4 of Satan’s Most Popular Lies

The devil is a dirty liar (John 8:44). His tactics haven’t changed since he lied to Eve in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3). Unfortunately, we fall his lies more often than we’d like to admit.

Here are four of Satan’s most plausible lies He uses today:

  1. Sin doesn’t matter.” Don’t you believe it! Sin does matter. The wages of sin have not changed (Rom. 6:23). We are exhorted, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye SIN NOT (1 John 2:1).  “Awake to righteousness, and SIN NOT (1 Cor. 15:34).
    Sin will rob you of your peace, your testimony, your health, and your joy.
  2. Holiness is not important.” That’s a lie out of hell. 1 Peter 1:16 says, “Be holy, for I am holy.” We have the HOLY Spirit within us… We read from a HOLY Bible. You are commanded to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy” (Rom. 12:1). The truth is: It is God’s will for His children to holy lives.
  3. Church attendance is a waste of time.” Satan would love for you to swallow that lie. Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it (Eph. 5:25). The church is “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). It is God’s appointed agency through which He does His work today. Paul said, “Unto him be glory IN THE CHURCH” (Eph. 3:21). We admonished to not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together” (Heb. 10:25)? You never be more effective for God outside of a church than you are inside (Mt. 5:14-15 cf. Rev. 1:20). Satan knows this!
  4. Preaching is not relevant.” So many fall for this lie, even those who attend church. They prefer music programs, dramatic productions, or interactive dialogue. “They heap to themselves TEACHERS [not preachers], having itching ears” (2 Tim. 6:3). God has chosen the “foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1:21). The Bible says, “Preach the Word” (2 Tim. 4:2). Satan hates Bible preaching (and Bible preachers). He will do all he can to keep people from the preaching of Gospel.

So, who are you going to believe—God’s Word or Satan’s lie?

The Pioneer Spirit

“He went out, not knowing whither he went.” —Hebrews 11:8

Local churches don’t just spring out the ground.  They are started by someone with a pioneer spirit.  A pioneer is someone who goes where no one has ever gone or does something no one else has done.  The Pilgrims were pioneers who came to America on the Mayflower.  Roger Williams was a pioneer pastor who established the first local Baptist church in 1638 in Providence, Rhode Island.  The American settlers who came West in covered wagons were pioneers.

Paul had that pioneer spirit by starting churches all over Asia Minor in the first century (read the book of Acts). Paul said his desire was “to preach the gospel in the regions beyond…” (2 Cor. 10:16). Again he said, “I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation” (Rom. 15:20).

I think of pastors who had that pioneer spirit.  Dr. Tom Malone started the Emmanuel Baptist Church in a deserted dance hall in Pontiac, MI.   Dr. Charles Keen started the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio (now the home of Bearing Precious Seed).  Dr. Ken Blue came to Mountlake Terrace and started the Open Door Baptist Church with 25 folding chairs and 25 hymnbooks in his living room.   Dr. Rick Adams came to Portland, OR from Jacksonville, FL to start the Greater Portland Baptist Church.  I’ve lost count of the number of churches Brother Jim Modlish has started across America.  I’m thankful that God helped me to start two local churches (one in Redmond, and one in Barton, VT).

Our church in Port Orchard was started by a preacher with a pioneer spirt. Brother Henry King came from San Diego, CA in the late 1950’s to start the first independent Baptist church in Kitsap County—The Bible Baptist Church.

Time would fail to tell of all the pioneer missionaries who go into “regions beyond” to do God’s work!

I enjoy the Disney movie, “Never Cry Wolf.”   It is a great illustration of  the adventure of a pioneer spirit.

A wimpy government bureaucrat named Tyler is assigned to go into the Alaska wilderness and study the depletion of caribou to see if they were being killed by wolves.   It is obvious Tyler is a “duck-out-of-water” as he arrives in Alaska.

He hires a scruffy bush pilot named Rosie to fly him 300 miles into the Alaskan wilderness. Tyler is a nervous wreck as they fly in and out through tall shimmering mountains.

Rosie is casually at ease.  He begins to talk with Tyler, “You what the problem is down in the lower 48?”  Tyler meekly answers, “No…” Rosie continues, “All those people do is sit back in their living rooms and watch the boob tube.  Life is too mundane and routine for them.”  Then he asks, “Tyler, do you know why I came here to Alaska?”  Tyler again whispers, “No…”

About that time suddenly the engine sputters and konks-out.  The plane starts to descend heading towards the side of an ominous mountain.

