Timothy was to teach in such a way that his listeners might “recover themselves out of the snare of the devil” (2 Timothy ).In Ephesians we are told to put on the whole armor of God that we might be able “to stand against the wiles of the devil.” The word “wiles” is sometimes translated “tactics” or “schemes” or “strategies.” Strategy is the carefully arranged plan to deceive and outwit others.Without the suffering of innocent babies, their whole devil-worshipping infrastructure falls apart.Good moms and dads must maintain vigilance lest their kids be snatched.Later, the Apostle Peter said, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).According to the Bible, the devil is a created, personal, spirit being.In a place where the definition of Halloween was more like cardboard skeletons and plastic jack-o-lanterns, a guy with a penchant for fire and pitchforks could be extraordinarily scary.
Thus, mainstream media outlets are proclaiming the global “comeback” of exorcism and spiritual warfare as Christians try to combat a perceived rise in occult practices.
Some of our contemporary ideas about kids (and Satanists) are still based in morbid fantasy.
He was back again that year, the same as he had been for five years running, keeping the majority of Trick or Treaters behind an imaginary line of uneasiness drawn at the edge of the curb with his Hell-red grin and burning cauldrons.
“But I have no question that there have been, and continue to be, killings done in the name of Satan or his minions, carried out by occultists.” Payne wrote “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance” to educate believers about the real danger posed by the occult.
But he told WND it is a mistake to believe victims of demonically inspired violence were literally killed by supernatural forces.