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“It is the best treatment of the person and work of the enemy I have ever read.” — R.C. Sproul, from the foreword to God’s Devil Many Christians are oblivious to the Devil and his schemes, and this is precisely the problem. If you don’t know why you need to know about the Devil, then this book is especially for you. In God’s Devil, pastor and scholar Erwin W. Lutzer takes u “It is the best treatment of the person and work of the enemy I have ever read.” — R.C. Sproul, from the foreword to God’s Devil Many Christians are oblivious to the Devil and his schemes, and this is precisely the problem. If you don’t know why you need to know about the Devil, then this book is especially for you. In God’s Devil, pastor and scholar Erwin W. Lutzer takes us to the corners of Scripture to which we seldom go. With surprising insights and potent quotes at every turn, God’s Devil will: Teach you how Satan fits into God’s great plans for the world Give you confidence in God’s everlasting victory over Satan Equip you to withstand Satan’s schemes against you Martin Luther once said, “Even the Devil is God’s devil.” So while this is a book about Satan, it is even more about God’s sovereign power over him. Read it for comfort, read it for peace, and read it for strength. Consider digging deeper with the God’s Devil DVD and study guide.


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“It is the best treatment of the person and work of the enemy I have ever read.” — R.C. Sproul, from the foreword to God’s Devil Many Christians are oblivious to the Devil and his schemes, and this is precisely the problem. If you don’t know why you need to know about the Devil, then this book is especially for you. In God’s Devil, pastor and scholar Erwin W. Lutzer takes u “It is the best treatment of the person and work of the enemy I have ever read.” — R.C. Sproul, from the foreword to God’s Devil Many Christians are oblivious to the Devil and his schemes, and this is precisely the problem. If you don’t know why you need to know about the Devil, then this book is especially for you. In God’s Devil, pastor and scholar Erwin W. Lutzer takes us to the corners of Scripture to which we seldom go. With surprising insights and potent quotes at every turn, God’s Devil will: Teach you how Satan fits into God’s great plans for the world Give you confidence in God’s everlasting victory over Satan Equip you to withstand Satan’s schemes against you Martin Luther once said, “Even the Devil is God’s devil.” So while this is a book about Satan, it is even more about God’s sovereign power over him. Read it for comfort, read it for peace, and read it for strength. Consider digging deeper with the God’s Devil DVD and study guide.

30 review for God's Devil: The Incredible Story of How Satan's Rebellion Serves God's Purposes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Horncastle

