I have been grieved by the news of late which brings up the issue of Spiritual Warfare and the hidden devils that launch their attacks on humans daily. I know that many Christians do not believe in Spiritual Warfare, and so satan and the devils come right in. Eventually the US will be like it is in some Third world countries where the devils show up daily in possessed people. Below are some of satan's tactics in Spiritual warfare Indifference The first strategy I believe the devil uses is indifference as he wants us to think that he does not exist. Some recent surveys by the Barna group indicate that many evangelicals do not even believe that Satan exists! This shows why so few churches even speak of him. Infiltration I believe another major strategy that the devil utilizes is infiltration. The devil gets in the lives of those that tolerate sin (Eph 4:27). In the Garden the serpent deceived the woman & the man to disobey God and he used clever and deceptive speech to do so. One of his biggest lies is Hedonism (the pursuit of pleasure) which is deceiving many today. Eve did not think before she sinned but simply felt and let her sensations take over. Eve thought it was best to feel and experience rather than to think, just as many today make their decisions on their emotions. As Christians live in a ungodly world we need to be set apart and not fall for the lies and deceptions of Hedonism. I myself am a lover of food. If food were my god it would be very easy for me to eat at lots of different restaurants, and spend lots of money on buying lots of different types of foods, as the different styles and flavors of food are endless. But food is not my god and I have learned and trained myself to be Godly, and in being Godly I have set apart myself for holiness and holiness involves saying no to the pleasures of the flesh. Learning to say no is not easy, and often takes prayer, and trial and error. Another major one of the serpents lies is the lie of Pantheism. In Gen 3:5 the text reads "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil"(NIV). Pantheists believe that everything in nature is God and we are all a part of God. To the Pantheist the final reality in all the universe is spiritual. Pantheists deny matter and the material universe in order to escape into the reality of the mind. The spiritual universe exists in the mind of the Pantheist and the only true reality. Pantheists believe that man is his own savior and that it was not us that fell but God. These Pantheists are obviously under the lie of Satan and his demons, and the devil has used not only the Star Wars films, but many other movies, books, music, and methods to get the lie of Pantheism into society. Christians that are wise, will be discerning and will know the word of God (1 Pet 2:2) so that they can be able to detect and discern these lies, just as how the Bereans in Acts 17 were truly discerning and searched the scriptures and tested Paul. Another of the serpents lies that is all over the culture is the lie of Relativism. To the relativist there is no such thing as absolute truth, for what is true for you may not be true for me, for truth is all relative. The philosopher John Dewey can be blamed for giving relativism credibility in America. Relativism thrives in our culture and so many do not believe in any absolute truth. For example many think there is nothing wrong with living with someone they are not married to. They think that they can do or so whatever they wish, and no one can impose their morals, ethics, and beliefs on them. These people will often accuse the Bible believing Christian as a "Bible thumper"or "hate monger." I personally have been accused of being "divisive" on internet message boards where relativism was the dominate philosophy. What really surprised me was that many of those that have called me divisive have professed to be Christians! They have called me divisive because I hold to a biblical standard, and although I am far from perfect the word of God is my authority. The word of God does not teach that life is all about us, and all about us finding our dream job and being fulfilled. Life is about obeying God (Ecc 12) and carrying out his commission of evangelism to all the nations (Mt 28, Mk 16). I am a slave of Christ and my duty is to obey my master. John MacArthur wrote a most excellent book "Slave" that I would strongly encourage you to purchase. I am convinced that there will be many professing believers who have been changed by the lies of relativism that will be told by Christ to depart from him, for He never knew them (Mt 7:23). There is such a thing as absolute truth and it is contained in the Word of God, and those that want to know truth must get to know God whom is truth (John 1:17, 14:6). The lie of Esotericism is also widespread in our culture. Esotericism means the belief in a transformation of consciousness that initiates us into true spirituality. Many years ago I attended a church that was very big on trying to experience God. In their midweek service people would all gather together in a room that was darkened with candles everywhere. Everyone that gathered there got on their knees and attempted to have an "experience with God." Sometimes people would claim that the Lord directly spoke to them and told them something, and other times no one experienced anything. Those that had an "experience with God" in such a setting were deemed as the most spiritual and closest to God. People would learn and try to model after their example. At the time I was ignorant and had no read up on the danger of such a setting and its pathways to the New Age movement. There are two pathways to this "experience" that is common in Esotericism that Satan and his demons can use. One of these is called transcendental meditation, and the other is psychedelic drugs. Sadly there are professing Christian counselors that practice transcendental meditation and unfortunately some years ago I was in a transcendental meditation session. Transcendental meditation and the quest for an experience are all over the Charismatic movement. Charismatics believe in new and continuing revelation so its no wonder that many seek an experience with God. They do not seek to know God by studying the scripture unfortunately, and with regret the devil and his demons are stationed all over the many Charismatic churches in the world, and deceive people all the time. The only defense against the lies of Esotericism is the scripture and those that know it will keep far away from churches that practice Esotericism. Intervention Intervention is another one of the devil's tactics that he uses against Christians. Satan does whatever he can to get Christians sidetracked in their lives and on other things rather than on God. Looking at the state of the Church today I'd say that he has been very successful. Satan & his demons have kept many Christians fighting and dividing over secondary issues of doctrine and church methodology. Christians argue, debate, and divide over the secondary issue of Church music. Music style is a preference and if the doctrine is Biblical there is no reason to divide over preferences.