One especially effective tactic of Satan during times of spiritual renewal and revival is not so much to promote explicit error but to push Christians beyond the truth. Continue reading . . .
One especially effective tactic of Satan during times of spiritual renewal and revival is not so much to promote explicit error but to push Christians beyond the truth. Here’s what I mean. Satan will typically fail to prevent us from the pursuit of truth. As much as he may try, he rarely will succeed in driving us backwards into theological error. You won’t find Christians during seasons of renewal denying Christ’s deity or bodily resurrection or salvation by grace. Rather, Satan surreptitiously circles back around and pushes us from behind. Knowing that it is unlikely he can deceive Christians into believing error, he devotes all his energy to pushing us in the direction of truth.
But why would he do that, you ask? Because he doesn’t stop with pushing us into truth. He pushes us beyond it into excess and fanaticism. Truth taken to an unbiblical and unhealthy extreme can be just as destructive as blatant error and falsehood. This is what has happened in virtually every revival in church history. Some examples of this might be:
“Oh, isn’t it wonderful that God has healed some! Surely, then, it must be his purpose to heal all.” And when that doesn’t happen, Satan accuses people of not having enough faith and accuses God of not caring enough for his children and thereby undermines our confidence in his goodness.
“Oh, isn’t it wonderful that we are hearing God’s voice in prophetic words and inward impressions of his Holy Spirit!” Yes it is. But before you know it, people have abandoned their focus on Scripture and listening to God in his written Word, thinking i