We have received many questions from followers of our blog — Carolyn’s blog, in particular — that either have to do directly with spiritual warfare or indirectly. The latest email we have received is by far one of the more extreme examples of what many are calling “spiritual warfare,” and unfortunately, the both of us are well-acquainted with this type of ungodly warfare.
The email reads:
I attend a spirit filled church, but I feel some of what’s going on isn’t biblical and I wanted your advice. They preach the Bible but when it comes to spiritual warfare it doesn’t line up with the word of God. They make up these formulas and techniques that just make God seem powerless. I’ve been prophesied over and it’s mostly all been wrong and this woman (the leader) says I have something the enemy wants. I’ve had to give God keys, and a sword, I’m a part of a galaxy they’ve never experienced before, demons have pieces of my soul in other parts of the world, she sees spirits and talks to them, said **** was trying to kill me in the spirit and she talked to ****’s spirit, they’re always battling in the spirit realm for hours a day, she even said she lead dead peoples spirits to Christ? There’s way more with gems, and one ladies gift is to release angels in the spirit realm? They even make sound effects like they’re being attacked and struggling. I’m so confused, because they preach the word of God with sound doctrine, but seem deceived with warfare. I have no peace with it and it’s down right comical sometimes.
First, we’d like to ask, which spirit do you think this church filled with?! You say “spirit filled church,” but it certainly isn’t the Spirit of God!
Second, you say they preach the word of God with sound doctrine, but obviously they do not if they are engaging themselves in such ungodly, unbiblical warfare! We suggest that if you do not do so already, that you get into the Word of God for yourself and do word studies to find out what the Scripture really means. Many occultists, and those who have been deceived by them, seem to know Scripture very well, but they will give certain verses an “esoteric” Luciferian (Satanic) interpretation and application. It is easy to be deceived by such insidious lies unless you have grounded yourself in the truth of Scripture. This truth is not found by interpreting the verses according to our own opinions, presuppositions, biases, and agendas. This is eisegesis, and is not desirable. On the other hand, be a good student of God’s Word and critically examine the text in the original language (online study tools make this simple!), study the words within the context of the whole of Scripture, and finding out the meaning of those words. This is exegesis, and is what a good student of God’s Word will use to study His Word.
For research: “What is the difference between exegesis and eisegesis?” https://www.gotquestions.org/exegesis-eisegesis.html
Why We are Qualified to Speak on This Subject
In order to head off any naysayers (and there are plenty… and that’s to be expected, so we aren’t shocked), we’d like to first share how we are qualified to speak on this subject of spiritual warfare.
First, the both of us have worked directly with the fallen angels and know the plans of Satan to influence the world at large, specifically to infiltrate Christianity. This “warrior mentality” is something that is encouraged by the demonic because it fits in perfectly with Satan’s end-time plans to infiltrate every society and culture across the earth.
Because the fallen angels are warriors, and they train certain humans to be receptive of this warring spirit. We addressed this in our book when we talked about how certain individuals in charismatic groups are being trained “to be used as vehicles for very powerful demonic forces, facilitating the expansion of Satan’s kingdom and paving the way for the final Antichrist.” (page 126) (Link: Point Three — In Preparation for Receiving the Antichrist)
And on page 232 we wrote: “By keeping the chosen charismatic warrior-minded and warrior-focused, the charismatic believes the warring spirit they are being led by is of God, not realizing they are being prepared to be a vehicle for the fallen to channel their messages through, or to be used as a walk-in.” (Link: Final Review)
You can read the entire section on pages 126-130 of our book, but to quickly recap from pages 232-233, this training involves the following:
1. Getting the chosen charismatic hooked on the spiritual high they receive by being plugged into the “Christ Consciousness,” and teaching them, through the positive and negative reinforcement of giving or withholding the spiritual drug, on how to follow the bidding of the demonic.
2. Appealing to the charismatic motivators: man-centered (ego-based), gifts and abilities, supernatural experiences and manifestations, heavenly places and supernatural realms, and spiritual warfare. (These are ways for the demons to give “positive reinforcement.”)
3. Through the fractal programming present in specific doctrines of demons, including the Spirit Man theology and related teachings on “quantum spirituality,” the demonic incite and cultivate an atmosphere of delusion.
