On his radio show yesterday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer began by talking about how we all need to be on the lookout for Satan at all times (0:30 mark):
… Satan cannot read our minds — only God can do that — but Satan can project his thoughts into our minds! He has that capacity. That’s the flaming arrows that Paul was talking about [in Ephesians]. Remember what the Bible says about Judas Iscariot: The Devil having put it into the heart of Judas to betray him. So Satan cannot read our thoughts.
If he wants to try to figure out what we’re thinking, he’s gotta look at our body language, just like we do, but he can project thoughts, he can whisper little thoughts that are contrary to the will of God, and if we’re not careful, we’ll think those thoughts are coming from us! We’ll think those thoughts are our thoughts. That’s why we need to know the Word of God, to be able to screen every thought when it enters our minds and check it against the authority of the Word of God. We’ve got to check the credentials of every thought that wants to come into our mind against the Word of God.
Like post a sentry at the border to our mind and check the credentials of everything that wants to come into our mind, come into our heart, against the Word of God. If it doesn’t have a right to come in because it’s contrary to the Word of God, then we rebuke it in the name of Jesus Christ…
Every single thought must be screened. Think about that. You’re not allowed to have a thought without cross-referencing it with a Bible verse at the same time. That’s so much work for no good reason!
You can’t punish yourself for having impure thoughts, especially when the bar for impurity is so low to begin with.
If you constantly believe you’re being judged by God or used by Satan, I don’t understand how you function every day… though I suppose that would go a long way to explaining the warped mindset of the Religious Right.
(Thanks to Kyle for the link)