By Learnmore Zuze
“It is always difficult to battle an enemy who possesses an intimate knowledge of your systems.”
The field of law is very interesting. Each lawyer is bound by strict rules which are administered by Law Societies. There are thousands of practicing lawyers but each has his own unique style of arguing a case.
Some try to confuse; others are sarcastic while many are aggressive. Each advocate is expected to be a man of high integrity. However, some lawyers engage in shady deals. A lawyer who deals unscrupulously may be deregistered no matter how shrewd they may be.
Now, suppose there is a revered and influential lawyer in your country. This esteemed lawyer possesses qualities of integrity and is an accomplished advocate.
As a result of his influence, pride slowly starts to creep into his heart and he begins to disregard orders from his country’s Judiciary believing himself to be superior. He starts by negatively influencing other lawyers against the law of the land.
He makes an attempt to overthrow the Chief Justice of the country. After a protracted struggle, he eventually loses it out and his practicing certificate is revoked. He is kicked out of the country. Question:
Which one thing remains with this rebel lawyer wherever he goes in his life? Pick your answer.
a) Legal books
c) Legal Knowledge
The correct answer is (c). It is Legal knowledge. I have a number of deregistered lawyer friends but surprisingly most of these deregistered lawyers make the excellent lecturers of law. In short, a deregistered lawyer is still a lawyer and will always carry his legal knowledge and can still use or abuse it outside his profession wherever he goes.
This illustration (as I will explain) captures the origins of a plethora of unthinkable practices that have become the face of the Christian world today. I was shocked to see a preacher who had the crowds throwing money at him in appreciation of the “Word” exactly in the same way that people throw money for a street performer. This is happening in church today.
Today the world is faced with teachers who are keen on teaching ‘Five ways to acquire wealth’ to a people groaning under the burden of sin. Today’s churches are filled with people battling various addictions including pornography and yet they are bombarded with a gospel of wealth and miracles. We have teachers keen on performing miracles to an audience which does not know the importance of baptism.
People have turned the sacred Word into a money-spinning wheel. Supposed custodians of the Word have become custodians and marketers of riches. Christianity has fallen prey to ravenous wolves. Christianity has been inflicted with a deep wound which will take years to heal.
The world is now filled with teachers ready to deliver miracle money to people who have not worked for it while the Bible counsels that a man shall eat from the brow of his sweat. Today’s world has become the dwelling place of weird and evil doctrines.
A satanic teaching currently embraced is that if you give to a poor person you may ‘connect’ with their poverty hence you should give the rich to ‘connect’ with their riches. But doesn’t the bible say, “He who gives to the poor lendeth unto God.”(Proverbs 19:17)
The occult concept of spiritual fatherhood rooted in West Africa has become common place in Southern Africa. Honestly, how can true Christians not see a problem with kneeling down before a man? This practice is clearly rebuked in Rev 19:10.
Just a week ago someone here claimed to have brought fire from Heaven. Is this the power of Christ at work? A visit to Nigeria/Ghana is all that a pastor needs to come back with ‘prophetic’ power. Dear brothers, all these stunts are but the manifestation of a hidden power.
Many have hated Satan without knowing much about him. The traditional manner in which Satan is portrayed in books and the media is highly misleading. The picture of an ugly and monstrous creature with two horns blowing smoke from the mouth has been associated with Satan over the years.
That image is the stark opposite of Satan. Satan was created by a perfect God. He was the most beautiful angel in heaven. He was blameless in his ways. Listen to what the sovereign Lord says concerning Lucifer: “…You were the model of perfection full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz…Your settings and mountings were made of gold on the day you were created they were prepared.” (Ezekiel 28:12-19)
To our minds, the words ‘beautiful’, ‘perfect’ and ‘wise’ do not conjure an image of Satan at all but indeed Satan was blameless until his heart became proud and he fell. Just like in the lawyer-illustration, slowly but surely, pride crept into Satan’s heart.