4. The individual is given a new, satanic identity and purpose that involves training them to have a warrior mentality that appeals to their ego, creating a sense of power, control and authority. Because the fallen angels are warriors, the charismatic “spiritual warfare” falls right in line with their end-time plans to infiltrate Christianity, and to use these “warring charismatics” to gain authority over mankind and physical geographies, building Satan’s kingdom on earth.
5. Through the doctrines of demons, in particular the Spirit Man and Shining Ones teachings, as well as similar doctrines, the individual is: guided into hearing and being led by the demonic; and guided into accepting demonic possession, channeling, or walk-ins as being something that feels normal and is of God. This is training them to become accustomed to another entity controlling them.
It is at this final stage that the individual then becomes a perfect vehicle for the fallen to use, and the demonic, including the fallen, are able to completely and totally control them, having gained their complete acceptance and permission to do so. They are then used in a greater way to spread demonic teachings and to bring deception to the general masses of charismatics, encouraging them to open their hearts and minds to be invaded by the demonic, bringing them into alignment and agreement with the spirit of the antichrist, ultimately paving the way for the final Antichrist to appear.
So even though these “charismatic warriors” are being used by the demonic, they don’t recognize it. They think it is of God because, sadly, this is what they are taught by others, and the warring spirit they are operating under seems normal to them because they have been deceived. They don’t realize it, but they are a perfect habitat for the fallen to use them and work through them. The fallen use those individuals to channel their satanic messages through to influence others around them, or use them as a walk-in (this is more rare, but it still occurs), thereby increasing the power and influence of Satan’s kingdom in the hearts and minds of mankind, as well as increase their influence throughout the earth.
The more people who Satan has influence over, the more people are hooked up to the spirit of the antichrist, and the more people there are who are in agreement with his plans. This is one of the major themes of our book, and we wrote it to point to specific avenues that are opening people up —charismatics in particular — to being used by the demonic in such a fashion! This warring spirit is one such avenue through which the demonic are using people for Satan’s purposes.
Second, we are qualified to speak of this because we have been engaged in this type of ungodly “spiritual warfare” in various capacities throughout our lives, and we know what it is, where it comes from, and why it is not of God! This also includes our recent experiences with a man who was supposed to be a Christian “deliverance minister,” as well as his team that worked alongside him. In that situation, there was a lot of ungodly “spiritual warfare” much like what you talk about in your email that did absolutely nothing but put us in further bondage. Like many involved in this type of ungodly warfare, we thought at the time that we were serving God. But we soon realized that this warfare was “christian” witchcraft that opened the door to the demonic, ultimately leading us to take our eyes off of pursuing a true relationship with our Heavenly Father that was based upon Scripture that had been properly interpreted within context.
This type of unbiblical warfare is ego-based and ego-driven, and one of the main problems we see with so many charismatic “warriors” is that they have forgotten one thing: submission to God’s will. Submission to God’s will and obedience to His Word is the basics of spiritual warfare! All to many Christians have forgotten about this. We went into detail about this in our book in the chapter on spiritual warfare, and have copied the entire chapter below for easy access.
It’s actually a problem we realized we have had ourselves, so there is no ridicule or shame coming from our direction! Once God opened our eyes to our grave error, however, we knew we had to share with others what we had realized, not only to warn those who are still caught up in it to get away from it, but also to warn others to stay away from it!
Conformity — A Spiritual Makeover
There’s an unfortunate and destructive trend with these self-proclaimed Christians that have them involving themselves with a type of “spiritual warfare” that is fashioned more after Harry Potter than Jesus Christ! We wrote about this type of ungodly spiritual warfare throughout our book, and even have a chapter dedicated to what spiritual warfare looks like according to the Word of God. We encourage you to read the entire book, as it more clearly lays out exactly what an ungodly warfare looks like and why it is so dangerous.
⇒ REMINDER: You can read our book for FREE. Just follow the link to view or download the PDF on the following page: “Doctrines of Demons – Exposing Christian Witchcraft.”
Sadly, many Christians of today have traded the gospel of truth found in Scripture for the feel-good doctrine of New Age occultism. They have conformed to this world (Romans 12:2). They have been given a “spiritual makeover” to look more like the world and to be pleasing by worldly standards, but these worldly standards are actually the standards of Satan, and not the standards of God that have been clearly defined in Scripture.
We wrote about this “spiritual makeover” in our book on pages 11-13 (Link: Old Versus New), where we wrote about how many Christians are throwing away the basics standards of a Christian life, and replacing it with Satan’s standards:
OLD: Sound interpretation of Scripture by reading the whole Bible in context and using Scripture to interpret Scripture, also known as exegesis.
