"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
 John 3:19

 

 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
1 John 4:1

 


COUNTERFEITS

 

The Truth About Harry Potter & Occult Books

    Listen while you Read: Audio MP3

    COUNTERFEITS 05

    The Tricky Lie

    What is the false idea that leads God’s children to go after worldly or pagan teachings and ideas? Perhaps if we take a good look at it, we can get the very root of the tree and cut it down.

    I am going to tell you exactly what it is. Are you ready?-It is the idea that there are some good things, some special, good things, out in these false religions that would be a great help to us to know about. It really says that there are good things in Satan’s realm that God has not given to us, and the only way we can learn them is to go study heathen teachings and learn about what other religions believe.

    We actually feel, when we think this way, that God’s Word to us in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy, is not complete. There are other real valuable things that we have to go after, and then when we learn them, we can bring them back and put them with our religion to make it even better.

    Notice two verses with me, before we continue our story: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:” Revelation 22:18

    Most people think it is OK to add something to their religion, that is not mentioned in the inspired writings, but what does God say? He says “No! Don’t do it!” He even says that those who do it will receive the PLAGUES. And that means they will be lost with the wicked!

     “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen,…” Jeremiah 10:2

    We hear so many people today teaching that we need to study other religions, even non-Christian religions, so we can better help them to see truth. Some also feel that each religion has some good things that we can gather up and add to our religion to make it even better. They will tell you that God didn’t give ALL His truth to just one group.

    Didn’t He? He most certainly did! He did it with Israel and he did it also with the Advent Movement. Both times he wanted them to share it with the world, but He was very clear that we are not to go searching for what we think are missing pieces, and try to add them in. There are NO missing pieces, boys and girls, NONE at all!

    Does that mean that no other religion has ANY truth? They all have SOME truth-Satan has to mix some truth with his lies or nobody would believe it. BUT-and this is very important-there is no TRUTH that God has not already given us!

    There is certainly some good food in the dumpster at the back of my building, but I don’t have to wade through the garbage for the sake of a bit of food, when I have a cupboard full of pure, clean food to eat!

    You see, poison mixed with food is much more dangerous than poison by itself, labeled ‘POISON’. It is the mix of truth and lies that Satan always uses to catch everybody, and sad to say, he does catch most people. I think we need to remember that. Most people are going to be fooled by Satan and end up lost! Jesus says so. And one of the reasons this is happening is that people are not content to stick with what God gives them and tells them about salvation-they want to add their own ideas onto it-to make it ‘better’.

    This warning that God had John write in the end of the book of Revelation was a very important one. Even at that very time, people were coming into the early Christian church, bringing the idea that they needed to ‘make it better’ by adding ideas from other religions. In the 100s and 200s A.D. many Pagan scholars and priests came into the Christian faith.

    Some of them were not like the people at Ephesus, who burned their books of magic and paganism, and followed God’s truth only. Oh, no! They were looked up to in their heathen religions as learned men, and they were not happy to throw all that away and just follow the teaching of the Bible. They did not want to sit down and learn like a mere beginner! They felt they were smarter than God, and they could make Christianity even better than Jesus had made it, by adding their own ideas to it.  And so they did.

    They added and added and changed and changed. They even rewrote the Bible, mixing in their heathen ideas. (This changed Bible is the one that ALL the modern popular versions like NIV and others are from!) And what grew out of their mixtures? The great system of religion we know as the Papacy, which the Bible shows us is a vicious BEAST!

    Years ago I made this same mistake. I had not really studied the things of God as deeply as I should have. I thought I knew it all, and the Bible or Spirit of Prophecy didn’t have anything new and wonderful to teach me. Now this was my first mistake! I now know that you can study the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy all your life, with the help of the Holy Spirit, and you will NEVER, NEVER run out of new and wonderful things to learn!

    Then I easily made the second mistake, I thought pagan religions had ideas and information that God had not given to His people, and I needed to go and gather them up and mix them in with my religion. Now, boys and girls, I want to tell you that it is often on the subject of HEALTH that Adventist’s get the idea they need to study worldly things to learn more, and have an even better health message than God gave to us.  I want to tell you, this is not true. Our health message AS IT WAS GIVEN to us is complete, and wonderful. Our problem is that it has been so mixed with worldly medicine now, that most of us don’t know the real message any more.

    So it is often through things like Yoga and New Age and Oriental medicine and Martial Arts that Adventists get lured into mixing with and studying Pagan religions. You see, boys and girls, all these things ARE really pagan, spiritist religions! You can’t learn them without learning spiritualism.

    Satan is so happy when one of God’s children wanders in and sits down at his feet to learn from him! Oh yes indeed! And he moves in to give you wonderful feelings and experiences so that you are truly sure that, yes, there is really something good here that I need to learn and bring back to Adventism; something that God didn’t give me.

    Some things SOUND so good, and you see people who claim to be really blessed by them. You see them do amazing things that you feel you want to do too. And when you start learning it, you feel that you are OH, so much smarter than those other dummies in the church that say, “Don’t mess with that, it is from the devil!”

    You laugh at them, and all the time the devil is having the biggest laugh! And he is binding his ropes around you and leading you further and further away from God, all the time telling you that soon, if you just keep studying and practicing, you will do wonderful things and have perfect health. But God is the only LIFE-GIVER! And as you move away from Him you loose life bit by bit.

    You see there is something very important we all need to learn if we would understand God’s ways; It does not matter what a person says-he may claim the most wonderful set of beliefs and rules for himself and urge you to have them too. But man’s word has NO POWER in it! God’s Word has POWER! When God says; ‘Thou shalt’, or ‘Thou shalt not’, there is the very power in those words to allow you to obey, if you take hold of them and say, ‘I will do it!’ Man’s words have NO such power.

    Someday I will tell you more about my journey into darkness looking for light; but right here I want to say, when by the wonderful kindness of Jesus, I did escape and return to His Word; I found there everything that I had thought I could find in spiritualism, and didn’t. I found the most complete and wonderful truth ever given to mankind. Boys and girls, there is nothing in this whole wide world that is good, that God has not already given to us in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.

    Never let Satan fool you into thinking there is something wonderful in spiritualist books and religions that you don’t have far better with God. Never forget Satan is a cheat and a liar, and his only real goal is to get you destroyed forever!

    Continued =^..^=

NEXT ~~ RETURN