Spiritual Battlefield Part 1

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Most people don’t understand what the spiritual battle is.  They don’t understand who is fighting, why they’re fighting, what’s at stake, and why they should join the fight.  I hope, with help and direction from God, to be able to explain all this to you in a way that helps you understand why it is important.

 First of all, let me explain what the battlefield is.  The battlefield is the World (not the physical world, but the world’s system; or, common but non-Biblical ways) that tells and teaches a myriad of things about God that are untrue.

The world tells us that God is not real. That He is just a creation of the minds of men to control each other, to give us an excuse to fight and dominate others, to give us someone to blame for our own shortcomings.  The world tells us that God was created to explain a world that was unexplainable to the “simple minds” of our ancestors.

Because the world does not believe (or only partially believes) in the existence of God, they feel free to tell us that we need to keep God to ourselves.  Their “more enlightened” minds are offended by our religion, doctrine, and morality, and we should not be allowed to offend them, so we must keep our religion to ourselves in our homes, in church on Sunday, or better yet, not practice it at all..

We, as Christians, tend to be meek.  We don’t want to cause offense to others.  This is an admirable trait to have, but remember, we must live by the Word of God.  Romans 10:11 says, “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” and 1 Peter 4:16 states, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”  Do not let the world shame us into hiding God and His word from the view of others.

The removal of God from public life is a major part of the battlefield, but it is not the only part.  The battlefield is large and has varied terrain.  To effectively engage in the battle, we must study the entire field.  So, what else makes up the battlefield?

Other religions and belief systems make up a portion of the battlefield.  More and more, people who are searching for answers are looking to any belief system that can bring them comfort and a feeling of belonging.  We have to make sure that people understand that believing in anything isn’t the same as believing in the One True God.

There are also those who will say that we all worship the same God; that we just call him by different names: Mohammed, Buddah, Gaia, Hu, Satnam, etc…  These are not the One True God.  Acts 4:12 tells us, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  We are told in John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”  Therefore, clearly declaring that the “name” of God is Jesus.

The various denominations make up part of the battlefield.

“How can this be?” you ask.  The argument is that the various denominations are just made up of good people who interpret the Word of God differently than we do.

This is exactly the problem.  We are told in Proverbs 30:6 “Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” But, what does this mean?

The original Old Testament was written in Ancient Hebrew, with a few passages written in Aramaic.  The new Testament was written in Ancient Greek. Neither Hebrew nor Greek as spoken today is the same as it was at that time.  Over time the Bible has been translated into other languages.  This in itself is not the problem (although all translations have errors, and so I strongly suggest that you have a concordance handy when studying your Bible), the problem arose when man decided that he needed to make the Bible easier to read.  Instead of translating the bible from one language to another, men decided to change the words of the Bible so that they were “more modern” and “made more sense” to everyone.

This led to changes and omissions of the text.  Man added and took away from the Word.  Man took it upon himself to decide what God meant, and what other men should get out of the Word…in essence, what the Word should mean to others.  Man decided not to just translate the Bible, but to interpret it.

Currently, the purest translation of the Bible is the King James version.  When you compare this side by side with other “translations” you will find some passages have changed meanings, and other verses are missing altogether.  This directly violates Proverbs 30:6 admonition to “Add thou not unto His words…”.

As men change the meaning of the Bible, it becomes easier and easier to decide what they believe the “important parts” are.  Many people have gone from reading and trying to live by what the Word says, to choosing the parts of the Word that are easiest to live by, and that make us feel good about the lives we are living.

The most blatant example is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  

Many people interpret this to mean that all you have to do is believe in Jesus and you are saved!  You will have permanent and eternal salvation.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but even Satan and his demons believe in Jesus Christ.  Satan knows Him very well….he used to be one of His angels.  James 2:19 states, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

If we look to the beginning of John Chapter 3, we see Jesus talking to a Pharisee named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus knew that Jesus was the messiah.  He believed in Jesus, and knew that He held the answer to eternal salvation.  He asked Jesus how to be saved.  John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus asked how it was possible for a man to be born again.  In John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

But, man is born of water when he is birthed by his mother.  Doesn’t this cover the “born of the water” part of Jesus’ instructions to Nicodemus?  First of all, Jesus says “Except a man be born again”, so that excludes the original birth out of our mother’s womb.

Well, couldn’t being born again simply mean of the Spirit?  Jesus tell us in John 3:3 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”  He makes it very clear here that he is not talking about a fleshly birth.

Jesus Himself says that you have to do more than simply believe.  He said that if you believe in Him you should not perish, not that you will not perish.  There is a big difference between those two words.  Should is conditional upon your actions.  If you live according to Jesus’ teachings, you literally “should” not perish.

He tells us to be born of the water.  This means being baptized, by full immersion in the water, so that we are “Born Again”.  We are told in Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”  Romans 6:4 states, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” 

So obviously, we must be baptized, but how?  Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  If you combine that with Romans 6:4 as stated above, you see that you must “be buried with him by baptism” and “be baptized…in the name of Jesus Christ”.  That is a very specific formula.  God doesn’t tell us things that are unnecessary for us to know.

Ok, now we are baptized by full immersion in the name of Jesus…so now we’re saved forever, right?  Wrong.

We are told in Mark 16:17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”  New tongues?  That one is explained in Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Ok, so I have been baptized by full immersion and was filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in other tongues, so NOW I’m saved forever, right?

Again, no.  2 Timothy 2:15 tells us, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  God needs to approve us.  Being saved is work.  This also disputes those denomination that claim that all you have to do is accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.  Again, God needs to approve us We must study the Word of God and live by the Word of God so that we may show ourselves approved of God.  Anyplace that tells you an easier way is not telling you the Truth, and they will have to answer to God for that someday.

The last part of explaining what the battlefield looks like, is explaining where the battlefield is.  Simply put, the battlefield is everywhere.  It is in our homes, our place of work, with our friends, with our family, in our churches, in our schools, and in the media.  Everywhere we go, Worldly messages are pushed at us and we must fight against them so we do not fall on the field of battle.

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