Lucifer appearing as an Angel of Light: Bitter Fountains Tasting Sweet
We are told even Lucifer can appear as an angel of light, so why not his “fountains”?
Lucifer can appear as an angel of light.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:14-15
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
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.
2 Nephi 9:9
9 And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combination of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.
For Lucifer or any of his followers to transform themselves to appear as angels of light they must use truth mixed with falsehoods. The greatest lie is truth that is twisted. So yes much of what they may say “appears good” yet is truly evil at its core.
Therefore we are not to drink of a bitter fountain even if it looks like good water for it is still bitter. Sometimes poison looks good, smells good and may even taste good. Its bitterness lies in its power to inflict illness or death. The Lord is trying to warn us that things are black or white. That you cannot get truth from the devil. You can only get truth from the Lord and He explains how to tell the difference in Moroni 7. Many will say “but I have gained truth from this or that book” agreeing that it was mixed with lies too. But the excitement over a few truths we “think” we recognize as matching teachings of the Church does not redeem the book or give us reason to read books like it in order to find tidbits of truth here and there. For the book is a bitter fountain once it has broken one of the three keys to tell wither or not it is of God or not.
If the “truths” do not invite and entice…
- to do good continually
- to believe in Christ
- to serve God
…then we can know with assurance just as daylight is from dark night they are not from God.
All three must be present for it to be a good fountian. If one is missing it then becomes a bitter fountain. The other key is Christ’s example when He said “Father Thy will be done and the glory be Thine forever”. If anything does not encourage submission to Father’s will it is not of God, but of Lucifer for wanted his will not Father’s.
What is even scarier is that the same person will look at this book that holds lies and say they have found new truths that give them greater understandings of the Gospel. Yet again these books have already shown themselves to be not of God. So to gain a piece of knowledge that we think is truth from a book of lies is a dangerous thing. For we are all human and at one time or another grasped onto something that “seemed” to be truth for it was pleasing to us or you could say the natural men in us recognized truth in it and were mislead. This is the way Lucifer tricks us. He makes something look so good and right but it is just a little twisted or only 99% truth, therefore a lie. The danger in experimenting with our abilities to discern good from evil is that having abandoned the keys that the Lord gave us is we are left with our own logic. We may have the Holy Ghost with us much of the time, but when we go opposite to Father’s direction the Spirit can leave us. So if we choose to abandon the counsel of Father we put ourselves in great jeopardy of being beguiled.
Elder James E. Faust
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
“‘The Great Imitator’,” Ensign, Nov 1987, 33
Who has not heard and felt the enticings of the devil? His voice often sounds so reasonable and his message so easy to justify. It is an enticing, intriguing voice with dulcet tones. It is neither hard nor discordant. No one would listen to Satan’s voice if it sounded harsh or mean. If the devil’s voice were unpleasant, it would not entice people to listen to it.
Shakespeare wrote, “The prince of darkness is a gentleman” (King Lear, act 3, sc. 4, line 143), and “the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose” (The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, line 95). As the great deceiver, Lucifer has marvelous powers of deception. As Paul said to the Corinthians, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14; see also 2 Ne. 9:9).
We all have an inner braking system that will stop us before we follow Satan too far down the wrong road. It is the still, small voice which is within us. But once we have succumbed, the braking system begins to leak brake fluid and our stopping mechanism becomes weak and ineffective.”
Some of Satan’s most appealing lines are “Everyone does it”; “If it doesn’t hurt anybody else, it’s all right”; “If you feel all right about it, it’s OK”; or “It’s the ‘in’ thing to do.” These subtle entreaties make Satan the great imitator, the master deceiver, the arch counterfeiter, and the great forger.
Nephi has given to us the pattern or formula by which Satan operates:
“And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
“And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance” (2 Ne. 28:21–22).
The First Presidency described Satan: “He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods. There is no crime he would not commit, no debauchery he would not set up, no plague he would not send, no heart he would not break, no life he would not take, no soul he would not destroy. He comes as a thief in the night; he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing” (Messages of the First Presidency, comp. James R. Clark, 6 vols., Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965–75, 6:179).
Satan is the world’s master in the use of flattery, and he knows the great power of speech (see Jacob 7:4). He has always been one of the great forces of the world.
An example of this is the following. I ran into a blog posting from a young LDS man that explained his confusion and then justification for believing in something that came from a demon. What occurred was this as far as I could interpret from what he was saying. He had gotten into the book “The Secret” and found principles therein which he liked and wanted to utilize in his life to gain financial and personal success. Somewhere on his journey he researched and read more on the concept he had liked called The Law of Attraction. He read more books on the subject and realized that in these books author’s were saying that all of their information was obtained by the process of channeling. Channeling is when a person’s, mind or body is taken over by a spirit entity either by full possession of the person’s body or merely a voice they hear in their mind. This process is the process by which many of the books in the occult are written. Once the man realized that books that were channeled by a spirit were teaching the same Law of Attraction he began to ponder. In his writings the details are not fully clear, but he stated that he knew there were 1/3 of the hosts of heaven that were cast out and that they were demons. He was trying to understand why a demon would give such a wonderful truth to mankind, he even pondered if maybe some of these spirits that followed Lucifer were even changing their minds or at least wanting to help people. He could not quite figure out Why a demon would teach such a great truth, but in conclusion decided that it did not matter where he got his data even it was from a demon as long as it was truth. Here we see someone drinking from a bitter fountain even knowing that the fountain was from a demon. The “truth” he had discovered was so important to him that he was willing to learn it from a demon. We are told that Lucifer and his followers can do no good. So how is it that this demon could be teaching good? The answer is they are not. They are teaching the counterfeit of the truth. They are teaching a lie cleverly cloaked to appear as truth.
Bjarne Christensen, “The Precarious Age of Aquarius,” New Era, Nov 1972, 31
“Remember, nothing Satan does is good, although he does a lot of things that look good.”
The principles that are taught in this world’s accepted spirituality is Lucifer’s counterfeit plan. The teachings therein are only taught to misguide.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Way of the Disciple,” Ensign, May 2009, 75–78
The Way of the World
“People run from one new idea to the next, hoping to find something that will answer the burning questions of their souls. They attend seminars and buy books, CDs, and other products. They get caught up in the excitement of looking for something new. But inevitably, the flame of each new theory fades, only to be replaced by another “new and improved” solution that promises to do what the others before could not.”
“It’s not that these worldly options don’t contain elements of truth—many of them do. Nevertheless, they all fall short of the lasting change we seek in our lives. After the excitement wears off, the hollowness remains as we look for the next new idea to unlock the secrets of happiness.”
“In contrast, the gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all of our problems. The gospel is not a secret. It is not complicated or hidden. It can unlock the door to true happiness. It is not someone’s theory or proposition. It does not come from man at all. It springs from the pure and everlasting waters of the Creator of the universe, who knows truths we cannot even begin to comprehend. And with that knowledge, He has given us the gospel—a divine gift, the ultimate formula for happiness and success.”
Moses 1: 10
10 And it came to pass that it was for the space of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength like unto man; and he said unto himself: Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed.
5 For behold, if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time has awakened you to a sense of your nothingness, and your worthless and fallen state—
Lucifer can appear as an angel of light, so bright and beautiful that even the elect might be fooled. We have been warned in the last days many will come in Christ name.