Great is the influence of which religion exert on the people of the earth and powerful are its conducts which influences the ways of all.The religious influence is a powerful one with which the natural is influence with the supernatural and the physical with the spiritual in devotion and in faith,nevertheless, this influence will be adopted as a means in this last days through which the works of deception may abound and prosper over all that never know the truth and as it has been from the days of old,so it is.
The earth has been engulfed in deception,even now and then deception still strive because of the wicked who sways all for it says in 1john5:19″ we know that we are of God,and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” and ps7:14 says”Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes,he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood”.if all lies under his sway,then deception is not far from all through various influence,but to those who are retained in knowledge of His word and those who embraces the truth,will be delivered,for if deception prospers through an influence,how much more will the truth prevails.
Religion portrays the way to God for their are many religions on earth with their various influences which influences the ways and thinking of men but I say,there is ONLY ONE way to God called the HIGH WAY,for many have chosen to walk in their pathways from the true God and not on the high way and many have strayed from the ancient path for the lord said in jer18:15″ because My people have forgotten Me,they have burned incense to worthless idols.and they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways,from the ancient paths,to walk in pathways and not on a highway”. Here this,not all pathways to religion are ways to God for to them,there are many pathways but only one highway to God saying in isa35:8-9″ A highway shall be there,and a road,and it shall be called the highway of holiness.the unclean shall not pass over it,but it shall be for others.whoever walk the road although a fool shall not go astray.No lions shall be there ,nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it;it shall not be found there,but the redeemed shall walk there”. But as many as those who forsake the Way,thus it says in isa66:3-4″….. just as they have chosen their own ways,and their soul delight in their abominations,so will I choose theit delusions and bring their fears on them,because when I called,no one answered,when I spoke they did not hear;but they did evil before My eyes and choose that in which I do not delight “.
This is the Way to true worship as it says in acts24:14″ but this I confess to you,that according to the Way which they call a sect,so I worship the God of my fathers,believing all things which were written in the law and in the prophets”.those who never walk in this way becomes delusional and are mislead by other influences,for the positive influence of a true religion is to know,serve and worship the One true God who exercises all authority over all things created in heaven and on earth both visible and invisible,but the negative influence of a false religion brings repraoch on all as they forsake the One true God,following and serving the leaders than honouring and seeking the greater for the lord ask in isa8:19″ And when they say to you,”seek those who are mediums and wizards,who whispers and mutter, “should not a people seek their God?should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?” and it says in ps16:4″ their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god” ,therefore God chooses their delusion and their influences becomes limitless over all that forsake Him saying in jer17:13″ O lord,the hope of Israel,All who forsake You shall be ashamed. “Those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth,because they have forsaken the LORD,the fountain of living waters”
They know not the way, and the way was made to them that may know the way and walk by it lest they walk blindly in false conviction but their fathers forsake the way and their children walks in their foot steps walking in that,which is not and they fall into snares and were trampled
The greatest influence that influences the path of man to his God is through the religious influence but an influence that changes the ordinance of God to the ordinance of self through a conspiracy is perverted and defiling,making the word of God of no effect before His people,saying in isa24:5″ the earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,because they have transgressed the laws,changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant “if the ordinances changes,then the path of men are easily influence by those who leads them,fulfilling the saying in isa9:16″ for the leaders of this people cause them to err,and those who are led by them are destroyed” and in isa3:12″…. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err,and destroys the way of your paths” and also in jer50:6 saying “My people have been lost sheep.their shephards have led them astray;they have turned them away on the mountains.they have gone from mountain to hill;they have forgotten their resting place”. Those who know not the one true way are yet to find rest for their souls and they wander to and fro off the good path for if their leaders had also know the way,they would have taken the right course and not walk blindly as isa59:8 said ” the way of peace they have not known,and there is no justice in their ways:they have made themselves crooked paths:whoever takes that way shall not know peace “.Christ is the way of peace for He and He only is the its Prince for they asked the way and He declared in john14:6” Jesus said to him “I AM THE WAY,THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE,NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME”.
Man esteems the word over the word of God and they are not retained in His fear nor show regard for it says in isa8:13″ the Lord of hosts,Him shall hallow;let Him be your fear,and let Him be your dread” but to those who rejected Him,they fall into snare and stumble saying in verse 15″ and many among them shall stumble;they shall fall and be broken, be snared and taken”.
