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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Impressions, by Martin Wells Knapp, 14

[Continuing Knapp's discussion of wrong, or evil, impressions:.The material in this post was from a G. D. Watson, and quoted by Knapp:]
... Another trick of the devil is to get sanctified people where they are lead by impressions. Some are frightened right off and go down; but if the devil finds he can not scare you, and can not make you stop testifying, then he will go round and attack you on the other side. I don't know whether you folks will believe what I am going to tell you, but it is the truth. The devil can make people feel tremendously happy. I have learned a great deal in the past fifteen years of the experiences of people. He can produce a fictitious happiness, and he will make you feel so with special reference to getting you where you live on impressions, and then the devil has got all he wants. Then he puts on his Sunday clothes and turns himself into an angel of light.
 

People -- even Christian people -- do not believe Scripture at this point. I have seen people so deluded by the devil, and I have said, 'Don't you know the devil can turn himself into an angel of light?' 'Oh, yes,' they say; 'but the devil isn't leading me! If God tells me to do so, I will do it,' they say. 
 

Again he says, 'I am the Holy Ghost.' And you can not detect him unless God helps you. He will begin by making you do something that is very nice for God. For instance, he will make you pray, but he will make you pray in the wrong way and at the wrong time. He will tell you to do a great many things, but he will always tell you, or impress you to do these things in a queer, outlandish or unnatural way. He says to one sister, when the child is crying and the bread about to burn: 'Now, the Holy Ghost says you must go and pray an hour; let the baby cry and the coffee-pot boil over.' I know these are facts. And the person goes off as sincere as an angel, and kneels down and prays; and the baby may get scalded to death.
 

God the Holy Ghost, in all His leadings, never leads people in an abnormal way, or an unnatural or a strained way. God doesn't strain you; He doesn't put the thumbscrew on you, and strain your muscles until they crack and snap, but the devil does.
 

The devil knows he can not make us lie or steal, or do any of these things, but he is trying to make you do pious things in a most outlandish and most unnatural and most abnormal way. I tell you, there is a tremendous amount of that work done. People think they are led by the Holy Ghost, and they are led by the devil as an angel of light.
 
From Impressions, by Martin Wells Knapp. Original publication date, 1892. Public domain. My source is here. The previous post in the series is here.

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