The True Workings of God - Counterfeits of Satan
War On The Saints
by Jessie Penn-Lewis with Evan Roberts
This is the last part of the unabridged version of "War On The Saints".
It is in the form of a chart called "The True Workings Of God - Counterfeits
Of Satan". It is divided on one side with a column called "True"
and on the other side with "Counterfeit". The object of the chart
was for the reader to compare the true working of God against the counterfeits
of Satan in a believer's life. This is from the 1991 full text, ninth
printing, unabridged edition. This is important because after it
was first published in 1912 a publisher decided to have his editors cut
out parts of the book he disagreed with on the basis that he did not think
that Christians can be demonized. Later publishers actually had the
audacity to publish the book as "unabridged". Be sure you have the
truly unabridged version of the book.
Richard Riss in his paper on "Manifestations Through History", quotes
another eyewitness to the Welsh Revival by the name of David Matthews as
saying that he lamented the fact that Evan Roberts co-authored "War On
The Saints". It is interesting the lengths to which apologists for
the Third Wave will go to deny a book that was meant to help people in
the Welsh Revival find their way out the same deceptions that are the hallmark
of the current gnostic "revivals" out of RHEMA, Toronto and Brownsville
today. This is the same ploy we have seen by others like Michael
Brown and Steve Hill in their writings; either attempting to discredit
the author of the book or misusing famous theologians words to further
their own ends. But all their excuses for what they are doing don't
wash with the truth.
The following chart is very clear as to what we can expect to see as
a true working of God as opposed to the counterfeits of Satan. I
would encourage every Christian to get the unabridged version of "War On
The Saints". It is one of the best demonology handbooks for Christians,
even in our times. Any emphasis added is in the original.
THE TRUE WORKINGS OF GOD
i. The Baptism, or Fulness of the Spirit: An influx
of the Spirit of God into the human spirit, which liberates the spirit
from the soul (Heb. iv. 12), so as become. a pliable organ or channel
for the outflow of the Spirit through the believer, manifested in witness
to Christ and in aggressive prayer service against the powers of darkness.
It is a true baptizing into the Body of Christ,
and oneness with all the members of the Body. Its special mark and
result is known in power to witness for Christ, and in conviction of sin
in others, and their turning to God.
The highest manifestation of the Fulness of
the Spirit is co-existent with the use of the faculties and self-control.
There is but one reception of the Holy
Spirit: with many succeeding experiences, developments, or new crises,
resultant on fresh acts of faith, or apprehension of truth; various believers
having varied degrees of the same Infilling of the Spirit, according to
individual conditions. The enduement of power for service is often
a definite experience in many lives. Pages 50, 291, 291.
COUNTERFEITS OF SATAN
i. Counterfeit workings of evil spirits may accompany
a true reception of the Fulness of the Holy Spirit, if the believer "lets
go" his mind into "blankness," and yields his body up passively
power. As a "blank mind" and "passive body" is contrary to the
condition for use required by the Holy Spirit, and is the primary condition
necessary for evil spirits to work, the anomaly is found in the Holy Spirit
responding to the law of faith, and filling the man's spirit, at the same
time that evil supernatural powers respond to the law of passivity fulfilled
in the mind and body. They then can produce in the senses
manifestations, which seem to be the outcome of the Holy Spirit's entry
to the spirit.
The results of the counterfeit manifestations
are varied, and wide in their ramifications, according to individual conditions.
The abstract result is great "manifestations" with little real fruit;
"possession" by evil spirits of the mind and body in varied degrees; a
spirit of division from others, instead of unity, etc., etc. Pages
54, 97, 106. 107, 108.
|ii. The Presence of God: Known in and
by the human spirit, through the Holy Spirit. When He fills the atmosphere
of a room the spirit of the man is conscious of it, not his senses.
The faculties of those present are alert and clear and they retain freedom
of action. The spirit is made tender (Psa. xxxiv. 18), and
the will pliable to the will of God. All the actions of a person
moved by the true and pure Presence of God are in accord with the highest
ideal of harmony and grace. Pages 104, 107.
||ii. The counterfeit of the Presence
of God is mainly felt upon the body, and by the physical senses, in conscious
"fire," "thrills," etc. The counterfeit of the "Presence" in the atmosphere
is felt by the senses of the body, as "breath," "wind," etc., whilst the
mind is passive or inactive. The person affected
by this counterfeit "presence" will be moved almost automatically to actions
he would not perform of his own will, and with all his faculties in operation.
