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The Gospel of Satan

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  1. #1 Coconut, Apr 11, 2006
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2006
    Another Gospel by ARTHUR W. PINK

    SATAN IS NOT AN INITIATOR but an imitator.

    God has an only begotten Son—the Lord Jesus, and so has Satan—"the son of Perdition" (2 Thess. 2:3).
    There is a Holy Trinity, and there is like wise a Trinity of Evil (Rev. 20:10).
    Do we read of the "children of God," so also we read of "the children of the wicked one" (Matt. 13:38).
    Does God work in the former both to will and to do of His good pleasure, then we are told that Satan is "the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2).
    Is there a "mystery of godliness" (1 Tim. 3:16), so also is there a "mystery of iniquity" (2 Thess. 2:7).
    Are we told that God by His angels "seals" His servants in their foreheads (Rev. 7:3), so also, we learn that Satan by his agents sets a mark in the foreheads of his devotees (Rev. 13:16).
    Are we told that "the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" (1 Cor. 2:10), then Satan also provides his "deep things" (see Greek of Rev. 2:24).
    Did Christ perform miracles, so also can Satan (2 Thess. 2:9).
    Is Christ seated upon a throne, so is Satan (Rev. 2:13—Gr.).
    Has Christ a Church, then Satan has his "synagogue" (Rev. 2:9).
    Is Christ the Light of the world, then so is Satan himself "transformed into an angel of light" (2Cor. 11:14).
    Did Christ appoint "apostles," then Satan has his apostles, too (2Cor. 11:13).

    And this leads us to consider "The Gospel of Satan."

    Satan is the arch-counterfeiter. The Devil is now busy at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. He is seeking to pre vent the growth of the wheat by another plant, the tares, which closely resembles the wheat in appearance. In a word, by a process of imitation he is aiming to neutralize the Work of Christ. There fore, as Christ has a Gospel, Satan has a gospel too; the latter being a clever counterfeit of the former. So closely does the gospel of Satan resemble that which it parodies, multitudes of the unsaved are deceived by it.

    It is to this gospel of Satan the apostle refers when he says to the Galatians, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another, but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ" (1:6, 7).
    This false gospel was being heralded even in the days of the apostle, and a most awful curse was called down upon those who preached it. The apostle continues, "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."
    By the help of God we shall now endeavor to expound, or rather, expose, this false gospel.

    The gospel of Satan is not a system of revolutionary principles, nor yet a program of anarchy. It does not promote strife and war, but aims at peace and unity. It seeks not to set the mother against her daughter nor the father against his son, but fosters the fraternal spirit whereby the human race is regarded as one great "brotherhood." It does not seek to drag down the natural man, but to improve and uplift him. It advocates education and cultivation and appeals to "the best that is within us." It aims to make this world such a comfortable and congenial habitat that Christ's absence from it will not be felt and God will not be needed. It endeavors to occupy man so much with this world that he has no time or inclination to think of the world to come. It propagates the principles of self-sacrifice, charity and benevolence, and teaches us to live for the good of others, and to be kind to all. It appeals strongly to the carnal mind and is popular with the masses, be cause it ignores the solemn facts that by nature man is a fallen creature, alienated from the life of God, and dead in trespasses and sins, and that his only hope lies in being born again.

    In contradistinction to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan teaches salvation by works. It inculcates justification before God on the ground of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is "Be good and do good"; but it fails to recognize that in the flesh there dwelleth no good thing. It announces salvation by character, which reverses the order of God's Word—character by, as the fruit of, salvation. Its various ramifications and organizations are manifold. Temperance, Reform Movements, "Christian Socialist Leagues," Ethical Culture Societies, "Peace Congresses" are all employed (perhaps unconsciously) in proclaiming this gospel of Satan—salvation by works. The pledge-card is substituted for Christ; social purity for individual regeneration, and politics and philosophy, for doctrine and godliness. The cultivation of the old man is considered more "practical" than the creation of a new man in Christ Jesus; whilst universal peace is looked for apart from the interposition and return of the Prince of Peace.

