The Nature and Tactics of Satan
Characteristics of Satan
1. Created by God, and not equal to God (Prov 16:4)
2. Defies God and despises truth (John 8:44)
3. Was given limited power (Job 1:8-12)
4. Was defeated at Calvary (Eph. 1:20-23)
5. Rules the masses outside God’s protection (Eph. 2:1-3)
6. Commands a hierarchy of demons (Eph. 6:10-12)
7. Came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10)
8. Masquerades as "an angel of light." (2 Cor. 11:14-15)
9. Tries to hide the actual truth about our God.
10. Twists the meaning of Scriptures to fit his purposes. (Gen. 3:1-5)
11. Offers counterfeit promises he can't fulfill
12. Always seeks an "opportune time" to tempt us (Luke 4:13)
Satan Organizations and tricks
1. Pagan priests, shamans, spiritists, and New Age teachers -- people who actively seek to harness occult powers and lead others into the occult.
2. Followers and supporters -- those who promote the new spirituality and participate in its rituals.
3. The deceived masses -- those who flow with the social changes and deny the realities of God.
4. So-called Christians without a personal relationship with Christ -- those who bear Christ's name but distort His truths and follow contrary ways. They serve Satan by presenting a false view of Christ outside the church and by confusing or misleading Christians inside the church. Of course, God is always greater! See Unequal Contenders in the Spiritual War. But if His children mock His standards and go their own way, they will face consequences of their rebellion. And His loving disciplines are not likely to be comfortable. See Hebrews 12.
Tricks of Satan
1. This question illustrates the "critical thinking" strategy used to change the "fixed beliefs" and values of children everywhere. It begins by challenging or questioning current beliefs, raising doubts about the validity of truth.
2 Eve is slightly confused (cognitive dissonance) and changes God's command slightly. Already, her position or convictions based on truth is becoming shaky.
3. Satan presents a counterfeit promise -- a half-truth that sounds believable -- to Eve if only she would rebel against God and eat the forbidden fruit. The reward for choosing to actually experience evil (in contrast to accepting God's command to avoid it) is to see both good and evil from Satan's twisted perspective rather than from God's holy perspective.
4. Adam feels shame, but not genuine guilt. He cannot see sin from God's perspective.
5. No longer able to see good and evil from God's perspective, neither Adam nor Eve repent. Instead, they rationalize their sin and blame others.
Evil is back by popular demand. And while, Satan, masquerading as 'an angel of light,' can only oppress Christians to the extent God allows, he has all the rest of humanity to trap and train as counterfeit "ministers of righteousness."
Satan Main works are:
1- To turn people away from God.
2- To distort their understanding of His Word
3- To draw them toward a New Way of Thinking – to new excitement, knowledge in occult
Their main work is to turn people away from God, to distort their understanding of His Word, to draw them toward a "new" way of thinking, and to open their eyes to feel-good thrills of the occult. Most of these "ministers" fit one of the following levels of service: