“Are You As Smart As The Devil?”– A Sabbath Day Message

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Let me tell you how smart, sleek and ingeniously clever the devil is.

[The pronouns used in this post are meant to be understood as referring to the devil and his ministers.]

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“She” will ease up to you and pretend to be interested in being your friend. Now once she become your friend or once she has your confidence or once she has gained your attention, she then begins to go to work on you.

“He” will patiently listen to your most private thoughts and encourage you in your most tearful times. He will be there for you whenever you need him.”

“They” will give you money, stroke your ego and take your side in a disagreement, especially if it brings them closer to you.

“She” has no real concern for righteousness or your soul. Her main concern is to manipulate you into accepting her as your friend. It is only a bonus for her, if in the process of her deception, you fall in love with her and take her as a lover, a comforter and a companion.

We barely, if ever, notice the subtle way in which she is always agreeing with us whether we are right or wrong. We barely, if ever, notice the way she has made us see life through her eyes; adopting her attitudes towards parents, laws, God, Salvation, Obedience, Purity, Blessings, Heaven, Hell, Righteousness and the genuine fear of God. We barely, if ever, realize how far we have drifted away from our God, our godly parental example, our moral consciousness, our sense of honor and respect for our parents and elders and those who would gladly lay down their lives for us.

Yes! We barely, if ever, notice the changes that have taken place in our lives, in our nature and in our character because of our relationship with her. (1 Corinthians 15:33)

Yes! The devil is powerfully deceptive and he has had millennia and time immemorial to perfect his skills, talents and lying nature. God created him and gifted him with matchless beauty, wisdom and knowledge.  He was one of the bright morning stars numbered around the throng of God.  The Bible says that he transformed himself into an angel of light.  She is never who she appears to be.

One of Satan’s most insidious attacks and deceptions is to turn a heaven bound soldier into a hell bound sinner by pretending to be their friend.

He does this subtly through our human need for companionship; through those whom we love; through those whom we trust; through those whose opinions we value, through those whose company we keep.

Let’s be honest about this.  Without God’s help, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between friend and enemy. 

Now I can’t speak for you but I am not as smart as the devil.  I need God.  I need a savior!  I need the One who created the devil to protect me from the devil.  And I know that His protection Is Sure.  His Blood Has Never Lost Its Power.  His Name Is A Shelter for the Righteous.  He can’t be defeated!  He never fails!  His very Word is so powerful that when He speaks, His Word produces His will and always returns to Him fulfilled.

If you want the Word of God to dwell in you richly, if you want access to the most powerful weapon known to man, if you want a superb lie detector, a deception destroyer and a life protector and eternal soul keeper, then I strongly recommend Christ Jesus our Lord!

REPENT!

[Pray this prayer with me.]

“Lord please forgive us when we choose friends that lead us away from you.  Please forgive our trespasses.   We want you, our Father, to choose our friends for us for you know who is best for us.  Help us to live so that we may be the godly choice that someone else may choose for their friend.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen!”

~ Bishop O.W. Prince

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A CRUMB FROM THE MASTER’S TABLE

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Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”

(Matthew 4:5-7)

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There are a lot of preachers trained to use the scriptures to illustrate their message. However, there is a difference between using the scriptures to make a point and the Holy Spirit speaking out of the Holy Scriptures revealing God’s point.

In Matthew 4:5-7, Satan quoted Psalm 91:11-12 in an attempt to get Jesus to submit to his authority and obey him and do what he asked. But Satan quoted the scripture out of context and twisted its meaning to serve his purpose. This psalm of deliverance couldn’t possible be referring to Christ since Christ does not need delivering. He is the deliverer (Psalm 91:1-6). But Jesus responded to Satan’s deception by quoting out of the Eternal Law and Commands of Almighty God (Deuteronomy 6).

There are a lot of satanic preachers out there using the scriptures with great persuasive skill to make their point and get us to surrender to their authority and obey their self-serving demonic doctrines.

But Don’t Fall For It! Don’t get it twisted! Effective and persuasive speech and wrongful manipulation of scriptures does not draw us to Christ and salvation.

Jesus said in John 6:44 that “No one can come to him unless the Father who sent him draws them, and he will raise them up at the last day.” Therefore it is God the Father who draws us to Christ and He never deceives nor tempts us.

James 1:13 says, “For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.” And Jeremiah records the Lord as saying that “He has loved us with an everlasting love And draws us with unfailing kindness.”

The Father does the drawing and He draws us to the Living Word of God – Jesus Christ – with an everlasting love and with lovingkindness.  For He has come to save His people from their sin and not to tempt them with earthly riches or to test their faith in Him through trials. 

God is not a tempter but a deliverer.

May God help us to rightly discern between His Saving Word and Satan’s persuasive temptations.

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

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Today’s Sabbath Message / My Personal Observations / A Pastoral Commentary

Salvation without Christ

I have been trying to put into words what has been very obvious to me over the years regarding traditional churches and congregations but have found it very difficult to express. So please forgive the lack of polish or sophistication of the following observations:

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It is my observation and personal experience that many churches (maybe unconsciously) have placed themselves as the judge and jury of who is good enough to Pastor and/or preach in their pulpits. They have developed elaborate and politically driven organizations known as Ecclesiastical Governing Bodies to discern, discriminate, set benchmarks, examine and decide for them who should be their Pastor/Leader/Shepherd. But shouldn’t that be God’s decision?

