The Deceptive Strategy of Satan
Does it surprise anyone that Satan has a propaganda machine? Adolf Hitler had Joseph Goebbels and his propaganda ministry, which I believe was an earthly expression of how Satan uses propaganda to influence our thinking. Satan began the destruction of humanity by using his verbal trickery in the Garden of Eden and he continues to use the same tactics every day. We would do well to know how he operates and respond accordingly. Of course if you are one of those people who do not believe Satan exists then you have already surrendered to his propaganda.
Goebbels was given authority by Hitler to gradually take control of the culture and intellectual life of Germany as he introduced a completely different political view. Satan also is taking control of our culture and intellectual life by controlling our educational system. Goebbels used films, radio, art, and news media to affect the thinking of German culture. He barred churches from participating in politics because they had a great deal of influence. He barred denominational schools and started youth groups in which young people were taught his worldview. He even used the 1936 Olympic games in an effort to broaden the influence of his ideas. It worked for a while until the world began to see the danger of his strategy.
These were not new ideas. Satan invented the whole process and has been using it since the first days of human existence. He despises the idea of a marketplace of ideas because he doesn’t want people thinking for themselves. He is selling his worldview and will not accept anything else. That’s why freedom of speech and expression is suppressed by those under his control.
We see this unfolding in America and worldwide today. Our school systems from Kindergarten through university are mostly dominated by the secular worldview, which espouses atheistic evolution and uses every means to shut down the marketplace of ideas. They are not interested in merely presenting their case but want to nullify any arguments in opposition. That kind of approach is satanic and results in demonic spin toward untruth not in genuine discovery of truth.
Our children are being propagandized in the much the same way that Hitler slowly brainwashed the children of Germany in the Jew-hating, fuhrer-worshipping, white supremacist way of thinking. As one example, our children are being taught the agenda of the LGBT community and gradually parents will have less and less to say about it. California’s state framework now requires LGBT history and culture to be taught in all state schools. The teacher’s unions back liberal policies and politicians like Hilary Clinton setting the tone for how teachers will act in the classrooms across the nation.
Atheists might find it interesting that the idea of testing things for validity comes from the Bible. Christians are exhorted in the Bible to “test everything; hold fast what is good” and to judge things that are spoken in the gathered church (1 Thess. 5:21; 1 Cor. 14:29). Jesus emphasized a search for truth and said that true seekers would find what they are searching for (Matt. 7:7; John 4:23). It is the secular world that devises its concepts and outlaws intellectual debate.
The “inalienable rights” spoken of in the Declaration of Independence refer to the rights we have from God. The “liberty” in those rights is a biblical concept not seen in other cultures. Secular atheism is the “religion” of communism that is responsible for over 94 million deaths in the 20th century. Liberty is foreign to atheist dogma. When Satan inspires a political viewpoint he makes sure that it is devoid of principles of individual liberty and freedom of expression.
Those principles flow from a God of love who grants freedom and a truth mindset to his people. As Satan has gained control of our court system in America he began a dismantling of its Christian foundation and has been able to suppress freedom, legitimize the removal of spiritual ideas from the public arena, legitimize the infanticide of abortion, secularize our schools and change the godly definition of marriage. He is good at what he does and much of his success is aided by our ignorance of his methods and our resulting spiritual passivity.
The secular world under Satan’s control also spread the idea that Christians have been anti-science when, in fact, it was the influence of Christianity that opened the way for science. James Hannam in his book The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution makes the case that the science revolution started as a result of Christianity. Indeed, without the market place of free thought encouraged by the Bible, the scientific revolution may never have been launched. Today, secular scientists want us to believe that Christians are anti-science while they shut down debate on their university campuses and elsewhere. They are the ones afraid of the market place of ideas. That fear is generated by Satan and his fear of God and truth.
Satan has convinced American culture that you are ignorant if you believe that God created the universe. A Gallup poll taken yearly since 1982 shows that Americans have consistently supported creation by God over evolution by 42 to 19 percent. Satan has done everything he can to change this but people who look up at the universe at night find it hard to believe that it created itself. But, to hear the spin of the enemy, everyone with any intelligence believes that man came from nothing. Satan’s spin does not have to make sense — it merely needs to work and it is working to a large extent because many people cannot see through the demonic scam. If only 19 percent of Americans believe in the evolution worldview why are we told that our viewpoint is in the minority?
Jesus called Satan “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Not only is he a liar but the one responsible for all lies. Joseph Goebbels was his protégé as well as Adolf Hitler’s right-hand man. Today he has other victims of his spin master skills such as any of the judges of our nations. His goal is to gain control of all venues responsible for disseminating information. He is doing a good job.
It should come as no surprise that almost all of the remaining newspapers in the country have a liberal bent in their opinion sections. Television is saturated with entertainment programs, news channels and much more that directly or indirectly further the secular worldview. The internet is inundated with a secular mind set and a general disregard for the notion of truth. Throughout our society the propaganda machine of the evil one is fully operational.
Even our churches have become channels for this propaganda machine. Many churches and denominations under the pressure of tax-exempt status are giving in to this satanic plot. Churches are avoiding conflict by “affirming” the LGBT community. Many churches reject the creation account in the book of Genesis. Even Pope Francis recently rejected the creation account in the Bible.
Of course this makes Jesus and the Bible to be false while Satan’s lie is accepted as truth. Jesus clearly explained how he felt about adultery of any kind, much less homosexuality (Matt. 5:28–32). Paul’s writings on the subject are clear unless you spin the Bible’s words to say what they do not say (Rom. 1:21–32). When society affirms homosexuality but rejects the Bible, it is clear who is in control of the propaganda. His name is Satan.
So how do we conduct ourselves in the wake of this tidal wave of propaganda? First of all we must be aware of the battle. Many Christians do not even believe in the existence of Satan or a spiritual enemy. That makes our spiritual warfare described by Paul a total failure (Eph. 6:12). We must know that a spiritual battle is underway and we are called to it. Secondly, we must realize that we are not helpless but have the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit so we have nothing to fear (1 John 2:27; Phil. 4:13; 1 Cor. 2:4, 5). Thirdly, we must join forces with the army of God, the church, because this is not a war to be won in isolation. One can put a thousand to flight and two ten thousand (Deut. 32:30). Imagine what a unified army can do. Lastly, we must be a people of prayer who understand that God is partnering with us for His purpose. As we pray His hand is moved.
History is about ready to experience a paradigm shift. In fact the shift has already begun. Perhaps it is the shift that will begin to set up the world stage for the end times or maybe it is a demonic dry run for the eventual battle of the ages. The election in America and the increasing turbulence in the world will all be used by Satan to move key people and countries into place. Our part is to listen carefully for the voice of the Lord and have the courage to respond with action in our lives. Be alert. Be praying. Be connected to others in Christ. God bless your obedience.