CHRISTIANS ARE NOT TO BE PACIFISTS!!!
Posted by Job on March 15, 2007
II Timothy 1:8 – Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.
A lot of Christians have forgotten that Jesus Christ was a FIGHTER! Like David, Jesus was a master contender for his Father in Heaven, and Jesus never lost a single battle. Jesus was a real man of war, both general and foot – soldier. We are called by our God to use him as our role model, to walk in his shoes the paths that he trode upon. That means that we must also go against the enemy in the name of our God under the guidance, protection, and direction of our God with the faith that so long as we do so we will win! There is a war going on, and far too many Christians are sitting out the fight. God wants Christians who have the same zeal to go out into spiritual warfare against the enemy, to take the fight right to him on his own turf, as did Jesus Christ, who went into the very temples of the Pharisees, scribes, and Sadducees and told them that they were devils. Jesus Christ went out into the streets, highways, and byways not only teaching but healing and casting out demons. One more thing that Jesus Christ did to battle for his Father? HE EVANGELIZED! So we have to do the same. Jesus told us that we would have to if we were to get into Heaven! We have to put on the whole armor of God. We need to put on our war clothes, get our swords, shields, bucklers, breastplates, staves, clubs, machetes, brass knuckles, all that God gives us at his disposal. And we have to have the right mentality. We have to be ready for the whatever whenever wherever anytime anyplace that our Father sends us out! In other words, we have to be DOWN WITH THE GET DOWN! But alas, it appears that most Christians have gone soft! Most people who are supposed to be following Christ have ceded a major area of their lives to Satan without a fight. I know that it has to be without a fight, for if we fight in God through his Son Jesus Christ, the only possible outcome is total victory! But by accepting unnecessary defeat, the vast majority of Christians are missing out on a great way to enjoy the Christian walk and to unlock the abundant storehouse of the blessings of God upon themselves and others. Moreover, those who cede this area to Satan are guilty of disobeying a direct commandment of Jesus Christ and are hence in real danger of judgment for this guilt. What is this battleground that we have surrendered without a fight that we would surely win if we would enter? Well, a recent poll of Christians concerning their religious behavior reveals that only 2% regularly share their faith with strangers! Remember Matthew 28:19-20, which specifically commands us to share our faith whenever possible under the direction of the Holy Spirit? This is a vital part of Christianity which cannot be abandoned by the true church or neglected by the true believer! It appears that so many Christians, often at the direction of denominations and church leaders in addition to prevailing political and social attitudes, have taken the notion that sharing your faith; proselytizing, is backwards. Discriminatory. Dangerous. Divisive. Wrong! That faith is a personal expression not to be shared. That we must be tolerant and respectful of other faiths. That we cannot even presume ourselves to be the sole possessors of the truth, or even be convinced that there is such a thing as absolute truth! It has now gotten to the point where being a Christian merely means being part of a private welfare office and Sunday social club! Again, this is the prevailing attitude among most churches today to the point where churches and Christians that actually evangelize are given the curious label “evangelical Christian.” We are now led to believe that you should only share your faith with someone who asks you to! This is so unlike the message and example of Jesus, who sought out sinners to make them disciples. Of course, some might know that they are supposed to do this, but do not because their church does not emphasize it. Indeed, even churches with the unfortunate label of “fundamentalist” and “evangelical” (when in fact all churches need be both; otherwise they are not churches at all but synagogues of Satan) get so caught up in tending to their own needs that they forget about reaching the lost. Or they leave the evangelizing to others (i.e. televangelists) or assume that sinners know where the church is and will just show up. Others merely pay lip service to the idea but do not promote it with the same zeal as they do the offering plate! Even those who really emphasize it do not provide any real formal training or instruction. Fortunately, there are great resources on the Internet to help Christians of all resources and stripes obey Matthew 28:19-20 so that they can be obedient, avoid God’s judgment and wrath on this issue, and receive blessings due to their obedience. One that I am familiar with is Living Waters. Another is the Great News Network. But you should read the Bible and pray for strength and inspiration on this issue, and earnestly seek through the Holy Spirit and with your own God – given mind and creativity effective ways of evangelizing. It can be as simple as printing or writing up a bunch of cards with a brief message on Christianity and handing them out to strangers in restaurants, parks, buses, or on street – corners and including a brief but heart – felt pitch for Jesus! You must learn to overcome shyness, fear of rejection, uncertainty, and condemnation. You must dismiss from your mind any negative things that your co – workers, family members, and even church members will say about you. You will be rejected and condemned, of course, because Satan, his demons, and their human cohorts do not want The