Basic principles build the foundation of human cultures. They are the “ABCs” of culture. Paul refers to these elementary principles that shape culture when he uses the word stoicheia. Satan targets these elementary principles for his deceptive work. He uses counterfeit “first principles” to create cultures that lead to suffering, poverty and conflict in all areas of life and society. This article is drawn from content in chapter seven of the book The Worldview of the Kingdom of God.