There are powerful invisible forces with which we must contend and they are not ghosts. Although ghosts have found a welcome host in the modern movie genre about haunted houses, they are not the unseen powers with which we must contend on a daily basis.
While movie directors have made millions in their movies about ghosts there may be a reason for people’s willingness to believe in the possibility of invisible creatures and thus be drawn into the theaters to watch plots involving ghostly figures.
The Apostle Paul wrote of these creatures in Ephesians 6:12 when he scribbled as follows: “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
The head ruler of these invisible forces has been known down through history by several names including Satan, Lucifer and the Devil, according to John Stonestreet, in a recent interview he did on Breakpoint Radio. He said that evil may take many forms in current events including two young Muslims setting off bombs at the Boston Marathon which killed three and injured dozens more. Another recent example was in Britain where a British soldier was brutally murdered by two more Islamists in broad daylight while spectators caught the act on cameras.
In his recent broadcast, Stonestreet said evil is not just the product “of Islamist extremism.” He also cited the atrocities evidently committed by Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell who was convicted of murdering several babies. Stonestreet also mentioned that there are more abortion violence stories emanating from North Carolina and Texas which indicate that problem may be more widespread than was previously imagined.
But are these horrific current events solely the result of our deteriorating society or is something “more sinister going on?” as Stonestreet phrases the question.
Stonestreet asked his listeners to look at the story of author Harold Fickett, who assisted Chuck Colson on the book The Faith which tells of Winter’s exploration of this issue in his biography The Ralph D. Winter story which is worth reading. Fickett revealed that Winter wondered whether evangelicals had overlooked the active work of Satan in God’s world, and essentially “had succumbed to its own version of demythologizing, essentially ridding the gospel of the presence of Satan.”
Winter was a renowned missions strategist of the late 20th century. He began asking some hard questions when his beloved wife, Roberta, was killed by bone marrow cancer. Winter, who later died of the same disease, was not satisfied with many evangelical explanations for the presence of evil and disease in the world.
Stonestreet said that it is unwise to disregard Satan as a fierce adversary if one enters upon the kingdom-building work of God because the invisible Satanic forces will mount an opposition to those endeavors.
The great Britisth author C.S. Lewis wrote about an amnesia that people in modern society seem to have about the Devil. Lewis, who fought evil in both World Wars by his actions, said, “I know someone will ask me, ‘Do you really mean at this time of day, to reintroduce your old friend the devil…….hoofs and horns and all?” Well, what the time of day has to do with it I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns. But in other respects my answer is ‘Yes, I do.”‘
John Stonestreet has a wife Sarah and three daughters who all live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stonestreet earned his M.A. degree in Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and also directs conferences for Summit Ministeries. He is also on the Biblical Studies faculty at Bryan College.
He may be contacted at www.summit.org.
Stonestreet may be listened to as the host for Breakpoint Radio’s nationally syndicated program each week on radio stations normally around 6:30 a.m. until 7 a.m.
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