1. Believers are expected to recognize evil and know how to deal with it (Rom 12:21; Eph 6:10-18; 1Th 5:15).
  2. Evil is the policy of Satan; it originated with him (Isa 14:12-15; Eze 28:11-16). While sins are generated from man’s sin nature (Jam 1:14-15), evil is always from Satan (Joh 8:44; 1Jo 3:12).
  3. It is the policy of Satan as god of this world to capture, bind, and enslave the souls of men (2Co 4:4; 1Ti 3:7; 2Ti 2:26).
  4. Satan’s primary strategy is deception. He is a liar who can disguise himself as an angel of light (2Co 11:14). He distorts the truth and promotes the idea that good can come from evil (Rom 3:8; Rom 6:1,15; Rom 13:1-4). This is what he did in the Garden when he deceived Eve into thinking that life could be made better by doing something that God prohibited. The fruit looked good to her; the promised result of eating it seemed good. Satan makes evil look just as beautiful and seem just as noble today.
  5. Satan uses human religion as a cloak for evil. He has his own churches, his own communion table, his own pastors (1Ti 4:1; 1Co 10:14-21). They all look so good, and yet are so evil because they are distorting truth and substituting human good for the righteousness of God (Isa 64:6; 2Co 11:4; 2Co 11:13-15; Gal 3:1-7; Col 2:21-23).
  6. It is impossible to discern good from evil apart from the Word of God (Rom 16:19; Heb 5:14).
  7. Sin was judged at the cross (2Co 5:14-21; Heb 10:10; Heb 10:12; Heb 10:14; Heb 10:17); evil is yet to be judged. The human good of believers will be judged at the Bema Seat of Christ (1Co 3:11-15; 2Co 5:9-11). Judgment of unbelievers and of Satan and his angels will be executed after the Second Advent of Christ (Jud 14-15; 1Th 5:2-3; 2Th 1:6-10; Rev 14:17-20; Rev 19:11-21; Rev 20:11-15).

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