Rosie rummages in his toolbox looking for a crescent wrench.  Finally he dumps the box upside down emptying the tools on the floor of the cockpit. He grabs the wrench and opens the door of the plane.  Poor Tyler is totally paralyzed with fear.

Rosie steps out on the wing struct with his wrench and bangs on a nut giving it a tweak, a twist, and a turn.  He climbs back in the plane, pulls out the choke, and tries to restart the engine. The engine sputters and finally starts. They just miss crashing into the side of a mountain.

Then Rosie casually looks over at Tyler and calmly says, “Now Tyler, as I was saying… The reason I came to Alaska is… adventure, Tyler… adventure.”

Amen! The adventure of a pioneer spirit!  God give us pioneer preachers who will go where no preacher has gone before!

“I Sat Where They Sat”

Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. —Ezekiel 3:15

The experiences of life play a big part in shaping who we are—your upbringing… your education… your friends… your sufferings. The things you go through in life have a profound effect on you. They may harden you, or soften you / embitter you (Job), or strengthen you (Paul).

It is hard to help someone when you’ve not experienced what they are going through. If I’m having a problem, I’d want to be with someone who has already been through the same thing.

When you have gone through a certain trial, you can be “touched” when someone else is going through the same things. You’ve been there. You’ve sat where they sit.

Have you experienced God’s mercy? Then you should be merciful to others.

Has God been kind and gracious to you? Then you should be kind and gracious to others.

Has God forgiven your sins? They you should forgive others who have sinned against you.

As Jesus said, “Freely you have received. Freely give.”

We should treat the lost with compassion because we were once lost ourselves. We know what it’s like to be lost. As God told His people, “Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Dt. 10:19). Paul reminded the Corinthians, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed” (2 Cor. 6:11).

When facing death, I want someone who has already gone through it!   Jesus will go with me through the valley of the shadow of death (Ps. 23), because He’s already been there and back again (Heb. 2:9)! But if you are not saved, you’ll go through death alone.

SAVED!

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to SAVE sinners…” —1 Timothy 1:15

I love the word “saved!” What a glorious word! It is the theme of so many songs we sing in church. “SAVED by the Blood,” “Jesus Saves,” “Saved, Saved,” etc.

“Saved!” It is a Bible word! Matthew 1:21, “…thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Acts 4:12, “…there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith…” Acts 16-30-31, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Romans 10:9, 13, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

I’m afraid this terminology is beginning to be replaced from the modern Christian’s vocabulary. Many modern Christians no longer say “Jesus saved me.” Instead they say something like, “I have a personal relationship with Jesus.” Or, “I’m following Jesus,” etc.

When someone says such things, they make themselves the subject. “I have a relationship with Christ… I’m following Jesus.” The verb is also about me—something that I’m doing, not what Jesus has already done. But when I say, “Jesus saved me,” it puts the emphasis on what Jesus has done.

I SEE GRACE!

When he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad… —Acts 11:23

    Barnabas saw something at Antioch that made him glad. What did he see? He saw “the grace of God” in the lives of people who recently turned to the Lord! When a person experiences the grace of God that brings salvation, it will be observable in their life (see Titus 2:11-12).

    I “see” the grace of God every time I attend our church. I “see” the grace of God in a mother who was recently in bondage to drugs, but now disciples others for the Lord Jesus Christ. I “see” the grace of God in the life of a young man who lived like a wild animal, but now is a manager of successful a business in our city.  I “see” the grace of God in a man who was controlled by an angry and violent spirit, but now is one of the kindest gentlemen you could ever know. I “see” the grace of God in women who once had an abortion, but now live in forgiveness. I “see” the grace of God in the lives of people who were blinded by heretical doctrines but now walk in the truth of the gospel. I “see” the grace of God every time I look in the mirror.

As one song says:

I see grace, in every life, on every face.
On the faithful who gather each week in this place.
I see grace.

    What do you “see” when you come to church. I hope you see “the grace of God” in the lives of those who attend. It will make you glad, like Barnabas. Do people “see” God’s grace in YOU?

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