Satan craves for worship – Part 2
In this end-time, Satan and his anti-Christ will stop at nothing in deceiving many to worship them. You only need to read Revelation 13 to understand this. It is no more secret that some worship Satan openly while others worship him secretly. Satan uses many subtle means to lure many to worship him, especially our youths. He uses money, power, fame, celebrity worship and sex to entice many to give themselves over to him. Many people get involved in secret cults and societies because of power and fame.
Satan’s obsession for worship knows no bound. He even tempted Jesus to worship him (Mt.4:8-10). But as Jesus resisted the devil’s ploy, so must we, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and him only you shall serve.”
Someday, the Anti-Christ would also openly demand for worship from those who are ready to pay allegiance to him. “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev.13:8). According to Rev.13:11-18, the false prophet, the agent of the anti-Christ, would rise out of the earth to recruit worshipers for the anti-Christ. He will use lying words and miracles to deceive many to believe in him and the anti-Christ. Believers must be discerning in this end-time not to be deceived into paying allegiance to the anti-Christ and his false prophet.
Twice, the angel of God cautioned John in the book of Revelation to worship God alone (Rev.19:10; 22:8-9). Worship belongs to God alone and to his Son, Jesus Christ. We must not allow anything to sit as an idol in our hearts. In Hebrews 1:5-14, the writer makes it clear that God commanded the angels to worship Jesus because of his pre-eminent position in creation.
The Scriptures predict that apart from the worship of Satan in the end-time, men would be unrepentant in the worship of different forms of idols. Thus, the worship of other images would increase rather than decrease. “But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20).
Let us remember that Paul also had made a similar prediction thus: “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” (2 Timothy
It is in this light that we can appreciate the dangers of the celebrity cult, which has entangled the hearts of our youths in this age and the problem it poses. There must be a deliberate effort to disentangle the hearts and focus of our youths and all of us who have succumbed to the worship on one idol or another.
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