The devil is doing it again (Charles Box)

The Devil is not eternal like God, but he is just as real. The Bible says that Satan is the deceiver of the entire world. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9)

The Devil is busy seeking man’s spiritual destruction. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:6-9)

The Devil caused sin to be in the world. (Genesis 3) Sickness, death, disappointment and discouragement are all the working of Satan. Man is tempted to sin, but he is not tempted by God. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” (James 1:13) The Devil perverts the word of God. He perverted God’s truth and lead Eve astray. God said,

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

The Devil was able to pervert what God said with one word. He told Eve, “Ye shall not surely die.” (Genesis 3:4) He deceived Eve. God said “Eat and you will die!” The Devil said “Eat and you will not die!”

The Devil deceived Eve by adding “Not” to what God said and he is doing the same thing again today.

#1. God says the Bible does contain all things that pertain unto life and godliness; the Devil says the Bible does not contain all things that pertain unto life and godliness, instead we need additional revelation.

We read, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” (2 Peter 1:3) Humanity has truly been blessed by God with this great gift, the Bible. If we appreciate having the Bible we should study it daily. The people of Berea demonstrated the attitude that we should have toward the Bible. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11) Our personal Bible study should produce a sincere desire for obedience from the heart. (Romans 1:5)

#2. God says baptism is essential to salvation; the Devil says baptism is not essential to salvation.

Baptism is a very important and often misunderstood subject. Baptism is important because it is commanded by Christ. Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16) Baptism is to be done by the authority of Jesus with its purpose being remissions of sins. (Acts 2:38) The blood of Jesus was shed in His death. “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” (John 19:34) Baptism is important because it brings one into contact with the death and blood of Jesus. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)

#3. God says the one church of the Bible is necessary, the Devil says the one church of the Bible is not necessary.

The church in the Bible was paid for by the blood of Christ. “…feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28) God’s church is those “people” that were purchased with Christ’s blood. The church was never a physical building nor was it a denomination. Christ died to purchase and cleanse the church. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” (Ephesians 5:25) Christ is the Savior of the church. “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.” (Ephesians 5:23) If a person is saved he is a member of the blood bought church of Christ. Salvation and membership in Christ’s church is the same thing. God adds the saved, and only the saved, to the church. “…And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47) Are you a member of the church you can read about in the New Testament? Salvation and membership in the church of Christ is the same thing. You are not saved outside of the church.

#4. God says division or denominationalism is wrong, the Devil says division or denominationalism is not wrong.

When the word “church” is used, many people think of the building in which the church meets. The Bible never speaks of the church as a physical building. The church in the Bible is always saved people. According to Acts 11:22 the church has ears. Many view the “church” as a group made up of all denominations. A denomination is a religious group separated from others by a particular name or doctrine.

Denominationalism is opposed to the will of God. “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10) In Ephesians 4:4-6 the Bible teaches that there is one church or one body. This one church is the body of Christ. “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:22-23) In the Bible there is one body or one church. Today, however, there are hundreds of “churches” in the world.

All who comply from the heart with the conditions set forth in the Bible become Christians; they are members of the Lord’s church. (Acts 2:47) To become a Christian, you must believe (Mark 16:16), repent of sins (Acts 2:38), confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized into Christ. (Galatians 3:27) Are you a part of the blood bought church of Christ?

By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama. 36037 USA

#devil #Satan #Charles-Box #church #denominationlism

Cooperating to do evil

Cooperation is a virtue of every faithful Christian and Christian leader. But, cooperation in that which is good is not the only kind of cooperation possible. It is also possible to cooperate in that which is evil.

  • Judas cooperated to do evil in betraying Christ (Matt. 26:14-26).
  • Ananias and Sapphira conspired together to do evil (Acts 5:1-12).
  • Felix cooperated with the Jews when he kept Paul bound after determining there was no reason (Acts 24:27).
  • The Jewish council cooperated to do evil in trying to suppress the preaching of the gospel by arresting, beating and threatening the disciples (Acts 4:16-17, 5:28, 40).

You might be thinking that you would never do as these above did. You would not cooperate to do evil. But, it might be that Satan calls upon us to do evil with more subtlety than we know.

