Satan, his angels, and those under their influence are masters at smokescreens and hypocrisies. As a result of that, sometimes they will use “psychological projection,” accusing others of having a character or trait that they themselves are guilty of. We see this quite often in today’s world. Islamists will accuse Christians of being devilish as they commit murder, which is of the devil. Atheists will accuse Christians of lacking scientific and reasoning skills, when they are really the ones who ignore science and reason.
And, if it suits his purposes, the devil will call you a devil if you live according to godly doctrine, to make it seem as if you’re in the wrong. One recent example of this is Pope Francis I’s statement that the devil was responsible for keeping Catholics and “Protestants” divided. Of course, that’s true but not in the sense the Pope meant it. He meant it in the sense that those who will not submit to the RCC are being influenced by the devil when, actually, he and those who prop him up are really the ones being influenced by the devil and their doctrines and rituals prove it.
But the Pope, Islamists, and others who covertly or overtly accuse us non-papist, Bible-believing saints of being devils are following in the traditions of those who attacked Jesus back in the day. As a matter of fact, Jesus prophesied and warned us that such things would happen to us in Matthew 10. In Matthew 9, the Lord went about healing the sick and at the end of the chapter, he cast out a devil that made a man unable to speak. Then the Pharisees, who were under the influence of the devil, had the audacity to say about Jesus, “He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.”
In Matthew 10, Jesus prepared his 12 disciples to be sent out to share the gospel, giving them this prophetic warning in v. 25–
It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub [prince of the devils], how much more shall they call them of his household?
Little do unbelievers realize that when they do this, they display an antichrist spirit of blasphemy. Revelation 13:6 tells us the beast “opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.” Therefore, although we can be appalled at such actions, they should not alarm us. When we consider the spiritual source of such statements, we should take it as verification we’re doing the right thing.
Harry A. Gaylord