Question: Can you explain how in Acts 16:16, the damsel was crying,
"These men are the servants of the most high God..." and yet she was
demon possessed? How could one who is demon possessed say the truth?
What was the purpose of the devil to say that as the girl followed Paul?


Answer: Acts 16:16-19  And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain
damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters
much gain by soothsaying:  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying,
These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the
way of salvation.
And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved,
turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come
out of her. And he came out the same hour.  And when her masters saw that the
hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the
marketplace unto the rulers...

Well, I will give several examples of how this is possible. First of all, we must
remember that the devil is subtle. The devil lures people in with
partial truths
and then gives them lies. First, trust is gained with saying the truth, then the
setup of lies and falsehood begins. That is how the devil operates. The devil's
plan was to gain the respect of the people by following Paul saying this over and
over (through the girl) so that the people who believed what Paul preached would
also believe that the damsel too was of God. The devil doesn't care how he gets
to a person, just as long as his end goal is accomplished. This is why cults have
bible readings...they appear to be right on but their doctrine is from the pit of hell.

"Liberals and modernists tell the truth- that is as far as they go. They preach just
enough truth to lead many well-meaning, sincere people away from the true
fundamentals of the faith." ~ Oliver B. Greene

The Lord Jesus warned us:
Matthew 7:15  
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Truth mixed with error. This is how cults form. Take for example the cults that
are in the world today. Some of these cults claim Jesus is God but then they
ADD TO THE GOSPEL. They twist Scripture. They distort the inerrant truth
by conjuring up their own beliefs about God and about salvation.

1John 4:1  
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.


Salvation + works = cult
Do good deeds to get to heaven=cult
Bible reading apart from true conversion in Christ Jesus= in hell for eternity
Trusting in your good works to save you= cult
Believing one must abstain from meats= works= cult
Trusting in Jesus + Mary or the saints= not trusting in Jesus 100% and thus it is
unscriptural and one ends up in hell
The Bible + religious literature = cult
The Bible + the book of mormon = cult

2Cor 2:11  
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not
ignorant of his devices.

Satan has ministers who preach from the word of God in the pulpits every
Sunday. They sound really good to the unsuspecting. They have and share many
doctrinal truths that are found in Scripture, but there is always a catch. They are
subtly preaching another Jesus and another gospel. The apostle Paul warns us
concerning this:

2Cor 11:4  
"For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have
not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or
another gospel, which ye have not accepted..."

2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in
damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring
upon themselves swift destruction.

There are so-called "christians" who sit in pews every Sunday. Some are demon
possessed.  They claim to hear from God. They sit as tares among the wheat.
They gossip and they sow discord among brethren, and all the while appear so
spiritual. The devil does not sit in your church with horns and a pitchfork. I can
assure you of this. He is subtle. He wants to destroy. He comes as an angel of
light...very spiritual...very pious.

2Co 11:13  
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel
of light.
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed
as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their
works.

Just because one comes up forward at an altar call to say the sinner's prayer does
not make that person a christian. The person must pray from their heart unto
God, knowing that they are a sinner and are on their way to hell apart from the
Lord Jesus Christ. If the person accepts the Lord Jesus for any other reason, he
is not truly born again. Jesus came to
save and to seek the lost. One cannot
get truly saved unless he knows that he is truly lost.
One cannot receive Jesus
if He does not know why he needs Jesus. The condition of the heart is such that
man must come to God knowing he is a sinner, knowing that Jesus is the ONLY
WAY to Heaven, and that apart from Jesus, one will spend eternity lost...in the
lake of fire.

How can there be true converts when there is no true gospel message being
preached from the pulpits today?

"Oh come to Jesus, he will help you with your life." "Come to Jesus, he will get
you out of debt." "Come to Jesus, he will fill the emptiness."

NO...instead one should be preaching, "Come to Jesus BECAUSE YOU ARE
ETERNALLY LOST APART FROM GOD. Come to Jesus BECAUSE HE IS
THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL BE SAVED FROM ETERNITY IN THE
LAKE OF FIRE. Come to Jesus BECAUSE YOU ARE A SINNER IN NEED
OF A SAVIOR. Come to Jesus-- He loves you and HE DIED FOR YOUR SINS
AT THE CROSS.  Come to Jesus AND HE WILL WASH YOUR SINS AWAY
BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOU." This is what is
meant by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ-- believing in Him as Savior. This is
what should be preached, but sadly, it is not being preached from many of the
pulpits. Instead, the "gospel message" has become a watered down..wishy washy
message; with a sermonette preacher behind the pulpit, who dedicates one hour
to preaching about how God can rid us of our sorrows and then spends two
minutes at the end asking if there is anyone who wants the Lord Jesus Christ as
their Savior. No, this is not how one gets converted. This is not how the Gospel
should be preached. How can one get saved if he has not heard the message of
Jesus' finished work on the cross? Saved from what? Saved from sorrow or
saved from hell? Herein lies the great subtleness of the devil. As long as there is
an altar call, everything appears to be scriptural. Let them come...as long as they
don't receive Jesus as their
Savior, everything is fine. They can receive Jesus as
a comforter of sorrows...a debt eliminator, a great friend...but as long as they
DON'T HEAR THAT THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY TO HELL AND THAT
JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE THEM.

There are some charismatic preachers who do great signs and wonders and they
carry a Bible under their arm but the Lord Jesus will say to some of them at the
Great White Throne,
"Depart from me, I NEVER knew you."

Matt 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall
shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect.

Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all
things, which is the head, even Christ:

We need to hold on to our doctrine. Demons inhabit every denomination and
almost every large church. The damsel in Acts 16 is one example of someone
demon possessed, saying the right things for the wrong reasons...to deceive. The
devil comes with a bible in his hand. The devil preaches from the pulpit using the
Bible. He used scripture to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. He twists and distorts
the Word of God. He will use these kind of people to make you question the
Bible and your own personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

2Tim 4:3  
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having
itching ears;
2Tim 4:4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be
turned unto fables.

The devil will preach every day of the year...as long as no one gets saved and no
one hears the Gospel...this is his goal. The devil is very religious. He doesn't
mind religion and in fact, he encourages it. As long as one thinks they are on their
way to heaven, he can rest at ease. He blinds the minds of people:

2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them
which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine unto them.

"Allow the devil to enter into the fellowship of the preaching of the Gospel, and
before long he will twist and distort the truth, add a bit here, take away a bit
there, modify and tone down, until the truth of God is changed into deadly and
damnable heresy! This has happened many times over in this present day."  
(Oliver Greene,  Acts of the Apostles Commentary,  vol. 3 , page 98)

1Thes 5:5  
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we
are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1Thes 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be
sober.

1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

In closing, the lesson to be learned from Acts 16 is one of discernment. We are
to be on guard and to test all things. The devil may come saying all the right
things initially but those who remain on guard will recognize his lies. We must
line up all teachings with the Word of God. If one's preaching does not line up
with Scripture, leave the church or turn off the TV. Be on guard with those
preaching a "new" teaching that does not line up with scripture. Be on guard with
those preaching a "new revelation". Pray for discernment. If someone preaches
something that troubles you, ask the Lord to show you His Truth. Your answer
lies within the pages of the Bible. God will never go against His Word.

1John 4:1  
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.


1Cor 16:22-23 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be
Anathema Maranatha. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.



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