Satan is not an initiator but an imitator. God has an only

begotten Son - the Lord Jesus, and so has Satan - "the son of

Perdition" (2 Thess. 2:3). There is a Holy Trinity, and there is

likewise a Trinity of Evil (Rev. 20:10). Do we read of the "children

of God," so also we read of "the children of the wicked one" (Matt.

13:38). Does God work in the former both to will and to do of His

good pleasure, then we are told that Satan is "the spirit that now

worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2). Is there a

"mystery of godliness (1 Tim. 3:6), so also is there a "mystery of

iniquity" (2 Thess. 2:7). Are we told that God by His angels "seals"

His servants in their foreheads (Rev. 7:3), so also, we learn that

Satan by his agents sets a mark in the foreheads of his devotees (Rev.

13:16). Are we told that "the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the

deep things of God" (1 Cor. 2:10), then Satan also provides his "deep

things (see Greek of Rev. 2:24). Did Christ perform miracles, so also

can Satan (2 Thess. 2:9). Is Christ seated upon a throne, so is Satan

(Rev. 2:13 - Gr.). Has Christ a Church, then Satan has his

"synagogue" (Rev. 2:9). Is Christ the Light of the world, then so is

Satan himself "transformed into an angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14).

Did Christ appoint "apostles," then Satan has his apostles, too (2

Cor. 11:13). And this leads us to consider "The Gospel of Satan."

Satan is the arch-counterfeiter. The Devil is now busy at work

in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. He is

seeking to prevent the growth of the wheat by another plant, the

tares, which closely resembles the wheat in appearance. In a word, by

a process of imitation he is aiming to neutralize the Work of Christ.

Therefore, as Christ has a Gospel, Satan has a gospel too; the latter

being a clever counterfeit of the former. So closely does the gospel

of Satan resemble that which it parodies, multitudes of the unsaved

are deceived by it.

It is to this gospel of Satan the apostle refers when he says to

the Galatians, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that

called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not

another, but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the

Gospel of Christ" (1:6, 7). This false gospel was being heralded even

in the days of the apostle, and a most awful curse was called down

upon those who preached it. The apostle continues, "But though we, or

an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which

we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." By the help of God

we shall now endeavor to expound, or rather, expose, this false


The gospel of Satan is not a system of revolutionary principles,

nor yet a program of anarchy. It does not promote strife and war, but

aims at peace and unity. It seeks not to set the mother against her

daughter nor the father against his son, but fosters the fraternal

spirit whereby the human race is regarded as one great "brotherhood."

It does not seek to drag down the natural man, but to improve and

uplift him. It advocates education and cultivation and appeals to

"the best that is within us." It aims to make this world such a

comfortable and congenial habitat that Christ's absence from it will

not be felt and God will not be needed. It endeavors to occupy man so

much with this world that he has no time or inclination to think of

the world to come. It propagates the principles of self-sacrifice,

charity and benevolence, and teaches us to live for the good of

others, and to be kind to all. It appeals strongly to the carnal mind

and is popular with the masses, because it ignores the solemn facts

that by nature man is a fallen creature, alienated from the life of

God, and dead in trespasses and sins, and that his only hope lies in

being born again.

In contradistinction to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan

teaches salvation by works. It inculcates justification before God on

the ground of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is "Be good and do

good"; but it fails to recognize that in the flesh there dwelleth no

good thing. It announces salvation by character, which reverses the

order of God's Word - character by, as the fruit of, salvation. Its

various ramifications and organizations are manifold. Temperance,

Reform Movements, "Christian Socialist Leagues," Ethical Culture

Societies, "Peace Congresses" are all employed (perhaps unconsciously)

in proclaiming this gospel of Satan - salvation by works. The pledge-

card is substituted for Christ; social purity for individual

regeneration, and politics and philosophy, for doctrine and godliness.

The cultivation of the old man is considered more "practical" than the

creation of a new man in Christ Jesus; whilst universal peace is

looked for apart from the interposition and return of the Prince of


The apostles of Satan are not saloon-keepers and white-slave

traffickers, but are for the most part ordained ministers. Thousands

of those who occupy our modern pulpits are no longer engaged in

presenting the fundamentals of the Christian Faith, but have turned

aside from the Truth and have given heed unto fables. Instead of

magnifying the enormity of sin and setting forth its eternal

consequences, they minimize it by declaring that sin is merely

ignorance or the absence of good. Instead of warning the hearers to

"flee from the wrath to come" they make God a liar by declaring that

He is too loving and merciful to send any of His own creatures to

eternal torment. Instead of declaring that "without shedding of blood

is no remission," they merely hold up Christ as the great Exemplar and

exhort their hearers to "follow in His steps." Of them it must be

said, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness and going about

to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves

unto the righteousness of God" (Rom. 10:3). Their messages may sound

very plausible and their aim appear very praise-worthy, yet we read of

them - "for such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming

themselves (imitating) into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel;

for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore,

it is no great thing (not to be wondered at) if his ministers also be

transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be

according to their works" (2 Cor. 11:13-15).

