Every Christian is in a Spiritual Battle
PropheticAlert is a spiritual discernment ministry that seeks to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ through new media. Since the Lord spoke to my wife and I about promoting the Gospel to all nations on the Internet, it has been a challenging but rewarding journey. Satan always resists the work and Word of God but as Christians we are expected to wage warfare in the name of the Lord of Hosts.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places..” Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
Every Christian must be vigilant against deception
While the ministry of PropheticAlert is to promote the Gospel, one of our primary objectives is to expose deception and what the Bible calls “the unfruitful works of darkness.”
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11 (NKJV)
Jesus himself provides further insight on the subject of deception when he makes this statement to the disciples who were asking what the signs of the end of the age will be before Christ returns.
“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4-5 (NKJV)
In this passage, Jesus is warning of the danger of spiritual deception. The context of Jesus’ warning is the spiritual deception that will occur at the end of this age. Deception and subversion has always been at work throughout history. But in the context of Christianity, the Bible reveals that every follower of Christ has an arch enemy – Satan.
“ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
Furthermore we are told that Satan is a liar, a thief, a murderer, and a destroyer.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.’ ” John 10:10-12 (NKJV)
Every Christian must avoid becoming complacent
One of the chronic symptoms of post-modern “christianity”, is the overwhelming sense of false security and ever increasing slumber that has come upon the church. In warfare, a false sense of security can be lethal.
“Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means.” Daniel 8:25 (NKJV)
Our stated purpose is therefore to expose all manner of deception inside and outside the church. Gullible Christians soon fall prey to Satan who is a cunning and intelligent adversary, and who will stop at nothing to destroy the children of God. Much of this deception will come from within the church through what the Bible describes as false apostles, deceitful workers who appear to be Christians, but are not.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NKJV)
Every Christian must stay well clear of false teachers who distort the Word of God for their own selfish gain
Christians are also warned to avoid false teachers who teach doctrines that are contrary to those of the Bible.
“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple..” Romans 16:17-18 (NKJV)
Is it Biblical to judge others?
There are Christians who claim that we have no right to judge anyone. But according to the Bible, this is incorrect. We are to judge those within the Church (i.e. who call themselves Christians), but not those who are outside the Church (i.e. those who do not call themselves Christians.). The unsaved are already condemned because of their unbelief in God and Jesus Christ.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” John 3:18 (NKJV)
“For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.” 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (NKJV)
What qualifies us to judge others?
But some will ask “what qualifies a Christian to judge other believers?” The short answer is – the Holy Spirit within us.
“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. ” 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 (NKJV)