What then did Jesus mean when He quoted Psalm:82:6, where God says, “I have said, Ye are gods”? Because He was testing the Pharisees’ comprehension of Scripture, Jesus didn’t quote the next verse: “But ye shall die like men.” It sounds as though being a god and death are related. Clearly, in reminding them that God had said they already were gods, Jesus was not calling men to become gods. We must go all the way back to Genesis:3:22 to find when and where God called men gods. There God says, “Behold, the man is become as one of us.”
It was Satan, not God, who had promised godhood to Eve—and not that she would be God, but “as [the] gods” (Genesis:3:5). Ah, there was the catch! There is only one true God. The gods are all false. They are the pretenders after godhood, the followers of Satan, who have believed his promise of godhood. These demonic beings are worshiped through idolatry. Speaking of “that which is offered in sacrifice to idols,” Paul writes that “the Gentiles…sacrifice to devils, and not to God” (1 Corinthians:10:19,20).
Every problem in the world today can be traced to Eden, when mankind became a race of godhood-seekers. Today we have nearly 6 billion such seekers on earth, all in conflict with one another, all seeking for the power to enforce their will upon others. Unless we abdicate the throne of our “godhood” and are reconciled to God through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we remain under God’s judgment for joining Satan’s rebellion. God warns:
“But the Lord [Jahweh] is the true God…. The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.”
God puts His finger on the root of every earthly problem: rebellious man, pretending to be a god, and claiming he can create with his mind. And He exposes the lie very simply: Obviously we have not created the heavens and the earth, but He has. The one true God declares unequivocally that all who claim to be gods but have not created the heavens and the earth shall perish! Yet Paul Crouch declares:
“If we are not ‘little Gods,’ we will apologize to you in front of ten thousand time ten thousand before the Crystal Sea!”