One of the evidences that we are in the last days, is the proliferation of deception. This mass deception of the whole world is being brought about by demonic spirits that specialize in seduction and deception. Not only do they blind the minds of those who do not believe (II Cor.4:4), these spirits are also assigned to draw the believer away from the faith and get them into hypocritical living that results in a seared conscience.
As you may notice in the verses above, people will buy the lies propagated by these evil spirits. The evidence that people have bought into these lies will be hypocrisy and a conscience that is no longer sensitive to what is right or wrong. Here are some of the ways these spirits work to seduce God's people away from an honest, upright, truthful walk with Jesus and get them into sin and doctrinal error:
1. They use lies that result in hypocrisy.
One of the earmarks of hypocrisy is that we think we are above the Word of God, or that we are an exception to the Biblical standards by which we expect our pastors and others to live by. When I have discovered people trying to justify their sinful behavior which is contrary to the Word, and I ask them if they thought Jesus would be doing this, their answer is "Of course not." About 15 years ago, I asked a man who had been smoking pot (he even smoked dope and was on the worship team in his former church), if he thought his pastor should smoke pot. He replied, "no, but I'm not a pastor" I asked him, "would you sit under a pastor who smoked marijuana?" He said, no, probably not. I then said, "regardless of me being a pastor, aren't you supposed to live by the same Word I am?" He was speechless. His sin hypocrisy began to stare him in the face. His seared conscience began to awaken.
We live in a world of people who want a double standard. The world is full of people who now think there will be no consequences to their ungodly living, or immoral ways. I recently read this regarding the recently debated health care issue, should the health care bill pass, we can say, "The health care plan was written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a congress that hasn't read it and whose members are exempt from it, signed by a president who smokes in secret, funded by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke." This might sound a bit harsh, but the truth is often sharp sword. Let it cut. That same sword will also bring healing. My point is, this world system goes beyond hypocrisy, it is insane. America is known worldwide as having the best health care system in the world. Sheiks, kings, and queens, come to America for surgery and treatment. People in Canada , and Europe come here to get critical care, because their socialized medical system isn't working. They are forced onto waiting lists that would let them die before they are cared for.
Yes, we need to be compassionate and help those who can't help themselves. We need compassion on the poor (citizens) and a plan to help them until they get on their feet. (About 12 million people after you weed out the illegals, and those who can afford it but just don't want to pay for it.) However, we do need to stop expensive litigation that drives up insurance premiums, and price gouging by big pharmaceutical companies, but to throw out the worlds best health care system and replace it all together with something that would be far inferior is madness. It is like replacing the engine in your new car with a ten year old engine, when all it needs is a tune up. Socialism has been tried and it has failed. It has been tried in Russia , Cuba , and many other countries. Everywhere it is implemented it places the vast majority in poverty and elevates a select few into dominance and opulent living.
My point is, when we begin to elevate ourselves like many of the politicians, or when we think we are an exception to the godly standard set by God's Word, we've been deceived. When we begin making excuses for behavior we would judge in others, we've been seduced. When we hold others to a standard that we are not willing to adhere to ourselves we are decieved. When we think we can sin, and there will not be a day of reckoning, we have been bewitched by the spirits of deception.
2. They work to inspire you to sear your conscience.
Seducing spirits play on the weakness of the flesh. They work on a person's mind. Like a computer hacker, they seek an inroad to our thinking processes. Their goal is to make people think that sin really isn't all that sinful, and the Bible should not be taken literally. They work to obscure the lines of morality
decency and fairness. They attempt to draw us away from the Lord. Seducing spirits try to get people to develop a "seared conscience" The word seared, means dry, and parched. To sear means to burn, or scorch. Once you've been burned by these seducing spirits your conscience is dry, no longer wet with the living waters of God's Spirit. Once you've been scorched by the deceitfulness of sin, you become thirsty and dry spiritually, and deadened to the voice of conscience.
If we find ourselves justifying behavior in ourselves that we once judged as wrong because it is God's standard, we have seared our conscience. For instance, if we once had a strong standard against lying, but now justify telling "little white lies" (a lie is a lie and lying is sin), in order to make a sale, or get out of a difficult situation, or promote our agenda, then our conscience is seared. If as a married person, we once believed it to be wrong to flirt with someone of the opposite sex and now find don't feel all that guilty about it, our conscience is seared, and we are in danger.
Israel, could not be cursed until they cursed themselves. As long as they walked with God and made Him their strength the were blessed of the Lord. They were blessed by God, until the enemy figured out a way to seduce them into cheating on God, and incur His wrath. They commited the sin of Baal of Peor. Balaam told the Moabite king what he needed to do to get God to smite Israel . All he had to do is bring the beautiful women of Moab to seduce the men of Israel and then invite them to a feast and bow down to their gods and the God himself smote those who sinned against Him in such a wicked way.
Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab . 2 They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. 3 So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel . 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of the people and hang the offenders before the Lord, out in the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may turn away from Israel ." 5 So Moses said to the judges of Israel , "Every one of you kill his men who were joined to Baal of Peor." (Num. 25:1-5).
We're under grace. Let's not frustrate the grace of God (Gal. 2;21). Let's not incur God's anger and suffer a "dry" seared conscience that is void of the Holy Spirit's blessing because we fail to listen to the voice of conscience. Let's stay on the blessing side of God. Let's refuse the work of seducing spirits.
Exposing Seducing Spirits II
"The Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving (seducing KJV) spirits and doctrines of demons (I Tim. 4:1)."
