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Saturday, June 25, 2011

I Want To Know You

About a year ago Judy and I met a brother, Milt Rodriguez, at an Organic Church Conference. We've enjoyed reading a number of his books and articles and following his blog at
He posted an excellent article yesterday entitled , "I Want To Know You".

Because it expresses the desire of the hearts of so many believers (including me!) I decided to post it here as well and trust it will be an encouragement to you also to go in for knowing the Lord Jesus in a much more personal and intimate way than ever before....

I Want to Know You
JUN 24
Posted by miltrodriguez
“But, no, rather I also count all things to be loss because of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them to be trash, that I might gain Christ and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness of Law, but through the faith of Christ, having the righteousness of God on faith, to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, having been conformed to His death, if somehow I may attain to a resurrection out of the dead.“
Phil 3:8-11

Lord Jesus, I want to know you.
I want to know You in all of Your fullness and all of Your glory.
I want to know You in all of Your depths, heights, width and breadth, together with all of Your saints.
I want to know You within Your Church!
That is, I want to know all of Your unsearchable riches that are hidden within earthen vessels.
I want to know all of those things that our eyes cannot see and our ears cannot hear neither have come up into our hearts.
But I want to know all of those things that have already been given to us by Your Spirit.
I don’t want to know You in a shallow way. I want to dive down deep into the depths of You.
I want to be a submarine, not just a sailboat!
I want to know You in Your righteousness, holiness, redemption, and salvation.
I want to know You AS my wisdom.
I want to know Your ways, thoughts, and character.
I want to know YOU, not just what You said and did.
I want to know the present (current) Christ, not just some historical figure from the past.
I want to know the risen, ascended, glorified, and eternal Christ.
I don’t just want to know You in my mind, but I want to know You in my experience.
I want to know You in my spirit.
I want this knowledge to be an experiential knowledge!
I want to know You as my Grace and Truth.
I want to know You as my Food and Drink.
I want to know You as the air I breathe.
I want to know You as my Vine and my Shepherd.
I want to know You as my New Man, New Creation, and New Covenant.
I want to know You as my Life Source and Life Supply.
I want to know You as my New Wine and New Wineskin.
I want to know You as the essence of all of the scriptures.
I want to know You AS my resurrection.
I want to know You as my Center.
I want to live by Your life.
I want to be able to say in truth that it’s not I who live but Christ who lives in me.
I want to know You so deeply and so truly that I will have forgotten anything that Milt ever came up with!
I want to know You in and with my brothers and sisters.
I want to know You in Your Body, Your Bride, Your House.
I am willing to lose all to know You in these ways and in every way.
Lord Jesus, I want to know You …

If you would like to read other's comments on Milt's post, or add your own, you can go to

Saturday, March 12, 2011

This Church Is Christ's Church

A number of months ago, a few of us were at an Organic Church Conference. There we were introduced to a number of songs that other saints had written to be sung to well known tunes. It was a real joy to sing fresh songs which expressed the hearts of brothers and sisters in our day and their love for their Saviour. We were also encouraged to seek to write songs and hymns of our own to express our worship and things we have appreciated about the Lord Jesus so others can be encouraged as well.

The following song has been sung in our own gathering quite a bit the last few months, so I include it here hoping it might be encouraging and instructive to others...

(Tune: This Land is Your Land)

This church is Christ’s church, it is not my church,
It is not our church, but it’s His building.
Hell`s gates can never prevail against it,
This church is built by Jesus Christ!
(Matthew 16:18)

This church is Christ’s church, it is not my church,
It is not our church, it’s bought with His blood.
We are His sheep and He`s our shepherd,
This flock by right belongs to Him!
(John 10; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:20; I Peter 2:25)

This church is Christ’s church, it is not my church,
It is not our church, but we’re His temple.
He lives within us, He’s made us holy.
We are the dwelling place of God.
(I Corinthians 3:16,17; Ephesians 2:20-22

This church is Christ’s church, it is not my church,
It is not our church, it is His Body
Where all His saved ones are joined as members.
This church was made for Christ, the Head.
(I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 1:22,23)

This church is Christ’s church, it is not my church,
It is not our church, it’s such a mystery,
That to hell’s demons and heaven’s angels
He`s teaching His wisdom by His church.
(Ephesians 3:9,10)

This church is Christ’s church, she is not my church,
She is not our church, She’s His beloved.
He loved the church and gave Himself for her.
Her Bridegroom’s longing for His bride.
(Ephesians 5:23-33)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Can "Uncleanness" in Deuteronomy 24 be scripturally defined beyond reasonable doubt?