    The apostles of Satan are not saloon-keepers and white-slave traffickers, but are for the most part ordained ministers. Thousands of those who occupy our modern pulpits are no longer engaged in presenting the fundamentals of the Christian Faith, but have turned aside from the Truth and have given heed unto fables. Instead of magnifying the enormity of sin and setting forth its eternal consequences, they minimize it by declaring that sin is merely ignorance or the absence of good. Instead of warning their hearers to "flee from the wrath to come" they make God a liar by declaring that He is too loving and merciful to send any of His own creatures to eternal torment. Instead of declaring that "without shedding of blood is no remission," they merely hold up Christ as the great Exemplar and exhort their hearers to "follow in His steps." Of them it must be said, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." (Rom. 10:3).

    Their message may sound very plausible and their aim appear very praise worthy, yet we read of them—"for such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming them selves (imitating) into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing (not to be wondered at) if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works." (2Cor. 11:13-15).

    In addition to the fact that today hundreds of churches are without a leader who faithfully declares the whole counsel of God and presents His way of salvation, we also have to face the additional fact that the majority of people in these churches arc very unlikely to learn the Truth for themselves. The family altar, where a portion of God's Word was wont to be read daily is now, even in the homes of nominal Christians, largely a thing of the past. The Bible is not expounded in the pulpit and it is not read in the pew. The demands of this rushing age arc so numerous, that the multitudes have little time and still less inclination to make preparation for the meeting with God. Hence the majority who are too indolent to search for themselves, are left at the mercy of those whom they pay to search for them; many of whom betray their trust by studying and expounding economic and social problems rather than the Oracles of God.

    In Prov. 14:12 we read, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death." This "way" which ends in "death" is the Devil's Delusion—the gospel of Satan—a way of salvation by human attainment. It is a way which "seemeth right," that is to say, it is presented in such plausible language that it appeals to the natural man: it is set forth in such a subtile and attractive manner, that it commends itself to the intelligence of its hearers. By virtue of the fact that it appropriates to itself religious terminology, sometimes appeals to the Bible for its support (whenever this suits its purpose), holds up before men lofty ideals, and is proclaimed by those who have graduated from our theological institutions, countless multitudes are decoyed and deceived by it.

    The success of an illegitimate coiner depends largely upon how closely the counterfeit resembles the genuine article. Heresy is not so much the total denial of the truth as a perversion of it. That is why half a lie is always more dangerous than a complete repudiation. Hence when the Father of Lies enters the pulpit it is not his custom to flatly deny the fundamental truths of Christianity, rather does he tacitly acknowledge them, and then proceed to give an erroneous interpretation and a false application. For example: he would not be so foolish as to boldly announce his disbelief in a personal God; he takes His existence for granted and then gives a false description of His character. He announces that God is the spiritual Father of all men, when the Scriptures plainly tell us that we are "the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:26), and that "as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God" (John 1:12). Further, he declares that God is far too merciful to ever send any member of the human race to Hell, when God Himself has said, "Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the Lake of Fire" (Rev. 20:15).

    Again; Satan would not be so foolish as to ignore the central figure of human history—the Lord Jesus Christ; on the contrary, his gospel acknowledges Him to be the best man that ever lived. Attention is drawn to His deeds of compassion and works of mercy, the beauty of His character and the sublimity of His teaching. His life is eulogized, but His vicarious Death is ignored; the all-important atoning work of the cross is never mentioned, whilst His triumphant and bodily resurrection from the grave is regarded as one of the credulities of a superstitious age. It is a bloodless gospel, and presents a crossless Christ. who is received not as God manifest in the flesh, but merely as the Ideal Man.

    In 2Cor. 4:3, 4 we have a scripture which sheds much light upon our present theme. There we are told, "if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God should shine unto them." He blinds the minds of unbelievers through hiding the light of the Gospel of Christ. and he does this by substituting his own gospel. Appropriately is he designated "The Devil and Satan which deceiveth the whole world" (Rev.12:9). In merely appealing to "the best that is within man, and in simply exhorting him to "lead a nobler life" there is afforded a general platform upon which those of every shade of opinion can unite and proclaim this common message.

