Satan and Bathwater Theology

Brandon J. Adams

hell.jpgRecently, I was emailed by a follower basically asking, “is Satan real, or an illusion?”

I can’t believe I’ve reached the stage of being asked questions – yeeeeeeeeeeee – but fortunately, there’s Scripture. I’ll just go there.

Satan is real. He is treated as a conscious being with intelligence and personality. And he is a (limited) threat.

This subject makes people sensitive. There’s a lot of (pardon the expression) heated opinion about Satan and his precise role in the Christian’s life. Good teachings, bad teachings, and bad teachings that spring off both the good and bad.

Personal conviction: I want Scripture, straight-up, as it truly is. I don’t want man’s “compensational” teachings. Np Scripture tossed aside or marginalized because “people will run the wrong way with it”, or because it frightens them, or because it diminishes God in their preferred system. Throwing out the baby with the bathwater, in other…

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8 thoughts on “Satan and Bathwater Theology

  1. Amen! The common problem ive faced with Christians (my younger self included) is that they believe satan is almost on equal standing with God, as if the battle is God vs. Satan instead of man vs. Satan since he stands defeated. They forget he is a created being, an angel that was exiled from heaven. Christians fear him and his demons and that gives him power over them.

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  2. It’s important to bear in mind, as you pointed out, that Satan is not a god. He, like all of God’s created beings, is subject to God’s overriding will. Otherwise, since Satan HATES God and everything He’s made, he would’ve figured out a way to annihilate the earth and its inhabitants long before now. God is in control and that really gets Satan’s goat!

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  3. I love these words of Jesus:
    Luke 10:17-19 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.

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