Something has been going through the network of Christendom for a long time that has caused people to look to images for deliverance rather than to God who can truly save them. One reason for this is found written by Paul to the Corinthians: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Cor 11:3).
Unknown to most, there is a serpent, the devil, Satan involved that influences the mind of the whole world (Rev 12:9) and produces awesome imaginations and idols that separate them from the reality of knowing God. And it is no wonder, for many people of the world, and a few in the church, don’t believe there is such a thing as the devil. Many others do believe he exists, but it is along the lines Christendom has generally taught. Therefore, he sits undisturbed while exercising all the authority that was originally given to him. With such teachings, they believe the devil is “out there somewhere,” lurking and slithering around every corner just waiting for people to drop their guard so he can pounce upon them.
For some reason, Christians have become so devil conscious it is staggering. With those outside the ranks of understanding, they talk more about the devil than they do about the one who is supposed to be their Lord. It is all right to wonder about and question this subject, for the adversary is an intricate working part of God’s plan and purpose; but to constantly dwell on the imaginary negative, or even the authentic negative, will eventually isolate one from the unity of Christ. It appears more than a few are so intently tuned to and are sniffing out the windy things of Satan that blow in the heavens of the mind there is no room or time for reality.