If the devil were to write his Beatitudes, they would probably go something like this:
* Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians-they are my best workers.
* Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked- I can use them.
* Blessed are the touchy. With a bit of luck, they may stop going to church-they are my missionaries.
* Blessed are the troublemakers-they shall be called my children.
* Blessed are the complainers-I’m all ears to them.
* Blessed are they who are bored with the minister’s mannerisms and mistakes for they get nothing out of his sermons.
* Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church for he is a part of the problem instead of the solution.
* Blessed are they who gossip-for they shall cause strife and divisions that please me.
* Blessed are they who are easily offended-for they will soon get angry and quit.
* Blessed are they who do not give their offering to carry on God’s work for they are my helpers.
* Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister for he shall be with me forever.
* Blessed are you when you read this and think it is about other people and not yourself. I’ve got you.
This article “Satan’s Beatitudes” by John Debault was excerpted from: www.sermonillustrator.com website. March 2000. It may be used for study & research purposes only.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”