On Facebook, there was a post in a forum that asked this question:
Yesterday, during church service the pastor asked if the devil had power! A couple of know-it-all Christians all said, “Yes, he does.” The pastor said, “No, he does not!” From a biblical perspective, “Do you think the devil has power.”
I wanted to answer this thoroughly, but the rules of the forum dictate for no direct Bible quoting, so here is my answer:
So, the Bible, when describing Satan, paints him as pretty scary, and also pretty powerful. 1 Peter 5:8 describes him as a lion, and the book of Revelation uses the imagery of a dragon. In Ephesians 6:11-12, the demons under him are described as “forces” or “principalities”. All of that is pretty powerful imagery. We know that the devil and sin are responsible for all the sorrow in this world, as John 10:10 says that “the thief”, who is also Satan, seeks to “steal, kill, and destroy.”
But an important verse to look at is John 14:30, which says (in the NLT), “…the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me.” Satan is the ruler of this world, because this world is all about sin and ungodly things. That’s why he was able to say that he could give the world to Jesus while he was tempting Him (Matthew 4:8-9). But compared to God, Satan is nothing. He has only the authority that God grants him, as demonstrated in Job. That’s why 1 Corinthians 10:13 can say that we will not be temped beyond what we can handle; not only because God has authority over Satan, but because God always has our back. God has all the authority, and in that way, He has all the power. That’s why when when the Bible says to arm oneself against Satan, it’s always through God. James 4:7 says “Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Satan will flee because the power of God is behind you.
So, in short, my answer is that Satan does have power, but our God is more powerful than anything he can do.
An angel guided Philip to the one who was seeking for light and who was ready to receive the gospel, and today angels will guide the footsteps of those workers who will allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify their tongues and refine and ennoble their hearts. The angel sent to Philip could himself have done the work for the Ethiopian, but this is not God’s way of working. It is His plan that men are to work for their fellow men."
Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, p. 109.
Like other Christians, I talked about the “sacrifice” of abstinence. There were princess-themed books about saving our first kiss. Some of us wore purity rings and made pledges to our Daddies not to have sex until we’re married.
Ultimately, we implied that a woman’s inherent worth and dignity could be measured by whether or not a man has touched her.
Glad for this.
Psalms 146:4 “His breath goes forth he returns to his Earth in that very day his thoughts perish.”
O snap is that an Adventist philosoraptor I see? NICE.
Adventist written all over it boo
MORE LIKE PLAIN BIBLE WRITTEN ALL OVER IT AMIRITE?
So let me dispel some common myths the church has when it comes to mental illness.
1. A person struggling with mental illness needs to have more faith.
My faith and my seretonin levels have nothing to do with each other.
2. A person struggling with mental illness should forgo medicine and pray harder.
You wouldn’t tell an asthmatic to pray harder during an asthma attack. You would tell them to suck on that inhaler.
3. A person struggling with mental illness can’t lead in ministry.
Read the Bible. It’s filled with cray ppl like me killing it for God.
Oh. And you are crazier than you think you are.
-Carlos Whittaker, My Panic Attacks, My Mental Illness, And The Church’s Dirty Little Secret