Christianity 201

May 7, 2017

Satan’s Great Deception

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By Russell Young

Satan is known as a liar. “[The devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (Jn 8:44 NIV) Believers need to understand that they, like the rest of the world, can be deceived and trapped in the lies of the evil one. The Word cautions against being deceived. (1 Cor 6:9; Gal 6:7; 2 Tim 3:13; Jas 1:16) There are many Christian “myths,” deceptions, that by repetition have come to be accepted as truths. The evil one has not left the body of Christ free of attack.

Consider the following:

1. Being redeemed means that a person has been eternally saved. Redemption is for gaining the Holy Spirit (Gal 3:14) who accomplishes the believer’s eternal salvation. (2 Thess 2:13; Titus 3:5─6; Jn 6:63)

2. Christ has won the victory for you. Victory over Satan comes through Christ ((1 Cor 15:57) and requires obedience to him. (Heb 5:9) Only those who “overcome” will gain a presence in the New Jerusalem. (Rev 21:7) The Lord’s victory over the devil gave him the keys to death and Hades and the right, through possession of the keys, to determine a person’s eternal destiny. (Rev 1:18)

3. No judgment befalls those who have confessed faith. All will be judged by God. (2 Cor 5:10; Heb 9:27, 10:30; 1 Pet 1:17, 4:17)

4. All believers will be rewarded equally. Rewards will be based on a person’s righteousness and ‘labour.’ (1 Cor 3:8; Rom 2:7; 1 Sam 26:23)

5. God’s heavenly kingdom will be ‘in heaven.’ His kingdom will be on earth. (Rev 21:2)

6. Confessing faith in Christ is all that God requires. Faith must be proven. (Acts 26:20; 1 Cor 4:2; 1 Pet 1:7; 1 Thess 2:4; Rev 3:10, 6:9)

7. Eternal salvation is all of Christ. The believer must obey Christ if he or she is to gain eternal salvation. (Heb 5:9; Rom 8:4, 14, 6:16; Gal 5:18; Jn 8:51; 2 Thess 1:8)

8. All sin has been forgiven. Sin committed before confession of faith (past sin) has been forgiven (Heb 9:15), and sins following which have been confessed. (1 Jn 1:7)

9. Being pardoned for sin is all that a person requires. A person must be a new creation (Gal 6:15) Believers need to be transformed into the Lord’s likeness. (2 Cor 3:18; Rom 8:29; Eph 4:24)

10. God’s grace covers all your needs. God’s grace gives the believer all that he or she needs for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3), but not life and righteousness. Believers must obey the Lord. (Heb 5:9; Mt 7:21) Everything that causes sin and all who do evil will be separated from God. (Mt 13:41)

11. The believer’s eternal salvation was accomplished by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Forgiveness for sins committed under the first or Old Covenant’s jurisdiction were forgiven and the New Covenant was made available by his sacrifice, following which the Holy Spirit was given to enable a person’s eternal salvation. (Heb 9:15; Phil 2:12)

12. The law does not have to be kept. The Law of Moses does not have to be kept for those obeying the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:18); however, the law of the Spirit needs to be obeyed. (Rom 8:2)

13. “Freedom” means freedom to do as the believer wishes. “Freedom” is from the death all warrant for breaking the Old Covenant’s righteous requirements (Rpm 6:23), freedom from the Covenant of the Law (Heb 9:15), and freedom from the weaknesses of the sinful nature. (Rom 8:2)

14. All confessors are permanent members of the family of God. Only “believers” or those who “are believing” as demonstrated through their righteous practices and obedience to Christ throughout their lives remain “in Christ” and “in the family.” (Jn 8: 34─35; 15:1, 10; Mt 10:22, 24:13, Mk 13:13; Heb 3:14; Rev 2:26)

Warnings that have been given not to fall prey to deception and to Satan’s lies should be taken to heart. The evil one has not completed his work. In fact, it is because of the refusal of humankind to keep God’s eternal Covenant, to obey his laws and to honour his statutes that he is going to bring destruction to the earth. (Isa 24:5) The Lord prophesied that gaining his kingdom required a walk on the narrow road and that such a walk required diligence. “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because man, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (Lk 13:24 NIV)

Believers have been cautioned not to fall into temptations and the evil one is constantly offering those things that are attractive to a person’s sinful nature and is still trying to deceive and lead many to his side and to destruction.

Russell Young is the Sunday contributor to Christianity 201 and author of Eternal Salvation: “I’m Okay! You’re Okay!” Really? available in print and eBook through Westbow Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble; and in Canada through Chapters/Indigo.  9781512757514

To read all of Russell’s contributions here at C201, click this link.


