Our Most Persistent Enemy
No one would argue that America’s morality is in a slide of cataclysmic proportions. One of the main reasons is that we have forgotten that the foundation of a nation is found in the ties to the spiritual devotion of the people to the God or gods they serve. Where paganism reigns, we call those areas primitive. Where righteousness used to reign, we once called America “a Christian nation”. Today, we use God’s name in blasphemy, Jesus’ name in cursing, churches are being sold as craft malls and restaurants, and Satan has been accepted as a cartoon character. No wonder we are despicable to so much of the world. Death is always repulsive.
No army goes into battle without studying the strategies, fortifications, and strength of the enemy. When Satan was acknowledged as the source of every evil temptation as well as the constant “influencer” of men to pull them away from God, we did not accept iniquity as a “right” and a personal matter that was nobody’s business. In finding some illustrations from years ago, I came across this one….
J. O. Sanders offers this interesting description of the counterfeit nature of Satan:
*Satan has his own trinity–the devil, the beast, and the
false prophet (Revelation 16:13).
*He has his own church, “a synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9).
*He has his own ministers, “ministers of Satan” (2 Corinthians 11:4-5).
*He has formulated his own system of theology “doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).
*He has established his own sacrificial system; “The Gentiles…sacrifice to demons” (1
*He has his own communion service, “the cup of demons…and the table of demons” (1
*His ministers proclaim his own gospel, “a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to
*He has his own throne (Revelation 13:2) and his own worshipers (Revelation 13:4).
So he has developed a thorough imitation of Christianity, viewed as a system of religion.
(J.O. Sanders, Satan is No Myth, Moody, 1975, pp. 35-36).
The devil is not impersonal like stones or bureaucracies; he is a non-person. The Devil has become all that God is not; he is not beyond personality–he is without it. His purpose in creation is not to destroy God; he knows that he cannot do that. He wants to draw us into the vortex of non-personhood that he has become, and the nothingness of non-being that he is becoming. Satan, in short, aims to take as many of us with him as he can. (Nigel Wright, The Satan Syndrome, Zondervan, 1990, p. 163).
Satan promises the best but pays with the
worst; he promises honor and pays with disgrace;
he promises pleasure and pays with pain; he promises profit and pays with loss;
he promises life and pays with death. (Thomas Brooks).
Since so many are ignorant today of Satan’s reality, they are not aware that his time of harassing mankind will end in the judgment of God. The Bible shows that the devil will not die, but rather that he will suffer torment. After Satan’s deception following the 1,000 years, he will be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone” where he “will be tormented day and night forever and ever”. (Rev.20:10).