Satan has no interest in banishing Christianity. Read C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letters.”
Satan is perfectly content with having a form of religion around to lull people to sleep. However, he must make some changes until it is leading people down the road he has prepared (1 Peter 5:8).
Satan changes our language, re-defines our words and alters our focus from Christ to ourselves. We become more worldly when Satan tells us that the world can’t be converted by holy people.
Satan discredits Scripture and destroys God’s meanings for words such as grace, holiness, preaching, faith and repentance, replacing them with secular definitions.
Satan creates a faux Christianity without God that focuses on slick promotions, incense, clothes, hairstyles, poetry, emotion and entertainment. His religion is empty and shallow, appealing to a worldly view of “spirituality.” Satan would rather us connect with a tree than with God.
The Christian Chronicle published an article about a “Christian” movie called “Blue Like Jazz.”
As a professor at a private Christian university, I have observed a generation gap among Christians regarding cursing, drinking and a dissatisfaction with the mixing of faith and politics in this country. “Blue Like Jazz” has a lot of cursing and drinking. This is intentional, and probably not that uncomfortable for the younger audiences likely to enjoy the film. These individuals, often under the age of 30, are more interested in social justice than clean language.
When being hip and cool matters more than sanctification, God’s people are no different than the faceless masses and we have betrayed our purpose.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV).
Paul follows this magnificent statement with:
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (Ephesians 4:1).
We are to walk and live like the Christ, not the local clubbers. We are to live “worthy” of Christ by being “transformed” (Romans 12:1-2). We are to bring sinners OUT of the world. That requires that we call them to a better way. That cannot be done by becoming just like them!
I am fearful for the Lord’s church if Satan is being this successful with diluting the meaning of holiness. Satan can cause us to think we are saved while laughing at our folly. Jesus is calling us to rise above sin and squalor (Ephesians 4:17-19).
When we place social justice, as defined by Satan, against God’s will, we are obviously installing Satan as our lord (Exodus 20:3). Accordingly, we will be lost as we enter hell with our savior at judgment (Revelation 20).
Let’s study and re-discover the real Godhead found in the Scriptures and what He desires for His people. He calls us to rise above debauchery and drunkenness (1 Corinthians 6:9-11,18-20). Through Christ, we can be better or He has done nothing for the world, at all (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).