This is an extremely helpful article! I did not find it – another blogger directed me to it. If this was you, dear reader, please forgive and remind me. I’ll insert a HT link to your blog.
Hiram R. Diaz III
“God the Son tells us to be wise as serpents and meek as doves. This is not advice; it is a command. It is a command that places upon all of God’s saints the responsibility of being aware of how the devil and the unbelievers under his influence wage war against the church…
“The devil aims to deceive the naive, to create and nurture divisiveness and stumbling blocks contrary to the sound doctrine once for all delivered to the saints. He aims to achieve this through ‘smooth talk’ and ‘flattery.’ And as it was in the time of Adam and Eve, so it has been with the enemies of God ever since…”