There are six main areas that I believe Satan is working in to cause tremendous hindrances in the Christian church today. These include everything from blocking the true biblical Gospel of Salvation, to almost completely stopping Christian spiritual growth in individuals. Here they are the six areas, and the lies Satan is telling concerning them:

Eternal Security: Salvation is ~permanent~ for those who once have believed in Jesus as Savior. Salvation ~cannot~ be lost or returned or renounced. Heaven is the permanent destiny of all those who have once believed in Jesus as Savior. God’s “not guilty” declaration of believers is ~irrevocable~. (Romans 11:29; Ephesians 1:13,14)

Satan’s Lie: “your salvation can be lost.”

God’s Truth from His Word: a believer’s salvation is “sealed” and “irrevocable.”

Baptism: There are at least 9 different baptisms in the Bible, and all of them are without water, except for one. The baptism that ~saves~ is the non-water, spiritual, baptism into the death and resurrection of Christ, which the Holy Spirit does at the moment of a person’s belief in Christ. (1st Corinthians 12:13) Being baptized into water is ~not~ a condition of salvation.

Satan’s Lie: “you need to be baptized in water to be saved.”

God’s Truth from His Word: whosoever believes in Jesus ~has~ everlasting life. (John 6:47)

Repentance: The Greek words translated “repentance” are “metanoia,” a noun; and “metanoeo,” a verb. They carry the idea, “change of mind.” Change your mind about a sin you are committing, would be one usage of these words.

However, when these words are used in connection with salvation, they mean “change of mind” about Jesus–change your mind from unbelief, and believe that He is your Savior from your sins.

“Repenting of your sins,” or changing your life from sinful behavior, is ~not~ a condition of salvation.

Satan’s Lie: “You need to stop sinning to be saved.”

God’s Truth from His Word: “he who believes in Me (Jesus), ~has~ everlasting life.” (John 6:47)

Faith: The Greek word is “pistis.” In connection with salvation, this word means to ~believe~ the Gospel, to believe in Jesus as Savior, or to trust in Jesus as Savior. The worst error in Christianity is to add human good works to what it takes to save us. This spiritually deadly false doctrine is called, “Lordship Salvation.” Everyone and anyone is saved who trusts in Jesus as Savior, ~without~ any good works. Even our ~good~ works are as useless “as filthy rags,” as the Bible says in Isaiah 64:6.

Satan’s Lie: “You need to be a faithful disciple in order to earn your salvation.”

God’s Truth from His Word: whosoever believes in Jesus ~has~ everlasting life. (John 6:47)

Sanctification: In this area of doctrine, many saved believers are under the false impression that God simply works in them automatically, without their active obedience to His Spirit and to His Word. This is not true. God works in us, “to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

Satan’s Lie: “God works in you automatically. You don’t need to do anything to grow in grace.”

God’s Truth from His Word: give every effort to grow in godliness. (2nd Peter 1:5-8)

Church Membership: Anyone who believes in Jesus as Savior is immediately a member of God’s family, which is the church, which is also called, “the body of Christ. There is no need to condition an approved or saved status upon local church members who have believed in Jesus as Savior. They are already approved and saved by God because they are believers. (Romans 12:4,5)

Satan’s Lie: “You need to belong to a local church and be a member of a local church to be saved.”

God’s Truth from His Word: He or she who believes in Me ~has~ everlasting life. (John 6:47)

–Curtis Smale

P.S. I have rarely felt such spiritual opposition and struggle as I did while writing what is above. Satan absolutely hates what I have written here. Which is good, because what I have written above reflects the truth from God’s Word in the areas where I believe that Satan is being most successful and destructive in the Christian church.