Satan’s agenda has always included subterfuge. Misunderstanding God’s purpose has more than once led honest, sincere hearts astray. Such was Peter’s plight when Jesus began to explain His sufferings.
When Peter drew Jesus aside and reassured Him that He would not be subject to censure and crucifixion, Jesus responded: “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Matthew 16:23). This response must have stunned Peter but where was his fly in his ointment?
Did Peter lack in reverence for God? Absolutely not, in fact quite the opposite could be argued from one who swore, despite Jesus’ predictions, that he would never deny his Master (Matthew 26:35). Did he fall short in good intensions? Of course not! Was he not doing his best? Where is the indication that he was not? However, did it fall far short of glory to God? Obviously.
The degree to which a person is sincere does not increase the verity of an issue. If something is false, pursuing it with a vengeance doesn’t make it right. Satan wants you to feel good about feeling good about what you believe but he does not want you to search the Scripture (John 5:39), be persistent in your search for truth (Acts 17:11) or put God’s Word above your own opinion (Matthew 15:8-9). However, no matter how sincere one is religiously, if there is no evidence for a doctrine, name, organization, etc., in the Bible, if it is not authorized by Divine authority, it is false.
Satan’s agenda includes fooling you (2 Corinthians 2:11). If he can get you to believe a lie, he will (2 Thessalonians 2:11)! Therefore, instead of basing your faith on your feelings, or on what some religious person claims or on an unstudied verse taken out of context, base your faith upon the rightly used Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15). Jesus is the Man with the plan; anything else accommodates Satan’s agenda.