First, a quick word about “Dualism” so that you do not get confused. Dualism is the view that two equal but opposite intelligent, uncreated powers inhabit our universe and war against one another. In Dualism, one power is good and one equal power is bad. They have been opposed throughout eternity and neither has won. Here and there they have a loss and then a victory over the other. Some people choose the good power and some choose the evil. Though some untaught people believe that this is what Christianity believes, it does not. Dualism is completely foreign and contrary to biblical Christianity.
The biblical Christian knows that the two powers that war against one another are nowhere near equal. One is Creator. That would be God. The other is a created being. That would be satan or the devil (not the cultural devil of red union-suit, pitchfork. horns, and tail fame). Satan was created for a purpose which he chose to abandon. He is far below God in power, authority, and ability. He rebelled against God and drew other angelic powers after himself. They warred in heaven against God’s loyal powers.
The spirit-dimensional beings that fell in rebellion are now demons. Demonic powers are mainly disembodied, though they seek human habitation and animate some humans. Demonized humans are willingly and/or unknowingly used by these powers to wage war both on those who do not serve their cause and on those in fellowship with Christ.
Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul wrote of these supernatural beings:
Ephesians 6:10–13 (ESV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
We realize that the jihadists are animated by demonic powers. So the real war is against spiritual forces. Only those who are equipped to wage war spiritually will be victorious. The majority of people are clueless. Most of them have allied with Satan. A few serve the true and only King.
Matthew 7:13–14 (ESV)
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
In the excellent 2012 movie, “Act of Valor,” one of the Navy Seals presents a toast to his Seal team as they are gathered informally around a fire the night before their deployment. He lifts his glass and says, “To all those who have been downrange. To us and those like us . . . damn few.”
Genuine followers of Jesus Christ, who understand their calling to displace demonic evil, have been “downrange” in the spiritual warfare. And we are precious few.
I have seen the joy in the face of a woman who was delivered from a demon. Before her deliverance, the demonic spirit caused her eyes to roll back in her head and her body to go stiff as a plank. I have seen the result when I confronted a violent man bent on attacking me. In Jesus’ name, I commanded the violent spirit controlling him to be bound. He and his friend turned from me and couldn’t leave the scene fast enough. The terror of Christ filled them and overpowered that violent spirit animating them. I’ll never forget the look of fear on their faces.
Like it or not, this warfare is real. And we believers have not only authority but the assignment and responsibility to confront and displace demonic powers by the authority of Christ. We are sons of the Kingdom—the “sons of God.” We are with Jesus and we gather with him.
Luke 11:23 (ESV)
23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Revelation 6:15–17 (ESV)
15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
Christ, the Lamb of God, will destroy Satan and all the demons that currently traffic with humans. To destroy Satan and his powers is to destroy the spirit of murder and terror.
This is the war we fight. Our spiritual battle is not against people, but against the spirits that animate them and use them to champion evil until Christ returns. We have authority over these demonic beings only because Christ gave it to us (Luke 10.19). It is our assignment to crush them through intercession and the command of Christ as we stand in our authority to displace darkness and the demonic:
Luke 10:17–24, ESV
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
Followers of Jesus, do not give up. Fight the good fight of the faith You will be victorious. For nothing can succeed against the Church–the body of Christ. We will sit enthroned with Christ to pass judgment on these beings and send them to their final and ultimate eternal destruction. In Christ we have the victory!
© 2013, David C Alves
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QUESTION: Have you trusted in the finished work of Jesus of Nazareth on the cross for the complete forgiveness of your sins? When? How? Or Why not?
The spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. What Jesus has said (and is saying to the Church) stands–God is Father (Abba).
God has given the body clarity by His Word first. With regard to the claims of Islam and those demanding that you be politically correct, we do not need to be conflicted or blown around by various winds of teaching or opinion.
Islam is a lie! God has spoken:
“Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22). [emphasis mine]
Islam denies BOTH! Father and Son.
Islam claims that no god but allah exists. And that Mohammad is his Prophet. This is the first lie–allah is the moon god of the Canaanites. It is not just an Arabic name of our God. To Islam, allah is not Yahweh–the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. They argue that God is not a Father because he has no children. If their god is not a father, then He is not Yahweh. If their god has no son, then their god is not our God–he is a usurper. Do not be deceived by any claim of Islam to be compatible with Christianity. Or by any “Christian” who believes that allah is our God. If ANYONE teaches you other than what you have heard the apostles of Christ teach you, let them be eternally condemned:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6–10, ESV) [emphasis mine]
Please turn away from compromise with Islam immediately or you will lose your way. Do not forfeit the truth in order to “please man.” We already have been told that the Good News, the Gospel, will offend. So appeasing in order not to offend should be out of the question. It’s one thing to not intentionally offend when a better delivery can pave the way for an acceptance of the Gospel, but to change Scripture or deny God or Christ as his Son in order to not offend a Muslim is not an option for those who love God.
Islam says that allah has no Son (sons). That is the second lie and denial. God the Father has declared that Jesus is His “beloved Son” in whom, He is well pleased.
Therefore, comparing Islam’s stated beliefs with the biblical text above, Islam is Antichrist. Flee from it.
When 2+2 no longer equals 4, rational discussion is at an end because facts no longer matter. This is how far relativism has splintered the modern mind.
Scripture warns that even Christians will believe a “strong delusion” in the end times.
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9–12, ESV)
If you have read this far, You have been clearly warned.
“Do not despise prophecies,” (1 Thessalonians 5:20, ESV)
Do not reject or dismiss prophetic warnings. This is an imperative–a command of the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul. Instead, take action. Do not believe what the politically correct appeasers both inside and outside the church believe. They are misleading you in the same way Israel was misled in the Prophets, by false prophets.
No religion that demands that you compromise the Gospel or the Word of God has any validity in the Church of Jesus Christ–among the regenerate sons and daughters of Abba (Yahweh). We are to love Muslims but reject their belief system–lock, stock, and barrel. We are to proclaim the Good News to Muslims–that they can be set free of enslavement to this moon-god and can know a Father who loves them enough to have given his Son.
How much do you love Muslims? Do you love them enough to discern and clearly speak the truth to them in love?
Understand that the only God who deserves our love and honor is Yahweh–the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
© 2012, David C Alves
**I have intentionally not capitalized “allah” because I cannot bring myself to capitalize the name of a usurping, fallen principality–the moon god of the Arabs. No such honor is deserved.
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