2 responses to “Unmasking the Ancient Ways of Satan Part 1”
Contemporary Christ followers face a double danger when considering what the Bible says about Satan. The first danger is to accept everything without thinking. Some churches blame everything on Satan, teaching that every sickness and disease is caused by him and that every bad thought needs the ministry of deliverance. That spills over into foolishness. It’s also a pretty good way to avoid taking responsibility for our own actions, since we can blame our behavior on an evil power.
The second danger is to reject everything without thinking. Many churches emphasize understanding scriptural truths and manifesting holy living to such an extent they ignore the work of Satan in the lives of Christ followers.
What we need is a recovery of balanced, biblical teaching on Satan. Those of us who blame everything on Satan ought to take a lesson from Jesus, whose practice was not to talk about the menacing rule of Satan but the joyous rule of God. Jesus does not engage in idle speculations about the nature of evil. When he meets those in bondage to Satan’s rule, he makes an appeal to faith in God and confronts evil with the power of love.
And those of us who ignore the work of Satan or read Paul’s language on “principalities and powers” and then reject it as irrational nonsense ought to remember that Jesus spoke of Satan’s work in his explanation of the parable of the sower. He described Satan as a murderer and a liar. That’s why Jesus described Satan as the ruler of this world and declared that his own death on the Cross would bring about that ruler’s condemnation.
Paul did not speak of evil as philosophers might, nor can we. We are waging a war for the hearts of our children. It is a war of worship. Who will they worship? Satan still wants to be the center of worship. He was willing to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world – something Jesus came to earth to obtain – if Jesus would but worship him. It is difficult to understand human history and its ceaseless brutality and war without being aware of the power of Satan. Paul felt it and wrote, “We are not contending against flesh and blood.”