Bounds SATAN: His Personality, Power and Overthrow

Bounds SATAN: His Personality, Power and Overthrow

Bounds, in Satan, His Personality Power and Overthrow, shows with irrefutable logic backed by the testimony of Holy Scripture, that the Arch Enemy of mankind to be a Person— actual, literal, ever active for the destruction of human souls. Indicates whereby Christian believers can withstand his assaults and how they may finally triumph.

Bounds, in Satan, His Personality Power and Overthrow, shows with irrefutable logic backed by the testimony of Holy Scripture, that the Arch Enemy of mankind to be a Person— actual, literal, ever active for the destruction of human souls. This indicates whereby Christian believers can withstand his assaults and how they may finally triumph. SATAN Personality Power Overthrow

SATAN Personality Power Overthrow
By Edward M. Bounds

Edward M Bounds

Edward Mckendree Bounds
Edward Mckendree Bounds

Edward McKendree Bounds (August 15, 1835 – August 24, 1913) prominently known as E.M. Bounds, was an American author, attorney, and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South clergy. He is known for writing 11 books, nine of which focused on the subject of prayer. Only two of Bounds' books were published before he died. After his death, Rev. Claudius (Claude) Lysias Chilton, Jr., grandson of William Parish Chilton and admirer of Bounds, worked on preserving and preparing Bounds' collection of manuscripts for publication. By 1921, Homer W. Hodge completed additional editorial work.

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Early life

Edward McKendree Bounds was born on August 15, 1835, in Shelbyville, Missouri. He is the son of Thomas Jefferson and Hester A. (née Purnell) Bounds.[1][2] In the preface to E.M. Bounds on Prayer, published by Hendrickson Christian Classics Series over 90 years after Bounds' death, it is surmised that young Edward was named after the evangelistWilliam McKendree, who planted churches in western Missouri and served as the fourth bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church.[1] He was the fifth child, in a family of three sons and three daughters.[1]

Thomas Jefferson Bounds was one of the original settlers of Shelby County. Prior to organizing the County, Thomas Bounds served as the first Justice of the Peace.[3] In April 1835, he was named County Clerk, followed by an appointment to serve as the County Commissioner in December 1835.[3] In 1836, he began holding circuit court in his home, during the third term each year.[3] In his capacity as County Commissioner, he platted the town into blocks and lots for new settlers.[3] In 1840, he advanced the building of the First Methodist Church. In 1849, Thomas contracted tuberculosis and died.[4][5]

After his father's death, 14-year-old Bounds joined several other relatives in a trek to Mesquite Canyon in California, following the discovery of gold in the area.[2] After four unsuccessful years, they returned to Missouri. Bounds studied law in Hannibal, Missouri, after which, at age 19, he became the youngest practicing lawyer in the state of Missouri.[5] Although apprenticed as an attorney, Bounds felt called to Christian ministry in his early twenties during the Third Great Awakening. Following a brush arbor revival meeting led by Evangelist Smith Thomas, he closed his law office and moved to Palmyra, Missouri to enroll in the Centenary Seminary. Two years later, in 1859 at the age of 24, he was ordained by his denomination and was named pastor of the nearby Monticello, Missouri Methodist Church.[5]

Pastoral service

Upon his release as a prisoner of the Union Army, he felt compelled to return to war-torn Franklin and help rebuild it spiritually, and he became the pastor of the Franklin Methodist Episcopal Church, South. His primary method was to establish weekly prayer sessions that sometimes lasted several hours. Bounds was regionally celebrated for leading spiritual revival in Franklin and eventually began an itinerant preaching ministry throughout the country.

