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AMERICA, PAUL HARVEY, AND THE DEVIL
Over the recent past decades, America has degenerated financially, morally, and spiritually. America has forsaken God, rejected His ways, and now even defied Him by enacting laws contrary to His Word. America has invited the Devil to enter in, to destroy us from within by using our own leaders and politicians to do so.
Fifty years ago in 1965, famous ABC radio commentator PAUL HARVEY mesmerized millions with his story ‘IF I WERE THE DEVIL’; how the Devil would seduce and destroy America. This paper will discuss who the Devil is, his origin, devices, and tactics from the Holy Bible, and after that, what Paul Harvey had so well noted in 1965. Satan has succeeded in destroying AMERICA- our youth, homes, schools, churches, society, our economy, and now our entire country!
The names of LUCIFER, SATAN, and THE DEVIL are synonymous. They are all the same person! Satan, the Devil is an unseen operative in the world today, whose job is to destroy, and take as many to hell with him. His greatest trick is to disguise himself such that most people don’t believe that he exists or is behind all the evil and corruption in the world today! Even the churches today are ignorant and unprotected from him, as they seldom warn their members about him in their sermons, much less believe that there is a Devil.
So the Devil, our hidden enemy, goes on with impunity to do his evil deeds to steal, kill, and destroy people’s lives and their souls. The Bible states ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places’ Ep6:12.
THE ORIGIN OF SATAN- THE FALL OF LUCIFER, THE ANOINTED CHERUB
The Bible says that Satan was once a fallen angel called Lucifer, who along with a third of the angels in heaven rebelled against God and were cast down to earth Re12:3,4. The Bible also states that angels were created before man Ps8:5, and that there are over 100 million angels in heaven Re5:11. Lucifer, son of the morning, wanted to be like the most High God Is14:12. Lucifer was ‘the anointed cherub that covereth’ Ez28:14. He was the highest-ranking angel with great power and authority. God gave Lucifer his wisdom, beauty, and power v12-14 . Lucifer was beautifully adorned with sparkling precious stones, v13 and was created perfect, until wickedness was found in him v15. His beauty, wisdom and brightness caused him to become exceedingly proud v17. His music was beautifully and skillfully performed as he led the heavenly host in worship to God. Lucifer’s self-importance fueled his heart with pride and iniquity Is14:11,Ez28:13. He could not contain or humble himself before God.
One day, Lucifer set up a plan to displace God and began to foment sedition in heaven. Ez28:16 says ‘By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned’. Lucifer and his followers had defiled themselves by their traffic in the ‘the multitude of thine iniquities’ v18. Lucifer wanted to be like God- to supplant Him. The first sin ever committed against God was not on Earth, but in Heaven. Because God is a Holy God, He cast Lucifer, aka Satan, and his followers out of heaven! Jesus said ‘I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven’ Lk10:18.
These are the ‘five sinful I WILLs of Lucifer’ found in the book of Isaiah. Lucifer said in his heart‘.. I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High’ Is14:13,14. Lucifer wanted to steal God’s glory and throne, to be number one. Lucifer, being very wise and cunning, thought he knew everything and that his plans to supplant God would succeed. Lucifer led the rebellion in heaven against God, was defeated and cast down to earth v18. Since angels are spirit beings and unlike men, they do not die. Many of these fallen angels are now dwelling on earth. But they are now called devils or demons Mt4:24, Lk8:30, like those that Jesus cast out of them that were possessed Mt8:16. The demons remain on earth today to do Satan’s bidding, to influence and destroy men’s lives and cause their souls to perish in hell!
SATAN, THE DEVIL- HIS TACTICS EXPOSED
The Bible warns us of the devices of Satan so we will not falter in our faith. What are some of his devices? Here are some D-words like D-evil which describe Satan’s devices– deception, depression, delusion, defraud, destroy, disorder, distortion, doubt, disbelief, distress, dispute, discord, discouragement, disappointment, discontentment, dissatisfaction, disobedience, dysfunctional, division, defiance, disaster, and diseases.
Much that we know of Satan is revealed in the New Testament. The Old Testament has very little written of him, mainly in the book of Job. God allowed Satan to test Job’s integrity: ‘And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a Perfect and an Upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? And still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown’ Job2;3,6,7.
