Bradlee Dean: The Church Militant...Where is it?
“Have you ever passed through the furnace and been taught by the Spirit of God that your natural gifts go for naught unless you have the fire of heaven in your soul? You can’t go on heavenly missions without heavenly fire.” – D. L. Moody
This week I had a conversation with a friend of mine about the lack of Christ in the professed Christians in this country. The conversation lead into what people think Jesus Christ came into the world to do, turning His character into something that is, in fact, completely opposite of who Christ was incarnate. Christ was one who spoke boldly (John 7:26) and not as the scribes, who came to bring a sword and not peace (Matthew 10:34). Rather than Christ in power as a conqueror (Revelations 6:2), the professed church has attempted to make Him look and act just like themselves (Exodus 20:4): tolerant and fruitless, fallen and defeated, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth (Hebrews 12:2).
Friends, it never ceases to amaze me – the complete incompetence (corruption in government, abortion, homosexuality, lack of obedience, etc.) I have seen in the professed church in America.
Yes, I said the professed church.
And of course I am making the distinction between the goats and the sheep, keeping in mind that nobody rebuked the religious hypocrites more then Jesus Christ Himself (Matthew 23).
So, then, how do we reconcile the present church with men of old that proved the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
John G. Lake said, “… Christianity did not go into the world apologizing. It went to slay the powers of darkness and undo the works of the devil, and it lived in holy triumph.”
Let me explain: Friends, the life of a Christian is warfare, an intense warfare, and it is a lifelong contest.
John Calvin said, “Whomsoever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of His fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil.”
Or what about George Whitfield? He said, “The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph over all the temptations of the wicked one, who is very vigilant, and seeks all occasions to disturb me.”
Christianity is a battle waged against invisible foes who are always alert and ever seeking to entrap, deceive and ruin the souls of men.
The Christian life is no picnic or excursion. It is not entertainment or a pleasure trip. It involves effort, wrestling and struggling (Acts 14:22). It demands putting forth the full energy of your spirit in order to frustrate the foe and be in the end more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). It is not a flower-strewn path, no rose-scented affair. From start to finish, it is spiritual warfare. It is a battle, not a game. From the moment they first draw their spiritual swords, Christian warriors are compelled to “Endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3).
What a misconception many people have of the Christian life! How little the average church members appear to know of the character of the conflict and its demands upon them! How ignorant they seem to be of the enemies they must encounter if they are to serve God faithfully, succeed in getting to Heaven and receive the crown of life! (Matthew 7:13) They scarcely seem to realize that the world, the flesh and the devil will oppose their onward march – and will totally defeat them unless they give themselves to constant vigilance and unceasing prayer (Revelations 12:17).
And it is just at this point I mean to highlight the professed church’s greatest defects. There is little to nothing of the soldier element in it (2 Timothy 2:3). The discipline, self-denial, spirit of hardship and determination that belong to the military life and are so prominent in it are lacking in Christianity. Yet, my friends, the Christian life is warfare from the beginning to end.
Remember, God is willing to give the church what it is willing to fight for. But you do not get the victory without the fight.
Who are the men that got the job done? Watch my video:
Other Articles from The Dean
- Politicians: Ignorant Men Praise Them For What They Say - Wise Men Condemn Them For What They Do 29 Nov 2019
- Celebrity Conversions That Just Don’t Line Up With Scripture 23 Nov 2019
- Time to Hold Government, Individuals & Agencies Accountable For Those Killed & Injured During Shootings In “Gun Free Zones” 16 Nov 2019
- Attorney General Keith Ellison: Accuser of The Innocent, Defender of The Guilty – Attempting to Equate Hate to The Law that Exposes Their Crimes 08 Nov 2019
- Gun Grabbers: Trick & Lure - “Trump Wants To Make A Deal” And It's Not Good! (A Letter You Must Read) 02 Nov 2019
