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Question 193

Q: I was listening a week or so ago and you said you believed that the devil could do miracles.

You said there are many pastors on TV that are doing miracles in the name of Jesus that could be actually doing those miracles with the devil behind them.  

I was wondering if you could expound on this matter and maybe give me some verses in the Bible I could use to help me understand this more fully. 

Asked by: Marty

A: Thanks so much, Marty, for connecting with us, and the answer is yes, I believe that there are those who, in the name of Jesus, say that they are doing miracles but they’re actually doing it in the power of Satan.

In Matthew 24, Jesus reminded us that false christs would come and they would deceive many. Then you have 2 Thessalonians 2, where it says antichrist is going to do signs and wonders and miracles. Those three words are used for the signs, and the wonders, and the miracles of Jesus that Satan will duplicate as he purports to be able to do everything that Jesus was able to do.

But a specific answer to your question is found in 2 Corinthians 11. Paul says that false teachers have another Jesus. They do miracles in the name of a different Jesus. So they use the name of Jesus, but it’s not the Jesus of Nazereth; it’s Jesus the cosmic Christ, or Jesus the Santa Claus, or the Jesus who wants to heal everybody—not the Jesus of the New Testament who forces us, or at least who challenges us to deal with sin.

In the very same passage, the Apostle Paul says that in these teachers, Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light and they come as ministers of righteousness—not unrighteousness, but righteousness. So there you have it, Satan working through false teachers doing all kinds of things, even miracles. We need to be wary, we need discernment, and we always need to ask which Jesus is being proclaimed.

Scripture references

  • 2 Corinthians 11

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