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Satan’s Ten Commandments

  1. Worship the creature rather than the one true God; live for your own pleasure, glory, and comfort.
  2. Worship the one true God, and all your other gods, however you please; be creative – do for them whatever you feel will make them happy so that you can get what you want from them (so just do whatever you feel will make yourself happy).
  3. Treat the one true God with flippancy, carelessness, and cynicism; in your speech, thoughts, and behavior, deal with him and his revelation of himself with utter disregard and disrespect.
  4. Spend every day however the hell you please – because life is all about your pleasure. And especially do whatever you want and live for your own pleasure on that day the one true God claims is his day; it’s not his day, it’s your day, live every other day, so live it up, live selfishly, do your thing with your time in your way.
  5. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do – you are the master of your fate and the captain of your temporary soul; the people who claim to be over you, whether in the family, state or any other association, are just trying to keep you from expressing your true self. Fight the power, stand up for yourself, assert your rights.
  6. Hate, hurt, and kill with all your might and with all your skill; don’t give an inch to anyone who stands in your way or who tries to keep you from getting what you want. Be angry – it is fuel for living, and the only way to get ahead.
  7. Never deny yourself one second of sexual pleasure; if it feels good, do it. Lust, look, and live out your sexual fantasies; don’t worry about being unfaithful to your family or friends, because remember – life is all about you.
  8. Disregard the whole notion of “ownership” – if you want it, take it. You deserve it. And never, ever share anything that belongs to you with someone else; let them get it by their own strength and ability, just like you did.
  9. Truth is a human construct, so always create and live and speak your own version of the truth. Remember, you exist for yourself, to gratify your desires and pleasures, so never say anything that will keep you from attaining that goal.
  10. You’ll never attain that goal if you stay content with what you currently have, so fan into flame the cravings for all the great things that others get to enjoy; why should they get to have those pleasures and you don’t? So cultivate discontentment and complaint, or you’ll never get what you’re owed.

In sum: love yourself, love pleasure, love me.

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When you read a story like the heart-breaking fall of Doug Phillips, remember and apply these words to yourself…

“Let it be a settled principle in our religion, that there is an amount of weakness in all our hearts, of which we have not adequate conception, and that we never know how far we might fall if we were tempted. We fancy sometimes, like Peter, that there are some things we could not possibly do. We look pitifully upon others who fall, and please ourselves in the thought that at any rate we should not have done so. We know nothing at all. The seeds of every sin are latent in our hearts, even when renewed, and they only need occasion, or carelessness and the withdrawal of God’s grace for a season, to put forth an abundant crop. Like Peter, we may think we can do wonders for Christ, and like Peter, we may learn by bitter experience that we have no power and might at all. The servant of Christ will do wisely to remember these things. ‘Let him that thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall’ (I Cor. 10:12). A humble sense of our own innate weakness, a constant dependence on the Strong for strength, a daily prayer to be held up, because we cannot hold up ourselves – these are the true secrets of safety. The great Apostle of the Gentiles said, ‘When I am weak, then I am strong’ (II Cor. 12:10).”

J. C. Ryle on the self-ignorance of Peter in John 13:36-38

Our sin will find us out…

Numbers 32:23 contains an incredibly important principle for humankind: no matter how hard we try to hide our sin, it will find us out. It will be discovered. It will come to light. We ought never forget this. It should haunt us when we are tempted to sin.

The Heart of Sin

Gen 18 – Sarah didn’t believe God’s promise, so she laughed; she was afraid, so she lied. The unbelief and fear in our hearts is so often the sin beneath the sin.

Pride Is and Leads to Sin

“But when Uzziah became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense [something only the priests were allowed to do, cf. II Chron. 26:18]” (II Chron. 26:16). Pride is not only heinous in and of itself. It is so vile because of its effects – because of that to which it leads. When we think too highly of ourselves, or when we look down on others with contempt (Rom. 12:3; Luke 18:9), then we are more prone to do something foolish or cruel. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling” (Prov. 16:28; cf. Prov. 11:2; 18:12).

SDG, Ezra

The Flattery of Sin

In Psalm 36, David reminds us that “sin is always crouching at the door” (Gen. 4:7), and it is speaking to us all the time. “It flatters him in his own eyes concerning the discovery of his own iniquity and the hatred of it.” Transgression doesn’t want us to see itself, of course, and so it seeks to praise us as those who are not transgressors. “We’re not that bad, we aren’t filled with iniquity, we aren’t as wicked as that person is,” we reason in ourselves. And so we don’t see our sin, and we don’t hate our sin. Why would we hate something that speaks so well of us? Why would we see something that camouflages itself so well? Thus we need the law of God and the grace of God to pierce the defenses our sin erects and help us to discover and hate our sin.

SDG,
Ezra