It is my experience and observation that those who are making such life altering decisions are not saved according to the Holy Scriptures nor are they influenced by the Holy Spirit but by church politics, human traditions, arbitrary rules and clandestine motives shrouded in out-of-context scripture verses –totally corrupt, perverse and out of the will of God.

Maybe this is why the Christian Church is in the condition it is today – lacking genuine moral integrity and Divine Truth.

They tell a story (fable) of salvation that sounds good but is a lie from the depths of hell that neither saves nor transforms but entertains, fascinates, inspires, blinds and deceives its listeners.

For the time has come and now is when men will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they have accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, doctrines, traditions and beliefs and have turned away from the Truth and have turned to myths… (ref. 2 Tim. 4:3-4)

REPENT!!!

(O.W. Prince)

~ The Continuing Message of Salvation ~

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What Does Your Salvation Rest Upon?

Just A Note Of Warning To All Those Seeking Genuine Salvation

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Your salvation is not dependent upon you being convinced that you are saved. It isn’t dependent upon the church that you attend.  It isn’t dependent upon your pastor’s opinion of you or someone’s evaluation of you. Your salvation is not dependent upon your tithing, your giving, your singing or any outward performance.  It isn’t dependent upon your physical appearance. And nowhere in the Scriptures does Jesus teach that your eternal salvation is dependent upon your knowledge of scripture or that if you can recite the Word of God then you can have the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Satan knows and quotes scriptures better than some saints. The devil can imitate the behavior and produce false fruits that resemble the fruits of the Spirit of God. The devil believes in God for He was made by God and was numbered among the sons of God (Job 1:6 and Job 2:1). The devil knows more about imitating God and His Church than anyone does and he does so successfully (Revelation 12:9).

Satan and his messengers (angels) spout demonic doctrines mixed with some spiritual truths to disguise Satan’s ultimate deception which is that you don’t have to obey God’s commands or be saved in accordance with God’s ordained plan of salvation (John3:3-7 and Acts 2:38).

Some of Satan’s demonic doctrines and messages sound like this:

  • “All you need to do is believe and accept Jesus as your personal savior. You don’t have to be baptized to be saved.”
     
  •  “All you need to do is demonstrate the fruits of the spirit and be a good moral person. You don’t have to speak in tongues to show evidence of the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  • “All you need to do is stay in the Word and speak the Word. You don’t have to do anything else. God has already done it all through Christ.”
  • “All you have to do is give your heart to God.  God will save you right where you are.”
  • “All you have to do is recite the sinner’s prayer and you are saved.”

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The trouble with all of these doctrines is that they disguise disobedience to God with religious rhetoric and popular theology that sounds righteous but leads sinners to Hell and damnation (Proverbs 14:12). These doctrines are inherently rebellious and war against God and His eternal Commandments. These doctrines and their messengers wreck havoc on lost sheep and help to lead others astray. However, God is not silent concerning this offence (Ezekiel 34:2-4 and Jeremiah 23:1). Some shepherds will be destroyed even while they are yet preaching the lie and others will fall deathly ill.  This shall be a sign unto you that God is the good shepherd and He cares for His sheep.

I’ve discovered that those who haven’t experienced genuine salvation in accordance with God’s ordained Commandments found in John 3:3-7 and Acts 2:37-42 cannot effectively and truthfully teach what they have not experienced or obeyed.

pagan-christianityMany are caught in a continuous losing struggle to defend and prove their religious salvation to God, to others and to themselves. They are deceived and don’t know it. And because of their stubborn and arrogant ways, God has hidden His Truth from them (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 also see Matthew 11:25, Luke 10:21-24, 1 Corinthians 1:20). The best that they can do is to imitate a form or religion without the power of genuine salvation (2 Timothy 3:5).

Beware my friends. If you see a tree bearing fruits that looks good, examine its roots carefully to determine if its grounded and rooted in the apostolic truth of Jesus Christ. Examine it closely to see if it is watered by the waters of baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and listen carefully to the wind that is caught in its branches to hear if the Spirit of God speaks out of it with the evidence of tongues (John 3:8, Acts 10:44-48, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Acts 19:5-7). These things are biblically true, sound and tested by the apostles of Christ. No one else’s testimony will do.

We are living in the last days. Many have left the truth and yet others have never known the truth. Still yet there are those who don’t desire to know the truth.

But know this. “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” (1 Jon 1:10-11)

Finally, I would have you to know that your salvation is totally dependent upon the Blood of Christ Jesus. And without the blood, you are eternally lost.

If you find that you have been caught in a web of lies and religious traditions; if you discover that you’ve been preaching a false doctrine; if you have awaken to the reality that you are not saved but have been deceived and have deceived others, there is yet hope.  God is faithful and kind. He doesn’t desire that any be lost.  “He is patient toward us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Remember that Jesus say if we love him we will obey what He commands. (John 14:5)  Anyone who says that they love the Lord and yet refuses to obey His commandment to repent and be baptized in His name is a liar.

Therefore, openly confess your errors and repent. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

REPENT!

If you would like to hear the full lecture on the Blood of Christ and how the Blood is applied to our lives for the forgiveness of sins, you may contact me by writing to bishopowprince@sc.rr.com.

In the mean time, please visit the following link for more important information on Salvation.

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

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Believe To Be Deceived

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