I preached this sermon Sunday and felt like it was worth sharing on my blog. The overall outline and thought is taken from Encounters With Jesus by Timothy Keller. None of it is really original to me.
Below is both the link to the audio, the PowerPoint, and some extra quotations that I allude to in the sermon.
Listen Online: “The Great Enemy” via Glenpool Church of Christ
See the PowerPoint: Sermon Slides
“Maybe you think that the idea of the devil is a primitive idea, a belief for simple people. I have been arguing – and I would respectfully suggest – that if you are trying to explain the world without the existence of the devil, it is you who are being spiritually and intellectually naive.” (Timothy Keller, Encounters With Jesus)
“Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage. … I know someone will ask me, ‘Do you really mean, at this time of day, to re-introduce our old friend the devil – hoofs and horns and all?’ Well, what the time of day has to do with it I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns. But in other respects my answer is “Yes, I do.’ I do not claim to know anything about his personal appearance. If anybody really wants to know him better I would say to that person, ‘Don’t worry. If you really want to, you will. Whether you’ll like it when you do is another question.'” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)
“Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling. I happened. You can’t reduce me to a set of influences. You’ve given up good and evil for behaviorism, Officer Starling. You’ve got everybody in moral dignity pants – nothing is ever anybody’s fault. Look at me, Officer Starling. Can you stand to say I’m evil?” (Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs)
“We’re constantly being shocked, then, by the intractability of evil in the world, but this is partially because we moderns see the Bible as ‘primitive’ and do not listen to its account of reality.” (Timothy Keller, Encounters With Jesus)