This is not an "average blog post" for entertainment, but rather a personal study for serious students of scripture who wish to know what Moses was talking about in Deuteronomy 24. I simply post this study as an aid to many who have recently visitted this blog searching for information relative to divorce and remarriage. (I would urge new visitors to my blog to first check out the other posts on these subjects which can be found in the directory of subjects at the bottom right of this page.)

In spite of commentators' confusion as to the meaning of this word, we have the same scriptural evidence available to us today which would have made Moses' meaning clear to the Israelites of his day. We have the Pentateuch which demonstrates how all the key words of Deut.24:1-4 were used and understood. The Lord surely did not reveal His mind on such an important subject in words which could not be clearly understood when they were given. The meaning of these words need not be hidden to any student today who will simply search them out.

I do not give my conclusions here. I simply ask the questions which I have asked myself. I believe that all who will honestly look at the evidence below will come to one united conclusion. (This study requires the use of a Strong's Concordance, Online Bible or similar Bible program referenced with Strong's numbers simply to determine how each of the key words is used in scripture prior to Deut.24.)

1.The use of the word "uncleanness". This word is the Hebrew "ERVAH" (Strong's #6172) which is translated in our Bibles by two English words "nakedness" and "uncleanness".
-How often is this word found in scripture prior to Deut.24? (it is used more than once in some verses)________
-How many times is it used of the following relations or conditions?
-exposure of nakedness to a person of near kinship? _________
-nakedness of a priest not to be exposed on steps to the altar? ______
-nakedness of the land of Egypt? ___________
-relations with an Israelite woman during her menstrual period?_____
-excretion of body wastes outside the camp of Israel? ___________
-Which is used most often?_________________________
-In which chapter of scripture is this word used most frequently? ____
-What kind of relation or condition does it describe most often in this chapter?_________________

2.The use of the word "defiled". This is the Hebrew word "TAME". The noun, verb and adjective forms of this word (Strong's #'s 2930, 2931 and 2932) translate our English words "defile", "defiled", "defileth", "unclean" and "uncleanness".
-How many times is this word in its' various forms found in scripture prior to Deut.24?__________
List the number of times it is used in the following ways:
-of uncleanness of beasts________
-of leprosy________
-of uncleanness of dead bodies_________
-of general uncleanness of things or persons_________
-of moral uncleanness, illicit sexual practices_________
-of an issue in one's flesh, a running sore etc.__________
-of a woman's menstruation_________
-of a man's seminal fluid_________
-of uncleanness resulting from birth__________
-of defilement of the tabernacle or sanctuary__________
-of defilement of murder__________
-of defilement of witchcraft_________

Of these 12 kinds of uncleanness which could possibly fit the context of Deut.24 in a marital relationship?______________________
When these are related to the most common usage of "ERVAH" above, do you have any indication which is the most likely meaning to be seen in Deut.24?____________________

3.The use of the word "land" (Hebrew "ERETS") as being "defiled". This word is Strong's # 776.
-of the 12 categories of defilement above, which are said to be "defiling to the land"? List those categories with the appropriate references:

Death was to have been the penalty for these "land defiling" practices. Is it possible that any of them could have been done ignorantly or unintentionally?_____________
-If so, would Lev. 4 and 5 provide a remedy less severe than the death penalty?___________
-Is there a single category of defilement of the land that seems to confirm or clarify your conclusions thus far regarding "uncleanness" and "defilement" in Deut.24?