THE DEVIL- THE DESTROYER, MURDERER, THE THIEF, THE LIAR, OUR ADVERSARY
Jesus said Satan is the thief who ‘cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly’ Jn10:10. Jesus told the Pharisees ‘Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it’ Jn8:44.
The apostle Peter said ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your Adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’ 1Pe5:8. Peter spoke from personal experience because he himself nearly fell. Jesus told Peter ‘Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for you that your faith fail not..’ Lk22:31,32. Here we see that Satan is allowed to test us, can put disease on us, steals the Word of God and also our joy and peace from us, and seeks to kill and destroy us. The Devil was a murderer from the beginning, a liar and the father of lies- an Adversary who seeks to devour us!
The apostle Paul also warned us about the lies, wiles, devices, and snares of the Devil. Paul wrote a novice must not be lifted up with pride lest he ‘fall into condemnation of the devil’.. he must have a good report ‘lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil’ 1Ti3:6,7. He said that we can be taken captive at his will, if we fall into the snare of the devil 2Ti2:26. Paul said ‘Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil’ Ep4:26,27; to forgive others ‘Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices’ 2Co2:11.
Paul declared ‘Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil’ Ep6:11. Paul wrote ‘And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works’ 2Co11:14,15.
Paul also spoke of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils 1Ti4:1. Paul stated ‘Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before.. that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God’ Ga5:19-21. Satan, the Devil, uses his agents, even church ministers 2Co11:15, to deceive and snare us, through their lies, wiles, and devices 2Co2:11.
Satan is the accuser of the brethren Re12:10, who oppresses and condemns us Ac10:38, 1Ti3:6. He is also the ‘spirit of fear’ 2Ti1:7, who brings fear and depression upon people. Jesus said to CAST OUT devils Mk16:17 from them that are possessed with them. We are told not to give place to the Devil Ep4:27. We give place to Satan when we walk in our flesh, and not in the Spirit Ro8:1. Satan often speaks through carnal people. An example is the remark Peter made right after his great confession about who Jesus is. When Jesus told he must suffer, be killed, and be raised up on the 3rd day, Peter opposed him. Then Jesus rebuked Simon Peter for wanting power and prominence in an earthly kingdom. Jesus even called him Satan Mt16:16,23.
Another example is Ananias and Sapphira, whose hearts Satan filled to lie to the Holy Ghost. They gave place to Satan, and both fell dead when confronted by Peter. They withheld a part of the money they said they would give when they sold their land Ac5:3-5. Judas Iscariot, an apostle, also gave place to the devil. He coveted money, and like Peter, Judas was also seeking for glory in an earthly kingdom. In Judas’ case, his greed was so great that Satan himself entered into him Lk22:3, and possessed him. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver Mt26:15, but later hung himself.
The Bible is replete with many accounts of people giving place to the Devil- Adam and Eve, Cain, Balaam, Samson, Saul, David, Solomon, Ahab, Jezebel, Gehazi, the Scribes and Pharisees (Mt23), etc. In summary, beside our own weaknesses, the works of our own flesh, and our own sinful nature, the Devil uses many wicked and corrupt leaders and people to do his evil deeds to destroy us, just like he has and is doing to AMERICA, and to the rest of the world!
‘THIS IS PAUL HARVEY- NOW YOU’LL KNOW… THE REST OF THE STORY’!
Paul Harvey, the famous radio commentator, was heard and enjoyed by millions over 1200 radio station nationwide. He died in 2009 at the ripe old age of 90! His first broadcast of ‘IF I WERE THE DEVIL’ was broadcast on April 3, 1965. It was quite PROPHETIC then, for Harvey really described America today; THE DEVIL HAS GREATLY SUCCEEDED IN TAKING OVER AMERICA– ‘BECAUSE HE KEEPS RIGHT ON DOING WHAT HE DOES’!
THE INCREDIBLE PAUL HARVEY- AMERICA IN THE GOOD OLE DAYS
In the 1960’s, America then was relatively innocent, moral, honest, God-fearing, and hard-working. Families were strong and together, husbands loved their wives and vice-versa, divorces were uncommon, teen pregnancies rare, pornography was hidden, abortion was illegal, homosexuality was a shame, sodomy was a crime, drug use was for losers, a dollar went a long way, and $25, a shopping cart full of groceries for a family of five for an entire week! A McDonald’s hamburger was 25¢, coffee or soft drinks 10¢, a loaf of bread 25¢, gasoline 31¢ and milk 75¢ a gallon, a movie 40¢, a first-class stamp 5¢, a new car under $3000, and real unemployment was only 5.5%. People worked long and hard, and were often too busy to get into trouble! They went to church on Sunday, prayed and worshiped God. America was on Top Of The World- economically, financially, and industrially! America was wholesome then, and God blessed America… but our leaders and politicians allowed the Devil, the Prince of Darkness, to slowly sneak in and to destroy us!