After serving several important churches in St. Louis and other places, south, he became Editor of the St. Louis Christian Advocate for eight years and, later, Associate Editor of The Nashville Christian Advocate for four years. The trial of his faith came to him while in Nashville, and he quietly retired to his home without asking even a pension. His principal work in Washington, Georgia (his home) was rising at 4 am and praying until 7 am. He filled a few engagements as an evangelist during the eighteen years of his lifework. "While on speaking engagements, he would not neglect his early morning time in prayer, and cared nothing for the protests of the other occupants of his room at being awakened so early. No man could have made more melting appeals for lost souls and backslidden ministers than did Bounds. Tears ran down his face as he pleaded for us all in that room."[7]

According to people who were constantly with him, in prayer and preaching, for eight years "Not a foolish word did we ever hear him utter. He was one of the most intense eagles of God that ever penetrated the spiritual ether. He could not brook delay in rising, or being late for dinner. He would go with me to street meetings often in Brooklyn and listen to the preaching and sing with us those beautiful songs of Wesley and Watts. He often reprimanded me for asking the unconverted to sing of Heaven. Said he: 'They have no heart to sing, they do not know God, and God does not hear them. Quit asking sinners to sing the songs of Zion and the Lamb.'"


In his writings, Bound adopted soteriological views which follow with some details, the Arminian orthodoxy.[8]

Published works

  • Preacher and Prayer (1907)[10][11]
  • The Resurrection (1907, republished in 1921 as Ineffable Glory: Thoughts on the Resurrection)[11][12]
  • Power Through Prayer (1910)
  • Purpose in Prayer (1920)[10]
  • Prayer and Praying Men (1921)[13][12]
  • Heaven: A Place—A City—A Home (1921)[12]
  • Satan: His Personality, Power and Overthrow (1922)[12][10]
  • The Possibilities of Prayer (1923)[10]
  • The Reality of Prayer (1924)[10]
  • The Essentials of Prayer (1925)[10]
  • The Necessity of Prayer (1929)[14]
  • The Weapon of Prayer (1931)[14]

Taken from

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SATAN Personality Power Overthrow

Contents of Bounds SATAN: His Personality, Power and Overthrow

1. The Devil: His Beginning 11
2. The Devil: His Personality 18
3. The Prince of this World 30
4. The Devil a Busy Character 34
5. The Devil and the Church. 43
6. The Devil and the Church (continued) 55
7. The Devil and the World 66
8. The Devil and the World (continued) 75
9. The Power of the Devil 81
10. The Power of the Devil (continued) 88
11. The Devil and His Methods 95
12. The Devil and His Methods (continued) 104
13. Exposed Positions 111
14. Exposed Positions (continued) 124
15. Our Defense Against the Devil 136
16. Our Defense Against the Devil (continued)147.

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We are apt to think that Satan is most powerful in crowded thoroughfares. It is a mistake. I believe the temptations of life are always most dangerous in the wilderness. I have been struck with that fact in Bible history. It is not in their most public moments that the great men of the past have fallen; it has been in their quiet hours. Moses never stumbled when he stood before Pharaoh, or while he was flying from Pharaoh; it was when he got into the desert that his patience began to fail. David never stumbled while he was fighting his way through imposing armies; it was when the fight was over, when he was resting quietly under his own vine and fig-tree that he put forth his hand to steal. The sorest temptations are not those spoken but those echoed. It is easier to lay aside your besetting sin amid a cloud of witnesses than in the solitude of your own room.

The sin that besets you is never so besetting as when you are alone. – George Matheson.

IF there be any virtue in not being an infidel, the devil may claim this virtue. If it be any praise to be always busy, the devil may claim that praise, for he is always busy, and very busy. But his character does not spring from his faith. His faith makes him tremble, his character makes him a devil. SATAN Personality Power Overthrow

The devil is a very busy character. He does a big business, a very mean business, but he does it {34} {35} well, that is, as well as a mean business can be done. He has large experience, big brains, a black heart, great force, and tireless industry, and is of great influence and great character. All his immense resources and powers are laid out for evil. Only evil inspires his activities and energies. He never moves to relieve or bless, a stranger alike to benevolent doing and kindly feeling.

Satan’s history antedates the history of man — the only beings, he and his angels, who know by sad experience. Heaven, Earth and Hell. These three words are familiar to him. He has walked the streets of Heaven side by side with its purest and best He has felt the thrill of its purest joys. He knows the bitterest anguish of hell, and has felt its keenest flames.

