A Cross Culture

Scripture makes it clear that the weapons of spiritual warfare are different for God than for Satan.

 Satan blinds humanity to the Truth through lies and deception (2 Cor 4:4). He tempts them with the pleasures of sin by appealing to their old nature. He intimidates them with fear by terrorist-style activities and consistently accuses them of their sins. Above all, he invites them to worship themselves as gods (Gen. 3:1-7; 2 Tim. 3:2).

 God, on the other hand; uses the weapons of Truth to enlighten the mind, righteousness to conquer sin, and peace (shalom) to counter temptation. Above all, God invites all of humanity into a Heavenly Kingdom in which Christ reigns in perfect love and justice.

 Satan and his followers intimidate cultures and pervert societal foundations so that rebellion and witchcraft are embraced. They seek to control the media and promote an ungodly agenda that pulls on emotional heart strings. Humanity’s confusion is both individual and corporate… personal and pervasive.

 God and His followers overcome by a counter-cultural community; where Christ is recognized and worshiped as Lord… where Truth, love, and righteousness reign. Where one Man’s spectacular sacrifice destroyed the power of sin and death, leading all who place their trust in His Blood, out of the prison of sin and rebellious behavior.

 Love broke through, because love never fails.

 Central to our understanding of spiritual warfare is the cross, because it is the demonstration of victory through weakness. Redemption on display… God’s heart toward mankind was made visible in that the cross buys back what Satan had stolen – the path for human souls to find Truth.

 At the cross Satan stands bewildered, defeated and judged, because he put Christ to death… in vain.

 Jesus bore the sins of the world and triumphed over all the powers of evil. His obedience unto death rendered “powerless him who had the power of death, that is the devil” (Heb. 2:14). The cross was Satan’s undoing (Col. 2:15), but Satan’s defeat was not an end in itself. God has removed the obsticles… the curse that stood between God and man (Gen. 12:1; Exod. 19:3-6; 1 Pet. 2:9). The cross is the victory of righteousness over evil, of love over hate, of God’s way over Satan’s way.

 If our understanding of spiritual warfare does not see the cross as the final triumph, it is in error. Our Cross Cultural Mandate is simple… enforce the victory already won.

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