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Topic: light (05/24/04)
TITLE: When The Light Can Be The Source Of Great Darkness
By Doug Laird
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Several passages in the Bible reveal that God uses light as a visual aid to confirm His presence, function, or authority. (Exodus 10:23/Ex.34: 35/Luke 2:9/Acts 6:15/Acts22: 6).
The Bible also used light symbolically in reference to the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt.4: 16/2Cor.4: 4).
At the same time, the Bible warns that we are to be certain that the “light within ” (Matt.6: 23 NIV) is not in reality the source of great “darkness” (Matt.6: 23 NIV).
“If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matt. 6:23 NIV).
This “light” is the false religions of the world and/or the false religious doctrines that infiltrate the Christian Community.
This source of this kind of “light” is the author and promoters of false religions and doctrines. The author is of course none other than the “father of lies” (John 8:44 NIV), Satan.
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness…” (2Cor.11: 14, 15 NIV).
Satan has both willing and unwitting “servants” to bear his “light” by promoting his false religions and doctrines. His willing servants are unbelievers who are demonically possessed and/or controlled. (1Tim.4: 1).
These "willing" servants can be found in positions of authority in virtually every institution here on earth. They do not have the repulsive appearance or the vicious personalities as Hollywood would project them to be, but rather are the types of individuals whose appearance and ways draw the attention of masses under satanic deception. They are usually well educated, socially accepted, secularly successful, wealthy, religious (but not spiritual), and bear the various titles associated with the status that accompanies such “accomplishments”. It should be no surprise that such servants of Satan are so “successful” and “prosperous” in the devil’s world (Luke 4:6).
Just as God provides everything that His servants need in order to accomplish the work that He has for him to do (Heb.13: 21), so does Satan provide the same for his servants (Matt.4: 8, 9). In short, they have all the bait necessary for the average member of the human race to be lured into following the “light” that he offers.
Satan has his “unwilling” servants as well. By “unwilling”, they are not knowingly serving the interest of Satan or his kingdom, but never the less are very useful in the devil’s hand (John 8:44). Not only do they fail to see how Satan is using them, but also they actually believe that it is they who are serving God (John 16:2) by destroying His true servants. Such unwitting servants are found in positions of authority and/or influence in the Christian Community!
Satan is wise enough to present his tenets of false religion and doctrines in ways that are certain to appeal to the fallen nature within us. Satan is a master at the art of deception and counterfeiting & he has had thousands of years of experience with considerable success.
A person (including pastor-teachers) cannot pass onto others the true light if they do not themselves first possess it and then present it in an uncompromising fashion.
This requires pastor teachers that are firmly grounded in the Word of God & who are not concerned with the size of their congregation or their own popularity, but study and speak the truth and leave the outcome in the hands of God. They tell their congregations what they need to know, not what they want to hear.
Such faithful ministers of the Word of God are going to true light bearers & will be opposed by the servants of Satan both from outside of & from within the Christian Community as they engage in the most intense of spiritual warfare. (Ephesians 6:12).
All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (R) Copyright (C) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All Rights reserved