." {13} Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." {14} And the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, And dust shall you eat All the days of your life; {15} And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel. " {16} To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you shall bring forth children; Yet your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you." {17} Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. {18} "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you shall eat the plants of the field; {19} By the sweat of your face You shall eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you
shall return. "

INTRODUCTION:
On a plane trip the man setting next to me was reading a book that had symbols on the cover from another language. He was engrossed in the reading of this book. I was curious to find out what book he was reading. When he went to the restroom I peaked. The book he was reading was titled :The Satanic Verses". The writer of that book has been threatened with death from Muslim leaders.

I want to show you some word of scripture that allow us to hear the sayings of Satan. In a way we are allowed to hear some Satanic Verses. Please follow in your Bible.
 
 


I.    These Satanic Verses May Lead to Confusion. 3:1-3 


EXPLANATION:

A. CONFUSION CAUSING DOUBT. v 1
GEN 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the \Lord\ God had
made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the
garden'?"
 

B. CONFUSION CAUSING DELIBERATION. v 2-3
GEN 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You
shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.' "
 

ILLUSTRATION:
Several years ago some young Men in Joplin Missouri beat a friend to death with a baseball bat. Why did they do it? They say they were receiving a message from Satan to execute this friend.
 

APPLICATION:

No one agrees this was just their choice without some outside influence from their Satanic worship. They were receiving some verses from Satan. The were getting and following a confusing message.
 
 

II.    Satanic Verses May Lead to Contradiction. v 4-6 


EXPLANATION:

A. CONTRADICTION CAUSING DECEPTION. v 4-5
4 And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die! 5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

    1    Today Satan says "You will not kill a baby it is only a fetus.

    2.    Today Satan says again God isn't good. If He was good He wouldn't have allowed you to get
            pregnant.

B. CONTRADICTION CAUSING DESIRE. (FLESHLY DESIRES) v 6
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the
eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make {one} wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

    1.    One can make the point that not all pregnancy are desireable. In the text the reverse is true as Eve
            look and her desires where quickened.
 

Illustration
A childrens teacher ask her children to share some happy news. One child well my mom thinks she is expecting a baby. The teacher did not know anything about this so she said well are you sure? The boy said yes on the way to church my mom told my dad she thought she was pregnant and he said "now that' a happy thought"

    1.    Eve latter could say what I thought was desireable turn out not to be desireable.

    2.    Today a pregnancy may not seem desireable. In future years that child may be the answer to a
            world of need.
 

ILLUSTRATION:
Have you seen any pictures of a partial abortion process? The baby is lowered into the birth canal and then stopped so the brains can be sucked out. How can one human do something like that to another human? There are some satanic words coming into someone's mind and heart.

APPLICATION:

In a neighboring town a story is circulating about a pastor who had an affair. The affair resulted in a pregnancy and the birth of twins. As I am hearing the story neither the Mother or the Father of these twins want them. But they can't legally kill them today but 1 month ago they could have. Does that make any sense to thinking people.

Today I hear that 2,000,000 people are waiting to adopt a baby. I told the person who told me the story about these twins I knew where they could find a good home. I know several people in this church who would take them. I called the church and asked the secretary if what I heard was true and she said there are twins and it is my understanding neither our former pastor or the husband of the won=man want to take the children to raise.

At an abortion clinic a Pro Life worker came in and asked to be able to talk with all the people who came in for an abortion. She said if you are really pro-choice let me talk to them. The owner said "when they come inside this building the only choice they get is Tuesday or Thursday. Those are the days we do abortions.
 
 

III.    Satanic Verses May Lead to Concealment. v 7-12 


EXPLANATION:

A. ATTEMPTED CONCEALMENT FROM THEIR . . SIN. v 7
{7} Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
 

B. ATTEMPTED CONCEALMENT FROM THEIR . . SOURCE. v 8
{8} And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
 

C. ATTEMPTED CONCEALMENT FROM THEIR SELF. v 9-12
{9} Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?" {10} And he said, "I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself." {11} And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" {12} And the man said, "The woman whom Thou gavest <to be> with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate."
 