He sought to overthrow God and negatively influenced a third of God’s angels which now work under him to deceive man. “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty and you corrupted your wisdom…” The Sovereign Lord continues: “So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you” (Ezekiel 28:17)
After disobeying, Satan was kicked out of heaven and he fell on earth. Question: which single thing did Satan carry with him as he fell on earth? I guess you got it right; Satan fell on rocky earth with his Heavenly knowledge, power and wisdom. He retained the powers he wielded whilst serving in Heaven. The Bible even tells us that there should be; “… no wonder for, Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”(2 Corinthians 11:14)
Who do you think enabled Pharaoh’s magicians to compete with God’s servant (Moses) in Egypt? (Exodus 7:11, 12) Who do you suppose enabled Simon the sorcerer to perform miracles which made him famous in Israel? (Acts 8: 9-25). Whose power enabled that slave girl to accurately predict the future before Apostle Paul silenced her? (Acts 16:16). Whose power did the witch at Endor use to ‘bring back the dead?’(1 Samuel 28:7-20)
This power is still at work and as the world slowly draws to an end the power is revealing itself more and more. It will operate openly but deceitfully. The Bible tells us that the Arch-rebel will work deceptive miracles, “…even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.”(Rev 13:13) Thousands upon thousands of innocent people today have wondered after this power.
The power counterfeits heavenly systems to deceive them who dwell on earth. Satan is a deadly enemy inflicting damage to the unsuspecting church from within. Satan’s greatest achievement to date is turning nearly the whole Christian community’s focus on vanity (earthly riches) whilst neglecting the critically needed salvation and repentance from sin.
The story of Satan is the story of an enemy fighting from within. He saw heaven. He dwelt in Heaven. He was an angel which stood in the presence of God. It is easier for a former employee to corrupt company systems. Satan knows how to destroy humanity and alienate it from God. He is doing this by using his intimate knowledge of Heaven that spans over thousands of years.
Our short lifespan put up against Satan’s amassed knowledge makes us ill equipped against this mighty enemy. Most people who invent computer viruses are people who are expert at software. Satan is too clever to show his hand but disguises himself.
He brings half truths and half lies with the effect of deceiving people. Something part true and part false. It’s the computer wizards who hack internet accounts. Satan, as we know him today has deceived the world by counterfeiting and abusing the true Gospel.
Satan has the power to enrich those who serve him. The book of Ezekiel recounts that Lucifer was a supernatural entity that could walk on fire. This practice is common in the seemingly innocent but occult –inspired motivation industry where people walk on fire and attribute it to mind power.
Our enemy is capable of many things. Satan can make accurate predictions. It should not surprise why miracles and predictions are the bait in today’s gatherings for, Satan possesses such power. Just take away the wealth promises and miracles from today’s gatherings and see what happens.
The thousands who flood the churches have nothing to do with real worship but are chasing after wealth and miracles. Satan is grateful to have people focusing on miracles and money yet they are struggling with alcohol addictions, fornication and adultery. The following is an example of the counterfeit gospel: ‘Today you will receive all you ever needed.’
- He will get you that Job.
- He will give you that car/house.
- He will promote you.
- He will expand your business.
I do not dispute for a second that God can do these things but it becomes outright deception when this is made the foremost Gospel as is currently happening in the supposed Christian churches. Today, Christians are made busy praying for financial breakthroughs, businesses and partners among other such things. Is this the Gospel of Christ? Isn’t true Christianity primarily about pursuing righteousness and shunning sin?
Wasn’t Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed because of sin? Weren’t the people in Noah’s time destroyed by the flood because of sin? Didn’t God send Jonah to preach to Nineveh because of sin? Didn’t John the Baptist teach that repent from your sins? Didn’t our father Adam fall because of sin? Wasn’t it sin which caused God Almighty to descend in the form of Christ to redeem humanity?
Satan has left the brothels and set in to deceive within by substituting a defective gospel which is earthly-focused. We have a deadly enemy striking from within. Satan has no business deceiving criminals or the wicked. He is doing his work within the church. To God, the problem of this world is sin not poverty. Hence he had to send his Son to condemn sin.
My fellow brothers and sister, the Kingdom of God has never been about wealth or miracles but salvation of the sinful human being. It was for that reason that Christ came to earth not for wealth. Satan’s victims are the thousands who rely on leaders to understand the Bible. More often than not, the devil only needs to deceive the leader and consequently he deceives millions of people who do not take it upon themselves to study the Scriptures.
The message which is so crucial in today’s world is for you and me to repent and leave sin because Jesus is coming again to take only those who are without sin. Since the time of Adam, this world has toiled under the burden of sin. Satan does not want the message of repentance put across. I pray that God grants us the spirit of discernment because many deceptive practices and doctrines have gone out into the world.
This is the last hour. Take heed that no one deceives you.
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