- Because Our Forefathers Did Not Submit To Tyranny 243 Years Ago, Americans Still Have The Freedom Today To Right The Wrongs! 25 Oct 2019
- George Washington Warned of The Party Spirit: Democrats vs. Republicans is A Political Language Devised to Divide The American People! 21 Oct 2019
- Hirelings In The Pulpits Of American Churches Are Teaching Sheep To Submit To Wolves In Government Who Are Seeking To Devour 14 Oct 2019
- Americans Say That They Love Their Freedoms, But What Do They Love More? 06 Oct 2019
- Firearms Are The People’s Liberty Teeth - It Is For Americans to Grin (Resist) In The Face Of Tyranny! 02 Oct 2019
- Stop the Press! 156 Eyewitness Accounts Were Omitted From The Mainstream Media’s Narrative Concerning September 11, 2001- Here They Are! 20 Sep 2019
- A Leading to War… How Long are Americans Going to Allow the Corrupt Media and Government to Set the Narratives? 16 Sep 2019
- Taxing America To Death: 545 Responsible For This Mess Who Unite In Common Con Job 07 Sep 2019
- The Father of the Bill of Rights Warned: The Best Way to Enslave the People is to Disarm Them! 31 Aug 2019
- The Administration that Promised to “Make America Great Again” Is Stripping Away Your Rights! Wake Up! (Press Releases-Videos ) 24 Aug 2019
- Controlled Opposition: The Best that the Conservatives Have to Offer, Is the Very Reason that America is in Trouble Today! 16 Aug 2019
- Here We Go Again: Mainstream Media Counters Eye Witness Accounts! 4 Men in Black as Shooters In El Paso 09 Aug 2019
- Out of Their Own Mouths: The Muslims are Telling You Their Plans–Infiltrate American Government (Video) 02 Aug 2019
- To The 94% Who Say They Don't Believe The Mainstream Media, Who Told You Michelle Obama Is The Most Admired Woman? Here We Go Again… 28 Jul 2019
- As The Show Goes On …Ted Cruz Jumps on Board to Add to The List of American Appeasers “Grilling” Big Tech Companies - What a Joke! 20 Jul 2019
- We are Under the Control of The Globalists - You and the Globalists are Sadly Mistaken! Live Your Lives Where… 13 Jul 2019
- Hand Picked Presidential Candidates - What About The Other 200 Candidates The Media Never Told You About? All Driving Support… 06 Jul 2019
- General Wesley Clark Said 18 Years Ago “Planned Wars”, 7 Countries in 5 Years, Finishing Off Iran! (Video) 28 Jun 2019
- Operation Wetback: President Eisenhower’s Answer to Illegal Immigrants in America - He Deported Them! 21 Jun 2019
- 196,000 Illegals Just Released Into American Cities with All Inclusive Packages - Work Permits - Benefits on Their Way 14 Jun 2019
- The President Attempting to De-Criminalize Sodomy – The Question that Needs to Be Asked, Why is Sodomy Illegal? 07 Jun 2019
- How to Detect a Business that is Serving Itself – A Business Soon to Be Out of Business 31 May 2019
- The Muslim Invasion is Not Something that You are Able to Run From-The Lord is Going to Get Your Attention One Way or Another! 24 May 2019
- The Question that Americans Should Be Asking their Acting Representatives? Where Did You Get that Authority? 18 May 2019
- Contrary to What You Have Been Promised, Your Country is Literally Being Handed Off to Foreigners (Videos) 11 May 2019
- Muslim Representative Ilhan Omar “Warmly Welcomed” Into An American Public School! (Video) 04 May 2019
- Presidential Candidate: I Cannot Help Myself, I Was Born This way! It’s Gods Fault - Blasphemy! 26 Apr 2019
- The Muslims are Colonizing Under Your Noses - Putting Muslim Representatives Into Position Only to Attack! 19 Apr 2019
- The End Times “Gloom and Doom” Filthy Hippies! 06 Apr 2019
- The "Good Guys" are Illegally Pushing for Door to Door Confiscation through Red Flag Polices - Not Law! Learn From History 31 Mar 2019
- Justifying The Deeds Of The Damned 31 Mar 2019
- Did You Know That Your Government is Arming Agencies Like the IRS, DHS, VHA, OIG, SSA, NPS? 15 Mar 2019
- Learning The Lesson: Where Our Forefathers Drew The Line! 08 Mar 2019
- Formal Believers, That Just Do Not Believe! 02 Mar 2019
- Either Jesus Will Be Your King Or Your Man Made King Will Be Your God! 23 Feb 2019
- Americans that Tolerate Corrupt Politicians to Sow Seeds-The Nation Will Reap 16 Feb 2019
- How Does the “Deep State” Push Their Agenda Forward Without America’s Politicians Doing it for Them? They Cannot! 25 Jan 2019
- They’re Going After Your Guns, Again! What Did Your Forefathers Teach You to Do? It’s Time to Resist! 21 Jan 2019
- Sanctuary State-City: Another Police Officer Murdered by Illegal Immigrant - Law States Governor, Mayor & Legislators Are Legally Responsible! 05 Jan 2019
- Who Gave Congress Delegated Authority to These Subversive Organizations to Operate in America? The People Didn’t! 05 Jan 2019