Because satan cannot change God’s Plan of Salvation, he attempts to corrupt God’s Plan of Salvation through religion. Any religion that takes away or adds to Jesus Christ and Him crucified for Salvation, is another Jesus and another gospel and is accursed.
Since Cain and Abel, satan has not openly “opposed” the Sacrifice ordained by God as a Sin Offering among the religious, instead he presented another way. To be sure, this other way was and is rejected by God. If the Sin Offering, namely Jesus Christ, is rejected by the Believer, so too is the offerer.
“8 For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
If the Believer does not believe the atoning work of Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin in full and that they must be water baptized, a member of a particular denomination or church, baptized in the Holy Spirit or any other religious works; they have been deceived by the devil into a counterfeit Salvation.
“Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
If Jesus Christ is not enough or if the Believer believes there is another way for other religions, cultures, etc., they too have been deceived. Satan’s corruption of THE Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified presents another gospel and another Jesus, yet so many condone these various religions because “well, at least they know Jesus”…but it’s not the Jesus of the Bible. There are many who have indeed heard the true Gospel Message of Jesus but have not accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour.
“21 Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the Will of My Father which is in Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
Sadly, many of the religious will one day realize all of the religious works were not requirements to get to Heaven. Please know, I do not say that with any kind of gladness in my heart but instead an urgency to redeem the time and a fear to snatch those out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh (Jude 1:23).
Religion is satan’s attempt to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The devil will not openly come against Jesus Christ and Him crucified to the Believer, he will offer another way. Just as Cain grew wroth when God did not accept his offer, so to do the modern day religious grow very angry when Jesus Christ and Him crucified ALONE is lifted up to the people for Salvation.
However, we must also know this, just as God asked self righteous Cain why he was angry and said unto him if you do well, you will be accepted but if you do not well a Sin Offering lies at the door (Genesis 4:5-7), so too is our Sin Offering at the door and He’s knocking. The endtime apostate church infiltrated by the devil’s religion shows Jesus Christ on the outside knocking.
“2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the Truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4
The time has come. Preach the Word. Snatch those bound by religion out of the fire. Redeem the time.
-Donna Clark Warren