Bondage to the devil...

posted 8 Dec 2013, 15:17 by Stephen Chaffer   [ updated 8 Dec 2013, 15:18 ]
William Ames (1576–1633) said the fall of man brought humanity into a state of “spiritual death” which consists in part of man’s “bondage to the devil” (Acts 26:18; 2 Cor. 4:4; John 12:31; 16:11; 2 Tim. 2:26; Eph. 2:2). 

Man is in subjection to Satan’s servants, meaning he is in “subjection to the evil incitements found in the world” (1 John 4:5; 2:15–16) and is “so captivated by sin that he has no power to rise out of it.”

William Ames, The Marrow of Theology, trans. and ed. John D. Eusden (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1968), 119 (1.12.37–44).