Pastor's Prophetic Perspective
Luciferianism & Seductive Spirits
A New Weekly Blog Analyzing Current Events in the Light of Scripture and Bible Prophecy.
Richard R. Schmidt, D.Min., Ph.D
The world is facing many chaotic issues that not only concern numerous people, but actually terrify many as they weigh the potential for serious life altering events. Consider some of the major news topics that have the potential for catastrophic outcomes.
Fossil Fuel Debates
Climate Change Issues
Lack of Public Safety
Inflation and the Economy
Out of Control Government Spending
Electing Anti-American Leadership
Universal Vaccine Mandates
Threat of Nuclear Weapons
Social Engineered Education
Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Disunity in Every Possible Venue
2024 Presidential Election
Deep Fake Artificial Intelligence
There are a massive number of current events that cause great consternation to the average person. Why do these troubling issues exist? Where is the needed leadership to bring longed for peace and normalcy both domestically and internationally?
Enter Deceptive Demonic Spirits
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).
The apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16), instructed Timothy regarding heightening his awareness of a very dangerous enemy, specifically, deceiving spirits. A. Duane Litfin provides insight into this startling verse.
As the repository and guardian of the truth, the church must be aware of the strategies of the truth’s enemies. It is crucial then for the church to understand what God has revealed about these enemies. By the Spirit expressly says, Paul was not necessarily referring to any particular revelation, but to the repeated teaching of the Lord, the other apostles, and Paul himself. According to this teaching the situation will degenerate as Christ’s return approaches. In later times, which Paul viewed as still future though casting their shadow already, some people will abandon the faith (1 Tim. 1:19) to follow after the false teaching of deceiving spirits and … demons. 1
1 A. Duane Litfin, “1 Timothy,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 739.
Satan’s main focus, in concert with his band of rebellious fallen angels, also known as demons, is to deceive people into rejecting the truth of God’s Word, and follow after the deceptive doctrines of demons.
The original language of the Bible helps in understanding what the word deceptive means. The original Greek word is πλάνος (planos), and carries the meaning of “deceitful, deceiving, seducing (1 Tim. 4:1).” 2 The word seducing or seduction pictures something or someone who has the ability to draw the unaware person into a trap. The vulnerable person has no idea that what appears to be a wonderful, delightful experience is about to devour them.
2 Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).
The mouse smells something good, and sees what looks like something good to eat. The mouse senses seduce it to move towards the trap in expectation of something very pleasing. He sticks his little head into the trap, bites the cheese, and SNAP! No more mouse. The seductive, deceptive work of Satan and his angels is literally destroying the lives of untold millions of people, as deceptive demonic spirits seduce the unaware into believing lies, which deny the truth of God’s Word, and leads them to an eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8).
Enter Satan’s Dominant Deceptive Roll
2 Corinthians 4:1–4
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
American Christians face very little persecution and suffering compared to other parts of the world. Christians in the Middle East, Nigeria, and other countries face martyrdom for their faith. However, does that mean that American’s are free from satanic attacks and seductive, deceptive spirits? Absolutely NOT! The average American is subjected every single day to a myriad of spiritual battles that simply are not recognized as such. All of the issues mentioned in the introduction, and hundreds more issues, all have a nexus to deceptive spirits. The American
Christian may fail to realize that the cultural madness of loose morals, violence, discord among the brethren, families in turmoil, and so much more, is in fact the demonic frontline of battle. Ask yourself, how much of what you do every day is influenced by seductive, deceptive demonic spirits? Television, the internet, radio, advertisements, books, magazines, and other media outlets, all play a part in advancing the malicious attacks of Satan.
Enter The TRUTH
Jesus confronted a group of religious leaders who refused to accept the truth. Jesus was indeed the Messiah, yet the deceptive, seductive spirits contributed to blinding the eyes of those who should have known better. Meditate for a few moments on the following Scriptural truth.
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” (John 8:42–47)
Are you a child of God the Father? Have you received the gift of eternal life through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)? If not, then it is time right now to place your faith in Jesus. If you have placed your faith in Jesus for eternal life, then plug into the power of the Holy Spirit daily to fight against the seductive, deceptive, demonic spirits (Ephesians 5:18).
All of the issues stated in the introduction are taking place in real-time. The massive number of spiritual distractions are meant to be exactly that, distractions. The only safeguard in a culture gone crazy is to put on the full armor of God (Eph 6:10-18)! Peter provides a breathtaking warning. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
How do you fight against the doctrine of demons? We will examine the answer in the next blog entry. Prepare for battle – it has already begun.
Here we stand. We cannot, we must not be moved!