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. 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, sedition, murder.
2 Corinthians 4:4 In
whom 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.
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 later.