Men have buried themselves in a generation long use of the language of modern psychiatry. The idea of a man being mis-led deceived or possessed by a demon or devil seems arcane to the modern mind.
Jesus was explicit and made a careful and concise distinction between mental illness and demon possession.
“And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.” (Mt 4: 24)
Liberalism scoffs at the idea of a man under the control of a devil, and yet, God’s word says that it is not just one man or a few that are under the sway of demons, but entire nations.
Twenty centuries have passed as the gospel is still being preached to all men; within the tenets of the gospel is a promise that by receiving Christ we can rid ourselves of all demonic influence. It is not the path men will choose, they will continue down the broad path until nearly all of them follow the old serpent into the battle of Armageddon.
At Christ’s return he deals with the deceiver directly – to wit.
“And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Rev 20: 3)
Yes, we are ruled by a demon and the master of demons. He is that old serpent, the arch deceiver and the ruler of the cosmos or world system of evil. All those who have not yet given their lives to Christ are and have been under his full influence in every way.
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” (Eph 2: 2)
This is a thorough and pervasive deception. It is found in the heart of the world’s philosophy, ideologies of all kinds, religions, governance, finance, science, education, jurisprudence and common wisdom of the day. It’s a snare to catch the souls of men and it is terribly effective.
There are many deceivers under sway of the great deceiver, but they break down into only two general categories, both are dangerous, but one far more than the other.
The first category is the ones that know they are deceiving, they are charlatans, gainsayers, snake oil salesmen, lucre lusting louses that take by any means from any victim they can find.
The second category is far more dangerous because they deceive themselves. They are believers in all they say and do, even if they do not have any knowledge of how mistaken or deluded they actually are. They often rise to become the heads of corporations, empires and nations.
Entire nations have chosen to…