Satan summons all his forces, and throws his whole power into the combat. Why is it that he meets with no greater resistance? Why are the soldiers of Christ so sleepy and indifferent? Because they have so little real connection with Christ. Because they are so destitute of his Spirit, that Sin is not to them repulsive and abhorrent, as it was to their Master. They do not meet it, as did Christ, with decisive and determined resistance. They do not realize the exceeding evil and magnitude of sin, and they are blinded both to the character and the power of the prince of darkness.
There is little enmity against Satan and his works, because there is so
great ignorance concerning his power and malice, and the vast extent of
his warfare against Christ and his church. Multitudes are deluded here.
They do not know that their enemy is a mighty general, who controls the
minds of evil angels, and that with well-matured plans and skillful
movements he is warring against Christ to prevent the salvation of
souls. Among professed Christians, and even among ministers of the
gospel, there is heard scarcely a reference to Satan, except perhaps an
incidental mention in the pulpit. They overlook the evidences of his
continual activity and success; they neglect the many warnings of his
subtlety and they seem to ignore his very existence.
While men are ignorant of his devices, this vigilant foe is upon their
track every moment. He is intruding his presence in every department of
the household, in every street of our cities, in the churches, in the
national councils, in the courts of justice, perplexing, deceiving,
seducing, everywhere ruining the souls and bodies of men, women, and
children, breaking up families, sowing hatred, emulation, strife,
The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of
God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4.
All who are not decided followers of Christ are servants of Satan. In
the unregenerate heart there is love of sin, and a disposition to
cherish and excuse it. In the renewed heart there is hatred of sin, and
determined resistance against it. When Christians choose the society of
the ungodly and unbelieving, they expose themselves to temptation. Satan
conceals himself from view, and stealthily draws his deceptive covering
over their eyes. They cannot see that such company is calculated to do
them harm; and while all the time assimilating to the world in
character, words, and actions, they are becoming more and more blinded.
Conformity to worldly customs converts the church to the world; it never
converts the world to Christ. Familiarity with sin will inevitably
cause it to appear less repulsive. He who chooses to associate with the
servants of Satan, will soon cease to fear their master. When in the way
of duty we are brought into trial, we may be sure that God will protect
us. But if we place ourselves under temptation, we shall fall sooner or