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Satan has his tactics, his tricks for ensnaring people and getting them over into his camp. He has his bag of tricks, his bag of tools. What are they? Let us name some. 1. TEMPTATION. This tactic utilizes the trick of luring. He employs baited traps. In employing this trick he appeals to our base desires, inclinations and appetites. He puts a temptation before us. It can be of many forms -- sexual temptation, temptation to steal, cheat, lie, etc. When he confronts us with a temptation he is right there working on us. He will be saying, "Everyone else is doing it. How can it be so wrong if everyone else is doing it? Is everybody wrong?" He will be there telling us all kinds of lies, trying to persuade us that it is not really so bad. He will be giving us all kinds of excuses and reasons to ignore the voices of conscience, prudence and good sense and to go ahead and do it. He is a very articulate and clever fellow. Recall his articulateness and cleverness with Eve in the Garden of Eden when he induced her to eat the forbidden apple. 2. INTIMIDATION. In this tactic he tells us that if we don't go his way we will suffer the consequences, pay the price i.e. if we don't go his way we will put ourselves in danger of ruin and destruction. He will tell the young teenager that if he doesn't go along with the crowd, in its wrong, immoral ways, if he doesn't act so as to fit in with it and obtain its approval, he will be ostracized and rejected and end up all by himself. He will tell an employee that if he doesn't laugh at the dirty jokes, fit in and go along, he will be disliked, isolated, and could end up incurring the displeasure of his superiors and losing his job. He will tell a person that if he stands true to to what is right, if he stands up and speaks up for what he knows is right, he will be ridiculed, mocked, jeered; subject to scorn and laughter. (Oh, what a great role the fear of ridicule plays in the affairs of man!) 3. LYING. Satan is the great master of lie, deception, falsehood and illusion. When it comes to lie, deceit and trickery he has no equal. He rules this world and he rules by lie, falsehood, and illusion. We live in a world immersed in lie, Satanic lie. The Bible refers to him as the father of lies, the great deceiver, the god of this world, the prince of this world, the tempter, the wicked one, the spirit that works in the children of disobedience. He is the great con man, the great scam artist. He is the great impersonator, representing himself as a messenger of goodness and righteousness. In Corinthians we read, "For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed into ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." 2 Cor 11:14-15. He is deeply involved everywhere in this world, and in no place more than in churches. False beliefs, false teachings. False doctrine, false dogma. Doctrinal error. Apostate Christianity. He is behind it all. The mind of this world; the outlooks, attitudes and values of this world; The basic tenets and assumptions of this world. Psychiatry, psychology, their pronouncements. It is all the mind and outlook of Satan, the mind of sinful, unregenerate man. Rampant adultery, fornication. Immorality winked at and glamorized. Homosexuality condoned and accepted. That is the way of Satan. He rules a world living in gross self-deception. He tells people there is no God, no hell, no Satan -- that those are all outdated ideas. They are all his lies. He is the con artist and the masses of humanity are his dupes. Nov 2008 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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