How can a Church be Wrong - Tricks of the Devil
There are such a vast array of Christian, or bible based religions that you would have to say that someone is wrong, cause they can't be all right. But if one of them is right, which one? What about those denominations that only have small inconsequential differences? Who would know which one is right? So many questions for anyone seeking knowledge on whether or not there is divinity. If a person thought there might be a God, you would soon get very confused.
What if demons were playing a role in creating this affray to hinder people finding God? I mean, if there was a God, and there were demons you would think they would try to stop people believing wouldn't you?
I know someone who has read something on every different church and religion and came to the conclusion that it is indeterminable. He has faith in God, but the arguments between the churches mean it is impossible for him to actually find one to fellowship in as they all reckon they are right and they can't be.
This is the same place I was at when I had a personal encounter with Jesus.
If you are looking at answers, I would strongly suggest that although people can offer various explanations, the best place to look is up. If you are seeking God, then if He is there wouldn't he be the only one who really knows the definitive truth?
The most interesting phenomenon I have found in churches is the use of demons to explain and blame many things on. There are a variety of views on what they do, who they can influence, and how they do it as well. I believe that demons have actually spread many lies in the church congregations, but my focus here are on ones conducive to division.
The following is a list of lies I believe have infiltrated the churches to keep them fighting
Lie No. 1
A believer in Jesus can not be possessed or influenced by a Demon
This is the first lie. It makes sense really, if they don't believe the demons are there, they can't get rid of them can they?
You only have to look at different religions who have abused and hurt people to know that this can not be true. Just because something is classified as a cult even does not mean that even a portion of the congregation doesn't have genuine faith in Christ.
The ultimate truth for bible based religion is the bible, so lets have a look. Were there any believers who were possessed?
“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.” (Luke 22:3)
The bible even specifically says that doctrine will be influenced by demons in the last days;
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:1-3)
The danger in ignoring this truth is that if a person believes they are untouchable by the work of these deceiving spirits, then the deceiving spirits can deceive unhindered. A person can truly believe that they have it right when they are wrong.
I can tell you right now I have been deceived. Deceived to the point that I thought the Holy Spirit was speaking to me and it was actually an evil spirit. You might wonder how that could be possible, or whether or not it could be a deceiving spirit influencing me now and I wouldn't know. That is precising why the bible warns that we are to test the spirits.
Look at this;
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1John 4:1-3)
Particularly in churches who use the spiritual gifts regularly in their services need to test prophecies and visions because demons can and do influence all churches. The second any church believes this lie that they are immune are open to deception.
I have been in a penticostal church who believed that demons couldn't penitrate it's walls and heard a demon speak to me a false prophecy. How do I know it was false? The nature of the prophecy was not in line with God's word. It was later found that a worship leader and one of the associate pastors were living in sexual sin (not even together, with others).
Demons get in everywhere. Believers don't need to be afraid, as according to the bible the blood of Jesus conquers all. We can not be naive or overconfident with out own righteousness however not to be vigilant.
Evidence of the Demonic Relm
Lie No. 2
It is a Demon preventing a person from converting to my Religion, or interpretation
This is a follow on from Lie No 1. and it's a beauty. It goes like this - if demons can influence people, then they are influencing all the other people in the other churches!
What happens is that a person of a particular denomination, church or sect tries to convince someone they are wrong and they need to convert, and they are taught that it is the devil or demons who are preventing the conversion. It is such a great deception because it fails to allow the person in the particular denomination, church or sect from considering the possibility that they might have it either partial, or all of it wrong.
I grew up in a church which was based on incorrect doctrine and whose leader was a false prophet. I know he was a false prophet because his prophecies didn't come true. We were taught that we were chosen and other people were deceived by demons. Does this make what I was trying to say clear? We were the ones deceived, but the lie was that it was the others who were deceived.
This is why it is so difficult to distinguish between doctrines in churches. Some of the best lies of Satan are based on truth. This lie for example is based on truth. It is true that people can be spiritually blind to Jesus due to the work of the devil, and also limited in their spiritual growth (see the parable of the sower in Matthew 13).
This is precisely what Satan did in the garden with Adam and Eve. He took the truth and gave it a little twist.
Lie No. 3
We have to correct other Christians who we think have it wrong
This is the thinking which follows from the last lie, that it is our duty to correct others. For example if you are in a Pentecostal Church and speak in tongues you must convince your Anglican friend that they also need to speak in tongues and do it our way. We are taught that our way is better, and might even go as far as being taught that the people in the other church are not 'saved'.
I once had a view over who was and who wasn't qualified for salvation that I was so definite about I had arguments over it. The thing is, instead of seeking truth I just looked for others who agreed with me, and even restricted my reading to books that would justify the view I held. Well God corrected me, and when I found out my error it was like jumping head first into a pool of cement. I was distraught as it came from a teacher I respected and I had to either accept the correction or it would mean that person who I respected was a false teacher. Through prayer and study I found out I had held a mistaken belief. Now I felt pretty bad about all the arguments I had been in over the years, and just wished I had listened instead of fighting.
Ultimately only God knows who is or isn't saved, and what happens when we start arguing over trivialities is that we loose sight of fellowship and loving each other. If we do feel we have to correct someone it must be done in love (Eph 4:15) as that is how we all grow in our faith.
So I will leave you with these closing words from the bible and ask that we think again about whether or not it is possible that churches have got it wrong in some respects. After all we are all human.
“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”(Colossians 2 16-17)