IF I WERE THE DEVIL– by PAUL HARVEY
If I were the DEVIL… if I were the PRINCE OF DARKNESS, I’d want to engulf the whole world in DARKNESS, and I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest APPLE on the tree, THEE! So I’d set about however necessary to take over the UNITED STATES. I’d subvert the CHURCHES first. I’d begin a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a SERPENT, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘do as you please.’ To the young, I would whisper that the BIBLE is a MYTH. I would convince them that MAN created GOD instead of the other way around;
I would confide that what is BAD IS GOOD, and what is GOOD is SQUARE. And the OLD, I would teach to pray after me: ‘Our FATHER, which art in WASHINGTON’ and then, I’d get organized. I’d educate AUTHORS in how to make LURID LITERATURE exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier MOVIES and vice versa. I’d peddle NARCOTICS to whom I could. I’d sell ALCOHOL to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with PILLS.
If I were the DEVIL, I’d soon have families at WAR with themselves churches at WAR with themselves and nations at WAR with themselves until each in its turn was CONSUMED. And with promises of higher rating, I’d have mesmerizing MEDIA fanning the flames. If I were the DEVIL, I would encourage SCHOOLS to refine young INTELLECTS but neglect to discipline emotions- just let those run WILD until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door. Within a decade, I’d have PRISONS overflowing. I’d have JUDGES promoting PORNOGRAPHY. Soon I could evict God from the COURTHOUSE, and then from the SCHOOLHOUSE, and then from the HOUSES OF CONGRESS. And in His own CHURCHES. I would substitute PSYCHOLOGY for religion and DEIFY SCIENCE. I would lure PRIESTS and PASTORS into misusing BOYS and GIRLS and Church Money.
If I were the DEVIL, I’d make the symbol of EASTER an egg and the symbol of CHRISTMAS a bottle. If I were the DEVIL, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what will you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote GAMBLING as the way to get rich. I would caution against extremes in hard work, in patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the YOUNG that marriage is old-fashioned, that SWINGING is more fun, that what you see on TV is the WAY to be. And thus I could UNDRESS you in PUBLIC and I could lure you into bed with DISEASES for which there is no cure. IN OTHER WORDS, IF I WERE THE DEVIL, I’D JUST KEEP RIGHT ON DOING WHAT HE’S DOING! PAUL HARVEY- GOOD DAY?!
THE AMERICA OF TODAY- 2017
Everything that Paul Harvey told us in 1965 has come true! The Devil did what Paul Harvey said he would do to destroy America. Since 2008, we have seen increasing corporate and personal bankruptcies, home foreclosures, homelessness, poverty, and a real unemployment over 12%. The apostate churches have been subverted with a watered-down gospel, now preaching a SOCIAL GOSPEL of good works and brotherhood, but not against sin, the need for repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ; no warnings of HELL AND DAMNATION, of Satan, of God’s coming judgment, the Endtimes, the Rapture, the AntiChrist, the coming Great Tribulation, and the soon return of Jesus Christ to earth. States have adopted SECULAR HUMANISM, where men now create god in their image, thereby rejecting God and the Bible. Over the years, God has been gradually removed from America’s courthouses, schoolhouses, the Congressional houses, and the church, God’s houses of worship!
Today Evil is Good and Good, Evil! Is5:20 warns ‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness..’. Today, OUR FATHERS in Washington D.C. have brought America to the brink of disaster by their greed, corruption, wasteful spending, by socialism, and by legalizing immorality. Since 1965, the runaway US National debt of over $20 trillion, has gone up over 60 times. AMERICA is now a struggling, debt-ridden, and welfare Nation heading for a very deep GREAT DEPRESSION. America has rejected God and is no longer a Christian nation. The DEVIL, through the actions of corrupt and wicked leaders, has succeeded to take over AMERICA to destroy her utterly from within!
(FOR A 2013 SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO PAUL HARVEY SEE ‘SO GOD MADE A LIBERAL’)
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