The World is Awash in Wickedness – Followers of Jesus in the World Must Fulfill Vital Role as Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God & the Battles Ahead, Like It or Not
Christians worldwide have just finished celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yet many Christians don’t completely understand the purpose of His first coming. Most church-going Christians are able to quickly provide stock answers to questions relating to the purpose of his birth, murder and resurrection, but few understand the nature of the underlying battle that has been waged and continues to grow in intensity. A battle in which we are to be engaged as warriors and not mere spectators. However, we are neither alone nor ill equipped for this battle, yet many Christians don’t understand their roles.
As stated in the Holy Bible, “He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8 [KJV]. Clearly, Jesus came to redeem mankind and destroy sin, the act of sinning, and take back our legal birthright lost by the sin of Adam. But the battle did not stop there. The battle between good and evil continues to rage, and Christians are called upon to be Ambassadors for his Kingdom and warriors against the wiles of Satan and his earthly and spiritual minions.
Much like Adam selling man’s birthright through his sin, the modern church is selling us out by failing to teach us the whole and complete nature of the battle at hand. Instead of teaching us about the authority delegated to us by the power of God to fight Satan and his agenda of evil and lawlessness, we have been led into a path of eternal damnation through acquiescence and complacency represented by false but popular “feel-good” doctrines of sinful tolerance. This metastatic doctrine of passive acceptance of sinfulness abounds in Western churches, facilitated by pastors who preach passivity, prosperity and inclusiveness rather than the most effective methods to fight with the heavenly weapons provided.
Just as Jesus came to redeem mankind, he has also equipped us with the weapons needed so we can submit to God and resist the temptations of devil while we are on this earth, serving as Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God. But what good are these weapons if we are not taught in their use? If Christians don’t understand the nature of the battle or the weapons given us, how can we possibly fight with the weapons provided to us by God with which we are unfamiliar?
Time is exceedingly short and the moment is at hand where we must pick up the mantle of leadership, as Ambassadors of his Kingdom, to resist and fight the enemy attempting to steal our salvation through the most perverse methods within and outside of the body of the Church.
We are told that good words without good works is insufficient in Colossians 1:12-14 [KJV]: Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
We can take from this that we, as Christians, have work to do. It is required of us, but we are not without the means, which is the Word of God and both our shield and our sword. It is our role, by the delegated authority of Jesus Christ and the power of God, to fight against the powers of sin and darkness, the wicked and evil ways of this earth… like it or not.