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Updated on February 28, 2019
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James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with three non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

What Does the Devil Do All Day?

Is the Devil a real person? Most Americans seem to think so. But curiously, very few who do believe he exists believe he has any influence at all on them, their friends, or their families.

It might remind Baby Boomers of the old television commercials that featured the “loneliest man in the world,” the Maytag Repairman, whose product worked so well he had nothing to do but play Solitaire all day, bored out of his mind.

There has never been a culture on Earth without people who believed in the presence of evil spirits, the existence of a supernatural world, and paranormal activity. Is there any evidence in our postmodern world of the existence of a real live Lucifer or Satan?

Adherents of New Age Religion certainly believe that they are in contact with non-physical spirit beings. Witchcraft and other Occult Arts are more popular than ever in America and Europe. If he is real, What Does the Devil Do All Day?

James A. Watkins
James A. Watkins
The Cosmic War Rages On
The Cosmic War Rages On

Introduction

Those who command the heights of our society deny the reality of the spirit world. They teach us to scoff at the existence of the Devil. It is not fashionable, even in many churches, to speak of Satan these days. Most Americans find the subject awkward and embarrassing, and the culture at large rejects belief in evil spirits as archaic lunacy.

Belief in non-physical beings has formed an integral part of human consciousness since time began. If evil entities truly exist, we would expect to see belief in them all over the world—and we do. From ancient savages to the most refined nations of today, all known peoples have believed in demons. And all have thought that the spirit world is at war. That is what we see in the Hebrew Bible, aka the Old Testament, and in the Christian New Testament: A world engulfed by a conflict between unseen presences that influence our lives, for good or for evil.

As it is nearly impossible to find a civilization that did not believe in life after death, we also find that all societies have accepted that life is both physical and spiritual, and that our Cosmos is both visible and invisible.

The belief in demon possession is perhaps the most universal religious phenomena in the world, among the most advanced peoples and the most primitive. Down through history we see those who have sought to appease or use demonic powers. From the beginning of time, people everywhere have been convinced of the reality of both good and evil spirits and avowed that evil spirits are out to entrap people and take possession of us. Exorcism has been practiced not only by Christians, but also by every major religion, including Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, and Jews.

There is a growing fascination in America with zombies, vampires, Witchcraft, and the Occult in general. So, belief in spiritual warfare is not the only belief in the supernatural or paranormal. Americans spend $300 million a year on psychics; one-third of us give credence to Astrology; half of us believe in ghosts (22% are convinced they have seen one); three-quarters of us believe in angels (demons are angels gone over to the dark side).

Occult themes have become common in books, television, and movies. Wicca is growing by leaps and bounds, along with other forms of Paganism. Young Americans are fascinated like never before by mystic knowledge, magical powers, and revelations from the spirit world—as long as it isn’t connected to the dreaded ‘organized religion’ – as long as they can say, “I am spiritual, but not religious.”

New Agers reject the Gospel but do believe in the spirit world, the supernatural, and the paranormal. They will accept medicine men, shamans, witches, witch doctors, psychics, sorcerers, astrologers, gurus, yogis, mediums, seers, and tarot card readers.

New Age adherents are in contact with invisible entities, but they insist ALL spirit beings—unlike all humans—are good and nothing but good. On what evidence? They take them at their word; the spirit guides say they are good and have nothing but good intentions, whatever they are.

In 1993, the American Psychological Association issued its long-awaited report, twenty years in the making, on its research into psychic abilities, and concluded—catch this now—that while they found no evidence humans can send messages across the Cosmos, it does appear that we are able to receive. Receive? From whom? They didn’t say.

As William Guy Carr wrote about those who doubt that devils can speak to us: “If human beings can establish radio and television stations, from which one individual can influence millions of others by broadcasting his opinions on any given subject over the invisible airwaves, then why shouldn’t it be possible for celestial beings to broadcast their messages to us? No brain specialist has dared to deny that in the brain of each individual there is some kind of mysterious receiving set.”


Statue at the Satanic Temple
Statue at the Satanic Temple
Satan by Gustave Dore
Satan by Gustave Dore

Do Demons and Angels Really Exist?

So for now, simply consider that our universe might be inhabited by unseen entities. If it is, is it reasonable to suppose they could be smarter and more powerful than we are? And since we see good people and evil people in our material world, is it not reasonable to suspect that non-physical beings might also come in good and bad flavors?

