Satan twists things. Every good thing that God created, Satan works to pervert. The ungodly safeguard themselves against the truth by telling lies, and by putting on the flesh to defeat the truth. The godly safeguard themselves against the lies by telling the truth, and by using the armor of God to defeat those lies. The ungodly, who are falsely pious and prideful, is jealous of the godly and of their relationship with Jesus Christ, and of their love for him, their worship of him, and of their obedience to him as their ONLY Lord. The godly are jealous of those believers in Christ, who are living in wickedness, idolatry, and immorality. They are jealous for them with a godly jealousy, and with a desire to see them walk in holiness and to worship Jesus Christ as their ONLY Lord. The ungodly tolerate (appease, accept, allow for, and indulge) evil. The godly oppose, disallow and expose evil for what it is. The ungodly test the godly with lies, deceptions, manipulations, tricks, schemes, the twisting of truth, and with their false testimonies (slander) in order to try to trip them up, or to get them to give up and back down….
None of which is to suggest that we do not suffer from a “long train of abuses and usurpations” that do amount to a grave constitutional crisis. We do. But much of
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