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Rejecting Satan's lies about race, religion and gender

People of different races hold hands as they gather on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge in Charleston, June 21, 2015.
People of different races hold hands as they gather on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge in Charleston, June 21, 2015. | Reuters/Carlo Allegri

It would be a huge mistake to believe everything you hear about race, religion and gender. These three topics generate plenty of interest, dialogue, debate, questions, confusion and various lies.

In order to know the truth about these crucial topics, we need an accurate source of information. Thankfully, “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). Satan, on the other hand, lies constantly. Jesus said, “There is no truth in the devil. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Satan's lies have led to an immeasurable amount of pain and suffering over the centuries. For example, a vicious lie rose up from the pit of Hell maintaining that white people are superior to black people. And shockingly, some people still believe this lie today. Satan has even flipped the script by inciting misguided teachers to indoctrinate white students with the lie that they are inherently racist. Samuel Sey exposed this lie in his recent op-ed, “You’re Fearfully and Wonderfully White.”

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Have you been deceived into believing that “white identity is inherently racist," or that the color of your skin makes you superior to others? If so, then choose today to reject the devil’s lies concerning race. After all, your immortal soul is colorless. God determined your race before he created you, and no race is superior or inferior to another. Satan wants you to become judgmental and look down on other races, or to look down on yourself because of your own race.

But the thing Satan lies about more than anything else is religion. Scripture reveals that there are actually “doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). Satan does not care which religion you choose, provided that your religion does not lead you to place your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. The devil knows that those who trust Christ alone for salvation are forgiven of their sins, and that new believers immediately begin to follow the Lord. (Romans 1:5; Ephesians 2:8-10) 

Satan has a death grip on the souls of those who are “religious,” but not saved, redeemed, born again, justified, and forgiven. “All who rely on observing the Law are under a curse” (Galatians 3:10). That is, everyone who attempts to earn salvation by their works is under a curse and on the highway to Hell. The only solution to this monumental dilemma is to repent of your sins and believe the good news of the Gospel.

Jesus said, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Gender is another topic Satan lies about in order to confuse people and mess up their minds. Sadly, a significant number of people have fallen for the notion that gender is simply a social construct, and that your gender might be different than your biological sex. 

If you are told a lie repeatedly, especially at a young age, you are inclined to believe it. And once a lie is embedded in your mind, it becomes a stronghold that can only be brought down by the truth. 

The Apostle Paul wrote, 

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

In other words, truth defeats lies by tearing down strongholds in your mind. For example, meditating upon the following passage of Scripture helps to deliver people from satanic lies about gender: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

When lies about race, religion, or gender are accepted as true, the devil establishes a fortress in your mind from which he gains a certain measure of control over your life. The father of lies is a master at establishing strongholds in the mind of man. Thankfully, God’s power is greater than Satan’s strongholds, and the truth really does set people free. (John 8:32)

Children everywhere deserve to know the truth about gender, and especially children who experience gender dysphoria. “The Swedish U-Turn on Gender Transitioning for Children” describes why “Sweden has officially ended the practice of prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for minors under age 18.” The truth tore down strongholds in the minds of Swedes who had previously believed gender lies. These lies were of course based on false information.

A similar awareness occurred in London: “Why the Tavistock Clinic Had to Be Shut Down.” They had treated “thousands of patients with gender dysphoria over the past two decades with an ‘affirmative’ approach that many staffers have described as ’unquestioning’ and ‘pressured.’” You see, Satan not only lies, but he also pressures people to accept his lies. Fortunately, a growing number of experts around the world are speaking out about the stark reality of this dire situation: “Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Kids is Going to Backfire: Experts." 

Multitudes of people have suffered terribly as a result of Satan’s schemes from the day the devil first tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:1-13) And the sooner you recognize his lies about race, religion, and gender, the sooner you can assist others who are still “under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). 

Scripture declares, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This fallen angel wants you to believe his lies so that he can establish strongholds in your mind. Rejecting Satan’s lies about race, religion, and gender is an important part of Christian discipleship. 

Therefore, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

Dan Delzell is the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Papillion, Nebraska. 

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