For every truth that God has Satan has a counterfeit. He has a lie which is so close to the truth that unless you examine it carefully you will be deceived. He uses “religion” to spread these lies. For example, the Bible clearly says in hundreds of placed that we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. However, in many churches which have been infiltrated by “religious” thought (human view point) rather than the true Gospel (Divine viewpoint) you will find that they will teach about Jesus but when it comes to the Gospel you will hear things such as “repent of your sins and invite Jesus into your heart”.
What is wrong with that? It is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is Satan’s counterfeit gospel. There is not a single scripture that tells us to repent of our sins and invite Jesus into our heart for salvation. This false gospel leaves out faith entirely. Faith is believing.
Inviting does not require any faith. I can invite an atheist to dinner but I don’t have to believe in him. Faith and believe are the same thing.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb.11:6.
When we repent we are changing our unbelieving mind to a believing mind. Jesus said “unless you repent you will perish”. Notice Jesus didn’t say “repent of sins” he said repent (metanoeo Greek) change your unbelieving mind. (See commentary “Repent What Does It Mean?”) The phrase “of sins” has been added and completely changes the meaning of the gospel message which is exactly what Satan wants. In other words, Jesus said “Change your unbelieving mind about me or perish” Satan said “Feel sorry that you are a sinner or perish”
There are many more of Satan’s counterfeit gospel messages such as “Make Jesus Lord of your Life.” How can one do this? Works. The phrase implies that one must do good works for salvation by hustling for Jesus. The same is true of the phrase “Commit your life to Christ.” The Bible does tell us to” Commit thy way unto the Lord´ (Psm. 37:5) but it is speaking to people who are already saved and instructing them how to pray. When used as the Gospel it becomes out of context and a false Gospel message. Our commitment is not salvation. We can’t keep a commitment very long. Sooner or later we will slip up. People make commitments when they get married but many times the commitment is compromised. A commitment to Christ is wonderful once you are saved but it is not what saves us.
Why do all of these false Gospels exist? Religious unbelievers who are demon possessed spread Satins lies. Now, normally we perceive demon possession in a vile and evil form and it does indeed exist in this form. However, Satan knows that people are attracted to certain things such as entertainment, good looking pleasant people etc. So he possesses these types of people and lures you into his church whereupon he fills your head with these false gospels a little at a time and keeps you there until you fully believe them. At such churches you will find very little true Bible study and Satan will be perceived to be a vile and ugly being with a pitch fork running around making you do bad things.
Satan and his demons deceive many people by being very nice and pleasant. The anti Christ, who will appear during the tribulation period of seven years, will be a person well liked by not only the unbelievers but will deceive believers as well. He will be so well liked by the Jews and Arabs that he will be able to make peace between them as no one else has ever been able to do. The antichrist, of course, will be a man possessed by Satan himself.
Jesus Christ was God and became a man. He was God and man and came to save the world. The antichrist is the counterfeit. He is man and Satan and will come to deceive the world about the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross..
Satan wants to disguise what he really is and muddy the waters about the things of God.
What is your God? Are you one of those people who claim to be a Christian but ignore Gods word? Do you have your eyes on things? Have you lived your life to just make money and buy new and better material things? If you are you are following Satan’s plan. He wants you to get your eyes on worldly pleasures and off of Jesus Christ. The world system is owned and operated by Satan himself. Does that surprise you? You didn’t think that this corrupt and evil place was Gods kingdom did you? Satan has complete dominion over the world.
“Again, the devil taketh him (Jesus) up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and saith unto him. All these things I will give thee if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said unto him, Get thee hence Satan (go back where you came from you liar) ; for it is written Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and only him shalt thou serve. Then the Devil leaveth him and, behold. angels came and ministered unto him. (Matthew 4:8-11)
Just about everything that we can see in this world is corrupt and evil. Evil is anything that omits God and draws attention away from Gods word. Satan’s forces are working overtime in the world today. It is obvious in some areas. We can see sex pervading everywhere. Homosexuals are now accepted as pastors in churches. This is difficult to understand since God condemns homosexuality. (See Let. 18:22, Romans 1:21-32).
Although evil has existed from the beginning, the world has become more and more evil as time goes along. Today we find ourselves in a world nearly totally immersed in sin. Sin is so accepted that special rights are given to groups who hate God. Atheists, for example, are the only ones allowed to write school text books. If you don’t believe that look at any school text book and find the word God or creator. They are very careful to not use words which may indicate that there is a God. In addition evolution is taught as fact (when it is actually mere conjecture) in an effort to destroy the faith of young minds.
Homosexual couples are rewarded with rights and benefits that non homosexuals cannot receive. In other words Satan is saying if you don’t worship him in sin you will not be rewarded.
He uses the same strategy in the tribulation yet to come. During that seven year period if a person does not take the mark of the beast (ie pledge allegiance to Satan) he will be not be able to buy or sell anything and may be executed.
Satan has his own counterfeit churches, his own ministers, his own ministry dedicated to himself, his own evangelists, his own missionaries and his own communion table. Many of his ministers are very prominent and you can see many of them on television. They will present what seems to be the gospel but at the end they twist things and that makes it false Many. people are deceived and because they are not seeking truth and because they like the TV preacher they choose to believe what they hear.
Originally, Satan wanted to be God but because of his rebellion God has condemned him to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. The Angels who choose to go with Satan will also be cast into the Lake of fire. All unbelievers and people who attempt to be saved by works will be cast into the lake of fire as well.
Don’t let yourself get caught up in Satan’s lies. He will make you doubt the existence of God, the plan of God, the deity of Jesus Christ, the validity of the Bible, the existence of Heaven and Hell etc. How can you avoid these lies? Consistent study of Gods word produces a greater faith. Faith in Jesus Christ is what it’s all about. Faith pleases God. It is his plan for man to believe in Jesus Christ despite the deceit of Satan.
No matter what Satan throws at us, no matter what obstacles we must encounter we must never let go of out faith. Faith is our salvation, it is our spiritual walk through life, it is our victory over Satan.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:1-2)