Christ Preparing our Hearts 8

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

You can count on it that it is very difficult to come to heaven, but the way to destruction is broad and easy. Take it to heart that you have a deceitful heart with you, a wicked devil close to you, and snares and hindrances around and before you.

While the vast majority of people (in the modern day) seem to think that they can simply tell people that they need to make a choice and believe, that has not always been the case. In the past it was understood that people were depraved and had no ability in the spiritual realm. In the past people believed that people had deceitful hearts and that the devil was a masterful deceiver and that these were things that had to be overcome. It used to be understood that not only must one come to faith in Christ, but that Christ must work in that person’s heart by His Spirit for that person to be brought through all the deception of his or her own heart and the deceptions of the evil one to a true faith in the true Christ.

It seems to be apparent that in the modern day salvation seems to be nothing more than convincing a person to say a prayer or make a decision and there is little regard if any at all that the person has a deceptive heart and there is a deceiver at work. The devil, who hates humanity in his war with God, loves to deceive people into thinking that they are truly converted. He is not concerned with how religious people are, or how moral they are, nor how ardent they think they are following Christ. His work is to deceive those inclined toward religion with religion itself. As he did with Eve, he will take the words of God and adjust them for his own purposes. As he did with Jesus, he will quote the Scriptures and try to use the truth in an incorrect context in order to deceive. The Lord Jesus Himself must undertake for us if we are going to see through the deceptions and come to faith in Christ.

In II Corinthians 4 we are told that the gospel is veiled, “in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Note that the gospel is veiled to them because the god of this world has blinded the minds in such a way that they would not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. He does not blind them so that they will not hear about Christ, but so that they will not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. He will blind them so that they will have a belief in the facts of Christ, but that is different than seeing the glory of Christ. He will blind them so that they will make a choice or say a prayer based on their understanding the facts of Christ, but once again that is not to see the glory of Christ. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can reveal His glory to people and as such men and women are utterly dependent on Christ to open their eyes so that they will not be deceived.

The devil is just fine with people praying prayers and making choices to be saved, and in fact that is one of his greatest deceptions. Jesus taught us that a person must be born again in order to see or enter the kingdom, but the devil now has the majority believing that a person who says a prayer will enter the kingdom. If people would take time to study with care the Gospel of John, they would see that the majority of people (perhaps even the vast majority) who are said to believe or believe in Christ were not converted people. Surely this shows us that there are types of belief in Christ that are not saving. It is a divine work in the soul to bring about a new heart that a believing heart comes from. This is not a work of the flesh as if a human will can do it, but instead men and women must be shown that they cannot do this work and be delivered from the deception of believing in themselves for faith. Christ must prepare the heart by teaching that in the inner man.

The modern version of evangelical (so called) thinking on salvation is itself a deception of the devil. As the devil deceives countless people by getting them into a worldly way of thinking and just following the way of the world and what other people think is okay, so he is hard at work in the religious realm deceiving people into thinking that salvation is in their own power and strength. The vast majority of ministers are preaching this same false teaching, which of course makes the deception even stronger. We have whole religious system of publishing books and putting out materials that are build on this great deception. Yes, it is far easier to simply say a prayer or make a choice than it is for Christ Himself to teach the soul through hard things its own inability and helplessness in the spiritual realm or to do good things. However, Christ must teach the soul or it is deceived and will be deceived.

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