Dr. Dan Hayden • 

Is there a good side of evil? You know – using things that are good to accomplish something that is evil? You bet there is!

In Ephesians 6:12 it says that we are to wrestle “against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The word for “high places” is actually the word for “heaven.”

Earlier in Ephesians 1:3 Paul says “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.” Well, “heavenly places” is the same word used in Ephesians 6:12 to describe the location of spiritual wickedness. The idea here is that spiritual wickedness can masquerade as something from heaven. After all, we are told that Satan masquerades as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). There is a dark side of Satan and the light side. There is a black magic to “do evil,” and there is a white magic to “do good.” You see, Satan works both sides of the street.


In Madison, Wisconsin there are two major newspapers – the Wisconsin State Journal is a conservative paper, and the Capital Times is a liberal paper. They are rivals, constantly at odds with each other. But the interesting thing is that they are both owned by the same syndicate. You see, a little competition is good, and no matter which one wins – they win! Now that’s exactly how Satan works. We all know his evil side, but did you know that he also has a good side? In 2 Corinthians 11:15 it says that his ministers are “ministers of righteousness”. Now if Satan can get you to be good without Christ, he wins just as much as if he can get you to do evil. You see, knowing Christ as your personal Savior is the key to salvation – not being a moral person.

So, remember: there is evil in good places, which is why we “wrestle against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.”

Hey – Moral reform cannot save anybody. You need to know Christ as your Savior.