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God’s soldiers or prisoners of war?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
In a war we have tanks, aeroplanes, soldiers, et cetera. The spies working behind enemy lines are called the fifth column. They are very important, because they gather information about the enemy's plans, their dangerous weapons, and other relevant information. They are the group to be feared, since one doesn't know who they really are. Used to working under cover, making use of subterfuge, it is not so easy to recognize them.
Christians, followers of Christ, are engaged in a war with the devil. They possess two devastating weapons:
1 - Prayer.
Prayer is based on the promises and faithfulness of God as found in the Bible. God has given many infallible proofs in the Bible that He is omnipotent, powerful, and merciful. He can help and He wants to help, but since He has to be fair He ordained prayer as a way of asking him to intervene. That means that He cannot be accused of favoritism when he helps one person and not another, because He acts on requests.
2 - The Word of God, the Bible.
Through Jesus Christ, God equipped us with another powerful weapon to withstand the devil's attacks, namely His Word. The efficacy of the Word is demonstrated by Jesus' encounter with the devil in the desert (Matt 4; 1-11; Luk 4:1-13). Every time the devil tempted Jesus, he answered him with a verse from the Bible. The devil was powerless against God's authoritative words. That is because the devil acknowledges the fact that God is the ultimate Boss. We have the same authority to quote God's Word. Against the combination of prayer, based on the Word of God, the devil is powerless.
It is as clear as daylight that the devil is desperate to eliminate the Word of God, the Bible, as the powerful weapon of the Christian. Doing it through the attacks of atheists is not so effective, since most Christians know that the unbeliever doesn’t understand the Word.
The most effective way is to infiltrate the Christians’ ranks. There he plants his spies and traitors. So we find them in the universities, in colleges and other centres of learning. They are known as liberal ‘theologians’ and ‘teachers’. Their job description is clear: spread false lies about the infallibility and Holy Spirit inspired, eternal, powerful Word of God.
Jesus warned us (Matt 7:15-16 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.”), Paul warned us (2 Cor 11:13-15, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.”; 2 Tim 4:3,4 “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”). Peter warned us (2 Pet 2:1-3 “There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them.”). Jude warned us (vs 4 “For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”).
This is one of the miracles of the Bible: we are warned about false teachers and preachers, an lo behold, that is exactly what we find in real life. There is a wealth of books about them and by them. We meet them everywhere. Reading the following will help: B Edwards, Nothing but the Truth, Evangelical Press, 1993; JR White, Scripture Alone, Bethany House, 2004.
What do they accomplish? Not having an infallible, accurate Word of God renders the believer powerless. He has no guide, no powerful words from the Creator God to sustain and protect him. They eliminate God’s soldiers, taking them as prisoners of war.
Advice: Be wary, and reject any teacher/preacher who casts doubt on God’s wonderful Word. Millions through the ages have proved the effectiveness and truth of the Bible. God is eternal, omnipotent, Creator, and His Word is trustworthy. Real theologians, preachers and teachers build up faith in the Bible and do not tear it down.
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