by Pastor Dan Miller
Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections.
Angels have enjoyed a remarkable degree of popular appeal in recent years. Serenely mounted on everything from lapel pins to wallpaper to clothing—even appearing in the flesh on television—these heavenly creatures continue to intrigue.
There are limits, of course. You don’t talk about fallen angels in polite company, to be sure; at least not if you are serious. Well, pardon me if you please, but in all seriousness, I do believe in Satan—not the silly, red-suited guy equipped with forked tail, pointy ears, goofy smile and nasty pitchfork. That caricature is a fiction of utterly no consequence, unless one considers the collective smirk it elicits from people coddled unawares in the lap of the real thing. I believe in the angelic being created to attend the throne of God, summarily dismissed for rebellion against the Creator, and now hell-bent on disrupting, among other things, the faith of God’s people (Ezekiel 28:12ff; Luke 22:31-32; 1 Peter 5:8).
If you possess even a modicum of confidence in biblical authority, you must believe in Satan, and you have to act like you believe in him (Matthew 4:1ff; Luke 13:16; Acts 26:15-18). Which means, in part, you must be on the beam as to his designs, of which there are at least two, broadly speaking.
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