"You shall not tempt Jehovah your God..." (De6:16)
"And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You are the Son of God, speak that these stones may become bread. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God... And he says to Him, All these things I will give to You if You will fall down and do homage to me. Then Jesus said to him, GO AWAY, SATAN! For it has been written, You shall do homage to the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve." (Mt4:3-4,9-10)
"Then [Elisha] said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand, and go. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the boy." (2Ki4:29)
Amongst the ones who come around, seasonally these particular guys come around with their pickup truck, loaded with several kinds of fresh fruit. My neighbors always get suckered into buying (if I go around to visit, I will see the fresh fruit sitting on their desks, and I know 'where' it came from)... but I never do. The other day these 'fruit' guys came again; 'Interested in some fresh fruit? I looked over and smiled, "No thank you"; and turned to resume what I was doing.
As I continued with my work, I noticed he was still standing there, staring at me; and he started muttering: Don't you like fruit? Don't you eat fruit? ...and whatever else, I wasn't really paying attention. Finally after a minute of this as he wasn't leaving, I turned to face him again and repeated, this time with a 'serious' expression and firm voice, "I said: No thank you."
As he turns to grab the door knob, he mutters something about, "You don't have to be so rude!"
Well... I meant what I said, and I said what I meant... and an elephant... well... you know...
But this sort of "reasoning" has been going on since Eden. It is how males and females get into each other's pants. It is how politicians finagle words around to make people believe the opposite of whatever is the Truth. It is how car salesmen unload lemons. It is how the Church went apostate. And it is how sinners are headed to the Lake of Fire.
Satan comes to Eve, "Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Gen3:1) Aw... Don't you like fruit?
Notice the cleverness of the opening salvo. Has God -INDEED- said? Did He -REALLY- say that? Such wording gives a -suggestion-, by such an emphasis, that perhaps it is not really true. As though it is unbelievable. If the questioner can suggest unbelievability, it starts the thought processes in the answerer....if this is being questioned, and I don't want to be -RUDE-, let's -POLITELY- 'listen', and 'engage' in conversation.
But the questioner is not -asking- from curiosity. He is -leading-. Just like the fruit salesman was not -asking-; he was -wanting- to SELL. He had an agenda. The serpent (satan) was not engaging Eve in "conversation", he had a militant agenda to corrupt her, and through her (and Adam) the whole human race.
This is how communism works. I read in one of the NewsWithViews postings recently (I forget which one, but pasted this quote from it):
Never forget: Wolf doctrine begets pups, not lambs! (Mt7:15-23)
The Bible says...
These days they run TV promos to "Just say NO" to drugs. Drugs are bad. Just say "No!" But when it comes to all sorts of other things, if a person says NO... You're so rude! And as Peter says,
When the world, or the world's apostasy of its 'church' comes luring, using Scripture out of context about "not forsaking the assembling of yourselves" (Heb10:25) in order to try to give you a guilt trip for not fellowshiping WITH THEM, where they can further indoctrinate you into worldliness, the Holy Believer must be firm and say, "No!"
As the Believer is travelling along, doing the Master's business, and they come along, wanting to stop you for fellowship, the Holy Believer must do as Gehazi was instructed: Don't stop to visit. Don't even return their greeting. Because... if they get the slightest of footholds in the door, ultimately you may not be able to shut the door on them. Rude? Indeed!
However... if you are going to say "No" to somebody or situation, be sure you actually -mean- it. That "No" is your true heart's intention. Don't send mixed signals. Don't be like the girl who says, "No" coyly, but otherwise her attire and demeanor say, "Yes" or "Maybe?" Be a (as the saying goes) "man of your word". If you are known for your word, you should not need to swear oaths: on your dead mother's grave...rest her soul; on the life of your kids; with hand on Bible; or whatever other ways people try to emphasize their words to -persuade- others of their truth, when in fact in their own heart they know they are lying through their teeth. One reason the tempters keep coming is because liars continue lying, so they know that with most people, if they can just get a few words in 'edgewise', they can turn a person's "no" around into a "yes".
"But above all things, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your Yes, be Yes, and your No, No, so that you do not fall under condemnation." (Ja5:12)