Posted by Gary on September 23, 2005
I came across this interesting story today. Soldiers staying in a middle school in New Orleans report sensing a spiritual presence in the building and also claim that they have seen and heard things that they regard as a spiritual presence. You can read the article here and also watch the local CBS coverage of the story.
Let me say that I am not quick to believe stories such as these but I do not want to be quick to disregard it either. Many of my Reformed brothers and I have made the point that God is sovereign over and involved in the events concerning hurricane Katrina. Should we be surprised where God is at work to see the manifestation of spiritual realities and the devil?
If you know anything about New Orleans you know that it is steeped to the throat in sinfulness. Yes, there is sin everywhere but not to the same degree. This city has embraced Satan both in the lewd acts of those who live and visit there but also in the realm of witchcraft and voodoo.
I’m afraid that many of us Reformed folk no longer have a place for the reality of spiritual manifestations in our time. We are so concerned to avoid what is false and sensational that I fear we are avoiding the truth. I’m preaching through the book of Ephesians and reading Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s commentary (sermons) on Ephesians. It is amazing to listen to Lloyd-Jones, the hero of many a Reformed pastor today and his thoughts on the reality of the devil and spiritual warfare. I can assure you that our present attitude toward these things is not reflected in the words and thoughts of Lloyd-Jones. Commenting on Ephesians 6:10-24 he says:
certain that one of the main causes of the ill state of the church today is the
fact that the devil is being forgotten."
Perhaps one of the devil’s greatest deceptions is to lull us into a state where we no longer view him as real and at work.
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