ILLUSTRATION:
When I pastored in St. Louis we had a woman come in one night. During the invitation time she came forward to join the church. Since I had never seen her before I asked to be able to talk with her further, She agreed and made an appointment to talk with me. She seemed very nice although a little different. She did come ahead and join our church.

Then ever once in a while someone near her would notice her talking to her self during the worship services. A few of our ladies said she if speaking in tongues. This went on until one of the ladies of our fellowship who had been in a church where they emphasize speaking in tongues asked this lady to talk with her privately. She came away from that encounter believing the lady was demon possessed.

I was asked to get involved and I did as I prayed and these ladies went to talk further with this lady. They came back convinced this lady was demon possessed. Theses ladies then said pastor you need to do something. Well I don't believe every strange acting person is demon possessed but I do believe there is such a thing as demon possession. To make a long story short I got a pastor friend to come and talk to her.

This pastor friend has been trained to deal with such situations. He came out from the meeting saying this lady is one of the strangest I have ever talked with. This all goes back to her having an abortion and the guilt she has felt since that time. Her wealthy husband insisted she have the abortion. Guilt resentment etc. Had given Satan a place of dwelling in her life
 

APPLICATION:

True FORGIVENESS OR CONCEALMENT of sin can only come from GOD.

I know that most of us here have had someone in our extended family who has had an abortion.

Forgiveness is available. The blood of Jesus can cover any sin you desire Him to cover.
 
 

IV.    Satanic Verses Lead to Condemnation. v 13-19 


EXPLANATION:

A. CONDEMNATION ON SATAN.
(13) Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." {14} And the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly shall you go, And dust shall you eat All the days of your life;    {15} And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel. "
 

B. CONDEMNATION ON WOMAN. v 16
16 To the woman He said, #"I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you shall bring forth children; Yet your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you."#
 

C. CONDEMNATION ON MAN
GEN 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; #Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.

GEN 3:18 "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you shall eat the plants of the field; GEN 3:19 By the sweat of your face You shall eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return. "#
 

ILLUSTRATION: From James Dobson's Mail out, December 1993     (It is long )

These are Dr. Loomis' own words, recalling the delivery of a baby many years ago. before caesarean procedures were commonly used to rescue infants at risk. He called his story "The Tiny Foot."

Two years after I came to California, there came to my office one day a fragile young woman, expecting her first baby. Her history was not good from an emotional standpoint, though she came from a fine family.

I built her up as well as I could and found her increasingly wholesome and interesting as time went on, partly because of the effort she was making to be calm and patient and to keep her emotional and nervous reactions under control.

One month before her baby was due, her routine examination showed that her baby was in a breech position. As a rule, the baby's head is in the lower part of the uterus for months before delivery, not because it is heavier and "sinks" in the surrounding fluid, but simply because it fits more comfortably in that position. There is no routine spontaneous "turning" of all babies at the seventh or eighth month, as is so generally supposed, but the occasional baby found in a breech position in the last month not infrequently changes to the normal vertex position with the head down by the time it is ready to be born, so that only about one baby in 25 is born in the breech position

This is fortunate, as the death rate of breech babies is comparatively high because of the difficulty in delivering the after-coming head, and the imperative need of delivering it rather quickly after the body is born. At that moment the cord becomes compressed between the babies hard little head and the mother's bony pelvis. When no oxygen reaches the baby's bloodstream, it inevitably dies in a few short minutes. Everyone in the delivery room is tense, except the mother herself, in a breech deliver, especially if it is a first baby, when the difficulty is greater. The mother is usually quietly asleep or almost so.

The case I was speaking of was a "complete" breech--the baby's legs and feet being folded under it, tailor-fashion--in contrast to the "frank" breech, in which the thighs and legs are folded back on a baby's body like a jackknife, the little rear end backing its way into the world first of all.

