Warning! Satan has a scheme to distort God’s word and deceive you.
The purpose and intention of this article is to warn you and inform you of the battle plan Satan has in place. We must stop taking truth for granted and start seeking His word daily to discover real truth that is beyond the world’s ability to comprehend. When we stand before Him we will be without excuse. May the God of peace guide you into real truth, in Christ name, amen.
Satan says “I will”
13 “But you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north.
14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14: 13-14 NASB)
Satan has always had a desire to be like God. It was this desire that caused him to fall from heaven in the first place. His goal has always been, overthrow God’s authority and rule in His kingdom. In order to achieve this ambition, Satan must first destroy knowledge of the true God and exalt himself before men. His plan of attack to accomplish this task is to distort the truth of God’s Word and cause people to serve him while believing they serve God. The success of Satan’s plan depends upon people continuing to be lazy in studying the scriptures. It’s a brilliant plan of attack to be honest. He keeps us so busy and concerned with earthly matters; most of us will never take the time to seek God in His word. We trust what the preacher says and count it as truth, never searching the scriptures to verify or confirm it for ourselves.
Satan has infiltrated our country, our government, our churches, our schools, and every other place where we might learn about God’s truth. He has replaced real truth with his own twisted doctrine of lies. Over time people, who have little or no true knowledge of God’s word, have accepted and promoted these twisted theologies. Naturally, such people keep others from learning the truth by being so compelling with what they proclaim to be the truth. They make a great effort to assure people of their doctrine; all the while they are preventing people from becoming true followers of Christ. Many people are serving Satan in doing this, and don’t even know it.
A true follower of Christ is submissive, and obedient, to His teachings and commands even when they go against what feels right. Most modern Christians are submissive to Christ only when it’s convenient and beneficial for them. Obedience is an attribute of the wedding vow that has been omitted by the modern day bride of Christ. This type of conduct is not the image of a true Christian at all, it’s merely the fruit produced from a true counterfeit.
Satan has once again deceived and caused many to embrace a false understanding of truth using a cleverly disguised counterfeit. By mixing just a bit of falsehood with mostly truth Satan has turned our focus away from trusting God’s word, and has deceived us into believing his lies. Our neglect in studying the scriptures has made it easy for Satan to turn us away from God and toward him without us ever even realizing it. This method of attack has been like a cancer that spreads throughout the entire population without mercy or regard. The deterioration of our values and moral standards as a nation is evidence his plan is working.
The greatest infiltration of Satan and the place where we would least expect to find deceit is in our Churches. Not all of them, but many have allowed Satan to do his work through their teachings. There are many doctrines taught in churches today that the bible clearly reveals as false, if only we would take the time to search the scriptures for this truth to be revealed.
What makes this battle really difficult to fight, is the fact that most people read and interpret the bible based on what they already have their mind made up to believe. It’s very difficult to hear the Word of God speak when you are dictating what it means before the Holy Spirit has an opportunity to be manifested. When false doctrine is embedded in a person from a young age or for long periods of time, it becomes harder and harder to bring them to a clear understanding. One of the hardest things a person could possibly face is coming to the understanding that what they’ve been taught all of their life, and believed, turns out to be nothing more than a distorted version of what the bible really says. When mom and dad, and grandma and grandpa are involved it’s even more difficult. I can’t count the number of people I’ve talked to in the church that have their faith based on what grandpa said, rather than what God’s word says. Don’t get me wrong, I love grandmas and grandpas and I’m thankful for the dedication and faithfulness of all the saints of old. But if grandpa is a true follower of Christ he will be the first to tell you, he will pass away, but God’s word will never pass away.
In most churches I’ve visited and the majority of sermons I’ve listened to online, seldom is there any mention of personal responsibility or of the cost associated with accepting Christ. Preachers of today are more politically correct than the most liberal politicians in Washington. The gospel message of repentance has been replaced by the sermon of acceptance. The proclamations coming from behind the pulpits today sound more like a salesman explaining the features and benefits of his product, rather than a message of holy conviction that leads a person to repentance and ultimately to Christ. We have our sales pitch down to a tee and we scratch the customers itch in just the right spot.
The disciples were not tortured, beaten, stoned and burned alive for preaching a message of acceptance. They were not martyred for being politically correct and more concerned about feelings than souls. Their vision was not focused on the offering plate and there is no mention in the new testament of any mega-church buildings the disciples constructed or funded. They were violently murdered for preaching a gospel message of repentance to a rebellious and stiff-necked people just like us. They proclaimed the message of the gospel in the streets, at the market place, in the court yards and in the house of God as well. Wherever they were, the gospel was being proclaimed. Their message didn’t change based on who was in attendance or how much money they had or needed. God was their provision and they depended and trusted Him completely. I dare to say if we began preaching the gospel like the disciples did we would indeed be imprisoned and murdered just the same.
The United States of America has produced a whole generation of people that believe they have a right to all things. Hard work and dedication are virtues that most young people know nothing of. This generation demands their rights with arrogance and boldness. Camping out in city parks to protest the profits earned by people who work 12 to 14 hours a day has become the ambition of this generation. They want the government to take from the wealthy that work and give to the lazy that refuse to. The church is no exception. We have produced a generation with this same mentality spiritually. People enter into the house of God and disrespect it more than they would a cheap motel room. The fear of God has been cast so far from the depths of our heart, that we desecrate His temple openly and unashamedly. God is demanded to bless and provide for a people that pick and choose what they will or will not do because they have a right to His blessings. His word has been reduced to nothing more than suggestions rather than commands and requirements. America has lost its godly vision and her people are perishing right before her eyes.
The only hope we have as a country, a nation, a people, or a church is repentance. We must not continue to go barreling down this road of self destruction we are on. Today is the day of salvation and we must recognize the signs of the times Jesus warned us of. The pains of conviction and repentance are not even comparable to the consequences of rejection and rebellion. The truth demands action. Either you will choose to embrace it and submit to it, or you will choose to reject it and cast it aside. Whatever your choice you must choose this day whom you will serve. Will it be God and His purpose, or will it be Satan and his scheme? Only you can decide, and only you can act. Don’t delay.