Just look at the enormous pain and suffering in the world that is caused by people who do wrong. Every minute on this planet someone is murdered and women are raped. Acts of violence are a constant feature of life, even aside from war and terrorism. The entire world groans under the weight of non-stop evil deeds, along with suicide, sexual abuse, mental illness, addiction, depression, and insanity running amok.

As N. T. Wright says, “There is such a thing as a dark force that seems to take over people, movements, and sometimes whole countries, a force or set of forces that can make people do things they would never normally do. You might have thought the history of the twentieth century would provide plenty of examples of this.”

If we believe in the Bible, and if we trust in Jesus, we must affirm the Devil and his demons. Jesus certainly did. Exorcism is a central fact of His ministry. There is no doubt that He believed Satan is a real and powerful being. Three times in the New Testament Jesus calls him the “Prince of this World.”

The Apostle John wrote that the Son of God was sent to us to “undo what the Devil had done.” Christ teaches that Satan rules an army of unclean spirits. A large part of His ministry was the miraculous casting out of demons, which He also gave His disciples the authority to do. To release men and women from the power of Lucifer was a key part of the Savior’s work while walking the earth, and served as evidence that He was God’s messenger. Jesus is the chief exorcist of all time.

You cannot deny that evil entities exist whilst also claiming to believe in the Holy Bible, for it clearly says that they are real beings, active in the lives of men and women, who oppose the best interests of men and women because they hate us and hate God. There are more than 100 references to demons in the New Testament. Not one New Testament writer fails to mention them.

Satan Adapts His Program in Each Generation

Satan adapts his program in each generation according to the inclinations of those he wishes to tempt. Today, professing Christians are tempted to cast aspersions on God’s moral law to appear non-judgmental and tolerant and, well, nice. They are pressured to accept His moral law being transgressed with impunity.

But Christians have a responsibility to God to expose error with the Word of Truth. Wrongdoers must repent of their sins and humble themselves before God, exercising faith in the blood of Christ for forgiveness.

Satan still works today to make evil appear good and good evil. He is a master manipulator, impugning the motives and misconstruing the efforts of God's people. The Devil teaches that liberty is license; preaches that desire is the highest law for men; proclaims that man is only accountable to himself.

Beware of preachers, or so-called Christians, who substitute the opinions of men for the Word of God. This insults the Creator and gives Satan a laugh at the triumph of his devices.

Now we see publicly promoted contempt for God’s moral law and public promotion of the love of pleasure, an increase in pride, disobedience to parents, and disdain towards religion.

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    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      Rose ~ I cannot thank you enough for posting that wonderful review of my new book. As you said so well, “God is so good he brings us out of it, by inviting us to confession, inviting us to draw near to Him.”

      I am glad you found my book is about “such a good subject.” I am hoping to be of some service.

      Happy Easter and Praise the Lord! I agree with you wholeheartedly: “God is SO good. He calls us to be His FRIENDS!”

      And you are surely right that “The devil HATES us SO much...He makes sin look enjoyable.”

      Thank you for your blessings. God Bless You.

      James

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      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      School Girl for Real ~ Yes! Your review of my book is up on the Amazon website and I love it! Thank you!

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      You know the interesting thing about this hub James, lol, is a lot of people think God is boring and the devil exciting OR being good is boring and being evil/sinning is FUN!!!!

      Sinning gives people NO peace of mind. You're on the brink of going to hell, when one is in the state of mortal sin. But God is so good he brings us out of it, by inviting us to confession, inviting us to draw near to Him.

      really...you know? This book really is such a good subject that you wrote about, I really appreciate you doing so.

      You have helped me. I think it's really important to be aware of the dark side of things

      But anyways,

      happy EAster!!! Praise the Lord!!!!

      God is SO good.

      He calls us to be His FRIENDS!!!!

      The devil promises glory in this life, but it's just a trick, and then HELL for eternity. The devil HATES us SO much...He makes sin look enjoyable!!!!

      Praise the Lord again, not only for showing us so much love and dying for us on the cross, but being there every second of the day....

      And for giving us Mother mary to guide us and inspire us.

      What a joy it is to be at peace with God and have peace in our soul!!!!

      God Bless You!!! james

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      5 stars: 5.0 out of 5 starsSatan worshipers commit murders. We need to know our enemy if we are to defeat him!

      April 19, 2019

      Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase

      This is not by any means a "pleasant book", but of course the topic of Satan and his evil works is never pleasant. The reason I bought this book, was from a review left there, stating how it helped the person be more careful what rock music/music in general they listened to, and movies and TV, etc.

      yes, it is true what we watch influences us greatly. We need to put positive and wholesome TV /music into ourselves if we want to feel positive and wholesome.

