Satan Has Nothing You Need

If you have been around the Church world for any amount of time, you have more than likely come across some pretty unbiblical worship songs. You have either heard them on the radio or, even worse, in an actual Church service. A few weeks ago we started a study of the book of James and covered James 1:17. The first part of the verse says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” This got me thinking about a song I unfortunately heard several years ago, “I Went to the Enemy’s Camp.” (WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS SONG; YOU WILL NOT GET IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD). Part of the song says “I went to the enemy’s camp and I took back what he stole from me.” Not only is the song just horrible; it is completely unbiblical.

As followers of Christ, what could Satan possibly have that we want back? Where in the Bible are those who have been born-again told to go to this “enemy’s camp” and get back anything from Satan? As followers of Christ, what could Satan have that we would even want?

There are many different kinds of descriptions of Satan in scripture; the evil one, the tempter, the prince of this world, the prince of demons, the accuser, the serpent, a deceiver, and a liar.

The Bible does not say very much about Satan being a thief. And before you say, what about John 10:10? John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” The thief that is mentioned in this text is actually not referring to Satan.

When Jesus speaks of “the thief” he speaks from a larger context of thieves, robbers, wolves, and strangers who come to harm the sheep. In this context, those who came before Jesus, claiming his authority, were thieves and robbers. These tried to approach the sheep without going through the Shepherd. The thief in John 10:10 represents the false religious leaders.

So, if you ever come in contact with anyone who sings this song or talks about taking back what Satan stole from them let them know that Satan has been defeated and one day Satan will be destroyed. Please understand I am not making light of the battle we are in with Satan. I firmly believe we need to open our eyes and get on our knees and pray. We must know who he is and know how he works. But, we also must understand we fight this spiritual battle not to get victory over Satan. We fight this spiritual battle because we already have victory and everything we need in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 1:3:“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” That’s good! That’s something to sing about because it’s true!