    First complaint: I always enjoy Erwin W. Lutzer's books - (especially HItler's Cross). So I jumped at this book... then after I finally got around to reading it I noticed that it came out earlier as a book called "The Serpent Of Paradise". I read that book about 3 years ago, so I kind of want my money back. But it appears this NEW edition is about 50 pages longer - not sure how - but that was enough to inspire me to go the distance. (NEXT TIME - it should say on the front or back cover that this First complaint: I always enjoy Erwin W. Lutzer's books - (especially HItler's Cross). So I jumped at this book... then after I finally got around to reading it I noticed that it came out earlier as a book called "The Serpent Of Paradise". I read that book about 3 years ago, so I kind of want my money back. But it appears this NEW edition is about 50 pages longer - not sure how - but that was enough to inspire me to go the distance. (NEXT TIME - it should say on the front or back cover that this is an old book just under a new name. Basically to match my laziness or literature disposing memory.) So is the Devil actually GOD'S DEVIL? You bet he is. And R.C. Sproul reminds us: " there can be no sound theology without a sound demonology." Quote from Dr. Berkouwer. So if we have no Satan, we have no sin, we have no temptations, we have no rebellion, we have no Hell, we have no need of a Savior. So thank God there's a Devil eh? In this day and age we have numerous so-called liberal theologians who claim to LOVE Jesus yet don't actually believe in a Satan, or a hell, or the power of sin, or a factual Resurrection, or a reliable literal Word of God. So their Jesus is really good for... ummmh? Stuff, I guess. Basically these people are once again making the same statements as that Snake in the Garden that started it all. "Did God REALLY say? You won't surely Die? You will be like GOD?". Apparently nothing has changed in 6000 years. (same BUTTHEADS! Different outfits.) So if you remove a healthy Biblical study of demonology (that Satan guy) then you can indeed end up with some nasty waterdowned comprehension of the God of the Universe...which leads to a faulty understanding of Jesus and man. This book is great because it isn't simply about old Satan and his abilities - It's about how it all fits together and where Jesus fits in. From Genesis to Revelation God has a plan, and surprisingly, Satan is very useful in this plan. Eventually we would all sin without him - but Satan sure speeds up the process (what a relief eh?). My thoughts: We don't need Satan to sin - we Need Satan to create false religions and distract from God's worship. In the introduction of the book, R.C. Sproul mentions that he disagrees with Erwin Lutzer on a few issues, as do I. Are they essential? No. Does Satan have a perfect understanding of Jesus? Erwin says Yes, I say No. Satan tempted the eternal King of all existence with some dirt cities. I don't think Satan fully comprehended the SON OF GOD bit. Satan is most likely spiritually blind and a raging ego-maniac - that would easily get in the way of any serious theological scholarship on Satan's part. Does Satan go back and forth between Heaven and Earth? I don't think so. We need to be careful how we read JOB 1: 6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” I'm not convinced SONS OF GOD means Angels necessarily. I could mean those who are righteous before God. This is also somewhat similar to Cain and Abel making their sacrifices: Genesis 4. 3In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7If you do well, will you not be accepted? Were Cain and Abel in Heaven making offers to the Lord? NO. The Term "Sons Of God" is very tricky. Are Angels sons of God? Any more than Adam (a human) is? It is interesting how often we read things INTO the Bible based on our desires and assumptions - and yes, even Bible translators do this. Does it make the Bible wrong? Not really, just challenging fun. But this has a lot to do with the actual powers and abilities Satan and his demons have. Erwin claims some of his Christian friends are demon addicted and possessed/harassed. I would hold off on calling them Christians. I know many non-Christians who read the Bible, speak well of Jesus, go to church, talk about the Kingdom...but they don't know Christ. They are still fodder for Satan and the demons. Thankfully, I haven't found it necessary to battle demons yet. I mostly deal with the stupidity of man - Demons not necessary for that. _______________________________ I did like Erwin's theory that: "Not all Bible scholars agree, but I believe that those who died in faith in the Old Testament went to Hades, and not until the ascension of Christ were they taken up to heaven. Paul wrote that when Christ ascended, "he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men" (Ephesians 4:8). Perhaps that means that those who were in the righteous compartment of Hades were taken to heaven at that time. Now that's systematic theological fun. Kind of makes sense. When Abel died was he lonely in Hades? Possibly - then it sure would be nice that God maybe took Enoch there so he would have a friend. Genesis 5:24 24: Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Which fits kind of sneakily with 1 Samuel 28 9The woman said to him, “Surely you know what (King) Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the necromancers from the land. Why then are you laying a trap for my life to bring about my death?” 10But Saul swore to her by the LORD, “As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” 11Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” He said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul.” 13The king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a god coming up out of the earth.” 14He said to her, “What is his appearance?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped in a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and paid homage. 15Then Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Fun stuff to think about. Not essential though. But it gets us thinking about Hades, Death, Pits for Demons, Hell, the Endtimes. The challenge is always to get as deep into the text of the Bible as possible - and not to read books by people who claim to have been to Heaven and Back, or Hell and back, or possessed by demons and back... best just to go to the Biblical source. One of the most fascinating things about demons is: They don't get to go back to Heaven. They have no possible freedom of getting righteousness BACK. Although there is that one verse: 1 Peter 4:6 For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does. 1 Peter 3:19 After being made alive, (Jesus) he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits Interesting stuff. Not sure if this agrees with Lutzer's Hades, or is simply announcing to those awaiting judgement that the Messiah has come...and they MISSED IT! Just an FYI. Either way - I don't think this is Demons that are being preached to. So Erwin Lutzer's book is well worth reading. He sure left out a lot of possible Bible references. But his intent wasn't a thorough demonology of all Biblical text. But simply to say "Satan is God's satan, Focus on Jesus and everything will turn out for the better." P.S. Please don't try to send Satan or Demons to an early hell or abyss. God made them for a reason. He gave them jobs for a reason. And this verse should horrify anyone who tries: Matthew 7 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not...and cast out demons in your name...?’ 23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Better to KNOW Jesus, and not play with demons or spirits from the beyond. We have a living Christ.

