The Love God Hates (John Macarthur)

Satan needed to counteract the truth. So he developed lies about God, eternal destiny, and other spiritual truths. The results of those lies first appear in Genesis 4:6-7: “The LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou angry? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” Sin ruled over Cain because he failed to obey God. Although the Lord had apparently made it known that He required sacrifices for atonement, Cain brought the fruit of his hands–things he had grown in the field. However, Abel brought a blood sacrifice. Genesis 4 records the initial development of false religion, which is based on one thing: human works. Abel brought a sacrifice for sin (i.e. Christ), which was a picture of the final sacrifice. Cain brought his own works, which has been the continual legacy for false religions throughout the centuries. All false religions claim that man enters God’s presence not on the basis of what God has done by His grace, but on the basis of what man can do himself if he is good enough.

Satan knew that if he was going to control the world’s system, he would have to do it through religion, since man is a religious being. So he developed a religion that opposed God’s grace and exalted man’s own achievements. There are basically only two religions in the world: the religion of divine accomplishment or the religion of human achievement.

– John MacArthur from “The Love God Hates

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