Satan Is Cool With Your Christian Values

I just read this summary of this message, by Russell Moore, titled “The Devil Votes Christian Values: Why We’re Tempted to be Glorified Satanists Rather than Crucified Followers“.

I can’t wait to listen to the whole thing.

Listen to how he articulates some really powerful truths about how slippery the slope of idolatry can be:

Satan does not mind family values–as long as what you ultimately value is the family.

Satan does not mind social justice–as long as you see justice as most importantly social.

Satan does not tremble at a Christian worldview. He will let you have a Christian worldview as long as your ultimate goal is viewing the world.

He goes on to challenge pastors:

Satan doesn’t mind if you preach on the decrees of God with fervor and passion every single week–provided that you do not ever preach the gospel of the cross.

And homeschool moms:

Satan does not mind if you teach your children all the books of the Bible and all the Ten Commandments and all of the catechism–provided you do not teach them the gospel of a bloody cross.

He concludes:

He will let you get what it is that you want, no matter what it is–sanctity of marriage, environmental protection, orphan care, all of these good and wonderful things–he will allow you to gain those things provided you do not preach and proclaim and live through the power of a cross that cancels his power of condemnation.

He so fears the gospel of a Christ crucified and raised from the dead that he is willing to surrender his entire empire just to appease the threat of it.

2 comments

  1. Oh how this is so missed. Today the battle cry of the liberal church is social justice as a means to share the love of Christ. The battle cry of the conservative church is that we have to get back to our biblical worldview to defend the cross, but somewhere in the mix we forget to preach the cross, the Gospel. I just finished a book by K.P. Yohannon called Revolution in World Missions. He makes the case that the Western churches philosophy of evangelism has been steeped in the two above mentioned approaches and the fruit is no where to be seen but by empty buildings, hospitals, and orphanages. This is the result after 150 years worth of this style of missions work. We have been doing the work rather than allowing the cross be the catalyst for the work. May we turn from these approaches and get back to the cross where Jesus died so that none shall perish, but have everlasting life. Amen.

  2. Amen Mike. This has been an insidious distraction, and how easy it is for people who want to feel good about themselves to swallow it. It is a powerless shell of the truth and can save no one in the end.

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