      This book is very well researched, and has a bibliography of many books. James did a very thorough job of reading many books on the subject of satanic worship, and the effects Satan has in this world, and in our culture/some of our music.

      The 50's were a more wholesome time, I readily agree with James on that! I used to wish I was born then!

      I was a little shocked/surprised to hear how MANY musicians sold their soul for fame in this book. It is definitely important as James states for us to SAY whose side we are on: God's or the opposite.

      God bless us all, and I suggest DAILY prayer, and bible reading as spiritual weapons.

      I think that this book covers in great detail satanic worship, which I had to skim through due to the disgusting details, but IT is important to be informed of your enemy as to not be fooled.

      So, overall, I would give this book a rating of five star, due to it's thoroughness. I would like to see a larger section at the end of how we can combat evil (prayer and such things.) But overall, a job well done, and an important topic though not often discussed. Bravo, James! You conquered a difficult subject, and you are doing God's work to warn the faithful against bad music and influences. A must read for any serious Christian/Catholic/believer.

      Thank you James. I will pass it on to my friends.

      I pray that many will see the truth of the matter, that this is not mumbo jumbo, and that people like tons of people actually worship Satan, and in doing so, perform murders and disgusting behavior, which just goes to show how screwed up and evil that is!!! But, never fear, God forgives, if one wants to get back on the path to God and Heaven, please know you can confess your sins to a priest, and also, in the book, "The Secret of the Rosary" it says if a person prays the rosary daily for the rest of their life, even if they sold their soul, they will be forgiven, and be able to go to heaven in the end.

      God is so merciful!

      Songs like "highway to hell" and other ones, are not just funny, jokes and James has got the facts to back it up, that these songwriters stated over and over they were influenced by "unseen forces" or spirits inside them. I recall watching a video by Jim Morrison recently, and he said in the song "I reject the Resurrection", which I picked up on right away, after reading this book.

      If anything, this book will open your eyes!

      I pray in Jesus' name that all who read your book be spiritually healed.

      God bless.

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      It's right here Jfames! Can you see it now?

      https://www.amazon.com/What-Does-Devil-All-Day/dp/...

      Rose

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      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      School Girl for Real ~ Thank you so much. I really appreciate you going the extra mile to get that done for me. I only have one review. I don't know why.

      Faithfully Yours,

      James

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      I was just able to leave a review, which I edited a little. I think you will be very pleased James. They said it may take several days to review it before they show it.

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      I am sending them an email right now, as to WHY they wouldn't let me leave that review. It's obnoxious of them!

      I'll find out!

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      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      School Girl for Real ~ I am really puzzled as to why you could not leave a review on Amazon. Several others have done so who are not 'Prime' members. I have never heard of that restriction and searching the Internet I do not find anyone reporting having that restriction. That is a shame because I needed some reviews on there.

      Nonetheless, I am well pleased to read what your review would have been had you been allowed to leave one. Thank you for sharing it with me. It is really good and shows you understood exactly the message I was trying to convey, which is always satisfying to any writer, as you know, being a writer yourself. I only wish your review was on Amazon. Hmmm . . . it doesn't make sense.

      God Bless You,

      James

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      It's not letting me leave a review. It says you have to be an Amazon prime member to do so. That stinks.

      I'll just leave my review here then.

      This is not by any means a "pleasant book", but of course the topic of Satan and his evil works is never pleasant. The reason I bought this book, was from a review left there, stating how it helped the person be more careful what rock music/music in general they listened to, and movies and tv, etc.

      yes, it is true what we watch influences us greatly. We need to put positive and wholesome tv/music into ourselves if we want to feel positive and wholesome.

      This book is very well researched, and has a bibliography of many books. James did a very thorough job of reading many books on the subject of satanic worship, and the effects satan has in this world, and in our culture/some of our music.

      The 50s were a more wholesome time.

      I was a little shocked/surprised to hear how MANY musicians sold their soul for fame in this book. It is definitely important as James states for us to SAY whose side we are on: God's or the opposite.

      God bless us all, and I suggest DAILY prayer, and bible reading as spiritual weapons.

      I think that this book covers in great detail satanic worship, which I had to skim through due to the disgusting details, but IT is important to be informed of your enemy as to not be fooled.

