DELUDED BY DEMON DOCTRINES
god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe
not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ...should
shine unto them."— 2Co 4:4.
the Dark Ages doctrines of demons were foisted upon the Church
by Satan’s hosts of fallen angels.
were driven into the Church, but driven away from God and
from the Bible. The theory was that all not members of the
Church would surely go to eternal torture, but that by joining
the Church they would have a chance of Heaven, even though
the path led through Purgatory. Under these unscriptural teachings,
Christianity has enrolled its hundreds of millions, very few
of whom know anything about the real Christianity of the Bible—true
discipleship of Jesus Christ.
saw in Europe, during the time of the First World War, those
of all creeds doing their best to destroy each other, to send
each other to Purgatory or to eternal torture. About five
per cent are estimated to be Mohammedans, Jews and infidels,
and the remaining ninety-five per cent Christians. What a
farce! What a hypocritical deception! The fact is that probably
less than one per cent of all those millions would make any
claim to be followers of Christ or of seeking to cultivate
His Spirit of meekness, gentleness, patience, long-suffering,
brotherly kindness, love. The great majority manifest the
reverse spirit of anger, malice, hatred, envy, strife—works
of the flesh and of the Devil.— Col 3:8; Ga 5:19-23;
few anywhere profess to be disciples or followers of Jesus
and His teachings! Christian standards have been so lowered
that today a Christian is not one who has surrendered his
whole being to God and His service, and who has devoted himself
to following the Master’s example, but merely one who
refrains from profanity and such gross sins as murder and
change has come about as a revulsion against the thought that
everybody except a mere handful of saints is enroute to eternal
torture. Kind-hearted people could not think of their friends
and relatives as suffering thus. They had the thought of eternal
torture firmly fixed and let it remain, but moved down low
the standard of worthiness for everlasting life.
AND THE FIRST LIE
the cherub, through ambition became Satan, God’s opponent.
He deceived our first parents into sin by his great falsehood,
"Ye shall not surely die." ( Ge 3:4.) Since then
he has supported that lie personally and through his demon
hosts of fallen angels. These are not far off from doctrines
of fires in Hell and Purgatory, but right with humanity, perpetuating
the original lie and convincing the world that Satan told
the truth when he said, "Ye shall not surely die";
and that God lied when He said, "Thou shalt surely die."
The doctrines of demons have so far succeeded that now practically
everybody believes that lie, and the claim is made that the
dead are more alive after death than before.
this original foundation-falsehood Satan has built up various
theories, all of which tend to delude humanity and to drive
them away from God and from the promises of the Bible. He
tells them that the dead are alive somewhere, and that at
death the good and the bad immediately enter their rewards
and punishments without resurrection. The errors are so skillfully
framed as to teach that Heaven can be entered only through
a number of passage-ways; such as baptism in infancy, confirmation,
holy water, holy candles and holy burial, prayers, Eucharist
and masses. Satan enlists on his side all who are interested
in these various Heavenward helps. These have been reverenced;
money has been paid to them freely; they have made the success
already suggested, and claim four hundred million Christians.
But how few of these really know the true God or really love
MY SAINTS TO ME"
the Bible, however, God sets forth the True Church of the
First-borns, whose names are written in Heaven. Jesus is the
Head over these; and they all are brethren, and not divided
into clergy and laity. They are called saints. (Psalm 50:5.)
God could indeed use force in gathering His Elect Church,
but He will not do so. He will now gather merely those who
have the hearing ear and the responsive heart. Of these He
says, "They shall be Mine in that Day when I make up
a New Epoch will open; and under the Headship of Jesus these
jewels will constitute the Messianic Kingdom. Then the blessing
of the world will begin. The first step in that blessing will
be the binding of Satan, that he may deceive the people no
more. Next will come the sweeping away of the ignorance and
superstition which have been his web for entangling humanity.
Thus all the blinded eyes will be opened, and all the deaf
ears unstopped—all will see; all will hear; all will
know of the Love of God, which passes all human understanding.
