"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. " Genesis 2:17.
Would it be slanderous to say that the vast majority of supposedly Christian preachers today are preaching the words of Satan himself? God said that the day Adam and Eve disobeyed Him by eating the fruit they would be dead. And Satan responded with, "Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
Adam and Eve were not killed the minute or the day they ate of the fruit; so Satan's deception was manifested as a "half-truth" (which the Apostle Paul calls "false wisdom." There is a way that seems right to a man, but it ends in death. Without close examination, the way that seems right becomes the way that is right to the ignorant -- to the extent that most are willing to live by their assumptions of what truth is. The Lord said, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
We often hear preachers say, "For the wages of sin is death" and in the same breath speak Satan's words, "You won't die!" by their refusal to show the multitudes, who are content with their own lives, that they are going to hell. Truly such have been led by their father the devil, so as to blur the line between truth and lies through hypocrisy. With the same tongue they say that the due reward for sin is death (for that is what a wage is, simply a payment), but also exclaim, "God loves you; He is forgiving!" -- a statement that is entirely true, but by itself is only part of the truth.
In addition to being love and forgiving, God is holy and just; He is also full of wrath and righteous judgment toward all mankind who are not in Christ. And God's final judgment is being generously withheld until the appointed time.
Read these editorial letters: the Democrats and the Republicans seek always to offend each other; but Christ will offend them both. Let each man examine himself in light of the truth.