2 Corinthians 11:14-15 – “…For Satan, himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” NKJV
Over the years I have had many conversations, heard much preaching, and listened to many discussions and speculations about the Man of Sin or the Antichrist. Most of those describe him as a reprehensible and disgusting individual and he is for he is or will be evil to the core. However, I fear that many miss an important reality regarding the devil and his Antichrist.
The Man of Sin will not come across as evil but good otherwise he would not be embraced by as much of the world as he will be. He will come across as caring about people, problems, the environment, the world and truly desiring peace and presenting ideas that will awe much of the world. He will possibly be nice looking and appealing physically, intellectually, politically, socially, economically and even religiously. He will be disguised as an angel of light as is the devil. He will be the epitome of a wolf in sheep’s clothing and deception will be his prime weapon.
Paul addresses the problem of false apostles and informs his audience to not be surprised that there are those who are not truly followers of Christ even if they are deceived and believe they are draw crowds and have a following. Why? Because the devil himself transforms or disguises himself as an angel of light. It does not say he can he says he does!
Therefore, when anyone deceived or diabolical strays from the biblical truth they participate in the disguise and/or deception. Paul says, that in the end their works will be judged by God and their exposure will be sure, even if it is not in this life. Leading others astray carries the heavy weight of judgment and I have always trembled when I preach or lead congregations that I do not present a false doctrine. I have always pleaded with people to never take what I say as absolute truth but study, examine the scripture and determine if what I say is biblical and if it follows it and if not help me understand and reject it.
I am not surprised that we are seeing prominent ministers and ministries promoting a gospel I believe foreign to the Word of God. They are calling things God calls abominations acceptable and thousands if not millions of followers are being swayed to follow a false doctrine in the name of compassion, political correctness, and tolerance. They do not come across as evil and I do not believe that in most of those individuals their motive is evil but is a result of deception. Sadly, as the Bible describes conditions of the Last Days some if not many will fall into deception and believe the lies of hell.
I have been castigated by well-meaning people who name the name of Christ over my stance on abortion, same-sex marriage, false religions such as Islam and other things. They tell me that if I were truly a follower of Christ I would embrace differences and realize that God made the homosexual that way (which I do not believe) and that the narrowness of my Christian view that Jesus is the only way to God is not consistent with the Bible’s teaching on love thy neighbor. I believe they are deceived and the lie of the disguised one, as with Eve in the Garden she saw the good in the tree and in seeking the good disobeyed the commandment of God. Disguised as an angel of light the devil has for centuries been able to deceive in the name of humaneness, love and tolerance many. They then become blind leaders of the blind and the ultimate end is both will fall in the ditch.
I love people and want to do good for all mankind whenever possible, but I never want to offer a kind of salvation that is contrary to the path described in the Bible, Jesus Christ! I want to live in peace with all whenever possible, but I do not want to cast aside my conviction that the true path from darkness to light is through the Work of Christ on the Cross. The devil is not always easily detectable and often very convincing and presents partial truths in such an eloquent and powerful manner many are deceived. Do I have all truth? No, but I have the one that has all truth living in my heart.
May God be with you as you go through this day!