He may not even remember what he has done when under the "power" of this
"presence," just as a sleep-walker knows nothing of his actions when in
that state. The inaction of the mind can often be seen by the vacant
look in the eyes. Pages 109, 112, 124, 128, 130.
|iii. God in and with man in the spirit: John
xiv. 23. The Father in heaven is realized to be a real Father (Gal.
iv. 6.), the Son a real Saviour, the Holy Spirit a real Person; manifested
as One in the spirit of the believer, by the Holy Spirit: with resulting
effects as in Rom. viii. 9 to 11. Pages 103, 130.
||iii. Evil spirits counterfeit,
as the occasion serves them, each Person of the Trinity, and can thus obtain
access, and become in and with a man in manifestations given to the senses,
in which the real spirit-sense may have no part. Pages
52, 103, 104, 105, 108.
|iv. Christ manifested in the believer
by His Spirit, so that He is known as a Living Person on the Throne in
heaven, and the believer joined in spirit to Him there, with the result
that Christ's life and nature is imparted to him, forming and building
up in him a "new creation," (Gal. i. 16 ; iv. 19. Col. i. 27),
the believer growing up into Him in all things. (1) Pages 103,
107, 126, 127, 289.
||iv. Christ apparently manifested inwardly
as a "Person," to whom the soul prays, or with whom he holds communion,
yet there is no real evidence of the expression of the Divine nature, or
true growth of the Christ life, with a deepening fellowship with the Christ
in heaven. On the contrary the Christ in heaven seems far away.
The counterfeit centres and ends in an "experience" which keeps the person
introverted or self-centred (spiritually). Page 107. Cf. pp. 289,
|v. Consciousness of God: Felt
in the spirit, and not by the physical senses. Pages 107,
||v. "Consciousness" of "God" in bodily
sensations, which feed the "flesh" and overpower the true spirit-sense.
Pages 106, 130.
|vi. The Holiness of God: When realized
by the believer produces worship and godly awe, with a hatred of sin.
On the ground of the Blood of Calvary God draws near to men, seeking their
love, but His presence does not terrorize. Page 289.
||vi. Evil spirits counterfeit this by
giving a terror of God, which drives men away from Him, or forces
them into actions of slavish fear, apart from the use of the mind, and
volition, in glad voluntary obedience to Him. Page 143.
|vii. Surrender to God: Of spirit,
soul and body, is a simple yielding or committal to Him of the whole man,
to do His will and be at His service. God asks the full co-operation
of the man in the intelligent use of all his faculties. Rom. vi.
13. Page 70.
||vii. Passive yielding of spirit,
soul and body to supernatural power, to be moved automatically, in passive,
blind obedience, apart from the use of volition or mind. Evil spirits
desire "control" of a man, and his passive submission to them. Pages
|viii. Fellowship with the sufferings of Christ:
The result of faithful witness for Him, and in such "suffering,"
the joy of the Spirit breaks forth in spirit. (Acts v. 41 ). The fruit
of true conformity to Christ's death in the "fellowship of His
sufferings" is seen in life to others, and growth in tenderness of
spirit, and Christ-likeness in character. 2 Cor. iv. 10-12. Page 89.
|viii. "Suffering" caused by evil
spirits is characterized by a fiendish acuteness, and is fruitless in result
- the victim being hardened instead of mellowed by it. The demons
can cause anguished suffering in spirit, soul or body. "Possession"
manifested in abnormal suffering, may be the fruit of (unconscious)
acceptance of sufferings caused by evil spirits, often under the name of
the "will of God." Pages 88, 89, 90.
|ix. Trusting God: A true faith
given of God in the spirit, having its origin in Him, without effort reckoning
upon Him to fulfill His written Word. Co-existent with the full use of
every faculty in intelligent action. "Faith" is a fruit of the Spirit and
cannot be forced. Gal. v. 22. 2 Cor. 13. Page 275.
||ix. "Trusting evil spirits" comes about
through trusting blindly some supernatural words, or revelations, supposed
to come from God, which produces a forced "faith," or faith beyond the
believer's true measure, the result being actions which lead into paths
of trial never planned by God. Pages 129, 135, 274, 275.
|x. Reliance upon God: An attitude of
the will, of trust and dependence upon God, taking Him at His word, and
depending upon His character of faithfulness. Page 127.
||x. Reliance upon evil spirits means
a passive leaning upon supernatural help and experience, which draws
the person away from faith in God Himself, and from active co-action with
Him. Page 143.
|xi. Communion with God:
Fellowship in the Spirit with Christ in the glory as one spirit
with Him. The consciousness of this is in the spirit (John
iv. 24) and not in "feelings" in the senses. See for conditions of
true communion God, 1 John i. 5-7. Page 291.
||xi. "Communion" with evil spirits may
take place by retiring within to enjoy sense communion, in "exquisite feelings"
which absorbs and renders the soul incapable of the duties of life.
