Christian Soldier – Part 1: Called to Be a Soldier

02 Aug

Last week, I posted a quick somewhat humorous comment on How New Evangelicals View a Fundamentalist.  I pointed out that many outside the Fundamentalist camp have a propensity to view us as "battle-thirsty Vikings.  If you will allow me, I would like to address this issue carefully and lovingly.  

First off, in order to properly address this issue, we need to go back to Scripture.  The Bible always has been a solid foundation for providing a secure footing.

1 Timothy 1:18
18  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

1 Timothy 6:12
12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2 Timothy 2:3-4
3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
When Jesus Christ saved us, we became His servants (1 Cor. 7:21-23).  The eternal riches and blessings bestowed on those who have put their trust in Christ is far better than any wealth the world can offer.  Therefore, our debt to Christ is infinite.  Do we have the right to say, "I want to be saved" and yet live in any manner we choose?
No, we do not.
So, upon salvation, the believer is conscripted into the Lords work.  As sons and daughters who wholeheartedly want to please their father, we willingly run after the calling of God, in order to labor where ever He chooses.  And one of the tasks we are called to do is to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:3).
Next, as soldiers we are commanded to put on the whole armor of God.
Ephesians 6:10-18
10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Armor is not for civilians.  Armor is for soldiers who are planning on going into a fight!  
Brother, whether it is appreciated or not, the Christian while alive on this Earth is behind enemy lines.  Satan and his demonic forces are actively working to setup their kingdom on this Earth, with the final intent on striking against the buttresses of Heaven itself.  If a Christian refuses to go into a fight, and refuses to put on the armor of God, they are not going to be anything more than a casualty.  Though our warfare is not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12), we must not shirk our duty to stand against Satanic attacks through heretics, apostates, pagans and atheists.  Our combat is not against them personally, or we would be using physical weapons, but out combat is spiritual, which demands the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12).
Next time, we will address the combat zone, and how a Godly-living Christian will be hated by the world.

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