By what man sees,hear,touch or feel,he is influence and he is drawn away even from faith and in this last days ,the devil will never hesitate to use even the religious means to achieve his goal through a crafty means,drawing many away in all forms of deception and false reality and through signs and wonders they saw their steadfast faith is quenched as they marvel and are led away to captivity because they love not the truth nor regard knowledge as isa5:13 said”therefore my people have gone into captivity,because they have no knowledge ” and as 2thess2:9- 12 said “the coming of the lawless one is according to the working of satan, with all power,signs and lying wonders,and with all unrighteous deception long those who perish,because they did not receive the love of the truth,that they may be saved.And for this reason God will send them a strong delusion that they may believe the lie,that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
He who is crafty knows how to use a religious means as it is effective in heart of many,causing deception to prosper and manipulate many in their ignorance of God and His word,taking captive the gullibles who do not know Him,hence he heap up false prophets to pervert that which is true,contradicting that which was laid that the head might be deceived by the tail who teaches lies for it says in isa9:15″ the elder and honorable is the head,the prophets who teaches lies,is the tail” but those who have the Light will by no means walk in darkness saying in john8:12″ then Jesus said to them,saying”I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the Light of life”.
Remember prophets Jeremiah was nearly deceived by hananiah the prophet who lied and spoke that which the lord had not said before His people but the light was in Jeremiah and he fail to walk in darkness declaring to him in jer28:15″ then the prophets Jeremiah said to hananiah the prophets”hear now,hananiah,the lord has not sent you,but you make this people trust in lie”.but the prophet from Judah couldn’t escape the deceit of the old prophet and was led astray to transgress in the command of God which led to his death(1king 13),simon also decieve the people from the least to the greatest with sorceries and many of them said”this man is the great power of God”until God manifest Himself in truth through the apostles (acts8:9-24) and also elymas the false prophets being a sorcerer trys to turn the proconsul from faith but was dealt with(acts13:18).
Jesus said in matt24:24″ for false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive if possible ,even the elect “if the elect are not exception to deception what will happen to those who never know God?.Every influence that is not established according to the principle of Christ is false not of signs and wonders onle but of true testimony of the word through which the will of God is birthed and light given to His people and isa8:20 said ” to the law and to the testimony! If they fail they do not speak according to this word,it is because there is no light in them”
The darkness that covers the earth is as result of the works of deception that prospers upon the people through which many hearts were darkened by various influence, isa60:2″ for behold,the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people;but the lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you”.the people of Athens were religious in nature but were given over to idols until a light arises over them to know the unknown God(acts17:16-34).what many thought were light which enlightens were nothing but darkness that was why Christ said in luke11:33 saying “therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness”. What many sees as right were nothing but wrong.
Know this that works of the first beast will by no means prospers without the works of the second beast whom his works influences all (rev13:11-14).the works of the first beast will proper through the false prophet that looks like a lamb which shows that a religious influence will be needed to manipulate the heart of many to worship the beast and both will be captured(rev19:20).
He whose chooses to know the truth,let him follow the word and trust in it,he whose desire is to walk aright,let him not stray from the path of knowledge, let him set his gaze on God and not in futility and what is passing away,let him hold fast to words of our lord Jesus Christ and he shall overcome by faith,let him not stumble nor discouraged by the dogs who barks and the evil workers that works iniquity through a reprobated vessel lest Satan takes advantage of us,for we are not ignorant of his device(2cor2:11) but as you heard in phil3:2″ beware of dogs,beware of evil workers,beware of mutilations! and in col2:8″ beware lestbanyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,according to the tradition of men,according to the basic principles of the word and not according to Christ “.
The way of true religion is the way of faith and the way of true faith is the word of God but for those whose faith are not influenced by pure word of God,these will never escape the influence of self-imposed religion (col2:29-23) and man becomes a captive to false belief because his heart in never established in accordance to the word that lies before him.
The true religion of God is divine undefiled and it is kingdom concern, having no affair with traditions of the world and deeds being sanctified by the truth(john7:15-17) and james1:27 said” pure and undefiled religion before God and the father is this;to visit orpharns and widows in their trouble and keep oneself unspotted from the world ” if this religion is pure and undefiled then it is more than a religion thanthat of which the earth proclaims and seeks for it is like a relationship perfected in love through faith between a man and those around him and with his God through a mediator whom through he is established.
Written by: Temiloluwa Omotoso