Christian religious idolaters in positions of authority exercise power and control over their followers. One weapon in their arsenal is the written word of God–The Holy Bible. Here is where immature Christians fall under the influence of Satan through blind obedience to their leader, who alone claims the power of interpretation of scriptures.
The living Word
Jesus Christ is the living word of God. He lives in my heart and he speaks to me through his written word. As I read the Bible, the Holy Spirit brings the scriptures alive in their context and allows me to understand the nuances of meaning therein.
Whenever I am in trouble, and need a word from the Lord, I listen to my heart and search for remembered scriptures that can save me. Over many years, these scriptures become second nature and my prayers are made effective by the composite circumstances of the Living Word, the written word, and my own relationship with Jesus. My well-being is more about relationship than recitation of words.
John 10:27-30 New International Version (NIV)
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
I often pray Psalm 23, Psalm 91 and the Lord’s Prayer when I need help. This is the correct use of the written word.
The written Word
Even Satan recited the written word of God (taken out of context) to Jesus at his temptation.
Matthew 4:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
And Jesus refuted these arguments with scripture in the context of the loving Father, the compassionate and obedient Son of God, and the ever present Holy Spirit. Jesus finally demanded Satan to go.
Athena Dean Holtz describes her journey out of a christian cult whose leaders abused their authority and brainwashed their followers by twisting the meaning of the scriptures. Her story is beneficial reading for anyone who wishes to better understand how the written word of God can be used to manipulate, brainwash, and control believers. (Full Circle, Coming home to the faithfullness of God, by Athena Dean Holtz)
The loving Word
The protestant tradition is to allow each believer to read the scriptures in their own language and interpret its meaning without the overlay of doctrine and tradition from an ecclesiastical authority. You will do well if you read scriptures, pray scriptures, and refute Satan with scriptures using your relationship with the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ.