Sermon quotes on the devil

Augustine of Hippo (Attributed)

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.


James A. Baldwin

No man is a devil in his own mind.


Ronald Knox

It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.

 Let Dons Delight, 1939


C.S. Lewis

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist and a magician with the same delight.

The Screwtape Letters, p. ix.

Martin Luther

For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.


Donald Miller

It is not so much the aim of the devil to lure me with evil as it is to preoccupy me with the meaningless.

Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, Harvest House Publishers, 2000.


Eugene Peterson

Virtually every temptation that comes to those of us who are committed to Jesus and have thrown ourselves sacrificially into a life of following Jesus comes in the form of something right and necessary and obviously good. The devil doesn’t waste his time tempting us to do something that we know is evil. He hides the evil in something good and then tempts us with the good. We have been well warned that the devil comes as an angel of light. Why do we continue to live in such naiveté? The old camp song has it right: The devil is a liar and a conjuror too, and if you don’t watch out he’ll conjure you.”

Tell it Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in his Stories and Prayers 

Zac Poonen

Do you think the devil is impressed by anyone’s Bible knowledge or degree-certificates? Not at all. Satan fears only holy, humble men and women who know God.

A Spiritual Leader

Albert Schweitzer

Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation.


William Shakespeare

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.


Thomas Watson

Satan tempts to sin under a pretence of religion. He is most to be feared when he transforms himself into an angel of light. He came to Christ with Scripture in his mouth: “It is written.” The devil baits his hook with religion.


Duke of Wellington

Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.

Emo Philips

One of the worst things is having to kill a family member because they are the devil. But otherwise it’s been a pretty good day.

John Bunyan

Saint abroad, and a devil at home.

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Martin Luther

And though this world, with devils filled Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, We tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, For lo! his doom is sure; One little word shall fell him.

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Source Unknown

It is a policy of the Devil to persuade us there is no Devil.

The Usual Suspects (Film)

“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

Georges Bernanos 

The devil, you see, is that friend who never stays with us to the end.

Andre DelBanco

So the work of the devil is everywhere, but no one knows where to find him. We live in the most brutal century [20th] in human history, but instead of stepping forward to take credit, he has rendered himself invisible.

The Death of Satan: How Americans have Lost the Sense of Evil, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995.

The Serpent

Did God really say . . . ?


No one . . . who has not heard what is related of him who is called “devil,” and his “angels,” and what he was before he became a devil, and how he became such, and what was the cause of the simultaneous apostasy of those who are termed his angels, will be able to ascertain the origin of evils.

First Principles

Jeffrey B. Russell

The Devil’s favorite axiom is the deterministic excuse for evil.


Darren Oldridge

The Devil has many names, and these reflect the many roles he has played in human history and imagination. The ‘Satan’ of the Hebrew Old Testament refers to a being who acts as an opponent or an obstacle; this was rendered in Greek as ‘the adversary’ or ‘slanderer’, and subsequently Latinized as diabolus, spawning the English ‘Devil’.

The Devil: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) . OUP Oxford. Kindle Edition.