The hardest thing for the attending doctor to do with any breech delivery is to keep his hands away from it until the natural forces of expulsion have thoroughly dilated the firm maternal structures that delay its progress. I waited as patiently as I could, sending frequent messages to the excited family in the corridor outside.

At last the time had come, and I gently drew down one little foot. I grasped the other, but for some reason I could not understand, it would not come down beside the first one. I pulled again gently enough but with a little force, with light pressure on the abdomen from above by my assisting nurse, and the baby's body moved down just enough for me to see that it was a little girl--and then to my consternation, I saw that the other foot would never be beside the first one. The entire thigh from the hip to the knee was missing and that one foot could never reach below the opposite knee. And a baby girl was to suffer this, a curious defect that I had never seen before, no have I since.

There followed the hardest struggle I have ever had with myself. I knew what a dreadful effect it would have upon the unstable nervous system of the mother. I felt sure that the family would almost certainly impoverish itself in taking the child to every famous orthopedist in the world whose achievements might offer a ray of hope.

Most of all, I saw this little girl sitting sadly by herself while other girls laughed and danced and ran and played--and then I suddenly realize that there was something that would save every pang but one, and that one thing was in my power.

One breech baby in 10 dies in delivery because it is not delivered rapidly enough, and now--if only I did not hurry! If I could slow my hand, if I could make myself delay those few short moments. It would not be an easy delivery anyway. No one in all this world would ever know. The mother, after the first shock of grief, would probably be glad she had lost a child so sadly handicapped. In a year or two she would try again and this tragic fate would never be repeated.

"Don't bring this suffering upon them," the small voice within me said. "This baby has never taken a breath--don't let her ever take one. You probably can't get it out in time, anyway. Don't hurry. Don't be a fool and bring this terrible thing upon them. Suppose your conscience does hurt a little; can't you stand it better than they can? Maybe your conscience will hurt worse if you do get it out in time."

I motioned to the nurse for the warm sterile towel that is always ready for me in breech delivery to wrap around the baby's body so that the stimulation of the cold air of the outside world may not induce a sudden expansion of the baby's chest, causing the aspiration of fluid or mucus that might bring death.

But this time the towel was only to conceal from the attending nurses that which my eyes alone had seen. With the touch of the pitiful little foot in my hand, a pang of sorrow for the baby's future swept through me, and my decision was made.

I glanced at the clock. Three of the allotted seven or eight minutes had already gone. Every eye in the room was upon me and I could fell the tension in their eagerness to do instantly what I asked, totally unaware of what I was feeling. I hoped they could not possibly detect the tension of my own struggle at that moment.

These nurses had seen me deliver dozens of breech babies successfully--yes, and they had seen me fail, too. Now they were going to see me fail again. For the first time in my medical life I was deliberately discarding what I had been taught was right for something that I felt sure was better.

I slipped my hand beneath the towel to feel the pulsations of the baby's cord, a certain index of its condition. Two to three minutes would be enough. So that I might seem to be doing something, I drew the baby down a little lower to "spilt out" the arms, the usual next step, and as I did so the little pink foot on the good side bobbed out from its protecting towel and pressed firmly against my slowly moving hand, the hand into whose keeping the safety of the mother and the baby had been entrusted. There was a sudden convulsive movement of the baby's body, an actual feeling of strength and life and vigor.

It was too much. I couldn't do it. I delivered the baby with her pitiful little leg. I told the family the next day, and with a catch in my voice, I told the mother.

Every foreboding came true. The mother was in a hospital for several months. I saw her once or twice and she looked like a wraith of her former self. I heard of them indirectly from time to time. They had been to Rochester, Minn. They had been to Chicago and to Boston. Finally I lost track of them altogether.

As the years went on, I blamed myself utterly for not having the strength to yield to my conscience. Through the many years that I have been here, there has developed in our hospital]

a pretty custom of staging an elaborate Christmas party each year for the employees, the nurses, and the doctors of the staff.

There is always a beautifully decorated tree on the stage of our little auditorium. The girls spend weeks in preparation. We have so many difficult things to do during the year, so much discipline, and so many of the stern realties of life, that we have set aside this one day to touch upon the emotional and spiritual side. It is almost like going to an impressive church service, as each year we dedicate ourselves anew to the year ahead.

