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 stand in proxy and ask your forgiveness for our failure to equip and prepare you for this spiritual and cultural war we are in.
The war began in heaven and spilled to earth in Revelation 12. Verse 9 says, “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” In verse 10 he is called the accuser of the brethren and in verse 11 it describes how God’s people can overcome the attacks. One of the three key elements is “the word of their testimony.”
This is a war of words! It’s a war between dark and light, lies and truth, Satan and our Lord Jesus Christ who was the word made flesh (John 1:1-14).
There are those who testify and speak the truth and then there are those who lie. Jesus is called the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) and it says that no one comes to the Father except through Him. John 8:44 reveals that Satan is the father of lies and his children are liars, deceivers or murderers. It’s what they do.
Satan needs people for their mouth, hands and feet. Otherwise, how could sin, iniquity and abominations be spread? He works through people. God works through people too.
Ephesians 3:9-11 reveals that it was God’s eternal plan to show forth His manifold wisdom to principalities and powers through THE CHURCH. Why? Because there is a spiritual war taking place and the issue at hand are the souls of men and women and their eternity in heaven or in hell.
How does God show forth His manifold wisdom? He speaks and works through people. He needs our hands, feet and tongues otherwise we could not go, we could not preach, we could not teach, we could not cast our demons and neither could we lay our hands upon the sick so they might be healed (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18 & Romans 10:14).
This spiritual war, which is manifested through a cultural war, is actually a proxy war. God works through people and Satan works through people who stand in proxy. The weapons of our warfare and not carnal (ie. natural weapons) but rather spiritual weapons. Words are used to convey lies, evil ideas, teachings of demons as well as the truth and good doctrine. The Christian’s primary weapon, our only offensive weapon is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12, Isaiah 55:11 & Ephesians 6:17). That my friends is the truth!