It is time for me to say goodbye to everyone. I have been blessed and challenged by many threads and thankful for meeting many children of God that are standing strong in the Lord and unwavering in the midst of much opposition in these "later times".
Thank you for being the iron that sharpens iron for me and for all of your encouragement.
The devil's great purpose, and the fight that he is constantly engaged in is to keep the world in ignorance of himself, his ways, and his colleagues, and the Church is taking sides with him when siding with ignorance about him. Christians, of all people should keep an attitude of teach-ability and openness to all truth.
Satan couches his counterfeit truth (lies) within God's truth and his false knowledge has slain thousands. The children of God are a prey to the Enemy for their lack of knowledge (ignorance).
The Bible tells us in Timothy that there is a special onslaught of deceiving spirits upon the Church of Christ in these "later times". It is a fulfillment of prophecy which the Holy Spirit made known to the Church through the Apostle Paul.
Even though we have this prophetic warning in "later times" the Church is almost totally ignorant of this army of evil spirits. Most believers too easily accept everything "supernatural" as of God, and supernatural experiences are indiscriminately accepted because all supernatural experiences are automatically accepted as Divine.
When a man is thinking that he is "fighting for the truth," it is possible that he may be defending and fighting on the side of evil spirits, and their works, thinking that he is "defending God". If he thinks something is of God, then he will protect and stand for it with all his might. This shows you how clever the Devil is, that through ignorance he can cause a man to stand against God and to attack the truth of God.
"Bewitched" is a very good word that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to use (in Galatians).
The Apostle said: "The Spirit saith expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons,through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, seared in their own conscience as with a hot iron . . " (1 Tim. 4: 1, 2).
We should never test "teaching" by the character of the teacher. Good men can be deceived, and Satan needs "a few good men" to deliver his lies under the facade of truth.
1Th_4:3 For this is the will of God, EVEN YOUR SANCTIFICATION...
1Th_4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in SANCTIFICATION and HONOUR;
2Th_2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning CHOSEN YOU TO SALVATION THROUGH SANCTIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT AND BELIEF OF THE TRUTH:
1Pe_1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, THROUGH SANCTIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT, UNTO OBEDIENCE and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:
Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
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