Fighting According to God's Rules of Engagement.

jTxgrobTE“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

Paul uses some highly militaristic language in these verse.  The rules of war here are:

Destroying defensive fortifications.

Taking captives.


Punishing resistance when the ‘city’ is finally brought to submission.

At first glance these ‘rules of engagement’ would seem anti-christian. It is siege craft. These also seem to go beyond the popular notion that simple ‘subversion’ without direct engagement is sufficient.  But, what’s going on here?  As a former military man, these terms have pertinency.  They apparently go way beyond ‘speaking the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15) ‘blessing those who persecute you’ (Romans 12:14), and ‘living peaceably with all.’ (Romans 12:18) So with that, a few questions:

1.  Who, exactly is supposed to be waging this war? All believers? A select few? No one?

2.  What justifies the spiritual ‘use of force?’

3.  How does a Kingdom citizen ‘punish resistance?





0 thoughts on “Fighting According to God's Rules of Engagement.

  1. Dawnita says:

    1. All; but we need to realize we are “assigned” different stations & ranks depending on our maturity and experience.
    2. Praying proactively; specifically & sometimes openly. Standing for truth; refusing to do things against “orders” and insisting on following orders out of respect for our Authority.
    3. Don’t put up with rebellion in your presence or in the congregation. We can celebrate our God Given differences without putting up with other people’s sin. We can love the sinner without allowing the sin in our presence. I see that people usually respect us more for it, and will even seek us as a type of sanctuary when temptation is overwhelming them…

    Am I on the right track?

  2. Marshall says:

    this war is like no other: doesn’t consist of a flesh-on-flesh conflict (though flesh be collaterally impacted).

    use of spiritual force justifies (rather than being justified).

    to “punish”, or εκδικησαι, like delivering justice (out of any disobedience); as what we are seeing from Acts 5 (Ananias & Sapphira). In the “war”, life may be lost or decimated (i.e., I Corinthians 11:29-30; Daniel 4), but the collateral effects are merely an overcast in our requisite-quest to reconciliation. Several recent & startling examples come to mind (the sudden death of a man who refused a warning regarding the beating of his wife; the rapid death of a man warned regarding his assembling a new sect; the decimation of a man with his family for attempting to harm a brother…), though I suspect that I am now forgetting so many others merely because they outwardly lacked dramatic collateral effect.

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