[CF Devotionals] 2009-05-05 - Giving Satan Too Much Credit

The Spiritual Warfare Series, Part 4

With the emphasis on demons, we fall into one of the traps Satan sets, that is, giving him too much power. Instead of focusing on God and our safety, of which I will say more later, there is a tendency to live in a dark and fearful world.

Elliot Miller defines the problem this way:

“Included among the problems with (a noted deliverance author’s) spiritual warfare teachings are his overstatement of the devil’s authority, including his assertion that Satan has dominion over the Earth and its creatures; his overstatement of the devil’s role in the believer’s life, including his claim that gaining victory over the devil requires learning how to verbally address and “bind” him.” 5

We’ve already note with both Job and Paul that Satan has no power, even as prince of this world, but what God allows. God is in control, and additionally God loves us, and He doesn’t make mistakes, which should be the source of our comfort, not some “magic” like power over Satan.

  • Of course, one of the most obvious problems is that no matter how much truth one presents, people respond by saying “I experienced …” Personal experience becomes the basis for the evaluation of truth, not scripture. Anecdotal statements, a major support for deliverance theory, override the teachings of scripture with these folks, and “new revelation” overrides the truth of scripture. But the Word is to be the basis for testing all truths. It doesn’t matter what I say. It doesn’t matter what the deliverance teachers say. What matters is: How does what we say match up with what God says?
    “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness,s and examined the Scriptures every day, to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).

  1. Miller, Elliot, “The Bondage Maker: Examining the Message of Neil T. Anderson, Part 2,” CRI Statement

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