Summary: A sermon about the spiritual war that every Christian faces and can be used to draw a parallel to the 2nd gulf war.
“War of the Worlds”
In 1898 H.G. Wells wrote his book “War of the Worlds.” It was a story about Mars taking over the Earth. In 1934, Orson Welles did a radio broadcast of this story. As you may remember, many people did not realize it was just a show and thought the world was really being taken over by Martians. We know today that there are no such things as green men from mars and there are no such things as flying saucers and the book “War of the Worlds” was just a fantasy. However, while Orson Welles production was a hoax, there is another “War of the Worlds” that is not a hoax. It is the war between the devil and Christians. It is a war that takes place in the “spiritual” world. And Paul gives us some insight into this war in our text for today.
A.W. Tozer once said that a vast majority of Christians believe that the world is a playground instead of a battleground.
Is it any wonder then, that so many Christians are losing so many spiritual battles?
I. The Fact that we are at War.
A. Paul alludes to the fact of this spiritual war by revealing the warring elements. He mentions:
1. “War” – to make a military exdition, to lead soldiers to war or to battle, (spoken of a commander) to do military duty.
II. The NATURE of the war (vs. 3b-4a).
“We do not wage war as the world does”
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world”
A. This War is a SPIRITUAL war and as such is not fought by conventional means.
1. I never cease to be amazed at the weapons our military has in their arsenal.
2. U.S. Military weapons:
a. Smart Bombs
b. Laser guided bombs
c. Satellite guided bombs
d. G.P.S. guided bombs
e. Tanks able to shoot on the move. In the first gulf war, two of our tanks took out 86 Iraqi tanks.
The list goes on and on...
And everyone of these weapons are useless when it comes to the spiritual war each of us face daily.
B. Why? Because this war is fought on a spiritual level.
1. It is a battle against lust, envy, idolatry, pride, selfishness, temptation, anger, hatred, discord, jealousy, immorality, and the like.
2. And there is no conventional weapon known to man that can defeat these enemies.
3. That’s why Paul says, (vs 4) “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
C. (That leads us to another interesting observation in our text) – This war is NOT a DEFENSIVE war – it is an OFFENSIVE war.
1. We are NOT called to “hold the fort” as the enemy attacks. “Unfortunately, that is the plan many Christians seem to have. They want to circle the wagons at the church building and hold off the devil until Jesus comes back. That is not God’s plan!” (Tim George)
2. At the end of verse 4, Paul uses the phrase “demolish strongholds.”
3. The imagery is that of a “stronghold,” which was a fortress, or castle-type structure that presented an imminent danger. The stronghold itself was a defensive position. We are called to bring down or demolish the defensive position, which means taking the offensive.