Let’s talk. I have tried to steer clear of being a political blog. But, due to health reasons, it’s been a while since my last post and all kinds of crap has happened since then. That being said, here goes. I’m taking the plunge.
It’s a crazy, upside down world now. I voted for Donald Trump and so did America. He’s the President of the United States. But according to left leaning liberals and Democrats, democracy doesn’t mean a thing anymore.
Before these anti-Americans took to the streets in violence, blocking streets, highway, freeways, demanding stuff that defies logic, I was neither Democrat nor Republican. Neither Left nor Right. I was a proponent of dialogue and logic. But since the LLLD (Left Leaning Liberal Democrats) decided on The Taming of the Shrew path to getting whatever it is they want (I don’t think they really know), I have had to get off my bench and start swinging. Otherwise, if people like me do not take a hard positive stand, it’s bye bye America. And this is not hyperbole. This is down-to-earth truth.
This turn to evil and violence and blocking every move that the President of the United States makes for the betterment of our own country, is so crazy it defies everything that makes sense. The sun is the moon. Night is day. Men are maidens. Killers are welcome. Evil is good. Which the Bible says implicitly to not call evil good.
President Trump, God bless him, said today about his immigration plan, that, “If the U.S. does not win this case, as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled. Politics!”
But, dear President, this isn’t just politics. This goes to something deeper and more vile than we have, in most of our lifetimes, openly seen before. Not since the Holocaust. When judges and mayors and governors and senators and representatives, who are supposed to be guarding the gates of democracy, turn coat and fly in the face of it, then we know the mask has come off of the ancient Enemy of mankind. And that’s not wild-eyed fanaticism. Anybody with half a brain can see it.
The total disregard for even the simplest, childlike logic — in fact, fighting violently against all semblance of reason, shows us the true face of Satan, that Old Dragon, and our true Enemy. Yes, the LLLDs out there are our enemies, but they are slaves of their master.
Christians, and all conservatives, can no longer deny that we are in a battle for our nation, and our lives. The reality of Ephesians 6:12 is sounding its clarion call across the entire world to unite as never before in prayer and holding the line of truth.
“We do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
Hear the tawny lion roar
On Facebook I linked to a post by Theodore Shoebat with a very good interpretation of this verse, and will do so here. The writer pointed out that just because the main battle is spiritual, it doesn’t mean we sit back, say a little prayer, buy a Coke, or have a cup of coffee, and let the heavenly realm do their thing. We are to make use of every weapon at our disposal, whether that be the voting booth, or making our voices heard in support of human leaders who are on the firing line. Sometimes it can come down to fighting physically against the physical embodiments of evil
The discussion I shared about this verse points out that the Apostle Paul was warned of an ambush with the intent to kill him. Yes. He knew he was knee deep in a spiritual battle, but he also knew this worked itself out into the physical. He sent word to the Roman commanders who surrounded Paul with the very real Special Forces of that day, bristling with very real weapons.
The battle has come to us, ladies and gentlemen. We are, in reality, now Christian soldiers in every sense of that title. We need an army of Prayer Warriors and Fighters. I say bring it on! OooooRAH !!!
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places
Well I have done a video dealing with this very issue, showing that Ephesians 6:12 does not in any refute the concept of Christian holy war, but in fact, supports it:
It must be remembered that all of the Church’s battles are spiritual, even if they do involve physical fighting. And the purposes of these wars are not to kill, but to advance God over evil. While Paul said that we do not fight against flesh and blood, when forty Jewish bandits came to kill him, he did not quote Ephesians 6:12 and say, “oh don’t worry about it, my war is not carnal.” No. St. Paul had a Roman garrison of over 400 warriors guard him with arms:
And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
So when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, “Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, “Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you.”
Then the commander took him by the hand, went aside, and asked privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?”
And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask that you bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more fully about him. But do not yield to them, for more than forty of them lie in wait for him, men who have bound themselves by an oath that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you.”
So the commander let the young man depart, and commanded him, “Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me.”
And he called for two centurions, saying, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night; and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.”
When he was being guarded by men armed with physical weapons and armor, St. Paul at the same time was bearing the full armor of God, protecting himself from spiritual threat that wanted to kill him. Even at that moment, when he had armed men protect him, Paul was in a spiritual war. Christian armies, then, can fight in physical battles that are spiritual wars. The Christians who fought the Muslims and the pagans in the ancient world, were indeed a part of a spiritual war, and they partook in it through physical means.
If Paul can use an army to defend himself on a religious conflict, then the Church can certainly use armies to defend itself religious wars against Muslims, pagans, and other heretics.
Paul’s statement in Ephesians 6 does not signify pacifism, but the spiritual war between light and darkness, that in many times is done through physical arms, not for the purpose of shedding blood and cutting flesh, but for the fulfillment of a spiritual victory over satanic forces. Just because something is spiritual, does mean that a physical involvement is excluded. The Crucifixion was spiritual, but it consisted of much physical phenomena, of nails, of a lance, a crown of thorns, scourges, and a cross.
When Paul had an armed guard protect him, he was fighting the forces of darkness, by protecting himself from people under the influence control of the demonic. Our war is not declared against flesh and blood, since its purpose is not to plunder and murder, but to defend the righteous and purge the world of evil and tyranny. At times the Church must fight against spiritual darkness with the pen of Orthodoxy, and at others, with the sword.
In his epistle to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes:
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:20
Here Paul tells us to commit ourselves to a spiritual action with both spirit and body. This indicates that in spiritual actions, we must never forget the physical element. To walk in the spirit, is to emulate God, in His virtues and in His justice. Therefore, when the Crusaders executed righteous vengeance on the Muslim jihadists, they were emulating the justice of God, and were glorifying God with both body and spirit, utilizing the Sword of the Spirit, because they were fighting against a satanic religion, and the physical sword, since they were fighting against mortal bodies under the influence of demonic power.
One thing is for certain, a Crusade is not a war against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.