DANGERS OF SENSATIONALISM
When training pastors in India I use a large number of Christian ’magic’ tricks to illustrate and emphasize important points I am making. I have to make sure they know the things I do are just tricks and I don’t have supernatural powers. There are many in India who do have power from Satan to do all kinds of things that bring fear or awe to those watching. Jannes and Jambres in Egypt had this power from Satan (Exodus 7:11, 22). Jesus said that in the last days there will be those who can do great signs and wonders to mislead people (Matthew 24:24). Paul warns this will be happening more and more as the appearance of the Antichrist comes closer (2 Thessalonians 2:9).
We know Satan can cause sickness (Luke 13:16) and use his false prophets to “heal” the person by removing the demons who cause the illness. Of course they are working together to make the “healer” seem he or she has supernatural powers. Not all illness is caused by demons (John 9:3), and God is able to heal whenever He chooses, but Satan counterfeits this and deceives many.
Often people are impressed with these supernatural happenings and follow those doing them. The focus falls on the person and not Jesus. His words become more important than God’s Word. New revelations by these men appeal to man’s pride, especially when they are already blinded to the truth.
So be very careful, even skeptical, whenever a ministry focuses on a person more than God and His Word. Don’t be misled by anything. Stick to the truth. Satan will do anything to mislead and confuse. Don’t let it happen to you!
Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!
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By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer © Copyright 2019 Christian Training Organization. https://www.christiantrainingonline.org/