At church yesterday the Old Testament reading was about the Temptation of Adam (what Milton wrote about in “Paradise Lost”) and our New Testament reading was about the Temptation of Christ (what Milton wrote about in “Paradise Regain,” a great work hardly anyone reads). Our pastor pointed out that Satan’s most serious temptations are not to encourage us to commit individual sins but, as he does in both of these pivotal Biblical events, to attack our faith: to lead us to distrust God, to disbelieve His Word, to stop looking to Him for our needs, to put our faith in ourselves instead of in Him. For Pastor Douthwaite’s profound sermon on these temptations and how our sins reveal our underlying unbelief, go here.
Speaking of our old evil foe, a Catholic priest, in co-operation with the church of Rome is opening an
exorcism center in Poland to deal with the upsurge in demonic afflictions in Europe. The article quotes an exorcist:
“People don’t pray anymore, they don’t go to church, they don’t go to confession. The devil has an easy time of it,” Amorth said in an interview. “There’s a lot more devil worship, people interested in satanic things and seances, and less in Jesus.”
What do you think about this?