Sifted Saints #5

Monday, March 13, 2017

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:31,32 KJV).

What is Satan’s goal here?

In his final meeting with the Ephesian church elders, Paul through the Holy Spirit issued a grave warning in Acts chapter 20: “[28] Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. [29] For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. [30] Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. [31] Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. [32] And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”

Notice how Satan “sifts” members of the Body of Christ by having them overlook “the word of [God’s] grace” (verse 32). Thus they follow the Law, available in many forms—that is, 38,000 denominations! Splinter group after splinter group develops, until the distinction is no longer “Christian versus non-Christian,” but increasingly “this denomination versus that denomination.” So many precious Christian souls are entangled in such confusion and division!

As Satan attempted to “divide and conquer” the Little Flock, Israel’s believing remnant, so he uses a similar strategy with us the Church the Body of Christ today. Remember, he attacked the Little Flock by focusing on its chief Apostle (that is, Peter). With Peter discredited, the Little Flock would collapse. Likewise, we see Satan attacking the Church the Body of Christ by concentrating on its leading Apostle (namely, Paul). There are “doctrines of devils” today aimed at questioning Paul’s grace doctrines, Romans through Philemon (1 Timothy 4:1-16)—people using the Bible but not “rightly dividing” it (2 Timothy 2:15). With the Bible not rightly divided, the Christians are divided and conquered!

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2 comments

  1. Very good word once again Shawn. I’m seeing the mid acts Dispensational Pauline KJV / the gospel of grace, maligned and attacked and questioned so much on facebook. After it’s done beating me up a bit I tend to try to redouble my resolve to know the word of grace. Strange to me to see this all playing out in our day.

    1. Reed, this attacking of right division is nothing unique to our day. It has been going on for 2,000 years. You can see that in 2 Peter 3:15-16–people “wresting” (perverting) Paul’s epistles to force them to agree with the rest of the Bible. The King James Bible is over 400 years old–people have been attacking it since day 1. Satan never stops, brother, but rest assured, God’s truth WILL prevail. Despite all the opposition, God’s truth has lasted all these centuries, and it will continuing enduring forever! (As for Facebook, I’ve been dealing with those people for many years–nearly 10 years actually. Sad to say that some are true Christians, stuck in religious tradition. Others are unsaved, and lack the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry. If they continue to malign, criticize, name-call, etc., the best thing to do with them is ignore them. It’s not an evidence problem, but rather a heart problem. They don’t want to see the truth, so we leave them alone in their spiritual ignorance [1 Cor. 14:38].) Onward, my friend, in the Word of God’s Grace! 🙂

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