The Gospel of Satan

A. W. Pink

The gospel of Satan is not a sys­tem of rev­o­lu­tion­ary prin­ci­ples, nor yet a pro­gram of anar­chy. It does not pro­mote strife and war, but aims at peace and uni­ty. It seeks not to set the moth­er against her daugh­ter nor the father against his son, but fos­ters the fra­ter­nal, spir­it where­by the human race is regard­ed as one great &“brotherhood”. It does not seek to drag down the nat­ur­al man, but to improve and uplift him. It advo­cates edu­ca­tion and cul­ti­va­tion and appeals to “the best that is with­in us”. It aims to make this world such a con­ge­nial and com­fort­able habi­tat that Christ’s absence from it will not be felt and God will not be need­ed. It endeav­ors to occu­py man so much with this world that he has no time or incli­na­tion to think of the world to come. It prop­a­gates the prin­ci­ples of self-sac­ri­fice, char­i­ty and benev­o­lence, and teach­es us to live for the good of oth­ers, and to be kind to all. It appeals strong­ly to the car­nal mind and is pop­u­lar with the mass­es, because it ignores the solemn facts that by nature man is a fall­en crea­ture, alien­at­ed from the life of God, and dead in tres­pass­es and sins, and that his only hope lies in being born again.” — A. W. Pink

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Satan is the arch-coun­ter­feit­er. As we have seen, the Dev­il is now busy at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. He is seek­ing to pre­vent the growth of the wheat by anoth­er plant, the tares, which close­ly resem­bles the wheat in appear­ance. In a word, by a process of imi­ta­tion he is aim­ing to neu­tral­ize the Word of Christ. There­fore, as Christ has a Gospel, Satan has a gospel too; the lat­ter being a clever coun­ter­feit of the for­mer. So close­ly does the gospel of Satan resem­ble that which it parades, mul­ti­tudes of the unsaved are deceived by it.

It is to this gospel of Satan the apos­tle refers when he says to the Gala­tians “I mar­vel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto anoth­er gospel: which is not anoth­er, but there be some that trou­ble you, and would per­vert the Gospel of Christ” (1:6,7). This false gospel was being her­ald­ed even in the days of the apos­tle, and a most awful curse was called down upon those who preached it. The apos­tle con­tin­ues, “But though we, or an angel from heav­en preach any oth­er gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” By the help of God we shall now endeav­or to expound, or rather, expose, false gospel.

The gospel of Satan is not a sys­tem of rev­o­lu­tion­ary prin­ci­ples, nor yet a pro­gram of anar­chy. It does not pro­mote strife and war, but aims at peace and uni­ty. It seeks not to set the moth­er against her daugh­ter nor the father against his son, but fos­ters the fra­ter­nal, spir­it where­by the human race is regard­ed as one great “broth­er­hood”. It does not seek to drag down the nat­ur­al man, but to improve and uplift him. It advo­cates edu­ca­tion and cul­ti­va­tion and appeals to “the best that is with­in us”. It aims to make this world such a con­ge­nial and com­fort­able habi­tat that Christ’s absence from it will not be felt and God will not be need­ed. It endeav­ors to occu­py man so much with this world that he has no time or incli­na­tion to think of the world to come. It prop­a­gates the prin­ci­ples of self-sac­ri­fice, char­i­ty and benev­o­lence, and teach­es us to live for the good of oth­ers, and to be kind to all. It appeals strong­ly to the car­nal mind and is pop­u­lar with the mass­es, because it ignores the solemn facts that by nature man is a fall­en crea­ture, alien­at­ed from the life of God, and dead in tres­pass­es and sins, and that his only hope lies in being born again.

In con­tradis­tinc­tion to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan teach­es sal­va­tion by works. It incul­cates jus­ti­fi­ca­tion before God on the ground of human mer­its. Its sacra­men­tal phrase is “Be good and do good”; but it fails to rec­og­nize that in the flesh there dwelleth no good thing. It announces sal­va­tion by char­ac­ter, which revers­es the order of God’s Word—character by, as the fruit of, sal­va­tion. Its var­i­ous ram­i­fi­ca­tions and orga­ni­za­tions are man­i­fold. Tem­per­ance, Reform move­ments, “Chris­t­ian Social­ist Leagues”, eth­i­cal cul­ture soci­eties, “Peace Con­gress­es” are all employed (per­haps uncon­scious­ly) in pro­claim­ing this gospel of Satan—salvation by works. The pledge-card is sub­sti­tut­ed for Christ; social puri­ty for indi­vid­ual regen­er­a­tion, and pol­i­tics and phi­los­o­phy for doc­trine and god­li­ness. The cul­ti­va­tion of the old man is con­sid­ered more prac­ti­cal” than the cre­ation of a new man in Christ Jesus; whilst uni­ver­sal peace is looked for apart from the inter­po­si­tion and return of the Prince of Peace.

The apos­tles of Satan are not saloon-keep­ers and white slave traf­fick­ers, but are or the most part ordained min­is­ters. Thou­sands of those who occu­py our mod­ern pul­pits are no longer engaged in pre­sent­ing the fun­da­men­tals of the Chris­t­ian Faith, but have turned aside from the Truth and have giv­en heed unto fables. Instead of mag­ni­fy­ing the enor­mi­ty of sin and set­ting forth its eter­nal con­se­quences, they min­i­mize it by declar­ing that sin is mere­ly igno­rance or the absence of good. Instead of warn­ing their hear­ers to “flee from the wrath to come” they make God a liar by declar­ing that He is too lov­ing and mer­ci­ful to send any of His own crea­tures to eter­nal tor­ment.

