Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Error We Are Least Likely to Commit

C. S. Lewis, in the Screwtape Letters, claims that one of the strategies of Satan and his demons is to get people running as quickly as possible from the error they are least likely to commit. This does fit my observations of the world. That people who are extremely emotional are likely to fear being intellectual. That people who are seriously intellectual or simply stoic are afraid of being too emotional. That fervent evangelists are concerned that Christians are spending too much time learning and very little time doing anything with what they know. While those who are teachers will lament that people are running around doing things for God with only a superficial knowledge of who He is and what He wants. Strict legalistic people will be afraid of grace and be sure that preaching it will encourage people to sin. While those who want license to live however they wish will denounce any restraint as legalism. As Screwtape points out, Satan is willing to promote any extreme except extreme devotion to God. Therefore, we need to be careful. If we want God's mindset (Romans 12:1,2; Colossians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6), we need to ask what it is we are afraid of. And we need to ask if those fears reflect the error we are least likely to commit and are confirming us in going in the wrong direction.  

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