You carry your religious beliefs very close to your heart. They root you and give you purpose and hope beyond this lifetime. Your faith is the anchor of your soul. There is a saboteur who doesn’t want you to reject your beliefs, he just wants to change them enough that you are safe and secure, but misguided. He doesn’t want you to serve Him directly, He just wants to outsmart you in your attempts to serve God. He doesn’t win by converting you, he wins by entertaining you. If he can derail you, he can take you out without even knowing it. If you think everything is fine, all the better that your danger alarms won’t sound.
One of Satan’s most effective strategies is to make the search for the truth extremely difficult. For every teaching that emanates from God, Satan fabricates dozens of counterfeits. I once found a rare souvenir signed by a musician whose works I loved. The signed artwork was accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Just to be sure, I contacted the organization that authenticated the art. They searched their records and found that they had never authenticated the coin in question. Not only was the artwork a fake, but the authentication letter was also a fake. How insidious, but from the forger’s point of view, how cunning.
When I was in college, I worked for a while in the Proctor and Gamble warehouse. I loaded and unloaded the variety of products manufactured by P&G. I was amazed at how many assorted brands of laundry soap they made. Once, while I was in the grocery store, I did a private investigation and checked the backs of all the brands of detergents and found out that most of them were made by Proctor and Gamble. It seemed that their marketing strategy was to fill store shelves with different brands so that their own brands would compete with each other. It doesn’t matter whether you choose Tide, Oxydol, or Duz (an inexpensive brand), you are buying P&G. Satan uses the same approach. Jesus establishes a church and Satan floods the market with lookalikes that are not the genuine article. It doesn’t matter which church you choose, if it’s not the one Jesus founded, Satan wins.
The next way Satan is hijacking people is by spreading the propaganda that all churches are the same, that it doesn’t matter where you worship, just that you worship. Once people believe they stop worrying about the big differences between churches. Jesus warned: Yet a time is coming and has now come when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers that the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers are to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4: 23-24). ”
Jesus differentiated true worshipers from (false) worshipers. There are those who worship God, even every Sunday, but do not do so according to the spirit and the truth. They are not true worshipers, most likely because Satan has hijacked them with his market flood influences. “It will be sad when they learn that they worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men (Matthew 15: 9).” The next diversion used by Satan is to convince you that Jesus is not talking about you, but “these other people”. Whatever your heart’s intention, the substance of your obedience must result from your continued pursuit of the truth. Complacency is the enemy of those who hunger and thirst for justice.
Stephen Parker has over 25 years of experience as a pastor and as a marriage and family therapist. Contact Parker at [email protected]