He does a big business on earth. He is a prince and a leader. Men and devils are his agents, and the elements are often by him debauched from their benignant purposes, and are made to destroy. He is busy tempting men to evil. He has large experience in this business, and is an adept at it. By him sin loses its sinfulness, the world is clothed with double charms, self is given a double force, faith is turned into fanaticism and love into hate. SATAN Personality Power Overthrow

A spiritual character can work through agencies or directly on the spirit. He infuses thoughts makes suggestions and does it so deftly that we do not know their paternity. He tempted Eve to take the forbidden fruit. He put it into David’s {36} mind to number Israel, thereby provoking the wrath of God. He influenced Ananias and Sapphira to lie to God. Peter’s yielding to presumption was at his instance. Judas’ betrayal was from the same baneful source. The temptation of Christ was a typical and master piece of his business in seeking to seduce our Lord from God, showing his power to array agencies and pleas, and to back these by all forms of sanctity and persuasiveness. He is blasphemous, arrogant and presumptuous. He slanders God to men and infuses into men hard thoughts of God. He intensifies their enmity and inflames their prejudice against Him. He leads them to deny His existence and to traduce His character, thereby destroying the foundations of faith and all true worship. He does all he can by insinuation and charges to blacken saintly character and lower God’s estimate of the good. He is the vilest of calumniators, the most malignant and artful of slanderers. Goodness is the point of his constant attack. He says nothing good about the good, nothing bad about the bad. He is always at church before the preacher is in the pulpit or a member in the pew, to hinder the sower, to impoverish the soil, or to blast the seed, that is, when courage and faith are in the pulpit, and zeal and prayer in the pew. But if dead orthodoxy or live heterodoxy are in the pulpit, he then puts in his time elsewhere at some point of danger.{37} Christ expressly declared that some sickness, at least, was the direct infliction of Satan.
The devil goes about to do evil and oppress men, at every point the antagonist of Him who went about to do good and heal all that were oppressed of the devil. In some way he had power over death and worked a fearful work of bondage and fear and death. Through death, Christ works to destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. He puts a thorn in Paul’s flesh and makes a special effort and requisition for Peter. He directs the whirlwind, kindles the fire and orders the disease which overwhelm and devastate Job and his /property. He arms the thieving Chaldeans and Sabines against him and gets into his wife, and directs the divers agencies of his empire to ruin this one saint He will wreck an empire at any time to secure a soul. He sows the tares in the wheat, the bad among the good, bad thoughts among the good thoughts. All kinds of evil seed are sown by him in the harvest fields of earth. He is always trying to make the good bad and the bad worse. He fills the minds of a Judas and inflames and hurries him on to his infamous purpose. He fills Peter with an arrogant pride which tries to thwart the divine plans and to inject human views into the purpose of Christ instead of God’s purpose.

The devil goes about as fierce, as resolute, and as strong as a lion, intent only to destroy, restrained {38}by no sentiments which soften and move human or divine hearts. He has no pity and no sympathy. He is great, but only great in evil. A great intellect, he is driven and inspired by a malignant and cruel heart.

At the threshold of Christ’s ministry there we meet with His temptations by the devil, — one of those conflicts on which one of the mightiest issues turn. The history of the case presents the devil as a spiritual person, the head and embodiment of all evil, making a fierce, most wily, and protracted assault on the Son of God. We are not informed as to what shape he assumed to veil the treachery and wickedness of his attack. The temptation is noted as one of the preliminary and pivot facts of Christ’s ministry, and can no more be resolved into the visionary than can His baptism, the descent of the Spirit, His wilderness trip, or His fasting. It was no influence tempting Christ. The whole transaction forbids that. “He was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” The devil came to Him and the devil left Him, and then “the angels came and ministered to him.”

In this temptation the methods, hypocrisy and craft of the devil arc seen. How materially and benevolently he comes to the weak, exhausted Son of God! How innocent is the suggestion that Jesus use His power to relieve His hunger I What could be more allowable than that? To use His {39} spiritual power for temporal ends I How often is it done? What a world of evil to religion when it is used to subserve the natural. Man living for bread alone. The temporal the first The secular and worldly prime. Religion not simply to serve money or business, but religion secondary or subservient to business. The heavenly used for the earthly, the spiritual for the natural, more intent on daily food than on daily grace, eyeing the seen more than the unseen. That is the devil’s main business — ^to materialize, earthlyize religion, to get man to live for bread alone, to make earth bigger than heaven. Time is more engaging than eternity. What a fearful conflict is being carried on in that quiet wilderness between the fainting Son of God and Satan, between the earthly and the heavenly, between God’s religion and the devil’s religion! SATAN Personality Power Overthrow

