by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Christians are sinking too deeply into the scientific age in which we live. Accordingly, everything must be tangible and explainable scientifically. This leads to skepticism and a disdain of the spiritual and miraculous.
As a result, we lose focus of the war raging around us and Satan moves into the realm of myth, while God assumes the mantle of villain.
Strangely, in our age, people vilify God as powerless, until they need someone to blame and the Father suddenly becomes real again. There is nothing like tornadoes and floods to activate the faith of atheists.
Studies show that “Nearly six out of ten Christians [in a broadest sense] either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement that Satan ‘is not a living being but is a symbol of evil,’ the survey found.” /1
God’s people must resist this trend and start believing in Satan again. We must take him seriously and realize the danger of his venom. He stands against God’s people in every situation and he is tireless in his villainy.
His fingerprints have been on every evil thing since the beginning of time. God, however, is consummate goodness. “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5, NKJV).
The contrast could not be any clearer.
Christians need to be looking for Satan’s fingerprints on every tainted surface. He will do anything to destroy us spiritually (1 Peter 5:8). His goal is to decimate your marriage and enslave your children.
The drug dens and porn shoots are under his careful supervision. He cheers on the abuser and whets the thirst of the drunkard. He empties a woman’s heart and leads her to the street corner to give away her last possession.
His breath is in the false teacher’s mouth as he spews lies and deceives the people. No arena is safe from his disease.
When will we call his hand? How much longer will we blame God for Satan’s handiwork? Can we imagine the level of evil in this deed?
Satan is somewhere plotting your downfall and aligning himself against your children to steal their bodies and souls. Do we care? If so, fight back with the Word (Matthew 4) and be sanctified (Romans 12:1-2).