This is my text that I used for tonight's 3/15/2003 sermon on Legion.
It should be available in audio format at
There are many today who claim to be "Christian" and "saved" because they got a prayer answered. If God did not hear the prayers of sinners then there wouldn't be any Christians. If God did not fill sinners with the Holy Ghost then we would not have examples in the Bible where people received the Holy Ghost baptism with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues
BEFORE they were baptized in Jesus Name to have their sins washed away.
Let's look at a situation where Jesus was acknowledged as Lord and answered prayers and then compare that with the salvation experience that so many will claim today.
Mark 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
Notice that the devils confessed Jesus as Lord (and even PRAYED to Him, eh?). This is important because at that point the devils fulfilled the salvation requirements of most if not all denominal trinitarian false-christian cults in this city, yea even in this world.
8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
The devils prayed to Jesus after acknowledging Him as Lord God. They prayed a specific prayer request directly to the Lord Jesus Christ.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
More praying to Jesus by the devils!
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
Jesus GRANTED their prayer request. He answered their prayer.
14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
The townspeople asked Jesus to leave and He granted their prayer
request as well. Jesus honors the prayer requests of the false-christian cults that don't want Him around. (in this day Jesus comes to us as the Holy Ghost and His infilling always has the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues.) The false-christian cults pray Him to depart and He does.
Are you a Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran etc? If so and if you have followed your denominational doctrines, you are just as saved as the devils in Legion! There are a lot of deceived good people out there!
The townspeople asking Jesus to leave is a sermon in itself, but my point here is that false churches are lying to you when they tell you that if you just "believe" or "pray", or "acknowledge Jesus as Lord" that you are "saved". Did not the devils in Legion do those things?
Jesus gave the Apostle Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Matt 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Peter was no pope but he was the man with the keys to the kingdom. You cannot reject Peter and claim to retain Jesus who gave Peter the keys. (and Peter also affirmed Paul too).
2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
That again is another sermon in itself.
Then when men were honest and asked Peter what they could do, Peter unlocked the kingdom of heaven.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do?
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.
Notice there were 3000 there that elected to have their sins remitted or "washed away" by being baptized in the Name of Jesus.
So you'd better believe that the minister of Satan will do just about anything that he can to try to downplay Acts 2:38. Paul mentions that there will be those that come along and preach "another gospel."
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Paul also didn't leave us in ignorance that when Satan's ministers come, they come masquerading as "ministers of righteousness", as smooth talking false preachers saying things like, "Just claim belief and you are saved."
II Corinthians 11:13 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
II Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
II Corinthians 11:15 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.
Did you ever wonder why there are so many "churches" claiming to be "christian" but preaching totally different salvation doctrines. It is the job of the false preacher to cause YOU to be among those that don't obey Acts 2:38.
II Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
II Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
II Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Just having the same salvation experience and foundation as the devils in Legion will leave you eternally challenged.
Pastor Steve Winter