“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” — Ephesians 6:12
Paul’s words have never been more relevant to us today.
It’s a war being fought in our homes, our churches, our schools, and certainly in our governments. It’s why marriages are falling apart at a record rate. It’s why public violence, school shooting, murder, rape, assault, prostitution, crimes against children and sexual crimes are increasing. It’s why Christians are under attack throughout the world.
Satan and evil are alive and well and are roaming the world looking for those he can devour.
It’s a war in which every Christian must volunteer and must train to fight. There are no deferments, no exemptions and no conscientious objectors in God’s army. If you’re a true Christian, you’d better get ready to rumble because you’re in the army — God’s army.
Are you in a church that promotes heresy? Does your denomination promote sexual behaviors that are contrary to God’s teaching? Does your denomination promote political positions with which you disagree? Does your denomination promote positions that are anti-Israel?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then why do you stay in that church?
Every church should use God’s Holy Scripture as its guide — not the platform of a secular political party, an apostate denomination or secular political group promoting immoral behaviors.
Jesus knew the battle plan. Jesus knew who His enemy was and who our enemy is.
Satan’s ultimate goal is to separate every single human being from God. He wants us to follow a path that leads to destruction. To that end, he tries to prevent anyone from coming to faith in Jesus Christ.
Paul tells us, "The god of this age [the devil] has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
The initial line of attack is often in the area of doubt. We see this in the opening chapters of Genesis where the devil, in the form of a serpent, says to Eve, "Did God really say ...?"
His opening move is to raise a doubt in her mind. He used the same tactic on Jesus in the wilderness by saying, “If you are the Son of God…”
His tactics have not changed. He still raises doubts in our mind. "Did God really say that such and such action is wrong?"
He tries to undermine our confidence in what God has said and in our relationship with Him. You and I even have friends who say to us, “Well, you’re just an old fuddy duddy. My God wouldn’t condemn that behavior…” or “My God isn’t going to send anyone to Hell.” Or, the ubiquitous “Who are you to judge what I do?”
Raising doubts was the primary line of attack on both Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jesus in the wilderness, and with you and me today.
Satan once ruled us and we were subject to sin, slavery, death and destruction. As Christians, God has rescued us from the darkness.
How? With the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Now, Paul says, we have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light where Jesus is King. Where there is forgiveness, freedom, life, and salvation. Once we have been transferred, we belong to someone else: to Jesus Christ and His kingdom.
Satan is a conquered foe. On the cross Jesus "disarmed the powers and authorities" and "made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
At the cross, Satan and all his followers were defeated and that is why Satan and his demons are so frightened of the name of Jesus. They know they are defeated. But, they are still capable of inflicting casualties.
If you’re in a church that’s focused on social and political issues, rather than on the Bible and Jesus Christ as our risen Lord, I encourage you to leave it right now. I encourage you to find a Bible-based fellowship of believers. Praising and worshiping God should be our focus, not secular politics. This is a life and death decision for you and for me.