Last time we considered the awesome truth that Satan is feverishly striving to get us to drift away from the truth of God’s word, and to believe his false doctrines, which deny God His glory. He hates God and is constantly striving to get us to hate Him. And that is a terrible truth that we must not overlook.
The wind of Satan, that is, his false doctrine, turns us away from God and make us concerned with fleshly, sinful advantages. He, as we saw last time, strives to get us to drift down to where there is a waterfall that brings us away from the love of the truth that brings us to The Haven Of Rest, where we will live with God forever in a covenant fellowship and holy life. Satan hates those who love God, and he wants them to go to hell! Yes, he wants that because he hates God.
Last time we considered the devilish work of Satan in Arminianism, which teaches that we must open our hearts, and let Christ come in us with salvation. We must make the decision, which will move God and let Him save us. And although some may claim that God is almighty, they nevertheless, as guided by Satan, also teach that we have to let Christ come into our hearts. Mind you, Young People, that not only denies the truth we considered last time, namely, that God told Adam that he would die spiritually, if he ate of the forbidden fruit; but it also teaches that God has to wait for what spiritually dead people do and are called to do.
It certainly is true that our almighty God presents through the apostle John, and in Revelation 3:20, the truth that Christ stands at the door of the church at Laodicea and knocks; and that if they open the door, He will come in to be with them. But that truth is corrupted when the Arminian churches teach that Christ is here knocking on the door of the hearts of those in this church, and is waiting to see whether they will open the door of their hearts and let Him come in. Mind you, it teaches that spiritually dead people can open their hearts and let Christ come in to them!
The undeniable fact in this verse is that the heart of man is not mentioned in this letter to the Laodiceans. It is not even suggested in that letter presented in Revelation 3:14-22. Christ is standing at the door of THE CHURCH AT LAODICEA, not at the door of the heart of anyone in that church. Christ is standing outside of that church, because it no longer presents Him in its preaching. O yes, they mentioned His name many a time; and they loudly call themselves Christians. BUT our God, here in this letter to this church, presents the awesome fact that not Christ, but the antichrist is being preached there. And the believing children of God in that church are called to get Christ back in the preaching, and expel those that preach an antichrist, who they claim promises a wonderful life in glory; but does not present the wonderful truth of deliverance FROM SIN! That church is neither cold, nor hot. And that means that it did not condemn sin, nor insist on presenting Christ as the blessed Savior Who saves us from SIN! It uses His name, presents His cross as a wonderful thing, because it gets such a wonderful, heavenly life for us. BUT Christ spews this church out of His mouth, because they, like Satan did to Eve, come with the doctrine that teaches that they will become gods, that is, will have a richer fleshly life, and are concerned, not with a new spiritual life, but with fleshly enjoyment.
We must be concerned with salvation from SIN, not merely salvation from the punishment sin brings to man. As pointed out last time, our God in that first gospel presentation, in Genesis 3:15, and is called The Mother Promise, speaks of working enmity, that is, hatred against Satan and sin in the hearts of His elect children, whom Satan had brought to the love of sin. God did not in that first promise of salvation present deliverance from the punishment of sin, but from the hatred against Satan and the sin he had brought into mankind. There just cannot be deliverance from punishment until there is for the elect a salvation from the love of sin. God declares to Satan that He will make His elect hate sin and him. that is, Satan, that faith-destroyer. It means that He. the almighty God, will make His elect love Him, even though in Adam we were turned against Him. He will deliver us from the hatred Satan worked in the human race. That basically is our salvation; and deliverance from the punishment we deserve; and thus freedom from all the torments of hell will be ours. That deliverance from punishment is not that which produces salvation from sin. Salvation from sin is what gives us the right to be delivered from the punishment we deserve.
These lines are written to you, young people, because you are confronted with more false doctrines, and temptations into sin, than we were when we were of the age which you now have. Satan is so clever and active, and he is working very hard, because he hates God so fully that he got God’s Son nailed to the cross. And he is not working so very, very hard in his attempt of keeping the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven from crossing that river of life, and strives to get them to drift away from the way they must go to enter the channel and reach that kingdom where we will have sweet communion with God, and walk in perfect love of Him and unto Him.
Having chosen His people out of every nation, tongue and tribe, our God is today gathering His people who are all across the face of this earth. And that fills Satan with fury, and moves him to come with more crafty and subtle ways, with all the inventions which we have today, and which could not be used in times past. By radio and television, by jet airplanes and the use of satellites, he can and does go swiftly around the whole earth in his attempt to make us drift by crafty, subtle false doctrines. That he does much more intensely than in years gone by, and in the land of Canaan.
What is more is the fact that today churches approve of and advocate more and more worldly things, and live more and more like the world. Satan has gotten them to “eat” the things the true church very correctly condemned in ages gone by. Not only movies and dances, but other sinful deeds are even recommended. Young People, take hold of the truth our God presents in II Corinthians 6:17 namely, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you.” Plainly the point is that if we do not heed this word, God will NOT receive us. Now turn to II Corinthians 7:1, for there we read, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Then again in Revelation 18:4 we read, “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues.”
Therefore, hold on to the truth our God gave His church, and which is not only the correct and Reformed presentation of what Scripture teaches us, but is also so beautifully presented in the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and Canons of Dordrecht. That is what Satan is fighting against, and wants us to reject.
In so many ways today the church world is beginning to look more and more like the Satanic world. And we ought to see clearly how much Satan is in many ways fighting the churches that hold on to the truth of God’s word, and that insist on an holy walk of life. Remember that Satan did not come directly to Adam. The awesome truth, and very serious reality, is that he came through Eve to get into Adam’s soul. Likewise today, he gets men (Adams) to leave a church that presents and maintains the truth, and a walk of life in harmony with it, by means of women (Eves) who walk in worldliness and false doctrines, which causes these men to drift away from that entrance into the Haven of Rest. Or Satan gets women to be willing to leave a church with the truth, in order to get a husband who with fleshly joy drifts down that stream of life, and is on the way to the waterfall into Hell!
Remember that we are going to enter the channel that brings us into that Haven of Rest, or downstream with the everlasting torment of hell! It is “either . . . or”’ and there is nothing in between. We drift with the wind Satan is blowing, or by God’s grace we seek the “city which hath foundation, whose builder and maker is God.” Hebrews 11:20. We let Satan blow us to hell, or we blow him out of our lives, and with Jesus say, “Get thou behind me, Satan; thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matthew 16:23.
Do not add more worldly things to your lives, but fight against Satan in order to get farther and farther away from his godless, devilish and crafty ways. Bear in mind the truth presented a moment ago, that he seems to be such a charming, wonderful friend. And the wind he blows may seem so refreshing and comfortable, on a day that is hot because of temptations, and because the holy wrath of the almighty God is sent upon the world that hates Him. Give “the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we drift” on the way to hell! Hebrews 2:1.
Listen to the apostle Paul: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14. Read also the verses from 14-21. Take a firm hold also on what Paul wrote; for we find in there the comforting truth that our citizenship is in heaven. In our King James version, we do find that “our conversation is in heaven”; but the Greek word that Paul uses comes from the Greek word for city. Because we are citizens in God’s kingdom by His grace, our conversation is and must be heavenly; but Paul does here give us the reason why we can have a godly conversation. He has caused us to be citizens of His kingdom, and He has enabled us to speak as such citizens.
Live that way, Young People, and do not drift along with the citizens of Satan’s kingdom. Seek the Kingdom of Heaven and its righteousness. Do not drift with the world, but drive on the path on which Christ walked, and seek the Kingdom of Heaven and its righteousness in a righteous walk.