In addition to the fact that today hundreds of churches are

without a leader who faithfully declares the whole counsel of God and

presents His way of salvation, we also have to face the additional

fact that the majority of people in these churches are very unlikely

to learn the Truth for themselves. The family altar, where a portion

of God's Word was wont to be read daily is now, even in the homes of

nominal Christians, largely a thing of the past. The Bible is not

expounded in the pulpit and it is not read in the pew. The demands of

this rushing age are so numerous, that the multitudes have little time

and still less inclination to make preparation for the meeting with

God. Hence the majority who are too indolent to search for

themselves, are left at the mercy of those whom they pay to search for

them; many of whom betray their trust by studying and expounding

economic and social problems rather than the Oracles of God.

In Prov. 14:12 we read, "There is a way which seemeth right unto

a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death." This "way" which

ends in "death" is the Devil's Delusion - the gospel of Satan - a way

of salvation by human attainment. It is a way which "seemeth right,"

that is to say, it is presented in such plausible language that it

appeals to the natural man: it is set forth in such a subtle and

attractive manner, that it commends itself to the intelligence of its

hearers. By virtue of the fact that it appropriates to itself

religious terminology, sometimes appeals to the Bible for its support

(whenever this suits its purpose), holds up before men lofty ideals,

and is proclaimed by those who have graduated from our theological

institutions, countless multitudes are decoyed and deceived by it.

The success of an illegitimate coiner depends largely upon how

closely the counterfeit resembles the genuine article. Heresy is not

so much the total denial of the truth as a perversion of it. That is

why half a lie is always more dangerous than a complete repudiation.

Hence when the Father of Lies enters the pulpit it is not his custom

to flatly deny the fundamental truths of Christianity, rather does he

tacitly acknowledge them, and then proceed to give an erroneous

interpretation and a false application. For example: he would not be

so foolish as to boldly announce his disbelief in a personal God; he

takes His existence for granted and then gives a false description of

His character. He announces that God is the spiritual Father of all

men, when the Scriptures plainly tell us that we are "the children of

God by faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:26), and that "as many as

received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God" (John

1:12). Further, he declares that God is far too merciful to ever send

any member of the human race to Hell, when God Himself has said,

"Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the

Lake of Fire" (Rev. 20:15). Again, Satan would not be so foolish as

to ignore the central figure of human history - the Lord Jesus Christ;

on the contrary, his gospel acknowledges Him to be the best man that

ever lived. Attention is drawn to His deeds of compassion and works

of mercy, the beauty of His character and the sublimity of His

teaching. His life is eulogized, but His vicarious Death is ignored;

the all-important atoning work of the cross is never mentioned, whilst

His triumphant and bodily resurrection from the grave is regarded as

one of the credulities of a superstitious age. It is a bloodless

gospel, and presents a crossless Christ, who is received not as God

manifest in flesh, but merely as the Ideal Man.

In 2 Cor. 4:3,4 we have a scripture which sheds much light upon

our present theme. There we are told, "if our Gospel be hid, it is

hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath

blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the

glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God should shine unto

them." He blinds the minds of unbelievers through hiding the light of

the Gospel of Christ, and he does this by substituting his own gospel.

Appropriately is he designated "The Devil and Satan which deceiveth

the whole world" (Rev. 12:9). In merely appealing to "the best that

is within man", and in simply exhorting him to "lead a nobler life"

there is afforded a general platform upon which those of every shade

of opinion can unite and proclaim this common message.

Again we quote Prov. 14:12 - "There is a way which seemeth right

unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." It has been

said with considerable truth that the way to Hell is paved with good

intentions. There will be many in the Lake of Fire who commenced life

with good intentions, honest resolutions and exalted ideals - those

who were just in their dealings, fair in their transactions and

charitable in all their ways; men who prided themselves in their

integrity but who sought to justify themselves before God by their own

righteousness; men who were moral, merciful and magnanimous, but who

never saw themselves as guilty, lost, hell-deserving sinners needing a

Savior. Such is the way which "seemeth right." Such is the way that

commends itself to the carnal mind and recommends itself to multitudes

of deluded ones today. The Devil's Delusion is that we can be saved

by our own works, and justified before God by our own deeds; whereas,

God tells us in His Word - "By grace are ye saved through faith... not

of works lest any man should boast." And again, "Not by works of

righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved


A few years ago the writer became acquainted with one who was a

lay preacher and an enthusiastic "Christian worker." For over seven

years this friend had been engaged in public preaching and religious

activities, but from certain expressions and phrases he used, the

writer doubted whether his friend was a "born again" man. When we

began to question him, it was found that he was very imperfectly

acquainted with the Scriptures and had only the vaguest conception of

Christ's Work for sinners. For a time we sought to present the way of

salvation in a simple and impersonal manner and to encourage our

friend to study the Word for himself, in the hope that if he were

still unsaved God would be pleased to reveal the Savior he needed.

