Tag Archive | Spiritual Warfare

Opposition Never Fails Immediately To Arise

Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller, October 13, 1826:

II Corinthians X.4.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.

As long as man retained his primitive innocence, he loved truth, and was ever ready to give it a cordial welcome. But the moment he fell from God and from holiness, truth became painful, and, of course, odious to him. He felt that he could no longer listen to it as a friend, speaking peace; but must henceforth regard it as an enemy, which could deliver no other than a hostile message. Accordingly, when we read that the holy and happy tenants of Eden had become rebels by eating the interdicted fruit, the next thing we read of is, that, on hearing the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden. And the Lord called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, and I hid myself.

From that fatal hour, all efforts to impress moral and religious truth on the minds of men, have been, properly speaking, a WARFARE; that is, in whatever direction they have been applied, they have never failed to meet with resistance. As all men, by nature hate the truth as it is in Jesus; and as all men, quite as universally, are opposed to the spirit and the demands of the gospel obedience; it follows that all attempts to procure the reception of the one, or to enforce the practice of the other, must be made in the face of hostility : a hostility not, indeed, always equally bitter in its hatred, or gross in its violence; but still real hostility, which nothing can appease but a surrender of Jehovah’s claims to the inclination of the rebellious creature. Hence, whenever the banner of truth and righteousness is raised in any place, opposition never fails immediately to arise : and however unreasonable its character, or revolting its aspect, in the view of the truly spiritual mind, it usually bears away the multitude, and would always do so, did not Divine power interpose to prevent it. The human heart, left to itself, is ever ready to bid welcome any plausible flatterer, who will “prophecy deceits,” and say, in the language of the first deceiver, “Ye shall not surely die.

Read more: http://www.thisday.pcahistory.org/2013/10/october-13-christian-weapons-not-carnal-but-spiritual/


They Want Your Destruction

Gentle Reformation on dabbling in the occult:

All genuine occultism is demonic. It is stage-managed by the Devil who masquerades as an angel of light. He promises knowledge and life and power, but what he delivers is bondage and misery and death…

Tragically we see this pattern repeated over and over when people get involved in the occult. Kurt Koch in his book The Lure of the Occult documents 193 case studies of people who were involved, to some degree, in occult practices. It’s heart-breaking to read of how people turned to the occult for help, and often received it in the short term, but paid a far higher price in the end…

What makes the occult dangerous is that when you engage in occult practice, whether realise it or not, whether you mean to or not, you are opening yourself up to demonic influence. The occult is like conductor for the lightning of satanic power. It’s an incredibly dangerous, foolish and wicked thing to do – to put yourself into the hands of beings that want to hurt and destroy you. They don’t want your good – they want your destruction.

Read more: https://gentlereformation.com/2017/11/17/whats-wrong-with-the-occult/

The Victory Is Near At Hand

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:247:

MimamayanomemimaThe devil hath many things to say against us; some too true, that we cannot deny; and some things false, which we may justly deny, and yet do not through our weakness. But when Satan chargeth us with sin truly, which we cannot deny, I would not have believers reason and parley with him (he is too cunning a sophister for us); but only tell him something of Christ, that we too often forget, and that the devil can neither bear nor answer. “If the devil speak against me as a sinner in myself, I say Amen to all that is true; but if he say any thing against Christ the Saviour, I dare say he is a liar.” If the tempted believer can but say, “I am in Christ, and therefore I shall prevail; Christ hath overcome the devil, and therefore I will resist him;” the victory is near at hand.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-victory-is-near-at-hand.91689/, Comment 1

At My Heels To Hinder Me

Hunter Tripping over Dog by Boston Public Library

William Gurnall’s The Christian in Complete Armour:

Why Is So Much Said Of Faith?

Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:187:

Eph. 6:16, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the devil.” They are darts, they are the devil’s darts, they are fiery darts, there is an all of them; yet by faith you may be able to quench them all. Why is so much said of faith? Because, as Christ’s strength is the believer’s strength, so faith is that only in a believer that acts on this strength, draws it in, and acts in it. Separate faith from its object, Christ, either in justification or in sanctification, and it becomes an imagination, a vanity, a nothing. Now, consider how cunningly Satan deals with believers, and how simply they are gulled by him in temptation. He persuades, and often prevails with them, to lay aside the shield of faith, when they should mainly use it. How foolish were that man that would yield his arms to an implacable enemy? Christ knew Peter’s danger, and provides graciously for it: I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not, Luke 22:32.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/why-is-so-much-said-of-faith.90957/, Comment 1

The Slow and Silent Side Attacks

Darwin, in an 1873 letter to his son regarding the best way to oppose Christianity:

“Last night Dicey and Litchfield were talking about J. Stuart Mill’s never expressing his religious convictions, as he was urged to do so by his father.  Both agreed strongly that if he had done so, he would never have influenced the present age in the manner in which he has done.  His books would not have been text books at Oxford, to take a weaker instance.  Lyell is more firmly convinced that he has shaken the faith in the Deluge far more efficiently by never having said a word against the Bible, than if he had acted otherwise….I have lately read Morley’s Life of Voltaire and he insists strongly that direct attacks on Christianity (even when written with the wonderful force and vigor of Voltaire) produce little permanent effect: real good seems only to follow the slow and silent side attacks.”

~qtd. in Himmelfarb 1962, 387.

Source: Himmelfarb, Gertrude.  1962.  Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution.  New York: W.W. Norton, qtd. in The Darwin Effect: It’s Influence on Nazism, Eugenics, Racism, Communism, Capitalism & Sexism by Jerry Bergman, Green Forest AR: Master Books, 2014, page 343.

The Obligation To Engage In The Battle

By Ian Henderson (C.W. Vice-Chairman)

Edited from an address given at the High Leigh Bible Conference, 2016

The Word of God states – in Jude v 3 – to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” or – in other words – “to engage in the battle.”

It is a plain fact that the Protestant Reformed faith is under threat today as never before – it is under threat from various sources – including atheism, Islam, Ecumenism and Romanism.

Sadly, many Ministers today choose to take a neutral stance on virtually every issue – presumably so that they don’t offend others or jeopardise their own positions. But the Word of God is very clear – and the Lord Jesus Christ did not preach to please all His hearers – the disciples did not preach to please all their hearers. They preached so that men and women could hear the good news of the Gospel and seek the Lord in repentance – and if people were offended (and many of the religious leaders were) – so be it.

Why is the Church not active today? Is it because God’s people are not engaged in the battle?..

Read more: http://www.christianwatch.org.uk/christian-obligations-to-engage-in-the-battle-2/