I just returned from the 2007 CMC Youth Retreat. It rained every day, but still was a blast. The highlight for me and for many was Craig's talk on Tuesday night about Satan and his wiles... how he wants to kill us, just like he wanted to kill the pigs that the group of demons named "Legion" went into. And how he doesn't go around in some kind of red suit... he is far more subtle than that. Here is his top 10 list of Satan's lies that he tells us through media, other people, our own selfish desires, etc:
Top 10 lies the devil tells us today: (Craig Combs, Youth Retreat 2007)
10. The devil does not exist. He wants us to believe he is a figment of the imagination.
9. Good and evil are 2 sides of the same coin - (that Star Wars is right about good and evil!) World tells us we can balance good with evil, like standing on a tight rope with a long pole, you can balance, its ok if we are a little bad, as long as we are mostly good.
RESULT: YOU BELIEVE THE LIE THAT YOU DON’T NEED SAVING.
8. All religions are the same - they all basically say be good and you’ll be alright.’
RESULT: YOU BELIEVE IF ALL TRUTH IS ONE TRUTH, THERE IS NO LIE.
7. How you look is more important than who you are.
RESULT: YOU NEVER EXAMINE YOUR HEART - THE DEVIL WANTS YOU TO CHOOSE WHAT “GOOD” LOOKS LIKE.
6. The one who dies with the most/best toys wins.
RESULT: WE LIVE FOR THINGS.
5. Good intentions are good enough.
RESULT: THINKING THAT GOD GRADES ON A CURVE.
4. You deserve everything you desire. The culture perpetuates this lie with commercials/Christmas/birthdays
RESULT: YOU ARE NEVER SATISFIED AND NEVER THANKFUL.
3. If it feels good, it IS good. (Ecl. 2) - often comes from music, ex. “its Fergilicious”
2. You have all the time in the world.
RESULT: YOU BELIEVE THE LIE THAT YOU SHOULD LIVE FOR TODAY, YOU CAN WORRY ABOUT GOD STUFF LATER
1. THERES NO SIN, THERES NO GOD, THERES NO DEATH, THERES NO DEVIL.
ALL THESE LIES SAY THE SAME THING: THAT GOD IS LIEING.
PSALM 1 - SUMS UP THE OLD TESTIMENT, THE WISE MAN LISTENS TO GOD AND WILL STAND IN JUDGEMENT, THE WICKED WILL NOT REMAIN STANDING WHEN JUDGED.