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FAITH FIGHTING

FAITH FIGHTING (You Must Read This Please!)
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called
and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”1
Timothy. 6:12
Fighting a battle is not something luxurious or comfortable that many people would
look forward to. Fighting is a struggle between two parties, and when it comes to battle; it is a win or loose affairs. Fighting is not always a convenient alternative
and many would prefer to compromise than fighting. But there is fight you can’t
afford to compromise, you can afford to loose, and that is a fight of faith. The fight
of faith is not about religious fight, but it is a fight between the children of God and
the kingdom of darkness. The Bible says “For we do not wrestle against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians. 6:12.
The fight between the kingdom of God and darkness wasn’t something that started
in your life, it was not a matter that started in our generation, but a long time battle
which sparked off from heaven. The word of God says in the book of Revelation
12:7-9 “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the
dragon;’ and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that
serpent of old; called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was
cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
That was the beginning of the fight, the first war ever in heaven and earth was
between the kingdom of God and Satan and his angels. And when Satan was cast
out of heaven to the earth, this world became the battle ground between Satan and the seeds of God. When Jesus came into this world to restore mankind to God
and impute the gift of life into men, the battle started in full range. Satan was
enraged that Jesus was restoring the gift of life back to humanity and that they
could also reign with God forever in heaven. Satan knows he has lost his chance of
eternal life and he has no place with God in heaven, so he is ready to fight every
man and woman from making the blessed and beautiful heaven. The same Book of Revelation chapter 12 reveals in verse 13,”Now when the dragon saw that he had
been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.“
In verse 17, “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make
war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have
the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
So you need to understand the beginning of the fight, the cause of the fight and if you are a child of God , why those principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of
this age and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places are fighting
against you and why you need to fight back. It’s called the good fight of faith.
When you give your life to Jesus Christ and become a new creation, Satan would
want to use everything to fight against you, because the life of God is in you. Jesus
did not only make the necessary weapons available for you, but He has also won the victory for you, all you need to do as your responsibility is to confirm the victory
into your personal life through the fight of faith.
Gate Of Hell With Persecution
The gate of hell began the battle against the early church with persecution, tough
persecution. It started with mockery, then to threatening in Acts 4:21, then further
to imprisonment and beating in chapter 5 .When Satan saw the disciples could not give up by threatening, beating and imprisoning, he moved to killing, stoning to
death in chapter 7. In chapter 8 of Acts the more the persecution, the more the
spreading of the gospel. James was killed in chapter 12 but the church was waxing
stronger and stronger. The persecution continued all through. Many of the
disciples and Apostles were brutally murdered, some were beheaded, some saved,
some were thrown into the dens of lion and some were burned to death. Some had their goods and properties confiscated, some were banished into the desert and so
on. But the believers kept on the good fight of faith. Persecution only served the
believers as confirmation that the faith was genuine, they concluded that they
were in the right faith, that was the reason Satan was angry with them. Acts 5:41,
“So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were
counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.” As the Bible says in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good to those
who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose; the bitter
persecution turned to better means of propelling and procreation of the gospel of
Christ Jesus. As the discples were scattered by persecution, the gospel was spread
all over, because they were preaching every where they went. When we trust God
in the presence of problems and persecution, He turns them to progress and blessing in our lives, everything works together for good for us; no matter how ugly
everything is, but at the end, good comes out if it
Gate Of Hell With Perversion
When Satan saw that he could not eliminate the precious faith by persecution, he
joined it with perversion; if he could not eliminate it, he would corrupt it. After about
300 years of persecution, Christian faith continued to wax stronger and spread everywhere. Then the devil brought in perversion into the church, it started during
the period of Emperor Constantine when the church was polluted with different
idolatrous system and with the worshiping of Babylonians idols. The battle swing
from external to internal fight. The Bible says in 2 Peter 2:1 “But there were also
false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you,
who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.”
The fight and battle within is the battle of perversion, strange doctrines of
Babylonian worshiping of mother and child which was inculcated as Mary and
Jesus, the doctrine of absoluteness, Gnostic doctrine of absolution of Bishops,
worshiping saints and satanic angels. That was how the church was perverted.
This perverted Catholicism kept on and on until the period of Martin Luther, who rose up for the true Gospel of the Bible, of Salvation through grace and new life in
Jesus. This man contested for faith, he fought and protested for the precious faith.
And that was the inception of the protestant faith and there has been the
discrepancy of the Orthodox and Protestant faith. There were great men of God
who fought for the faith since it turned to the domestic battle within the churches
and doctrines. We had about John Wesley and many others. The church waxing stronger again under the protestants, Pentecostals and others
until early 1950 when another perversion rose up within the Protestant,
Pentecostal churches. A man rose up in America with a new dimension of perverted
gospel of modern church concept, the teaching of liberty and modernization .This
man was called Norman Vincent Peale, a pastor and author. He began with
comparing Jesus with Sigmund Freud; his teachings implied that the gospel should serve as social psychology of more encouragement and upliftment. He went ahead
into perverting the mission, method and message of the Gospel. The modern
church concept oversimplified the gospel that it lost the major principles of the
gospel. The system of confess and claim without the works of righteousness.
Norman Vincent with his doctrines of modern church concept believed the sermons
and messages in the church should no longer be for conversion and godly sorrow, but for motivating and uplifting people, that church should not scare people away
with the true message of repentant, salvation, sanctification and second coming of
Jesus, but we talk about abundant blessings, prosperity, healing and earthly
success. That the the preachers should not mention hell or hell fire, it should be
forbidden, and rapture should be forgotten; that the church should not say what
the people need but what they want to hear, what would make them happily scream and shout in the church. His system implied that church services should be
of more dancing and entertaining rather than having solemn assembly.
