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The Great Deception of Satan and Salvation

clip_image002By: Jack Heckathorne

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves,(see to it) that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” (2 John 7-8)

Since the beginning it has been Satan’s Evil strategy to deceive people concerning Jesus Christ. Eve, for example, was deceived in the Garden of Eden and along with Adams help lost dominion of the world and brought sin and spiritual death into the world. All people became sinners and are in need of a savior.

We are born we are spiritually dead and can in no way understand any spiritual things of God except in that moment when God the Holy Spirit reveals God the Fathers salvation plan to an unbeliever. When a person believes in Jesus Christ his human spirit is made alive and he is then able to comprehend the things of God.

“And you hath he quickened (made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan) the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience (unbelievers).” (Ephesians 2:1-2)

“But the natural man (the unbeliever) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1Corinthians 2:14)

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God…(1 Corinthians 1:18)

Therefore, Satan and his demons have devised a plan that proceeds to deceive people before they can understand spiritual phenomena. He has numerous methods of deceit.

Religion, Satan’s Most Deceptive Tool

Religion is a worldly belief system that Satan has devised which teaches its followers that they can gain the approval of God by doing various things. This includes everything from killing everyone who disagrees with them to shaking a chicken when they pray. The fact is, there is nothing you can do to save yourself.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” (Titus 3:5)

In reality, there are only two religions; the false one and the true one. The false religion is called by different names around the world and their works vary in order appeal to various cultures, but they are all from Satan. All religions distort the person of Jesus Christ and his teachings and some deny Jesus in total.

What Do You Worship?

Everyone worships something. For some, it is the true God of the Bible. For others it may be some false god. Still others worship people such as Mary or Mohammed and some worship idols. Even though Humanists and Atheists deny any God whatsoever they must believe in, and depend upon, the false philosophical science of Evolution as an explanation for their life and as their creator. It is their “god” and like every other religion that has a “god” of some sort, they are compelled by their beliefs to invent stories that deceived and gullible people will believe.

Many people are somewhat comfortable with their false religion because it is all they know even though it may not be rational. This is why Jesus instructed Christians to go into all the world and Preach the Gospel. The gospel makes sense when properly explained and the Bible has God’s power behind it. In addition, the Holy Spirit has a convicting ministry when the unbeliever hears the Gospel properly presented.

“There is a way (religion) which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”(Proverbs 14:12)

A Frantic Search for Happiness

Unless God makes you happy you will not be happy. Oh, you may receive some temporary gratification from various people or worldly things but when the new wears off you will not have that inner peace and joy that only comes from Biblical knowledge and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Satan uses worldly things to lure people into thinking that they will be happy. If only they could find that right mate or if only they had more money or more possessions or whatever it is they lust after, they would achieve happiness. But, it is a lifelong trap that will never be realized. All this, of course, is an attempt by Satan to keep one’s eyes on the world and off of Christ.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength…” (Isaiah 26:3-4)

“Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.” (Proverbs 3:13)

Believing False Things

It is astounding what people will believe.

Athiests/Evolutionists: “We came from a nonexistent rock and the nonexistent rock came from nowhere all by itself.”

Hindu: “When we die we recycle as a cow until we achieve perfection” Hindus believe that no religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine paths are facets of God’s Light, deserving tolerance and understanding.

Muslim: Mohammed said that Allah says that we must kill everyone who disagrees with us and be moral to gain God’s approval but of course, you can beat your wife.

Buddhism: “We must have virtue, good conduct and morality to gain God’s approval.

Scientology: “Man is basically good, and that his spiritual salvation depends upon himself, his fellows and his attainment of brotherhood with the universe and is based on mathematics.”

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily (in a sneaky way) shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit (demonically controlled false teacher), but try the spirits (through scripture) whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

None of these, or any other religion, has a God/man as a savior or addresses the issue of the sin nature of man which prohibits man from living with God for eternity. All religions teach that man must do something himself (works) to gain the approval of God. Christianity is the only belief that teaches that man must be made righteous by God because of his acceptance of the work of God’s uniquely born son, Jesus Christ.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119: 103-104).

Visitors To Heaven?

Anyone who claims that he has gone to Heaven and was sent back to earth by God in order to tell everyone how great Heaven is undoubtedly is a false prophet or deluded. Heaven is a spiritual place. A human body cannot live in Heaven. Physical death is required to enter Heaven and a resurrected body is required to live there. In addition, a person only dies once physically. People who tell this kind of story are trying to get attention or sell books to gullible and unlearned people.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God…For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”(1 Cor.15,53)

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
“…And no man hath ascended up to heaven, except he that came down from heaven, the Son of man which is in heaven.”(John 3:13)

The Occult-Satan Worship

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

The occult is actually Satan worship and is an abomination to God and everyone is instructed to avoid it.

