The following e-mail got sent to me as part of a mass e-mailing:
<<Got this from a friend today.
IF I WERE THE DEVIL
I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort, instead of God's blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;
I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;
I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;
I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;
I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more that human beings;
I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a law suit;
I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;
I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;
I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.
I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;
I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;
I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;
I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;
I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.>>
This was my response:
The person who wrote this (above) does not see the MAIN work of the Devil. The Devil works in FALSE RELIGION. It is his goal to keep people in false religious refuges of self-righteousness. The work of the Devil is to keep people believing that salvation is conditioned on the sinner in any way to any degree. The work of the Devil is to get people into churches where the false gospel is preached. The work of the Devil is to keep people believing that Jesus Christ died for all persons without exception, thus keeping them believing that the difference between heaven and hell is not the work of Christ alone but is the work of man.
The work of the Devil is to keep false religionists focused on fighting the immorality of the day, such as gambling, abortion, assisted suicide, homosexuality, taking God out of schools (as if He were ever in there to begin with), drugs, and pornography, thinking that fighting these things proves that one is a child of God -- whereas God says that everything that false religionists do (even their morality and sincerity) is an abomination in the sight of God.
What is more wicked:
(1) Two homosexuals in a gay bar singing homosexual songs
(2) A married Arminian couple (man and wife) who have always been faithful to each other sitting in an Arminian church singing hymns?
Lost religionists have no idea that BOTH of these are an abomination in the sight of God. They do not realize that ALL who are going about to establish a righteousness of their own (which includes ALL Arminians) are lost. They do not believe the gospel of salvation conditioned SOLELY on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ. They are ignorant of the righteousness of God revealed in the gospel (Romans 10:3). They are haters of God. They are just as filthy and wicked as those who are engaged in open, gross immorality.
Homosexuality, abortion, and pornography are most certainly wicked, but what did Jesus say about the moral self-righteous religionists in relation to the wicked immoral sodomites?
"BUT I SAY TO YOU, IT WILL BE MORE TOLERABLE FOR THE LAND OF SODOM IN JUDGMENT DAY THAN FOR YOU." (Matthew 11:24)
While all these self-righteous religionists who believe in salvation conditioned on the sinner are condemning sodomy, they do not realize that it will be more tolerable for the sodomites in the day of judgment than for them.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Marc D. Carpenter
A reader then responded to me, and my response to him follows:
> Marc Carpenter writes: "The person who wrote this (below) does not see the
> MAIN work of the Devil.
> The Devil works in FALSE RELIGION. It is his goal to keep people in false
> religious refuges of self-righteousness."
> Indeed, this is very true. Hence we see the world's landscape populated
> with Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca, Humanism, Atheism, and
> a number of quasi-Christian cults. All individuals who the devil deceives
> into believing one of these false religions dies and goes to hell (a place
> of firey torment -- not merely separation from God) for all eternity.
> However -- Armenianism *IS NOT A RELIGION*. It is a doctrinal position
> within the fold of *Orthodox Christianity*. You don't walk into a
> Methodist church and (well, you didn't in times past anyway, these days, I
> don't know given the level of apostasy the United Methodists as a
> body have
> engaged in) see a hymnal full of songs on the virtues of circuit-riding.
> You don't walk into a Nazarene church and hear: "To obtain forgiveness of
> your sins, do good works..."
But you DO walk into Methodist and Nazarene churches and hear the proclamation of a false gospel and a false jesus who died to make all men savable if they would only do their part. They will not say "salvation is based on works," but they will say that the difference between heaven and hell is what the SINNER does rather than what CHRIST did. This is just as false as Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca, Humanism, Atheism, and Cultism. The god of the Methodists and Nazarenes is a god who tells sinners that he has done all he can do and now the rest is up to the sinner. Their god is a weakling who wishes that all people without exception would be saved but is frustrated and sad that not all will come to him. Their christ is one whose death did not secure the salvation of anyone but who depends on the sinner to make his death effectual. This is the blasphemous, satanic religion of Arminianism, and all who hold to it are yet dead in their sins.
