Summary: The enemy of your soul does not want the truth of the Word of God to be known, so he is doing all he can to suppress it.
July 18, 2004
Text: Romans 1:16-32
Subject: The Wrath of God
Title: The World Verses the Word
When I talk about the world, I am referring to the world system of which satan is the ruler. Do you know that satan is still the God of this world? I found an alarming statistic the other day that is worth telling you about.
Even those who claim to be Born Again are not necessarily firmly grounded in the truths of the Bible. In his book, which provides a statistical analysis of religious beliefs in America, George Barna cites several fascinating statistics, which are based on a national survey.
In chapter four he states, "The Devil, or Satan, is not a living being but is a symbol of evil." Then asking that segment of his survey respondents who have identified themselves at being Born Again, he states, "Do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with that statement?"
The Born Again population reply with 32 percent agreeing strongly, 11 percent agreeing somewhat and 5 percent did not know. Thus, of the total number responding, 48 percent either agreed that Satan is only symbolic or did not know!
Should it then be surprising that a few pages later Barna would receive some very startling responses? His next question, "Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and others all pray to the same God, even though they use different names for that God." Again, the respondents were asked to agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat or disagree strongly.
Of that population surveyed who identified themselves as Born Again, 30 percent agreed strongly, 18 percent agreed somewhat and 12 percent did not know. That is a total of 60 percent! (What Americans Believe, pp. 206-212).
It now becomes obvious that satan is alive and operating even in the so-called “evangelical church” in America. Not only is he still alive, but the dragon has an active group of followers who seek him and have developed a fundamental statement of beliefs. They are as follows:
The Nine Satanic Statements:
1:Satan represents Indulgence, not Abstinence!!!!
2: Satan represents Vital Existence, Instead of Spiritual Pipe dreams!!!!!
3:Satan represents undefiled Wisdom, Instead of Hypocritical Self Deceit!!!!
4:Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, Not Love wasted on Ingrates!!!!!
5:Satan represents Vengeance instead of turn the other cheek!!!!!!
6:Satan represents Responsibility to the Responsible, instead of concern for Psychic Vampires!!!!!!
7:Satan represents man as just another Animal, Sometimes Better, more often worse then those that walk on all fours, who, because of his "divine and intellectual development", has become the most Vicious animal of all!!!!!!
8:Satan represents All of the so-called "Sins", As they lead to Physical, Mental, and Emotional Gratification!!!!
9:Satan has been the Best friend the Church has ever had....As he has kept it in business all these years!!!!!
Why does the world hate the Word and the church? Because satan is directly opposed to everything that we stand for.