Are We Being Swayed By The Evil One?

Is the world controlled by the Devil?

There are a few verses that are sometimes used to defend Calvinistic idea of total depravity. That seem to say that the world is under the control of satan. Here they are:

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. – 1 John 1:8-

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. -1 John1:10-

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. -1 John 5:19-

It’s obvious that John is not teaching any sort of doctrine of total depravity, but is simply saying that everyone has sins, and that if anybody claims to be without sin; they are singing by making such a claim. No non-Calvinist disagrees with this.

Almost all Christians of all types believe that everybody sins. It is a straw-man fallacy and non-sequiter to say that if a person denies the Calvinistic idea of total depravity then they don’t believe that a,k people are sinners.

You can deny total depravity and still accept the biblical teaching about the universal sinfulness of humanity.

The third passage quoted above, 1 John 5:19, is sometimes quoted in reference to total inability.

This verse is used to say that people are under control of the devil, and therefore, cannot see or understand the truth of the gospel, nor respond to it, for the devil, who controls them will not allow it.

“The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” -1 John 5:19

John is saying the world lies in wickedness. It is covered in wickedness. This point would be identical to what John wrote earlier in his letter, that everyone is a sinner. -1 John 1:8-10- John is understood to be saying that the world lies under the power, control, or sway of the wicked one, this verse still does not teach total inability for at least two reasons.

The words “power,” “control,” or “sway” are not found in the text, a translator is free to add whatever words he wants to help the reader understand what John is saying.

The entire book of 1 John is engaged in this idea about good and evil, light and darkness, truth and error, and John is intent on showing his readers that based on who God is and what Hesus has done for all people, we can choose to live in love, light, and righteousness, rather than abide in hatred, darkness, and evil. This is how to understand John’s letter.

John is not making a statement about total depravity but is calling upon his readers to “choose this day who we will serve. God or Satan.

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