The conflict surges around three points. The fleshly, the presumptuous and the worldly. But this little circle holds all the shapes and forms of temptation, all the crafty devices, all the hidden depths, all the glittering seductions which Satan has devised to swerve men from the lofty allegiance which faith demands. The devil’s assault on Christ IS in striking contrast with his temptation to beguile Eve, and in more striking contrast with his fearful ordeal through which he tried Job’s integrity. No suspicion cast on God’s goodness as with Eve, no terrific, curdling sorrow a$ in {40} Job’s case. All is friendly, sympathetic and inviting.

The second temptation includes in it, not merely the fanatical presumption of overheated zeal and brainless devotion, but all the methods of sensational and abnormal piety by all those short cut processes by which the severe and tedious principles of a genuine faith are set aside, and spurious, superficial and flesh-pleasing substitutes are brought in to make a more attractive and popular guise of faith. It seeks to take man-devised methods, easy, fragrant of sentiment, rank and material, in the stead of God’s lowly way of godly sorrow, strict self-denial, and prayerful surrender.

Then the last, the world, its kingdoms and its glory, these as the reward of his devotion to Satan, worship the devil, that is, the world’s god. How the devil massed all his forces! Religion was invoked. The world and the flesh all conspired, under Satan’s power, to tempt the Son of God.

With what reluctance the pure soul of the Son of God went into this close conflict with Satan is seen in Mark’s statement: “And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.” No wrestling can warp this statement into a mere influence. It is history, fact — ^plain, simple, historical fact. Reread the record as to the devil. How clearly, without a doubt or figure of speech, does it stamp the whole transaction with personality. “ Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into {41} the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And he was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” These are not figures of speech, but the narrative of a transaction and of persons engaged in the transaction. The wilderness and the fasting are literal. The beings are all literal, the wild beasts, the angels, Jesus and the devil.

The conflict of Jesus with Satan is not incidental, nor accidental, nor casual, but essential and vital. Satan held man and man’s world in thrall. They had fallen into his hands and were held by him in bondage and ruled by him with desperate power. SATAN Personality Power Overthrow

The record has been made, “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”
The season has ended and he is back again as though he had brought seven other spirits more wicked than himself. Gethsemane is the sum of the devil’s most maddened and desperate methods. The guises are off. He appears there as he is. It IS a rare thing to get a clear, true light on the devil. He assumes so many roles, acts so many parts, wears so many guises. Here we have him in life size and in perfect features. The air is heavier by his breath, the night is darker by his shadow, the ground is colder, and his chill is on {42} it Judas is falser still, and Peter more cowardly and dastardly, because Satan is there. On the threshold of Gethsemane he exclaims, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death,” and he began to be sore amazed and very heavy. Why? Because “this is your hour and the power of darkness.” Why? Because “now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” Silence is there, dread and horror, and a great darkness and a fearful conflict Why? “For the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in me.”

How different the devil’s method now with Christ than in the wilderness. Then there was mildness, an assumed sympathy, the spirit of an inquirer, one desirous to relieve. The most pleasant and attractive and satisfying ministries to flesh did Satan then offer, something of the gentleness of the lamb, the interest and sympathy of a friend. But now how changed! The lamb is transformed into the lion, a roaring lion, maddened and desperate. Jesus could not be seduced by the flesh, nor self, nor the world in the wilderness. He must be overwhelmed with dread and horror, and be driven. His steadfastness must be overcome by weakness and fear. So comes he to many a saint in the fierceness and power of the lion when the gentle inducements fail.

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Bible Notes on Hell

See entry for Satan on, as well as Hell.

