Role in Deception
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because
many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1.
be ensnared through the belief that spiritualism is a merely human imposture;
when brought face to face with manifestations which they cannot but regard
as supernatural, they will be deceived, and will be led to accept them as
the great power of God.
teachings of spiritualism are accepted by the churches, the restraint imposed
upon the carnal heart is removed, and the profession of religion will become
a cloak to conceal the basest iniquity. A belief in spiritual manifestations
opens the door to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence
of evil angels will be felt in the churches.
ministry cannot successfully resist spiritualism. They have nothing wherewith
to shield their flocks from its baleful influence. Much of the sad result
of spiritualism will rest upon ministers of this age; for they have trampled
the truth under their feet, and in its stead have preferred fables.
long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world. The foundation
of his work was laid by the assurance given to Eve in Eden: "Ye shall
not surely die." "In the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4,
5. Little by little he has prepared the way for his masterpiece of deception
in the development of spiritualism. He has not yet reached the full accomplishment
of his designs; but it will be reached in the last remnant of time. Says the
prophet: "I saw three unclean spirits like frogs....They are the spirits
of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and
of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God
Almighty." Revelation 16:13, 14. Except those who are kept by the power
of God, through faith in His word, the whole world will be swept into the
ranks of this delusion. The people are fast being lulled to a fatal security,
to be awakened only by the outpouring of the wrath of God.