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“I Will Be Like The Most High”

By Donald Clayton

Upon reading this claim of Satan in Isaiah 14:14, one may well ask the question, "How could Satan ever think that he could become like God? after all he is only an angel and everybody knows that. What plan then could he come up with to make people worship him as God?"

Now if there is one thing that people like to do, it is to worship. Men worship cows, trees, celestial bodies, their loved ones, their dead, they worship education and the educated, the brave, the wealthy, the artistic, they even worship their cars, houses, money and so on. With this in mind Satan knew that all he had to do was to present himself in the right way and he could get the worship of all those who were not fully committed to God. (By far the large majority of people in Christendom.) He did not have to tell them not to worship God. As long as they worshiped him as well, they would be dishonouring God.

Christians believe in the Bible and so what the devil would have to do is to use the Bible to convince them that he was also to be worshiped. He didn't mind too much whether or not they called him by name as long as he managed to take away some of their worship from God and directed it towards himself. But how could he do this?

A study of the scriptures reveals that the "one God and Father of all" (Eph. 4:6), has a son who can also be truly called God, in that He is the son of God who has inherited all the attributes of His Father. In fact, God the father refers to Him as God and commanded that He is to be worshiped, not only by mankind but also by the angels in Heaven (Read Hebrews, 1 esp. vs. 1,4,6,8).

The scriptures also teach that God has a spirit and that this spirit plays a very active role in the communication between God and man. While however, the Spirit is referred to in ways which make it seem like a person, there is nothing in the Bible which tells us to worship him/it. But how many people know this? How many people even care? Most Christians don't read their Bibles so they would never know the difference anyway.

So here comes Satan's plan. Using his faithful servant, the one who "sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God", the "man of sin", the "Antichrist" , The Devil first persuades men that Jesus is not really the Son of god, but is in fact God the Son, another being of equal status and authority as God, who is merely acting the role of son. The Bible clearly shows that the highest authority in the universe is God the Father. Next in line is His son, followed by the angels and thence to man. (See I Cor. 11:3). But the ‘new' teaching of the Devil stated that the Father and Son are equal in every respect including authority. Neither one has more authority, and none was before the other.

With this lie accepted, it was just one small step to persuading Christians that the Spirit of God was not really the Spirit of God, but in fact God the Spirit. "God the Spirit", he claimed, is a third being of equal status and authority as God the Father. This third ‘God' condescends to act as a mere agent for God. Nevertheless, men are to worship him as much as they worship the other two, since he is also God.

This is the way in which Satan has always worked to twist or make slight changes to what God says in order to accomplish his insidious purposes. God said "Thou shalt surely die." Satan said "Thou shalt not surely die."; God said "The Son of God" Satan says "God the Son". God's word says "The Spirit of God" and Satan says "God the Spirit"

By these cunning deceptions men are taught to pray to the Holy Spirit, and to entreat him to fall on them and to fill them. But since God commanded worship only of Himself and His Son, once you worship or pray to anyone or anything else, it amounts to idolatry. Once you pray to the holy spirit, you have turned your worship into idolatry and satan then sneaks himself in and may actually answer your prayer. This is why in many churches today where people are praying for the holy spirit to fill them, satan takes over and actually takes control of them, causing them to speak gibberish, to roll and contort in all sorts of grotesque ways and to even do themselves bodily harm without being aware of it. During the days when Jesus was on earth, this sort of behaviour was considered ‘demon possession' (see Mark 9:20), but today it is considered being ‘filled' with God's Spirit. What blasphemy!

Jesus said (in Matthew 12:31, 32,), "all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men." When Christians see the work of Satan and credit it to the Holy Spirit of God, is that not blaspheming against the Spirit, and shall that be forgiven?

When God refused to promote Lucifer to an equal status with His Son, the devil pledged "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation...I will be like the most high God." (Isa. 14:13,14). Today many innocent and sincere Christians have been taught ‘in the churches' to dishonour God and turn their worship to other gods. Those who refuse to worship the heathen gods are cut off (disfellowshiped) from among the people, as Jezebel did with the prophets of God in Elijah's time.

It is certainly time now that God's children turn their hearts to Him once more and turn away from following other gods. No wonder God needs Elijah today, for Ahab (leaders of Israel) and Jezebel (The false churches) have long ago joined themselves in an adulterous union and they have erected altars to Baal in Israel.

Where are the Elijahs today who are willing to say to their leaders, "You have made Israel to sin."? This is not the time to be an under-cover prophet like Obadiah or hiding in caves like the other prophets. God says "There will be no rain" (latter rain) until we have got rid of the prophets of Baal and once more turned the hearts of the people to the worship of the ONE TRUE God.

Remember the worship of the TRINITY IS IDOLATRY.

"All things Christ received from God, but He took to give. So in the heavenly courts, in His ministry for all created beings; through the beloved Son, the Father's life flows out to all; through the Son it returns, in praise and joyous service, a tide of love, to the great Source of all. And thus through Christ the circuit of beneficence is complete, representing the character of the great Giver, the law of life."  -- DA-21

 

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Restoration Ministries is dedicated to the promotion of the truths contained in the word of God. In particular to the restoration of those truths which have been cast down to the ground and trampled underfoot by the papacy, and adopted by her daughters.

Our purpose is to motivate men and women to commit themselves wholly to the task of personal preparation for the coming of the Lord, and to the taking of the final warning message to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.

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