Steadfast Throwdown – Sympathy for the Devil

Gaven MizeThe Rolling Stones sang their song “Sympathy for the Devil,” and evangelical Christians responded with uproar. But is there anything we can learn from the song (or from John Lennon’s quip about the Beatles being more famous than Jesus Christ)? Pr. Gaven Mize joins us to discuss just why and how the hideous monster named “Satan” is also so attractive and alluring for us sinners. And what’s the remedy?


Read Pr. Gaven Mize’s article, “Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself.”

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About Pastor Randy Asburry

Pr. Randy Asburry serves as Senior Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO. In addition to earning his MA in Classics (Greek and Latin) from Washington University, St. Louis (1992), he also earned his STM in Systematic Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1998), writing on Luther’s view of faith in the Catechisms. He has written for Good News magazine and Concordia Publishing House, served on subcommittees for Lutheran Service Book, and has been a regular guest on Issues, Etc. He serves as regular fill-in host for KFUO's "Thy Strong Word" Bible study program, and now produces the podcast called Sacred Meditations.


Steadfast Throwdown – Sympathy for the Devil — 2 Comments

  1. Actually, I always thought the song was a jab at the devil, particularly with regards to the references to Communist Russia and Nazi Germany in the second verse.

  2. There’s a large amount of moral relativism in the song, along with the devil’s subtle threats and brutal power wrapped up in a “he’s-not-so-bad” package. It’s actually a very good piece of lyricism.

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