Satan is the commander of deceit

Published 8:16 am Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: I started noticing behavioral changes in my sweet teenage grandson. His disposition has become hostile. As a little boy, he won Bible drills in Sunday school and my hope for his future was bright, wondering what God might have in store. Now instead of listening to the Lord, he’s listening to something called melodic death metal, screaming about the horrors of Hell. I find it interesting that the very people who use their platforms to speak against God’s truth, affirm that God’s truth is real – yet they still reject it. I’ve begged my grandson to turn away from this wickedness and turn back to God. Some of my friends tell me there’s no use praying for my boy. Is there a Bible verse that says otherwise? – D.G.

Dear D.G.: The world’s pastimes chock-full of pop culture is searing the souls of our children. Young people’s sense of right and wrong is being choked by wild and rank weeds of a moral wasteland. Satan is the commander of deceit. He is the ringleader in rebellion against the faithful. Satan is the great spoiler of everything good. Only God can change the heart of someone who is in rebellion against Him. No matter how logical our arguments or how fervent our appeals, our words will accomplish nothing unless God’s Spirit prepares the way. Never stop praying for God to work in another person’s life. This should be the motto of every follower of Jesus Christ.

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The Bible says, “Remember, beloved, … ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’ It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. … Have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire … hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” (Jude 1:17–23, ESV). No matter how dark and hopeless a situation might seem, never stop praying.


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)