The Master Deceiver

So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan, who DECEIVES the whole world. Rev 12:8-9.

Here is a list of a few of the things the devil deceives the world about:

  1. That God is DUAL rather than single. Matt 6:22-23. That God is both good and evil instead of pure good; that He loves His friends and hates His enemies instead of unconditionally loving all his creatures, wicked or good, just or unjust. Lk 6:35; 1 John 4:8.
  2. That God’s love and acceptance toward us is PERFORMANCE-BASED. See the elder son’s view of his Father in Prodigal Story of Luke 15. That God will love and accept you based only on your performance instead of on your faith in what He performed at Calvary.
  3. That God is a God of LAW instead of grace. That He operates a system of reward and punishment, blessing and cursing. That if you try hard to keep his rules, he will reward and bless with temporal and eternal bliss. But if you violate his rules he will curse you and cast you into hell. Rom 8:1-4.
  4. That God is COERCIVE and does not really give people true freedom to choose. That He bribes people with heaven and threatens people with hell to get them obey him.
  5. That God is really more of a SIN-MANAGER policeman than an unconditional lover.
  6. That GOD KILLS people for disobeying Him instead of loving and dying for His enemies (Rom 5:5-8); that God is really the one who “kills, steals and destroys” and not Satan. John 10:10 and 8:44.
  7. That God RETALIATES against people instead of turning the other cheek and absorbing the blows as He did at Calvary. Matt 5:38-48.
  8. That God FIGHTS fire with fire instead overcoming evil with good. Rom 12:17-21.
  9. That God’s CHARACTER is somehow different from that of His Son. That His loving Son died to appease an angry, vindictive wrathful Father in heaven. 2 Cor 5:16-21; Heb 1:3; Entire Book of John.
  10. That the CHRISTIAN LIFE is about improving yourself instead of dying to your self. Gal 2:19-21.
  11. That mankind is basically GOOD at heart rather than inherently evil and in need of a Savior’s transformation.
  12. That SATAN is a fiction and does not actually exist.
  13. That the BIBLE is boring and impossible to ever understand so take it for what someone interprets it to be saying.
  14. That God is more interested in your MORAL PURITY than having a relationship with you.
  15. That SATAN IS GOD and that the true God is really Satan. 2 Cor 4:3-4; 11:13-15. That good is evil and evil is good. Is 5:20.
  16. That LOVE could never be a system of governing mankind that would ultimately succeed because it has no teeth.
  17. That God sent Jesus to set up a system of JUDGMENT AND CONDEMNATION instead of salvation and freedom. John 3:16-19.
  18. That God is VIOLENT instead of a God of Peace. Rom 16:20.
  19. That God is a LION AND NOT A LAMB. Rev 5:5-6.

Basically, Satan wants you to think he is God. Is 14:12-16; all of Ezekiel 28. I think 98 percent of Christendom today has bought into this lie.

Travis Bryan III

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