  1. please, where in the bible can suffice or answer this question “is satan a cane to beat a weak or backslide christian? And if yes that means God has assigned innumerable to be a witch till God comes. React to this !!

    Comment by BAMIDELE GIDEON — May 13, 2017 @ 7:03 am | Reply

  2. Barmidele Gideon has asked, “Is Satan a cane to beat a weak or backslidden Christian?” He can be. If Barmidele is asking whether God directs Satan to beat weak and backsliding Christians, the answer is probably not. Satan has his own purposes and they are distinct from those of God. However, the Word certainly reveals that he permits Satan’s visitation. God gave Satan permission to test Job by inflicting troubles on him. Satan was given authority to destroy Job’s possessions. (Job 1:12) Following that God gave Satan permission to afflict Job’s flesh but was required to spare his life. In these instances, Job was being tested to reveal his faithfulness to God as a testimony to heavenly beings.

    As in the case of Job and that of Christ at the beginning of his ministry, Satan was used for testing purposes. Testing is different than caning or beating. It may be that Satan can be used in testing, however, there is no Scriptural evidence of Christ handing someone over to Satan as a possession such as that of being a witch. In some cases, the Bible reveals that God hardens hearts so that people will not submit to his authority as in the cases of Pharaoh (Ex 10:1) or the cities of Gibeon Jos 11:20). Occasionally he will harden people’s hearts because of their obstinacy (Isa 6:10) and his frustration, so that his purposes might be accomplished. God has a plan and a purpose for his creation and he will make sure that it is realized. Living for Satan or becoming one of his band is a decision that an individual must make.

    Decisions have consequences as we all know. The caning or beating to which Barmidele refers may just be the natural consequence of ungodly decisions and not the work of Satan. All sin will have negative consequences sooner or later. Sin can be caused through submission to the temptations of the flesh, through following the ungodly permissions of the world, or by the enticement of the evil one. Any of these can bring effects that feel like a beating.

    Paul asked the church in Corinth to hand over to Satan the man who was acting immorally against his father’s wife. (1 Cor 5:5 NIV) He was trying to apply church discipline to save his spirit (change his thinking and heart attitude) by separating the man from the rest of the body of believers so that he might appreciate the ungodliness of his behavior. The purpose of Paul’s directive was to help the man through the exercise of ‘tough love,’ it was not to condemn him to witchery. In his second letter, he told the church to “reaffirm [their] love for him.” (2 Cor 2:8)

    Paul also told Timothy that he had handed Hymenaeus and Alexander over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme. (1Tim 1:20) To hand these men over to Satan would be to separate them from the blessings of God and of the Holy Spirit . His purpose was to “teach” them, not to make them witches.

    In his own life, Paul was subjected to a messenger of Satan. That is, he was made uncomfortable and humbled by an infliction of Satan upon his body in order to keep him from becoming conceited. (2 Cor 12:7) It is apparent that God allowed this for Paul’s own good.

    Further, God punishes and disciplines those he loves. (Heb 12:6) Some might consider this to be caning or beating because it probably feels like it. In these cases, he might simply withhold his blessings and the peace of his presence. Backsliders should not expect to enjoy God’s mercy and grace in their lives.

    Believers are called to love God with all of their mind, soul, body, and heart and to seek pleasure in the fruits of sin will lead to their destruction. (Gal 6:8) Satan can tempt a person to participate in those things that God hates and has revealed the fate of those who defy the Spirit. “Those who are self-seeking and reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil. (Rom 2:9 NIV) Satan’s desire is not to beat the Christian, weak, backslidden, or fully committed, but to destroy him. (1 Pet 5:8)

    The conclusion presented that when one is handed over to Satan he or she becomes a witch is faulty. God is building his kingdom, not trying to destroy it. If a confessor is handed over to Satan for buffeting it is for getting him or her to return to the family of God or to fit him for the kingdom. Each person is free to continue as an enemy of the cross or to humbly repent and find peace with God. However, repentance is needed if the backslider is to return to the Lord. God has given humankind the right to make decisions, to either honor or to reject him, but consequences come with those choices, natural consequences and not necessarily those of Satan’s doing.

    God is making a strong, holy people and demands commitment. Believers have been cautioned against being “lukewarm” (Rev 2:16), have been told to put on the full armor of God to fight the devil’s schemes (Eph 6:11) and to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil 212) The practices of a weak or backsliding Christian are of his or her own doing and God will work in them and with them to overcome sin in those who are willing to obey him. The others will reap heartache, trials, disillusionment, sicknesses, pain and the many other things that might be equated with caning or beating, but there is no evidence that they will be assigned by God to be witches.

    Comment by Russell A. Young — May 16, 2017 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

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