Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. (1 Tim. 4:1)
I am sure you have heard of sound Bible doctrines, but you may have never thought about there being doctrines of devils. Doctrines of devils come from devils. How do we know? This scripture says so.
I know what you are thinking. Yes, the devil has his own perverted devil book. He takes God’s Word and twists it to make it say something God didn’t say, to fool you. He is a fooler. The devil is a fooler. I never thought of that word before, but it is a good one that should be in the dictionary. He wants to fool folks right into error, false doctrine and hell.
The devil uses his perverted book, in the church world as well as the natural world, to deceive people. When you hear anything that does not completely agree with the Bible, just say it is from the devil’s book. It is, you know. You better know! Don’t make me come over there!
Seducing Spirits To Doctrines Of Devils
How could anyone accept a doctrine of the devil in the church? I am glad you asked. The Lord taught me along these lines, years ago, to help keep me from error.
It begins with a seducing spirit from Satan. Seduce means to entice or attract someone to a belief or into a course of action that is inadvisable or foolhardy. My word – a fooler. When you are seduced, you believe what you are saying or doing is right, when it is totally wrong. How in the world can the devil seduce you into believing a lie? The number one way is through someone else that is already seduced by him. Usually it is someone you respect, look up to or that is popular.
If you will listen to a deceived person, long enough, that spirit will influence you and eventually deceive you. Then you will believe, talk and act like the person that is practicing seduction of the devil. A devil practitioner. Then, you are copying the devil himself. You become a devil practitioner also. You probably don’t want that on your resume. That should be easy to understand.
How To Not Be Deceived
Jesus Christ appeared to Dad Hagin on September 2, 1950, and told him, “Follow the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and Me, and you will not be deceived.” It is that simple. First, do not accept anything that disagrees with the whole counsel of God’s Word. Second, and this is the easiest way to me, “Be led by the Spirit of God.” The Spirit of God will alert you, in your spirit, if something is not right. You may not know why or how, in your mind. Just follow that inward witness, that it is wrong, and stay away from it.
Third, follow the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord is your Shepherd or protector and He will keep you from seducing spirits. He is your Lord and savior, so get to know Him through prayer.
These truths have kept me, over the years, from getting into deception. Even when very popular ministers, in the church, got into false doctrine and millions followed them. Sometimes, it seemed I was right by myself in not following them. Of course, I know there must be many others who do the same. This does not mean that I know it all, because I don’t. It also does not mean that I have never missed it, because I have. I always got back on the right track, quickly, because of these principles and my willingness to change. If you stay on the wrong path, long enough, you may not be able to get off of it. When you realize something you have accepted is wrong, change quickly. Most folks don’t.
Following these simple steps will keep you from getting into deception and led astray by seducing spirits – the Lord Jesus Christ said so.