In the Bible the devil has many names. His two most popular names are “Satan,” literally meaning adversary or great opponent of God and man; and “devil” literally means “slanderer” or “false accuser.” He is also known as “the tempter”, “the ruler of this world”, “the prince of the air”, “the Father of lies,” and many others. Regardless of his name, he is an enemy of God and God’s people and his ultimate goal is to separate God from His people. In order to accomplish his goals, Satan has cleverly devised lies that have been effective since the Garden of Eden. Although there have been lies too numerous to list, this writing will be concentrating on the three most effective lies the devil has told humanity.
Big Lie #1: You can be like God.
Satan began implementing his vendetta against God as soon as man was created in the Garden of Eden. You know the story. God created a lush garden for Adam and Eve to tend and to enjoy, along with one restriction: Do not eat from the tree in the middle of the Garden, known as the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The command was simple and straightforward. Adam and Eve both clearly understood it.
In Genesis 3:1 we see at least two of the characteristics of Satan come into play: that of tempter and that of liar – or in this case perverter of the truth. Not only does Satan tell Eve that God is a liar by saying that what God told her wasn’t true, he also tells Eve that she can be like God if she eats from the forbidden tree. This was a temptation that she couldn’t resist. Although Bishop Usher calculated that we live about 6000 years after Adam and Eve, Satan’s lie that we can be like God still carries weight today. Of course in our more sophisticated age the verbiage has changed a bit. The lie now is that you can be your own god. Adam and Eve bought it 6000 years ago, the people at the time of the Tower of Babel bought it, and people are still buying it today. A lie that has lasted for 6000 years certainly qualifies as not only Satan’s first lie but one of his most effective – at least in my opinion.
Big Lie #2: God didn’t create anything. Everything evolved through natural causes.
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The concept of Evolution has been around for a long time. The Greeks were the first to play with the concept, and the Apostle Paul wrote about a “green” form of Evolution where people worshiped the creation rather than the Creator in the Book of Romans. However, no one really paid much attention to it until Darwin wrote his Origin of Species back in 1859. Since then it has drawn multitudes away from believing that God exists by presenting a “scientific” hypothesis that sounds reasonable to those who are vulnerable. Of course, one by one, all the predictions in Darwinian Evolution have been debunked and obliterated, but the concept simply morphs into other forms.
Last year Barna research conducted a survey that concluded that 70% of students from Christian homes in high school intended to leave the faith upon graduation. They gave six reasons. One of them was the teachings of Evolution, and the Church’s seeming antagonism to science. Recently the Southern Baptists did a similar survey that increased the number to 90%. Given the sheer multitude of people that have been separated from God as a result of this lie, it qualifies as one of Satan’s three most effective lies – at least in my opinion.
Big Lie #3 – Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics.
Considering that we live in a nation that was founded mostly by Christians and upon Christian principles, this particular lie can be credited with the decline in government and constitutional principles we are experiencing today. The Black Regiment that was given its name because of the black robes worn by the clergy active in the Revolutionary War would be horrified to hear Christians today say that they shouldn’t be involved in politics. They would admonish us rather strongly and in no uncertain terms tell us that we would not be a nation if the children of God didn’t understand that liberty is a gift from God that must be nurtured and defended diligently. They would tell us that it is the Christian’s duty to stand against tyranny and secular humanism and not to submit to a yoke of slavery.
It is inarguable that we are becoming more secularized and anti-Christian in nearly every mode of modern life. That would not be able to happen if Christians were “occupying” as the Lord commanded. Instead many have been content to sit in the pews of their churches and complain about the apostate world, all the while contributing to the apostasy by default.
One recent statistical study stated that 20,000,000 Christians don’t vote and another stated that 50% of Christians don’t vote. Is it any wonder that atrocities like abortion, sodomy, and socialism are running rampant? David Barton once reasoned that if Christians don’t make it into office, God’s principles don’t make it into office. We are seeing the results of Christian political default throughout society, and it starts with government. Imagine what would happen if 20,000,000 Christians showed up at the voting polls and only voted for pro-choice candidates! Abortion would become an atrocity of the past. Same sex marriage would become an oxymoron and government schools would no longer teach Evolution as absolute truth. Instead of alternate lifestyles and globalism, they would teach academics. Our children would learn to read, write, and be able to add 2 plus 2 without a calculator. All these things are the result of Christians not being involved in politics – and yet they claim they shouldn’t be.
Lie #3, Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics, has torn apart the moral fabric of this nation, threatened our national sovereignty by surrendering our rights to globalists, and has eroticized and dumbed down our children in government-run schools. And it has stolen the fruits of our labor through crippling tax laws that steal our hard-earned dollars in the name of “fairness.” Therefore, since this particular lie is greatly responsible for the decline of the greatest Christian nation the world has ever known, it qualifies as one of the three greatest lies the devil has ever told.
These three lies of the devil have been the most effective from the beginning of time, and they will continue to be as long as Christians believe another lie – tolerance is civilized and absolute truth is judgmental. Will our ministers wake up and put on the Black Robes of old? There’s one way to tell – if America continues to exist as one nation under God, then they have; if we find ourselves telling our grandchildren about a nice experiment were liberty once lived and people enjoyed the fruits of their own labors, it means the ministers have remained silent and the children of God have continued to believe the lie.