by Dan Hill

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Satan's Most Subtle Seduction (7 of 8)
Series: This Day We Fight
Dan Hill
1 Timothy 4:1-5

Of all the evil spirits that come out of the unholy spirit, there is one that is by far, the most subtle, mean, ugly and dangerous spirit of all! He does not speak out loud or write on walls or move furniture around the room. People under this spirits power have absolutely no clue to its existence; in fact, they think they are doing the will of God. This wicked spirit hides in the church and he is called ''the spirit of religion.''

I heard about a well-meaning Christian lady who became interested in the spiritual condition of her neighbors. She began to go door-to-door hoping to talk with them about their relationship to God. One day she knocked on the door of one of her neighbors and when the lady of the house came to the door she asked her, ''Ma'am, would you like to dedicate your life to God?'' To which the lady of the house responded by saying, ''Goodness no, I am miserable enough with the religion I've got, please don't ask me to get more.''

In 1 Timothy 4:1-5, Paul gives us this warning: ''The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons….'' This spirit of religion is so deceptive and so seductive because it can make you look good even when you are bad. And we can use it to fool others into thinking that we are better than we really are. It seduces us into actually believing that we are what God wants us to be.

This demon spirit has killed more people than any war ever has. And history is full of bloody accounts of such atrocities as inquisitions - burning people alive - savage beatings - drownings - mass murders - and unbelievable genocide. There is nothing so cruel and merciless or wicked than the spirit of religion. If you want to know the extremes the spirit of religion will go, keep your eyes on Muslim extremists. Only a spirit that deceives and seduces powerfully could ...

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