Boy, the Enemy sure does have some sneaky ways of keeping people from the Truth!
There is a particular worldwide sect (which shall remain nameless) that apparently believes that the Cross is a slap in the face of Jesus, and they are told to stay out of buildings that have a Cross in or on them. Wow, what a way to keep people out of church!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that people don’t have to go to church in order to be saved, but the same is also true for the opposite, not everybody who goes to church is saved. *See below.
Christians are told to fellowship with each other. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
And who cares where people fellowship, as long as they do it! I don’t think God cares where believers worship Him and fellowship with others, whether it be in a dedicated church building, a rented room, a home, a PCYC, a town hall, whatever!
* “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
>>Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;<< but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:20-23
But I digress. The point is, that the Enemy will do anything to keep people from the truth. We know that he will end up in the Lake of Fire, but he will do anything and everything he can to drag many people, including professing Christians, down with him – people who are gullible, naive, undiscerning and do not love the truth. Without discernment people don’t understand the wiles and tricks of the Devil that deceive.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” Ephesians 6:11,12
In these end times and last days, we need to be ever discerning about the tricks of the Enemy so we don’t fall prey to them. We need to be praying for discernment now more than ever, because things are really ramping up spiritually. The world is spiralling out of control and too many people are being deceived and led away from the truth. 😥 (I’ll include a few verses about discernment from God’s word.)
As you can see with my one example, the Enemy will try anything, even something as subtle as telling people (via false doctrine and teachings) not to go to a building with a Cross on or in it.
As you can see from these verses, people have prayed for discernment and asked the Lord for it so they can judge between right and wrong, good and evil etc.
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? … And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;” 1 Kings 3:9,11
“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Ezekiel 44:23
And here is a huge problem, people who believe they are saved but aren’t can’t discern many things for they don’t have the Holy Spirit to help them discern.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
Sorry, I think I went off on a bit of a tangent here, but that just seems to be how I write. lol
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