How And Why We Fight
Do you believe that God is real and that the Bible is true? If so, then you cannot deny the existence of spirit beings: angels and demons. Now the Bible constantly speaks of angels and evil spirits; how the former do the Will of God with the latter opposing His Will. Yet so many Christians are denying the Word of God and its power concerning these things with their religious beliefs and practices.
Why? Because in this modern world of science, psychology, and philosophy, it is unacceptable to go around talking about “spirits” (good or evil). Right now in the west the world extends a little tolerance to churches so long as they outwardly appear to be people who are gathering around philosophy and politics and attaching some concept of “God” to it. But the instant you start talking about the power of God, the spirit of God, the moving of God, etc. the world gets highly offended.
So to please the worldliness of its members, the church modifies its outward stands, its doctrinal statements and such, in order to avoid offending and being thereby marginalized by the world. The result of this is that terms like “religious extremist”, “fundamentalist”, “dangerous views” are now no longer even applied to those who believe in faith healing, miracles, prophesying, etc. but rather those who make any attempt to apply Biblical concepts to our human issues, especially when it comes to sexuality and law.
I am here to tell you that while it may make you feel all righteous and holy to get up, thump your Bible, and proclaim “the Bible calls sin sin” and “freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom FROM religion” and “Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven!”, but what you don’t realize is that if you just go to the edge and then stop or pull back, what you are doing is making the Bible nothing more than a political, legal, ethical,or philosophical document. If that is all there is to your private and PUBLIC religion, then you are possessing a form of godliness while denying the power thereof, which is SPIRITUAL power. God is a SPIRIT, not laws, regulations, doctrines, ethics, morals, values, cultures, or traditions.
Do not get me wrong, I am not against those things, they are useful in certain contexts. But if any of those things are used apart from the spiritual nature and truth of God and the Bible, they actually do more harm than good, not only to the world but ESPECIALLY to Christians. If you think that you can just keep a bunch of rituals and profess a bunch of words all your life while doing good works while waiting around for judgment day … well hey I am not going to say that God isn’t going to save you, but rather I am only saying that what a waste of a Christian existence it would be to go through life being called by God’s Name without ever trying to feel or experience His Power and using it to do His Will.After all, why do you even pray if you do not believe – or practive a belief – that God can and will answer you with spiritual power that will effect the natural realm?
So, our purpose here is to confront people – those who are Christians and those that are not – with the reality of God’s power and the cost to those who seek it. The reality: miracles, fulfilled prophecies, and spiritual warfare. Yes, spiritual warfare includes casting out evil spirits, but that is only a part of it, and it isn’t even the part that is most powerful and vital. The truth is, the most powerful, necessary, and basic form of spiritual warfare is regularly studying your Bible, believe that you are reading, doing what your reading tells you to do through faith, and praying to God for guidance and revelation on what you are studying and doing. If you do those things, you will see, feel, and experience the power of God’s spirit on a regular basis.
The cost? Persecution. Ostracism. Rejection. A Christian is to give up everything for God. I am not talking about a “God – centered life.” I am talking about God being your life, your purpose, your motivation, your joy, your strength. For that reason, this site will regularly feature the price that non – western Christians have to pay for the faith so that Christians will stop thinking that their religion is about going to church on Sunday and the voting booth. No, I am not against church or politics, but a true personal relationship with God is so much more than that. The person who seeks the true personal relationship with God will gain a powerful awareness of and ability to discern between good and evil. Such a person will love good and do all that they can to promote it, and hate evil and do all they can to oppose it, and not only in themselves and their circle of family, friends, and church members, but also the outside world.
Christians were “thinking locally, acting globally” and “living in the global village” long before those became fashionable political slogans, because Christians should be aware that they are members of a global body of believers, and therefore what happens to Christians in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Bolivia, etc. effects all of us, and that there are people in Madagascar, Tanzania, Tunisia, and right in our very neighborhoods who need food, clothing, shelter, counseling, and the gospel. But to do these things effectively, one must acknowledge the spiritual reality of God, and submit himself to that reality daily. firstname.lastname@example.org