George Barna is founder and president of the Barna Research Group. Just a few years ago this research group took an annual survey of American values and religious views across the United States. From the data, Barna put out a book by the title, What Americans Believe. If you have ever doubted the effect that Satan has on our country, then pay close attention to the statistics quoted from his survey. There were two survey questions that revealed startling information concerning the beliefs of most (and I emphasize most) Americans.

First, Barna’s survey showed that two-thirds (67% to be exact) of all Americans deny that absolute truth exists. It is interesting that 72% (approximately 3 out of 4) of all Americans between ages 18 and 25 agreed that one could not know absolute truth. No wonder we can’t convert the younger generation. These young people agreed with the statement: “different people can define truth in conflicting ways and still be correct.” Brethren, this is one of the most erroneous doctrines that can be taught among men. Notice that this doctrine is not applied to anything other than religion. For example: in math, 2+2=4 and 2×6=12. This is absolute truth that no one can change. In science, earth revolves around the sun. This is absolute truth that cannot be denied. It is only in religion that Satan has managed to confuse men into thinking they can’t know absolute truth.

Second, Barna’s survey showed that 60% of all adult Americans do not believe that Satan is a real being, but is simply a symbol of evil. The scripture warns us to beware of Satan and his ploys to overcome mankind (Matt. 13:39; Eph. 4:26-27; 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8). Other scripture tells us to resist Satan (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9). It is impossible to resist someone if we deny him to be real. Those people who are disposed to deny that Satan exists have been blinded by him. He owns them. How well the scripture speaks of these people. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:10-12).

Do you believe the truth, all the truth? God’s word is truth (John 17:17). Obedience to the truth and continuing in it saves. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).         Are YOU obeying the truth?                  23466 Highway 49                  Saucier, MS 39574

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