The "flesh" is fed by this spurious spiritual "communion" as really as
in grosser ways. Pages 124, 125, I 55.
|xii. Waiting on God: The Spirit in
restful co-operation with the Holy Spirit, waiting God's time to act, and
a waiting for Him to fulfill His promises. The true waiting upon
God can be co-existent with the keenest activity of mind and service. Pages
||xii. A "waiting for the Spirit
to come," in hours of prayer, which brings those who "wait" into passivity,
which at last reaches a point of "séance" conditions, followed by
an influx of lying spirits in manifestations. Pages 62, 63.
|xiii. Praying to God: Having
access to the Holiest of all, on the ground of the Blood (Heb. x. 19).
Penetrating in spirit through the lower heavens to the Throne of Grace.
Heb. iv. 14-16. True "prayer" is not directed toward God as within
the believer, but to a Father in heaven, in the Name of the Son, by the
Holy Spirit. Page 126.
||xiii. Praying to evil spirits
comes about by praying to "God" in die atmosphere, or within, or possibly
to "pictures" of God in the mind; instead of approaching the Throne of
Grace according to Heb. x. 19. Pages 95, 130.
|xiv. Asking God: An act of the the
will in simple faith, making a transaction with God in heaven, on the ground
of His written Word. "Answers to prayer" from God are usually so
unsensational and so unobtrusive that the petitioner often does not recognize
the answer. Cf. pages 249, 276, 279.
||xiv. "Asking" evil spirits, by
speaking to some supernatural presence in, or around the person.
The "answers" are generally "dramatic," sensational, calculated to over-awe
the person, and make him feel he is a wonderful recipient of favour from
on high. By this means the demons gain control over him. Pages
118, l19, 142.
|xv. God speaking: Through His Word,
by His Spirit, in the spirit and conscience of the man, illuminating
the mind to understand the will of the Lord. Page 136.
||xv. Evil spirits speaking, either puffing
up, accusing, condemning or confusing the person, so that he is bewildered
or distracted and cannot exercise his reason or judgment.
The "speaking" of accusing spirits resembles the "thinking" or speaking
to oneself, when the words are not uttered audibly. Pages 170,
171. Also "Listening" on pages 119, 125, 136, 142, 143.
|xvi. The voice of God: Is heard and
known in the spirit of man, wherein the Spirit of God dwells.
God also speaks through the conscience, and through the written Word (see
"xxvii"), never confusing or dulling the faculties of the man, or perplexing
him so as to hinder clearness of judgment and reason. The true voice
of God does not make a demand of unreasoning obedience to it,
irrespective of the man's free volition. Pages 137, 338.
||xvi. The counterfeit "voice"
of God is usually loud and comes from outside the person. It can
come from within, when the person is deeply possessed. It is frequently
imperative and persistent, urging to sudden action. Confusing and
clamorous, or subtle in suggestion; producing fear through its insistent
demands, making the man a slave to supernatural power. May also be
distinguished from the voice of God by its sometimes trivial objective,
and fruitless results when obeyed. Pages 137, 139, 141, 142.
|xvii. Divine guidance: Through the
spirit and mind; i.e., "drawing" in spirit, light in the mind: spirit and
mind brought into one accord in harmony with the principles of the Word
of God (Eph. v. 17; Phil. i. 9-11. A.V.m.). Pages 134, 135, 136, 140,
||xvii. Satanic guidance by supernatural
voices, visions, readings, drawings, are all dependent upon the passivity
of the mind and reason, and take place in the sense-realm as a counterfeit
of the true in the spirit. Pages 128, 134, 135,136, 221, 222.
|xviii. Divine "Leadings": Are in the
spirit; demand co-operation of the man in every faculty of mind, and spiritual
intelligence in correctly reading the monitions of the Spirit. The
is always left free to choose and act. The true "leading of the
Spirit" is never out of accord with principles of God's Word. Pages
||xviii. Satanic "leadings" and impulses,
demand passive surrender of mind and body. They are compulsory in
effect, and all "compelling" and "compulsion" from the supernatural realm
indicates the work of deceiving spirits. Pages 140, 141, 157.
|xix. Divine " Visions": When given,
come (1) without seeking for them, (2) with definite purpose, (3) are never
abortive, and (4) are co-existent with active use of the mind and faculties.
||xix. Satanic visions, (1) demand a
passive state, (2) are broken by mental action, (3) are frequently contrary
to truth, and (4) fruitless in result. Destroy all faith reliance
on God. Pages 149, 150.
|xx. Obedience to God: An act of deliberate
will, choosing to do the will of God, when made known to the believer.
