SANTORUM IS RIGHT ABOUT SATAN’S ATTACK ON AMERICA, AND THE MEDIA IS WRONG

Santorum: 'I believe in good and evil'

Now that the Establishment Republicans have successfully destroyed the reputations of the socially-conservative candidates they have turned their guns in the direction of Rick Santorum. Predictably, it is Senator Santorum’s turn to be mocked, ridiculed, and slandered. 

Matt Drudge carelessly lifted a tiny portion of a speech Senator Santorum gave at Ave Maria University in August 2008.  If separated from the surrounding text, the words of the Senator can be construed to mean that the entire American government is enslaved by demonic rule.  Indeed, those who lack the mental discipline or time to listen to the entire speech will walk away from the Drudge Report believing such nonsense. While it’s true that early in the talk he accurately described that Satan has made progress penetrating the institutions of society, the full context reveals that the theme and purpose of the event was to inspire college students to persevere and do the right thing even when one loses a battle – specifically the battle against partial birth abortion. The practice, euphmistically termed “intact dilation and extraction,” is used to kill an unborn child at five to six months, by removing the infant from the womb feet first, until only the head is undelivered. Scissors are then used to make an “incision” in the back of the head and a suction catheter sucks out the brain until the skull collapses.

A Partial Birth Abortion

Listen to the edited (context withheld) excerpt of Rick Santorum’s speech posted by The Drudge Report and other media outlets:

Listen to the entire recording of Rick Santorum’s speech (roughly 35 minutes):

If one takes time to listen to the entire speech, we find that Santorum was actually stating that God is in control of all things, that His plan is not thwarted by demons or the schemes of evil men. Hence, the take-home message was that American Christians should endure hardship and ridicule despite setbacks.  God will be faithful to those who persevere through ridicule and the oppositions, even the mockeries imposed by the murderous pro-abortion advocates. God’s plan is not frustrated by the evil works of men or demonic activity; in fact, the Bible tells us that actions men intend for evil, God can turn into good.

Listen to Rick Santorum’s riveting story about a baby’s cry on the Senate floor (excerpted from the same speech):

Listen to another inspiring report about a man and woman who heard Rick Santorum’s speech on CSPAN and decided to halt plans to abort their child (excerpted from the same speech):

Senator Santorum’s motivating speech was uplifting and positive, not doom and gloom as Drudge and other outlets portend. 

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Since we are on the topic of Satan, let us review what the Bible says about evil angels and their leader.

THE ORIGIN OF EVIL ANGELS (DEMONS)

Most of us think of angelic beings good; however there also are evil angels, commonly known as demons. Evil angels revel in opposing God and upsetting His work. Though they are creatures of God, they were not created as evil angels. God saw everything that He had created, and it was very good (Genesis 1:31). There are at least two passages in Scripture which unmistakably imply that some of the angels did not retain their “good” status, but fell from it (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). The sin of these angels is not specifically revealed, but theologians have generally believed that they attempted to exalt themselves over God and aspired to supreme authority.

If pride and ambition played an important part in the life of Satan and led to his downfall, it would explain why he tempted man on this particular point as well. Satan sought to lure man to destruction by appealing to similar ambitions.

THE LEADER OF EVIL ANGELS (SATAN)

Satan appears in Scripture as the head of the fallen angels. He was originally one of the mightiest princes of the angelic world, and became the leader of those that revolted and fell away from God. The name “Satan” indicates that he is “the Adversary.” He attacks Adam as the trophy of God’s creative work. He creates destruction wherever he goes, and is therefore called Apollyon (the Destroyer).

Satan attacks Jesus when the Lord begins the work of redeeming man. After the entrance of sin into the world he became the Accuser. He accuses the people of God continually (Revelation 12:10). Satan is represented in Scripture as the originator of sin (Genesis 3:1,4; John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 12:9; 20:2,10). He appears as the recognized head of those that fell away (Matthew 25:41; 9:34; Ephesians 2:2). Satan remains the leader of the demonic world, which he carried with him in his fall. He employs demons in desperate (and futile) resistance to Christ and His Kingdom.

Satan is also called repeatedly “the prince of this world (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11), and even “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). This does not mean that he is in control of the world, for only God is in control, but it does express the idea that Satan is in control of this evil world. This is clearly indicated in Ephesians 2:2, where he is called “… the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.”

Satan is super­human, but he is not divine. He has great power, but is not invincible. He wields influence on a widespread but constrained scale (Matthew 12:29; Revelation 20:2), and he is ultimately destined to be cast into a bottomless pit where he will spend eternity along with everyone who follows him (Revelation 20:10).

DEMONIC ACTIVITY

Like the good angels, the fallen angels pos­sess superhuman (but limited) power. Their misuse of this power contrasts with that of the good angels. While the latter praise God, fight His battles, and serve Him faithfully, the evil angels use their powers to advance evil. They curse God, bat­tling against Him and His people, and they are bent on destroying His work. Demons are in constant revolt against God, seek to blind and mislead even the elect, and en­courage sinners in doing evil. They are lost and hopeless spirits. They are even now chained to hell and pits of darkness. Yet demons are not limited to one place (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). John Calvin said it best: “they drag their chains with them wherever they go.”  

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Hollywood and mainstream media’s depiction of Satan have misled the public:

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For further study (click on each topic to follow the link):

The Devil Is Real and Personal

Satan’s Role in the World System

Angels and Demons

 

 

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One Comment on “SANTORUM IS RIGHT ABOUT SATAN’S ATTACK ON AMERICA, AND THE MEDIA IS WRONG”

  1. nsh4him February 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM #

    You earn an award for covering a tough topic in a brave fashion that is lacking even among many so-called “conservative press!”

    You’re also a VCOW! — That is, a Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness.

    May the sovereign God of the universe bless you and your labor, for His glory.

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