NEW: To disguise occult doctrine as simply being “esoteric interpretations” of Scripture. This can be thought of as eisegesis, but charismatics usually call this, “fresh, new revelation.”
■ For example, often, occultists will give literal interpretation to metaphorical Scripture, and give metaphorical interpretation to that which is meant to be literal.
OLD: The written Word of God.
NEW: Replacing the written Word of God with modern spoken messages, guidance, and revelation, especially from prophets and seers, while manifestations from the supernatural are relied on as validation of such messages, rather than the written Word of God.
OLD: The doctrine of Jesus Christ.
NEW: Seeking after answers outside of fundamental, Biblical Christianity, and looking for esoteric meaning, or “fresh revelation” that is supposedly hidden within Scripture.
OLD: Listening to and being led by the voice of the true God.
NEW: Listening to and being led by the voice of one’s own supposed spirit, or the voices of other spiritual beings, as well as listening to and being led by other people, rather than the Spirit of God.
OLD: Prayer (communication with God) being foundational to spiritual warfare and deliverance, specifically prayer that consists of the following:
○ the Word of God
○ faith in His Word
○ obedience to His Word
NEW: Seeking after the supernatural by moving away from prayer (confession, repentance and renunciation), and learning to engage in (move and operate in) the supernatural.
■ Christian witches describe this engagement as “spiritual warfare,” and it includes engaging — or attempting to engage — their personal “realm” and other spiritual realms (often through astral travel or projection), and communicating with and commanding supposed angels for that so-called warfare. This book will describe these activities in detail.
OLD: Humbling ourselves before God and seeking after a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
NEW: Seeking after supernatural manifestations.
OLD: Spirit-minded means learning to be more like Jesus Christ in everyday physical circumstances.
NEW: Spirit-minded means seeking to develop spiritual abilities (gifts), with special emphasis in some circles on “moving and operating in the spirit realm.”
OLD: “Fundamentalist” Christians (“fundamentalist” has been purposefully twisted to have a negative context).
NEW: Broad-minded, global-minded, universal-minded (a false unity).
So the basic advice we give to you is this: get out of that situation and stop fellowshipping with people who are practicing christian witchcraft! There is no good that can come about from marinating yourself in such satanic infection service after service. There is no good that can come from such union with the ungodly. Pray for them, to be sure, that the Spirit of God would open their eyes, that they would be humbled before Him, repent of their sin, and turn to Him. But do not place yourself or your family, if you are married, under that witchcraft. Would you go to a church of Satan, even if it was to hear verses from the Bible being read? Would you attend a seance to get in touch with a “spirit,” even if they claimed it was the “spirit of God” or an “angelic” being? If you are a Christian, the obvious answer would be no! So why are you placing yourself in a situation where similar witchcraft is going on? Regardless of whether they claim “Christ” or not, it is clear that they are not following Jesus Christ but have placed themselves under the spirit of the antiChrist. So pray for them to be delivered, but get out of there! Get back to basics: study the Word of God for yourself (exegesis, not eisegesis!) and focus on building a relationship with your Heavenly Father that is based on His Word. And stay away from such ungodly “spiritual warfare” and those who practice it.
Please pray about this and base your decision on the Word of God. Here is one Scripture that speaks to this type of situation:
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (BSB)
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement can exist between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be My people.”
“Therefore come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be My sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
To study what the words “unequally yoked” means in the context of this verse, you can follow this link: http://biblehub.com/greek/2086.htm
And here is another Scripture (emphasis added):
Ephesians 5:1-12 (BSB)
Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.
But among you, as is proper among the saints, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality or impurity or greed. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or crude joking, which are out of character, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure, or greedy person (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Test and prove what pleases the Lord.
Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
We urge you to go through these verses and do word studies to understand what, exactly, the Apostle Paul meant by the words he wrote.
And yet two more verses:
Proverbs 9:6 (KJV)
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Proverbs 13:20 (KJV)
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
While this is our basic advise to you, for the purposes of fully discussing this topic of “spiritual warfare,” here is what we wrote in the chapter “Spiritual Warfare / Spiritual Battle,” on pages 216-224 of our book.
