“Satan means to lure the Church onto the hook of a false dichotomy: choose blessing or repentance. Yahweh means to save the Church, with the kindness of both.” Nick Franks More info, including the full version of the podcast, can be found here.
This is where we might begin to think he’s a bit of a jerk. Today, John would be called a bigot or a “hater” or even a counterfeit. All because he wasn’t declaring the proximity of the kingdom of heaven with a creamy latte and a branded welcome pack.