In a culture war, words are used to define the lay of the land, to establish the moral high ground, lay traps and serve as the primary weapons we fight with. The various systems of thought create strongholds, knowledge and arguments for which 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 reveal we need apostolic strategy to deal with.
For all intents and purposes the Church has been on a defensive setting and slowly retreating as revealed by encroaching demonically inspired laws. You see to the victor go the spoils. In the culture war, the victor gets to make the rules or laws.
This MUST STOP NOW! It's time to draw a line in the sand saying that is it. We will retreat no further for some of the recent laws passed by Democrats are going so far as to even advocate infanticide.
The sad thing is, according to Jerry Prevo's article "Silent About Sin" in Billy Graham Evangelistic Associations Feburary 2019 edition of Decision magazine, that "according to researcher George Barna, 90 percent of pastors recognize the Bible speaks to these issues. But, fewer than 10 percent are actually teaching what the Bible says...." The two issues he was referring to was homosexuality and abortion.
That statement certainly rings true with my last 28 years worth of experience in the ministry.
The Pulpit Has Failed to Equip the Church
Even though I've tried to set a different example through the years, I count myself among those who occupy the pulpit. I want to ask your forgiveness for our failure to equip and prepare you for this spiritual and cultural war we are in.
The primary tools of our adversary are actually pretty basic. Heresies, hypocrisies, and heretics. Here's how the world defines these issues. According to Dictionary.com:
- Heresy is an opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or religious system.
- Hypocrisy is a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
- Heretic is a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church
What's important about these definitions? Its what we are basically taught in school and in society but, these definitions are really watered down. The Church has been ambushed and our troops are ill trained and ill equipped to fight her way out. But God gave me a dream last week. A strategy about how to turn this culture war, this spiritual war around.
God Gave me a Strategic Dream to Defeat the Ambush