(George. O. Wood) “And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub, and by the ruler of the demons He casts out demons” (Mark 3:22).

I will never forget an incident that happened in a small church my dad pastored when I was 10 years of age. Two deacons accosted my father one evening during the prayer time at the altar. One of them was big and the other was fat. The big deacon put his fist on my dad’s chin and told him to resign because my dad, in their eyes, wasn’t “spiritual.”

My dad had not embraced some of the crazy and nonbiblical manifestations that a group wanted to bring into the church. Additionally, my dad preached from notes—a cardinal indication in their eyes of his lack of anointing! That incident marked my first encounter with nasty religious people. It would not be the last. My father graciously stood his ground and didn’t resign until those people left and the church was stabilized with people of godly character. I admired the heroic way he responded—he didn’t act like the devil in resisting the devil (see Jude 9). READ MORE