Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
September 18, 2019
The Devil's greatest trick was convincing the world he doesn't exist.

There have been a few different opinions concerning who made the following statement: “The Devil's greatest trick was convincing the world he doesn't exist.”


Misconception =  Satan’s kingdom of darkness is not well-organized or disciplined when just the opposite is true, Satan  is well-organized because he knows the importance and the value of authority and discipline.


’Blood and flesh’ refer to the blood [representing people's souls], and flesh [representing their old sin nature],


“The Evil Empire of Satan’s Cosmic System” has existed even before the foundation of the world and the creation of both the angels and members of the human race.


  1. The description of the fallen angels under Satan’s authority which is known as the archons or the Demonic Rulers who are directly under Satan’s authority like Abaddon and Beelzebub.
  2. The Powers [‎exousia] refer to demon officers in “The Fallen Angelic Military, both in the natural and the spiritual realm who attack any motivation that glorifies our Lord.
  3. The “world forces of this darkness” who are called the kosmokratoras meaning demons who specialize in possessing or influencing the cosmos or world rulers.
  4. The main demonic officers are called “the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
  5. “The spiritual forces of evil” in the atmosphere around the earth, the stellar universe and in the presence of God.

Deception has always been one of the most powerful weapons that Satan and the kingdom of darkness possesses and uses.


Any area that we do not have sound doctrine in, is an area open to satanic deception.


Deception is simply demonization of the soul and personality of the believer or unbeliever living in the cosmic system.


As a believer, it depends on how long you reside in the cosmic system without the use of rebound and recovery.


Secondly, deception is thought transference of demon doctrine to the believer or unbeliever in the cosmic system.


And by thought transference I do not mean that you are thinking like members of the occult, but I am referring to human viewpoint or cosmic thinking.


COL 2:4  I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument.


So many individuals think they are intelligent and wise, when in reality they are under extreme deception and delusion.


1Co 3:18  Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish [realize that he is a fool] that he may become wise.


Even the woman in the garden, who was perfect and didn't have an old sin nature ended up deceived by the craftiness and subtilty of Satan.


2Co 11:3  But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray [deceived] from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.


And according to the Bible, she was not just tricked and partially deceived, but in 1Ti 2:14, quite deceived.


1Ti 2:14  And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being "quite" deceived, fell into transgression.


Deception is the invasion of the soul, especially the mind, emotion, and self‑consciousness of the soul.


Deception isn't just expressed in terms of evil, but in terms of improving this world, doing nice things for your fellow man, and supporting crusades.


Deception is the invasion of the soul with thought that is false thinking, i.e., the policy and principles by which Satan operated prior to the creation of man and afterwards as the ruler of this world.


The unbeliever is protected from both deception and demon possession by adherence to the laws of divine establishment, however, the believer is protected from deception by Bible doctrine only.

 Luk 2:48b  To whom much is given, much is required.  And, from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.


Under diving timing, they will be able to bear and accept whatever it is that the Lord desires for us them to bear and to accept.


Eph 4:14,  We are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;


2Pe 3:17,  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the deception of unprincipled men [men with no principles], you fall from your own steadfastness,


Only the truth can keep false thinking and false doctrine out of the soul.


Deception is a process of demonization in which every facet of the soul is eventually controlled by demon doctrine, so that there is a complete personality change to some form of sociopathic or psychopathic personality.


  1. Reaction and distraction.
    b. Frantic search for happiness.
    c.  Operation boomerang.
    d.  Emotional revolt of the soul.
  2. Permanent negative volition.
    f. Blackout of the soul.
    g.  Scar tissue of the soul.
    h.  Total state of apostasy.

The enemy of Positional Truth, Union with Christ, and the Baptism of the Spirit are the deceptions that Satan uses to cause others to reject Christ and live in either C1 or C2.


The cosmic system is Satan's strategy as the ruler of this world to control believers and unbelievers through human viewpoint and doctrines of demons.

The cosmic system is Satan's strategy as the ruler of this world to control believers and unbelievers through human viewpoint and doctrines of demons.


There are many sins a person can commit that are designed by Satan and his kingdom to wear down the saints of our Lord; Dan 7:25.