  2. 4 out of 5

    C.H. Cobb

    Lutzer writes about our great enemy Satan, calling on both the Scripture and his experiences in helping troubled souls. He does a good job demonstrating the reality of Satan's existence and the dangers he presents to Christians as well as the unsaved world. The book delivers on the title: Satan is shown to be wholly confined to acting only under God's permission, and what Satan intends for evil, God always turns to accomplish His own good purposes. Though there are places in which doctrinal preci Lutzer writes about our great enemy Satan, calling on both the Scripture and his experiences in helping troubled souls. He does a good job demonstrating the reality of Satan's existence and the dangers he presents to Christians as well as the unsaved world. The book delivers on the title: Satan is shown to be wholly confined to acting only under God's permission, and what Satan intends for evil, God always turns to accomplish His own good purposes. Though there are places in which doctrinal precision is lacking, nonetheless the book is a good contribution to believers who are struggling to understand how God can use the purveyor of evil to accomplish His good intentions. Lutzer writes in a very clear and accessible style. If you are going to read this book, be sure to read David Powlison's "Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare" which has a much more exegetically sound perspective on spiritual warfare. That book is, unfortunately, out of print and a little harder to find. "Safe and Sound: Standing Firm in Spiritual Battles" by Powlison is in some ways the application of the exegesis in "Power Encounters," and is excellent. Both of these volumes contain what I consider to be a more doctrinally precise presentation of spiritual warfare. Lutzer's book is four stars. Recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allen Haynie

    RC Sproul forwarded this book and stated "It is the best treatment of the person and work of the enemy I have ever read.” So, on Sprouls integrity I bought the book. I saw that Erwin Lutzer was senior pastor of Moody Church for over 30 years and figured his theology must be ok. I started reading the book and I did enjoy the read up to chapter 8. I thought he was insightful in his various discussions about the ways of the devil up to that point. When I got to chapter 9 this is where the author go RC Sproul forwarded this book and stated "It is the best treatment of the person and work of the enemy I have ever read.” So, on Sprouls integrity I bought the book. I saw that Erwin Lutzer was senior pastor of Moody Church for over 30 years and figured his theology must be ok. I started reading the book and I did enjoy the read up to chapter 8. I thought he was insightful in his various discussions about the ways of the devil up to that point. When I got to chapter 9 this is where the author got on shaky ground. I continued to read and I read it all the way through chapter 10 and at that point Lutzer said there was a lady in his church who was bitter and did not get along with anyone. He said she was a Christian and he knew so for a fact. He said he counseled this lady and stated that in this counsel session a demon talked from this ladys mouth. Before this discussion about this lady, Lutzer said he did not believe that a Christian could be demon possessed, but demon oppressed. The author's claims that a born again Christian, a new creation in Christ having the Holy Spirit living inside them can have a demon use you as a mouth piece is cause for concern. Even though this book was helpful for the first 8 chapters I would have passed on it had I known the author held this view. For me Dwight Pentecost's, Your Adversary the Devil was better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimmie

    I concur with R.C. Sproul's statement that "I found this book a veritable treasure of biblical insight. It is filled with lucid insights that I have never considered." For me, this book answered many questions I had regarding the devil and his role. GOD WINS! I concur with R.C. Sproul's statement that "I found this book a veritable treasure of biblical insight. It is filled with lucid insights that I have never considered." For me, this book answered many questions I had regarding the devil and his role. GOD WINS!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine Norman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hitler's Cross by Mr. Lutzer was excellent, so I was immediately interested to see what he had to say on the subject of Satan. It is a thorough study. If you are a minister or Bible teacher, this would make a great textbook because each chapter has points and sub-points that make it easy to teach. While I learned much, I was uneasy about the way Mr. Lutzer often attributed motives and thoughts to Satan that might be reasonable if Satan were human. While a few liberties were taken, Mr. Lutzer d Hitler's Cross by Mr. Lutzer was excellent, so I was immediately interested to see what he had to say on the subject of Satan. It is a thorough study. If you are a minister or Bible teacher, this would make a great textbook because each chapter has points and sub-points that make it easy to teach. While I learned much, I was uneasy about the way Mr. Lutzer often attributed motives and thoughts to Satan that might be reasonable if Satan were human. While a few liberties were taken, Mr. Lutzer does a great job of showing Satan's role in humanity's history from beginning to end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carter Hemphill

    I usually really enjoy Erwin Lutzer books, but with this book, I was disappointed. The author speculates about the conflict between Satan and God and describes from Satan's perspective how he continues to wage war against God. I found some of the chapters to be more practical, while others seemed to be more along the lines of theological speculation and could have used more theological support to make it more believable. I'll likely find this book helpful for specific chapters than the whole boo I usually really enjoy Erwin Lutzer books, but with this book, I was disappointed. The author speculates about the conflict between Satan and God and describes from Satan's perspective how he continues to wage war against God. I found some of the chapters to be more practical, while others seemed to be more along the lines of theological speculation and could have used more theological support to make it more believable. I'll likely find this book helpful for specific chapters than the whole book at large.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allie MacPhail