4.The use of the word "abomination" (Hebrew "TAWEBAH"). This word is Strong's # 8441 which is translated in scripture by our English words "abominable", "abomination" and "abominations".
-How many times do you find these words translated from #8441 prior to Deut.24?___________
-How many times do you find these words in each of the following categories?
-of idolatry, witchcraft or child sacrifice? ___________
-of immoral sexual practices?____________
-of things abominable to Egyptians? _____________
-of eating unclean meats? ____________
-of offering blemished animals to God? ________________
-of men or women wearing clothing pertaining to the other?_______
Which of these categories, if any, fit the context of Deut.24 and coincide with what you have observed above? ____________

5. The use of all four words above in all the O.T. and in two specific chapters:
If you were to list every chapter in the O.T. where any one of these 4 words is found, you would find that 40 different chapters contain at least one of them. It is a relatively rare occurrence when 2 or more of these words are found in the same chapter. Only 4 chapters (1 in 10) contain any two of these words. But beside Deut.24 there is ONLY ONE CHAPTER IN ALL THE O.T. which contains all four of these words!

-From your research, what chapter is it? _________________
-Is there any indication that this chapter and it's usage of these four words which are also found in Deut.24:1-4, has any bearing on how we should understand Deut.24?____________
Why? or Why not?_____________________________________

YOUR CONCLUSION: At the commencement of this exercise,there may have been a number of options which could possibly have explained the "uncleanness" of Deut.24:1. Did you find those possibilities narrowed down as you progressed?___________

-If you were a juror in a court of law and had to give a verdict on the meaning of the word "uncleanness" in Deuteronomy 24, and had to give your verdict soely on the evidence you have gleaned from this study, what would your verdict be?__________________________

-If you had to answer the following questions on the same basis, how would you respond?
-Why would the wife find no favour in her husband's eyes?__________
-Why is she clearly permitted to marry another man?___________
-Exactly how is she defiled? ___________________________
-With whom was she defiled?___________________________
-Why is the defilement only mentioned in connection with the consideration of whether the first husband could take her back?_____
-Why would resuming the first marriage be abominable to the Lord?
-What would it be about that relationship which would defile the land?
-What penalty did the law require if the former husband had actually taken this woman back?_______
-Since the Lord Jesus clearly relates Deut.24 to His teaching on divorce and remarriage, do you now have any reason to doubt the commonly accepted belief that the exception clause of Matt.19 speaks of "adultery" or "marital unfaithfulness"?

If you have finished the complete study above and would care to share your conclusions with me, I'd be most interested to hear from you! Please email me at

Comparison of Two Views of Deuteronomy 24:1-4

I am always thankful for those who question and challenge anything which I teach or have written. Michael, a brother in Christ from Australia, recently commented on this blog expressing appreciation for my former posts on Divorce and Remarriage. He forwarded the links to these to others and another brother wrote back with the following comments which Michael sent on to me…

“As I try to gain some clarity as to Deut 24:1-4 a friend, a brother in Christ had this to say about your article...
As you know, Michael, we both support the author's conviction that any valid marriage is to be honoured until death, and we believe in reconciliation of such marriages.
But I do find the authors interpretation of Deut 24:1-4 to be in error.
When the author says `erwat dabar must be...
"something in her, and not something which she has done..."
I find this to be a false dichotomy. If one has sinned, "sin is found in them." It is not true that if it is 'in her' it isn't something done by her.
Also, in verse 4, 'she has defiled herself' is a literal translation, not that she is defiled in anyway by the first marriage, or only in relation to the first marriage, but that she has been defiled by the second marriage.
Until the second marriage, there is no mention of her being defiled or of it being forbidden for the man to take her back.
Indeed, if Deut 24:1-4 were intended merely to prevent a man from remaining married to a wife who was a close relative, there is no need to make mention of any second marriage, and there is no reason to include the conditions laid down in verse 2-3, is there?
Thanks for the new and interesting perspective, but for the above reasons I cannot confirm what this author boldly asserts to be the rare and true understanding of Deut 24:1-4."

Michael, thank you for sending on to me the comments above! Your friend and our brother in Christ has made a good observation re the expression “some uncleanness in her”. His point is well taken and, upon further consideration, I agree with him that defilement in a person may very well be something done by them. But in the context of Deuteronomy 24, this observation does not change what I believe is the situation described there. The defilement in view (an incestuous marriage entered into unknowingly) was certainly done by her but was not done deliberately or knowingly. It was a sin of ignorance.

