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Lies From the Dark Side

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Pastor Derick in Blogroll, Spiritual

THIS POST was taken, with permission, from the Foursquare Gateway Nextgen Blog, our Foursquare District NextGen site.  Written by: Shawn Shoup This is part 2 in the “Don’t Buy the Lie” series of posts on the supernatural… view the series introduction here. It’s interesting in our hyper-spiritualized culture, how many of our students are willing to accept the idea of God […]

THIS POST was taken, with permission, from the Foursquare Gateway Nextgen Blog, our Foursquare District NextGen site. 

Written by: Shawn Shoup

This is part 2 in the “Don’t Buy the Lie” series of posts on the supernatural… view the series introduction here.

It’s interesting in our hyper-spiritualized culture, how many of our students are willing to accept the idea of God and angels but can’t quite bring themselves to believe in Satan or demons.

Barna’s survey of American teenagers found that somewhere between 40 and 60 percent believe Satan is a real spiritual entity. That same study reveals that almost three of every four teenagers can’t say for sure that evil supernatural beings are at work in the world. And that’s exactly the way Satan wants it. Because the biblical Satan has a much better chance of accomplishing his mission if most people think he and his army of demons are a myth.

For all our scary ideas about the “prince of darkness,” the Bible teaches that Satan’s greatest weapon is deception. Jesus called him the “father of lies” (John 8:44). As spiritually powerful as he is, he’d much rather confuse you about the truth than make your skin crawl in the darkness.

The Bible says these things about Satan…

• He was wise and beautiful, and he wasn’t always evil (Ezekiel 28)

• His history is revealed in Scripture – he was a serpent in Genesis, looking to “steal and kill and destroy” in John 10:10, and is found roaming the earth, looking to destroy people’s lives in 1 Peter 5:8. He tries to prove God wrong by destroying Job’s life in the book of Job. In the New Testament, he tempts Jesus and possesses Judah. It is also made clear that Satan is still at work in the lives of human.

• He is against Non-Christians (2 Corinthians 4:4)

• And he is against Christians – he loves to tempt believers to lie, give in to sexual immorality, and use anger as a foothold in our lives (Acts 5:31 Corinthians 7:5, andEphesians 4:27), he makes accusations against us (Revelation 12:10), and seeks to frustrate our attempts to do good things (1 Thessalonians 2:18). In short, as Peter wrote, “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

• But he has a future… He’s gonna be completely banned from any access to God (Revelation 12:9), he’s gonna lose the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:13-14), and then he’ll be thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:10).

So Satan is real and has an agenda. In our next post, we’ll be sharing more from Don’t Buy the Lieand talking about taking a stand against darkness.


Featuring excerpts from… [Matlock, Mark (2010-09-21). Don’t Buy the Lie(invert). Zondervan.] Purchase the book (in digital or hard copy) here.

Don’t Buy The Lie

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Pastor Derick in Uncategorized

THIS POST was taken, with permission, from the Foursquare Gateway Nextgen Blog, our Foursquare District NextGen site.  Written by: Shawn Shoup Over the years, I’ve appreciated Mark Matlock’s “Wisdom On” series of books. He’s got a gift for making truth plain and relevant for the next generation. Going into October, I wanted to highlight some excerpts from his Invert […]

THIS POST was taken, with permission, from the Foursquare Gateway Nextgen Blog, our Foursquare District NextGen site. 

Written by: Shawn Shoup

Over the years, I’ve appreciated Mark Matlock’s “Wisdom On” series of books. He’s got a gift for making truth plain and relevant for the next generation. Going into October, I wanted to highlight some excerpts from his Invert book, “Don’t Buy the Lie”, a book written to students about the supernatural — what the Bible says is true, what is not, and when to tread carefully. This book was designed to assist in discerning the truth.


Pick up a copy of “Don’t Buy the Lie” for yourself (also available in Kindle edition)

Here’s excerpts from the intro to the book, which will set up this series of posts well…

You were just a little kid, but you knew what you had seen. Something had moved in the corner of your room or you’d glimpsed a shape just on the edge of your vision. Maybe you’d heard what sounded like a voice. Was it a monster? A ghost? A “bad guy”?

Afraid to move and call attention to yourself, you lay perfectly still, eyes squeezed not quite shut, hoping whatever it was wouldn’t notice you. Finally, you couldn’t take it anymore and called for mom and dad to come and investigate — or ran to their room as fast as you could. By the time they got there, though, the thing was always gone. Or hiding…

A friend reads your horoscope to you out of a magazine. You don’t really buy all that stuff, but it does seem to fit your personality. The more you think about it, the more it seems like the horoscope was pretty much right in its predictions about your life. You wonder how someone you’ve never met can write something that matches your life so closely.

A guy on TV gathers a studio audience together like he’s going to do another Oprah-style talk show. Instead, he says that all these spirits are talking to him. Spirits of the dead. He starts repeating to the audience some of the things that one spirit is telling him, looking for the person who would know this spirit. He tells things from the spirit that only that person could know. The person usually ends up crying because they’re so glad to have a message from a loved one who has died. And the message is always hopeful. 

…At a party, someone brings out a Ouija (pronounced ”wee-jee”) board. As one or two people hold the pointer, you begin asking the board questions about boyfriends, or relatives who have passed away, or what’s going to happen in the future. You hear a noise in the other room, and you all jump and laugh. You know it’s just a stupid game, but you can’t help feeling a little creeped out.

…You laugh when you see a woman on TV telling people what their pets really think about Aunt Millie or the new baby or the Puppy Chow. Still, she seems to know things the people haven’t told her. But how could anyone believe a psychic was communicating with pooches and parakeets?

A friend or a “friend of a friend” or someone on the Internet tells you that he’s part of the Wiccan religion. He says that they worship nature, and that they’re learning how to get supernatural power through spells or castings or chanting. Maybe he tells you he’s going to become a warlock. You wonder if these people have any kind of power at all. And you wonder what it would be like to have power like that.

A popular TV show features witches, vampires, or demons who save the day — or maybe the world — using their special powers. Although once evil, they now use their darkness to fight again REALLY evil stuff. Cartoons, books, and movies you’ve seen describe good witches and wizards who use magic to do the right thing and stop bad witches and wizards. You wonder if maybe witchcraft has been given a bad name. 

A missionary comes to your church and talks about seeing people in a foreign country who were demon-possessed. They talk in strange voices saying awful things and hurting themselves. You remember times when you felt like you were in the presence of some kind of evil, and it made you feel afraid.

You just watched a scary movie. Maybe it was the story of an evil videotape that causes people to die seven days after they have watched it. And you keep waiting for the TV to turn on by itself and a wicked little girl to climb out and get you. Or maybe the movie focused on a broken family that is living in a haunted house and slowly realizing that they are the ones doing the haunting. Or it could be the tale of a vampire or some other secretly evil creature that makes friends with people and then destroys them when their defenses are down. 

Whatever it was, you can’t sleep now, and you feel just like you did when you were a little kid. Except now you can’t call mom and dad to come and help you look for the monsters. You’re pretty sure it’s all in your head, but part of you still wonders about all that supernatural stuff. 

Are ghosts real? Do angels and demons really work invisibly to help or hurt us? Can some people talk to the dead? Are witches and wizards just for storytelling, or can they be real?

The spiritual and the supernatural is everywhere in our culture. Let’s take some time the next few weeks to look at discerning the truth in midst of all the murkiness. 

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