Spiritual Battle / Spiritual Warfare
Many charismatics have an obsession with spiritual warfare, and often refer to it as “battling in the spirit.” We’ve mentioned the charismatic spiritual warfare on and off throughout this book, and this is because it relates to much of what they do, and is directly related to what some of them consider to be “kingdom building” by engaging their personal realms. (See: Kingdom Building Through Realms.) So while we’ve already covered much of the warfare through realms in the kingdom building section, we’ll just highlight a few more points here.
1. Some of the common buzzwords and phrases surrounding this “spiritual warfare” include the following:
- activating their spiritual armor or upgrading their spiritual armor
- They believe their spiritual armor gets “upgrades” and these upgrades can be related to what they consider to be a “spiritual promotion.”
- contending with
- dimensional warfare
- engaging or activating, for the purposes of warfare. For example:
- engaging or activating angels
- engaging or activating heaven
- engaging or activating realm
- engaging or activating weapons
- fighting against
- kingdom warfare
- making decrees and declarations against or to
- redeeming from or freedom from
- rules of engagement
- This relates to “rules” of spiritual warfare, or “rules of engaging heaven, God, or angels,” typically for a type of spiritual warfare.
- taking back (authority, kingdom, inheritance, bloodlines, et cetera)
- using or activating spiritual “tools”
- using or activating their “spiritual arsenal”
- weapons of their warfare
- These “spiritual weapons” include things such as: swords, arrows, fire, light, water, wind, salt, grenades or bombs, cages or boxes (to trap the essence of people inside).
- Their personal realms are also used as weapons.
- Since they believe they are ordering angels about, angels are also used as part of their personal spiritual arsenal.
2. This warfare is a huge part of “deliverance ministry and inner healing.”
3. Spiritual warfare is used especially in the context of working with “angels” to engage in such warfare.
4. This spiritual warfare can also involve an individual engaging in their “personal heavenly realm” by working through their “spirit man,” or their “Shining One spirit man.”
5. They travel to or see into other dimensions or realms to engage in these spiritual battles, but call it “traveling in the spirit and seeing in the spirit.”
For those who don’t know how to travel or see supernaturally, they either learn how, or use a special “seer” in order to engage in spiritual battle.
6. They also sometimes make special trips, either through astral travel, or simply by a type of remote viewing done through visualization, into the “courtrooms of heaven,” where they engage in a special type of spiritual warfare.
For those who don’t know how to travel or see supernaturally, they either learn how, or use a special “seer” who helps them make these special trips.
7. The spiritual warfare includes learning how to use their “spiritual armor” or “spiritual weapons” to attack others, but calling it “prayer” and “spiritual warfare.” This is sometimes related to “binding and loosing,” mentioned below.
They are using the term “spiritual upgrade” to speak of this armor, and these upgrades come in conjunction with what they call a “spiritual promotion.” These things are believed to make them more powerful in warfare.
8. This spiritual warfare includes “sending back curses” that they believe others have sent on them, as well as “praying against” certain people they believe are against them in one way or another. These things are operating as curses, and can bring harm in various ways to the recipient of such curses. It can also be related to “binding and loosing.”
9. They sometimes speak of “binding and loosing” when referring to their spiritual warfare.
This is ego-based, as it is done as a command through what they believe to be their “spiritual authority” they have developed or “matured into” (as part of a “spiritual promotion”), not as a request or a petition to their Heavenly Father.
Furthermore, they are not just binding demonic powers, but binding people as well, and loosing “angelic” powers to war against these people in ways such as: cutting the silver cord, commanding their “angels” to stab people with the “sword of the spirit,” or commanding their “angels” to place the spirit/soul parts of a person in a box or cage and be tortured, often with the “sword of the spirit.”
These things can cause physical pain and injury, and emotional/mental/spiritual torment, in particular if the person is not aware of where it is coming from and how to turn to the True God for deliverance, protection, and defense.
What’s Really Going On
Just to reiterate, the spiritual beings they are “commanding” are, in fact, demons who are pretending to be angels. And in case it isn’t clear, this type of “spiritual warfare” is witchcraft. The demons are using this ungodly, unscriptural warfare to train the charismatic, teaching them to become used to the warring spirit that is driving them, and to believe it is from God. Why? Because the fallen angels, under whose authority they have submitted themselves, are warriors, and are using these charismatics to build Satan’s kingdom on earth. This was discussed at length in the section titled, “Building Satan’s Kingdom.” Some people are used to a greater degree than others, but they are all working, in one way or another, to build Satan’s kingdom by helping to influence the hearts and minds of people around them to come under the authority of the fallen who are using them.