One night to our joy, the one who had been preaching the Gospel(?) for

seven years, confessed that he had found Christ only the previous

night. He acknowledged (to use his own words) that he had been

presenting "the Christ ideal" but not the Christ of the Cross. The

writer believes there are thousands like this preacher who, perhaps,

have been brought up in Sunday School, taught about the birth, life,

and teachings of Jesus Christ, who believe in the historicity of His

person, who spasmodically endeavor to practice His precepts, and who

think that that is all that is necessary for their salvation.

Frequently, this class when they reach manhood go out into the world,

encounter the attacks of atheists and infidels and are told that such

a person as Jesus of Nazareth never lived. But the impressions of

early days cannot be easily erased, and they remain steadfast in their

declaration that they "believe in Jesus Christ." Yet, when their

faith is examined, only too often it is found that though they believe

many things about Jesus Christ they do not really believe in Him.

They believe with the head that such a person lived (and, because they

believe this imagine that therefore they are saved), but they have

never thrown down the weapons of their warfare against Him, yielded

themselves to Him, nor truly believed with their heart in Him. The

bare acceptance of an orthodox doctrine about the person of Christ

without the heart being won by Him and the life devoted to Him, is

another phrase of that way "which seemeth right unto a man" but the

end thereof are "the ways of death." A mere intellectual assent to

the reality of Christ's person, and which goes no further, is another

phase of the way which "seemeth right unto a man" but of which the

ends thereof "are the ways of death," or, in other words, is another

aspect of the gospel of Satan.

And now, where do you stand? Are you in the way which "seemeth

right," but which ends in death; or, are you in the Narrow Way which

leadeth unto life? Have you truly forsaken the Broad Road which

leadeth to death? Has the love of Christ created in your heart a

hatred and horror of all that is displeasing to Him? Are you desirous

that He should "reign over" you? (Luke 19:14). Are you relying wholly

on His righteousness and blood for your acceptance with God?

Those who are trusting to an outward form of godliness, such as

baptism or "confirmation" those who are religious because it is

considered a mark of respectability; those who attend some Church or

Chapel because it is the fashion to do so; and, those who unite with

some Denomination because they suppose that such a step will enable

them to become Christians, are in the way which "ends in death" -

death spiritual and eternal. However pure our motives, however noble

our intentions, however well-meaning our purposes, however sincere our

endeavors, God will not accept us as His sons, until we accept His


A yet more specious form of Satan's gospel is to move preachers

to present the atoning sacrifice of Christ and then tell their hearers

that all God requires from them is to "believe" in His Son. Thereby

thousands of impenitent souls are deluded into thinking they have been

saved. But Christ said, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise

perish" (Luke 13:3). To "repent" is to hate sin, to sorrow over, to

turn from it. It is the result of the Spirit's making the heart

contrite before God. None except a broken heart can savingly believe

on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Again, thousands are deceived into supposing that they have

"accepted Christ" as their "personal Savior," who have not first

received Him as their LORD. The Son of God did not come here to save

His people in their sin, but "from their sins" (Matt. 1:21). To be

saved from sins, is to be saved from ignoring and despising the

authority of God, it is to abandon the course of self-will and self-

pleasing, it is to "forsake our way" (Isa. 55:7). It is to surrender

to God's authority, to yield to His dominion, to give ourselves over

to be ruled by Him. The one who has never taken Christ's "yoke" upon

him, who is not truly and diligently seeking to please Him in all the

details of his life, and yet supposes that he is "resting on the

Finished Work of Christ" is deluded by the Devil.

In the seventh chapter of Matthew there are two scriptures which

give us approximate results of Christ's Gospel and Satan's

counterfeit. First, in verse 13 and 14, "Enter ye in at the strait

gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to

destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is

the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few

there be that find it." Second; in verse 22 and 23, "Many will say to

Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied (preached) in Thy

name? and in Thy name cast out demons, and in thy name done many

wonderful works? And they will I profess unto them, I never knew you;

depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." Yes, my reader, it is

possible to work in the name of Christ, and even to preach in His

name, and thought the world knows us, and the Church knows us, yet to

be unknown to the Lord! How necessary it is then to find out where we

really are; to examine ourselves and see whether we be in the faith;

to measure ourselves by the Word of God and see if we are being

deceived by our subtle Enemy; to find out whether it is erected on the

Rock which is Christ Jesus. May the Holy Spirit search our hearts,

break our wills, slay our enmity against God, work in us a deep and

true repentance, and direct our gaze to the Lamb of God which taketh

away the sin of the world.

Arthur W. Pink

Reiner Publications

Swengel, PA

Computers for Christ - Chicago

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