For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
There is a war on against Christianity. Not one in the media or even from any political or national source. It is the one that has been going on from the beginning lead by the Devil. It is a battle for the hearts and minds of every soul on this planet (2 Corinthians 10:3 -5). The devil uses any means to create doubt, cause delay and get us to ignore the truth of God word. Let’s examine some of those he uses to do just that:
This lowly one may not seem like he couldn’t do much damage, but looks can be deceiving. When private interpretation comes into play he causes the authority of God’s Word to come into question. What is clearly said in the text can be twisted into what I think it says. Since there are so many private interpretations, how can really know what is being said? So, the word of God is made null. The devil looks to use him to muddy the water so clear command can be dismissed.
What private interpretation starts, major division builds on. Since Satan convinces folks that everyone can have their own personal take, the united army of the Lord begins to divide. We began to follow men and their personal take rather than God and His Word. The chain of command is disrupted and chaos ensues. Once the ranks are divided, it becomes much easier to conquer. Every argument in the troops result in a new spinoff until the believers are as different from one another as they are the enemy. Major division is the power player of Satan allowing him to make sure no one will oppose him.
Private interpretation confuses, major division weakens but the one that will keep us in captivity is general malaise. You see a divided people that can’t agree on truth will have no reason to keep fighting the fight of faith. The energy, effort and sacrifice won’t be worth it. So little by little anything that is worthwhile slips away until we stand a conquered people. General malaise doesn’t work fast but his victory is still complete.
The good news is the Devil and his minions can be defeated. James 4:7 tells us, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. If we won’t fall for the tricks of Satan and make ourselves aware of his schemes, we can make the Devil run. But only if we listen, not to ourselves, but to God can we make that happen!