Spiritual War Vets
So while many in the modern world deny the existence or relevance of evil spirits, the battle with these adversaries has been part of the Christian life ever since Paul wrote: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Eph. 6:12).
Even The Book of Common Prayer (1928) includes this petition: "From all inordinate and sinful affections; and from all the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil, Lord, deliver us."
In contemporary American culture, there's a growing interest in the paranormal, from Harry Potter to Twilight, from fascination with angels to fascination with vampires. From the occult to TV shows about the supernatural. The spirit world is no longer automatically denied.
So, believe it or not, spiritual warfare is part of our world, part of our ministry, part of the cost of our daily discipleship. At Leadership Journal, we offer the stories of pastors who are learning these ancient but for them newly acquired skills of war.
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