Only Meant To Stop the advance of Christ, no matter how it is couched.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 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.] (NASB1995)
I have often wondered if this verse really meant that men on earth cannot be a part of this system — spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places? In the KJV heavenly places is translated High places.
My question to you today is can man be part of this wickedness? — can you? — and if so or if not how can we know for sure?
Here in lies the conflict. I will just use two portions of Scripture to make my point, but there are many.
Luke 6:27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, (NASB1995)
In Matthew 7:11-20, we determine why it is that we should treat all men with love, if you contemplate this direction from our Lord, you will see that it is in essence the promotion of the gospel. That they might enter at the narrow gate.
We at one time were these enemies of Christ, and had we not seen His love we would not have entered into this way through this straight gate.
It is the fruit that determines our enemies. To remain in this state as a fruit bearing enemy will result in being cut off and cast into the fires of hell. This passage reveals the entire purpose then for the gospel to be presented in love to enemies of that gospel, whom we all were. Without them hearing they nor we would have any chance to enter in through Christ, who is that gate and our life eternal.
But there is a qualifier implied here. “Few there be that find it.”There is a time to cut off the branch, but it is God who makes that decision. Yet it is God throughout scripture, who tells us not to have anything to do with their ways. This seems the area of conflict for what is our WOKE world today. Whereas in America we from our founding attempted to teach righteousness through our laws and their enforcement; but today we move our laws and their enforcement to protect evil and those who choose it.
Although there is a balance in the word of God involving enemies, yet what constitutes and determines an enemy is based upon the fruit produced; but we make concessions in our laws to encourage more fruit from the evil branches.
Love has become convoluted even in the church, as we have moved to show our love for our enemies through the acceptance of their fruit.
Today the fruit of the believer in Christ and the gospel can be seen in the war against unrighteous. Christ is the love we preach, He loved all of us sinners enough to die for our sin to cleanse it and to heal us; not to allow us to continue on the broad road of sin to our destruction.
How can we say that we love the sinner if we do not warn him of the consequences of his sin? To do that; then his sin must be called what it is. It is the destroyer’s greatest weapon for man’s destruction. He is this one, who dwells in high places against whom we battle. Jesus words to the woman caught in adultery were to go and sin no more. The woke like to overlook that part of the account.