The Battle for Men’s Mind is Raging
We are at war! Being a follower of Christ means we have enlisted into the army of the true Commander-in-Chief of the universe and now are committed to follow Him in the battle against unrighteousness. Paul described this battle in these words. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Cor. 10:3-6).
We have weapons! Our leaders have equipped us with weapons to be used as long as we live in the flesh. Paul said, “We do war according to the flesh.” The tactics and weapons used by others in the flesh are not the ones we have to use.
We have weapons, but they are not carnal. Many in the first century thought that the King of kings came to establish an earthly kingdom where He would sit and rule on a throne like other kings. (Some today make the same mistake about the nature of His kingdom.) When Pilate, who thought Jesus’ purpose was to be an earthly king, asked Jesus, “Are You the king of Jews?” Jesus forever settled this matter when He replied, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews” (John 18:33, 36). We are at war; we are armed with weapons; our weapons are not the same weapons used by regular armies.
We have weapons designed to destroy everything which exalts itself against God. Note that Paul said they are mighty (in the Greek, the word is the same word for dynamite). They are designed to pull down (the Greek indicated the tearing down of walls of a castle where the enemy felt he was secure). They are designed to pull down strong holds and every high thing (even castles where men in their pompous reasoning have taken fortification). Ephesians 6:10-20 shows His word is the basis of all our weapons!
We have enemies and we know his name. Paul said the enemies we must defeat are the arguments that seek preeminence above Christ and holiness. Our enemy is seeking to condone abortion, homosexuality, pre-marital sex and fornication. We know the enemy who seemingly is winning the battle for the minds of those around us.
We have to take up our weapons now! We know the issues before us. We no longer can keep silent! To fail to speak boldly about these matters is to surrender to hell!