The armor with which Satan furnishes his followers, is directly the reverse of that Christian armor described by the apostle Paul. Instead of a girdle of truth, he girds the sinner with the girdle of error and deceit. Instead of the breastplate of Christ’s righteousness, he furnishes him with a breastplate of his own fancied righteousness. Instead of the shield of faith, the sinner has the shield of unbelief; and with this he defends himself against the curses of the law, and the arrows of conviction. Instead of the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, he teaches them to wield the sword of a tongue set on fire of hell, and furnishes them with a magazine of cavils, excuses, and objections, with which they attack religion, and defend themselves. He also builds for them many refuges of lies, in which, as in a strong castle, they proudly hope to shelter themselves from the wrath of God.
The false peace and security in which sinners indulge, instead of proving their safety, is only a further evidence of their danger. It proves that the strong man armed is not disturbed in his possessions, but that he keeps them in peace.