Around 1958, Peale was joined with Robert Harold Schuller, the author of “Though
time never last.” Robert Harold Schuller improved on Peale modern church concept,
he was the originator of mega church concept. Then many other ministers joined
the system including Oral Robert, Billy Graham and many others. Their teachings focus on earthly blessing, breakthrough, success and prosperity; their method is
permitted with unguided liberty and indulgences. This strange doctrine began to
spread all over the world and right to Africa in late 1980s. It was first called modern
Pentecostal system; some denominations call it modern parish or modern church.
We can call it mega church concept in American, we can call it modern pentecostal
system or modern church parish, but the truth is that the system is the same and satanic to pervert the church. Some ministers claimed God gave them the system,
some said God directed them to start the modern church. But the Bible warns us in
Galatians 1:8, 9, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel
to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said
before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what
you have received, let him be accursed.” Today, the church is having lesser persecution, great population and greater
perversion; we are having more churches (denominations), more than ever before
but lesser righteousness and godliness. Our society and countries are having more
Christianity but less nature of Christ, lesser sincere and decent society. We are
building mighty and beautiful Church auditoriums more than any period in the
history of the church, but we have become more worldly than the people of the world.Our Pastors are luxurious than the politicians, devoted muslims are more
sincere than ordained ministers, our sisters can confidently wear indecent dresses
to church which they were ashamed to wear to night parties 15 years ago. Today,
the church is more financially and materially richer than any time of the history, but
we are poorer and starving spiritually.
Our Pastors are living in luxury, our Bishops and General Overseers are flying with private jets, living in mansions, gorgeously and sumptuously than the rich man with
Lazarus. Sincerity, honesty and purity are diminishing while number of churches
are increasing. In the past our pastors were content with basic necessities, but
today, our senior pastors, G.Os and Bishops are getting richer and richer while the
poor in the church are getting poorer .Capitalism and selfishness is now the order
of the church; materialism and egoism are the system of our pastors. No more sharing or equity, everybody is on his own .The charity group of the world are more
caring than the church, church primary and high schools are so expensive that a
full time pastor from the same church can’t afford to send his children except he
steals from church money. Church universities are more expensive than individual
private universities who borrowed money from bank. Our members are being
heavily taxed in the name of giving, offering, automatic blessing of giving, worst than the civil society. That is the result of satanic perversion in the church, the
modern prosperity system.
The modern church concept is the worst thing that has ever happened to the
church since the inception of protestant, full of worldly indulgences and cares,
riches of this perishing world. Many people have been polluted and deceived by
this liberal and modern gospel because it is receptive, it is nice, it is sweet and cheap, no stress; just confess and claim, catch and carry. Just confess and you are
saved; just claim it, and hey pesto, you are born again! What about the work of
righteousness? “No need, you are saved by faith and covered with the righteous of
Jesus.” says the modern gospel. And we say, “Wow that is cool! But what about
new life in Jesus and bearing the fruit of the spirit?” They will respond, “Oh, that is
good, but it is all about your confession and faith; speak in tongue, dance and let’s praise God, we are going to heaven.”
Does that not sound interesting? Is it not sweet if all I need is to claim without work
of righteousness? If all I need is to receive sweet promises without sweat of self
disciplines? That is the modern gospel for you, Christianity without cross, claims
without new life action; faith without work. Many people have been deceived, many
Christians and ministers who started well have swayed from the sweat faith to sweet faith, because the modern gospel sound interesting, because it has the
forms godliness but it denies the power thereof as Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:5. It has
the form of truth, but it’s half truth; it has the form of confession and faith but
denying the power of righteousness and purity. That is the typical illustration of
many preachers, their doctrines and their members today.
Jesus Christ predicted the coming of modern church concept. In the end time false teaching which Jesus said would deceive many. In Mathew 24, when Jesus gave
the disciples the sign of end time. In verse 9, Jesus said there would be
persecution of the church, and then in verse 11, the Lord said, “Then many false
prophets will rise up and deceive many”. In verse 12, the Lord said, ”And because
lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
Are you a believer? But what type of faith are you holding? The modern faith or the old time faith which was once delivered to the saint? Are you among the few that
are taking the old narrow way of self discipline, godliness and contentment? Or you
are part of the many on the broad, glittering and liberal part of modern church
system. Jesus said many would be deceived, and we are seeing many today: many
parishes, many people, many denominations, many wonders, many miracles and
many worldliness. The fight between the kingdom of God and the darkness is no longer in heaven, it
is not only in our countries, but the real battle ground is your life; between light and
darkness, between godliness and worldliness, between sound doctrines and
perverted doctrines, between faith and fake peace. It is right between your self
indulgence and self discipline. Apostle Paul said, I fight not as one who beats the
air. I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:26,27.
Have you always been the defeated zone of sin and old life? Today is the day of
your salvation, confess your sins and forsake them, accept Jesus Christ into your
life and start a new life in Him. And beware of mutilation, beware of false teaching
of Christianity without cross; the modern day church system. Let your heart and
face be on eternal life and your ambition to being more like Jesus with godliness and contentment.
If you are a minister of the gospel, which of the minister are you? Are you an old
Christian, minister, or you have swing into pernicious delusion of modern church
system of urbanity and worldly cone? Return to the old and original faith. if you
cannot trace it back again, go back in the word of God. Don’t be deceived by these
psychedelic modern gospel, don’t be among the foolish “many”. Brethren, as fellow believers, ministers of God, let’s heed the warning of Jesus
Christ in this very end time, “Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of
the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6. Their leavens are
sweet but poisonous, these leavens are the false teachings are doctrines. “Then
they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leavenof bread, but of
the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:12 ” Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common
salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly
for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have
crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly
men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and
our Lord Jesus Christ. “ Jude 3, 4.

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