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.
Many will be ensnared through the belief that spiritualism is a merely human imposture; when brought face to face with manifestations which they cannot but regard as supernatural, they will be deceived, and will be led to accept them as the great power of God.
As the teachings of spiritualism are accepted by the churches, the restraint imposed upon the carnal heart is removed, and the profession of religion will become a cloak to conceal the basest iniquity. A belief in spiritual manifestations opens the door to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence of evil angels will be felt in the churches.
The popular ministry cannot successfully resist spiritualism. They have nothing wherewith to shield their flocks from its baleful influence. Much of the sad result of spiritualism will rest upon ministers of this age; for they have trampled the truth under their feet, and in its stead have preferred fables.
Satan has long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world. The foundation of his work was laid by the assurance given to Eve in Eden: “Ye shall not surely die.” “In the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4, 5. Little by little he has prepared the way for his masterpiece of deception in the development of spiritualism. He has not yet reached the full accomplishment of his designs; but it will be reached in the last remnant of time. Says the prophet: “I saw three unclean spirits like frogs….They are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Revelation 16:13, 14. Except those who are kept by the power of God, through faith in His word, the whole world will be swept into the ranks of this delusion. The people are fast being lulled to a fatal security, to be awakened only by the outpouring of the wrath of God.
Maranatha p. 166
—–Please continue to pray for Pete. The effects of the medicine is still in his system. Please pray that it gets out of his system completely and that he will get back to normal. Rose
One day, when Eileen was three, she was happily playing outside. I was standing in the doorway watching her. It was a beautiful spring day. It felt good to have warm weather and it seemed like all was well with my world. Suddenly, a wasp came from out of nowhere, landed on Eileen’s back, immediately stung her, then flew away.
Poor Eileen started to cry. She had not seen the wasp, but she had felt the pain. I was shocked at this wasp’s very strange behavior. It did not have a nest nearby. It was not being threatened, or I would have understood it. That wasp, for whatever reason, decided to sting my daughter. From that moment, Eileen did not like to play outside.
We, too, have an adversary who strikes when we least expect it. Sometimes everything seems to be right with our world, when suddenly, without warning, the evil one “stings” us. We are shocked. We are dismayed. We don’t know what to do. Our world has fallen apart. There seems to be nowhere to turn. We feel like David when he exclaimed, “Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.” Ps 55:5
Praise God, there is Someone Who can drive away the evil one! We have Someone Who loves us so much that He was willing to leave the glories of Heaven and come to this small and corrupt planet to live a perfect life and die on the cross that we might be saved. What love! What sacrifice! He bids us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matt 11:28 How Jesus longs to have us confide in Him. How He yearns for us to come to Him with all of our burdens, all of our trials, all of our cares. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 He, alone, offers us a place of safety from all the stings of the wicked one. In the very next verse, we are counseled, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8 When we feel the wasp-sting of the evil one, we can cast our cares upon the Saviour Who loves us and He will take the pain away. We can flee into His loving arms and He will comfort us when our world falls apart. He will hedge us about with holy angels and protect us in trouble.
May we come to our Loving Saviour today. May we keep so close to Him that the stings of the enemy cannot shake us. May we be continually surrounded by His protecting angels is my prayer.
Spiritualism’s Role in Deception