A Blindspot in Western Christianity?
Editor's Note: The following excerpts highlight Ralph Winter's concern in the last 10-15 years of his life: "When will we arise to work with God to destroy the works of the devil?" You can read the full article here.
We yield in our every day consciousness to a secular mindset that implicitly denies the very possibility of an intelligent evil destroyer of God’s good creation.
What kind of destruction and perversion did Satan set out to achieve when he turned against God? Where would we see evidence of his works? Would he employ powers of deception so that we would get accustomed to evil and no longer connect an intelligent evil power with evil and suffering?
We do not commonly attribute the origin of destructive germs to an intelligent evil being. We have no theology of mission for destroying such germs!
Defensive measures are good, but notice our strange theological (and pagan) reluctance to set out to destroy the disease germs themselves. To do that would be to go on the offense. We don’t do that. Yet isn’t it Biblical to destroy the works of the devil? In 1 John 3:8 we read very simply “The Son of God came into the world that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
The proposed [Roberta Winter Institute] will try to upgrade our desire to bring glory to God by ending our apparently neoplatonist truce with Satan in the realm of all his ingenious and destructive works.
The least we can do is set something in motion that may rectify our understanding of a God who is not the author of the destructive violence in nature and who has long sought our help in bringing His kingdom and His will on earth.
Christians champion singers, basketball players, pole vaulters. Do we find theological reason to champion those rare few who are at the front line in the fight against disease? And, I don’t refer to those who treat illness but those who scout the very origins of disease. The answer is a thunderous NO which can only be explained as a blind spot in our theological tradition, a fact which is itself one of the diabolic delusions classifying as a work of the devil.
When will we arise to work with God to destroy the works of the devil?