  • For example, did you ever stop to think that when you listen to gossip, you are cooperating to do evil?
  • When you hear a man teach truth that proves to be unpopular and you either support others who speak against him (Acts 26:10) or try to remain neutral, you are cooperating to do evil.
  • Consider the attempted neutrality of the parents of the blind man (Jn. 9:19-23).
  • When some unrepentant sin in your life persists (forsaking the assembly, foul language, lying, bitterness, backbiting, etc), you are cooperating with Satan to do evil (1 Tim. 5:13; 2 Pet. 2:2; 1 Tim. 5:14).

We must be careful not to cooperate to do evil (1 Tim. 5:22; 2 Jn. 11).

Mike Glenn

#cooperation, #evil, #satan

Where Does Evil Come From?

In my article today I examine the darkness of evil as illustrated by the Nazis. I hope you will read it and share it with others. The tagline for my Facebook post is, “Evil enters our hearts when we leave the door open.”

We see the evil in our world and we have to wonder where all of it comes from. No one is born evil (Ezekiel 18), so it comes from somewhere.

I like the line from the Woody Allen film, “Hannah and her Sisters.” Max von Sydow plays a professor who was discussing a show where historians wondered why the Holocaust happened.

Sydow’s character said, “The reason they can’t find the answer is because they are asking the wrong question. The question is not how did it happen but why doesn’t it happen more often?”

We focus on the Jewish Holocaust as if it is the only one in history. However, genocide has existed since time began in one form of another. Ask the Serbs.

Evil has an origin and it enters the hearts of men if we allow it. Read the chilling illustration I use today and you won’t likely forget it any time soon.

#devil, #evil, #forthright, #satan, #sin

Satan’s Party

Satan wants you drunk on Saturday night, so you won’t remember God on Sunday morning.

#alcohol, #beer, #god, #satan, #worship

The Sinner’s Fantasy

You are right. Your situation is entirely different than anyone who has ever lived. And yes, God never thought of this and Scripture should be amended to condone what you believe.

Sincerely,

Satan

#satan, #sin

Realities of Satan and Hell

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek [Christ]” (Hebrews 11:6). We cannot ever hope to be saved if we do not have faith in Christ. If we believe in Christ, we accept Him as the Lord and Savior, who died for the world (Romans 5:6-10).  Accordingly, we will not enter heaven unless we are in Christ (Acts 2:37-38,47; Romans 6;3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 1:3,22-23).

However, Satan is not as discriminating. He will welcome us to hell, regardless of whether we believe in Satan or not. The Devil doesn’t care what we think or do.  He has a very loose, open-door policy. So, stay away from God and Satan’s home will be yours. What a horrifying thought (Matthew 25:46).

#heaven, #hell, #satan, #sin

Satan’s Version of Unity

Don Blackwell shared this photo on Facebook. It is indicative of the mindset of the religious world in our age. Satan has taken division and dressed it up in a disguise so that it appears to the uninitiated as unity. To those who accept this lie, they appear comfy and warm in their delusion. So much so, that when those who see through the ruse, warn them of the dangers, they are called haters, mockers and dividers.

The division monster dressed as unity is therefore more popular than the true unity described in Scripture and the Lord weeps at our ignorance. Meanwhile,  Satan foments the lie and more sheep are led to their slaughter.

Matthew 16:18, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

1 Corinthians 1:10, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

Ephesians 4:4, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.”

When will we learn?

#division, #god, #peace, #satan, #unity

The Face of Evil

Satan’s influence in this world is firm and all-encompassing. Throughout all of society, we see the existence of evil. His ways have touched the hearts of men leading them to do the Devil’s will.

I was recently watching a two-part documentary on the “History International” channel on “The Third Reich.” The second part of the series discussed the fall of the Nazi party in Germany. They examined film, audio and remembrances of the German people during World War II. It was unlike anything I have ever seen.

One part was especially chilling.

A 21 year-old Nazi soldier named Willy Peter Reese talked about how the Nazis marched into Russia. In his video footage he had built a small gallows, where he had suspended three stuffed animals with tape. He had piled wood underneath them and he set the wood on fire to burn their bodies as they hung from the gallows. He said, “We marched into Russia. Murdered the Jews, strangled the women, killed the children. Everyone knows what we bring.”

That was one of the most frightening things I have ever heard a soldier say. I can’t get this out of my mind and I’ve watched that scene several other times. We need to be reminded from time to time that such evil exists and that in Christ, we are free from Satan’s grasp.