    Again we quote Prov. 14: 12—"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." It has been said with considerable truth that the way to Hell is paved with good intentions. There will be many in the Lake of Fire who commenced life with good intentions, honest resolutions and exalted ideals— those who were just in their dealings, fair in their transactions and charitable in all their ways; men who prided themselves in their integrity but who sought to justify themselves before God by their own righteousness; men who were moral, merciful and magnanimous, but who never saw themselves as guilty, lost, hell-deserving sinners needing a Saviour. Such is the way which "seemeth right." Such is the way that commends itself to the carnal mind and recommends itself to multitudes of deluded ones today. The Devil's Delusion is that we can be saved by our own works, and justified be fore God by our own deeds; whereas, God tells us in His Word—"By grace arc ye saved through faith ... not of works lest any man should boast." And again, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us."

    A few years ago the writer became acquainted with one who was a lay preacher and an enthusiastic "Christian worker." For over seven years this friend had been engaged in public preaching and religious activities, but from certain expressions and phrases he used, the writer doubted whether his friend was a "born again" man. When we began to question him, it was found that he was very imperfectly acquainted with the Scriptures and had only the vaguest conception of Christ's Work for sinners. For a time we sought to present the way of salvation in a simple and impersonal manner and to encourage our friend to study the Word for himself, in the hope that if he were still unsaved God would be pleased to re veal the Saviour he needed. One night to our joy, the one who had been preaching the Gospel (?) for seven years, confessed that he had found Christ only the previous night. He acknowledged (to use his own words) that he had been presenting "the Christ ideal" but not the Christ of the Cross.

    The writer believes there are thousands like this preacher who, perhaps, have been brought up in Sunday School, taught about the birth, life, and teachings of Jesus Christ, who believe in the historicity of His person, who spasmodically endeavor to practice His precepts, and who think that that is all that is necessary for their salvation. Frequently, this class when they reach manhood go out into the world, encounter the attacks of atheists and infidels and are told that such a person as Jesus of Nazareth never lived. But the impressions of early days cannot be easily erased, and they remain steadfast in their declaration that they "believe in Jesus Christ." Yet, when their faith is examined, only too often it is found that though they believe many things about Jesus Christ they do not really believe in Him. They believe with the head that such a person lived (and, because they believe this imagine that therefore they are saved), but they have never thrown down the weapons of their warfare against Him, yielded themselves to Him, nor truly believed with their heart in Him The bare acceptance of an orthodox doctrine about the person of Christ without the heart being won by Him and the life devoted to Him, is another phase of that way "which seemeth right unto a man" but the end thereof are "the ways of death." A mere intellectual assent to the reality of Christ's person, and which goes no further, is another phase of the way which "seemeth right unto a man" but of which the end thereof "are the ways of death," or. in other words, is another aspect of the gospel of Satan.

    And now, where do you stand? Are you in the way which "seemeth right," but which ends in death; or, are you in the Narrow Way which leadeth unto life? Have you truly forsaken the Broad Road which leadeth to death? Has the love of Christ created in your heart a hatred and horror of all that is displeasing to Him? Are you desirous that He should "reign over" you? (Luke 19:14). Are you relying wholly on His righteous ness and blood for your acceptance with God?

    Those who are trusting to an outward form of godliness, such as baptism or "confirmation!" those who are religious because it is considered a mark of respectability; those who attend some Church or Chapel because it is the fashion to do so; and, those who unite with some Denomination because they suppose that such a step will enable them to become Christians, are in the way which "ends in death—"death spiritual and eternal. However pure our motives, however noble our intentions, however well-meaning our purposes, however sincere our endeavours, God will not accept us as His sons, until we accept His Son.

    A yet more specious form of Satan's gospel is to move preachers to present the atoning sacrifice of Christ and then tell their hearers that all God requires from them is to "believe" in His Son. Thereby thousands of impenitent souls are deluded into thinking they have been saved. But Christ said, "Except ye repent, ye shall all like wise perish" (Luke 13:3). To "repent" is to hate sin, to sorrow over, to turn from it. It is the result of the Spirit's making the heart contrite before God. None except a broken heart can savingly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Again; thousands are deceived into supposing that they have "accepted Christ" as their "personal Saviour," who have not first received Him as their LORD. The Son of God did not come here to save His people in their sin, but "from their sins" (Matt. 1:21). To he saved from sins, is to be saved from ignoring and despising the authority of God, it is to abandon the course of self-will and self-pleasing, it is to "forsake our way" (Isa. 55:7). It is to surrender to God's authority, to yield to His dominion, to give our selves over to be ruled by Him. The one who has never taken Christ's "yoke" upon him, who is not truly and diligently seeking to please Him in all the details of his life, and yet supposes that he is "resting on the Finished Work of Christ" is deluded by the Devil.