Gospel spread. They want people to go live in sin and be destroyed! You will be going up against the enemy head on. Never forget that there is a war going on for your soul and the soul of each and every human who is living and will live! Fortunately, you will have your God on your side, and if you will join in the fight for and through him you will prevail! Now remember, your pitch must include these two incontrovertible facts: that Jesus is the only way to salvation, and those who do not accept salvation through Jesus will be destroyed in the lake of fire, commonly referred to as hell. Do not think that sugarcoating it will make evangelizing any easier, or that making it more palatable to the listener will make them more likely to convert. Do not be as the unscrupulous salesman who gets people to accept goods on false pretenses, such as telling a woman that she looks lovely in a horrid dress! Instead, stand on the truth! If you are not willing to represent it then you have some spiritual issues that you need to resolve with prayer and supplication with the Father through his Son Jesus before you even think about going out and becoming an evangelist. But get right with God for this purpose (and others, including your own basic salvation and relationship with God!) you must, for your God commands it! Furthermore, a woman who has been sold a horrid dress on false pretenses will, once she has received condemnation and ridicule for wearing it, almost certainly return it, or at the very least fail to wear it. The same for our evangelism targets! If we sugarcoat our message to get them in the door, once they find out what it is really all about, they will leave the first chance they get! Or they will convert and hang around a little while, but then fall away as things inevitably get hard. The time is short and the laborers are few! We are not looking for showroom guests, window shoppers, and a couple of more people to drop some money in the offering plate for a month or two! We are about obeying the will of God and in the process winning souls for the Kingdom of Heaven! One last thing … you must also evangelize Christians! Many Christians are simply trapped by false doctrines and need the truth in order for the Savior to set them free. If they do not receive the true and full Word, they are in just as much jeopardy of eternal destruction as a rank sinner. Also, you must go forth and convince other Christians of how they absolutely must become evangelists too! You are your brother’s keeper, and if you do not tell them that they must spread The Word to sinners and deceived Christians and the consequences of not doing it, that will be a failure that God will hold you responsible for! Of course, do this as well as all things only after you have consulted God your Father through his Son Jesus Christ in prayer and he declares you ready. He is the Ultimate Authority on this and all other matters. So fellows and ladies, young and old, put on your zeal, gird up your loins, beat your plowshares of submissive non – confrontational politically correct dead doctrine into swords of the spirit, turn your pruning – hooks of fear and defeat into spears of courage and truth! Let the weak say that they are strong in Christ Jesus, and go forth and win the battle for souls in the name of your Lord! The valley of decision awaits its combatants! Come on, don’t you just want to stomp on Satan and his demons, kick his butt, drive your sword of the Holy Spirit through him, and grind him with the millstone of the Word using the All Power that is in the name of Jesus? Well do it, brothers and sisters, by allowing your God to use you to help liberate some lost sinner soul bound in Satan’s grip! If you don’t do it, God will use someone else, and that person will not only get the blessing from God that is meant for you, but that person will also avoid what God has in store for those who disobey His Commandments! If you think that our secular militaries punish deserters and draft dodgers, please realize that they have nothing on what The Almighty has in store! Prayer:Father God In the Name Of Jesus Christ, may the true nature of Christ be revealed to all people, including but not limited to those who profess to be Christians and those who profess to be born again into a personal relationship with You through Jesus Christ. Please inspire Your children with the Holy Spirit and with preachers, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors to contend against the evil one and against the flesh and to overcome for God with the Blood of Christ and with the Testimony of Christ by the Holy Spirit. In the Name of Jesus Christ, amen. Prayer: Father YHVH in the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach, in Your Word you told us that we overcome not by might of numbers, and not by power, but by Your Spirit Ruach Hakadosh. May we submit to the Ruack Hakadosh when it emboldens us and leads us to go into spiritual battle against the enemy by preaching the gospel. Amen.Deliverance: The demons that work in this area are false doctrine, false teaching, false religion, and anti – Christ. They seek to hide the true nature of Christ and mission of Christianity from those who seek to believe upon and serve God through Christ in order to prevent the rise and increase of a people who will use the Name, Blood, Power, and Authority of Jesus Christ to destroy the works of the enemy. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that these foul demons and their works shall not prosper, and in the Name of Jesus Christ I bind and rebuke you false doctrine, false teaching, false religion, and anti – Christ demons from every member of the Body of Christ and all who seek to join! Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!