SUBTITLE: TELLING THE TRUTH IS THE LOVING THING, 3
Looking further in Ist Tim.4:1 in the latter times some will follow the doctrine of devils. NIV “…some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”
What might be doctrines which the demons would like us to believe?
Lie #One: Someone once said to me that all the soldiers who put Christ on the cross were saved because Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,” and of course, the Father would answer Jesus’ prayer. I suggest that that is likely to be a doctrine taught by demons. One is not saved by another’s prayer even when that “pray-er” is Jesus.
Lie #Two: Jesus died for everybody; therefore, everybody will be saved. Most of us don’t believe that but we will believe this: Pray in tongues (your prayer language) and your prayer will be answered because the Holy Ghost always prays the Father’s will. The truth is that it is God’s will that everybody be saved, Jesus did die as a sacrifice for everyone, the Holy Spirit does convict and draw all to Jesus, but everyone does not respond to that offer. And, if they don’t, they will be lost.
Lie #Three: Basing one’s salvation on logic and reason, signs and wonders. Satan is the master liar, skilled at changing bits of truth to dangerous lies, as evidenced by his argument to Eve, “Hath God not said…” Mark 13:22 warns that “false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Thankfully the words “if possible” indicates that there are people who will not buy into their deceit. It is possible to refute satan’s schemes, and respond with the sword of the Lord as Jesus did.
Lie #Four: Many (if not all) our basic doctrines have been perverted in some manner. Check these.
*God loves everyone, he won’t send anyone the hell.
*The only hell there is, is the pain and suffering on earth.
*Don’t worry about partaking of this or that, because you are eternally secure.
*Just speak the word, write checks for your bills, God will provide.
*God made sex to be enjoyed, why expect to maintain sexual purity.
*Be holy? Why nobody can really live above sin.
Very likely we have all heard the liar! If he tried it on Jesus, he will try it on me – and you.
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Good reminder: “The truth is that it is God’s will that everybody be saved, Jesus did die as a sacrifice for everyone, the Holy Spirit does convict and draw all to Jesus, but everyone does not respond to that offer.”
Also lie #3 reminded me that one can be deceived not only by signs and wonders but also logic and reason especially if lies are part of it.
And you have to throw in a little bit of truth that serves as bait. If A is true, C must be true. Ooops, we left something out!
You’ve shared some very sound warnings for all of us to take heed of.
Satan’s lies are very tricky. Deceit! Even the truth set in the wrong context can be deceitful. “Did God not say….”
“A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.” Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda
Yes, that is the scheme of many Deceivers. Especially irritating is that they often have utmost patience as long as they know they will win.
I am going to write about this in October at some point, but when we were visiting our son in TN, someone barged in at 9:30pm, proclaimed my wife to be healed by the Holy Spirit and then said that her suffering proved she was not saved because Jesus cancelled all suffering on the cross. I guess I read a different Bible, and the person’s evangelism technique was a horror beyond belief. And my wife still needs kidney dialysis, so his faith healing did not work either.
I don’t see much WWJD in that effort! I’m glad you were on Solid Rock before running into this “evangelist.”
That is truly sad to hear that someone professing Christ would show such a lack of understanding of the gospel. That person needs help to know the truth before he damages others with that false gospel. It was an accusation straight from satan against your wife’s salvation that you were both able to refute because of your knowledge of the truth. How will he and others believing a false gospel cope when suffering and persecution comes their way.
That is the danger of such false doctrine. When suffering comes, and it will, they will lose hope and might even curse God.
Amen to that.