Early in my university days we students were presented with two opposing theories on human nature. People are by nature either inherently good, thus government should treat them nice, or inherently bad, thus government should suppress them. A big deal was made of the controversy that rages between supporters of the philosophers responsible for these contrary assumptions. I got caught up in the liberal faction of the squabble.
But I had forgotten one thing. Christianity has always known that one of the planet earth’s many aliases is “the realm of Satan”. It is his by usurpation, not by right. Anyone who challenges the claim that Satan is the king of this world need only discern the spirits, powers and principalities for themselves. Scripture records the fact that Satan offered to Jesus Christ all his world kingdoms if Jesus would only bow to him - Jesus Christ, to whom it rightly belongs, twice His, by creation and then by redemption with His blood, who will in due time take back His own in righteousness and judgment. AMEN.
The enemy Satan comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. In his work he is aided by unwitting dupes who know not that their evil master deems them expendable, hates them as much as the people he uses them against. They do not know that no human can make a covenant with death – the inevitable penalty of sin. Those misguided fellows who consider Illuminati membership a glamorous association are twice blinded: “success” thus purchased is, first, no success at all and second, too costly. To quote Jesus, What shall it benefit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (After all, we take nothing to the grave with us.)And this was the principle by which Jesus would not bow to Satan: only GOD is to be worshipped.
The devil must resort to tyranny at the last. Simply put, all tyranny is of the devil. He wants to be worshipped undeservedly whether the worshipper likes it or not. As time runs out on him, it ill suits his designs to let his case argue its own merits in the public square. In an open contest, the Gospel, the WORD, far outshines whatever allurements doctrines of devils may try to bait men with. Many faithful ones refuse to be seduced to sin, so Satan, enraged, strives to force them into sin. Failing that, to destroy the saints. This is the true background of religious persecution – to make conscientious obedience to GOD illegal and punishable by civil laws and the force of government. ]
Quite naturally, arms array themselves on the side of the rebel. Satan resorts to manipulation, deception, brute force to get his way. The way of peace is foreign to him. He hoped by battle to unseat GOD from His heavenly throne. Such pride and daring met ignominious failure and banishment from heaven, he, along with his rebellious angelic followers, now called demons. Since then he has battled against mankind, to obtain the supremacy over men by keeping them in bondage to sin. His success in martyrdoms of the saints constitutes a great death toll, but these have escaped his power, for the grave shall yield her prisoners. Far more devastating is the sum of multitudes he has deceived into spiritual ruin since time began, who await condemnation in the Judgment.
The devil’s ruin is sure, his judgment is only a matter of time.
“Wherefore take unto you the full armour of GOD, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13