The Subtlety Of Satan Concerning Salvation

by David J. Stewart
July 2011 | Updated November 2015

       The Devil is a liar (John 8:44). Most people in the world today have religion without salvation. They have churchianity without Christianity. It is difficult for most churchgoers to grasp that a man wearing a business suit or a robe, who talks about Jesus Christ, could be a hellbound false prophet; but that is THE TRUTH. Religion wants to fit us with glasses to see from their perspective; but the Lord wants to open our eyes with THE TRUTH of God's Word (John 8:45; 14:6; 17:17).

Every unsaved Roman Catholic believes that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. Every hellbound Catholic believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. There are many religious leaders and teachers today who selectively heed the Scriptures, that is, they only hear what they want to hear. Jesus said they “do err, not knowing the Scriptures...” (Matthew 22:20). If taken by itself, 1st John 5:1 can be used to teach that Catholics are saved, for the Bible says, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God...” Yet, we know that those who go about to establish their own self-righteousness aren't really trusting Christ as they falsely claim (Romans 10:3-4). There is much deception in the world.

Staunch Roman Catholic, David Mac, teaches concerning the Eucharist...

“The Sacrifice of the Mass is not merely a sacrifice of praise and thanks-giving, but also a sacrifice of expiation and impetration.”


The word “expiation” means “the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing.” This is unscriptural. David Mac is teaching lies of the Devil. Mass is not the way of compensating for one's wrongs. The Catholic doctrine of Eucharist teaches that Christ is freshly crucified at each and every Mass ceremony. Biblically, Jesus has already made the sacrifice for our sins. it is a done deal. Jesus died, was buried and rose again once. He was crucified once. Jesus entered into the heavenly holy place ONCE...

Hebrews 9:24, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in ONCE into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. ... For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.”

Genuine Biblical salvation is obtained simply by trusting upon Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, apart from all self-righteous works. This is what separates heathen Catholicism apart from Biblical Christianity... the false doctrine of Works Salvation. True Christians believe that they are saved by FAITH ALONE; whereas Roman Catholics claim to trust in FAITH AND WORKS (but such alleged faith is false, because it is not based solely in the free grace of God as Romans 11:6 teaches). Roman Catholics trust in works, and in so doing negate the grace of God. Romans 11:6 teaches concerning the gift of God... “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”

Woe unto Roman Catholics who trust in flesh for salvation. Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” The Bible plainly warns that most people who THINK they will enter into Heaven... WON'T!!! Luke 13:23-24, “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

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There is another heathen religious word in the quote I provided earlier... impetration. According to the NEW CATHOLIC DICTIONARY, the Catholic-made word “impetration” means...

(Latin: impetrare, to ask and obtain a request)

(1) The begging of favors.

(2) Theologically, one of the fruits of good works and especially of the Mass and prayer; one of the four ends of the Mass, which regards man. Impetration accompanied by right dispositions and certain conditions will infallibly gain us every gift and avert every evil.

SOURCE: New Catholic Dictionary: impetration

The NEW CATHOLIC DICTIONARY teaches that Catholic Mass along with other Sacraments “will infallibly gain us every gift and avert every evil.” Satanic!!! That is the demonic doctrine of Catholicism! Catholics sincerely believe that by partaking of Mass that they will gain the gift of eternal life. In Mass, Catholics eat a wafer that they believe literally turns into the body of Christ, and they drink wine (juice) that they believe literally turns into Jesus' blood. They call it the doctrine of TRANSUBSTANTIATION. In effect, Catholics are cannibals—eating, digesting, and eliminating Christ in their bodily waste. Such is the ridiculous and unscriptural teachings of Catholicism.

