In our evening worship Rodney and I have been reading Acts of the Apostles. The last chapters deal specifically with Paul, Peter and John. I don’t remember reading all the wonderful things that are there. I am ashamed to say it but some of it is almost like new material and very enlightening! Our prophet, Ellen White, could have written these chapters yesterday. Here is one paragraph:
“As the years went by and the number of believers grew, John labored with increasing fidelity and earnestness for his brethren. The times were full of peril for the church. Satanic delusions existed everywhere. By misrepresentation and falsehood the emissaries of Satan sought to arouse opposition against the doctrines of Christ, and in consequence dissensions and heresies were imperiling the church. Some who professed Christ claimed
1) That His love released them from obedience to the law of God.
2) On the other hand, many taught that it was necessary to observe the Jewish customs and ceremonies;
3) that a mere observance of the law, without faith in the blood of Christ, was sufficient for salvation.
4) Some held that Christ was a good man, but denied His divinity.
5) Some who pretended to be true to the cause of God were deceivers, and in practice denied Christ and His gospel.
[The deceived members] living themselves in transgression, were bringing heresies into the church. Thus many were being led into the mazes of skepticism and delusion” (Acts of the Apostles, 553).
Have any of you out there heard these “falsehoods” echoed in our day? I sure have. How sad that satanic delusions still have a hold on professed Christians to this day.