The devil is one cunning, sly thing. I can’t express how deceitful he is. His influence upon this world is quite significant, and yet he tries to hide his identity and make it seem like this world is meant to be the way it is right now. Opening your eyes to this truth, recognizing that he is the cause for all the evil in this world and why so many people are going astray, will make you a bigger enemy to him. He will do all he can to stop your progress.
He has blinded the eyes of so many people to the truth of the gospel. He works in both realms – among the people of the world as well as the Christian churches – and tries his best to take people’s focus away from what is important.
Many Christian churches today, I must sadly say, are under the influence of false ideologies that the devil has planted in their leaders’ minds. So many of the shepherds are now just wolves deceived by the great wolf himself. You would think that the Bible would be held up high as the ultimate authority in churches, and the final word in all decisions about right and wrong. Well, no.
Today there are too many “feel good” churches where your inner feelings are held higher than the powerful word of God. Anyone can say anything that their “spirit” is urging them about, and it is taken as the truth. Instead, God’s word tells us to test the spirits:
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
We are told to test the spirit and see whether they are from God himself. I have heard far too many false doctrines in churches, and I am getting tired of it by the day.
Here is one example that bothers me the most:
Too many churches preach the “prosperity gospel” – they teach people that if you follow Jesus Christ, He will give you all the riches you will ever need, He will give you a better job, a better car, a better house, etc. One time I had to walk out of a church in the middle of the service because the preacher would not stop shouting about this and he kept making people “claim” these blessings and much more.
Exactly where in the Bible does it say that following Christ will lead to you becoming a millionaire? Actually, if you have actually read the Bible, you will know for sure the story of the wealthy man who wanted to follow Christ.
This man came to Jesus, asked Him “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16) Jesus told him to obey all commandments. When the man said he was “perfect” in keeping all those commandments, Jesus said:
“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” (Matthew 19: 21)
Jesus told him to SELL whatever he had and give it away to the poor. Jesus did not congratulate him on all his wealth and say “well, you’re going to get many more riches, just follow me”… NO!!! He has told us over and over again that the riches of the earth are not meant for us, but it can only prevent us from entering heaven.
Go back to that verse – Jesus said that if he sold all his possessions and gave it to the poor, “and thou shalt have treasure in heaven” – he would have riches in heaven. That is what Jesus tells us to focus on – not on the worldly possessions and riches, but our riches in heaven that can only be gained by showing kindness to others.
Look at what He says later on:
“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)
Jesus tells us that it is basically impossible for a rich man to enter heaven.
Now, here is another blasphemy I once heard at another church: (I have tried going to several churches, visiting, trying to see if I can agree with any of their ways)
I heard the pastor of this church say, “my dear brothers and sisters, when Jesus said “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle”, He was NOT talking about the actual eye of a needle. He was talking about one of the gates of heaven, and the name of that gate is “eye of the needle””
You can guess what happened after I heard that – we just left that service. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry because of the ridiculousness of this claim – WHY should they twist the scripture like this?????
My dear God, have mercy upon the churches today!!! There needs to be a change, an awakening.
People need to start reading their Bibles for what it really is, STOP twisting the scripture to comfort yourself, and recognize it when the devil is trying to implant a false doctrine in your system or your community.
The devil is cunning, like I said before. He will do anything he can in his power to take our minds the wrong direction, make us follow the wrong path, and move away from God. This is a constant war between us. Don’t let yourselves fall for his lies!!! The doctrines he shares will sound so comforting, so beautiful, and will make you feel good about your sin.
The actual gospel is like a two-edged sword, and should work within your heart to bring out all the filth and sin and make you cleanse it all out – this is not the “feel-good” gospel but the TRUE word of God.
More on this next week!
Until then, Jesus save us!!!