Satan’s weapon of hate
by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Satan is the master of lies, deceiving countless people daily through sleight of hand and subtle tricks of the language (John 8:44). Yet, most people no longer think he exists, even in churches. We must be diligent to expose his activities.
In our upside down age, we blame God for evil and credit man for good. Recent events shed light on Satan’s lies.
The owner of the restaurant chain, Chick-fil-a, made it known that he did not support homosexual marriage. A firestorm of criticism led thousands of Americans to stand in line to support the restaurant’s stance on traditional marriage.
Detractors insist that everyone who is against homosexual marriage hates homosexuals. This is too devious for man to come up with on his own. Clearly, Satan is at work because these claims are antithetical to God’s Word.
As Christians, we are commanded to love everyone (1 John 4:7). The gospel is for all, no matter what sins we have committed (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
While God condemns the practice of homosexuality (Romans 1:26-27), God created those who practice homosexuality in his image (Genesis 1:27) and sent his Son to die for them (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
Nevertheless, Satan is reaping great benefits by redefining words to cloud the minds of men (Ephesians 6:11).
In the spiritual realm, he has changed the popular definitions of grace, salvation, church, Christian and saint. Accordingly, countless people are being lost, thinking they are pleasing God while falling for Satan’s lies.
By altering the parameters of the homosexuality issue, Satan has found a way to pressure people into acceptance, even Christians who have replaced faith with timidity.
They ignore the clear teachings of the New Testament against homosexuality because they fear the approval of men more than they fear the approbation of God.
“The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25, NKJV).
They are spineless, just like Aaron, who was more frightened of the people than of God (Exodus 32:21-24). Will leaders of God’s people follow the same path? Sadly, many will.
God gave Jeremiah some very sound advice that applies today:
“Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you” (Jeremiah 1:8).