Featured in the June, 2004 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
If you believed that Satan has long ago been buried in some musty theology
book you are in for a jolt! The Devil is not dead.
Those who smile at the doctrine of a personal Devil have not come up with any
other explanation for the chaos that plagues society.
Christ knew that Satan exists. He said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall
from heaven” (Luke 10:18). Satan was once a good angel who rebelled against God
and was put out of heaven. Christ talked with Satan (Matt. 4:1-11). Jesus also
tells that Satan will be finally sentenced to everlasting fire (Matt 25:41).
Deny the existence of the Devil and you deny the teaching of Christ.
Many people are quick to blame God for every evil seen in the world. Remarks
such as, “Why did God kill my son?”, “Why did God send lightning to strike my
house?”, Why did God send the tornado?” are all too common. The experience of
Job (Job 1:16-19), would shed light on the problems of evil in the world.
Marauding armies, devastating lightning, destructive “acts of nature” can come
by the power of the Devil.
Though all sickness is the result of sin in the human race, yet Scripture
specifically states that in certain instances, illness and disease are the
direct result of Satanic activity. It was the Devil who afflicted Job with boils
(Job 2:7). The Bible tells about a man deprived of the power of speech because
of demon possession (Matt. 9:32,33), another both blind and speechless because
of Satanic power (Matt. 12:22) and still another crippled because of Satan’s
work (Luke 13:10-17).
Worse than these physical difficulties resulting from Satanic power is the
devastation in the spiritual realm attributed to Satan.
It is the Devil who takes the Word of God from the heart of the one who hears
it (Matt. 13:19) so that it will not produce its good effects in his life.
He has power to give spiritual blindness (II Cor. 4:4) and dull and warp the
conscience (Acts 5:1-10).
The black arts are blooming in this scientific century. College educated people
consult astrologers. Witches appear on national TV talk shows, and America’s
children are entertained by television programs centering on witchcraft. The
majority of American newspapers carry horoscopes that are regularly consulted by
40,000,000 Americans. Some teenagers openly admit to being worshippers of Satan.
Churches of Satan have sprung up across the country with one boasting a
membership of 10,000 people. Almost every American alive is keenly aware that
there is supernatural power that does not come from God. The Devil is not dead.
People are bewildered by the strange antics going on under the guise of
religion. Anarchy is promoted, communism peddled, criminal activity condoned,
dope parties held in religious buildings, and dances for homosexuals sponsored
by supposed men of God.
The usual characterization of Satan with horns, hooves, pointed tail and
pitchfork is not the Bible picture. The Scripture says, “Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his
ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness whose end shall be
according to their works (II Cor. 11:14,15).
Satan does his most effective work under the guise of Christianity through
professors, theological seminaries, ministers and priests.
Satan is the master deceiver. He tricked Eve (Genesis 3:1-6) at the dawn of
the human race and has been improving his techniques ever since. Defiant and
bold, there is nothing he will not try to do. He has even attempted to get the
Son of God to commit sin (Matt. 4:1-11), and he is always looking for
opportunities to oppose God’s people (I Thess. 2:18).
To think that the numerous religious errors peddled in our time are merely
the result of men’s misunderstandings or misinterpretations is to make a
grievous error. Scripture characterized these false doctrines as “doctrines of
devils” (I Tim. 4:1-15). To follow after the false teachings mentioned in this
Bible passage is to follow after the teaching of Satan.
To think that the upheavals in our world are due only to human power is to be
sorely mistaken. Satan himself produced these difficulties and they cannot be
overcome with human ingenuity and effort. The Scripture states “Put on the whole
armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil for we
wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places” (Eph. 6:11,12).
Just because a man claims to be a minister or priest does not mean he is a
man of God. He could be an agent of the Devil. To follow after him is to damn
Just because an organization claims to be a church, does not mean it is God’s
church. It may well be Satan’s instrument for teaching error, causing chaos in
society and damning souls for eternity. To point to miracles as an evidence of
God’s power and blessing may be a grave mistake. Satan also has the power to
work miracles and it is part of his program of deception (Rev. 16:14). He is a
genius at producing “lying wonders” (II Thess. 2:9). The presence of the
supernatural may not indicate the approval of God but rather the working of
Triumph will come for
those who personally know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Conqueror. From
Him they have the promise “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the
world” (I John 4:4). Only by following the Bible strategy for battle can there
be any victory. Scripture teaches “Resist the devil and he will flee from you”
(James 4:7). We are also told “Neither give place to the Devil” (Eph. 4:27).
Satan would have people to think that he does not exist. He wants them to
believe he is dead. Then unhindered he can continue his work in government, in
education, in religion, in the home, and in the minds of individuals.
If you have not met him, it is only because you are traveling in the same
direction. Satan Is Alive!