      So, overall, I would give this book a rating of four stars. I would like to see a larger section at the end of how we can combat evil (prayer and such things.) But overall, a job well done, and an important topic though not often discussed. Bravo, James! You conquered a difficult subject, and you are doing God's work to warn the faithful against bad music and influences. A must read for any serious Christian/Catholic/believer.

      Thank you James. I will pass it on to my friends.

      I pray that many will see the truth of the matter, that this is not mumbo jumbo, and that people like tons of people actually worship satan, and believe he is real, and if they do, well then, it's not some joke. Songs like "highway to hell" and other ones, are not just funny, jokes and James has got the facts to back it up, that these songwriters stated over and over they were influenced by "unseen forces". And many states they were possessed. Not cool at all. Not at all.

      I pray in Jesus' name that all who read your book be spiritually healed.

      God bless.

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      Ok, I'm leaving your review now. It should be done in 5-10 mins. Thanks James.

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      Absolutely, I'm still reading it!

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      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      Rose ~ Thank you for offering to leave a review on Amazon of my most recent book. I would really appreciate that. Let me know when you do.

      As for not being able to find my first book, here is a link to my Author Page, which shows all three of them.

      https://www.amazon.com/Mr.-James-A.-Watkins/e/B00K...

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      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this message of hope, Rose. No doubt about it, prayer is a powerful thing. God Bless You Sister!

      James

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      James,

      I recently read in the catholic book, "The secret of the rosary" by St. Louis de Montfort, that anyone who says the rosary daily, including those who may have sold thier soul to the devil, will be converted and saved before death.....that's powerful. We must remember how powerful prayer is ....daily prayer...and reading the bible!!!!!!

      (smile)

      Rose

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      I definitely will leave a review. I wish it was easier to make money with books on amazon. Glad to hear your second one did so well at least at first, .....I couldn't find your first book though.

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      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      Rose ~ I agree wit you that "this book is of very Mature content, and warn it's not for the "faint of heart" or children of course."

      God Bless You Sister!!

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      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      School Girl For Real ~ Rose! I am so glad you purchased a copy of my new book and already started reading it. Satan is real. Of that I have no doubt. All Christians must believe in the Devil and demons - Jesus sure did!

      I will be thrilled if you will leave a review of my book on Amazon!

      Thank you for coming by to visit and leaving your encouraging words here for me. And you are most welcome.

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      James A Watkins 

      4 months ago from Chicago

      Schoolgirlforreal ~ What a pleasure to hear from you again! Thank you ever much for sharing my newest book on your Facebook page. I love that prayer you shared with me. There is power in the name!

      I really appreciate you buying my first book. My second book was this one: https://hubpages.com/relationships/Hubber-Publishe...

      Faithfully Yours,

      James

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      One more thing, I would say this book is of very Mature content, and warn it's not for the "faint of heart" or children of course.

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      Just bought your book, James. It's very interesting. I read the review. And yes, there is a lot of rock music (not all is bad) that is negative- words and stuff. There are things we need to be aware of, to protect ourselves, I agree. Satan is REAL. He's not imaginary, just as God is real. there is no positive without negative or vice versa. There is evil and good in the world, and we call the good God and evil Satan.

      I understand that many people chooose not to belive in either. that does make it not real.

      Anyways, I started reading the book, and I think its well written and interesting. And I will leave a review.

      Thank you for taking the time to write on important subjects. I had forgotten about this type of thing. I was informed about it as a child___to be careful what music you listen to etc.

      God bless you.

      Psalm 91 is very important to read daily: The Psalm of protection! that's where 911 came from.

      Rose

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      4 months ago

      I am definitely sharing this on my facebook page: I Never Walk Alone.

      I would like to share a prayer I say sometimes, that helps with spiritual attacks:

      I pray in Jesus Name that the spirit of ____________(Insert here or put: depression/irritability/negative thoughts) or spirit that entered through trauma is bound and must leave me and go under the feet of Jesus and stay there. I nullify and cancel the assignment of these demons and I command every demonic entity empowered by any word curse spoken against me or anyone in my sphere of influence to immediately cease from your assignment. This is my right and my priviledge as a child of the most High God!

      It works. Congrats on the new book! What was the 2nd one? I bought the first one.

      Rose

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      Awdur ~ It is a distinct pleasure to hear from you, my lady. The Devil is indeed a busy guy. Thank you for your gracious compliments.

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      Awdur 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      Beautifully written and engrossing! A story that needed to be told, and one that needs to be understood. The Devil, unfortunately, is a busy guy.

