The Bible is full of military terminology yet many Christians persist in the mentality that the body of Christ is not supposed to be a militant body of people waging an aggressive warfare against the kingdom of Hell. There are too many Christians who believe that only part of the body of Christ is called to fight against sin. This subtle lie of the devil has pacified Christians to such a degree that it has become all too easy for them to say, "Spiritual warfare is not for me!" The Bible clearly states that there is ONLY ONE BODY OF CHRIST, and ONLY ONE TYPE OF CHRISTIAN, and those Christians are to be clothed with the whole armor of God (1 Cor. 12:13 & Eph. 6:10-11). Indeed, if they are not clothed with the WHOLE ARMOR of God then part of their body would be left vulnerable to attack! If a natural soldier clothed with only part of his armor went out against his opponent to battle he would be in jeapordy, for his opponent would take special aim at those unprotected and vulnerable parts of the body in order to quickly wound or kill him, knocking him out of the fight. Unfortunately, this is exactly what is happening with multitudes of Christians today in the body of Christ. Because they persist in the devil's deception that only part of the body of Christ is called to spiritual warfare, they have refused to suit up with the armor that God has provided, and as a result they have left themselves vulnerable to the attacks of Satan. And so shall be the case as long as this delusion persists. Ignorant, deceived Christians will continue to be maimed and destroyed by the fiery darts of the enemy and by the powers of sin, rendering them useless in the great war for the souls of men.
Does the roaring lion seek to devour only part of the Body of Christ? Should only one part of the body resist the temptations of the devil while the other parts succumb? It is high time that we face up to the fact that God has not called us to giddy church gatherings, single's night meetings, or Jesus rock concerts, but He has rather called us to WAR AGAINST THE WORKS OF DARKNESS, both in our personal lives and in the world around us. As Christians we are called to be vigilant soldiers carrying out our commission at any cost, obeying the command to take Jesus to all the world.
If we are called soldiers (2 Tim. 2:3-4) and we have been given spiritual weapons and armor (Eph. 6:10-18) and corporately we are led by Jesus Christ called our Captain (Heb. 2:9-10), what else can you call the Church but a militant body? If anyone claims to be part of this body they had better get ready for battle or run and join the enemy's ranks, for the Body of Christ is a militant, aggressive spiritual army, anything else is a counterfeit. Many will ask, "But where is your love?" Jesus's example of love was engaging in a battle to the death with Satan for our souls. True love is not spending hours in front of a television, or wasting time and money in shopping malls, sports arenas or recreational outings. True love is not covering over sin with false human compassion while souls pour into Hell by the thousands. Jesus's example of love was sacrificing His life on the battlefield called earth so that we could be liberated from the tyranny of sin, Satan and death, not so we could say things like, "God has called me to spend 8 years in college." or, "God has called me to be a housewife." These are empty excuses which will not hold up to the truth that we have grown comfortable, fat and complacent in our Christianity. There is a terrible war raging in the spirit realm at this very moment which demands the strength and sacrifice of every true Christian, yet when you tell the average church goer this they scratch their head in bewilderment and say, "Well, I don't think God has called me to that." WHAT HAS GOD CALLED YOU TO DO?
Churches have for the most part degenerated into prosperous social clubs full of people caring about nothing but themselves and their own ambitions. This cannot truly represent the Body of Christ. Jesus never had a covetous heart for the things of this world, so why should those who claim to be His followers? Jesus's true body will carry His true heart, and His true heart longs to free more souls from Satan's grip. This is what His heart longs for, and if anyone claims to be part of the Body of Christ and is not developing this desire, they had better examine themselves and see if they have truly joined the ranks of God's army.
1 John 3:8 tells us that Jesus was manifested to destory the works of the devil. Christians of today look glibly at this scripture and say, "We don't have to do anything because Jesus did it all!" What a foolish and ignorant mentality. If the work of Satan was completely destroyed then why is sin accelerating at such a rapid pace? Why are people (including many Christians) so vexed, tormented, physically sick, addicted to drugs and alcohol and given over to all kinds of perversions? Obviously these are not the works of God, they are works of the devil. But wait! The Bible said that Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. Theoretically yes, Jesus did destroy the works of the devil, and we see this on a small scale every time someone is set free from Satan and chooses to forsake his vices and follow the Lord. But the world has yet to see it on a larger scale. If we are to see people set free from sin the way Jesus desires them to be it is going to take decisive action from the ranks of militant Christianity. JESUS WANTS TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF SATAN THROUGH HIS BODY HERE ON EARTH. Whenever we pass out anointed literature, preach anointed messages against sin, or witness to sinners, we are destroying the works of Satan. We don't destroy the works of Satan with our meaningless church programs, with our social activities and fellowships, or by sitting in our comfortable pews Sunday after Sunday. Religious activities will never do damage to the kingdom of Hell. We will destroy the works of Satan by taking aggressive, MILITANT ACTION against him.
