“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).
Now and then we all lie, but that’s not what I’m going to be discussing in this commentary. This commentary isabout the lies that have changed people’s future for the worst and in many cases have condemned them to hell.
The liesI’ll be discussing here in this text are the lies of the enemy (Satan). As we grow in our walk with the Lord, we become more in tune to God. While we are babes in Christ we may very well get lost in Satan’s lies.
Those who are walking with Jesus and allowing Him complete control of their lives have a shield that is impregnable by the enemy’s lies. Those who reject our Lord Jesus have no defense, no shield, and no hope of fending off his lies.
Satan uses many different deceptions to suck people into his diabolical schemes. Remember his only desire is to keep people from believing in Jesus Christ; Satan knows his ultimate destination and desires as much company as possible. Immorality, idolatry, and false religions, are but added benefits for his amusement.
Keep in mind Satan will go to any length to achieve his purpose. He’s quite adept at fogging our minds so we can’t see truth. This leads to the hardening of the heart,and it’s difficult to be brought back to the truth of the gospel of Christ once in that hardened state of mind.
It’s been Satan’s goal from the beginning to supplant God’s authority. From the time the serpent first deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden until this very day, Satan’s entire purpose is to be god, to be worshipped as god, to exalt himself to the highest place in heaven above God Almighty.
Believers in Christ know that that is impossible; we’ve read the Bible’s ending and we know who wins. This however hasn’t deterred Satan one little bit from going forward with his plans.
Let’s take a look at a biblical description of Satan:
“Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou [art] the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee [so]: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created” (Ezekiel 28: 12-15).
God created Lucifer as the most beautiful cherub, he held the rank as it were, of “the cherub that covers,” the most powerful of all the cherubim and the leader of all angels in heaven. Only God was above Lucifer. What happened to Lucifer? Where did it all go wrong
Lucifer fell into the trap of pride. Pride took over in Lucifer’s existence and he began to desire it all, he wanted and expected to be god. He wanted to be the most high; I purposely omitted the last part of Ezekiel chapter 28 verse 15. Here it is, “till iniquity was found in thee.”
And then we see what happened to Lucifer, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:”
Read now what Satan desires as told by Isaiah:
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). These are known as the five “I wills” of Satan and as you can see he’s very determined.
For this reason God hates pride. Lucifer fell from grace because of his pride and Satan is now our adversary. He is completely evil and he will suffer the punishment God has promised. Until that time comes Satan will continue to spread his evil lies across the globe.
False religions are of Satan, false doctrines are also of Satan. So many deceived souls, how could this be? Just like Eve, they have believed the lie of Satan instead of the truth of God’s word. Any religion that refuses to accept Jesus Christ as God Almighty is a false religion and of Satan.
Satan’s lies should be obvious to all who profess to be born -Christians. As we read and study our Bibles we see God’s truths come alive before our eyes we can see the falsehoods that are passed around by His enemy.
In the Garden of Eden the serpent asked Eve, “DidGod really say…” and then he made the statement “You shall not surely die.” You see these are essentially the same lies Satan uses today. He hasn’t come up with anything new. He convinces those who are perishing to look at God’s truth (the Bible) as pure foolishness.
He places blinders on those who are in cults so they won’t see the truth. These blinders are very powerful and quite deceptive.
Joseph Smith, for example, the founder of Mormonism, was allegedly visited by an angel by the name of Moroni, and this angel gave Smith a “new gospel”—a new revelation. But look at what the apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Galatians:
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).
Smith must have missed this verse. He went on listening to Satan instead of God, and currently there are at least twelve million Mormons worldwide and this false religion is one of the fastest growing cults in the world today.
“Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart” (Jeremiah 14:14).
Mormons believe that they are Christians, and yet their last president publicly proclaimed they were not a Christian organization. Mormon’s don’t believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God. They don’t believe Jesus Christ is God Almighty.
They believe that Jesus Christ is a created being, the brother of Lucifer. As born again believers we know that Jesus Christ is the Creator God, and that He created Lucifer (Satan). There are so many recourses available that can be easily accessed that will give anyone willing to search them out all the answers to what the Mormons are about.
Let me just say this, the differences are many, and the gap is huge.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are in the same boat, they are all deceived because of what Satan has fed them in the way of lies. Remember this, any religious organization that doesn’t take the Bible as God breathed is deceived. Jehovah’s Witnesses have written their own “bible” because they didn’t like what they saw in the Bibles we believers use. Here’s an example of just one verse they’ve changed in their bibles.
