Mike Vinson has again landed himself feet first into a contradiction and a paroxysm of self-defeating logic. Seemingly, without even realizing it, Mike has outed himself as the next incarnation of Satan, (the accuser, no less!) by effectively stating that he will be using the bible to manipulate and control people in the supposed post-millennial age.
Answering a question on his IWWB website, Mike addresses the concern of a reader about how the so-called "Lake of Fire" will work, and more importantly, since Satan and his henchmen will be contained within this framework also, who will there be to try and to test humanity, as Satan has done in the past? Who will be the new accuser?
Before I get into the failure of logic on Mike's part, it is worth nothing (for those not in the know) that Vinson and his IWWB group teach a bizarre form of Christian Universalism, one in which even Satan himself will be saved and reconciled to God. IWWB pseudo-elder Mitch Kuhn has said in the past, that prior to joining Mike's WWCoG splinter group, he experienced dreams about hanging out with a redeemed lord Satan in the afterlife.
What does the the name "Satan" mean? Literally, Satan means "the accuser." Various scriptures highlight this role of accusation:
Revelation 12:10 -Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
Zechariah 3:1 - Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.
1 Peter 5:8 - Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.This constant accusation that Satan undertakes, is certainly not held in a positive light within the scriptures. In contrast to Christ, who accepts the downtrodden and the social outcast with love and forgiveness, Satan simply delights in pointing out faults and waving them before all and sundry.
The woman caught in adultery (John chapter 8) is a perfect scenario that highlights this:
John 8:10 - When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are thine accusers? Has no man condemned thee?Note the word "accusers" in the above scripture? This is the ancient Greek word katēgoros (Strongs #2725) and it is used elsewhere in the New Testament, namely Revelation 12:10, quoted above, which I will do again here -
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses (Greek: katēgoros) them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.However, it seems that Mike has no qualms about stating that he and his wide-eyed altar boys and girls will assume the Satanic role of the accuser, in the lake of fire, as he states plainly and succinctly:
Since "every man's works will be tried by fire", and since that "fire" is God's words in the mouth of His angels, the only conclusion to draw is that those in whose mouths is that fire will be the adversaries of Satan and his angels... This "fire" that is the adversary of Satan and his "carnal minded... angels" is the word of God in the mouths of the angels of God, His elect. The carnal mind is by nature the adversary of the mind of God, and the mind of God is by nature the adversary of the carnal mind..Mike certainly doesn't seem to see it, but in truth, all he is saying is that he believes he will be bible-thumping Satan and anyone else who doesn't agree with him in this so-called lake of fire. Really, that's no different to what Mike does now except, in the millennium, Mike is under the impression that he will have attained God-like celebrity status!
Moreover, in Mike's mind, virtually all of humanity and Satan, will be Mike's captive audience, unable to escape the ravings of him and his IWWB foot-soldiers.
I don't know about you, but quite honestly, a literal lake of fire would be preferable because this scenario sure sounds like hell on earth to me. Seriously, if I had to sit through even 15 minutes of a Jennifer Wells worship session? Or listen to IWWB plagiarize a Beatles classic? No thanks!
Lord, have mercy I pray thee...