But regarding our brother’s assumption that the defilement mentioned in verse 4 is defilement by the second marriage, our brother would have great difficulty explaining the textual ramifications which must of necessity be answered if that assumption is correct! I would encourage you both to read the following article which I wrote over 16 years ago. Although I have written publicly and corresponded openly with many on this subject, no one yet has answered any points in this article in all that time.

A. Definition of "uncleanness":
"Uncleanness" must be something less than sexual immorality because the penalty for such was death. It could be some indecent behaviour, or a physical blemish etc. But we do not know specifically what it was!

B. View of verse 1:
v.1 simply speaks of a permission for a man to put his wife away,
NOT a command requiring him to do so.

C. View of verse 2:
v.2 is a divine permission for a divorced woman to remarry in
order to protect her from destitution.

D. View of Reconciliation with the first husband verses 3&4:
verses 3&4 teach that if remarriage occurs after any divorce, no
of any first marriage is permitted. To reconcile
any first marriage after another marriage would be abominable and
defiling to the land because it would be equal to "wife swapping"!!!

E. The cause of defilement in verse 4:
The defilement here is viewed as being the result of the marriage
to the second husband. Thus it is considered to be the defilement
of adultery. According to this view, this is the lesser of two
evils when compared to leaving the woman "destitute".

II. UNPOPULAR VIEW: (The view which I personally hold)
A. Definition of "uncleanness":
"Uncleanness" in Deut.24 is an incestuous marriage entered into
unknowingly. This is the only sexual sin which could possibly be
committed ignorantly by both parties. And merciful provision
was made by God for such (Leviticus 4:21-35 and Numbers 15:27-30).

B. View of verse 1:
v.1 is a divine command to separate from a defiling relationship
when it is discovered.
This is not merely a permission to do so. (Other examples of the
word “let” which express a command are Ex.19:10,14; 19:22;
Lev.4:3; 24:14; Num.12:14; 16:38 and Deut.22:7 etc)

C. View of verse 2:
v.2 is a divine permission for such a woman to remarry. Since she
had been put away by divine command from a defiling marriage, she
has no husband. Thus she may remarry without being defiled or
guilty of adultery.

D. View of Reconciliation with the first husband, verses 3 & 4:
Verses 3 & 4 teach that an incestuous marriage that is ended by divorce should never be reconciled. To reconcile such a relationship would be to knowingly re-establish a defiled incestuous relationship. Under the law, this was punishable by death for it was such an abomination and would defile the land!

E. The cause of defilement in verse 4:
The defilement of verse 4 is defilement in connection with the first husband! It is the defilement of incest. That is why defilement is only mentioned in connection with the consideration of whether the first husband could take her again! Such is NOT the case when spouses of marriages joined by God are wrongfully divorced and then later seek reconciliation!


1. This view introduces an absolutely new meaning to the word “uncleanness” in Deut.24:1…(the Hebrew word ERVAH , Strong's # 6172). However in all 38 instances of its' use prior to Deuteronomy 24, it refers to exposure of something to the eyes of another which is improper because the relationship between the two makes it improper. In 32 of those 38 instances it refers to the exposure of one's nakedness to a near relative (incest). The Israelites who first read Deuteronomy 24 were well aware of the previous usage of that word and therefore would have immediately recognized that Moses was speaking of a relationship of incest which had been entered into in ignorance!

2. The Lord Jesus and the Pharisees acknowledged that Moses had stated a command regarding divorce. (Matt.19:7 and Mark 10:3) So if verse 1 is only a permission, we must find another statement by Moses which is, in fact, a command! As far as I can tell, every other statement he makes on the subject is a permission! (Exodus 21:1-11; Deuteronomy 21:10-14)

3. The major difficulty with this view is that it makes God to not only condone, but actually to be a party to wickedness as he expressly permits a woman to enter into an adulterous relationship and thus to be defiled by the latter husband! This view thus teaches that in a situation of such a permitted divorce, God is actually forced into a corner where he must choose the lesser of two evils!!!! Such is an absolute impossibility for James 1:14 clearly states, "God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man."

