The Devil's Religion
Would you take your Bibles please and turn to Acts the eighth chapter and you will remember that we're in the book of Acts under the general heading, That Old Time Religion. And in just a moment we're going to begin reading in verse 5. But before we do, I want you to find it and look up here. I want to ask you a question. I don't want you to answer it out loud, but I want you to think about it. Here's the question, is the devil for religion or against religion? Well, I want to tell you friend, he is very much for religion. As a matter of fact the devil uses religion to oppose the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And the title of our message today is the theme of the book of Acts is the religion, but I want to tell you dear friend, that old time religion the Bible religion is going to receive an old time opposition, the devil's religion. As a matter of fact, it is really old time opposition because it began in the Garden of Eden. And I remind you that the first temptation that came to humankind when Satan crawled his slimy, corroding path into the pages of history in the garden of Eden, that very first temptation was a religious temptation. What did the devil say to Eve? If you eat this fruit you will be like God. That's what he said. It was in the realm of religion. He was saying to her, ''I'm going to tell you how to be godly, my way.'' It wasn't a temptation to fall down, it was a temptation to fall up, to be like God. It was a perverted religion. And the devil has always been in the religion business up to his ears. We need, we see that today in the passage of scripture that I have entitled the devil's religion.
Begin reading with me in Acts chapter 8 and verse 5, ''Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things, which Philip spake hearing and seeing the miracles, which he did. For unclean spirits crying out wi ...
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