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Conversation: Kenny Luck

Christian, know your enemy

Kenny Luck is founder and president of Every Man’s Ministries as well as men’s pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. He says his new book, Fight, isn’t merely designed to help equip Christians to understand the offensive nature of spiritual warfare, but also to fully grasp the reality of evil on earth. Luck recently spoke with TPE News Editor John W. Kennedy.

tpe: Spiritual warfare isn’t a common theme for Baptist pastors.

LUCK: I classify myself as a Bapticostal. But people in churches in general — from Baptists to Pentecostals — need to discern evil on a daily basis, how to attack it in a New Testament way. We need to know about evil and its origin. We need to understand the targets of its energy — which are us and the Church. We need to recognize the character of evil, Satan’s organization and patterns. In the Gospels, Jesus always addresses the responsibility and accountability believers have in combating Satan’s strategies.

tpe: Why do you believe most Christian men aren’t engaged in the fight?

LUCK: It’s a combination of things. Gender aside, most believers respond more culturally than biblically in terms of our intellectual perception of evil. But we must be people of the Word. We cannot love God and not love His Word. There is an amazing passion externally for Christ, but internally there is a low commitment to study, integrate and assimilate God’s Word functionally.

tpe: Do people understand that Satan is ultimately behind the misery in our lives, including failed relationships?

LUCK: The Bible says Satan is the ruler of this present world. He has at his disposal an organization that works overtime to tempt and persecute. But some men and women think all they can do is talk about it: “Wow, we’re having a bad day,” or “Why is our family falling apart?” Satan wants to keep men out of the Word. If he can’t make them bad, he’ll make them busy so that they are ignorant and ineffective.

tpe: Does warfare terminology scare a lot of men?

LUCK: I think so. Many times these core truths go over peoples’ heads. But there’s no such thing as evolution of weapons in spiritual warfare. In Luke 4, Jesus squeezed off a few rounds of the Word of God. As a baseline, people must have the Word of God in their hearts and know what it’s for.

tpe: How do people view Satan?

LUCK: There are three categories: over-belief, sort of believe and don’t believe. For those who over-believe, there is a demon under every rock, and Satan is behind every negative circumstance. In reality, sometimes it’s just life’s circumstances, but those episodes create negative emotions, and that’s when Satan goes to work.

The majority of evangelicals are “sort of” believers. They know there is evil, they feel the tension inside themselves and in the world, but functionally they live as a nonbeliever regarding evil. That sort of believer filters circumstances with human solutions. Even though cognitively they know there is good and evil, they don’t incorporate the dynamic of evil in a real-time functional way.

tpe: What should our attitude toward Satan be?

LUCK: Know that he has a visceral hatred toward you. Know that he exists to destroy all that God loves. If the Bible has authority in your life, wake up every day with the knowledge that evil exists and that Satan has a deliberate campaign against you. When did he go after Christ? When He was isolated, lonely, fatigued. Satan goes to work when we’re at a low state or at a loss because that’s when we’re vulnerable. He’s an opportunist.

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