The Success of Stealthy Seduction

Clever infiltration often works much better than frontal attacks. Direct attacks on people will usually result in their getting their defenses up. If Satan uses a direct attack on people, it’s not too likely to work. However, he knows that and works with stealth to seduce people. This strategy has been very successful in the church. Jesus spoke of wolves in sheep’s clothing and of wheat and tares. One use of spiritual seduction has been to lull people into assuming that they are Christians (or, at least, Christian in their actions and attitudes). People assume that because they have some good morals and are good to people that they are O.K. with God. This is bad enough, but there is something much worse. People are led to believe that by subscribing to certain gospel facts and praying a simple prayer that they have been instantly born again. Perhaps and perhaps not. Did they only believe the Truth and then go right on living as they have been right along? Has their knowledge of the Truth initiated a glorious and wonderful relationship with Jesus as Savior and Lord? Has He become loved, valued, honored, and obeyed? Has to know Him in a rich, personal experience prompted us to listen to Him, talk with Him and learn more of Him? Has there been an identifying with His will and concerns? Is He truly the most important Person in our lives? If not, then our assumption of being saved may be nothing more than identifying with some local church and its stand. If we are genuinely converted, He has taken up residence in our innermost being. We long to know Him intimately, to serve Him and to please Him. We long for that time when we behold Him face to face. If the enemy can get us to rely on an acceptance of the facts only, without a deep and growing relationship with Jesus, he has been successful indeed. “Therefore, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (II Corinthians 13:5). Selah! It’s time for all who would lead a person to Christ to communicate, with His enabling, a full explanation of what it means to be saved. Ron

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