By Ron Kempen, Gospel LIght Ministries
I am well aware of the need for evangelizing. This month I just want to encourage those who feel the same way as I do, to bring people out of their religion and into Christ. But I want to warn further, in case the reader is not aware of things, that there will be various gut wrenching trials and Spiritual warfare as we go along. And, of course, don’t forget what Jesus told His followers, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” (John 15:18). “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20). We are to expect it and just chalk it up as counting the cost.
That being said, it appears that the enemy has no boundaries, and we shouldn’t be surprised at anything that comes along the road to discourage us. I’ve hit a few rock bottom experiences lately, and I will share them here. Twice in a two or three week time period I was on the internet, on a brother’s website witnessing to a Catholic person who had many questions.
The first one appeared to have a change of heart, accepting the answers that a few of us Protestants gave him. However, within a week, he professed to all of us that the Catholic Church made more sense than we did as Protestants. Now, after spending the better part of two or three days, and thinking that I was partaking in a divine appointment in which I felt that God was using me to get another person saved, you can imagine the air going out of my balloon pretty quickly.
Then another member who was also witnessing to him, said that he wasn’t serious about the questions that he asked, just wanted to grill us with questions so we would be occupied with him instead of a true seeker. (From his point of view, he thought that he was the saved person and we were the lost people.)
As I checked up with his Facebook page, I was convinced that is what he had done. I also was warned of a different individual (actually two more) who did that same thing on this Christian site that we were on.
First, I have to let the reader know that the owner of that site is a tremendous Christian apologist, well known and has a superb heart for the lost Catholics. For this reason I can assure you that he isn’t the one to blame, but rather to be admired for his unrelenting heart for the lost and deceived.
Then when I found that I was “had” again, thinking that I was helping someone when I wasn’t, I went to this new individual’s Facebook page and had a few eye opening insights about how huge of an operation he had going. There were many of those same questioners that knew each other, as well as some very well-known Catholic apologists. They were on each other’s friends list. Catholic apologetics material to guide what to say in answer to Protestants was also on this individual’s web page! This apologist is a big-time professional at giving information to help Catholics with their beliefs; not that he is right, but that is what they sincerely believe to be true. I followed the trail, and found many, many books of his, and I realized that we have an enemy in Satan much bigger than I thought we had. I found many books of his, and others, by those who think they are right in being Catholic, being sold on the internet as well.
Another thing that I would like to mention is the person who called to tell me my ministry was a divisive one, not a very Christ like one of love. My initial response was to point out how Biblical my articles actually are. Luke 12:51-53 tells us, “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Also we find that 2 Corinthians 6:14 says this, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” We can also see where the love chapter tells us in 1 Cor. 13:6 that love does “not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”
What this gentleman was doing was more harmful than either one of us can understand fully today. Throughout the Old Testament we can see that if someone didn’t walk the walk as God commanded them to do, then that person was wiped out. Is our Lord any different today? Yes, if the individual has been born again, but if not, then disaster will be the end result. That’s part of the big problem in today’s church. There are many, very many easy-believism gospels out there. Not only that, but 2 Timothy 4:3-4, tells us, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables..”
We are in those days now. What waits for them are the words that no one will enjoy hearing, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23).
In conclusion, why does any of this bother me when we have to deal with these types of Satan’s tools? Satan is just as the Scriptures tell us about him: a master at lying, whose goal is to disrupt people who try to do God’s will. It shouldn’t have surprised me because we are told to test all things, and that he’ll do all these things and more to slow us down. Whether he uses other people or not, his goal is to get in our way and he will use any means he has to do so. I just would like to tell him, “In the end, we’ll still be standing because having read the Book, I can know that we win the war.”
Just let yourself be like it says in Ephesians 6:14-20, “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints -- and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Hang in there when dealing with these issues, knowing the right things of God and simply trusting that He is still in charge. If you do, then you will be able to join in with Paul when he says, “Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.” (2 Corinthians 12:5). “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God!” (2 Corinthians 10:4,5). Be a soldier in God’s army, and don’t worry about Satan. God is still in control!