    In the seventh chapter of Matthew there are two scriptures which give us approximate results of Christ's Gospel and Satan's counterfeit.
    First. in verses 13 and 14, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there he which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

    Second; in verses 22 and 23, "Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied (preached) in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out demons, and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." Yes, my reader, it is possible to work in the name of Christ, and even to preach in His name, and though the world knows us, and the Church knows us, yet to be unknown to the Lord! How necessary it is then to find out where we really are; to examine ourselves and see whether we be in the faith; to measure ourselves by the Word of God and see if we are being deceived by our subtle Enemy; to find out whether we are building our house upon the sand, or whether it is erected on the Rock which is Christ Jesus.
    May the Holy Spirit search our hearts, break our wills, slay our enmity against God, work in us a deep and true repentance, and direct our gaze to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.
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  3. Hey Coconut,

    It's lunch time and I print off the article to finish it later since I will soon to get back to work. I just wanted to thank you for sharing it with us. I also want to mention the quotes that caught my eye.

    Quote 1 - "Satan is the arch-counterfeiter. The Devil is now busy at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. He is seeking to pre vent the growth of the wheat by another plant, the tares, which closely resembles the wheat in appearance."

    This part to me is kind of concerning for Satan is really crafty and once being an angel of light can fool the even more devote Christian (forgive if I wrong here). So it is important for to be diligent in getting to know the Lord better each day through our relationship with Him so that we won't be fooled by false teachings.

    Quote 2 - "It endeavors to occupy man so much with this world that he has no time or inclination to think of the world to come.'

    How true this is. Our days seem to be busy with activities, functions and daily routines that we fail to our Lord the time day in our live. Not realizing that this is a sin for it separates us from God. So it seems that I have a lot of rescheduling to do and give God priority in my day.

    I look forward in reading the remainder. God bless.

    Best wishes,
  4. "In contradistinction to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan teaches salvation by works."

    I totally agree with that statement! When I was younger I was actually taught that just by being a good person who does good deeds would get me into heaven. And I also thought that Jesus was just the "ideal man."

    A few years latter,through scripture, I learned that my works did not earn me any merit with God. And that Jesus was more than just the "ideal man."

    I hope I don't get swayed away from the truth again!
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  5. I dearly love the works of Arthur Pink

    What tremendous insight he had and a simplicity of delievery that made for ease of understanding.

    Thank you for sharing
  6. As a new Christian. Can you tell me how I can protect myself from Satans gospel. This article has frightened me.
  7. #7 Repentance, Aug 11, 2006
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  8. #8 trucker, Sep 25, 2006
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    Folks, I want to add something to this post that many people, especially Christians seem to feed on. It’s Satan and his power. Folks, Satan is a defeated foe, a fallen angel and has no power. Jesus Christ destroyed him, stripped him of ALL of his authority on earth and made an open show of him. See Colossians chapter 2: 15. When Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he took all the authority Satan had taken by default from Adam and eve (see Romans chapter 5) and gave it back to men on earth. We are to use the name of Jesus and stop all his attacks. (Matt 28:18-20/Luke 10:19) Satan’s power lies in deception and causing present day Christians to live under law. The gospel Paul was preaching against in Galatians was mixing Law and Grace. Paul was so mad that the church was being deceived into mixing the two. When he stated in Galatians chapter 5 verse 4 you have fallen from Grace, he was telling the people that the "Other Gospel" which was You had to be circumcised along with believing on Jesus was wrong. The Religious Jews were trying to mix law and Grace. Satan through false teachers had the whole Galatians people going under law and that put them under a curse. Satan uses people, religion, and deception. The power he has is given to him by men on earth. But as far as he having any power in and of his self. Wrong! God gave this earth to men to be steward over. Adam gave it away. God through Jesus got it back. That is why Jesus came to earth as a man. God had to use men. Read Philippians chapter 2.

