Is there a Holy War going on now? If you haven’t read the news in the past few years you might think not, but every day we are bombarded with news about Islamic terrorism, extremism, beheadings, people being burned alive and Jihad being declared against the West. From the information I’ve been receiving I’d have to answer a resounding, “YES — there IS a Holy War going on.” The war has been declared by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, etc.) against Western countries, Christians, Jews and anyone who they come across that won’t convert to Muslim theology. The only people who question whether a holy war is going on or not is the present White House administration.
In an unprecedented move, Bill O’Reilly on Fox News has asked leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities to take action right now to combat this global threat. Thousands of responses of support are flooding in and this got me thinking of our part as Christians in this battle. Surely God has not called us to take up arms or swords and fight a bloody to-the-death battle. Didn’t Christ say to turn the other cheek? Let’s think about this a little before we get too hasty.
You’ve seen this verse many times on ChristianCultureCenter.com and I want to repeat it here to cement it into your mind and heart. It has to do with the real battle going on.
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
We live in a spiritual world. God is over all and in control of all. It may not seem like that to our human eyes, but God knows the end from the beginning, and works all things after the counsel of His own will.
Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
Ephesians 1:11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
Whether we understand things from a spiritual perspective or not, it’s real and it’s happening 24 hours a day, every day of the year, every year of our existence. Spiritual warfare cannot be fought with physical weapons however the physical battles that ensue due to those spiritual causes can be.
What’s the Christian’s role in all this? Fight or turn the other cheek?
As Christians we turn the other cheek to our enemies, but as Christians we also do whatever is in our power to check the enemy and defeat him. In our case we have civil government that has as its primary purpose to protect the people of our nation. Our Christian response therefore is to raise awareness of what’s going on and demand our government do something about it quickly. Let me repeat that for clarity.
Our Christian response is to raise awareness of what’s going on and demand our government do something about it quickly.
If you preach or teach, talk about what’s going on with those in your congregations or homes. All of us should talk about it with our families, friends and fellow workers. We can all petition our Representatives in Congress to do the right thing. We can write letters and spread awareness of the present danger — and believe me, it is a present danger.
I was very impressed with Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son) who voiced his concerns with the present Jihad publicly this week. He’s calling for Obama and his administration to get a grip on what’s going on, to clearly identify the enemy instead of sidestepping it, and do something right now to mount a death-blow to the Islamic State. Good for him, praise God! We need more people in positions of influence to do the same thing.
There are some 35 verses in the Koran and their accepted writings that call for death to the ‘infadel.’ the ‘infadel’ is described as anyone who does not accept Allah as he only God and Mohammed as his only prophet. This forced belief system is completely contrary to God’s revealed Word and is the enemy of all righteousness. It’s father is the devil and it’s destiny is the Lake of Fire. Let no man deceive you by any means — he who confesses not that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God is an Antichrist and a deceiver.
I John 2:22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist–denying the Father and the Son.
There you have it — God said it, not me. I repeat only what He has already said about it.
I encourage people of all belief systems to get more vocal about the growing global threat of Islamic terrorism and Jihad. Their stated goal is to capture the entire world for Allah and they have committed to kill anyone and everyone who refuses to go along with them. You have been warned; now is the time to act. Get more information on what’s happening around you and join in with others who see it too. Do something to make a difference, but by all means, keep your sword in your sheath.
God bless you who stand for the truth against lies.