HEB 11:25  Moses lived by mans of doctrine and he chose to endure ill‑treatment with the people of God, then to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin;


Positional Truth -- Conditional truth
Union with Christ -- Division in Christ

Baptism of the Spirit -- Blasphemy of the gift of tongues.

Cosmic One emphasizes preoccupation with self-whereas, Cosmic Two emphasizes antagonism toward the truth.


Cosmic One is Satan's exploitation of believers through their own arrogance = Satan’s means of controlling the human race.


Cosmic One represents Satan's attitude at the time of his prehistoric fall.  [the 5 "I wills"].


Cosmic One emphasizes the individual being totally independent from God and not willing to even adhere to any divine principles.


If the sins of arrogance are allowed to continue, it is inevitable that the believer in Cosmic One will become an abnormal person.


Even members of our own family, become bitter, angry, judgmental, critical, and in some cases even commit murder mentally toward other individuals because they secretly harbor jealousy and hatefulness.


Shiggaon = the Old Testament word for being mad or crazy, what psychology calls the bi-polar personality of a sick head and a deceitful heart; Isa 1:5-6; Jer 17:9.


The prophet Isaiah said that these types of individuals are usually bullheaded from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet.


ISA 1:5   Where will you be stricken again or attacked mentally as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick, And the whole heart is faint.

ISA 1:6  From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts, and raw wounds, Not pressed out or bandaged, nor softened with oil.


Job 15:14-16, "man is vile and corrupt, and he who drinks up evil like water.


Dante’s Inferno = nothing more than an allegory, or just a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal hidden meanings.


"Pilgrim's Progress” = an allegory or a story of a spiritual journey using analogies and symbols to represent what is being said.


An allegory on a symbolic journey of a main character through the depths of the underworld, to purgatory, and finally to paradise where he is reunited with his loved one.


Dante's Inferno is an allegory that is filled with satanic viewpoint and doctrines of demons designed to mislead and ultimately deceive the entire human race concerning who Satan really is.


 Dante’s Inferno teach that there are seven deadly sins listed in the Bible are called the worst sins man can commit which are (1) Pride; (2) Envy; (3) Gluttony; (4) Lust; (5) Anger (6) Greed, and (7) Sloth.


God’s opinion of sin = (1) Arrogance (2) a lying tongue; (3) Murder – hands that shed innocent blood (4) a heart that devises wicked plans, (5) Feet that run rapidly to evil; (6) A false witness {who} utters lies, (7) one who spreads strife among brothers.


One of the most difficult things to teach on is Satanology or the Doctrine of the Angelic Conflict.


Any pastor who teaches doctrine that reveals Satan and his schemes, will face a lot of opposition because the kingdom of darkness hates to be exposed.


Satan and his angels will do whatever they can to distract believers from learning doctrines related to the angelic conflict, the plans of Satan, and the real reason why they are here.


They think of someone with a red epidermis, carrying a trident, or a pitchfork, having a forked tail, with green eyes, horns on his head and fangs from his mouth.


The devil is not interested in getting people to sin. He is vitally interested in getting you to perform human good.


2Co 2:11  “in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.”


As the god of this world, Satan, is interested in performing all the good he can and eliminating the bad.


Immorality is embarrassing to him because he is the ruler of this world.


As the greatest creature ever created, this world, in its present state, is an insult to his leadership.


The only way he can do so is to persuade believers to perform human good from their own human power and human motivation, rather than from divine power and divine motivation.

 Human good appeals to old sin nature, particularly to the sin nature’s area of strength.  It especially appeals to power lust and approbation lust.

As far as most believers are personally concerned, the only contact the devil will have with them will be the fact that they performed a certain amount of human good to help the devil clean up his world.


Government, morals, education, art, commercialism, vast enterprises and organizations, and religious activity are included in the Satan’s plan to deceive the human race.


The presence evil in the world today is not due to Satan’s intention to have it so but his inability to control the human race.
1Ti 2:4 “He desires all men to be saved and to come to the [epignosis] knowledge of the truth.”
And the devil, through control of his cosmic system, will give you a great deal of attention because you constitute the greatest threat to his cosmic system which exists on this earth today.

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