Friday, May 30, 2008

The Devil's Tactics

After the fall in the Garden of Eden, God prophetically declared that His seed (Christ) would wound the head of the serpent. Maybe you remember that powerful scene in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," where Jesus stomps on the head of the snake in the Garden of Gethsemene. I shouted in the theater when I saw that the first time!
I think one of the outcomes of that head wound is a little bit of brain damage...
The devil is dangerous and he is certainly out to destroy as many as possible. But he is not very creative. He uses the same strategy over and over again. He has three main weapons that he uses against the church, they are the three prongs to his evil pitchfork: persecution, theological error and immorality.
"In every age it has been the same. The devil's tactics do not change. As we look round the world today, the same pressures are harassing different churches. In some areas of the world open hostility to the gospel is accompanied by physical violence. In others, the church is wrestling in intellectual combat with an insidious idealogy or a materialistic philosophy with which it cannot come to terms. Elsewhere the struggle is in the moral field, as the world seeks to cajole the church into comformity to its own ways." (John Stott, "What Christ Thinks of the Church")
How is the enemy working in your church? Which prong of his pitchfork is against you? You are not meant to sit idlely by while he seeks to destroy Christ's precious bride. Today, put on God's fighting armor and defend Christ's church. As we approach the end of this age, the church will stand against persecution, error and immorality and she will march over the enemy's gates.
Let's begin today.