The Gospel of Satan?
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Message No. 0570 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
Oratory is defined in the dictionary as “the art or practice of formal speaking in public.” When it gives an example of how to use this word, it says “the gift of persuasive oratory.” Let’s forget about the fact that the dictionary uses the same word in the example to explain its meaning, and let’s pay attention to the word ‘persuasion,’ because this word suggests that being an orator comes with the ability to persuade people. And yes, there are people who possess the ability to speak and make people believe them. In most cases, these people are born with this ability so even when they are saying things that don’t make sense, people still believe them.
Not surprisingly, the events of recent years have really shown the power of orators on people. Have we not seen things that are very clearly and verifiably wrong that are being sold to people as right and people are buying them without questions? Haven’t we observed this in many spheres of our lives, political, health, economic, and even spiritual? If you are angry about lies and deception, then it will be easy for you to understand the warnings that both Jesus and the apostles gave in the Bible, to ensure that we who know Christ are not carried away or deceived by modern day ‘sweet-tonguers.’ In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul wrote:
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
Now, the warnings about the events of the end times are not so much directed to our societies as they are to the church. God does not want His children to be deceived, because by so doing, they may miss heaven. Orators are very powerful. They are so powerful that those who believe in them continue to defend their lies, with passion and vigor. God had a direct experience with deception by oratory when the devil deceived 33.33% of God’s angels and they were all cast out of heaven with him. If the devil is so persuasive as to deceive such a large percentage of angels, don’t we who live in the end times need to be very careful?
What we can all observe today is that the boundaries of deception continue to gradually increase, and as we accept a little intrusion into truth today, another occurs tomorrow. This past week I watched a clip of a church service where the priest, right from the alter, paraded three teenage schoolgirls and kissed them directly on their lips. The third girl was reluctant and did not want to lower her face mask, but the priest made her lower it and forced his mouth on her lips. As though this action was not disturbing enough, some young girls in the church jumped up in excitement and cheers because if their priest could do this, it meant that it was perfectly alright, and no one could correct them if they went out and did the same. The priest was fired by the church, but I am sure that the devil would clap for him and tick a box off the list of things to do in the end times.
Space is not enough to chronicle all of the disturbing things that we have begun to witness in our churches, as some preachers deliberately select passages in the scripture and manipulate them to fit their own narratives. This was done to the Galatians after Paul preached to them, and we have entered a new era when it is no longer a shame to mount the pulpit and say things that are evidently not true, as long as the congregation erupts in cheers. Aren’t we in for a wild ride already? In 2 Timothy 3:1-5, the Bible says:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
I appeal to you as children of God, please read your Bibles and be very careful to decipher between truth and lies. The Bible has not changed, so if something was not right in the days of our parents, it is not likely to be right today. Remember that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. I pray that none of us will succumb to the deception of the enemy, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Have a blessed week!
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