http://www.lazarusunbound.com/bunker_go ... atan.shtmlWhy is Paul so concerned about this false gospel? Why is he emphatic in declaring that his gospel was not taught to him by man, but was revealed to him by Jesus Christ? (1:12)
It is because Paul was intimately aware of the gospel of Satan, and the ability of this false gospel to ensnare those who superficially claim the name of Christ.
The gospel of Satan is not a black gospel that impels reprobates into the worship of darkness and despair. It is not a gospel that preaches war and cancerous living. It is not a gospel that divides and separates families. It is not a gospel that belittles man and calls forth the darker angels of our nature. Rather, the gospel of Satan lifts up man to lofty heights. It calls men to acts of benevolence, peace and unity. It rewards the highest acts of natural charity and human endeavor. It encourages man to seek the common good of humanity and uplifts the “human spirit” as supreme. The gospel of Satan denies the total depravity of man, and supports the teaching of man/god cooperation in the area of salvation and “godly” living. The gospel of Satan declares that God is a mere witness in the redemption of mankind, not the author and finisher of it, and that He has merely made a way for those who can find it within themselves to seek after Him. The gospel of Satan does not deny Jesus Christ so much as it demotes him from His sovereign throne.
The gospel of Satan seeks to elevate man in the eyes of his Creator, while using the terminology of Christendom to generalize and marginalize the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. The gospel of Satan is not preached by dark princes with black hoods and red eyes. It is preached by ministers and pastors who exhort and encourage their flocks to please and satisfy God by their good works. It denies that mankind is depraved and fallen, separated from God, totally dead in trespasses and sins.
The gospel of Satan adds to the work of Jesus Christ in the redemptive act by making it conditional on the earnestness of the heart of man, or the reflective religiousness of man’s life. It appeals to that seed or strand of “good” in man that they suppose is able to ascend to the heavens without dying. The gospel of Satan is preached by presidents and congressmen who appeal to the nobility in the souls of man, and by religious people who have created a template out of disparate and unconnected scriptures.
The gospel of Satan is the gospel of the altar call whereby man can be emotionally manipulated into going forward in a meeting and approaching the “priest” with an outward declaration of repentance, and by kissing his ring of absolution man can descend into the amorphous religious world of pews and pulpits, Sunday schools and pot-luck lunches. It is the gospel of religious education facilities and seminary trained popes.
The gospel of Satan is the gospel of “praise and worship” that exalts the worshipfulness of man, and denies God the praise due His sovereign works. It is the gospel of “Christian music” and bestselling prayer books, but it bypasses the screams of the tormented and downtrodden who truly seek God in order to escape the wrath that is to come.
The gospel of Satan is the gospel of many mediators, whether they be the smiling, educated pastors who read the bible for you and tell you what it means, or the manipulative evangelist who proposes that gain is godliness and that carnal blessings are the result of living Godly in Christ Jesus. The gospel of Satan denies the crucible of suffering, and the tribulation by which we must enter the Kingdom of God, and replaces it with the tithing envelope and the missionary offering by which we are exhorted to cheer on those who will enslave the next generation of “good people” who are called by this false gospel.
Perspective is key....