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The Pincer Principle of war
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
A favorite method of warfare is to encircle the enemy from two directions and crush them in a pincer movement. This is one of the devil’s main strategies to try to keep people from knowing and loving God. He attacks the two ways that God reveals Himself to man:
- Through nature (natural revelation). Nature in its complexity and beauty shows that there must be an intelligent Designer who made it all, a Creator God (‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?’ Job 12:7-9). Romans 1:20 also says that, ‘since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.’
- Through the Bible (special revelation). The Bible is the only book that reveals the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Without the written word produced over 1500 years by 40 different writers, man would not know all the detail of God and his plan for man.
The devil attacks these two revelations of God.
- He tries to prove that God did not create the heavens and the earth in six days. For this he has the idea of evolution that proposes that nature is her own creator. If that was true, then God is necessarily false. Although the idea of evolution is undergirded by such an effective media campaign that many blindly accept it as truth, without ascertaining the facts for themselves, it still hasn’t answered the big questions: How did first life begin? Where does the first information content (the genetic code) come from? How can any living thing increase its DNA content to include new information it didn’t have initially? Not one of these three questions have ever been answered scientifically. They can only use vague assumptions and allusions. Shouting down any person who raises these questions is not science. Science proves its laws by experiments - observable, repeatable and testable. Until evolution is proven a scientific fact, it will remain only a religion that opposes God by indoctrinating people against the Bible. To test the scientific value of evolution we only have to ask how many patents the evolutionists register yearly in comparison to real scientists?
- He attacks the Bible by using liberal theologians. They question the truth of the Bible and ‘prove’ that it is man’s ideas about God and not the inspired Word of God. These people are supposed to know the Bible. They look like theologians, but they identify themselves as the devil’s agents the minute they start to talk or write. They use phrases like ‘higher learning’ and ‘scientific investigation’ and declare that the doctrines of the Bible are misunderstood in our modern age. They must be reinterpreted (which usually means denied). They have doctorates, are bishops and professors, but Jesus warned against them as ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’. These false theologians change God’s clear message about the virgin birth of Christ, His sacrificial death on the Cross, the Resurrection and the Ascension. Why? They are not forced to accept the Bible’s teachings. They can reject them and leave the Christian faith. But they remain in universities and theological colleges and train future ministers, spreading their poison. Jesus called them hypocrites who will not enter heaven, but prevent others to do so (Matthew 23:13). There is no way that a person who denies Jesus’ deity, His death for sins and His resurrection will ever see God. God, through the apostle Paul, was very honest in His assessment of these people: ‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned’ (Galatians 1:11). They are ‘false apostles,’ ‘deceitful workmen masquerading as apostles of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 11:13). Their work is to break down people’s faith in the Word of God and its doctrines. Actually, they are a proof of the truth of the Bible. If God warned us almost 2000 years ago against false teachers (2 Peter 2; Jude), and we find them today, what better proof do we want that the Bible is the inspired Word of God?
Watch out for the pincer strategy: you are the one whom the devil has in his sight. It is his goal to destroy your faith that God is the Creator and that the Bible is the truth. He is already doomed to the eternal lake of burning sulphur, therefore he doesn’t have to try and be good and upright. The fact that Jesus died on the cross for humanity’s sin is a fact he detests. He, who was the brightest of God’s angels, can never be redeemed. This inspires him to get as many people as possible in hell with him. Make sure it is not you!