the devil

Satan Desires to Sift You (Luke 22:31)

April 20, 2017 // 47 Comments

Here’s a verse that frightens many people: Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. (Luke 22:31) Here are three conclusions people draw from these words of Jesus: Satan needs permission to attack usGod gives Satan permission to attack usGod and Satan are colleagues in the business of [...]

Is Satan God’s Sheepdog?

October 28, 2015 // 119 Comments

The Book of Job is one of the most amazing stories in the Bible, but we read it wrong two ways. First, we elevate Job into some kind of faith hero. Second, we think the devil is a sheepdog sent by the Lord to do his dirty work. This crazy notion is based on the following passage: Then the Lord [...]

Is Christ the end of the law for you?

January 19, 2012 // 64 Comments

Those who insist that you must obey the commands of Jesus in order to be saved/blessed/forgiven/righteous/holy are assuming that you are either (a)  a time-traveler from Israel’s distant past (b)  the devil If you are (a) I suggest you pick up a Sports Almanac, go back in time, and make a lot of money à la [...]

What comes to mind when you think of the devil?

June 27, 2011 // 2 Comments

Here’s what Colossians 2:15 really says: “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (KJV). Shew = “to show, exhibit” (Vines). Check out some other cool images in E2R’s new Grace [...]