“We are like Eve.” Nancy DeMoss contends that because of the way women are created, we are more susceptible to deception. However, she will not coddle you into letting that be an excuse for sin in your life. Her basic premise is to be aware of your weaknesses and of the lies Satan wishes you to believe; lies about God, ourselves, sin, priorities, marriage, children, emotions and circumstances. Only two things I would disagree with her is (1) her thought that using contraceptives is somehow not trusting God. (I’ve written my view about that in another book review, “Be Fruitful and Multiply”), and (2) that women are inherently more prone to deception than men. The deception in the garden mentioned by Paul in 1 Timothy 2:14 is giving a fact of what happened, not a description of the nature of women. Otherwise, is Paul not concerned with women teaching wrong things to women, only to men?
But those differences might be overlooked as all of us need to beware of our fallen nature and tendency to be deceived. We ought to fight the tendency to believe the lies and then think on “whatsoever things are true.” An excellent read, and so timely in our world of self-indulgence and non-truth. Included is a forward by Elisabeth Elliot.
(This review first appeared in Aletheia, January 2003)