Evil Spirits, Come Out!

Preface: In correcting the Thessalonians’ false theology concerning last-day events, Paul reveals truth about end-time deceptions.

“ ‘False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible’ ” (Matt. 24:24, NIV).

I attended a funeral recently. I listened to each speaker talk of the great impressions and positive influences that had been left on them by the person who lay motionless in a coffin draped with flowers. One by one they came to the microphone. At several points in their message, I kept hearing, “I know he’s looking down and smiling” or “I know he’s with God now.”

A young girl questions her father about why she isn’t allowed to watch So Raven or Sabrina, the Teenage Witch on TV. A group of teenagers discussed the newest book and the special effects of the latest Harry Potter film. Meanwhile a group of college students contemplate going to see Final Destination. Truth or fiction? It’s only entertainment. It’s only a TV show. It’s not real.

I wonder how many who are reading this can relate to these examples. Are you saying, “Who cares! Most of the stuff that SDAs teach is old and out of date anyway. It doesn’t really matter anyway.”?

Is there even a real devil? As long as I do good things, good things will happen to me. It’s karma. What goes around comes around and my mansion is coming. Whether I’m good or bad, I know that God will let me into heaven, right?

I remember growing up and watching shows like “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.” I had friends who played with Ouija boards. There were others who tested Satan by placing a key into the Bible by a certain text. I even thought it would be fun having my palm read. Why should I try to keep anyone else from experiencing these things for themselves?

“There are few who have any just conception of the deceptive power of Spiritualism and the danger of coming under its influence. . . . Let them once be induced to submit their minds to his direction, and he holds them captive. It is impossible, in their own strength, to break away from the bewitching, alluring spell.”*

What do you do? As you study this week’s lesson remember this: Satan is ready for a battle to the death. Are you?

Harry Swinton, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
* Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 558.