The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light…should shine unto them.
—2 Corinthians 4:4
Satan has no fear of the light as long as he can keep his victims sightless. The uncomprehending mind is unaffected by truth. The intellect of the hearer may grasp saving knowledge while yet the heart makes no moral response to it.
A classic example of this is seen in the story of Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield….Whitefield talked with Franklin personally about his need of Christ and promised to pray for him. Years later Franklin wrote rather sadly that the evangelist’s prayers must not have done any good, for he was still unconverted.
No one could doubt the intellectual brilliance of Franklin and certainly Whitefield preached the whole truth; yet nothing came of it. Why? The only answer is that Franklin had light without sight. He never saw the Light of the World….The gospel is light but only the Spirit can give sight. BAM062-063
True faith is not believing in words merely, even divine words, but believing ON the Lord Jesus Christ. CTBC, Vol. 1/079