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander ~ Wow! You've got a long name! :D

      Thank you so much for reading my Hub and leaving your nice note. I appreciate your congratulations.

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      Cristine Abigail 

      5 months ago from Manila

      Seemingly this is a great book. Congratulations for having your third book published. Praise God for this another material that could bring enlightenment to a lot of truth seekers.

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      James Trentadue ~ Thank you for telling me about Russ Dizdar. I just read all the reviews on his book. Very interesting.

      How fascinating that you met Dave Hunt. I love his book that I used in my research for mine. I am a big fan of Lewis' books, of course. I visited Willow Creek Church once, maybe five years ago. We are members of the Moody Church.

      Speaking of Christian Music, I just finished the book 'Why Should the Devil have all the Good Music' about Larry Norman. It is quite a gripping story.

      I am glad to see that the Spirit moved you last night to deliver such powerful prophetic words. God Bless You.

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      James Trentadue ~ Yes, thank you and you are welcome. Many have been falsely accused of being false teachers. In Facebook Christian Groups I have seen virtually every famous Christian condemned to Hell by somebody, including Billy Graham, C.S. Lewis, all non-Adventists, all Catholics, all Protestants, and of course the favorite whipping boy Joel Osteen.

      A False Teacher is one who contradicts God's Word. Those who say sodomy is not a sin, or abortion is OK, or adultery, fornication, pornography, and all manner of perversion are just fine. Those who say the Gospel is not true, the Bible is not true, Jesus was not resurrected. Think Bishop Spong, Bart Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, and your average Muslim.

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      James Trentadue ~ Here is my Table of Contents:

      1 INTRODUCTION 1

      2 THE DEVIL INSIDE 7

      3 THE OCCULT 29

      4 IN DAYS OF OLD 48

      5 THE DEVIL AND HIS DEMONS 63

      6 LUCIFERIANS & SATANISTS 76

      7 EXORCISM 93

      8 ATHEISM IS AN OLD FAITH 108

      9 FALSE TEACHERS 122

      10 THE DEVIL IS A HELLUVA

      SONGWRITER 152

      11 MIND OVER MATTER 174

      12 NEW AGE RELIGION 188

      13 THE GOOD NEWS 203

      BIBLIOGRAPHY 228

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      James Trentadue ~ I had for gotten that Lindsay's book you mentioned is one I actually used in my research. You might like to see my bibliography:

      Amorth, Gabriele. An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels. Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2016.

      Beauregard, Mario & O’Leary, Denyse. The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

      Beck, Richard. Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

      Boyd, Gregory A. God at War: The Bible & Spiritual Conflict. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

      Bubeck, Mark I. The Adversary: The Christian Versus Demonic Activity. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013.

      Carr, William Guy. Satan: Prince of This World. San Diego, California: Dauphin Publications, 2014.

      The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1913.

      Cavendish, Richard. The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, Alchemy, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages. New York: Perigee, 1967.

      Chesterton, G.K. The Everlasting Man. London: E. Benn Ltd., 1925.

      Collins, Martin G. The Occult. Charlotte, North Carolina: Church of the Great God, 2000.

      Cristiani, Leon. Evidence of Satan in the Modern World. Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, 1961. Paris: Barrie Books Ltd., 1959.

      Dembski, William A. The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing Group, 2009.

      Dickstein, Morris. Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties. New York: Liveright Publishing, 1977.

      Guinness, Os. The Dust of Death: The Sixties Counterculture and How It Changed America Forever. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1994.

      Hunt, Dave. Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and he Church. Bend, Oregon: The Berean Call, 2010.

      Hutchinson, Robert J. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2007.

      Lewis, C. S. The Screwtape Letters. New York: HarperCollins, 1942.

      Lindsey, Hal. Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1972.

      Lutzer, Erwin W. God’s Devil. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2015.

      Lutzer, Erwin W. Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009.

      Lutzer, Erwin W. The Serpent of Paradise: The Incredible Story of How Satan’s Rebellion serves God’s Purposes. Chicago: Moody Press, 1996.

      Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity & Liberalism. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1923.

      McGrath, Alister. The Twilight of Atheism. New York: Doubleday, 2004.

      Montgomery, John Warwick. Principalities and Powers. Edmonton, Alberta: Canadian Institute for Law, Theology, and Public Policy, 2001.

      Owen, Walden. Let God Be True. North Charleston, South Carolina: CreateSpace, 2014.

      Roszak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture. New York City: Doubleday Publishing.

      Satan: Prince of Darkness. New York,: A&E (documentary), 2007.

