Many people are unaware that we live in enemy-occupied territory. As a result, they are often booby-trapped and fooled into making all kinds of disastrous mistakes.

Dr. Emile Cailliet has expressed the danger in these words: “One of the neatest tricks Satan has ever performed is to convince so many people that he does not exist.” How true! And how many there are who go down to defeat because they do not know the enemy and how he works!

In his Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis pointed out: “Christianity agrees with Dualism that this universe is at war. But it does not think this is a war between independent powers. It thinks it is a civil war, a rebellion, and that we are living in a part of the universe occupied by the rebel.

“Enemy-occupied territory—that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.… I know someone will ask me, ‘Do you really mean, at this time of day, to reintroduce our old friend the devil—hoofs and horns and all?’ Well, what the time of day has to do with it I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns. But in other respects my answer is, ‘Yes, I do.’ I do not claim to know anything about his personal appearance. If anybody really wants to know him better I would say to that person, ‘Don’t worry. If you really want to, you will. Whether you’ll like it when you do is another question’ ” (Mere Christianity, Macmillan, 1960, pp. 35, 36).

The fact is that from the very beginning of Genesis to the end of the Revelation, the Bible makes repeated references to Satan, clearly stating that he is a person—evil, malignant, and persistent—but that though he is ...

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