Every person is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). However, with some, their good parts are frozen from disuse. They have given themselves completely to, what C.S. Lewis called, “Our  father below.” He is constantly out to destroy us and steal our humanity (1 Peter 5:8; Luke 22:31).

Only through Christ can we be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s blood will wash away our iniquities, freeing us from the disease of sin (1 John 1:7; Acts 2:37-38).

We cannot control what other people do, and the evil in their hearts. All we can do is serve the Lord and be ready when we take our last breathe (Luke 13:3-5). Evil may kill our bodies, but they are defenseless against our soul!

#evil, #holocaust, #nazi, #satan

Satan is not a one-talent tempter. Nor d…

Satan is not a one-talent tempter. Nor does he make one-time attempts. He never sleeps. He studies his prey with intense dedication. He knows our weaknesses and our weak moments. His wiliness merits our best attention.

All that can be said of Satan, for ill, can be said, and much more, of the Lord, for good. The Lord is not a sleepy guardian. His eye is always on his people. He knows our weaknesses and our weak moments. He knows us thoroughly, for he made us. He gives us every advantage, every resource, every escape from the evil one. His sovereignty merits our humble submission and willing obedience.

#god, #satan, #temptation, #weakness

Trampling Our Joy

The story of the rescue of the Chilean miners teaches us how Satan takes our joy and tries to turn it into disaster.  This tragic story and the aftermath is a powerful reminder to always be aware of the attacks against us (Ephesians 6:10-12).

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#chilean-miners, #rescue, #satan

Warning! A Roaring Lion is Loose!

Text: I Peter 5:8

Intro: The Devil is  real! He is the adversary of God and man.

The Character  of Satan

  1. Presumptuous.                          Job 1:6
  2. Proud.                                         I Tim. 3:6
  3. Powerful.                                    Eph. 2:2; Eph. 6:12
  4. Wicked.                                       I John 2:13
  5. The Source of Apostasy.           II Tim. 2:9

How He Works Today

  1. He perverts Scripture.              Matt. 4:6; Genesis 3
  2. He  opposes God’s Work.          Zech. 3;   1 Thes. 2:18
  3. He  hinders the  Gospel.            II Cor. 4:4
  4. He is an angel of light                II Cor. 11:14
  5. He is the  father of life.             John 8:44

How To Combat the Devil

  1. Resist him.                                   James 4:7
  2. Greater is He who is in you.      I John 4:4
  3. Take the Whole Armor of God Eph. 6:10-20

The Destiny of Satan & His Followers

  1. The Lake of Fire                        Matthew 25:41; Rev. 20:10

#i-peter, #satan, #sermon-outline, #spiritual-warfare, #whole-armor-of-god

The Devil’s Beatitudes

We all know that  he  does  not  have   anything  good  about  him, but if  he  had  some  beatitudes,  here’s  how they  might  go– Hope  that  we   don’t  know any Christians  who  fit them.

  • Blessed are they who are too tired and too busy  to  go to  church on Sunday, for they are  my  best workers.
  • Blessed  are  they who  gossip, for they cause strife and divisons that  please me.
  • Blessed is  he  who professes  to  love  God, but  hates  his  brother and  sister, for  he shall be with me forever.
  • Blessed are the  trouble-makers, for they shall be callled  “the children of the devil.”
  • Blessed is the one  who is easily  offended, for she shall soon get  angry and quit.      (Sel.)

#devil, #satan

Give Satan his due

I want to encourage you to start believing in Satan again and see his fingerprints in every evil thing.  I now have 300 articles at Forthright. Thanks to Randal and Barbara for the opportunities you have provided me!

#evil, #forthright, #god, #satan

Satan has been very successful in using …

Satan has been very successful in using a a fleshly form of grace to confuse people and lead them away from God. We must remember that Satan’s voice sounds a lot like ours (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Accordingly, the combination of turning grace into fleshly liberty is too much to pass up and Satan uses them for his own glory. Wouldn’t you do so, if you were him?

#grace, #satan

If Jesus is Lord

… then I better act like it.

Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.” (Matt 7:21, KJV) Yet there are so many who have bought into Satan’s lie, just as Eve bought into the lie in the garden. Satan inserts that one 3-letter word, “not”. Sadly, that’s all it takes.

#jesus-is-lord, #obedience, #obey, #satan