My wife and I were channel-surfing last week when we came upon a program which literally shocked us to our bones. We watched in awe as one of the ministers we admired many years ago literally speak words that so totally opposed our beliefs, it was beyond our understanding.
One of our favorite gospel artists was Carmen, but we haven’t listened to him in a very long time. Tastes change, and our certainly did. We still listen to his music if we happen to hear it, and remember some of the songs which made him so influential years ago. We haven’t kept up with him over the years, so we don’t even know what he’s doing these days.
Carmen’s pastor, at least when we were keeping up with him, was a man named Carlton Pearson. My wife and I used to love listening to Carmen’s CDs when Carlton would show up and sing along with him. Oh, those were some good times. No doubt about it, Carlton Pearson is full of talent.
On the 26th of March, 2009, there was another Face-Off aired on NBC, which just happened to be the first one I’ve ever seen. The Face-Off took place on the 20th at Mars Hill Church and was hosted by ABC Nightline’s Dan Harris. It was quite shocking, to say the least. The four panel guests were: Deepak Chopra and Bishop Carlton Pearson facing-off against Pastor Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church and Annie Lobert, founder of the Christian ministry “Hookers for Jesus” about the existence of the Devil. All I can say is, “Wow!” There sure was a lot of hot air coming from the first two on the panel.
I know what I believe, and am convinced both God and Satan exist. Understand, I do not worship Satan, but give honor and glory to God my Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. I believe in the power and majesty of the gospel of Christ and am persuaded the Spirit of God still works in the lives of people who are saved by faith in the shed blood of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Now, it’s your turn. Do you believe the devil, or Satan, is real? Please answer with thoughtful reasoning. Thank you.