Spiritual Warfare

Early in my own spiritual walk with Christ, I was influenced heavily by these falsehoods. I will first give an idea to what was preached. I will come back at these doctrines with scriptural truths that annihilate the false beliefs.

Unfortunately fear was a tactic and I was the goose. Early in my childhood I had a grandmother who was addicted to bad news and consequently feared everything. That same fearfulness would be strong in my dad and would later be shared with me. (Doctrine of “Generational Curses”) Everywhere and in anything I was fearful. In some instances it was good to be cautious but I would learn to fear-the-worst in every situation. This way of life would continue through my teens as I became a believer.

The entire false doctrine of spiritual warfare starts with just a few misinterpreted scriptures, namely 2 Cor. 10 & Eph. 6. If you read just those few short verses without their context, it can be plainly seen how these authors/ministers get their doctrine. But we must always remember that chapter and verse are ways of dissecting the flow of the book. Sometimes a topic will conclude at the end of a chapter and other times it will not- it may continue into the next chapter.

2 Cor. 10

4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to

 demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,

 and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

Eph 6

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your

stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the

 authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground,

 and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,

with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the

 gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming

 arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  (NIV)

Note that in 2 Cor. the fight is between things that get set up against the knowledge of God. Namely these are arguments and pretensions. How many times did Paul have to face those which promoted ideas contrary to God’s doctrine? Check out the first few verses in 2 Cor 10. Then see it continue in verse 6 through the end of the chapter. But wait! It does not stop there. See the topic continue through chapter 11 and into chapter 12. In addition to all the physical hardships Paul faced, which no doubt many were carried out by devil-influenced men, He was continually challenged by those which opposed the knowledge of Christ. What challenges false doctrine? Truth. Righteousness. Faith. Hope of Salvation. Peace.

Generational Curses- coming soon

Fear- coming soon

Work of the Flesh or Evil Spirit

In many circles I continually hear people say that “He must be demon possessed to murder that way” or “she must be demon-possessed to continue to party that hard”. Regardless of all the negative things that we see around us, we must understand by scripture that the world operates in a self-willed ungodly way. Ungodly people act the way they do often because they want to. Scripture is clear what is an act of the flesh.

Galatians 5

17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

 18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication,

 uncleanness, lasciviousness,

 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

I can say that any of the above mentioned sins, all find their root in Satan.

 

The Devil’s True Motive

Many people believe that the devil is out to get them. He is not out to get you because of your accomplishments. He is however interested in getting you to forfeit the believer’s position in Christ. Your position in Christ allows you to follow the Holy Spirit and have good actions that follow love, joy, and peace. These are the things that the devil hates. He motivates people to hate you (persecute you) because you have sided with God. He also tries to use the world to distract us.

Mark 4

11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

 12That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

 13And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

 14The sower soweth the word.

 15And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

 16And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

 17And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or

 persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

 18And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

 19And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the

 lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

 20And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Matthew 13

  11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

 15For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

 17For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

 18  Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

 

 Luke 8

9And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

 10And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

 12Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

 13They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

 14And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

 15But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

So we then see that there are several things used by the devil that either prevent a person from being saved or prevent them from being fruitful in their calling as a believer.

  • Lack of understanding
  • temptations
  • afflictions
  • persecutions
  • tribulations
  • cares
  • riches/ deceitfulness of riches
  • pleasures of this life
  • lusts of other things

A number of meaningless actions seem to go along with the doctrine of spiritual warfare. All stem from misinterpretations of scriptures. Fleshly acts that symbolize immaturity in the knowledge of the word for the believer:

  • Yelling at the devil. This would include yelling in tongues(which I have heard some believers do). The participants are told that they must take on the devil one-on-one.
  • Anointing with oil. The participants in this action are told that if they anoint any physical item with oil, the devil will withdraw or flee from that person, place, or thing. This belief is definitely an old testament text taken way out of context.
  • More to come soon…

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