12 Weeks of Prayer: Week 1 Day 4
Satan’s Prime Directive
By Pastor Mike Heil
TOH The Unapologetic Theologian
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.”
I Timothy 4:1.
“As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming."
Americans are molded by what we receive from the culture, bringing perceptions that confuse and distort the truth. One example today would be how we perceive demons and Satan. I find that there are two ways the average, common, everyday person in America looks at demons; one, they are just a myth and not real, a figment of the extremist Christians. Robert Simpson, in the periodical “ABC of Religion and Ethics,” wrote: “I read Screwtape as an impressionable adolescent, and it did a number on me. It steered me towards a
superstitious, histrionic way of thinking about spiritual matters - a way of thinking that is disdained not only by religious sceptics, but also by most mature Christians.” The book Mr. Simpson is referring to called “The Screwtape Letters” is the classic book by C.S. Lewis in which C.S. Lewis describes how Satan and his demons tempt and deceive mankind. It is this spiritual truth that Mr. Simpson pronounces as “superstitious” and “disdained” by most
The second way Americans view demons and evil spirits is as bizarre and terrifying, with sharp teeth, horns, and hoofed feet. Hollywood has been the primary form Satan uses in this deception with movies like: The Exorcist, Devil’s Advocate, or Rosemary’s Baby. Both of these caricatures are wrong, and both of these perversions of truth are by design. God tells us in I Timothy 4:1 “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” The first and most basic deception of Satan is to keep the church (and the world) ignorant to his reality. In the same way that Satan kept Eve unaware of his reality, packaging himself in the form of a serpent, so today Satan camo