The Bible warns us to be cautious of any form of evil especially the evil which is masked by “good” intent. Satan can appear as an angel of light and his servants can do the same, so now more than ever we must be ever diligent. This is the beautiful side of evil, as Johanna puts it, evil can masquerade itself as good and benevolent even to the point of successfully deceiving others:
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have received, let him be accursed.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
So, Satan wishes to kill and destroy as many people as possible and as the Last Days come to a close, it is only logical that he will bolster his efforts by using every manner of deception to destroy even more. This is what the Bible says, the End Times will be a time of rampant deceptions:
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
What is the answer to prepare us from these deceptions? Well, Our Lord has revealed the answer in the Book of Hosea:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Yes knowledge, but not just any knowledge but sound biblical knowledge. In the Garden of Eden it was Eve who was deceived by a lack of knowledge not Adam. This is my hope today for those who are reading this and may have already succumbed to Satan’s deception and may not even know it. First of all we must test all spirits, test all teachings, test all extra-biblical messages and even test me (in fact, test me out 100%):
1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
In order to “try” or “test” all that we are being taught we must line up these things with the Word of God just as Hosea 4:6 points to. His word must be our “yard stick” to determine truth from the lies:
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
So, what does the Lord has to say about contemplative prayer, yoga, praying to icons, etc. Well let’s go to the Book of Deuteronomy and see what God thinks of those practices of the heathen:
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
So, the Lord has no pleasure in any act that we may attempt to “Christianize” from the world’s religions. What about palm reading, fortune telling, reading the horoscopes and all other forms of divination? God’s word has this to say:
Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are vain…
The Bible encourages us all to meditate, but this “meditation” is the focusing on God’s word, the scriptures, meditation as defined by eastern meditation is the exact opposite. All forms of thinking are divorced, eastern meditation demands the complete emptying of one’s mind. This is not just non-biblical but it is rather anti-biblical; it goes against the Bible and such disciplines must never be practiced by those who genuinely desire to serve Christ:
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much of speaking.
O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Dear brother or sister if you are involved in any one or all of these practices, please repent and turn to God immediately. The Lord will not welcome anyone who are involved in these traditions into His Kingdom. No one who practices spiritual fornication with familiar spirits and spirit guides, idolaters, those in witchcraft and those involved in the anti-biblical practices mentioned above will get to live with God:
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
If you believe you can have your practices and God then you are sadly mistaken, because the Bible makes it clear that we can not serve two masters; we must make our choice there is no middle ground or gray area when it comes to serving our Heavenly Father.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
1 Corinthians 10:21
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
The Lord is eager and willing to save, if you are involved in the New Age or any aspect of eastern mysticism and the occult, please just repent and cry out to Him. Through genuine repentance, which is a complete rejection of all the wrong doings, will God hear you:
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
All those practices are all man-made traditions and man’s futile attempts to please God or himself. The Bible makes it clear that we are not saved by any works or actions on our part; it is by God’s grace that we are saved lest any man should boast:
Ephesians 2:5, 8, 9
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Let us all keep our eyes fixed on Christ, our Lord. He desires us to be holy as He is holy, through the power of the Holy Spirit we are well equipped to follow Him. Let’s abandon all practices not pleasing to Him and pick up our crosses and follow Him. Amen.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.