“The only way Satan can be bound is for people to forsake his temptations and enticements to do evil, and to walk uprightly and circumspectly before the Lord. (See 1 Tim. 6:5–7.)
Satan and his followers are constantly looking for weakness in our armor of spiritual protection, and when it is found, every pressure and stratagem is placed upon it to infiltrate our souls and destroy us.
Surely if the transgressions of men continue in an upward trend, and the world becomes ripe in iniquity, the judgments of God will be poured out in great measure upon the wicked of the earth. Our only hope of heavenly protection is in establishing righteousness and humility in the hearts of men everywhere.”
Elder Delbert L. Stapley, “Our Responsibility: To Save the World”, General Conference, October 1971
Elder Stapley said (paraphrasing) that knowing what to do is knowledge, knowing how to do it right is wisdom, and actually doing it is character. Only by our character will we bind Satan.
What’s interesting to note is that all of these evils and sins already existed in the world in 1971. Almost 50 years ago and the world still is ripe in iniquity. Some say it is worse than before. But maybe access to getting involved in it is just easier. It’s easier to sin now. It’s more accepted. Well, doesn’t that alone make it worse?
Lastly, I said it before, the armor of God is a growing, expanding or contracting, living thing. We either grow it to cover our weak spots, or we let it diminish and become smaller, thereby exposing our weak spots. Let’s grow it. We grow it by living as we know we should. That is the only way to fortify our weak spots. Be like Captain Moroni who went about strengthening the weakest spots of the land for battle.