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“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (John 8:32 NLT)

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (I John 5:19 ESV)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in  the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all time in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” – (Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV)

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.” C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters.

For Christians, it is essential that we understand the tactics of our enemy. I have no desire to become preoccupied with the demonic world, but we must understand the way our adversary seeks to destroy us. We battle the world, the flesh and the devil on a daily basis. The Bible teaches us that the whole world lies under the power, sway, or influence of the evil one.

Your enemy is not the Republican or Democratic party. Both Conservatives and Liberals are influenced by a demonic worldview. C. S. Lewis warned in his book Screwtape Letters, that Satan could be equally effective through someone who is either a pacifist or patriot. It really doesn’t matter to the devil which extreme views you believe.

The fact is we are dealing with principalities, powers, and cosmic forces and demonically inspired ideologies that affect all areas of society. The educational system, politics, entertainment, economics and all the cultures in the world are under the enemies’ influence.

Religion is also influenced, by the cosmic forces of evil. Satan seeks to corrupt the gospel (the gospel is not a religion –  it’s a proclamation) by making  salvation something that must be earned by good works. We as professing Christians often ignore the truth of the Scripture and create a “god” in our own image.

Religion often twist the truth of the Gospel to conform to all other world religions which are not based on free grace.  Jesus came to bring good news and he came to set captives free, but we must trust in him as our God and Savior. He came to show us what our Heavenly Father really looks like, and that we can know the truth and  that truth (Jesus) will set us free.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and he continues to do that today through the advancement of  his Kingdom. Prayer, worship, confession of sin, forgiveness, Communion, and  the proclamation of the gospel are all weapons God has given us.

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