They are also being used to attack sincere Christians, because the demonic are working hard to wear down Christians and to try to take their focus off of a relationship with their Heavenly Father by whatever means necessary. If they can’t tempt the Christian into practicing the occult, they will try to keep their focus off of a relationship with God. But for many individuals, these attacks work as a lure to trick them into occult practices and into coming into alignment with the spirit of the antichrist.
For example, within some “deliverance counseling” situations with people who have dissociative disorders or other types of severe trauma injuries, this type of spiritual warfare, including “Courtrooms of Heaven,” often begins when they are tricked into such counseling by the demonic and by those whom the demonic are using. This is a theme we, the authors, have seen played out not only in our own lives, but with others in the same situation. While this can play out in a variety of ways, this can include some of the following elements, or variations thereof:
1. The individual has an initial encounter with a “deliverance counselor,” either by listening to them on an internet radio program, seeing them on a YouTube video, or coming across their website in some way.
2. Since they have had the types of issues in their life these “counselors” say they help others with, they inquire further, pressing for more information, often out of desperation.
3. After first contact is made with this “deliverance counselor,” whether in person, via telephone, or through some type of internet video call, it is not uncommon for there to be an increase in spiritual and demonic attack. But this is a trap. The demons are, in fact, pushing the individual into seeking after this type of “deliverance counseling,” and out of desperation for a solution to the increase of attack, the person will begin such counseling.
4. Once counseling begins, after a period of time has passed, the individual finds themselves engaged in an increasing amount of what is called “spiritual warfare” in an attempt to find freedom from past bondage, and to find freedom from what is becoming an ever-increasing attack on their mind and emotions, sometimes including physical attacks from the demonic, and at times, from human visitors in the astral.
5. This ever-increasing demonic activity actually serves to keep the individual dependent upon the “deliverance counselor” to help them. And again, this is a trap.
6. This spiritual warfare stirs up, heightens, encourages, and feeds off of the “fight or flight” emotions that such individuals are prone to live with. As they are often used to living in a state of heightened awareness, in part because of trauma injuries and PTSD symptoms, this seems to be natural to them, and they have a difficult time recognizing that the “spiritual warfare” is not bringing any lasting healing, but only temporary relief. In some cases, there may not be any temporary relief at all, but again, such individuals are used to living in a constant state of turmoil, so they don’t always recognize that this is not healthy or normal.
Spiritual Warfare According to Scripture
Because people are being misinformed and taken away from the Bible, let’s look at what spiritual warfare really is. It begins with basic, foundational doctrine, and continues with those basics.
First, it begins with a relationship with our Heavenly Father, something that is only made possible because of and through the work of Jesus Christ. The territory that being fought over, and what is gained or lost for the Kingdom of God or for the kingdom of Satan, is our hearts and minds; therefore, our purposeful fighting back against satanic forces (spiritual warfare) begins with salvation, and continues as we build a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Second, we must have a genuine love for God and for the truth. Having a love for the truth is the basis for the strength to do the things that are of God. The Holy Spirit constantly works on our heart to compel us to follow the ways of God, but we have to daily make the choice to do and say the things that are of God, and to stay away from that which is contrary to God. The things of God are life-giving. When we practice the things that are not of God, these things not only begin to bring corruption to us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, but it also creates an open door for the enemy to enter. When we start behaving like the enemy, it is the same as saying “yes” to the enemy. It is the same as coming into agreement with the enemy, giving the enemy permission to infiltrate our entire self, resulting in us being molded into the enemy’s image. This can happen slowly, causing us to be less likely to realize what is happening, or to not even care, because the enemy can also feed our ego, or other self centered, ego-based desires that we respond to. This is how the enemy takes territory: he captures our hearts and minds. If we have not submitted to and continue to submit to the authority of God, and if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to change us into His image, we will succumb to the tactics of the enemy.
Our hearts are the territory that influences the world around us. The battle is for our hearts and to rule our hearts! If the enemy can capture our minds — our attention and our focus — he can capture our hearts — our desires, our intentions, and what drives us forward.
