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Bible Studies
Written by Colin Newman   
Saturday, 26 May 2012 14:40

 

Volume 1 1988

Not only has the enemy enslaved millions to false religions, sinful habits and addictions, but he is also waging an all-out war against the forces of Jesus Christ. Satan aims to undermine the Church and frustrate the divinely appointed Rescue Mission entrusted to it.

Just as Jesus Christ is dedicated to the saving of lost men and women (Luke 19:10), so too Satan is dedicated to damning and destroying everyone in this wartorn world.

Just as it is God’s will that all be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), it is Satan’s will that all be lost.

Just as God’s plan is for the Church to take the precious life-giving Bible, the Word of God, to all peoples everywhere (Matthew 28:19,20), so too Satan seeks to prevent this.

Just as Jesus has commanded Christians to be a light to this world, radiating God’s Love to all trapped in the darkness of sin (Matthew 516), so also the enemy continually seeks to dim, divert or destroy that influence.

The only hope for this lost world is the Good News of Jesus (John 3:18, 36), and God has entrusted it to the Church. God’s plan is for the Church to be the freedom fighters of this sin-enslaved world. As God’s Guerillas, Christians need to be undermining Satan’s forces — the false religions, cults and sects, communism and the occult. The whole Church needs to be involved in this war of liberation to free the whole world from the devil’s deceptions and the snares of Satan.

THE ONLY REASON WHY THE DEVIL IS SO OFTEN WINNING IS THAT THE CHURCH IS SO SELDOM FIGHTING!

The devil laughs at the organisation of the Church; he scorns our meetings and our methods; he ignores our big words and endless talk, but when we attack he flees! (James 4:7).

Yet, the Church in the West often prefers to retreat into its barracks to sing its battle songs! We teach about our wonderful weapons, but they are seldom used! We praise our Commanding Officer, but we don’t obey Him! We know He commanded us to attack, but we choose to consolidate! He says “move forward”, but we decide to dig in! He leads us into battle, but we stay at home and watch TV.!

The enemy has tricked many into the ambush of pride, and thousands have triggered the landmine of lust. Others have been discouraged by the bombardment of criticism, and many have retreated before the poison gas of gossip. The booby traps of bitterness have crippled the critical, and those who have straggled behind their units have found themselves captured by the diversions of the world. Propaganda has led some to surrender to the army of unbelief.

We are in a Spiritual World War (Ephesians 6:12), and the light is to preach the Gospel to the millions living under communist oppression; to smuggle Bible to those Christians living under severe persecution; save the lives of the millions trapped in the Satanic deception of false religious cults and sects; to free the heroin addicts and liberate the alcoholics. The Church must reach everyone in this needy world with the powerful love at Jesus. This is the Christian's commitment, and we must press onward until everyone has heard the Good News and felt God’s great power (1 Thessalonians 1:5). The world is the Christian’s goal, and our primary targets must include the seemingly impenetrable Communist areas. These strongholds must be reached for Christ, no matter what the cost!

“The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments: we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God."2 Corinthians 10:4,5

Peter Hammond

 
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