John Newton, author of the hymn "Amazing Grace," reflected upon the work of the devil in one of his letters to his friend "Captain Clunie." I read these words this morning from a letter dated October 19, 1766 from Letters of John Newton:
. . . and he is never more a devil than when he looks most like an angel. Let us beware of him; for many wise have been deceived, and many strong have been cast down by him.
Now perhaps Newton is thinking of 2 Corinthians 11:14 ("And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.") In Newton’s letter, he reflects upon the work of the devil and in the discussion makes this statement, "He will let people talk about grace as much as they please, and commend them for it, provided talking will satisfy them."
I am curious. In your experience, when have you seen the devil look most like an angel?