According to Biblical standards, spiritual warfare looks like the following:
1. James 4:7 — “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (BSB)
Submission to God begins at salvation when we come under His authority, and it continues throughout our life. Submission involves obedience to our Heavenly Father, something that is a daily activity. (see: http://biblehub.com/greek/5293.htm)
Resisting Satan means that we stand in a 180 degree, contrary position to what he stands for, and we refuse to back down or give up our ground on what we know to be truth. (see: http://biblehub.com/greek/436.htm)
2. 1 Peter 5:9 — “Resist him [the adversary], standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.” (BSB)
There’s that word again — resist. Oppose what is not of God, and stand firm without wavering, refusing to compromise.
And here’s another important command: stand firm in our faith. What faith? Faith in our salvation through Jesus Christ, and because of this, in our relationship with our Heavenly Father (see: http://biblehub.com/greek/4102.htm). Faith is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and as you develop a relationship with Him that is built on submission and obedience to His will, this fruit will become evident in your life.
3. Ephesians 4:27 — “…and do not give the devil a foothold.” (BSB)
In this verse, the word “foothold” means, “a place, region, seat; an opportunity.” It also means, metaphorically, “opportunity, power, occasion for acting.” (see: http://biblehub.com/greek/5117.htm) In other words, don’t give Satan an opportunity to gain power and control over you, and don’t give him an occasion for acting through you in your life.
4. Ephesians 6:13 — “Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.” (BSB)
Many Christians know of the verses that come right after this one and this verse is often overlooked. But the importance of this verse cannot be overstated: when you have taken a position that is contrary to the enemy, hold your ground and don’t give up. It is about knowing what is right, and refusing to compromise. It’s about standing firm. (see: http://biblehub.com/greek/436.htm and http://biblehub.com/greek/2476.htm)
5. Ephesians 6:14-18 — “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.” (BSB)
These verses are very often used to foster a warrior mentality within many charismatics who are being used by the demonic, and the weapons mentioned in these verses are also often spoken of as having been “imparted and activated,” usually by another individual who has a supposed “power or authority” to do this. The weapons used by such people also need or require occasional “upgrades,” but since these upgrades are said to come about as they get a “spiritual promotion,” they don’t see the fact that their weapons need occasional upgrades to mean that they are, in fact, inferior and weak. (See also, “Spiritual Results of Realm Expansion” and “Spiritual Promotion.”)
However, let’s just look at these verses in a very simple way, getting to the heart of what is being said here.
First, we are told to “stand firm.” There’s that word again — stand. Don’t compromise.
Second, our weapons are not a belt around the waist of our spirit man, a bright and shiny breastplate protecting his or her chest, and some heavy-duty army boots. Our spirit man doesn’t have a shield or a sword, and he or she doesn’t strap a helmet on every morning. Paul was simply using very powerful imagery to help his audience understand how each of these elements protect us from the enemy.
Our weapons are: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God. These are our weapons!
But wait! There’s more! Let’s not neglect to continue reading. We are also admonished to be in constant prayer and petition to our Father, and to stay alert, persevering in prayer for one another. These also are weapons.
6. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 — “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation.” (BSB)
This verse speaks to faith and salvation as being our weapons, and it also brings in love as being a weapon! This is not “love” that allows us to beat people up with the Word of God (or anything else) because we claim to “love them so much.” If you are confused about what love is, go to 1 Corinthians 13:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and exult in the surrender of my body, but have not love, I gain nothing.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no account of wrongs. Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be restrained; where there is knowledge, it will be dismissed. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial passes away.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside childish ways. Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.” (BSB)
And for even more study, you can read the entire book of 1 John. It speaks of love all throughout — what it is and what it isn’t.
So according to these few verses we just studied, the spiritual weapons that protect us from the attacks of the enemy are:
1. Salvation — this is found through faith, and is by the grace of God that is made possible only through Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-10)
2. Submission to the Father — this involves coming under His authority and being obedient to His Word.
3. Opposing what is of Satan — refusing to be moved from our position of opposition against Satan; not compromising.
4. Not allowing Satan to have opportunity to gain power or control over us. You could think of this as keeping the “gateways” to your spiritual space closed, in other words.
