‘But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons.’ – 1 Timothy 4:1 AMP
Seducing spirits are spirits sent from the kingdom of darkness to lure God’s people out of the faith, by introducing ‘seemingly’ sweet teachings and new revelations. They are the driving force behind false doctrines and religious deceptions, seducing from before and pushing from behind to make people wander away from the central Truth of all time – even the person of Christ Jesus.
These spirits are so crafty they can take the [written] word of God and twist it to achieve their evil agenda. Such was the temptation of Eve & Adam in the garden of Eden when the deceiver came to destroy their fellowship with God. He simply asked them: ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ – Genesis 3:1. The devil used the word of God to deceive God’s first humans, and his seducing spirits still use the same method today. They also introduce non-biblical and extra-biblical ‘revelations’ especially to people who are not well-taught in sound biblical doctrine or whose hearts are not focused on glorifying Christ alone.
Doctrines of Demons
Just as God has His own laws and principles which are given to us [in the Bible] to keep us walking on a safe path that will always lead to Jesus and His glorified kingdom, demons (being counterfeiters) also have doctrines they have created out of their twisted and corrupt nature. These doctrines are systemic teachings they introduce to the Church to corrupt the saints, make them lose their way to heaven and end up on a dead-end street.
They introduce lying doctrines such as Unconditional Eternal Security (Once-Saved-Always-Saved) which is contrary to sound biblical doctrine. They also influence the evil doctrine called Universalism – which was created to make Christians backslide, lukewarm and tolerant of false religions powered by evil spirits.
These spirits also play a large part in manipulating people to embrace the occult and practice witchcraft and sorcery. They sponsor the dark arts and promote pagan culture and traditions.
The Disguise of Seducing Spirits
‘And no wonder! For satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.’ – 2 Corinthians 11:14.
The devil is a very crafty and subtle enemy, and can easily outsmart the natural man. Our only advantage over him as Christians is when we utterly depend on God’s wisdom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The devil does transform himself into a messenger of good news – and one of the ways he does this is by speaking through our loved ones or even respected ministers of the gospel. He can borrow their mouths or their pulpits to advance his evil agenda without them knowing it. Jesus exposed the devil as the progenitor of lies, so his progenies (seducing spirits) operate like him. They ‘borrow’ or ‘hijack’ whatever means are available to communicate their evil and sinister intentions.
They disguise themselves using familiar voices and familiar faces we’ve always known. Remember how the devil influenced Peter to discourage Jesus from going to the cross? He also influenced Job’s wife, making her tell her husband to curse God and die. He made Judas sell his Master for money. He seduced Demas and made him forsake the faith and went on to love the world. He even attempted to seduce the Son of God by offering Him this filthy world system and all its kingdoms! The weapon by which Christ overcame him is still the same [old] weapon that we are to use – the spoken word of God!Seducing spirits disguise themselves with familiar voices. Be on gaurd! #ByHisSpirit #ByHisStrength Click To Tweet
Wisdom Keys to Overcome Seducing Spirits
‘For there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.’ – 2 Peter 2:1. We find in the Bible that satan’s preferred vessels for transmitting and propagating the lies of seducing spirits are false [fallen] teachers and prophets. So, being a theologian, a cardinal, a bishop or the pope himself does not automatically exempt you from being targeted by these spirits. But thanks be to God who has provided ways for his people to remain steadfast and immovable by the enemy.
- Watch and Pray. Always depend on the Holy Spirit and ask Him for the gift of discerning of spirits mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7,10. ‘For the manifestation of the spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, … to another discerning of spirits.’
The Lord has said that activities of seducing spirits [and other categories of demons] shall greatly increase in these last days, so every Christian must learn to ‘be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.’ – 1 Peter 5:8.
- Learn to Test the Spirits. ‘Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.’ – 1 John 4:1-3.
This is crucial to the safety of our faith, lives, families and nations in these last days. You must test the spirits by weighing their communications against the word of God. It must not matter any longer who is speaking, whether the president of your nation or your best friend. Search the spirit behind their words so that you won’t be easily swayed out of God’s will!
Be ever ready to bind and cast out these evil spirits if you discern them in your life! Remember the power of Jesus’ name compels them to bow to your God-given authority any day and anytime!Prayer is both an offensive and defensive weapon against Seducing spirits. #pray #Hispower Click To Tweet
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Angela Lowe, MS. Ed., LPC
Angela Lowe is a licensed Professional Counselor, trained Biblical Counselor and certified Holistic Health Coach. Her kingdom mandate is to restore God’s counsel to transform lives, marriages, and churches worldwide.