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My friends told me not to write about war

July 27, 2010

You know all the warfare language in the Bible; friends suggested I not use warfare language here, because Muslims might think I’m writing about a waging against them. But my Muslim friends are not stupid; they know about Satan and his rebellion against God. When you sit with people, you have time to teach what the Bible is saying: “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19); and “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3:8).

Jesus Christ is destroying the evil work of the devil. By obedience, unto His death, Jesus Christ merited the right to free the imprisoned children of Adam and Eve, taking them back from the devil’s lair. And now, we who are free join with Christ in a great advance against the terrible gates of hell. Christ is our trainer: “He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze” (Psalm 18:34).

So like it or not we live in a time when a great war is necessary in order to take back the planet and the cosmos from that imposter, the devil. Robert Southwell (died in 1595) wrote a poem about the birth of Jesus Christ as the coming of God’s war:

This little babe so few days old

Hath come to plunder Satan’s fold.

All hell doth at His presence quake

Though He Himself with cold doth shake.

For in His weak, unarmed wise,

The gates of hell He will surprise.


Only if life is war does life make sense. The mutiny against God is our sin, but before that, Satan’s revolt against God at a time before God made man and woman and placed them in His garden. Adam sinned when he disobeyed God, supposing in his sin that Adam did not want the good future promised to him by his creator Father. That was Adam’s fall; just a fall, but he found himself lashed to the steps of an escalator on the downward way. It got bad real fast; the first born son, Cain, murdered his brother. So sin had its effect, and so the world would have ended in the dumps “without hope and without God” (Ephesians 2:12), except for the victory of Jesus Christ. So “fight the good fight” (1 Timothy 6:12) and “do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). As John Piper said, “If you don’t know that life is war, then you don’t know what prayer is for.”

War, battle, bands of brothers and sisters, victory and defeat, and Victory.

More about war another day. Remind me to tell you sometime about my website, where you can read Dr. Ralph D. Winter’s article, “Reconsecration to a Wartime Lifestyle.”

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