December 28, 2014

Weapons Of Our Warfare – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” (II Corinthians 10:4-5)

The language of the battlefield is used throughout the New Testament, especially by the apostle Paul. He teaches us that Christians are not passive. We are to be warriors, ready and willing to fight to the death. We are to be skilled in the use of powerful weapons, destroying fortresses, determined to take the world captive for our King.

Perhaps someone read these passages to Mohamed. (He, himself, was illiterate.) If so, he took them to heart, but missed the point entirely, as he did with much of Bible.

Someone told him some of the stories of the Old Testament and he butchers them absurdly. He knew of Moses’ confrontation with Pharaoh and the story of the exodus (mentioned 27 times in his first 89 chapters) but somehow he missed the Passover. He mixed up Adam and Eve with the unfaithful angels. The first pair sinned, but not in the garden on earth. They sinned in the Paradise of Heaven and were cast down to earth. The book of Esther tells of Haman the Persian who tried to kill the Jews in Persia. Mohamed knew about him but put him 900 years earlier, described as an evil associate of Pharaoh.

Likewise, he terribly distorts the meaning of the military passages of the New Testament.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh,…” (II Corinthians 10:3-4).

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God,…” (Ephesians 6:12-13).

We must conduct war, but not with literal weapons, we fight but against spiritual forces. The objective, of course, is to bring every intellectual argument captive to the truth of Scripture. This is done by…

“destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,…” (II Corinthians 10:5).

Mohamed didn’t get it.

There are at least 109 verses in the Quran demanding literal war, slaughter and beheadings, scattered through Mohamed’s chapters like blood spatter at a crime scene. (If non-Muslims fail to convert, they must be killed, or if young and strong or beautiful, they may be enslaved. If Muslims are in full political control, they may continue to live while heavily taxed for the advancement of Islam.)

The Jews of Medina ridiculed Mohamed’s foolish attempts to teach the Old Testament and rejected his baseless claims to be a prophet. Consequently, according to Muslim sources, Mohamed forcefully evicted the Banu Qaynuqa tribe of Jews from their homes, confiscated their property and took possession of their village. He ordered the beheading of all the male Jews and personally supervised the bloody execution of 500 (some Muslim sources put the number as high as 900). You don’t have to wonder where ISIS learned to wage war.

Muslim sources document that Mohamed personally led his marauding followers on at least 39 caravan raids and extended his military prowess to eventually conquer almost all the Arabian Peninsula. After his death his army continued the conquest of much of Africa and Asia to be finally stopped at the border of Europe in AD 732 at the battle of Tours (north-central France).

The world dominating goals and ruthless methodology practiced by their prophet and demanded by the Quran drove the Muslim army to try again. They had conquered all of Turkey (Remember the seven churches of Asia, Colossae, Lystra, Derbe, etc.). With an army of 300 thousand, they marched again toward Europe expressing a goal of flying the green flag of the prophet from the spire of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. They were finally defeated at the gates of Vienna on 9/11, 1683. The date is an ominous reminder that Mohamed’s faithful followers still read his book and follow his instructions.

The churches conquered by Muslim armies had deserted the New Testament pattern. History records that a faithful remnant believed this was God’s just punishment, nevertheless, they are no more.

Faithful Christians have been given very different but “divinely powerful weapons” and we are commanded to “overcome.” Some don’t seem to even know they are in a battle. “Onward Christian Soldiers,” is a song that expressed a scriptural motivation to wage war and win. What kind of soldier are you?




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