Roman Catholics foolishly think that Mass is necessary to be saved. They are very wrong. The Bible does NOT agree with Catholic tradition. Catholicism is of the Devil. The best place to hide a LIE is between two TRUTHS. The Devil is the true diabolical leader of the Catholic Church, deceiving over a billion souls, leading them all into Hellfire for ever and ever and ever. Religion does not, and cannot, produce the new birth. I am tired of hearing apostate neo-evangelicals claim that many Catholics are really born-again Christians. If you are Roman Catholic, I love you in the Lord Jesus Christ and want what's best for you. The Devil has deceived you!

The hardest thing about getting people saved is getting them lost! I want to show you friend that you are lost in your sins without Christ in Roman Catholicism. You need the Savior!!! No priest can absolve your sins. The confessional booth cannot help you. The sacraments cannot help you. Only the crucified and risen Savior with the nail-scared hands and feet can save you! Trust Him now and forsake the prisonhouse of Catholicism! A man with no hope is far better off than a man with a false hope, because the man with no hope is still searching. Catholics have been given a false hope by the Devil, and so they are blinded to the Gospel.

Likewise, the Jews have been given a false hope through their Judaist false religion, believing that they are automatically going to Heaven merely because they are physical Jews. If they don't get born-again through faith in Jesus Christ, they will all go straight to the Lake of Fire. Whether Jew or Gentile, it matters not, we must all be born-again by the Holy Spirit of God, which happens the moment that we BELIEVE the Gospel. Have you believed a LIE? Have you been given a false hope by the Devil? Whether it be the lies of Evolution, worldly philosophies, false religion, atheism, wealth, pleasures, material possessions—there are ALL false hopes, substitutes for God's true salvation through faith in Christ Jesus! You need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!!!

I even heard a misled man refer to himself as “Baptlic” (i.e., half Baptist/half Catholic), because he now attends the Catholic mass with his Catholic wife, but he grew up in a strongly Baptist community in North Carolina. My friend, neither being Baptist or Catholic can get you to Heaven. You need to get your sins forgiven, and only Jesus' precious blood on the heavenly Mercy Seat can do that (Hebrews 9:12,24). Christ's blood washes away our sins by faith in the Gospel. If you know that you are a guilty sinner in God's holy eyes, and you believe that Christ died on the cross for YOUR SINS, and raised-up from the dead three days later, you are saved! (that is, IF you don't add anything else to the Gospel).

Beware Of The Devil's Lordship Salvation

There is a popular heresy (aka, Lordship Salvation) circulating in Baptist churches today which says that God won't save a person, or they're not ready to be saved, unless they are willing to turn away from willful sinful behavior. This is a works-based plan of salvation! There are no obligations to be saved. There are no requirements to receive the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). There are no “strings attached” so-to-speak to being born-again. Eternal life is a gift, not a reward (Romans 6:23; 11:6). Salvation is received, not achieved. Salvation is a take proposition, not a give proposition. Either God does the saving, all of it, otherwise there is no salvation of the sinner.

The heresy of Lordship Salvation employs the classic Satanic deception of hiding a lie between two truths. Such false preachers claim that eternal life is a free gift, by Grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; BUT they also say, you must continue repenting of your sins for the rest of your life, by turning from them on a daily basis, or else you're not saved. Although it is true that salvation is by God's grace, and a free gift, and by faith alone; it is a LIE that a person must continue to repent for the rest of their life to be saved.

This is the demonic doctrine taught on the heretical website at On their website, Nancy Leigh DeMoss teaches a false plan of salvation. They have a radio program called, “Seeking Him,” aired by Moody Bible Ministries on Baptist radio stations across America. It is apostasy! Nancy says she repented of her sins for the first time in 1963, and has continued doing it since. Where is the cross upon which Christ died? Where is Christ's burial. Where is Jesus' bodily resurrection? These are the Gospel according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4, not turning away from one's sins continually. Miss DeMoss is teaching RELIGION, not Biblical SALVATION...

