Picture by Nathan Castle
I try not to give evil too much publicity but today I feel it is necessary. Are there evil forces in the world?
I don’t think you have to be a believer in the Bible to see the spread of evil across the world in our day. Yet, as a Christian, there are these verses:
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
For weeks this blog shared this video at least once a week because I believe we live in a time of great spiritual conflict:
And then came the story of Nadia and Caspian. A young mother had her child stolen by the “Child Protective Services” of Norway.
The situation convinced me even more that the great spiritual conflict that is taking place is worldwide. I spent months following that story as many of you know.
I have used the word “evil” many times both here and on Facebook to describe events going on in Norway. The accuracy of my statements were never in doubt in my mind. Now, I am not only hearing about children being stolen in Norway. There are also stories of strange events like those that accompany demonic activity. I believe they are evil forces. There is no other explanation for the things I am now hearing about in a nation that once held to Christian theology. The interesting thing is, it appears that Christians are not the only ones who recognize this. Things are so bad there that those who aren’t Christians are calling the situation evil. Some who have not really given great thought to spiritual things in the past are noticing strange phenomena that can only be called “spiritual.” It is not a good kind of spirituality. It has all of the characteristics of demonic oppression.
I am not new to this topic. I have posted about it before. It is interesting that a post here that addresses this issue features a Lutheran man. He is a member of the church I grew up in, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. It is a Christian denomination that holds to Biblical truths better than any other Lutheran group that I’m aware of. It is certainly holding to Biblical truth more than the Lutheran Church of Norway.
The post is called DEMONS IN TODAY’S WORLD. It is a commentary about demonic activity abroad and in the U.S. Christians tend to avoid the issue for many reasons but I believe it will only become more prevalent in the near future. I do not fear because God has already won the battle.
One of the Norwegian’s whom I respect who has been experiencing these strange occurrences in Norway has mentioned that Psalm 23 has given him comfort.
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want. (I shall not be in want.)
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
What wonderful words: “I fear no evil, for You are with me;”
If you wish to know a bit more about this subject, click on DEMONS IN TODAY’S WORLD. The statements of Dr. Robert Bennett are not radical; they are Biblical.
May the Lord bless and protect my Norwegian friends.