3. Thirdly, Satan hath yet a further reach in promoting error, he knows it is a plague that usually infects all round about, and therefore doth he the rather labour in this work, because he hopes thereby to corrupt others, and infected persons are commonly the most busy agents, even to the ‘compassing of sea and land to gain proselytes’ to their false persuasions. This harvest of Satan’s labour is often noted in Scripture. ‘They shall deceive many,’ Matthew xxiv 24. ‘Many shall follow their pernicious ways,’ 2 Peter ii 2. How quickly had this leaven spread itself in the church of Galatia, even to Paul’s wonder! Galatians I 6, ‘I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.’ Instances of the spreading of error are frequent. Pelagianism rose about the year, but presently spread itself in Palestine, Africa, Greece, Italy, Sicily, France, and Britain
THIS IS ONE OF THE WAY SATAN TEMPTS US.
A TREATISE OF SATANS TEMPTATIONS- CHAPTER 17–2–Satan’s deceits against religious services and duties.—The grounds of his displeasure against religious duties.—His first design against duties is to prevent them.—His several subtleties for that end, by external hindrances, by indispositions bodily and spiritual, by discouragements; the ways thereof, by dislike; the grounds thereof, by sophistical arguings.—His various pleas therein.
In my youth, I watched the movie Exorcist while living in Montreal. One viewing was sufficient for me. My belief for many years was that Satan could harm us in this way because he was so powerful.
If I were to follow Christ, He could not ignore my feelings towards Satan. Moreover, the portrayal of Satan being so alive in the film left me with the impression that Satan was more powerful than God. This is because God is the strong silent type.