  • Hell is a real place. The justice of God demands that it exists and that it performs a punitive purpose for those who refuse to hear, obey, or love God. The Bible mentions "hell" many times, always as a real place, a threat to the wrongdoer.
  • What is the purpose of Hell? The argument goes like this "Since God is a God of love, God could never send anybody to a place of torment for all of eternity!" God IS a God of love, but there are boundaries. The will of God is expressed in the existence of laws, and these laws are meaningless if there is no punishment for constantly breaking them as a form of living (essentially ignoring them and the authority of the person behind their creation). So the words of God are meaningless and unimportant until we arrive at the issue of hell. Then in hell (a concept, a place, a punishment), we see where it is extremely important not to ignore God and his laws, but to abide by them. So the very being of God, that he is "God the Creator", and his authority and glory as God need to be respected, and hell is for those who do not respect God. Secondly, people live their lives one of two ways, (1) ignoring God for the most part, (2) worshipping God and respecting God. Those who ignore or defy or rebel against God don't want God in their lives in any way really. Hell is the fulfillment of that wish. People don't understand that God and his presence bring blessing, comfort, refreshment, and happiness. Without God, sin will give you none of these, but sin will deceive you with what is fun, entertainment, vice, excess, etc. All of these will come back to cause you misery. The drunk is happy drinking, but waking up with his face down in the mud and his own vomit is not all that fun. The opposite of heaven is hell. But in reality, the opposite of hell is God's laws and principles.
  • Universalism (all people will make it to heaven) is disavowed in Scripture. Obviously some people are sent to hell, Exodus 16 rebels of Corah, Luke 16 the Rich man. While some or many end up in hell, some don't, they end up in hell with God, and these are considered God's children. Disavowing universalism does not cancel the fact that Christ died for all humanity, but rather focuses on the fact that people must do what God says in order to avoid hell (belief in the person and work of Jesus Christ on the cross).
  • Annihilationism (people cease to exist after physical death) is disavowed in Scripture. People have some type of eternal life after the physical death of their physical body. For those who trust in Christ's work on the cross, this is an eternal LIFE (goodness in existing). For the unsaved, it is an eternal DEATH or Second Death (an eternal physical torment). 
  • Hell is permanent. The Bible declares and affirms that there is nothing that can be done by those in hell, by those still on the earth, or by those in heaven to procure a lessening of the torment, nor release from hell. God in his justice and mercy nonetheless will not release anybody from hell. The Bible disavows the concept of purgatory, limbo, or any similar concept. There are no "second chance" possibilities for those who are in hell, to at some later point get out of hell.
  • Hell is punishment for our sins. All have sinned (except Jesus Christ), and therefore all humanity will be held liable for their sins, and possibly end up in hell. Only those who obey the gospel indications will not end up in hell. Hell is not a "quarantine" from God where they are separated but live good lives. (Hell is not an eternal party with all the alcohol and sex you want. It is a punishment as God sees things.) Hell is for punishment for sin, and it is extremely unpleasant for all who are there. Heaven is a gift of eternal happiness, and hell is a wage (payment for service or acts committed) of eternal unhappiness.
    • Eternal unhappiness is constant unhappiness. There is no relief in any form from the torture and suffering of hell. The rich man wished but for a drop of water, and he was denied that.

Some Additional Studies on Hell and Eternal Punishment

Some Observations about Hell

  • Rev 20:10 God throws Satan into Hell for his rebellion.
    • If God's punishment of Satan is real, it is in the real place of hell.
    • Hell was created by God exactly for the punishment of Satan and all that follow him.
  • 2 Peter 2:4 God also will cast the fallen angels (demons) with Satan into hell.
    • All that follow Satan and his rebellion instead of obeying God will go with him to hell.
  • Mat 25:41 depart from me (people) accused ones into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
    • Humans will be cast into hell with the fallen angels and Satan.
    • Hell is described as an eternal fire, or burning to death but never being consumed or actually dying (stopping the suffering).
  • Psa 9:17 he wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God.
    • There two types of people, those who focus on God and worship Him and those who "forget" or ignore God.
  • God/the Bible uses the threat of hell as a motivator because it is real - Mat 5:29; 10:28; 13:40-42; Mark 9:43-48.
    • It would be senseless to use hell as a threat if it didn't really exist.
    • God is not a person that lies, or exaggerates, or makes idle threats, what he promises he keeps, especially promises of punishment to the rebellious to him. 


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