“Our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil.”

This is how J. B. Phillips translates Ephesians 6:12 and it brings a chill to the heart while at the same time it raises questions and offers explanations few of us have been willing to face.

Limited in outlook, bound by tradition and convention, and more or less trained to believe only what we can demonstrate on the drawing board or in the test tube, we blithely go our ways, oblivious to the scriptural affirmations having to do with the forces of evil by which we are surrounded.

We live in a time when the personality of Satan is questioned by some people, despite the evidences of his malignant influence on every hand. Strange that some should doubt the reality of the enemy of souls—or is it strange? Has he not succeeded in blinding the minds of many, that they should neither recognize him nor turn from him to the marvelous light of the Gospel?

For evidence of his evil presence one has but to pick up the morning’s newspaper to read of the lives he has marred. More than that, the indifference, unconcern, self-satisfaction, and inertia of many “good” people are more than mere personality deficiencies, for often they reflect the deadening influence of the enemy of souls in the hearts and on the minds of unsuspecting victims.

The cosmic conflict is that unending warfare between the forces of righteousness and the forces of evil, between God and his angels of light and Satan and his minions of darkness.

This is not fanciful thinking, if the biblical record is true, or if the evidences of ...

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