But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world 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. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
The scriptures tell us that the “god of this world” has blinded the minds of those who are not believers. Who is the “god of this world?” Satan is the one that this passage of scripture is speaking about, and he desires to keep the lost souls all over the world in darkness for as long as he can. Not only that, but Satan will try to creep inside the church itself, to bring in false doctrines and lying signs and wonders.
Satan is aware of what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about, and that is why the scriptures warn us about the “doctrines of devils” which would seek to seduce and ensnare people from believing the truth about Jesus Christ. That is also why the apostle Paul was so adamant about the preaching of the Word, because he knew that the truth had the power to set people free.
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
Paul spoke about a time that was coming where men would not endure [put up with] sound doctrine, but they would go running after teachers who would tickle their ears. Paul said that those people would turn away their ears from the truth and that is exactly what has been happening for a very long time now. There is no doubt that there have always been false teachers, even in Paul’s time, but we can also say that there has been an increase in the variety of the devil’s doctrines and manifestations in recent times.
I saw a program the other night that showed video clips of a church service where people were supposedly experiencing revival. In one clip there were people who were falling out of their seats and then rolling around on the floor. I have not heard about this kind of thing since the Toronto and Pensacola days, and I thought that it had passed.
In another video clip I saw people testifying about gold teeth that had suddenly appeared in their mouths. Dental experts testified to the validity of the gold in their mouths. Another lady had gold specks all over her face. In another video clip they showed people that had found some type of gems on the floor of the sanctuary in which they were worshiping.
Back in the 1980’s, when I was in the Roman Catholic Charismatic movement, I became interested in the “apparitions” of Mary in Medugorje,Yugoslavia. During this time, I heard of similar experiences. I was in a Catholic prayer group and some of the people had gone to Medugorje. They said that the chain that held their rosary beads in place changed from silver to a golden color. There were other testimonies about looking into the Sun and seeing spinning crosses and many other similar stories. I thank God that the Lord opened my spiritual eyes and delivered me out of that deception, but I see that the deception is running rampant in Protestant and Evangelical circles also. You can call it revival if you like, but I call it SPIRITUAL INSANITY.