In my continued reading of A Puritan Theology, I found the chapter "The Puritans on Demons" sobering. It says, "The Puritans viewed human history as one continual conflict with evil spiritual powers." This is one reason I have so long appreciated the writings of the Puritans: they were people who were not afraid to expose the devices of the evil one. Therefore, we find much help from them for the spiritual warfare that belongs to those who truly belong to Christ.
Spiritual warfare calls us to be watchful because Satan's chief means of destroying people is through deception ("Genesis 3:1-5","13"; "John 8:44"; "Revelation 12:9"). A Puritan clergyman, William Spurstowe wrote, "We ought rather to be all the more watchful since we have such a serpent to deal with that can hide his deadly poison with a beautiful and shining skin."
William Spurstowe cataloged many of Satan's devices. Here are 12 of those devices as well as remedies for them from Spurstowe's "The Wiles of Satan" and from other Puritan writers.
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