The Devil Made Me Do It

The Devil Made Me Do It

Good news! According to Charisma News, your natural flesh isn’t to be blamed for your sinful behaviors. Instead, blame demons!

We at YMBAH enjoy laughter and satire. It’s our primary schtick. Some of it’s just for fun like losing a pet bison or The Adventures of Florida Man. Some of it’s to show an errant belief just how ridiculous it is, as with yesterday’s article. I briefly thought about using the latter to satirize an article posted in Charisma News because of the sheer lunacy of the writer’s belief. Instead, I decided to take this dangerous doctrine head on.

According to Charisma News, we invite demons in our homes when we sin and that our sin is a result of demonic activity. Screech! Throw on the brakes. Are we responsible for our own sins, or are demons responsible? The article says pornography and manipulation are controlled by evil spirits. Good news, boys and girls, it’s not your fault if you’re manipulating or cheating on your spouse. Oh, wait. It is because you invited demons into your home when you brought in pornography or other sinful material or behaviors. Is it just me, or does anyone else see the mind-numbing circular reasoning in Charisma News’ sloppy article?

Oh, but it gets better. Demons are attacking our children because tough love is a thing of the past. Tough love gets rid of demons? Really? My Bible doesn’t say that. My Bible says to train up a child in the way he should go. My Bible talks about lovingly disciplining our children to correct the children’s sinful behaviors. Then again, my Bible doesn’t blame demonic spirits for our sins or our children’s sins. God puts the responsibility on us, on our sinful flesh. We sin, not because demons tell us to, but because we want to. Get it? We want to sin. We want to lie, manipulate, disobey our parents, and look at pornography. The devil didn’t make you do anything. You did it on your own.  However, the good news is that in Christ our sinful flesh is put to death and that we are alive in the only One who took on the penalty for our sins. It is only through Christ that we have any hope for righteousness.

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