Do individual sins ever congeal into a critical mass? Can sin collectively mobilize into a force beyond the individuals themselves? Can sin “team up” to become something bigger, something stronger, something diabolical that takes control beyond any one person? 

What is that? 

Are we dealing with those “principalities and powers” and “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” that Paul warned us about (Ephesians 6:12)? 

It can happen over time or overnight. It can happen in any social structure—in families, businesses, governments, and even in churches. You can feel its power trying to silence you, making you feel hopeless and afraid. Even if you could say or do something, you fear it won’t make any difference. Something has been empowered. It is as if a prince has usurped some invisible domain. Suddenly you’re “woke” to a controlling dominion system. 

This is where the good news gets great. “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, (Jesus) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15). Hallelujah! 

The cross disarms domination systems (which means that the power grab of “principalities” is a farce, a delusion). The cross publicly exposes the mob rule of “principalities” as illegitimate. The cross has triumphed over all fraudulent pretensions and bullying. 

So “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11). Schemes. Yeah, clever schemes. But that’s all he’s got.  

Abide in love and humbly stay in the light of the truth, my friends. There is only one King and his name is Jesus.