Subtleties of Satan
Against Today's Church

Subtleties = The quality of being difficult to detect or analyze.

Words of God / Jesus = Red            Headings = Maroon          Authors Words = Black             My Comments = Teal

The purpose of the devil is to attack the Word of God and destroy our faith. We should not be surprised by the rise of false teachers and heretics.

When God's Holy Word arises, it is always its lot that Satan opposes it with all his might. At first, he rages against it with force and wicked power. If that promises no success, he attacks it with false tongues and erring spirits and teachers. What he is unable to crush by force he seeks to suppress by cunning and lies. This was his strategy at the beginning. When the Gospel first came into the world, he launched a mighty attack against it through Jews and Gentiles, shed much blood, and filled Christendom with martyrs. When this did not succeed, he raised false prophets and erring spirits and filled the world with heretics... And we must be prepared for this, and by no means allow it to disturb us, for so it must be, as Paul tells the Corinthians: "There must also be heresies among you that they which are approved may be made manifest (1 Corinthians 11:19)."

We must stand firmly upon the Word of God.

All the cunning of the devil is exercised in trying to tear us away from the Word. If in the external preaching he does not succeed in making people unwilling to hear the Word, yet he succeeds in the heart by persuading them not to cling to it.
* All the quotations are taken from the Ewald Plass, What Luther Says, (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1959), pp. 391-404.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8-9).

If you are a member of the body of Christ, get ready to face a mad devil. You may not want to think about it or even accept it - but if you have determined to follow Jesus with all your heart, Satan has marked you for destruction. And he's going to flood your life with troubles of all kinds.

The apostle Peter warns, "The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer" (4:7). He is saying, in other words, "This is no time for lightness. You have to get sober-minded about spiritual matters. It is an issue of life and death."

Why the need to be so serious? The end of time is near - and our enemy has turned up the heat. He is stalking us like a lion, hiding in the grass, waiting for an opportunity to pounce. He wants to devour us - to utterly destroy our faith in Christ.

Some Christians say we shouldn't even talk about the devil, that we're better off just ignoring him. Others try to reason him out of existence. Liberal theologians, for example, argue that there is no devil, no hell, no heaven.

But the enemy of our souls is not simply going to go away. Few biblical figures have been identified so clearly and extensively. He is described as Lucifer, Satan, devil, deceiver, hinderer, wicked one, usurper, imposter, accuser, devourer, god of this world, ruler of darkness, old serpent.

These emphatic descriptions tell me the devil is real. And we know from scripture that he wields a very real power. Even now he is at work on the earth - in our nations, cities, churches, homes and individual lives. And we dare not be ignorant of his methods and strategies of warfare against us.

Mr. Wilkerson goes on to explain that Satan has declared war three (3) times which are as follows and are from the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12.

1.   He first declared war against almighty God himself.  Revelation 12:7-9
2.   A defeated Satan then declared his second war - this one against God's son, Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:1-4
3.   The devil declared his third and final war on the seed of Christ. This means he is at war with every true believer on earth. Revelation 12:12,13,17.
(excerpts from: David Wilkerson, December 27, 1999, Satan Seeks to Devour You Message.  Copyright 1999 by World Challenge, Lindale, Texas, USA)

Above, we have shown some of what Satan is about, we showed you how he has attacked us to try to destroy our faith. We have shown you that Satan has declared war on us.  This should make you shiver. It is no cause to be afraid, but just realizing that this is a war, not just a little pushing match we are engaged in, is quite a lot to handle.  Especially if you have any doubts whatsoever with your faith.

I happen to be one, who believes that Satan has gotten involved in the churches far more than most expect or believe.  I have seen some real sad examples of how believers and unbelievers alike have fallen for the trappings that Satan has laid out for them.  Now don't misread what I am saying.  I am no different than anyone else in that I also have fallen for some mighty stupid tricks that Satan pulled on me.  I praise Almighty God in Heaven for blessing me with the gift of Discernment.  Discernment is a wonderful and powerful gift of God through the Holy Spirit. It can be such a blessing, but can also be a real burden to carry.  One who discerns in the Spiritual, Christian world can experience some mighty difficult times indeed.  But let us REJOICE for He who is in us is greater than who is against us.

