Satan sees the Lord’s servants burdened because of the spiritual darkness that enshrouds the people. He hears their earnest prayers for divine grace and power to break the spell of their indifference, carelessness, and indolence. Then with renewed zeal he plies his arts. He tempts men to the indulgence of appetite or to some other form of self-gratification, and thus benumbs their sensibilities so that they fail to hear the very things which they most need to learn.
Satan well knows that all whom he can lead to neglect prayer and searching of the Scriptures, will be overcome by his attacks. Therefore he invents every possible device to engross the mind. There has ever been a class professing Godliness, who, instead of following on to know the truth, make it their religion to seek some fault of character or error of faith in those with whom they do not agree.
Such are Satan’s right hand helpers. Accusers of the brethren are not few, and they are always active when GOD is at work and his servants are rendering him true homage. They will put a false coloring upon the words and acts of of those who love and obey the truth. They will represent the most earnest, zealous, self denying servants of Christ as deceived or deceivers. It is their work to misrepresent the motives of every true and noble deed, to circulate insinuations, and arouse suspicion in the minds of the inexperienced. In every conceivable manner they will seek to cause that which is pure and rigtheous to be reguarded as foul and deceptive. But none need be deceived concerning them. It may be readily seen whose children are, whose example they follow, and whose work they do.
Ye shall know them by their fruits.(Matthew 7:16).
Their course resembles that of Satan, the envenomed slanderer, the accuser of our brethen.(revelation 12:10).
The great deceiver has many agents ready to present any and every kind of error to ensnare souls hereies prepared to suit the varied tastes and capacities of those whom he would ruin. IT is his plan to bring into the church insincere, unregenerate elements that will encourage doubt and unbelief, and hinder all who desire to see the work of GOD advance and to advance with it. Many who have no real faith in GOD or in His word assent to some principles of truth and pass as Christians, and thus they are enabled to introduce their errors as Scriptural doctrines. Check my blog tomorrow for topic three, Beware of False Teachers.