2 Cor. 4:4 π Eph. 4:23
The "teachings" of deceiving spirits now being promulgated by them, are too many in number to enumerate in a small compass. They are generally recognized only in "false religions," but the teaching spirits with their "doctrines," or religious ideas suggested to the minds of men are ceaselessly at work in every clime, seeking to play upon the religious instinct in men, and give a substitute for truth.
Therefore truth, alone, dispels the deceptive doctrines of the teaching spirits of Satan: the truth of God, not merely "views of truth." Truth concerning all the principles and laws of the God of Truth. "Doctrines of demons" simply consist of that which a man "thinks" and "believes" as the outcome of suggestions made to his mind by deceiving spirits. All "thought" and "belief" belongs to one of two realms - the realm of truth, or the realm of falsehood - each having its source in God or Satan. All truth comes from God, and all that is contrary to truth, from Satan. Even the "thoughts" that apparently originate in a man's own mind come from one of these two sources, for the mind itself is either darkened by Satan ( 2 Cor. 4:4 ), and therefore fertile soil for his "teachings," or renewed by God ( Eph. 4:23; top ), and clarified from the veil of Satan, and made open to the reception and transmission of truth.
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