The streets of the world are Satan's territory. It is in these places that we confront the enemy, not in our easy chairs with the TV on or in our expensive church buildings. Church buildings should be places where disciples, soldiers and leaders are trained to carry out the great commission, but instead they have become spiritual brothels where God's people go to be entertained and prostitute themselves to every worldly thing imaginable. How far has Christianity strayed from the true desires of God's heart!
God has armed His people with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, both spoken and written, yet this sword has been sheathed by the false church and counted as unnecessary. At the same time, the true Body of Christ has always wielded the Sword of the Spirit in the relentless struggle to defeat sin and defend the faith. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ was a decisive and devastating blow against Satan. It gave us an undisputed advantage over Him. Yet unless we actively press that advantage, Satan will be free to continue his merciless campaign of destruction against mankind without opposition. If we insist upon avoiding the issue and neglecting our duty while multitudes of people are destroyed by sin then God will hold us accountable for what we should have done, for what we could have done while we had the chance. Pacifism and true Christianity do not mix.
The Bible tells us to be sober and vigilant because Satan, our adversary, roams around as a lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8-9) In this same portion of Scripture, we are also commanded to RESIST Satan. James 4:7, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil (not ignore him) and he will flee from you." This word "resist" in the Greek is defined as "to fight against, to exert oneself against, to counteract or defeat, to withstand the force or effect of, to EXERT FORCE IN OPPOSITION OF!" So we see that to resist is not just a passive turning away of the head, but it is actually AGGRESSIVE ACTION AGAINST OPPOSITION.
You don't have to be a genius to see that what the Bible commands us to do is altogether different from what the modern version of Christianity teaches. In this age too many Christians have become apathetic and pacifistic towards lost and dying humanity. They could care less if the devil is conducting a full-scale murder campaign against the inhabitants of this world. They don't want to hear about warfare or fighting against sin and Satan. All they want is a Christianity where everyone always feels warm and happy, all they want is a peaceful Christianity when there is no peace! True and lasting peace will only be secured as we engage in spirit combat, conquering the forces of the enemy by the power of our God.
Jesus Himself used military terminology in telling us how the Kingdom of God is possessed. He told us in Matthew 11:12 that, "...the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." At the time when Jesus was speaking this scripture the powerful Roman Empire ruled the world. Jesus knew that the Roman army's military might gave them the ability to otherthrow kingdoms and bring whole nations under their control. Jesus knew it was going to take this same kind of militant force to overthrow Satan's kingdom which he has established in our lives and in the lives of others. It is going to take SPIRITUAL WARRIORS AND WARFARE to establish the Kingdom of God. Satan will not relinquish his position by us ignoring him or asking him nicely to leave. He must be conquered, driven out and vanquished from his former power and positions by spiritual force.
Pleasure seeking, pacifistic Christians are like lambs who are coerced by the lion to drop their guard and lie down in a false peace, only to be DEVOURED! One reason this happens is because too many Christians wrongly believe that to manifest God's love they must be weak, pacifistic and unoffensive. While in reality, God's love is an active, aggressive force that will inevitably clash with sin, both in us and around us. True peace can only be obtained as a result of the power of God conquering the works of darkness in our lives. The love of God is what motivates the true Christian to war against Satan for the souls of men. The "peace" which apathetic, pacifistic Christians claim to have is a deception, a false peace, which comes as a result of making a treaty with the enemy. This false peace allows Christians to live after their own desires and "enjoy the good life" as multitudes of souls pour into Hell. True love will motivate us to action, it will motivate us to lay down our lives, pick up our cross and follow the Crucified One.
There can never be peace on earth as long as Satan is free to kill, steal and destroy. The Bible plainly tells us that the world will have peace, but only after Satan is bound up and cast into the lake of fire. There is no scripture in the entire Old or New Testaments which tells us that there will be a peacefull entrance into eternal life. In fact, from Genesis to Revelation the Bible is full of military examples, analogies and terminology. The true peace of God can only be secured by making a stand and going to war against the enemy. If you are floating around inside of a peaceful, passive bubble while claiming to be a follower of Jesus, you had better wake up because you have swallowed the devil's lie. While denominations continue to multiply, living selfishly, squabbling over petty doctrines and exhibiting their religious works, the true Body of Christ will carry on its offensive against Satan's kingdom, destroying the works of darkness and setting the captives free. Why wait any longer, join the ranks of God's army today. Get MILITANT against sin, get AGGRESSIVE against evil, do something with your life that will really count.
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