The scriptures reveal the work of seducing spirits.
1. Seducing spirits appeal to the desires of the flesh and the carnal mind.
2. They deceive people and bring forth false doctrine.
3. They inspire infidelity
4.They promote instability
5. The tempt people to excesses.
Seducing spirits are working overtime in these last days. The key to your spiritual survival and blessing, as a true believer, is to avoid deception and continue to walk with Jesus. All who do not love the truth will be deceived (II Thes. 2:10,11). And since Jesus is the truth (Jn.14:6). You have to abide in Him and keep His Word in order to avoid deception. His word is truth (Jn.17:17). You have to love Jesus and His Word to keep from being deceived. And if you love Jesus you will obey His Word (Jn. 15:10). I once had a woman say of her husband, who was cheating on her, "he loves the Lord." My wife said, "no he doesn't; he does not love the Lord or he wouldn't be cheating on you." This lady did not know the Word. Many people today deceive themselves into thinking they love the Lord because they say so, however actions speak louder than words.
6. They tempt people into wrong thinking and speaking.
Seducing spirits deceive people into believing they are O.K. just because they got saved, even though they are not obeying God's Word. This makes them rebellious children. "They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work" (Titus 1:16).
I'm not a computer expert, but from my limited understanding, when a Trojan horse or virus gets into a computer, it messes up the programs so they don't function correctly. We must be cautious not to allow seducing spirits to infiltrate our thinking processes and mess up the Word of God program that we have worked to install in our hearts through study of God's Truth.
If our thinking processes do not line up with the Word we need to change our thinking. This is why a believer needs to continually study the Word of God. The Word acts as a mirror, to show us exactly where we fail to look like Jesus. But we have to obey the Word in order to change our nature. Obedience to the Word changes us. The Word purifies our souls as we obey it and put it into practice with the help of the Holy Spirit. I Peter 1:22 says, Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[
Doing our best to "line up" with the Word through obeying it, really works. It will purify your soul. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
7. Seducing Spirits inspire fault-finding.
Deceived people don't know their deceived, because obviously they are deceived. Pride is one of the greatest forms of deception and one of the earmarks of pride is a critical spirit. Proud people are Satan's perfect candidates for this demon.
Seducing Spirits aka deceiving spirits cause people to find fault with those who are godly and side in with the ungodly. When a person is listening to these spirits they become critical of things they do not understand and come against men and women of God. They "speak abusively of what they do not understand…" (Jude 1:10 NIV). Some people just never have a good word to say about the church, or pastors, or the people of God. These people have been seduced by the enemy and have become his unwitting pawn. God's people are not perfect but they are working out their salvation. Pastors are human and they have faults but most of them are good godly people who are trying to help others. The Church has its faults and flaws but it is the best group of people in the World. If you are a child of God, never let someone run down the Body of Christ.
We have had a the rare "privilege" of meeting a few of these people as they came through the church. They didn't stay long, once they saw a few faults and flaws they moved on in their search for the perfect church. I suppose they're still looking or they are at home alone. One lady left the church because there were "crumbs on the nursery floor" Another lady said, "My feed got cold and I'm not coming back" to which I replied, "we'll turn the heat up more" to which she responded "nope, I'm not coming back". Oh, well, adios. Life is too short to spend under the microscope of some one with a fault finding devil. These are among the people the Bible says to avoid:
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. (I Tim. 6:4,5).
8. Seducing Spirits Inspire Covenant Breaking.
Just as immoral women try to seduce married men to break covenant with their wives, Satan tries to get God's people to break covenant with Him. They allure, and entice them to get "involved" in things that take them away from God. They play on a persons lusts, or weaknesses. The Greek word for seducing is "planos" and means to rove like a tramp. Those who have given place to seducing spirits are never planted in the house of the Lord. They are never settled. They flit around and gad about. Usually they blame their perfidy and instability on God saying "God told me" to go here and go there and go the other place. One person said, "I just get up on Sunday and ask God where he wants me to go to church today. This Sunday he led me to yourchurch. Last Sunday I was at the church down the road." I thought to myself, "and next Sunday you'll be at some other church." I said, "You need to get planted in the house of the Lord so you can flourish in the courts of your God
(Ps. 93:12)." This person didn't want to hear the Word on the matter. People like this are, "Ever
learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (II Tim. 3:7).
These spirits inspire people to trash relationships, break the covenant of marriage, leave churches at the drop of a hat, trash their friendships, and quit jobs without a wince." It is the work of these spirits that inspired the "free love" "tune in, turn on, drop out", pot headed, SDS type movement of the 60's. What's really insane, is these spirits who now work in the sons of disobedience, have moved into positions of power. Many of them are in government, making decisions for the rest of us. It's no wonder our society is so messed up. There are devils in Congress and Devils in the Senate. Washington is full of devils with skin on. They are mindless minions of Satan, attempting marching America down the path of a One World Government. When you look into their eyes you see a deadness. Its as though something has them under a spell. They have been bewitched by hideous creatures of darkness. When you walk with the Lord it is so obvious.
By humility and a love for the Truth Himself, we can avoid coming under the influence of this barrage of spirits that has been send to bring the whole world captive to the Anti-Christ of the last days. We can stand and fight in the Spirit.
I encourage you to stay strong in the Lord and the power of His might. These are not days when God's people can flirt with evil or stray from fellowship. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Bishop Darrell Ellis
Anointed Word International Fellowship