Jim Denison: Yes, There Really is a Being Named Satan

In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis suggested that we make two mistakes regarding the devil.

One is to give him more authority than he deserves—then he can do what he wants.

The other is to deny that he exists—then he can do what he wants.

People today typically think of Satan as a symbol of evil, wearing red tights and a tail, the stuff of Saturday cartoons. He’s just as happy to be ignored as to be feared.

But it’s impossible to ignore his work: broken hearts and homes, abuse, disease, and immorality. Even those who do not admit the reality of Satan must admit the reality of Satanism. In some places in America, the worship of Satan is growing ten times faster than any Christian church. In recent years, the Satanic Bible has outsold the Holy Bible in many university bookstores.

This essay is written to convince you that Satan is both real and defeated. He wants you to believe neither is true.

The choice will be yours.

Admit his reality

Who is Satan?

Satan goes by a number of names in the Bible.

The two we know best are “Satan” and “devil.”

The former means “accuser” and is found thirty-four times in Scripture—the one who accuses and abuses us. Devil is found thirty-six times in the New Testament and literally means “slanderer.”

Satan is also known as the “ancient serpent,” the “dragon,” and the “evil one.” Jesus’ description of Satan’s work in John 8:42–47 is a frightening resume indeed.

First, Satan claims ownership over every unsaved soul.

In John 8, our Lord refers to his enemies as children of their Satanic “father” (v. 44). He is the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4), the “prince of this world” (John 12:31) who controls this fallen age (1 John 5:19). Christians live in a world dominated by Satan. We are soldiers stationed on enemy soil, living in an occupied country.

Second, the devil blinds our minds to the truth.

He is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). This is why the person who has not received the Holy Spirit cannot understand the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). Satan wants to snatch the seed of the word from the hearts that need it most (cf. Matthew 13:1-9).

Third, Satan lies about God’s word.

From Genesis 3 to the present, he manipulates the truth of Scripture to lead us astray. The one who quoted the Bible in tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11) will misuse God’s word to deceive us as well. Not everything we hear taught as the truth of God is. Our enemy can quote the Bible better than we can, but always for a diabolical end.

Fourth, the devil is a “murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44).

Satan is a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Those who serve his cause engage in physical, emotional, and sexual attacks against each other and the rest of us. Their master wants nothing less than the wholesale destruction of the human race and especially the people of God.

Fifth, Satan rules demons.

They serve as his minions and foot soldiers in his ongoing war against the Lord and his children.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison