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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Dear Demons: Wrath

Dear Tempters,

Remember our motto: Non Serviam! I will not serve! We said no to God first, and our goal is always to give your teens the same...freedom… that we enjoy. The sin of wrath can be very helpful to you in achiev-ing this goal.

What is wrath, my dear demons? It is not anger. No, even the Enemy showed anger as a man when he drove out the money-changers (John 2:15). Again, the enemy has said, "Be angry, but do not sin." (Ephesians 4:26) No, wrath is much different from anger. It is unrestrained anger. It is vengeful anger. Wrath is when you have convinced your teen that they should punish someone else in order to "get even". If you have convinced your teen to embrace wrath, you have done two very important things for our cause.

First, you have convinced your teen to think of themself as god. The Enemy has said: "Vengeance is mine. I will repay." (Hebrews 10:30) He has claimed vengeance as his own, but in wrath your teen will try to take on the role of a god and steal what belongs to the Enemy! Secondly, you will have distracted your teen from their own sins. They will be so focused on their desire for vengeance that they will abandon mercy.

This is key, for "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23) and if they "do not forgive others" they will not find forgiveness themselves. (Matthew 6:15)
           

              Non Serviam,

                                     Satan

My Dear Demons appears in monthly editions of Ed's youth group newsletter.  

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