It Only Looks That Way At Times

Today, the Times News posted my monthly column (HERE) next to an article on a church
offering glitter in their ashes for their drive by Ash Wednesday experience to start the month of Lent.

The gates of hell will not prevail!

It only looks that way at times.

___FULL COLUMN HERE___

Dear reader,
I’m not in the habit of reading any of Anton LaVey’s writings, ever. (Nor would I recommend them to anyone).  In some research for sermon preparation recently I read a short bio of LaVey in search of what I understood to be The Nine Satanic statements. They are everything opposed to righteousness or godliness.
LaVey, claims that “Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!” Satan is not the best friend the (true) Church has ever had. As a matter of fact, Jesus tells Peter; “I will build my church and the gates (or forces) of Hell will not prevail” (Matthew 16:18).
I could agree that Satan is the best friend that the false church has ever had and is why he longs to keep it in business. Keeping a false church in business makes sense if the he wants to mislead all who would join on an emotionally charged false conversion.
“Behold, I will cause those of the temple of Satan, who say that they are [believers] and are not, but lie…” (Revelation 3:9)
But the Lord’s church will prevail! She will not be overcome or over powered by that which is false. And this is why she must stand on the alert. Guard the Trust. Persevere through the end. Advancing the Gospel banner. Dispelling the lies of the enemy, always!
It is possible that one may think he/she is in pursuit of all truth while in honesty is believing in an intentional lie.
To be clear: Satan is no friend of the church.
Church of the Living God, when you gather this weekend, don’t be satisfied with anything but truth. It’s a good day to be the church!

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