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer (communications with the dead). For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect (mature believer) with the LORD thy God” (Deuteronomy 18:9-13)

The World Systems vs. The Kingdom of God

The world systems are the opposite of what God wants man to be in his time on Earth:

“Regarding Truth the world system says it’s flexible, its relative, it’s personal, it’s gray areas The Kingdom of God says it’s absolute, black and white, belongs to God.

Regarding ethics the world system says they are flexible depending on the situation your facing. The Kingdom of God says the ethics of Christ are perfect and unchangeable good for every situation.

Regarding morality the world system says that it’s an outdated puritanical concept right and wrong is what I say it is. The Kingdom of God says that God’s eternal moral law is fixed perfect always for our Good and God’s glory.

Regarding Marriage and Sex the world system says try before you buy, anything goes. The Kingdom of God says make a radical, self-denying, unconditional love commitment of lifelong intimacies, and undefiled good sex.

Regarding finances the world system says dog eat dog do whatever it takes to succeed. The Kingdom of God says give unto others and it will be given to you, the proud will bed debased the humble exalted.

Regarding forgiveness the world system says hold a grudge demand your rights. The kingdom of God says deny yourself forgive as you have been forgiven.

Regarding love the world system says love yourself. The kingdom of God says love God with all your heart, and love others as yourself.” -Will Fowler-

Human Government

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)

Human government, languages and the nations were instituted by God at the time of the Tower of Babel because the entire world had become evil. The world was of one language so God confused their languages in order to separate the people into nations. Now there were many different languages. The people who could understand each other banned together and moved around the world and formed the various nations each with their own government.

Satan and the demons own and operate this world and over time Satan has taken control of the governments. They have become evil to the point of serving Satans goals, such as the efforts to destroy the gospel message and attempt the destruction of Israel through socialism, communism, Islam etc. True Christians are not a part of the world and the world doesn’t like it. However, God will protect and prosper certain nations and/or individuals when they live their lives in obedience to His word.

“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14-16)

“If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.” (Job:36:11)

Assumptions From Ignorance

“I would rather rule in Hell than serve in Heaven.”

If there was ever a stupid statement this is it. First of all, if you are unfortunate enough to end up in Hell, you will not rule anything because you will be in torments. At the end of earth’s history you will be brought up before God and condemned to a place called the Lake of Fire. You will not have a body. You will be a tormented soul. Hell is not going to be a big party. God gives you your entire lifetime to make one simple decision to accept and believe in His son Jesus Christ. He did all the work of salvation. Since God is the source of love, justice, truth, righteousness, eternal life and happiness you will have none of these in Hell or the Lake of Fire.

If you choose against Him you will be condemned, alone, miserable, tortured, totally helpless and lost forever without any hope of a reprieve. You had your entire lifetime to make a ten second decision to accept Jesus Christ as your savior and whatever flimsy excuse you have for rejecting Christ will not be accepted. You will be without any excuse and condemned at the Great white throne judgment along with the false prophets, Satan and his demons and all of the unbelievers in history.

In contrast, during the one thousand year millennial period believers will rule the world under the leadership of The Lord Jesus Christ in a perfect resurrected body. In Heaven they will have a mansion, walk streets made of gold and receive magnificent rewards for their obedience to the most high God.

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6)

Ego-Self Righteousness

Some people have an over inflated ego and actually believe they are so good in themselves that God will welcome them with open arms. Some believe that through their church they have achieved perfection with God’s help by doing rituals and going through the motions. As we have seen, (2 Corinthians 5:21) we do not make ourselves righteous in any way but rather we are made righteous when we accept Christ as our savior.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” (Romans 3:10-11)

Satan Hides Himself

Satan hides himself in the church, religion, drug addiction, the lust for money, sexual perversion, entertainment, materialism, many preachers, people, governments, places of education, books and so many more things. He makes these things look so desirable. Only through a true knowledge of God’s word can a person distinguish God’s good from Satan’s evil.

At times, it is not that difficult to see the evil of Satan, such as the holocaust, but in most things Satan hides himself until he completely controls your mind with attractive worldly things. Once he accomplishes this you will likely not want to turn to God because you will love the darkness more than the light.

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

There are two controlling entities in this world. One of them controls your life. The one true Biblical God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or the god of this world-Satan. The true God offers inner peace and happiness during your lifetime and a home secured in Heaven for eternity. The false god offers misery, confusion and unhappiness during your lifetime and eternal torments forever. It is up to your free will as to which one you choose.

Even if you say that there is no God whatsoever you are worshiping Satan. That is exactly what Satan wants. He wants to keep your eyes off of the true God and he will use every device in this world to do it.

“The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:19-23)

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)