Previously, we saw that Satan sends a flood of false teaching into the world in an effort to hinder the work of God’s people on earth. Now we see that “the earth” (lost mankind) swallows the false teaching of Satan, only bringing harm to themselves.
Why does this take place? Why does the lost world so readily accept false teachings? It is because, due to their fallen condition, they are blinded to the truths of God…
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2Co 4:3-4 KJV)
If we really come to understand this truth it will change the way that we talk to the lost as we share the gospel message:
- We will no longer attempt to persuade them with psychological and manipulative efforts to accept the truth. Instead, we will find ourselves, sincerely, using the truths of God to persuade them to come to Him…
“Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” (2Co 5:11 KJV)
- We will understand that apart from God’s intervening grace, they will never come to the truth of God. This will cause us to pray for them in greater ways, and be very patient and kind to them, instead of becoming irritated, frustrated, and “give up on them” seeing no “results” to our evangelization.
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth” (2Ti 2:24-25 KJV)
May we always remember these two important truths as we work with those who are lost:
We are to recognize that the lost are blinded to these truths and cannot come to Christ apart from His gracious intervention, because of this, they will normally oppose our ministry to them; Secondly, we are to always hold fast to the truth, without compromise, knowing this is their only hope of coming to a saving knowledge of Christ…
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” (2Ti 3:12-14 KJV)
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: