Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015 “The ‘Gospel’ of Satan”

“Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”                        

(2nd Corinthians 11:14)

Good Morning and a blessed day to you all!

Several years ago, I had the privilege of serving a small church in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite its rather spurious reputation and familiar “nom de guerre” of “Sin City”, it was a wonderful place to minister and I was blessed with a great and talented congregation to serve. One of our music leaders was a particularly talented gal who frequently entertained at shows in the area. Among other things, she had the extraordinary ability to do spot-on impressions of other famous women like Cher, Barbara Streisand, and Dolly Parton, just to name a few. From time to time, I’d even turn to her in worship and ask her, “Kathy, what do you think Dolly Parton would say about this?” Without missing a beat, she would do her amusing impersonation and if you didn’t know better and just heard her speak, you would have sworn that Dolly was there in worship with us on that day.

As entertaining and amusing as those impressions were, Dolly wasn’t really there, of course, but people could have been fooled had they just heard the voice and not seen the one behind the voice. There is another far more sinister impressionist whose mission is to deceive even the most ardent followers of Christ, and that is the Enemy, Satan. Satan is not above disguising himself as an angel of light, and even tried doing so with Christ when he tempted him in the wilderness. His temptations seemed reasonable, and even desirable. Jesus had been fasting for forty days, so Satan tempted him to perform a miracle, which he could have easily done, and change stones into bread. No one else would have known, and he needed his strength. It sounded reasonable, but it was a deception and Jesus recognized it as such. Likewise with the other reasonable sounding temptations Satan employed during that wilderness time. Satan is a master counterfeiter and impressionist, but upon close examination, it is not difficult for his lies to be exposed when examined through the lens of the burning light of the true gospel. Christian evangelist Arthur Pink wrote of what he called “The Gospel of Satan”, saying:

“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 parades, multitudes of the unsaved are deceived by it.”

Satan deceives by taking elements of truth and mixing in the venomous elements of deception to render the power of the gospel ineffective to those who would partake of it. As in the story of “Snow White”, the apple he offers looks delicious, but it is laced with the deadly poison of duplicity. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by his lies. Clad in the “whole armor of God”, you will be able to withstand his wiles and prevail in the truth that liberates body, soul, and spirit. The disguises of the Enemy will not be enough to mislead you. As Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13) Let’s pray!

Holy and Righteous God of All Truth; Plant your divine truth deep in my heart, that I may rightly discern that which is from you, and not be deceived. May I walk in the light of your divine truth each day of my life. This I ask in Jesus’ name and for His sake. Amen!

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