( Isa 35:5; Ro 8:38,39.) Then the knowledge of the glory of
God will fill the earth; and as a result every knee shall
bow and every tongue confess, to the glory of God.—
Isa 11:9; Hab. 2:14; Php 2:10,11.
outcome will be that all wilful sinners will be destroyed
in the Second Death, while all others will be ushered into
the perfection of life in a world-wide Eden.
there shall be no more sighing, no more crying, no more dying;
for all the former things shall have passed away. "And
He that sat upon the Throne said, Behold, I make all things
new."— Re 21:4,5.
it not strange that we ever believed the monstrous falsehoods
taught us by these doctrines of demons—that the dead
are more alive than ever; that nearly all of them are suffering
untellable tortures, while the remaining small remnant look
over the battlements of Heaven and rejoice in the misery of
the unfortunates? Assuredly no human brain ever concocted
such a Satanic theory!
challenge the ability of any man to sit down and deliberately
concoct anything worse than what has been described to us
as the Plan of the great Heavenly Creator, the Father of mercies,
from whom cometh down every good and every perfect gift, and
whose very name is Love. We have never found man or woman
so fiendish as our God has been described to us.
we see the Satanic cunning of our great Adversary: By establishing
great religious institutions he has satisfied a certain mental
craving, bound to assert itself in humanity. Yet by these
false doctrines which blaspheme the Divine character and the
Bible by misrepresenting them, he has driven far away from
God nearly all, even of those who have professed church membership—"They
profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him."—
may be disposed to say Satan would never teach about eternal
torment; for it would be contrary to his interests and would
keep people away from him. We reply that after eighteen centuries
this theory is proven to be wrong, and Satan is proven to
have been wise in his method. Mankind do not wish to serve
Satan and sin.
they would be, as the Apostle declares, feeling after God
and desirous of finding Him; for every man has inherently
some degree of reverence for a supreme Creator. Let me illustrate
how Satan’s lie operates: A Christian lady who has become
a Bible student, and who now dearly loves God and the Bible,
told me her experience thus: "I was a Presbyterian, trusted
that I was one of the Elect, and felt serene, but not without
sympathy for the non-elect, who were to be tortured eternally.
came the thought, Are you sure that you are one of the Elect?
In distress I went to my pastor. In substance he said, ‘You
are all right; you are one of the Elect. Do not bother your
head about such questions.’ "But still I was troubled.
Finally I feared that I would land in an insane asylum; for
I could not lift my thoughts from my danger of eternal torture.
To escape insanity I plunged into society, gave and attended
social functions, and made my life one busy whirl, in which
I had no time to think of God or Satan or the Bible. Oh, how
changed everything is now, Pastor Russell! My heart always
yearned for God, and now I know Him. I read His Book, and
see its great Divine Plan of the Ages, showing a gracious
blessing for the Elect on the Heavenly plane and a grand Restitution
for the non-elect to perfection on the earthly plane. I ever
thank God for the ‘Studies in the Scriptures.’"
Have we not driven away from God and from the Bible some of
the very best minds of the world, plunging them into business,
pleasure, society, novel-reading, theater-going or intoxication—anything
to stop themselves from thinking about the terrible possibilities
of the future related to them by you and me who have been
deluded by these doctrines of devils.
LIES IN HYPOCRISY"
Paul describes Satan’s work concisely in the statement
which forms our text. If the true light of God shines into
any heart, it begins a transformation work at once; hence
Satan’s anxiety to keep people from thinking of God
as a reasonable and adorable Creator and from studying His
gracious plan for human redemption. We see how the eyes of
all have been much holden—the world seeing nothing at
all, and Christians seeing little enough of the goodness of
God. Thus St. Paul prayed for Christians that the eyes of
their understanding opening, they might be able to comprehend
the lengths and breadths, the heights and depths, and to know
the Love of God, which passes human understanding.—
Eph 1:18; 3:19.
Love of God was completely obscured by the dense darkness
of the medieval period, when the doctrines of demons got full
hold upon the minds of the people, because the Bible was reprobated
and out of use for twelve hundred years, while the people
were misguided into thinking that so-called Apostolic bishops
had the same authority as the original Twelve Apostles whom
Jesus ordained. The creeds made by these bishops took the
place of the Word of God until the beginning of the Sixteenth
Century; and since then, it has been a battle for the Bible
to get into the hands of the people and for the latter to
realize their privilege of Bible study. Protestant bishops,
in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, set the example
of burning the New Testament, because those who would study
it would thereby be ignoring these false apostles, who styled
themselves Apostolic Bishops, and of whom Jesus said, "They
are not Apostles, but liars."— Re 2:2.
the people, feeling after the True God and His true Message,
and wondering why the bishops kept it from them, made such
a stir about the matter that both Protestant and Catholic
bishops gave them the Bible in English, but with dire threats
that if in reading they got anything different from the creeds
that the bishops had made, they would roast to all eternity.
