by Ernest Liu
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  • Fairytale Satan

    While meandering through my brother’s blog, I came across one of Driscoll’s latest sermons. Below are quotes directly from the sermon.

    We live in a day when, through psychology, through explanation, through a resistance to the supernatural, people don’t even believe in Satan and demons. We turn them into fictitious cartoon characters and mythical parts of our historical narrative; the stories we tell and the fairy tales we enjoy—we don’t think they’re real. We don’t think that Satan is real; we don’t think that demons are real. And so we tend to, every time we are shot, question or blame God, while Satan laughs and runs away…

    We live in a therapeutic culture where God is reduced to a damnable life coach who comes along to ask you what you want and to give you tips and tricks to do a better job, to live for your glory, to be what you want, to get what you want, to do what you want! And in that way, it’s absolutely demonic! God does not exist to bless you; you exist to serve him! …

    Do you know you have an enemy? Do you know you’re not loved by everyone and everything? Do you know you’re hated, despised, and opposed? Do you know that we are? “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood”—Ephesians 6:12—“but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” …

    Or some of you are worldly in the fact that you think in a way that is not biblical. You think, “Well, Satan and demons—that’s very primitive; that’s from a bygone era. We’ve evolved beyond that.” And Satan would say, “Nice job with the pride. I appreciate that. I appreciate that you think that you’ve evolved beyond the primitive teaching of the Bible and Jesus.” Satan is real. We have a real enemy.

    I enjoy apologetic debates on YouTube every once in a while, and for me, the last paragraph hit a home run. In most of the debates I’ve observed, those who reject God always espouse that God and Satan and angels and demons are a thing of the past. That only the uneducated can believe such things. They claim a monopoly on science, knowledge, and logic.

    But such qualities also exist highly within the religious realm, and easily so. The pillars of atheism are not science, knowledge, and logic. There is one pillar of atheism–the rejection of God’s existence. That is what makes an atheist an atheist, and Satan applauds those who believe they’ve evolved past God.

    Satan ain’t a fairytale. “Satan is real. We have a real enemy.” Ephesians 6:12 is a great reminder of the battle we’re in, one that transcends this physical world. Satan began his terror with Adam and Eve, and to this day continues pouring his death on the Earth. Though he may not be directly involved with our individual lives, he has demons at his disposal who tempt us, try us, and relentlessly attack us.

    Don’t be found vulnerable. Remind yourself of the lesson you learned in Sunday School, and put on the whole armor of God. All of it. Every piece.