    False doctrine is easy to spot. You must be born again. You must receive Jesus Christ as your savior and you must believe that God raised him from the dead. Now, once you get born again, you should produce good works due to the fact that you are living out of your new recreated spirit. The works are not to impress God or manipulate him to do something nor to get him to love you. Your good works are to reveal God through you to the world you touch on a daily basis. Read Matt 5: 16. Your lives should reflect Christ. We give Satan way to much credit.
    Read your bible daily, understand the different dispensations. Make sure you do not mix the old and new covenants and try to apply the Mosaic Law to New Testament realities. Understand who you are in Christ and touch the world around you with Gods love. As you read the word and spend time looking at Jesus in the gospels, you will see the complete picture of God. (Col 1: 15) Jesus is our example to follow. God went through great lengths so you and I could have his spirit living inside of us. The very power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you now. Where you go, Jesus goes and that’s more than enough power to defeat the devil in any area of the world.

    Yes we will suffer persecution and trial, but Mark chapter 4, the parable of the sower explains why persecution and trials comes. They come to choke out the word of God and prevent it from bringing forth fruit. Satan has deceived nations and locked the gospel out. But when you go, God goes and your light will shine brightly in darkness. You may lose your life preaching in some of these nations, but then you get to be with God. Its a win, win situation!
  9. Is Islam satanic?

    In some parts of the world it seems that satan is winning. Is Islam one of these places?
  10. Hi Johnpaul ;)

    We have to be quite serious with regards to other religions if we call ourselves Christians. I would say, yes, Islam is Satanist. Let me explain.

    Jesus said in Matthew 12:30
    (New International Version (NIV)

    30"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

    That's God speaking there, so He says they scatter, they are not near Him, they don't fellowship with Him, they don't love Him, which is the most important, to love Him.

    This is from the gotquestions question of the week, which may also help a bit.

    I hope this helps some.

    Much :love:
  11. John Paul, Satan is wining in the areas that men have allowed him to take hold. Islam is an anti Christ religion and opposes all the bible teaches. Like I wrote in my post, men have been given the power to choose. There are nations who have chosen to reject the gospel and have allowed men to impose on them their beliefs. There are many Christians in these nations, but they are being killed for the cause of Christ. By killing Christians, these people are saying, I reject you, the message you preach and ultimately the God of the message. Take the Apostle Paul. In the name of religion he actually thought he was doing the work of God by destroying the Christian faith. When Jesus appeared to him, he said to Paul, Paul, why are you persecuting me. Paul was shocked and he repented and submitted to the Lords direction. The Arabs or any non believer is in the same boat. Unless they repent, or see the gospel as it really is they are doomed to eternal destruction.

    What is interesting, read Acts chapter 2 verses 8-12. It plainly states especially in the Amplified bible that the Arab nations heard the gospel and many were converted. However, around the 7th century, Islam was introduced and they slowly pushed the gospel out of the land. It’s that way today. Where there is no Gospel, there is great darkness. II corth 4: 3-4 states that Satan blinds the minds of the unbelievers preventing them from seeing the truth. We must pray the blinders be lifted off these nations and then GO INTO THESE nations and present the gospel. Just praying will not help. We must pray than go or send the gospel into those lands.

    As far as being tolerant to other religions, we must allow men to make their own choices. However, when a religion such as Islam comes to the free world, I fully am persuaded we need to resist it. Before the children of Israel went into the Promised Land, God specifically told them not to allow or be involved in the religions of that area. They disobeyed, married into these religions and it all but destroyed the Jews when they did this.

    The United States of America is violating scripture by allowing Islam, mosques and all other religions to have place in our nation. It is destroying us. Our forefathers never meant the freedom of religion to mean welcome everyone. It was freedom to worship Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ. By allowing all these other religious practices to come in, we have weakened our nation. Islam is a religion of death and destruction and it has no place in our nation. The people need to hear the gospel, but to allow a belief that condones suicide bombings to kill all non believers is foolish.
  12. Yes trucker, we are making the same mistake in Britain too. British muslims have stated that they will take over christians when they exceed 10% of the British population. I suspect that this is the same in the USA.
  13. #13 Manal_Tayar, Oct 3, 2006
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2006
    hey, johnpaul, i haven't read what everyone said, but u seem so confused and i just wanned to say that the bible says that satan will take hold of many areas bcuz God will give him the authority to do that, now, that doesn't mean that he will take over the world, unless God will take us ( the belivers) from the earth, and take us to Him.
    Have u ever read or seen the LEFT BEHIND serie?
    it explanes a lot of things about the end of the world, and i believe that we arrived to this part(i mean theend of the world).
    i don't have much time to spend online, but i'll b prayin 4 u...
    if u still don't have peace, i will try to tell my father to mail u, he is great at these things, i use to wonder about these things too.
    Remember: do not be afraid bcuz HE who is w/ us is stronger that the world or the one who is against us (as satan).
    i transleted it from arabic to english, so i'm sorry if it doesn't sound really "perfect", i don't remember where it is in the bible, but i'm sure it is one of the bible verses...
    God bless u

