By Coach Dave Daubenmire

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The biggest lie that the Devil has every foisted on the American people is that he really doesn’t exist…at least not in the literal sense.

He has convinced us that he is nothing more than a mythical creation in the manner of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Satan, we have come to believe, is simply a creation of the cartoonists, a character represented by an imp dressed in red and adorned with goat-like horns, and a pitch-fork.

The attempted murder of Almighty God by the American legal system has produced more casualties than we have come to realize. Not only do the Humanists want us to believe that God is dead but that His assassination has also cleared the field of old Beelzebub as well.

God is dead. Satan is dead. And pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

I received Christ as my Savior in November of 1987. Although I had been a “church goer” most of my life the message of the finished work of the cross had somehow escaped my understanding. I thought I was a Christian because my parents took me to church and had a priest sprinkle me in water baptism.

“I was born a Catholic”, I once said to a friend.

“Well, I see the problem”, he responded. “You need to be born again.” The rest, as they say, is history.

But as I have grown older I made the decision to take my faith a little more seriously and began to do some research on the faith that I claimed was the plumb line of my life. To my amazement, the more I studied the more I realized that so much of what I had been taught wasn’t even true. And worse than that, so much of what was true no one had taken the time to teach me.

Sadly, I run into many “Christians” today who know so very little about what they claim to believe. The old idea that “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it” is a very dangerous position to hold. The Scriptures tell us that “you shall know the truth and the Truth shall make you free.” That is all well and good. But simply BELIEVING something is true does not make it so. It is only when you KNOW THE TRUTH INTUITIVELY that you become free.

A lie, no matter how noble, no matter how often it is repeated, and no matter how sincere you are will never make you free. Only the Truth is freeing. So much of what we believe simply is not the Truth.

Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you attended church and the Pastor taught you about the Spiritual world? How much do you know about Angels and Demons? How informed are you about the “wiles of the Devil?” If we are warned in the Bible that we are “not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices” why is it we know so little about him and how he operates? What did Paul mean when he warned us about “principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness of this world?”

Let me piggy back this question on top of the last one. If the Devil is real why aren’t the Pastors teaching us how to fight him?

As a somewhat successful high school football coach I learned earlier in my career the importance of a good scouting report on our opponents. Because of dedicated film study we hoped to never be ignorant of our opponent’s devices. Losing was one thing. Losing because I didn’t scout our opponent was another thing. full story

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