Pastor's Corner

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On Monday evenings we have had a small group of members gathering to read and discuss C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. It has a been a book that I have taught a number of times throughout my ministry. It is a book where two demons are trying to drive a wedge between the patient and their Enemy, (God, Our Heavenly Father). I think the book hits upon many aspects of being more aware about our own sinful nature and the traps that we at times set for ourselves. It is a book about becoming more Christlike through sanctification as we examine some of the Devil’s schemes for fuddling us.

“One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth. He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself—creatures, whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His. We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct.” (The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis)

The unconditional love that God has for mankind is confusing if not rejected as nonsense by the demons who have fallen from grace. The contrast in the quote above I find quite inspiring. God wants us to be free loving disciples of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. And when we love Him and then in turn love our neighbors as ourselves, God is pleased with our walking with the Spirit.

8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10)

We are called as Christians to live as children of the light, reflecting God’s love to other people around us. God is good, and His goodness is something that we can always trust, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. No matter what kind of influence or oppression we may encounter from the devil and his hordes of demons, we are always safe in the hands of Jesus. He has sealed us with His own Spirit, and it is essential to remember 1 John 4:4

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

In Christ’s Service,

Pr. Ryan Honeycutt