The 3 main Wiles and Temptations of Satan
“You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” (Ephesians 5:5 NLT)
Even as “for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, says Yahweh” (Isaiah 54:1), so today it is discouraging to see many more preachers of unsound doctrine than of sound doctrine. Of course, in the extremes of the falling away like today, savage wolves, false prophets and teachers, and WOF, word of faith, preachers are consistent with the predictions of Jesus, Paul and the other Apostles on this great apostasy. Other significant contributing factors must be considered as (1) idolatry in paganism and “they will not endure sound doctrine” (II Timothy 4:3,4); and (2) victims of gnosticism from itching ears teachers and itching ears church members desiring to hear some new and instantly comforting; and (3) pride of life, any minister wants to be successful like Charles Stanley who yearly reads as a guiding manual How to Get Rich written by another mystic; (4) as we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices or wiles, we know that every minister though he may start out well and well-meaning is confronted by the same 3 major temptations as Jesus in the wilderness before beginning His active ministry.
There is the temptation for an excellent and successful living of bread over Bible in seeking after the mammon of men and the world than the priority for the word of God, you might consider that the lust of the flesh as in I John; Satan has ways to take them in dreams, visions, or just plain imaginations up to the high places to see all the things of the world they can have if they bow down to his influence and service; and they like Jesus are tempted by Satan to temp God Himself by throwing themselves down from a lofty spot and need to be reminded that “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord they God”. (Beware, when you hear any Passion speaker talking of taking a risk in your internal faith-force, falsely so called.)
Kenneth Hagin is considered the father of WOF, Kenneth Copeland would in the beginning of his ministry after a co-pilot for Oral Roberts, actually memorized and delivered Hagin’s sermons. However, what is new today is the number of lady preachers like Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, and Christine Caine who desire to get in on some of the millions of the gospel of prosperity, success, of the word of faith movement.
At first, when to listen to the young lady that walked out of Lou Giglio’s Passion Church for many reasons, but one was when he reacted with a devilish took as when she equivalently loud Amen, a statement about the Second Coming, and with a knee jerk reaction he said, “Sure, you will.” However, watch the eyes of passion speakers like Beth Moore and Christine Caine, and you will notice something similarly strange. This writer goes out on a limb to advise that this is of control by Satan as they have allowed his influence through the idolatry of paganism and the unsound doctrines of a secret wisdom called Gnosticism.
The largest TV network in the world, TBN bought into Hagan’s and the mystic Quimby’s faith force concept (from Satan that wants all to focus on self as one becoming like God), and daily all over the world this false Bible and false Gospel is being preached like it is real. However, do be encouraged by the fact that there are still hundreds and thousands of sound Bible preachers and pastors in more established churches throughout the land that have remained faithful to the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Unfortunately, as the masses of the people and church members consistent with the word of God in II Timothy 4:3,4, will dwindle down in number as the itch in their get along leads them also to itching ears faith and theology. Yet hold fast, it is not going to last long; and even as if in this world we have hope only we will be miserable men and women, so also the miseries of church life during the great apostasy of the falling away become more evident, the misery turns into joy at the Second Coming. While it must often seem as the children of this world are wiser than the children of light, that is only in this world, will not last. Just think what would happen with a negative rapture where all the WOF believers, churches, and TV evangelists were removed, which is what will happen suddenly as their will be no such unsound doctrines in heaven or on the new earth. God says greed in Ephesians 5:5 is from an idolatry, and we believe it!
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