Satan Doesn't Mind

Have I told you to pick up Russ Moore's book, Tempted and Tried? I'm pretty sure I have. Did you order it yet? If not, get on it! Seriously, it's my favorite book of 2011 so far. Here are a few sentences where Dr. Moore explains that Satan isn't intimidated by your doctrinal precision, education, morality, or sincerity. But there is one thing he fears...

Pastor, Satan doesn't mind if you preach on the decrees of God with fervor and passion, reconciling all the tensions between sovereignty and freedom, as long as you don't preach the gospel. Homeschooling mom, Satan doesn't mind if your children can recite the catechism and translate the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" from English to Latin, as long as they don't hear the gospel. Churches, Satan doesn't care if your people vote for pro-life candidates, stay married, have sex with whom they're supposed to, and tear up at all the praise choruses, as long as they don't see the only power that cancels condemnation---the gospel of Christ crucified. Satan so fears that gospel, he was willing to surrender his entire empire just to stave it off. He still is.

- from Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