5. Truth — truth is found in the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth that will lead us into all truth. (John 16:13)
6. Righteousness — not our righteousness, but the righteousness that comes from God, by faith, through Jesus Christ.
7. The gospel of peace — this is the peace and assurance we have because of our salvation through Jesus Christ, and our ability to remain at peace no matter the circumstances surrounding us. This can also mean “wholeness,” which, it must be pointed out here, is in direct opposition to the brokenness that surrounds the “Spirit Man” theology. (see: http://biblehub.com/greek/2098.htm and http://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm)
10. The Word of God.
11. Prayer and petition to God.
12. Persevering in prayer for one another.
These are our weapons, and while there may be a need for the weapons that come from Satan to have upgrades, there is no need for the spiritual weapons that come from God to have upgrades. In fact, 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (BSB)
“Divine power.” Does this sound weak to you? Our spiritual weapons that come from our Heavenly Father and are given to us by His Spirit are not weak. They don’t need occasional upgrades, and if you think they do, you have been deceived by Satan, and have traded in the weapons of God for the weapons of Satan.
Therefore, let us wage spiritual warfare the way Scripture teaches us, not the way the enemy would have us. The spiritual warfare that many are waging today is ego-driven, fear based, retaliatory against people, and is coming from a spirit of witchcraft.
A Biblical viewpoint on spiritual warfare begins with the state of our heart, and manifests as a firm, unwavering opposition to the things of Satan, and a refusal to allow him to influence our minds and control our hearts. True Biblical warfare puts the focus on our relationship with our Heavenly Father, dependence and faith on Him to protect and defend us, and the peace and assurance that no matter what happens, our salvation is secure in Him.
And because knowing how to pray is related to this topic on spiritual warfare, here is what we wrote in the chapter titled “How to Pray” on pages 279-283. (Link: How to Pray)
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How to Pray
A lot of people have emailed us asking us how to “pray against” certain things they are facing in their lives. We understand this, because we have been there ourselves not too long ago, but we hope that by the time you have read this far in this book, you will understand why “praying against” is not a term we use any longer. All too often, “praying against” is used as witchcraft to try to force God to do something to the will of the individual, or it is used as a type of so-called “spiritual warfare” to fight against other people, either as an offensive attack, or as a defensive attack.
But often the average person is caught up in these types of prayers because they are frustrated and concerned that they aren’t praying in the way that will ensure their prayer will work. They are looking for a formula prayer, and if it doesn’t work, they think they must have said it wrong, or that the words aren’t powerful enough. And if they don’t get the results they want or expect, they search for specific prayers that other people claim help specific needs.
There are some inherent problems with these types of formula-based prayers.
1. Formula-based prayers have the tendency to be very similar to “spell casting.”
Formula-based prayers are often read like a script (because who can remember all the complicated wording?), and it is usually chanted over and over again, day after day. This is reminiscent of an incantation or spell. But it also speaks to the weakness of the prayer, in that there is the need to constantly say the same things over and over again until it “works,” or so it doesn’t “lose its effectiveness.”
Sometimes these prayers employ what we call “the schmooze” tactic, and the individual starts “thanking God” for something that they desire or need, using Scripture that has usually been taken out of context, with little to no consideration for the will of God at all.
Some good questions to ask yourself would be: do you have faith in a particular “powerful” prayer, or do you have faith in your Heavenly Father? Does God only hear complicated prayers with specific wording? Or does He listen to the prayer that is prayed according to His will, with faith and trust in Him? Is He waiting for you to butter Him up or stroke His ego before He’ll answer your prayer?
Sometimes these kinds of prayers use the same tactics against the enemy that is being used against us, usually under the guise of “spiritual warfare.” This is absolutely unbiblical. We don’t fight evil with evil; we don’t fight witchcraft with more witchcraft. That is the way of the ungodly, and that is the way of witches. Satan has so many Christians busy doing “spiritual warfare,” that they have lost focus on a relationship with their heavenly Father.
Furthermore, many prayers like this presume to order God Almighty about, declaring our will over His. Usually Scripture is twisted out of context to do so. The absolute importance of coming to our Heavenly Father with humbleness and submission can not be overstated.
Related to this thought, some formula-based prayers order and command angels, or tell God to order and command His angels in a particular way, neither of which is Biblical in any way, shape or form. Jesus Christ said we have authority over demons so they have no power to harm us. We have no power over angels, nor the right to order them about. Neither do we have the authority and power to order God about.
2. Formula-based prayers can be fear driven, rather than faith driven.
Often people’s desperation sends them on a search for the “right prayer” to help them pray against demons, the “right prayer” to pray against invasive technology, the “right prayer” to pray for other people, and even the “right prayer” to pray against people. These types of prayers cause people to put more faith in the words they speak, how they speak them, and how many times they speak them, rather than putting their faith in the Word of God. And once the “white magic” of their formula-based prayer wears off, it’s time to “pray” again, usually in a “more powerful, better way.” This then drives people into deeper witchcraft, as they seek answers for the problems they are having.
