Welcome to disciple making:
This series on disciple making is Booklet 1 – Essentials, which is part of the program Transferable Cross Training
(TCT) developed by Dr. Karl Payne. The purpose of TCT is to help equip men and women to be effective disciple makers. The materials are
field tested with various proof verses that can be memorized, and each lesson is focused on transferability. It is our desire is for those
who accept the challenge of discipleship that, with or without a Bible and notes in hand, each individual who has taken the time to master
the concepts and principles in this series will have confidence to comfortably and biblically respond to common questions and comments
from friends or enemies of Christ. By God’s grace we can make a difference in eternity by being actively involved in the most important
job assignment entrusted to mankind. For more information about TCT or obtaining the booklet series, see
Please remember that the uniqueness of this discipleship series is its simple transferability. It is the expressed desire
of the author that students actually use these materials after completing each booklet, by sharing them with others in a manner consistent
with 2 Timothy 2:2.
Accusation by Satan and his followers often follows the vain regret of a forgiven sin, because the enemy wants the Christian to think
that God's forgiveness of their sin was incomplete or that there was something they failed to do. Demonic forces do not want a Christian
to resolve their vain regrets for several reasons:
If the enemy can't have you, they will attempt to prevent you from serving God.
The enemy will attempt to remind you of your past problems and failures.
The enemy will attempt to get you to focus on yourself - not others.
The enemy will attempt to always remind you that something was left undone.
"I understand the foolishness of allowing vain regrets to dominate my life. But what do I do when I still feel guilty about my past,
even after I have asked forgiveness and put the situation behind me?"
Accusation is a problem with which many sincere Believers struggle. Let's do some evaluating.
If the Holy Spirit has convicted you of sin, and you have confessed it, you are forgiven and cleansed. Would the Holy Spirit reconvict
you of that same sin? No, of course not. That particular sin is no longer there; it's been forgiven and cleansed! So who would be trying
to throw forgiven sin back in your face and make you feel guilty and unproductive for God and His work?
Ephesians 6:16 clearly states that Satan, or one of his demonic archers; shoot
arrows, tipped with fire, at Christians. Flaming arrows, which are not immediately extinguished, can burn even a born again, blood bought,
pew throwing, praise singing, Scripture quoting Christian.
"Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having
done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF
RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith
with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:13-17)
Revelation 12:10 says that one of Satan's key attacks against the brethren is
accusation. He is even called "The Accuser".
(I believe that the accusation of Revelation 12:10 and the flaming
arrows of Ephesians 6:16 are often one and the same thing.)
"And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the
whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now
the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has
been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night." (Revelation 12:9-10)
How does demonic accusation typically play out in the theater of your mind?
ACCUSATIONS: ACT 1 - SCENE 1
ACCUSER: You sinned - you are feeling so bad today, you must have done something wrong.
BELIEVER: Oh no. God, forgive me. I'm sorry. I'm not sure what I did, but it must have been something bad or why would
I be under such conviction?
ACCUSER: You really think God will hear an insincere prayer like that? Confess your sin and pray again. You forgot to
begin, "Our Father" and did not end "in Jesus' name."
BELIEVER: God, please forgive me. I really am sorry for my sin and for praying so insincerely.
ACCUSER: Didn't God hear you the first time? Confess your unbelief as sin.
BELIEVER: Father, forgive me for my unbelief. I'm so sorry I doubted your promises.
ACCUSER: Aren't you supposed to redeem the time? You wasted it. People are going to hell while you waste time.
BELIEVER: God, forgive me for wasting your time and sending people to hell.
ACCUSER: You're a loser and a terrible Christian. Do God a favor and quit. You are such a miserable example of being
a Christian. Why don't you give up and die?
BELIEVER: God, I feel like a loser. Everything I do goes wrong. Sometimes I think it might be easier if I could just
ACCUSER: Isn't God in control of all things? Why do you go through such mental anguish when most of your friends seem
to enjoy their Christian life? If God really loved you wouldn't He put a stop to this? Either God does not love you, or you are not
really a Christian.
BELIEVER: God why don't You stop this if You are all-powerful? Don't You love me? You are not fair.
ACCUSER: Do you think a true Christian would attack the only one who loved them enough to die for them? You are not a
Christian. Either you never were or you have fallen from grace.
On and on it goes. The longer it goes the worse you feel. Conviction of unconfessed sin needs to be confessed, but endless accusations
and reminders of previously confessed sin need to be rejected, resisted and finally ignored (James 4:7,
1 Peter 5:8-9)
True guilt confessed brings cleansing and freedom because of God's total and complete forgiveness. False guilt (demonic accusations)
always brings escalating feelings of frustration, depression and hopelessness, because the Christian has been led to believe that God's
forgiveness is not total and complete.
How do you tell the difference between conviction from God and accusation from demons?
The intent of the Holy Spirit, when it convicts you of a sin, is to change behavior and make you better for God's
The intent of demonic accusation is to produce false guilt and remind you why you are unfit for God's service.
The following four suggestions can be a great help as you learn to become more discerning at distinguishing the difference between
God's conviction and demonic accusation.
Know Scripture - Voices, thoughts, impressions and ideas that contradict Scripture are not from God.
Specific or General - The Holy Spirit convicts Christians of specific sin, seeking to restore our fellowship with God.
Demonic archers accuse in generalities and dredge up forgiven failures from our past, hoping to destroy our active fellowship with God.
Listen for pronouns - Demons typically accuse Christians using second person singular (you) or first person plural (we
- when there are more), pronouns.
Pray offensively - Most Christians have learned to pray defensively (Psalm 27).
The Bible is replete with examples of offensive prayer as well (Psalm 35:1-8). Defensive
prayers assume we must just hang on and endure the firestorm. Offensive prayers ask God to attack the attackers.
Four suggestions to help distinguish between God's conviction and demonic accusation:
- Know Scripture
- Specific sin or generalities
- Listen for pronouns
- Pray offensively
Dr. Karl Payne, at heart, is an apologist who loves to train and equip Christians for spiritual service
and warfare (Eph.4:11-16). He enjoys preaching, writing and retreat / conference /
seminar speaking. He derives his greatest pleasure tackling the challenge of teaching Christian workers, interns and budding preachers /
teachers at both the Bible College and Seminary levels. In addition, he has co-authored two books: A just Defense and Cross
Training through Multnomah Press.