Yeah. You misunderstood me, but that's okay. What I said was, and I quote...Hi Lee:
Lee, I am not sure if I understood your last statement correctly here when you said that the devil would never appear as a minister of righteousness. Lee, how do understand verses like these?
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his MINISTERS also be transformed as the MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; whose end shall be according to their works." 2 Cor. 11:13-15
Here we see this is just the case Satan comes very subtle in fact so subtle the word tells us IF it were possible he would decieve the very elect, Matthew 24:24. So we see it is only God the Holy Spirit who can give one true repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. If not, the word tells us if God does not they will be taken captive by Satan at his will. 2 Tim. 2:25-26. Thank you. Gary
"In conclusion, if it was a requirement that we reflect the attributes of the Spirit before we can acquire accurate knowledge of what's written, the devil would never appear as a minister of righteousness, nor would he have ministers that appear righteous, either."
My point was that it's not a requirement that we reflect the attributes of the Spirit in order to have accurate knowledge of the bible and the interpretation of it. If that were true, then the devil couldn't be perceived as a minister of righteousness, nor could he have others that pose as ministers of righteousness, either. But, the devil does portray himself as a minister of righteousness. And he has people that portray themselves as ministers of righteousness, too. Therefore, reflecting the fruit of the Spirit is not a requirement.