Ever since, the Bible has been obliged to fight for every
inch of ground it has gained—fighting against bishops
and clergy who, if they could not keep it from the people,
did their best to make it support the doctrines of demons—the
clergy themselves being deceived also, and verily thinking
that they were doing God service.
IN THE PAST ONE HUNDRED YEARS
the past one hundred years general education has come. Satan
realized that he must adopt a new course.
St. Paul foretold, he affected to be an angel of light, a
leader into new light. ( 2Co 11:13-15.) He got hold of the
colleges and seminaries, and now sees to it that practically
everybody of college education has his religious faith entirely
destroyed, so far as a Divine Revelation is concerned. Surely
not five out of every hundred ministers and others graduated
make any pretense of believing in the inspiration of the Bible,
when they are speaking privately and confidentially! They
are too intelligent to believe in eternal torture, and experience
a revulsion of feeling against the Bible, which they mistakenly
believe teaches these Satanic delusions.
a result, we have thousands of ministers drawing salaries
totalling millions of dollars annually, who outwardly pose
as God’s servants, ministers of His religion revealed
in the Bible, but who in reality are hypocrites.
they will confess that they do not believe that man was created
in God’s image and fell from it. Neither do they believe
that Jesus redeemed man from the fall; for they say, There
was no fall. Neither do they believe in a coming Time of Restitution,
which the Bible declares is the great hope for the world.
( Ac 3:19-23.) They are hypocrites pure and simple. As the
Apostle Paul declares, they "speak lies in hypocrisy,
having their consciences seared with a hot iron."—
1Ti 4:1,2; Isa 56:11.
are exceptions to this general rule. They are found amongst
the less educated ministers, whom their educated brethren
style "mossbacks." There are others whose consciences
are not entirely seared, and who are in great distress, wishing
to be honest, but fearing the cost. They say little about
the future, occasionally work in a little Truth, and are generally
very unhappy. I have hope for many of these yet, that they
will get right with God and take their stand for truth and
righteousness, casting all their cares and fears upon the
Lord—fears respecting their living and provision for
their families, respecting their good names, which will be
cast out as evil, as mine has been, if they will firmly stand.
The time of decision is here. Whoever is not for God and for
the Truth is against the same.
great leaders of Ecclesiasticism seem to have no conscience.
If approached by their confiding flocks, they dodge the questions
with deceptive phrases, fearing not God, neither regarding
man, but merely looking for gain, each from his own quarter—his
is the duty of all who see the Truth clearly to act positively.
( 2Co 6:17,18.) Whoever lends financial aid or moral support
to the great systems which are opposing the true teachings
of God’s Word, and assisting in the perpetuation of
Satan’s lie, is a partaker of the evil deeds and will
share in the woes soon to come.
THE GREATEST CRIME
a young business man told me of his experience. He inquired
of his pastor, "Is there a Hell of eternal torture for
all except the saintly?" The cheerful answer was, "Yes,
certainly." The young man had been reading and thinking,
and told the pastor his conclusions.
he left the study, the pastor put his hand on the young man’s
shoulder, saying, "George, I do not believe in eternal
torture, either. But, you know, we must preach it; otherwise,
what would become of the world? They would go from bad to
does that young man think of his pastor now?
liar, a hypocrite, a blasphemer of God—all to hold his
place in the religious firmament—justifying himself
by saying, "Let us do evil that good may come; let us
blaspheme God’s name, that we may lead the people, and
drive them away from God and the Bible!" We know of no
worse crime that humanity could commit than that of blaspheming
God’s holy name. In the Jewish Law this sin was placed
ahead of all sins relating to fellowmen.
minister is merely a sample of about nine-tenths of the entire
clergy, so far as we are able to know from their creed professions
and their private denials of these. St. Paul’s words
surely appeal to every true Christian when he declares that
the Love of God and of Christ—not fear—constrains