Inviting the Control of Demons

Posted Feb 11, 2011 by Michael Ebens in Devotional - Blog Hits: 9,181

As I was listing to Chapter 26 (entitled "At Capernaum") of The Desire of Ages, I came across this striking quote. I think it has real relevance to the issue of the Trinity versus the Father and His Son.

In the days of Christ the leaders and teachers of Israel were powerless to resist the work of Satan. They were neglecting the only means by which they could have withstood evil spirits. It was by the word of God that Christ overcame the wicked one. The leaders of Israel professed to be the expositors of God's word, but they had studied it only to sustain their traditions, and enforce their man-made observances. By their interpretation they made it express sentiments that God had never given. Their mystical construction made indistinct that which He had made plain. They disputed over insignificant technicalities, and practically denied the most essential truths. Thus infidelity was sown broadcast. God's word was robbed of its power, and evil spirits worked their will. {DA 257.3}

History is repeating. With the open Bible before them, and professing to reverence its teachings, many of the religious leaders of our time are destroying faith in it as the word of God. They busy themselves with dissecting the word, and set their own opinions above its plainest statements. In their hands God's word loses its regenerating power. This is why infidelity runs riot, and iniquity is rife. {DA 258.1}

When Satan has undermined faith in the Bible, he directs men to other sources for light and power. Thus he insinuates himself. Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God's Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons. Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for spiritism and theosophy–those modernized forms of ancient heathenism–to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ. {DA 258.2}

Side by side with the preaching of the gospel, agencies are at work which are but the medium of lying spirits. Many a man tampers with these merely from curiosity, but seeing evidence of the working of a more than human power, he is lured on and on, until he is controlled by a will stronger than his own. He cannot escape from its mysterious power. {DA 258.3}

Notice how it says, "with the open Bible before them, and professing to reverence its teachings, many of the religious leaders of our time are destroying faith in it as the word of God. They busy themselves with dissecting the word, and set their own opinions above its plainest statements." Many religious leaders are certainly putting "strange doctrines" above the plain statements of God's word. The Bible states many, many times that there is a Father and a Son, but people still try dissect God's word, and put their own doctrines above it.

"Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God's Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons." That's a scary thought. A very scary thought. What does that say for the religious leaders and scholars who are completely opposed to the idea of Christ being the Son of God?

The same evil spirit that tempted Christ in the wilderness, and that possessed the maniac of Capernaum, controlled the unbelieving Jews. But with them he assumed an air of piety, seeking to deceive them as to their motives in rejecting the Saviour. Their condition was more hopeless than that of the demoniac, for they felt no need of Christ and were therefore held fast under the power of Satan. {DA 256.5}

The devil is incredibly cunning. If two people are in the same state, whichever is more ignorant is in the most danger.

I encourage you to read the rest of chapter 26; there's a lot in there (isn't there a lot in every chapter? :) ).