4. We are told that the permission to remarry was to protect the woman from destitution. But God had already made ample provision that no person in Israel was left destitute. Whether they were single, married, divorced, male, female, bond, free, Israelite or stranger- provision was made for their needs! See Ex.23:9; Lev.19:10,33,34; 23:22; 25:6,35-38; Deut.1:16,17; and 10:18-22. Thus remarriage was never a necessity in Israel to avoid destitution!

5. All commentators who accept the popular view say that "uncleanness" in v.1 could NOT be sexual immorality because the remedy for such was death, not divorce! But they fail to recognize that IF the woman is defiled by the latter husband, it can only be the defilement of adultery for which the law also required the death penalty!! They also fail to recognize that incest is a sexual sin that can be committed ignorantly by both parties and that God makes merciful provision for sins of ignorance. (Leviticus 4:21-35 and Numbers 15:27-30).

6. We who hold the "unpopular view" are often charged with being harsh, legalistic, unforgiving and of showing no compassion to those who have had a marriage failure. Actually, the very opposite is true! God's grace always leaves the door open for reconciliation to sinners who are willing to turn from their sin. God continually urges repentance and promises forgiveness and restoration. See Jeremiah 3! Only after such offers of grace are continually refused and God's judgment falls in death does the opportunity for reconciliation cease. But the popular view fosters a spirit of unforgiveness and hardheartedness which absolutely denies reconciliation when one has failed and remarried after a wrongful divorce!

I am willing to go on record to say that if anyone at any time can scripturally refute all 6 of the above objections to the "popular view", I will publicly renounce the "unpopular view" which I presently hold. I am fully aware that such would radically alter all that I have taught on this subject to date.

(signed) Bruce Woodford September 14th, 1994

I would gladly correspond with any who would like to discuss these matters and would like to email me at
Comments at the end of these blog posts are also always welcomed.

P.S. For those who would like to evaluate the meaning of “uncleanness” in Deuteronomy 24, and do so objectively, scripturally and independently of any interpretation or comments of any commentator (myself included), my next post will be a questionnaire and inductive study of that passage and a number of key words which are used in it.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Warfare under the Command of the King of Kings

It has been a long time since I’ve made a new post to this blog! But, during the last year, my wife Judy and I have watched a number of war movies and have been deeply impressed with the futility of war, its horrible waste of human life and the deeply entrenched lies which compel so many young people to enlist for active duty in armed conflicts! When men seek to settle disputes by fighting and when national leaders “declare war” on other nations they are deceived by the utterly false notion that “might is right”! Nothing could be further from the truth! The “winning “of a war never means that the winning side was right! In reality, no nation ever “wins” a war for it is a losing proposition for all involved. The only ones which “win” in armed conflict are the corporations and the very wealthy which make huge profits by doing business with both sides of the conflict!

I have long been convinced that New Covenant believers have no right to take up arms. But I have been compelled in recent weeks to search out the scriptures again regarding this subject. Two concerns have loomed large in my thinking:
(1) The mindset of most Christians on the subject of warfare has been determined for far too long by principles of nationalism and patriotism rather than by what the Lord Jesus and the scriptures clearly teach.
(2) Current events in our world and the Bible’s clear teaching about end–times events both indicate that very difficult days are about to engulf us when all those who name the name of Christ and seek to live to please Him will be hated, despised and hunted down. Our response to those who hate us will be governed by what we truly believe, and woe be to us if what we believe about warfare has not been derived Biblical instructions to New Covenant people!

The following then are a few thoughts I’ve gleaned from scripture in recent weeks. I know that the things I write below will not “sit well” with many who think that “national defence” or “going to war to defend one’s homeland” are high ideals. So I welcome comments, challenges and questions from many who will disagree as well as from the tiny minority who may happen to share my convictions! I have been deeply encouraged in recent months by the expressed convictions of a number of young Christian men who have allowed the teachings of the Lord Jesus, rather than their cultural norms, to guide their thoughts relative to warfare.

The Lord Jesus, His forerunner John the Baptizer, and the apostles all spoke and taught concerning the kingdom of which the Lord Jesus is the King.

His kingdom is at cross purposes with all the kingdoms of this world.

