The Kingdom Warriors' Blog

06/08/2016

The enemy’s weapons: Wrong teaching

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:53

A big reason why God’s people do not take the spiritual battle in earnest, is wrong teaching. Therefore, the enemy is free to steal, kill and destroy, because they have not received the truth. Many have not received any teaching at all, since it doesn’t seem to be popular to preach on spiritual warfare. Unfortunately, there has also been bad teaching.

We cannot talk about all the variations of wrong teaching here, but we can look at some of them.

Claim #1: The devil is defeated so we need not concern ourselves with him.

It is true that Jesus has conquered the devil, but from that victory we are supposed to resist the enemy, here on earth.

1 Peter 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

Peter wrote this AFTER Jesus’ victory on the cross, and AFTER His resurrection, that is, AFTER Jesus had conquered the devil.

Claim #2: Christians cannot be demonized.

There is nothing in the Bible that says a believer cannot be demonized. There is no difference between saved and unsaved in the Bible when it comes to people being demonized. However, we as believers cannot be possessed. The effect of the teaching that Christians cannot be demonized is, they are not being set free.

Claim #3: You should not look for demons behind every bush.

The idea is good. There can be excesses, where people blame everything on the enemy. We must remember that we also have a flesh to deal with. The result of the teaching, not to look for demons behind every bush is, we do not look for demons at all. That it is a serious mistake.

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