Instead of declar­ing that “with­out shed­ding of blood is no remis­sion”, they mere­ly hold up Christ as the great Exam­plar and exhort their fol­low­ers to “fol­low in His step”. Of them it must be said, “For they being igno­rant of God’s right­eous­ness and going about to estab­lish their own right­eous­ness, have not sub­mit­ted them­selves unto the right­eous­ness of God” (Rom. 10:3). Their mes­sage may sound very plau­si­ble and their appear very praise­wor­thy, yet we read of them, “for such are false apos­tles, deceit­ful work­ers, trans­form­ing them­selves (imi­tat­ing) into the apos­tles of Christ. And no mar­vel; for Satan him­self is trans­formed into an angel of light. There­fore it is no great thing (not to be won­dered at) if his min­is­ters also be trans­formed as the min­is­ters of right­eous­ness, whose end shall be accord­ing to their works” (2 Cor. 11:13–15).

In addi­tion to the fact that today hun­dreds of church­es are with­out a leader who faith­ful­ly declares the whole coun­sel of God and presents His way of sal­va­tion, we also have to face the addi­tion­al fact that the major­i­ty of peo­ple in these church­es are very unlike­ly to learn the Truth for them­selves. The fam­i­ly altar, where a por­tion of God’s Word was wont to be read dai­ly is now, even in the homes of nom­i­nal Chris­tians, large­ly a thing of the past. The Bible is not expound­ed in the pul­pit and it is not read in the pew. The demands of this rush­ing age are so numer­ous that the mul­ti­tudes have lit­tle time and still less incli­na­tion to make prepa­ra­tion for their meet­ing with God. Hence the major­i­ty who are too indo­lent to search for them­selves are left at the mer­cy of those whom they pay to search for them; many of which betray their trust by study­ing and expound­ing eco­nom­ic and social prob­lems rather than the Ora­cles of God .…

And now, my read­er, where do you stand? Are you in the way which “seemeth right”, but which ends in death? Or are you in the Nar­row Way which lead­eth unto life? Have you tru­ly for­sak­en the Broad Road that lead­eth to death? Has the love of Christ cre­at­ed in your heart a hatred and hor­ror of all that is dis­pleas­ing to Him? Are, you desirous that He should “reign over” (Luke 19:14) you? Are you rely­ing whol­ly on His right­eous­ness and blood for your accep­tance with God? .…

A yet more spe­cious form of Satan’s gospel is to move preach­ers to present the aton­ing sac­ri­fice of Christ and then tell their hear­ers that all God requires from them is to “believe” in His Son. There­by thou­sands of impen­i­tent souls are delud­ed into think­ing that they have been saved. But Christ said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all like­wise per­ish” (Luke 13:3). To “repent” is to hate sin, to sor­row over, to turn from it. It is the result of the Spirit’s mak­ing the heart con­trite before God. None except a bro­ken heart can sav­ing­ly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Again; thou­sands are deceived into sup­pos­ing that they have “accept­ed Christ” as their “per­son­al Sav­iour”, who have not first received Him as their LORD. The Son of God did not come here to save peo­ple in their sins, but “from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). To be saved from sins, is to be saved from ignor­ing and despis­ing the author­i­ty of God, it is to aban­don the course of self-will and self-pleas­ing, it is to “for­sake our way” (Isa. 55:7). It is to sur­ren­der to God’s author­i­ty, to yield to His domin­ion, to give our­selves over to be ruled by Him. The one who has nev­er tak­en Christ’s “yoke” upon him, who is not tru­ly and dili­gent­ly seek­ing to please Him in all the details of his life, and yet sup­pos­es that he is “rest­ing on the Fin­ished Work of Christ” is delud­ed by the Dev­il.

In the sev­enth chap­ter of Matthew there are two scrip­tures which give us approx­i­mate results of Christ’s Gospel and Satan’s coun­ter­feit. First, in vers­es 13 and 14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate. For, wide is the gate and broad is the way, that lead­eth to destruc­tion and many there be which go in there­at. Because strait is the gate and nar­row is the way which lead­eth unto life and few there be that find it.” Sec­ond, in vers­es 22 and 23, “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not proph­e­sized (preached) in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out demons, and in Thy name have done many won­der­ful works? And then will I pro­fess unto them, I nev­er knew you, depart from Me, ye that work iniq­ui­ty.” Yes, my read­er, it is pos­si­ble to work in the name of Christ, and even to preach in His name, and though the world knows us, and the Church knows us, yet to be unknown to the Lord! How nec­es­sary it is then to find out where we real­ly are; to exam­ine our­selves to see whether we be in the faith; to mea­sure our­selves by the Word of God and see if we are being deceived by our sub­tle Ene­my; to find out whether we are build­ing our house upon the sand, or whether it is erect­ed on the Rock which is Christ Jesus. May the Holy Spir­it search our hearts, break our wills, slay our enmi­ty against God, work in us a deep and true repen­tance, and direct our gaze to the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.

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