Contrary to what you might think, the devil is real and he is religious. As Vance Havner said, “The devil is not fighting religion; he’s too smart for that. He produces a counterfeit Christianity so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid to speak out against it”. He was exactly right! Rather than contest the facts he counterfeits the faith.
If ever there was a time when the truth needed to be shouted from the rooftops it’s today. Man’s spiritual ignorance today is appalling. People don’t understand that Satan actually loves religion. But you could say it is his chief weapon. Satan has duped people into believing that there is good in all religions, that it makes no difference what version of the Bible you use, one church is just as good as another, and that all roads lead to heaven. And he has been successful. The average church member can’t give you a scriptural definition of the gospel, tell you what constitutes a true church, or explain which version of the Bible is true.
However, we can’t lay all the blame on the devil’s doorstep. People remain ignorant because they refuse to study the Bible. Rather than search out the truth they follow the crowd, listen to a false preacher because of his charming personality, go with their gut-feeling, or do whatever makes them happy. They have no concern about being right, as long as they are pleased. The sad, and to them the shocking, thing is that they are never pleased. Regardless of how religious they are there is always something missing and they are left with a feeling of emptiness. The fact is, only Jesus can satisfy the longing of the soul. That’s why He said,”..I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”--John 6:35. My dear friend, you don’t need religion, you need redemption and only Jesus can redeem your soul. Trust Him today and be saved for eternity!—HDS