A full examination of the source of the command preceding intelligent
decision to obey, is coexistent with true obedience. Pages 50,
||xx. Counterfeit of "obedience" is a
passive, automatic, blind yielding to supernatural power or voices, apart
from intelligent apprehension of results or consequences. The person
fears to question or examine the source of the command. Pages
|xxi. God giving power: By the Holy
Spirit in the man's spirit, strengthening him in spirit, so as to energize
his mind and every faculty of his being to their fullest use, and enabling
him to endure and accomplish what he could not bear or do apart from God.
(Eph. iii. 16). Pages 70, 138, 288.
||xxi. Evil spirits give power
in a supernatural energy - generally spasmodic and unreliable - dependent
upon the man being passive in spirit, soul and body. This "power",
when it ceases, leaves the man dull and exhausted, the effect generally
being attributed to natural causes. Cf. pages 112, 118, 119.
|xxii. God giving influence: Means that
the believer draws others to God, not to himself. True Divine "influence"
does not "control" others automatically, but constrains them to turn to
God. Page 289.
||xxii. Evil spirits giving "influence,"
means a control or power over others which causes them to act apart from
their volition, or reason. This "power" may be exercised unknowingly
by persons the demons can use in this way. Page 145.
|xxiii. God giving "impressions": Means
a gentle movement in the spirit, which leaves the person free to
act of his own volition, and does not compel him to action. "Impressions
from God" are within in the shrine of the spirit; and not from a
"power" outside, e.g., in "touches" on the body, or an exterior compelling
force. See page 219 for action of the spirit.
||xxiii. Evil spirits' "impressions"
are from outside, upon the person, and require certain conditions for the
"impressions" to be given i.e., a sitting still and waiting, etc.
These conditions can also be fulfilled unconsciously by cultivating passivity
of the whole being. See obsession, 108, 109. Cf. Pages 128,
|xxiv. Divine life from God: Is known,
not by "consciousness," but results, enabling the believer to bear
and suffer what he could not bear or suffer humanly. There is rarely
any "feeling" of strength or life, because consciousness of Divine life
would draw the man from the path of faith to rely upon his experience.
Pages 91, 291.
||xxiv. " Life " in thrills, etc.,
given by evil spirits, is known by its being in the senses, giving
pleasant sensations, rather than true power. When it passes away,
the person is dulled or weakened, and may go into spiritual darkness of
the sensibilities, e.g., he says he is "like a stone." Page 130.
|xxv. Divine love: Shed abroad in the
heart by the Holy Spirit, is co-existent with keen and faithful dealing
with sin; with acute hatred to sin and Satan, and all that is contrary
God's love does not dull, but energizes every
faculty to fulfill the action for which it was intended in creation.
It has no "craving" in it, nor does it weaken to whom it flows out.
Cf. Page 291.
|xxv. Counterfeit of the "love
of God" makes the recipient cover over sin, compromise with it; dulls him
to keen edged righteousness; makes him incapable of true hatred to the
things that God hates, for the faculty which "loves" is the faculty
The counterfeit of love, whether human or
Divine, given by evil spirits, grips the sensibilities with an overmastering
and painful "craving" for its object. Pages 108, 128, 145.
|xxvi. Fire from God: Is a purifying
through suffering (Matt. iii. 11, 12), or a consuming zeal in spirit, which
deepens into white heat intensity to do the will and work of God, which
no trials or opposition can quench. Fire from God is spiritual, not
literal, and therefore fills upon the spirit, not the body.
||xxvi. "Fire" caused by evil spirits
is generally a glow in the body, which the believer thinks is a manifestation
of "God" in "possession" of the body, but afterwards results in darkness,
dullness and weakness with no reasonable cause; or else it continues deceiving
the believer into counterfeit experiences. Pages 82, 130.
|xxvii. Texts from God: These are given
through the organ of the spirit to the mind, when the spirit is (1) calm,
(2) unstained, (3) at liberty, (4) open to the Spirit of God. They do not
confuse, and when acted upon are found to be in Providence, and are always
in accord with the keen use of the faculties. Intelligent knowledge
of the broad principles of Scripture is needed for the true interpretation
of "texts" which arise in the spirit, lest they be through human conceptions
of Divine things, e.g., the mind may take literally what God means
spiritually. Cf. Page 139.
||xxvii. Texts from evil spirits
"flash" into the mind: rush with force; come from without (audibly), or
in the mental sphere. They elate or crush, condemn or puff up; confuse
or turn out fruitless, leading those who obey them into vain actions, or
into wreckage of circumstances. Evil spirits give a false "experience,
" and then "texts to confirm it," whereas true experience confirms the
truth of the statements of the written Word. Evil spirits make use
of all misconceptions of truth. Pages 18, 65, 66, 139, 149, 150.
|xxviii. Sin from the fallen nature:
Is from within, carries the will with it, or else forces the will by its
pressure. The man knows the movement to sin is sin and yet yields
to it. Rom. vi. 6, 11 and 12 is God's way of dealing with the fallen
nature, and its workings, as the believer stands on the ground of the Cross,
and wields Christ's finished Calvary work as a weapon for victory.
