Day One Review of “How Satan’s Soldier Became God’s Warrior”

If God created everything, then He created evil. So, by that line of reasoning, I decided that God was responsible for evil, controlled it, and was in fact, both good and evil. He had to be responsible for the tragedy that was my life. And if He was responsible for all the suffering in my life, how could He possibly care about me? Since God didn’t care for me, I might as well serve His enemy. If God didn’t think I was good enough to save, why shouldn’t I serve His evil counter part? This evil counterpart is Satan, the god of this world. In my crippled thinking, I viewed Satan as God’s alter ego.

By the time you read that paragraph you’ve started Chapter 2 in Michael Leehan’s book How Satan’s Soldier Became God’s Warrior.  Pretty intense. I picked up this book after hearing Leehan interviewed by Janet Parshall. I confess, the sensationalism of Satanism was the driving force behind my interest in the book. That and the fact that what is a more appropriate topic for a blog about Predatory Lies, than a book that shows God’s defeat of the Father of Lies?

I expected a gripping story; and I wasn’t disappointed. However, I didn’t really expect to address the problem of pain and God’s role in human suffering. I didn’t think about how many decisions Leehan made prior to his final decision to serve Satan. There were tiny steps along the way that seemed harmless enough and unrelated. Things that culturally we might recognize as poor choices, but hardly map them into a progression toward the ultimate rebellion against God.

In truth, is there an “ultimate” rebellion, or is sin simply sin and separation from God simply separation from God? How different are you and I from Leehan in his darkest moments?

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.          Eph. 5:15-16

Another thing that piqued my interest in Leehan’s book is that he is “close to home” for me. Leehan’s story takes place mostly in Oklahoma. The church body that reached out to Leehan even as he plotted to murder their pator – is in my home town! So, let me also take this moment to put in a plug for Lifechurch.tv.  There’s a reason that the pastor, Craig Groschel, was on Satan’s hit list. Lifechurch.tv as well as the mobile phone app, YouVersion and their many other FREE resources are unparalleled.

 

 

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Twisted Truth: God is Love

“God is love.” It is one of the most dangerous truths. The father of lies can take the simplest truths and spin them into a deceitful, transparent web in which all but the most diligent will become tangled. “God is love,” is sometimes used as a peace-making agreement, or the common ground among polar opposite faiths. Even our entertainment proclaims “World Peace.” Oprah preaches for us to love everyone and that whatever you call the goodness in you is your own innate deity.

The global mantra begs us all to get along on the grounds that deep down we desire the same thing: peace, love and happiness. Everyone is happy with the “golden rule” so that few even realize its Biblical origins. Most people consider it their religious duty to love their own god. We identify our gods by our devotion to them: money, sex, fitness, success, etc.

The Bible agrees that the first and greatest command is to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And the second [commandment] is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” Mark 12:30-31

Just one little problem. There is an essential sentence just before this well-known verse. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God, the Lord is one.” Mark 12:29

The God of the Bible, Elohim, Yahweh, Yeshua, Adonai, Jesus Christ our sovereign redeemer, creator and Lord is the ONE AND ONLY GOD. “God is love,” is not an all inclusive, happy agreement between the myriad world religions.