In the Gospel of John we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.
The JW’s changed the last part to read “...and the word was a god.”
They don’t believe that Jesus Christ is God Almighty. They have relegated Him to a lower position, a sort of subordinate god. This again is a satanic deception. Space does not allow for all the differences between the beliefs of the JW’s and Christians to be listed here, but as in Mormonism, the resources proclaiming the truth of who they are, are quite abundant. Once again there remains a huge gap between JW’s and true Christianity.
Islam is a religion of peace? No, not at all; just like the previous two cults, Muslims relegate Jesus to that of a completely erroneous position, that of a prophet and teacher and of course below the status of Mohammed. Worldwide there are more than 1.5 billion Muslims. The followers of this false religion are all deceived and condemned unless they get out of that satanically based religion before it’s too late.
There are other false religions that can be addressed such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Scientology, New Age, among others. These false religions have all swallowed Satan’s lies, hook, line, and sinker. Even Roman Catholics have many traditions and doctrines that are quite frankly, not in any way biblical.
The Roman Catholics believe in lifting up Mary the mother of Jesus as a co-redemptrix. That lie alone is enough to condemn them. There are other lies that the Roman CatholicChurch practice. Taking the bread and wine emblems of the communion supper as actually being the literal body and blood of Christ is not biblical.
Asking a priest for absolution, believing that you must be baptized to be saved, and believing in purgatory as a stopping off place before getting into heaven are all unbiblical doctrines. They adorn their sanctuaries with idols:
“What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?” (Habakkuk 2:18).
Satan’s lies as stated above are all abominations to God.
“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves” (Isaiah 28:15).
We’ll never see any of the false religions of this world going through the bitter attacks from God’s enemy such as we see happening with Christianity in these last days. That fact alone should prove even to the most ardent skeptic of Christianity that there is only one way to heaven and that’s through Jesus Christ.
If all roads or religions led to heaven, the enemy of God would be attacking each of them with the same manor of attacks that he heaves at Christianity. This just isn’t the case; even in our public schools today we see the false world religions accepted with open arms. Only the Son of God is locked out of that arena.
Should we, as born-again Christians, point out the falsehoods that have originated from the mind of Satan whenever we have a chance? Absolutely.
What about the persecution we’ll encounter by exposing the lies of Satan to the world? Let me just say, be prepared for the onslaught of evil that will be hurled at you for your politically incorrect stance. Calling these false religions cults and bastions of the evil one will bring swift retribution.
Personally, I have no wish to see any of those adherents to the false religions I’ve mentioned above, parish. The Bible is God’s Word. We study it to learn God’s truth. We then present God’s truth to those who are perishing in hopes that they will also see the truth and be set free from Satan’s influence and lies.
We cannot control the path of other human beings; we can only offer up an alternative path. It’s the choice of each individual to either act on the flawless truth of God’s Word, or reject it and continue on the path that will lead them to hell.
Satan is a liar and the father of all lies and those who follow him, knowingly or not, are his children.
“Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).
If you’re reading this commentary and you’re in one of the cults I’ve mentioned above, you’re in a false religion. This commentary is your wake up call. You are the children of your father the devil. But there is hope for you; you need not stay in that lost state. You have a choice. Jesus Christ our Creator God is God Almighty and He is your only choice.
In stark contrast to Satan’s lies is the truth of God’s word. We can truly believe every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, every word in the Holy Bible is God breathed.
Who are those who are headed for God’s kingdom as their final destination? Those who’ve accepted Jesus Christ into their lives as their Savior and Lord, those who’ve believed with all their heart and confessed with their mouth that Jesus Christ is God Almighty are they who the Bible makes clear have their names written in the Lambs Book of Life.
We are admonished individually to repent and ask Jesus Christ into our lives. It’s not a corporate decision and no one can make it for you.
Finally, Jesus made this statement which pertains to us all:
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I Am, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).
Our belief in Jesus as Savior and Lord is not complete if we refuse to believe that He is God Almighty.
When Christianity is finally eliminated from our public and private arenas, what will happen to us then? Proclaim the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ every chance you get always standing against the lies, of Satan—or begin your preparations for worshipping underground.
God bless you all,