Most of us-dare I say ALL?-have been to an all-you-can-eat buffet at some time or another. If you are American, chances are excellent that you’ve been to more than one! Choice after delicious choice of food all lined up in a tantalizing row. More often than not, we usually over indulge ourselves; after all, we want our “money’s worth”. Sickening really.
Just like our American food service industry is more than willing to provide an abundance of choice “delectables” to satisfy our appetites, the enemy of our souls is stocked up on every deception imaginable to satisfy our sinful desires. And we are sprawled out, an all-too-willing buffet ourselves.
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5 (NASB)
Here are just a few of the deceptions satan (come on, he really doesn’t deserve a capital at the beginning of his name) has perfected in these last days, in his effort to keep the lost damned.
*“You Shall Be Like God”- one of his oldest tricks, since the garden of Eden. Mankind today relies upon his intelligence and innovation to “solve” the world’s problems. Not giving a bit of thought to the source of that intelligence. Paul warns us in 2 Timothy that in the last days, men will be
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim.3
* Twisting the Word of God. Not only does “the world” do this to push their own agendas, but sadly those behind a pulpit do the same and the people gobble it up.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4
Apostasy, or the falling away of the church, is rampant. I will go into more detail in an upcoming post.
*Aliens/UFOs/Ghosts-No, I’m serious. There has been an influx in UFO sightings in the past few years. Shows such as Ghost Hunters have taken the interest in ghosts/spirits and the paranormal to a whole new level. This great deception is used by the enemy to create confusion in the immature Christian, and fuel the ignorance of unbelievers. Alien abduction, I believe, will be the primary way the world will try to explain the disappearance of so many people after the rapture. Why these aliens decide to take the “Jesus freaks” will be easy for them to try and explain; I am curious as to how they will explain the disappearance of every baby and young child. It will probably be something like, “the aliens want to train our future leaders, our children, to be more enlightened” or some other such garbage. Let me be clear where I stand on this: aliens, UFOs and ghosts are nothing more than visual manifestations of satan’s crew of fallen angels, meant to, as I said, create confusion, fear and a false belief system.
14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6
*New Age movement -Eastern religions/mysticism play a huge role in this false world view. “Everything is one. God is in every one. I am God. We just to need to reach our enlightened states…..yada yada yada”. Unfortunately, this plays an increasing role in, not just American culture, but the emerging evangelical church as well.
*Roman Catholic Church- Guess what, I’m still sitting here. Lightening has not struck me because I listed “The Mother Church” as a tool that satan uses to deceive the world. Most of the world, certainly the media, looks to the Catholic church when discussing issues of religion and theology. This is sad, because the RCC is not an accurate (by a long shot) representation of Christianity. Don’t get me wrong, there may be some very sincere Catholics who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. As a whole though, the RCC is a false religion with false teachings. They are wolves in sheep clothing with their own sinful, proud agendas. Don’t believe me? Research it for yourselves. Idol worship, false doctrines and, some would argue even satanism, make up “The Holy See”. The RCC is a dangerous, DANGEROUS, organization with satan’s hands all over it.
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! Galatians 1 Their teachings on Mary, worship of dead saints, usage of the rosary, the fact you must have absolution through a priest etc etc are false teachings and do not align with the Gospel or Word of God!
So there we have it, a list of just a few ways lucifer is deceiving the world in these last days. The difference in our buffet metaphor is, satan will not ever regret having gorged himself on too many souls.