Two things came up this past Sunday in our gathering that have caused a stir in some folks.
First of all, I want to say that what someone shares during the gatherings is always open to being judged according to the truth of God's Word. In 1 Corinthians 14 we see that all prophecy is to be judged by the other prophets in the midst.
Most of the church world has turned away from the open gathering as set forth in 1 Corinthians because the leadership doesn't want to deal with some of the things that the brethren and visitors might say that are out of sorts or they fear they might lose control of the meeting.
Most of us were surprised when our sister in the Lord, Christy, said she felt to forgive Satan for what he had done to her son. I, for one, had to process this statement to see if this is something we should do since Jesus told us to forgive our enemies, and Satan is certainly one of our greatest adversaries.
Here's what I see.
Satan cannot be forgiven because he has already been judged. He has yet to be cast into the lake of fire, and there is no doubt about his fate. Presently, God is allowing his going to and fro in the earth as a tool for our refinement.
Jesus taught that there is a sin that will never be forgiven. He warned the Pharisees about this unpardonable trespass. They were attributing Jesus’ ministry of deliverance to be empowered by the devil, or Satan. In other words, they were saying that what was obviously a miracle of God was really a work of the devil. This is blasphemy and unforgivable, either in this life or the other according to Jesus.
Isn't it interesting that we never see Jesus forgiving the Pharisees?
I believe our attitude toward Satan should be according to what we see in Psalm 35 where the writer is losing judgment on his enemies. Today our enemies are not the people but the demons that are in the people and influencing them in all kinds of ungodly and negative ways.
Is Satan a son of God? Does God Himself have a rebellious and fallen son?
Who is this one in the group when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord? (See Job 1 and 2) Is he the same one who was cast out of heaven according to Isaiah 14:12, and the same one that Jesus saw fall from heaven in Luke 10:18?
Why would an archangel bring no reviling accusation against him as we see in Jude 9?
I leave this with you to pray about and meditate upon. Always, always search out these matters for yourself. Let the Holy Spirit be your teacher not me are any other humanoid.
Let us go on to perfection, brethren, ever rejoicing in the love and mercy of our God.