The Bible Speaks

The devil is wreaking havoc
Mar. 10, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

“We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19

I was reading a column the other day about a recent directive from the Massachusetts Dept. of Education. It gave directives for handling transgender students – including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify. According to the Dept. of Education, transgender students are those whose assigned birth sex does not match their “internalized sense of their gender.” After I read this, I rubbed my eyes in disbelief. It couldn’t be true. Then, I remembered a simple yet profound verse in the New Testament: “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

There can be no rational explanation for the lunacy that seems to be the USA in the 21st century. There is nothing more basic and simple as “God made them male and female.” This truth is so obvious it takes intense irrational pressure to convince someone otherwise yet THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY. The evil one, the devil, is wreaking havoc on the most fundamental institutions of our society. He is convincing more and more people that unborn children are just tissue; that men can marry men, and women can marry women; and that tolerance means everything is accepted except the “truths that are self evident.”

If you are “of God” as 1 John 5 describes, you are not under Satan’s power. He has no influence over you unless you invite it. You recognize the incredible insanity of the Massachusetts Department of Education and all others like them and you are tempted to throw a righteous fit about it. DON’T! Realize that those who know not Christ are simply deluded by the evil one and are acting under that delusion. The answer is not to debate them or curse them; but to pray for them and share Christ with them. Only those who are of God have protection from the deceptions of the devil. As our day grows darker and darker, more and more people will come under his devilish influence and believe the lies he tells them. Pray for your unsaved neighbor; your non-Christian relative; your godless coworker. Share the truth of God’s word regarding the gospel and also the issues of the day. Don’t condemn, but understand and share the light of truth on the darkness of the world.

The Bible speaks of Satan’s kingdom as a kingdom of darkness and tells us that we who are born again have been “rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of His dear Son.” (Col. 1:13) Those rescued and transferred will understand basic truths such as boys are boys and girls are girls. There is hope for our country but not in departments of education; it is in deliverance from darkness.

The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor of Turner’s Chapel.