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Spiritual Warfare in the West

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Some of us hear stories of how people face demonic opposition to the message of Jesus Christ all over the world.  People die and sacrifice their lives all the time for the sake of Jesus.  However, in the West, people enjoy the opportunity to share their faith openly.  But Clinton Arnold, in 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare, lists a few of the ways in which Satan tries to hinder our commitment to Jesus’ command to make disciples:  (Matthew 28:19)

  • Making Christians think how extremist or obnoxious they might appear to friends by “forcing their faith” on others
  • Making Christians feel that everybody has heard the gospel
  • Inciting so many problems in the church that efforts to resolve conflict sap all our energy and attention
  • Causing Christians to believe that only missionaries and evangelists should be concerned with outreach
  • Convincing Christians that there is a fair chance that everyone will be saved ultimately, giving such a loving God.

I am curious to know what you think?

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  1. Jason Perry
    August 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I believe that the devil’s plan to circumcise the American view of Christianity began as our culture accepted a common thought that, not all people were created equal. And, that thought had reprecussions on the recognization of the true meaning of Christ Jesus’ life and death. (Galations 5:14) For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I think we should all be concerned with outreach, even if it’s just your neighbor across the street.

    I think that in the world, mostly only Americans think that all the world has heard the gospel of Christ. The easy access of TV preachers as made us forget the flavor of actual physical communication with other saints. I believe that Christians may often even fear the open honesty and accountability in life (because many saints have now become the ‘aints’). And, that has made it really hard to have and maintain good relationships.

    I do not want to undermean the large steps that have been taken in ministry. Through technology and the translation of languages, the Bible has been translated so that many unreached people groups can even hear the gospel. But, the Bible clearly states that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6); all of which to say, that many Christian’s beliefs and understandings are based on whatever revelation they receive from the Bible individually.

  1. August 29, 2009 at 11:32 am

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