So, as soldiers in His kingdom, our actions and responses must be consistent with His desires and not follow the pattern of kingdoms of this world!

Prohibitions upon soldiers in His kingdom which are contrary to military principles of kingdoms of this world:

(1) No hierarchy in leadership. (Our “Commander in Chief” was the first to humbly serve his “troops” and first to lay down His life for them!) So too, leaders among His troops will be recognized, not by positions of honour, but by humble service to and self-sacrifice for others.
Mark 10:42) But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43) But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44) And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45) For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
1 John 3:16) Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (Our allegiance will be tested by whether we yield to a commander who exercises authority over us or to the One who humbly gave Himself for us!)

(2) No violence to any man or false accusations against any.
Luke 3:14) And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. (Our true allegiance will be demonstrated by our response to this command. We cannot serve two masters. Any soldier on active duty in armed combat for his country would soon be court-martialled if he purposed to obey this command!)

(3) No destruction of men’s lives.
Luke 9:54) And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55) But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 6) For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. (The manner of spirit we are of will be demonstrated by our willingness or unwillingness to destroy the lives of others. We cannot serve two masters.)

(4) No fighting allowed, even to deliver our King from the hand of those who would kill him! (How much less is fighting permitted to deliver his servants, our brothers or sisters, from death at the hand of those who oppose us!)
John 18:36) Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (A Chruistian’s willingness or unwillingness to fight to protect his own comrades from death will demonstrate which commander and which kingdom has his true allegiance. We cannot serve two masters.)

(5) No paying back evil for evil (no taking of vengeance). Romans 12:17) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Every soldier of Jesus Christ will have his true allegiance tested by his response to this command. We cannot serve two masters.)

(6) No evil means may be used to seek victory over evil. Romans 12:21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Our true allegiance will be demonstrated by our response to this command. We cannot serve two masters.)

(7) None who are ministers of grace have any right to give offence resulting in the ministry being blamed. (All New Covenant believers are part of that ministry! IICorinthians 6:1) We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2) (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4) But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5) In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6) By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7) By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8) By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 9) As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10) As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. (Our true allegiance will be demonstrated by our response to these instructions. We cannot serve two masters.)

(8) No fighting against flesh and blood and no warfare using physical weapons! II Corinthians 10:3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6) And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Ephesians 6:10) 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.
(We will have our true allegiance demonstrated by the kind of armour we take up and by the kind of enemies we fight. We cannot serve two masters.)

(9) No entanglement with affairs of this life for soldiers of the King! II Timothy 2:3) 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. (Our true allegiance will be demonstrated by our “entanglements” in life! Who are we determined to please? With whom or with what are we willing to be entangled, entwined or mixed up? )

(10) No surrender to fleshly lusts, which war against the soul and purposing to glorify God by good works! 1 Peter 2:11) Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12) Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (Our true allegiance will be demonstrated by the desires to which we surrender and by the works which we do.)

Thomas Mann wrote, “War is only the cowardly escape from the problems of peace.”

The apostle James wrote, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”

Thus we see that the “problems of peace” are the following responsibilities which men of peace must be courageous enough to bear:
(1)The responsibility to be unselfish,(ye lust, ye kill, ye desire to have)
(2)The responsibility to be dependent upon God and to let our requests be made known to Him, (Ye have not because ye ask not.) and
(3)The responsibility to be submissive to His will, rather than demanding our own. (Ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts.)

The greatest victory that was ever won, which destroyed the greatest adversary, openly spoiled his principalities and powers and brought the greatest deliverance to the greatest number was accomplished on a lonely hill by the sacrifice of one humble and unselfish man who was dependent upon His God and submissive to His will!

But whenever we will not obey our King (that humble, unselfish, dependent and submissive man) and will not accept the “problems of peace”, i.e…
- the responsibility to demonstrate unselfishness toward our fellow men,
- the responsibility to demonstrate dependence upon our Creator, and
- the responsibility to demonstrate submissiveness to His
revealed will….

-we will make our escape to earthly battlefields…
- to defend our own supposed “rights”…
- by destroying men’s lives …
- as we take up carnal weapons against flesh and blood!

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