    A truly interesting read. Challenges even the most Reformed of minds to consider the extent of God's Sovereignty. He is sovereign over all, even the devil. in a world that wants to turn a blind eye to the uncomfortable idea of the devil, this books makes you consider what you hold as true. Decent read, felt like Lutzer made a few jumps with having to fill in the blanks where we just can't know for sure. A truly interesting read. Challenges even the most Reformed of minds to consider the extent of God's Sovereignty. He is sovereign over all, even the devil. in a world that wants to turn a blind eye to the uncomfortable idea of the devil, this books makes you consider what you hold as true. Decent read, felt like Lutzer made a few jumps with having to fill in the blanks where we just can't know for sure.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Knowles

    So, guy reads Bible and just interprets it however he wants, only quoting occasionally. I feel like this was more fanfiction than serious commentary. I mean I know you have to already believe to really get anything out of these, but this seemed lax. Its 4+ Star review seems to indicate that Christians love it, so perhaps I'm mistaken. My Dad told me to read this to determine why the serpent was punished when, according to his interpretation, it was Satan the whole time. Lutzer alternates between So, guy reads Bible and just interprets it however he wants, only quoting occasionally. I feel like this was more fanfiction than serious commentary. I mean I know you have to already believe to really get anything out of these, but this seemed lax. Its 4+ Star review seems to indicate that Christians love it, so perhaps I'm mistaken. My Dad told me to read this to determine why the serpent was punished when, according to his interpretation, it was Satan the whole time. Lutzer alternates between two views: Satan hypnotized the serpent and Satan shapeshifted into the serpent. Neither of which really got me to an answer.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    I think "story" in the title says it well. I got to page 57 before I waved the white flag. Mixing fact and fiction as Lutzer has done makes for terrible theology. Write one way or the other but don't take liberties and weave a story that reads like a novel. Talk about deception! Satan seems to have served Lutzer's purposes as well. I think "story" in the title says it well. I got to page 57 before I waved the white flag. Mixing fact and fiction as Lutzer has done makes for terrible theology. Write one way or the other but don't take liberties and weave a story that reads like a novel. Talk about deception! Satan seems to have served Lutzer's purposes as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annamarie

    This book makes you think about how Satan really is used by God for things, even though he is trying to hurt God's people. I think it is a deep look at what we know about Satan and to rethink about the power we give him that he doesn't actually have. This book makes you think about how Satan really is used by God for things, even though he is trying to hurt God's people. I think it is a deep look at what we know about Satan and to rethink about the power we give him that he doesn't actually have.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A thorough treatment of Satan and demons at an understandable level. Filled with scripture evidence and insightful thoughts. This book will set your mind on the biblical reality of the war raging in the spiritual realm.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kevyn Webber

    Review to come!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Huff

    This book does a great job organizing and explaining much of what the Bible says about our adversary, the devil. I have to admit, I have often blown off Satan as my worst enemy, opting instead to say that I'm my worst enemy. And while my sin is certainly always with me, and I should always be on guard against temptation from within, this book reminded me never to minimize the desire of Satan to devour me. I ought always be on guard. No book is perfect except the Bible. As such, I found instances This book does a great job organizing and explaining much of what the Bible says about our adversary, the devil. I have to admit, I have often blown off Satan as my worst enemy, opting instead to say that I'm my worst enemy. And while my sin is certainly always with me, and I should always be on guard against temptation from within, this book reminded me never to minimize the desire of Satan to devour me. I ought always be on guard. No book is perfect except the Bible. As such, I found instances in which I disagreed with the author's interpretation of Scripture, or at least did not find enough biblical warrant for the author's position (even if it wasn't inconsistent with clear biblical teaching). For example, the author implied that Satan "had the ability to inject thoughts into the minds of some people which they think are their own." I suppose it's possible that Satan has this ability, but to my knowledge, the Bible never quite says that. The pattern in the Bible seems to be that temptation from Satan comes externally (such as the serpent in the garden, and the flaming arrows of Ephesians 6:16). While it's true that Satan entered Judas, as demons sometimes possess individuals, this seems demonstrably different from an occasional injected thought, and there's no reason to think that a Christian can be indwelt by Satan or a demon, or even have his thoughts directly influenced by Satan for that matter. Nevertheless, this is a very good read. It tells the story of Satan from his beginning to his end, and encourages the reader throughout to align himself not with Satan, who will be defeated, but with Jesus, who is and will be victorious.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jerrill Wyler

    Good overview of satan's actions in our world, his previous actions, and his interaction with God. Not a deep theological treatise, but a beneficial layman's terms book. Good overview of satan's actions in our world, his previous actions, and his interaction with God. Not a deep theological treatise, but a beneficial layman's terms book.

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    Rafi

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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