Earlier this year the Lord began to reveal where some of the teachings we had heard were coming from. He had already clearly showed their spiritual origin, but was now showing us some places where those beliefs were previously taught. First He showed us how some of the teachings were coming from the New Age movement (not New Age counterfeiting Biblical principles, but Christians embracing the New Age counterfeits). Next, He showed us even deeper into the abyss, revealing that some of the teachings were actually in the satanic bible.
The first law of satanism ~
“Do as thou wilt” (aka ~ “you’re free to live however you want”)
We saw an interview with the author of the satanic bible. He said this first principle from satanism is what makes a person a follower/disciple of satan ~ even if they would not call themselves by that name. He explained that participating in all the occult practices traditionally associated with satanism is not necessary. Rather, the foundational issue that makes a person a follower/disciple of satan is that they live by and pursue sensual and carnal desires and earthly pleasures (what the Bible calls walking after, living according to, being led by the flesh – Romans 6, Romans 8, Galatians 5, etc.). For this reason, he said there have always been those in Christian churches who wear the name Christian (believing themselves to be), but who in reality still belong to satan and are his disciples. In this video, a magazine was also quoted which said that it was terrifying that the principles of satanism are the principles which most people live by most of the time…without knowing it.
The devil is not confused about who still belongs to him and follows him, nor is God confused about this (I John 3:1-10). Those who claim to be worshipers/followers of satan also are not deceived about those who are truly Christians and those who are not. So why are many who claim to be worshipers/followers of Jesus so deceived about this issue? The Bible is crystal clear, but it must be read in context, fully, with a heart that has an unbiased love for truth and desires to be corrected in any area of error. We cannot pick passages we like, extract them from context, apply our own definitions and create theologies which ignore vast portions of Scripture to the contrary. As long as we study the Word to try to prove that what we already believe is right we will never be able to see clearly. But when we humbly, sincerely, and wholeheartedly seek the Lord for truth, crying out not to be deceived and not to deceive others, He will cause the deceptions and distortions that have blinded us to begin to be dismantled, the counterfeit gospels and counterfeit Christs to be exposed and shattered, and will cause us to behold the real Jesus and the truth of His Word.
When the enemy realizes you are breaking free from his false gospel of lawlessness, the battle will be on. But if you keep holding on to the Lord and His Word, wholeheartedly seeking truth, He will make the truth clear; and as you hold to/follow His truth you will truly be free. This is far too important of an issue to realize too late that you were deceived about (or deceived others about). Jesus said MANY will be turned away on the day of judgment who think they were saved because of this deception (Matthew 7:13-27). They will realize too late that they built their lives on sand rather than on the truth of His teachings. They called Him Lord, but practiced lawlessness (sin) instead of living under His Lordship. They did not truly know Him ~ the real Jesus. The “Jesus” they knew was another. Please don’t be deceived.
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16-25
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:1-17 see also Colossians 3:1-10
See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory]. And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless). Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness [ignoring God’s law by action or neglect or by tolerating wrongdoing—being unrestrained by His commands and His will]. You know that He appeared [in visible form as a man] in order to take away sins; and in Him there is [absolutely] no sin [for He has neither the sin nature nor has He committed sin or acts worthy of blame]. No one who abides in Him [who remains united in fellowship with Him—deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin. No one who habitually sins has seen Him or known Him. Little children (believers, dear ones), do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who practices righteousness [the one who strives to live a consistently honorable life—in private as well as in public—and to conform to God’s precepts] is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] love his [believing] brother. I John 3:1-10