Satan’s primary tactic in opposing God is not to foster atheism but false religion. Satan’s boast, “I will be like the most High” (Isaiah:14:14), admits God’s existence but exalts self to the same lordly level. Satan became, in fact, “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians:4:4). He damns far more souls with the prideful lure of power and success than by dragging them into the gutter. He didn’t tempt Eve with alcohol or bestiality but with the ambition to become one of the gods. Satan’s purpose is not to prove that Christ never existed. It is to have his man, Antichrist, worshipped as Christ. A perverted “Christianity” is Satan’s ultimate weapon.
It is humbling to admit that we are sinners heading for eternal judgment at the hands of God and are totally unable and unworthy to save ourselves or to do anything to merit salvation. We must accept salvation as a free gift of God’s grace. So says the gospel. Far more humanly appealing, however, is the following concept adopted by numerous groups which are networking millions of people together as global citizens of a new world:
“Those who are looking for a savior can find one by looking in the mirror. Do your part in helping people grow by teaching practical spirituality, and they will realize that the redeemer and deliverer lives within each heart. And then, as each one releases the radiant energy to go forth on wings of Love, all things will be made new. That is the practical way of salvation.”
The words savior and redeemer are borrowed from Christianity. They have been given a meaning, however, which is diametrically opposed to the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ. Margaret R. Stortz, Science of Mind Practitioner, writes: “The task of the practitioner in the lives of those who feel powerless is…to help them realize their own power…to begin to discover that they can indeed ‘decree a thing and it shall be established….”
The prophet Jeremiah, however, declared: “Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?” (Lamentations:3:37). Nowhere does the Bible teach that any man or woman can decree whatever he or she desires and make it happen by adherence to some universal law, by Positive Thinking or speaking it forth in a Positive Confession. That delusion, however, is shared by all occult systems, and is taught dogmatically by the Hagins, Copelands, Chos, and other Positive Confession leaders.
“I want to be independent of people…and circumstances. I want my reality to be orchestrated from within me,” says Deepak Chopra. But even he, the expert who teaches such delusion to others, cannot make his theories work for himself. Far from creating his own reality from within, Chopra, like everyone else, is threatened from without by problems with irritate him. He filed a 10-million-dollar lawsuit against parties he claimed had conspired to defame him. He later said, “Maybe I should be enlightened enough to say it doesn’t matter.”