3. Formula-based prayers can also be ego-driven, whereby the individual believes themselves to be a “warrior for Jesus,” so they whip out their sword and start beating up people or what they think are demons, blithely ordering angels around, and arrogantly claiming this or that over themselves or others without ever once considering the will of the Father. This is not Biblical. This is ridiculous.
So keep it simple, and rather than praying against something or someone, pray to your Heavenly Father! Simply pray as Jesus did: submit to the Father and ask for His will to be done. If you have a specific need, you certainly don’t need to make your request known with such a long or complicated prayer. Present your desires in the same way Jesus Christ presented His desire to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane: “If it is possible, let this cup pass; nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done.” Then step out in faith and do what you know He has called you to do, trusting that He will provide your every need, and asking for His will be done above all else.
→ Important to Note: Many times — perhaps all the time — God’s will is above our understanding, and sometimes His answer to our prayer is “No.” He alone is sovereign, and He alone knows the end from the beginning. He knows how to work all things for the good, and regardless of what we think we need, God alone knows what we need. This is why we pray for His will to be done, not ours.
A Verse to Consider
Philippians 4:6 — “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (BSB)
With these things in mind, we offer a reminder of the example Jesus gave on how we should pray.
Matthew 6:5-15 (BSB)
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward. But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
“And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
“So then, this is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.”
There are some wonderful, important truths to contemplate from this passage.
Verse 5 reminds us to not be like the hypocrites who stand in public to pray their prayers, desiring to be seen and heard by other people.
Verse 6 reminds us of what our attitude should be: one of humble reflection and of focus on our Heavenly Father alone, not anyone else. (And in case it isn’t clear, “inner room” is not a Biblical code-word for “astral traveling to another realm to meet up with a ‘Jesus,’” nor is it a code-word for “going inside one’s system to interact with a ‘Jesus.’” Those things are not Scriptural and are not of God.)
Verse 7 warns us to not pray like the pagans pray, with babbling prayers that are spoken as incantations. A great example of this type of witchcraft-based “vain repetitions and babbling” prayer contrasted with faith-based prayers to God can be read in 1 Kings 18.
Verse 8 reminds us that our Heavenly Father knows our every need before we even know what we need. This is a great reminder that even when we pray for what we think we need, God alone knows what we truly need. So ask Him for what He knows you need, rather than what you think you need.
Verse 9 tells us to direct our prayers to our Heavenly Father, and to focus on His majesty. Recognizing and having reverence for the holiness and perfection of God is the beginning of a relationship with God and the start of your healing. And when you focus on the Solution (your Father) rather than your problem, a wonderful thing starts to happen: you will begin to have peace that passes all understanding, in spite of circumstances around you.
Verse 10 reminds us to desire the Kingdom of God to be expanded in our heart, and to seek after His will over and above our own.
Verse 11 reminds us to continually (daily) rely on Him to supply our every need. He alone is the Source of our provision and help.
Verse 12 reminds us to search our heart and mind to consider if we have wronged God or our fellow man. It reminds us to not only live in a perpetual state of forgiveness, but also in a perpetual state of repentance for those we have wronged or for being out of line with the will of our Heavenly Father and His standards. It is a beautiful reminder that repentance and forgiveness go hand-in-hand, and there can’t be one without the other. Living a lifestyle of repentance and forgiveness is a daily activity, and requires the help of our Heavenly Father.
Verse 13 tells us that we rely on our Heavenly Father to lead us away from sin and temptation, and to protect and defend us from the attacks of the enemy.
Verses 14 and 15 reiterate the importance of living in a perpetual state of forgiveness, so that our heart may be humbled before our Father.
The bottom line is, follow the example of Jesus Christ and do as He commanded: focus on your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Submit to Him, make your requests known, pray for His will be to be done, and then trust that He will answer not according to your will, but according to His will.
Another related chapter to this subject is “Finding Freedom.” Because this blog post is already so long, we will not include that chapter here, but you can read it for free. Just follow the link to view or download the PDF on the following page: “Doctrines of Demons – Exposing Christian Witchcraft.”
UPDATE: You can also read it online by following this link: Finding Freedom.
We hope you find the information helpful.
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