This past year the arrangement was somewhat changed. The tree, on one side of the stage, had been sprayed with silver paint and was hung with scores of gleaming tinsel ornaments, without a trace of color anywhere and with no lights hung upon the tree itself. It shown but faintly in the dimly lighted auditorium.

Every doctor of the staff who could possibly be there was in his seat. The first rows were reserved for the nurses and in a moment the procession entered, each girl in uniform, each one crowned with her nurse's cap, her badge of office. Around their shoulders were their blue Red Cross capes, one end tossed back to show the deep red lining.

We rose as one man to do them honor, and as the last one reached her seat we settled in our places again, the organ began the opening nots of one of the oldest of our carols.

Slowly down the middle aisle, marching from the back of the auditorium, came 20 other girls singing softly, our own nurses, in full uniform, each holding high a lighted candle, while through the auditorium floated the familiar strains of "Silent Night." We were on our feet again instantly, I could have killed anyone who spoke to me then, because I couldn't have answered, and by the time they reached their seats I couldn't see.

And then a great blue floodlight at the back was turned on very slowly, gradually covering the tree with increasing splendor: brighter and brighter, until every ornament was almost a flame. On the opposite side of the stage a curtain was slowly drawn and we saw three lovely young musicians, all in shimmering white evening gowns. They played very softly in unison with the organ--a harp, a cello, and a violin. I am quite sure I was not the only old sissy there whose eyes were filled with tears.

I have always liked the harp and I love to watch the grace of a skillful player. I was especially fascinated by this young harpist. She played extraordinarily well, as if she loved it. Her slender fingers flickered across the strings, and as the nurses sang, her face, made beautiful by a mass of auburn hair, was upturned as if the world that moment were a wonderful and holy place.

I waited, when the short program was over, to congratulate the chief nurse on the unusual effects she had arranged. And as I sat alone, there came running down the aisle a woman whom I did not know. She came to me with arms outstretched.

"Oh, you saw her," she cried. "You must have recognized your baby. That was my daughter who played the harp--and I saw you watching her. Don't you remember the little girl who was born with one good leg 17 years ago? We tried everything at first, but no she has a whole artificial leg on that side--but you would never know it, would you? She can walk, she can swim, and she can almost dance.

"But, best of all, through all those years when she couldn't do those things, she learned to use her hands so wonderfully. She is going to be one of the world's greatest harpist. She enters the university this year at 17. She is my whole life and now she is so happy. . .And her she is!"

As we spoke, this sweet young girl had quietly approached us, her eyes glowing, and now she stood beside me. "This is your first doctor, my dear--our doctor," her mother said. Her voice

trembled. I could literally swept back, as I was, through all the years of heartache to the day when I told her what she had to face. "He was the first one to tell me about you. He brought you to me."

Impulsively, I took the child in my arms. Across her warm young shoulder, I saw the creeping clock of the delivery room of 17 years before. I lived again those awful moments when her life was in my hand, when I had decided on deliberate infanticide.

I held her away from me and looked at her. "You never will know, my dear," I said, "you never will know, nor will anyone else in all the world, just what tonight has meant to me. Go back to your harp for a moment, please--and play 'Silent Night' for me alone. I have a load on my shoulders that no one has ever seen, a load that only you can take away."

Her mother sat beside me and quietly took my hand as her daughter played. Perhaps she knew what was in my mind. As the last strains of 'Silent Night, Holy Night' faded again, I think I found the answer, and the comfort, I had waited for so long.
 
 

APPLICATION:

Once again let me emphasize the forgiveness of God. Guilt is good only to the point you bring it to the foot of Jesus and receive forgiveness. When you receive forgiveness, guilt is resolved.
 
 

Don't listen to the voice of Satan but the Word of the Lord.
 
 

Matt 11:28-30

28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.   29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke is easy, and My load is light." (NAS)