The Holy Spirit bears witness to the Cross in setting free from sin, when
it is the outcome of the evil nature. Pages 229, 234, 247.
||xxviii. Sin caused by e.s., apart
from temptation, is also within, but is forced into the spirit,
mind or body, against the desire of the man, and should be recognized as
distinctly not of, or from himself, e.g., blasphemous thoughts and unexplainable
"feelings." If the "sin" infused by demons is dealt with as from the evil
nature, although the person stands on Rom. vi. 6, 11, and refuse it, no
deliverance comes, but when it is recognized as the work of demons, and
resisted on the ground of the Cross, freedom is quickly given. Pages
|xxix. Self-examination in the light of God:
A discrimination of his own actions exercised by the spiritual man,
which does not produce "despair," "disappointment," a "crushed feeling,"
etc., but leads to rapid decision of action and a joyous faith in the co-operating
work of the Spirit in deliverance from all that does not bear the verdict
of the light of God. John iii. 21. Page 56.
||xxix. Self-introspection, is
made use of by evil spirits to throw the believer into self-accusation
and despair. This drives the person inward and downward to crushed
impotence and faithlessness. God never crushes His children.
He convicts only to reveal the remedy. Evil spirits seek to turn
souls into self-centred absorption whereas God moves in them to live and
care for others. Page 159.
|xxx. Conviction of sin: Comes from
the Word of God, or by the direct action of the Holy Spirit, to the conscience,
in times of quiet prayer or reading. It is never "vague" or confusing,
and ceases directly the man decides to obey the Word, or go to God for
cleansing in the Blood of Christ. True conviction is also a deepening
experience, as the light of God shines into the conscience and life. Cf.
Pages 229 to 234.
||xxx. Evil spirits' accusations,
which are a counterfeit of conviction, are from without, in the ear (audibly),
or in the mind, in a "nagging" persistent, confusing kind of
"speaking," often without definite purpose or specific reason. No
"confessing" or "step of obedience" affects these accusations, and they
come again and again over the same things. Many live under a perpetual
cloud through the attacks of accusing spirits. They are under the
shadow of being "always wrong." Cf. Pages 229 to 234.
|xxxi. Confession of sin: To God and
man, should be the deliberate act of the will in obedience to the
Word of God, and conscience. It should be followed by sincere repentance
and putting away of the confessed sin, and have the witness of the Spirit
to the conscience that the sin has been put away through the efficacy of
the Blood of Christ. Page 133. (3)
||xxxi. Compulsory confessions,
by the driving power of evil spirits upon the mind in accusation, or from
remorse; or, to silence the accusing voices, the man is sometimes impelled
to "confess" "sins" which have no actual existence. Page 133.
(1) See "Counterfeit" for difference
between turning inward to a subjective manifestation, instead of relying
upon the Living Christ in heaven. The reliance and fellowship with
the Glorified Christ draws the believer to live out of himself (Eph. ii.
6) and thus have a wider vision, and clearer fellowship with all saints.
(2) "Cooperation" versus "control" is the distinction between true working
of God in and with man, in contrast to the working of evil supernatural
(3) Without exception the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is marked
by (a) a Christ-like spirit of love, (b) soberness of spirit vision, (c)
keenness of vision, (d) humility of heart and meekness of spirit, with
lion-courage against sin and Satan, and (e) clearness of the mental faculties
with a "sound mind." 2 Timothy i. 7. Wherefore be ye not foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is . . " Eph. v. 17, R.V.
(4) Speaking generally, proof of "sense-manifestations" being from deceiving
spirits may be found in the spirit being wrong alongside of "manifestations"
e.g., 1. Condemning spirit and judging spirit; 2. Spirit-vision dulled;
cannot see the marks of God at work in other ways; 3. Absence of true Spirit-power
in (a) convictions of sin, (b) deliverance of souls, or (c) salvation of
souls; 4. Or the spirit is "sweet" in a weak sense, with mind dulled,
and unable to work with clearness.