Russell Moore has warned that while Christian life in contemporary Western culture has largely neglected the concepts of demons and demonic powers, spiritual warfare is a reality Christians face “all the time,” both overtly and covertly.
In a video posted to his website on Oct. 1, Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, warned that when tempted, many Christians blame their genetic predisposition or their psychological background instead of acknowledging the reality of spiritual warfare.
“You are in a place of spiritual warfare,” he stressed. “The Bible says all the time, overtly or covertly.”
The attacks from Satan and other demonic forces don’t necessarily manifest themselves in “visible or extraordinary” ways, Moore said, because spiritual warfare against Christians works in two ways: Deception and accusation.
Deception tells a Christian there will be no consequences for their behavior; that God does not have their best interest at heart; and that their life is meaningful and “without a plotline,” he said, referencing Satan’s temptation of Eve in Genesis 3:4.
“What this deception wants to do is for the human creature is to manifest the flesh, to manifest my creatureliness apart from the direction of the Spirit, apart from the self-control and the love that comes from the Spirit,” he explained.
Satan and demonic beings also accuse Christians, Moore said: “The way that Satan and demonic beings work is not just to tempt and deceive, but also to accuse, to give an indictment.”
“You have humanity created in order to be the pinnacle of God’s creation, bearing God’s image and the angelic beings are created to minister to serve humanity,” he explained. “What’s happened in the fall is that human beings have become POW’s to those dark spiritual forces, the principalities, and powers as the Bible puts it. So you are being accused by the devil. This is someone who is worthy of death.”
Moore reiterated that all Christians are in a time of spiritual warfare whether they know it or not.
“You may not see it. You may not recognize it, but if you’re not dead, then that means that you are in the middle of a fight,” he warned. “And if you don’t realize that you’re in the middle of a fight, that probably is because you’re surrendering to the fight.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett