Satan aims to get people to worship him, not God

In Mormon Doctrine, Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote about Korihor and other anti-Christs who follow Satan rather than the Lord:

"One of Satan's greatest aims, as he works his nefarious schemes among men, is to get them `to worship him.' (Moses 1:12; 6:49.) His success in this venture is phenomenal. . . . He has the support and, though they may not consciously realize it, the adoration and worship of all those who live after the manner of the world. God our Father is worshiped in and through compliance with His commandments and in no other way. The same is true of Satan."Elder McConkie wrote that educational philosophies which deny Christ and the divine origin of man as an offspring of God are spawned and sponsored by Satan. "Secret combinations, evil oathbound organizations, criminal gangs, and groups of every sort which run counter to the principles of the gospel of salvation are organizations founded, sponsored, and used by the devil.

"Unfortunately, because even the worst and most evil organizations have some truth and good in them (otherwise they could not continue to prosper even under worldly conditions), even some of the very elect' are deceived to the point that they support aims and programs of these devil-born groups. ButGod hath said a man being evil cannot do that which is good, For behold, a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water; neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water; wherefore, a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ; and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil.' (See Moroni 7:5-20.)

"In decrying the teachings of false ministers, false apostles, deceitful workers,' Paul said,Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 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.' (2 Cor. 11:13-15; 2 Ne. 9:9.)

"Korihor is an illustration of such false ministers. After being confounded by Alma, he said: Behold, the devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel, and said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have all gone astray after an unknown God. And he said unto me:There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I should say. And I have taught his words; and I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind; and I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch that I verily believed that they were true; and for this cause I withstood the truth, even until I have brought this great curse upon me.' " (Alma 30:53.)

Elder McConkie pointed out that as part of the testing incident to mortal existence, man for the moment has forgotten the great truths that were commonplace to him in the pre-mortal existence. "Thus Satan's power over men is a result of his superior knowledge," Elder McConkie wrote. "He does not, however, have intelligence. Light and truth,' which is intelligence,forsake that evil one.' " (D&C 93:37.)

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