The Risks of Selling Your Soul to Satan
There are great perilous risk in selling your soul to Satan in order to reap benefits such as riches, fame, or position. Doing that would be like playing with fire. To try to win favors from Satan, and then think you can go back to God when you choose is a dangerous and presumptuous action. The risks are many, such as dying before you can get the chance to fix your relationship with the Lord. “For man also does not know his time” (Ecclesiastes 9:12).
In addition, the ones that delay their decision to repent will be less willing to go back to God because their hearts get hardened with sin over time. Each time they suppress the conviction of the Holy Spirit, they go deeper into darkness. This risk is associated with grieving the Holy Spirit away and committing the unpardonable sin.
The Unpardonable Sin
When a person sins, his conscience is moved with a sense of guilt. The Holy Spirit is calling him to repent. As long as he allows the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, and convict, he could never be guilty of committing the unpardonable sin. But if he repeatedly refuses to repent over a period of time, his conscience becomes insensitive to God’s convictions (1 Timothy 4:2). Then, the Holy Spirit respects his decision, and the man approaches the parameters of committing the unpardonable sin. It is for this sin that a person cannot be forgiven, because he has rejected the Spirit that convicts of sin (John 16:8).
Noah warned the antediluvians of a coming flood. The Holy Spirit deeply stirred them with conviction, but they would not obey the message. After years of preaching, almost all the inhabitants of the world rejected Noah’s warnings and passed over that point of no return. Finally, the Spirit of God withdrew to leave the rejecters of the truth to their choices. “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3).
Jesus said of Satan that “he is a liar and the father of it” and “he was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him” (John 8:44). Satan’s path of falsehood began in heaven with the angels (Revelation 12:3,4). Later, by his lies in the Garden of Eden, he brought about the fall of humanity (Genesis 3:4).
Satan lures people with temporary earthly attractions as a bait only to lead them to destruction and rob them of eternal life. Nothing good can come from the source of all evil. What Satan promises his followers is worthless and perishable. Once he gets a hold of his victims, he become enslaved to his cruelty and hate (1 Peter 5:8).
The Love of Money
Unfortunately, for riches, people will sacrifice honor, family, and health. The root of money love is responsible for a great share of this world’s miseries (1 Timothy 6:10). Balaam (2 Peter 2:15) and Judas Iscariot (Matthew 27:3; John 12:4–6) illustrate the enticement of riches and its inevitable pain. Neither one was forced to yield to the seductive appeal of quick wealth.
Therefore, Jesus says, “You cannot serve God and mammon [money]” (Matthew 6:24). There is no neutral position. He who is not fully on God’s side is for all practical purposes, on Satan’s side. Those who serve money are its slaves, and do its bidding in spite of themselves (Romans 6:16).
The Lord knows how deceptive worldly things can appear and bids Christians to beware of them. He says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:15-16). May the Lord help us all to heed Christ’s message.
In His service,