Muchewicz, Rick. The Faith of Demons: What They Believe Doesn’t Save You. CreateSpace, 2014. 430 pp. $20.99. Purchase at Amazon or on Kindle for much less.
Rick graduated from Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky and attends and serves at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Orlinda, TN. He enjoys reading the Puritans and longs for revival. You can read more at his website Awake @ 3:14 a.m.
A rather large book, it is divided into five sections over fifteen chapters. The first section looks at what demons know and believe and experience. The second section offers an apologetic on our need to always be self-examining. We need to be aware of the sin in our lives as well as always guarding our own doctrine in accordance with the teachings of Scripture. The third section is an interesting take on the gospel according to Satan. The fourth section takes a look at examples of men and women in the Old and New Testaments who fell short of the holy will of God. Finally, in chapter five, Rick gives us the glorious gospel. Here, he lays out the biblical case for what we are to believe and proclaim.
To begin with, do not be put off by the fact that this book is self-published. The Faith of Demons is a nugget of gold that is rarely found in the self-published industry these days. While it is not exhaustive, Rick does a masterful job of drawing from those who have gone before us to understand what the Bible teaches and contrast it with what the demons believe and what they ultimately attempt to get us to believe. His argument that Satan and his demons are more orthodox than most Christians needs to be read, wrestled with, and understood in this day and age of ear tickling.
Rick pulls no punches and makes no apologies for where he lands on a variety of subjects – including Calvinism. It is easy to hold up a Bible and say this is the truth and all other religions are wrong. There is much more that must be unpacked for that statement to be understood properly. Rick does just that in his chapters found in section three about the gospel according to Satan. He also delves into the thorny subject of false conversion and false assurance – a problem that has plagued the church for centuries.
While I originally thought his final section should be the first section, I have reconsidered that thinking in light of all of the misconceptions about the genuine gospel and genuine conversion. This chapter aptly concludes this lengthy and worthwhile look at genuine faith. I further appreciated the emphasis on the faith of demons as it makes the spiritual warfare with which we are engaged all the more important in our lives and ministry.
Though it is a bit lengthy and it will unfortunately bear the stigma of being self-published, The Faith of Demons deserves your attention and should be read by all Christians. This is more than a Calvinistic vs. non-Calvinistic debate. This is a fight for the very souls of the readers. Read, question, and in the end, you will grow in your faith all the more. The church is indebted to Rick Muchewicz for this work.