Satan Is Behind All Counterfeit Gods
June 11, 2015
Remember the account of Elijah on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings chapter 18? It was a showdown between Baal (which means “lord”) and the LORD (YHWH / Yahweh), and it revealed who was the true God. It was a confrontation in which the LORD Most High showed Himself to be the mighty and true God.
I want to point out something from verse 21. Addressing the assembled people, Elijah said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” The expectation is that whoever is the true God should be followed (listened to and obeyed). The rebuke is about wavering between two opinions –about being indecisive about which lord is to be followed. Of course, being Elijah was the LORD’s prophet, then it is implied that to come to the wrong conclusion warrants sharp rebuke as well.
There is something else we should take note of here. But let’s first look at Mt. 12:24 when the Pharisee accused Jesus of driving out demons “by Beelzebub, the prince of demons.” In verse 25, Jesus responded by stating that every kingdom, city, or household divided against itself cannot stand. He then states, “If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself” (v. 26), and then Jesus goes on to contrast demons (supposedly) driven out by Beelzebub with demons driven out by the Spirit of God. (v. 27,28)
Beelzebub is a name for the devil, and Mt. 12:24-28 is a confirmation of that. The Pharisees mentioned Beelzebub and Jesus responded by using that name and the name “Satan” interchangeably. By the way, Beelzebub means “lord of the flies” or “lord of the air” (see Eph. 2:2) and even came to mean, “lord that, like dung, attracts flies”.
Now let’s go to 1 Cor. 10:20 which tells us that “the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God.” But did the ancient idol-worshipers think they were worshiping legitimate gods? Certainly that is what most of them believed themselves to be doing. And this, undoubtably, is what most modern-day idol-worshipers believe as well. Even those who don’t bow to a statue, along with those who believe in one God (as opposed to many gods), and who offer their god prayers, money, time, service, and other forms of obedience, certainly believe they are paying homage to the true God.
But are they? Are Hindus worshiping gods or demons? It’s easy to determine that they are worshiping demons. For they worship multitudes of gods, yet there is only one true God. What about Mormons? Do their beliefs line up with the Scriptures? No. They twist God’s Word and add to it. So their god is not the true God.
Is Allah, the god of the Muslims, the true God? No. Allah has no son, but YHWH does, and His name is Jesus. Furthermore, Allah, who the Quran states many times is “the best deceiver” (3:54, 7:99, 8:30, 10:21, 13:42, 27:50) sounds like Satan of whom Jesus said is “the father of lies”. (John 8:44) Yet God’s (true) Word says that God cannot lie. (Num. 23:19 // 1 Sam. 15:29 // Titus 1:2 // Heb. 6:18) Moreover, being that the Quran orders Allah-worshipers to maim and murder any non-Muslims they can (Quran 2:191-193, 5:33, 9:5, etc.), certainly makes Allah seem to possess Satan’s vehement-like attributes. Truly, Allah is not YHWH, the Creator and Most High God, the LORD.
What about New-Agers or those who claim to love Jesus yet who do not obey His words? Are they worshiping the true God? They are not. They are praying to themselves (as did the Pharisee in Luke 18:11) or to a different jesus (2 Cor. 11:4), meaning a deceiving demonic spirit. (1 Tim. 4:1 // 1 John 4:1)
Now let’s go to 2 Kings, ch. 1. Here we see Ahaziah, an injured king of Israel, seeking consultation from Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, a Philistine city. The LORD was insulted and angered by this and sent Elijah to inform the king that because of this sin, Ahaziah would be left bed-ridden and die.
But let’s look again at the name of Ekron’s god. It’s Baal-Zebub. Yet as we saw in Mt. 12:24-28, the names Beelzebub and Satan were both used for the devil, the prince of demons.
Let’s remind ourselves of the 2 Cor. 6:14-18 passage about the necessity of separating from all that is unclean so that the Lord Almighty will receive us as His own. In verse 15 we read, “What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?” Instead of using “Belial”, some versions use “the devil” or “Satan”, because even though “belial” meant worthless, lawless, ungodly, and wicked in the Old Testament, it later became a name used for the devil.
Now one more thing we should take note of before we make a conclusion about all this. Back in 1 Kings 18:18 Elijah, in rebuking King Ahab and telling him to summon the people and the prophets of Baal to Mount Carmel, said, “You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals / the Baalim / the various Baal gods.” So we see that Baal can be pluralized.
What then should we conclude about all this? Well, isn’t it clear that any worship that is not to the true God, YHWH, is worship directed toward demons, and particularly the prince of demons? Shouldn’t we recognize that service and obedience that is not ordered or received by the LORD is being given instead to another lord (Baal / Satan) and his evil kingdom?
It is no light thing to worship anyone or anything other than the LORD Almighty. To do so is to be worshiping Satan, even if a person thinks they are worshiping the true God. Believing something doesn’t make it so. We must believe the Truth and we must follow the True God. Those who think they are praying to, hearing from, and following the LORD, yet who are not, are deceived. They are under deception from the father of lies and from the demons who work for him.
All the modern talk about everyone’s religion being legitimate, everyone’s religion being okay and right for them, is playing right into the devil’s plan. Satan doesn’t care if he has to masquerade as the true God in order to get a following and get people to worship him. (2 Cor. 11:14) He will do what it takes. And he is doing just that.
But, as Elijah exhorted long ago, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” (1 Kings 18:21) We cannot follow both. For they are opposites. Consequently, if anyone does not follow the LORD, he is following Beelzebub, that prince of demons who attracts dung-eating flies.