The god of this world

Do you think it is strange how often missionaries talk about the Devil?  Maybe it isn’t.  Those who are passionate about rescuing others from darkness are frequently reminded (by painful personal experience) of the powerful opponents who work to prevent such salvation.  Opponents.  Plural.  The Puritans used to speak of “the world AND the flesh AND the devil”.  Some believe that Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:4 IS calling Satan, “the god of this world”.  Maybe, but it seems like too much respect.  Paul may have been referring to”the world, operating as a counterfeit god”.  The world and its values and problems and anxieties consuming our attention and thereby blinding us to “the light of . . .the glory of Christ”.  It is the worries of the world and the deceitfulness of riches that choke the word and make it unfruitful.  (Matthew 13:22)  My testimony is probably the same as yours.  When my eyes are on “the stuff” I cannot see the Savior.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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