      Schimmel, Joseph M. They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll. Simi Valley, California: Good Fight Ministries, 2004.

      Scruton, Roger. The Soul of the World. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2014.

      Wallace, B. Alan. The Taboo of Subjectivity: Toward a New Science of Consciousness. New York: The Oxford University Press, 2000.

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      James Trentadue ~ 'SATAN is Alive and Well on Planet Earth!' Hal Lindsey, right? I loved his book, 'The Late Great Planet Earth.' I could not agree more that "His biggest trick is to convince people that he doesn't exist." I believe that may be a quote from Baudelaire, of all people.

      I love the way you described the Devil in your outstanding comments, as well as your piercing explanation of salvation. Well done!

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate your extraordinary comments. I hope you buy my book. If you do, I'd love to hear what you think of it, as an expert witness.

      James

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      James Trentadue 

      5 months ago from Madison, WI.

      I'll have to read your book for sure, James. Fascinating topic. Brings me to the thought; do I have oil in my lamp for these last days, or am i follish and have not filled my lamp.

      I should have told you before i will pick it up...but the thoughts running through me were unstoppable

      Thx again for your work. I enjoy it very much.

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      James Trentadue 

      5 months ago from Madison, WI.

      False teachers...Great subject. Has it been misconstrued and given over to leading us astray, or is there a necessary purpose in pointing them out?

      Who is to judge? By what standards? The "Logos" (written) Word of God? Yes, but does it nullify the "Rhema" Word (spoken)?

      Well if it is opposed to the written Word yes, if it lines up...what then?

      Who is the accuser of the brethren?

      Why did Paul identify false teaching?

      Why did Jesus say if they are not against us they are for us?

      Some people I've heard or studied:

      Hal Lindsay,

      Josh McDowell,

      C.S. Lewis,

      Hank Hannagraaff,

      John MacArthur,

      Dr. Michael Brown,

      Dr. Kenneth Hagin,

      Dr. Bill Hammon,

      Kenneth Copeland,

      Joel & John Osteen

      Among many more.

      I am going to write on this topic after seeing what others have written in the "now"

      Thx James

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      Hxprof ~ Thank you for complimenting my 'teaser.' It is always a pleasure to hear from you. As for deception in the denominations, one chapter of the book is entitled 'False Teachers.' I think you catch my drift there. I appreciate you reading my Hub here and letting me know you did with your thoughtful comments.

      James

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      James Trentadue 

      5 months ago from Madison, WI.

      James,

      On the money again my freind. SATAN is Alive and Well on Planet Earth!

      Where have i heard that before?

      His biggest trick is to convince people that he doesn't exist. The Bible teaches that he is the "Accuser of the brethren " and he comes before the throne of

      God to try to steal the souls of men. He is the great deciever, a liar from the beginning, he is also the ruler of the second heaven and the prince of darkness in this world. He was the most beautiful and glorious angel in all of heaven. He was the song leader in heaven. He has the position of Arch Angel in the heavenly realm. (Third heaven)

      But...if you come to the throne of God, washed in the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin(s) God will forgive you, heal you, and listen to your requests.

      Jesus came to earth to destroy the works of the devil and He has defeated this mighty foe at the cross. He went into hell and took the keys of death and hell away from him and according to the letter written by Paul to the Ephesians Jesus gave that authority to us to do the Fathers will continuing to set the captives free.

      The Father will grant you the privilege of asking in Jesus name and when it lines up with His will He will grant you your request. His will is LOVE! The blood of Jesus (shed for our sin), and the word of our testimony will defeat Satan as we stand in the faith of Gods mercy and grace.

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      Hxprof 

      5 months ago from Clearwater, Florida

      This is a good teaser James. I admit that I'm yet to purchase your first book....:)

      I was attracted though to a number of comments, including this one: "Beware of preachers, or so-called Christians, who substitute the opinions of men for the Word of God. This insults the Creator and gives Satan a laugh at the triumph of his devices". Indeed, they do this.

      I'll be interested to see how you've handled the current atmosphere of deception in most denominations. It's rampant, and gives Satan a laugh, yes, while leading many to eternal destruction.

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      James A Watkins 

      5 months ago from Chicago

      Peggy Woods ~ I am well pleased that you came by and read my little article. Good to see what we agree about the real presence of evil in the world, too. Thanks for your comments. It is a distinct pleasure to hear from you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Evil certainly does manifest itself in the world today as well as in the past. Sad, but true.

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