  14. The world is coming to a fold. There is but a vapor in time left before Christ comes and judgment kicks in. GOD warned us that the events must come to pass to fulfill prophecy, fulfill Scripture.

    Some of the events to occur (and some are occurring now)...

    Zechariah 14:6
    And it shall come to pass in that day that there shall not be light; the glorious and bright ones [the heavenly bodies] shall be darkened.

    Revelation 22:6
    And he [of the seven angels further] said to me, These statements are reliable (worthy of confidence) and genuine (true). And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His messenger (angel) to make known and exhibit to His servants what must soon come to pass.

    Acts 2:17
    And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [ telling forth the divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions ( divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream [ divinely suggested] dreams.

    Read: 10 End Time Prophecies
  15. Regarding the Truth and Satan: has anyone read the book "Church of God? or the Temples of Satan"? It is very relevant to this subject!
  16. I have just realised this. Is the gospel of satan the koran?
  17. Bless you brother, for taking the time to post this, I become worried sometime that I may be mislead or even myself told falsely of the gospel, I ask that you and all of us pray that all followers know the truth and stick close to it. May we all be strong till the end. GBU ALL
  18. The Spirit of God will always guide into all truth. We are to try the spirits to see whether they are of God and if they're not we're to turn away from them. We are to have no fellowship with darkness because we are children of light.

    Once we put our efforts forward to know the wiles of the devil, even though he is still the most subtle of all creatures, we can be wise unto his devices of evil and avoid them. Remember that all his devices carry a snare, a flesh-hook meant to cause destruction in our lives.

    We can avoid these pitfalls by a simple test: Does this appeal to the flesh? What about this brings glory to God?

    The answer to the first question reveals whether or not we even need to answer the second. If "no", then proceed to see where we can give Gid glory. If, "yes" then proceed no further and flee the devil and draw nigh to God. God will then draw nigh to you and you'll make CONTACT!

  19. Amen, Brother Anchovy -- Preach it !

    What the Holy Ghost will say to you is always
    logical and never illogical.

    The Real Gospel of Messiah Yeshua is logical;
    by contrast, the phony gospel of Satan is illogical.

    The Holy Bible, God's inerrant, preserved Written
    Word, is always logical. Misreadings of the
    Bible will usually be illogical.
  20. To the original post: I may be naive, but somehow I don't understand about all this talk of secularish churches. Now I live in Atlanta, and every church I have visited, attended, or spoken with members of preaches that man is without hope except through Christ, and that furthermore his redemption comes through baptism by the Holy Spirit and sharing in His Holy Communion- literally a sacrament to remember (if you're Calvinist) and share in His sacrifice for us (for Lutherans and the rest of us.) I guess I've never really met any Unitarians though...

    To Trucker et al about Islam:
    It seems to me that you know very little about Islam and the Koran to be denigrating it thus. To damn the Koran because of suicide bombers and jihadis is to invite others to damn the Bible because of Crusaders and -other- suicide bombers. Don't forget the Irish and Serbs were pretty good at that too. Remember violence takes all the Earth (it was a 'Christian' who said 'slaughter the whole city, Christian and Infidel, God shall know his own)
    Truly, brothers, be careful, and keep constant watch on your hearts, for if ignorance and hatred, even in small amounts grows there, it taints you. It prevents the grace of God from working through you (and especially will make it harder for us to share the gospel with all people.)
    More importantly, we must be on constant guard against such anger and self righteous offence, for God hates such things. Remember Pauls words to the Romans(the whole of the Epistle, but this is demonstrative) (chapter 2) - 1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

    2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

    3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

    4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

    5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

    6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

    7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

    8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

    9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

    10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

    11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

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