> *THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THIS: THE ENTIRE ARMENIAN/CALVINIST DEBATE IS A
> DEBATE ABOUT PROCESS.* No true Christian, Armenian or Calvinist, would
> deny that it is the death (shed blood, whatever you wish to call
> it) of the
> Lord Jesus Christ through which forgivness of sins and an eternal
> in heaven is obtained, period.
The Arminians do NOT say that it is the work of Christ alone that guarantees them an eternal residence in heaven -- for they believe that Christ died for everyone without exception, yet there are multitudes in hell for whom Christ died. This puts no saving value on the blood of Christ -- this puts forth the view that the blood of Christ alone DOES NOT save. If the Arminians believed that the blood of Christ alone saves, then they would have to believe that, since Christ died for all without exception, then ALL would be saved.
The debate is about THE GOSPEL.
> This is the *essence* of Christianity --
> refute this, and you have something else, call it what you will.
Right. And since Arminians DENY the essence of Christianity, they are not within the fold of Christianity. The gospel is the good news of salvation conditioned on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ alone. Arminians do not believe the gospel.
> Marc Carpenter writes: "What is more wicked:
> (1) Two homosexuals in a gay bar singing homosexual songs
> (2) A married Arminian couple (man and wife) who have always been faithful
> to each other sitting in an Arminian church singing hymns?"
> Obviously, two homosexuals. *Armenianism is not a sin. Homosexuality,
> regardless of the progressive views of many bible-denying REFORMED
> denominations like the RCA, CRC, and PCUSA, is a sin!* It may be a
> mistaken belief (as any of the pre-post-a millenial views may be), but
> Armenian doctrine does not send people to hell.
Armininism IS a sin. It is damnable. It is the blackest, darkest, most satanic wickedness imaginable. It attempts to divide the glory between God and man. It spits in the face of Jesus Christ. It fashions a god in the image of man. It is detestable.
I do not deny that those professedly Reformed denominations such as the RCA, CRC, and PCUSA are synagogues of Satan. Also lumped in with these can be the PCA, the OPC, the RPCNA, and any other so-called "Reformed" denomination that considers Arminians to be their brothers in Christ.
Believers can have many mistaken beliefs, such as in the area of eschatology or ecclesiology, but there is one area in which all believers believe the same thing: THE GOSPEL. All believers believe THE GOSPEL. There is not a single believer who believes that any part of his salvation, from regeneration to final glory, is conditioned on himself. All believers believe that CHRIST ALONE is their salvation.
> See? There's plenty of egg to go around. My advice is this! Are you
> looking for enemies of God's Word? Look no further than the Mormons who
> send out hundreds of missionaries from Salt Lake City every Tuesday and
> Thursday to carry out the devil's work. Or perhaps the Catholics, since
> the Bishop of Albany publically *burned* over 50 bibles a short 80 years
> ago. Look no further than the Hindus in India who burned a Christian
> missionary to death in front of his children just this year. Look no
> further than the Benny Hinns and Kenneth Copelands who pervert,
> and doctor the Word of Almighty God for fun and profit. If those aren't
> foes enough, look at the garbage teachings of the Assembly of Dogs as
> manifested in the barking and carousing at the Clownsville Revival.
I agree that all of these are enemies of God's word. But tell me -- WHY are the Mormons enemies of God's word? WHY are the Roman Catholics enemies of God's word? It is BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE A FALSE GOSPEL. They DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST. Mormons, Roman Catholics, Hindus, Word-Faithers, AOGers, and all Arminians are in the same boat. They are lost and their deeds are evil. They are blasphemers.
I leave you with a gospel message below. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Believe on His person (God-Man Mediator) and His work (establishing a righteousness and bloody death that demands the salvation of all whom He represented). Repent of ever thinking that salvation was conditioned on yourself. Give all glory to God.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Marc D. Carpenter
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