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: Every time we repent of our sin, there’s a celebration in heaven. Jesus said, “There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” The angels are thrilled because God is being exalted. His will is being done on earth as it is in heaven. That means the angels rejoiced in 1963 when, as a small girl, I repented of my sin and trusted Jesus to be my Savior. I think the angels continue to rejoice every time I repent. For instance, when I don’t control my tongue and the Lord convicts me, I believe the angels rejoice when I confess my sin. Once we confess our sins for the first time, we need to live in a continuing lifestyle of repentance. Would you ask God to show you any sin in your life? And remember, you can give the angels a reason to celebrate today.”


The Gospel is NOT trusting Jesus as your Savior. Don't assume that lost sinners know the Bible, many don't. Don't assume that they know Jesus died on the cross for them. Don't assume that they know Jesus bodily raised up from the dead, and is bodily alive in Heaven today. Trusting Jesus is not salvation. To obtain the new birth by the Holy Spirit of God, the Gospel must be preached and believed!!! We must preach the cross! The notion that a person must continue to repent of their sins for salvation is Satanic. Miss DeMoss at worst is an unsaved Satanic false prophet, and at best is a bad writer who may have unintentionally put forth a false plan of salvation.

The way Miss DeMoss wrote the preceding quote, she gives the clear impression that salvation requires a holy life, which it does not! Biblical repentance is a change of mind that compels a sinner to come to Christ to be saved; not a desire to reform (a change of Life) that God requires as part of salvation. Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15; 6:23). A “gift” cannot have any stipulations or obligations in order to remain a genuine “gift.” I am not trying to be unkind to Miss DeMoss, but as a Christian I must refute all works of darkness according to Ephesians 5:11, and that certainly includes tampering with “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3) for salvation. Our Baptist churches are turning apostate. Foolish pastors are nowadays proclaiming a gift from God that cannot be received without personal works. This is Satanism! Americans are in denial about so many things.

Nearly every false cult in America today believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; but they either pervert the Gospel by adding self-righteous works, such as water baptism (as do Churches of Christ); or they corrupt the Gospel by distorting the person of Christ, teaching that Christ is a god, but not almighty God (as do the Jehovah's Witnesses cult). Satan is subtle, so subtle in fact that most of his victims haven't a clue that they've been woefully deceived by the Devil. Biblical salvation is so simple that most people miss it, passing right over it, settling for a Satanic substitute instead. The Devil's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again!!!

This is what Jesus meant in Matthew 7:13-14 when He warned, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” I've heard Evangelists Paul Washer and Ray Comfort teach that this Scripture refers to people who aren't willing to turn away from their sins. Carefully notice that the Lord said, “few there be that find it,” He didn't say, “Few there be that are willing to travel it.” The emphasis isn't upon a reluctance to travel the narrow path; but rather, upon one's sincere ignorance that he or she has missed the narrow path. Satan offers so many different substitutes for the Gospel that few people ever find it. It is easy and simple to be saved!!!

The true Gospel as taught in the Bible (1st Corinthians 15:1-4) is simply that Christ died on the cross as the Lamb of God for our sins, and He was buried, and three days later Jesus bodily resurrected triumphantly from the grave. Believe it and the work is done! John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Jesus ascended into Heaven as our intercessory High Priest (Hebrews 4:15-16; Romans 8:34). Christ DIED, was BURIED and RESURRECTED. We are SINNERS in need of redemption and Jesus is the SAVIOR, Who has paid for our sins in full with His own literal blood (1st Peter 1:18-19). The doctrine of Jesus' blood sacrifice is the heart of the Bible—from the blood of the innocent animal which God slew to provide clothing for Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:21, to the saints whose robes are washed in the blood of the Lamb in Revelation 7:14. There is no teaching in God's Word any more important that the physical blood of Jesus Christ sprinkled upon the Mercy Seat in Heaven (Hebrews 12:24).

The Gospel has been corrupted in hundreds of ways today—by hundreds of false prophets, false religions and false Christs. The Apostle Paul warns us in 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 about the serpent (the Devil, Revelation 20:2), who deceived Eve, and likewise tries to deceive people from “THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST.”

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