by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Edgar attends a congregation that is devoted to Biblical truth (Colossians 3:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). He holds Scripture sacred and is very happy with his church family. Spiritually, the sun is shining brightly on his street.
As happens in a sinful world, days change and a storm front moves over the horizon, threatening bad weather. Spiritual trouble comes to the lives of Edgar’s children and his love causes him to fiercely protect them.
His offspring resist the Scriptural efforts of their church family to get them to repent (Matthew 18:15-17). Edgar’s broken heart leads him to leave his principles behind to stand with his flesh and blood.
Edgar searches for reasons to validate the behavior of his children. He seeks the counsel of people outside of the church and he begins reading literature by popular religious authors.
These writers speak about a smarmy version of love, grace and mercy that promises Edgar that God will not judge his children. Satan has set the trap and Edgar has swallowed the bait (1 Peter 5:8).
Edgar thinks he has found shelter but the safety is an illusion. He has fallen prey to the serpent, the master deceiver (John 8:44).
If our own inner peace takes precedence over our respect for truth and God’s will, we are in spiritual danger. Satan has a brand of grace and mercy that promises salvation but instead delivers deadly venom.
Satan will whisper in our ear that the church we attend is wrong and enslaving us. We need to be liberated from the narrow-minded so we can run to the arms of the enlightened ones who no longer need Biblical authority.
Safe in their clutches, Edgar and his children find that their so-called sins were only in the minds of the hypocrites. They are told that God opens his arms wide to celebrate their life-choices. They are joyous and tell everyone about their new church.
In their exuberance, they have failed to notice that the puppet master is pulling their strings. Not only has Satan led them to leave God’s Church, but they have actually become cheerleaders and missionaries for apostasy. They have been used and their reward will be an eternity in hell.
Satan’s false definitions of grace and mercy are guaranteed to find countless adherents. Satan’s voice sounds exactly like ours. While we see ourselves in the mirror, we can’t see the invisible strings moving our mouth as Satan searches our hearts for our greatest desires.
To combat these temptations, we must be submissive and put our souls over our desires if we will ever “come to ourselves” and return to the Father before it is too late (Luke 15:11-32).
If we do not fully die to the flesh, we will never be born to the spirit (Romans 6:1-13). Daily, we must examine our lives so that we do not allow our fleshly aspirations to consume us all over again. It requires courage and fortitude but heaven is worth any price.