Thursday, January 7, 2016

                    By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
      Satan is the Father of the ‘Divide and Conquer’ doctrine which has been used very effectively by totalitarian nations like the Nazis, Communists and Muslims and others in the centuries past. President Barack Obama has disappointed America, dividing it along moral, racial and economic lines, and is now known as the ‘Amateur’ and Liar-in-Chief!
     Therefore, it should not be a surprise that Satan has employed that disastrous tactic in almost all forms of government, academia, business, society, the home and even in the church! He is the smoothest Liar and Schemer in the Universe!
     It was LUCIFER who initiated the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy. He alone is responsible for the divisiveness that is so prevalent in the world today, pitting nation against nation, race against race, gender against gender, brother against brother and man against God!
    It was he who rose up in rebellion against his Creator. It was Lucifer, the trusted archangel, who influenced one third of the holy angels of God to follow him in an unholy insurrection against the Almighty!
       The Bible states: “And there was a war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not. Neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great Dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
      “And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven; Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of the Brethren is cast down which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the BLOOD of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the end.
     “Therefore rejoice, ye Heavens and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev.12: 7-12)
       Satan is a clever Manipulator, Divider, Destroyer and Destabilizer! He destroys individuals, marriages, homes, churches, communities, nations and civilization itself. In the beginning he destroyed the beautiful relationship that our Heavenly Father had with ADAM and EVE, which has had a catastrophic effect on the human race ever since!
      As a consequence, man was banished from the Garden of Eden, lost the beautiful Father / son intimacy with their Creator and God. Man's innocence and right to eternal life was snatched away as sin, fear and death loomed large before them, causing fear, guilt and a terror-filled leap into an unknown future!
     Almost immediately, the ‘divide and conquer spirit’ brought discord between the sons of Adam and Eve. Satan injected jealousy into the heart of Cain against Abel, causing the first murder on planet earth. It is not a natural impulse for a man to murder his brother, but Cain fell for Satan's lies and took his brother's life. Murder has since been duplicated millions of times over the centuries!
     It is almost unbelievable that our Lord would choose twelve disciples and spend three years training and teaching them all about the Kingdom of God, righteousness, holiness, mercy, truth, Heaven and Hell, and one of them betrayed Him. Jesus had nurtured the twelve Apostles, shared the deep mysteries of His incarnation, role as God’s Paschal Lamb, His death, resurrection and coming Glory and yet His secretary Treasurer, JUDAS, stole from the Bag and eventually sold Him for thirty pieces of silver. 
    And we feel badly, when someone we have elevated to a position of trust and responsibility, suddenly turns 180 degrees and bites the hand that has fed him and seeks to destroy that which he promised to build!
     No wonder, Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you; The servant is not greater than his Lord, neither he that is sent greater than He that sent Him…I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the Scripture might be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with Me hath lifted up his heel against Me” (John 11:13-18)
     The Bible says: “And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared Him. Then ENTERED SATAN into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being one of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him unto them.  And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him unto them in the absence of the multitude.” (Luke 22: 3-6)
     JUDAS’ betrayal of Jesus for money is a stark lesson to us of the sinister and evil mind set of Satan in his war against the Gospel and Christ’s Body, His Church! Ever since then, the Devil has on numberless occasions found dishonest, jealous and greedy workers in God’s Kingdom who take advantage of gullible, unsuspecting believers to support them economically and psychologically, often to their own hurt and that of the Church. Anyone who hurts the Church to gain his own ends is Satan’s tool!
     Remember, that Satan DIVIDES but Jesus UNITES. Satan divided man from God, but Jesus brought man back to God through His sacrificial death on the Cross!
     Fast forward to our time and see the rage, hate, dishonesty, pillage, mayhem and murder, happening now between Muslim nations, as they reach for the golden ring of power over their brethren. Although they hate each other, they hate Jews and Christians more and according to their teaching will one day rule the world through a Muslim Caliphate, led by the Grand Mahdi or the 12th Imam!
     We believe that horrific ‘Murderer in Chief’ could very well be the Antichrist who will be cast into the Lake of Fire together with the False Prophet and Satan himself. Here are Jesus’ Words on the subject: “And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the Beast (antichrist) and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Rev.20: 10)
     Their Sharia Law gives them the right to kill every Jew and Christian to set up a world Caliphate of Sharia Law. How Satan must exult in his evilness as he sees the raping, beheadings, torture and murders happening now in the Middle East, Africa and other nations by al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood!
                  AN ENEMY HATH DONE THIS!
    “Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares.” (Matt.13:24-26)
     SATAN has been busy sowing tares among the wheat. He has infiltrated many churches with the promotion of his soft sell Gospel, greasy grace, easy believism, same-sex marriage, abortion, Chrislam and other damning doctrines!
    The Bible warns: “These six things doth the Lord Hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him...he that soweth Discord among brethren.” (Prov.6:16-19); “Now, I beseech you, brethren, Mark them which cause Divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned: and avoid them.” (Rom.16: 17)
  St. Paul says: “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselvesfor they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
   “Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, make you perfect, though the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ: to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Heb.13: 17, 20, 21)
      St. Paul gives a powerful recommendation for Timothy in his letter to the church in Philippi: “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
     “For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. But ye know the proof of him that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.” (Phil.2:18-22)
     What a commentary St. Paul gave of the preachers of his day, with the glaring exception of Timothy - “For all seek their own” - not caring for the flock. What a surprise awaits them when they stand before the Living God and are judged for their works and their words!
      There are two kinds of Christians: The Building Crew and the Wrecking Crew. The worst kind are the hypocrites with a hidden agenda. To your face everything is wonderful but if unmasked, they will turn against you with a vindictive spirit. That is demonic!
     Our Lord, however, keeps the books and looks after His Own. And in the end, He is merciful and forgives all those who have grieved Him. I thank God through Jesus Christ for His longsuffering and grace unto those who have sinned and cry out for mercy, lest they come into condemnation! May His name be praised!
      I close with these eternal words of our Master. Jesus gets the Last Word. He declared: “I will build My Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” (Matt.16:18). Always remember that Satan Divides but God Unites. Praise the Lord forever and ever! Amen.