I did not want to start a discussion on a prayer request thread, so I thought I would move some of the contents to this forum. The initial OP... ...and a little later... My questions 1. Could it be that Satan can deceive a true believer into thinking they only had "head knowledge" when they have appeared to bear fruit for years? 2. Could it be that Satan can deceive a lost person into having a desire for the things of God, but only a head knowledge? Having read the posts of the author of the OP in the past, he did seem to bear fruit as a true believer....had doubts to the point of questioning his faith...and now has concluded he has just recently passed from death to life. I have a hard time reconciling that whole principal. The natural man does not desire the things of God, the Word is foolishness to those perishing, etc. For one to even be concerned about their status with Christ, IMO, would be evidence of fruit. What is now being rejoiced as a recent conversion, I am saddened that if this person was a true believer (from the outside what appeared to be the case), he has now been deceived into giving up his ministry, being unemployed, and has given into this deception with satan winning a major battle. Doubts happen, they are not from God, and they must be dealt with. I don't know if this was the best way to deal with it.