Ways Satan has invaded the Church.

God's authority taken from Him
      What has happened is that Satan has slowly but surely convinced certain men and women that they are duplicates of God.  That they are working under the same anointing as Jesus was.  That they have all the powers that Jesus had.  That they are on the same level as Jesus was.  That they are special in the fact that they are to be followed as if they were Jesus Himself.  You see this type of practice in many different churches and ministries around the world.  I must admit though, that most of the deceivers are from the United States.  Even so far that ones who deceive that are from another country, somehow hear from God Himself telling them that they are to move to the United States.  We have quoted in many different articles remarks such as
"We are Gods"(see Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch).

We are not a church of division
     What we are talking about here is the idea that churches must make it a part of the Doctrine, basically saying that we will not cause strife.  We will not say anything that may cause someone's feelings to get hurt.  We cannot talk about sin and the punishment to the unbelievers because there might be someone in the pew who is a sinner and they will feel so uncomfortable that they may not come back again.  I have had preachers tell me that they cannot say certain things because if a person get offended and leaves, then they never get a change to reach them.  I guess my question to that is this. 
Reach them with what?  If you are not going to talk about sin or damnation to the ones who reject Christ, then how are you going to actually convince a person that they are living in sin and that God/Jesus loves them so much that He is willing to forgive them of their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.  There is no way to do this without the person first knowing and realizing that they are sinners and must be saved by grace.  Without the complete message, especially the Cross message, how can anyone know what they are supposed to be turning from in the first place.  Satan has convinced so many preachers of this false message of the watered down gospel.

All you need is love
     John Lennon wrote a song with this title trying to convince the listener of his music that all the world really needed was love and everything would be alright.  John Lennon wrote another song that is used as his anthem song called "Imagine".  You can hear people all the time saying things like: "This song is so real", or "Isn't this just the greatest song".  They have been coerced into believing anything they hear al long as it sounds good.  But, they don't care enough to listen to what the words are actually saying.  In the song Imagine, John Lennon says things like: "Imagine there's no Heaven", "No Hell below us", "It's easy if you try", and so many believe it just because it sounds right in the song. Unfortunately, too many pew sitters
(a term I use for those who sit in the pews just because it's Church, but have no idea what they are being taught and fall for anything just because it sounds right or they love the preacher and he is a man of God so he can't be telling them anything bad, could he) that have fallen for the same message.  Not to be alone in this category, there are also too many preachers who have also fallen for the same message.  It sounds right, "Dad" Hagin said it, so it must be right. Where is the discernment that the Bible speaks of?  Sadly, it is left at home.  This message of "all you need is love" is partially right.  You do need love and lots of it. But, you also must be able to speak and hear the whole Word of God which is not just love but Love, Compassion, Wisdom, Holiness, Forgiveness, Truth, Glory, Joy, Sovereignty, Grace, Wrath, Power, Righteousness, and Goodness. There is a myth going around that convinces so many to believe that you can just "Love" someone to Jesus.  I do not adhere to that Doctrine. You may show the love of Jesus and that is good, but even if a person says I want to be like you because you are so loving and compassionate, that is not enough.  You will still have to tell them the story of how they are born a sinner and cannot and are not qualified enough to enter Heaven until they repent of their sins, believe on Jesus that He died for them, rose again and is coming again.  Once you do that, you are preaching more than the love message and that is where so many fall short.  They just refuse to preach anything but love, thinking they are doing anyone a service.  In reality they are doing their parishioners a disservice and also are doing a disservice to God.  Satan works in so many deceiving ways doesn't he.

     Satan is the master of deception.  He works in any little way he can to get into your mind and convince you that there are many ways to get to Heaven when in actuality there is only one.  Jesus said it Himself,
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 KJV

We do pray this article has been of help to you in your search for the Truth.

Robert Wise