Spiritual Warfare vs. the Power of the Cross

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Spiritual warfare is worshiping God?

It is interesting to note that along with “positive confession” many adherents to this belief also engage in what they call “spiritual warfare”.  I am all for rebuking Satan in Jesus’ Name, casting out demons and prayer.  Amen, can’t say enough about prayer.  I am speaking specifically of the (for lack of better descriptive terms) an “extreme emphasis/fascination” with fighting the devil.  In fact, more than worshipping God, through His Son Jesus Christ out of thanksgiving and heartfelt sincere adoration, fighting the devil became the focus.   The emphasis was that we had power and that the devil had to do what we said….

This is pivotal to the Word of Faith lie.

Exhibit A–Charles Capps:

In The Tongue, a Creative Force (1976), positive confessionist Charles Capps, teaches that there are powerful “spiritual” words. Such words, which are ordinary words, can under certain circumstances, become vehicles for creative or supernatural power.

When “faith-filled” spiritual words are spoken (as words of power), they can alter the physical and spiritual world. Capps says, “You see there is more to it than just saying it. The words must originate from the inner man where spiritual power is released through words.”

He goes on to state that “spirit words can control both the spirit world and the physical world. Because the words themselves have power, they will work for either God or man in the same manner.” He goes on:

“The spirit of man is not of this world, it is of the spirit world. The creative ability of man comes through his spirit. He speaks spirit words that work in the world of the spirit. They will also dominate the physical world. He breathes spirit life into God’s Word and it becomes a living substance, working for him as it worked for God in the beginning. These spirit words dominate the natural world” (p. 117-118).

(To know more about Charles Capps and why he is a false teacher see below.)

First of all, no where in the Bible does it say that we have spiritual power to create or do anything for ourselves.  The only place that Capps’ heretical teachings fit are in the mouth of the serpent in the Garden of Eden:

“And the serpent said unto the woman, ‘You shall not surely die:  for God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then you eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” –Genesis 3:4-5

There is an inherent desire in the flesh to have power, to be as gods. This was the desire that led to the Fall of mankind. This is the desire that leads people into witchcraft and ultimately demon possession: a lust for power, for secret knowledge. That’s what Eve and Adam wanted. There is a clear desire in all of man, there are no exceptions, to have power over the “spirit world”–to have authority over people, places and things, even God because it is inherent in our sin nature passed down through Adam.  It’s called the power of self.

A good example of what I am talking about is the false prophet Chuck Pierce.  He has written a book called, The Worship Warrior. I saw him in person once, but that’s another story altogether. His was affiliated with the WOF cult/church that we attended and were members of for two years. I don’t have to read this book to tell you what it’s about.

Of course it espouses the modern day WOF idea of “warring in the heavenlies” .  Chuck Pierce and others like him believe that with the right music, they can “set the atmosphere” for worship, they can “pull down the anointing” and in effect will chase all the demons away. Worshipping God is not about the worship of God, but it is about fighting the devil.  This verse sums it up:

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of Angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.”  Colossians 2:18

Think about this statement:  “let no man beguile you in a voluntary humility.”  I have to say that the Lord used this verse to describe what was going on in my life spiritually at that time and in the congregation we were a part of.  In “worshiping” God in this way, it became necessary to ignore what God was saying through His Word, His Holy Spirit; to ignore the Cross of Jesus Christ.  It became necessary to be deceived, to buy into the lie that Satan was selling through the leaders in the church.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” -2Tim. 3:13

Let me give you an example of what I am saying.  There are a few that come to mind, but this is the first one.  Every Thursday, the church had what they called “prayer meeting.”  It was from 7pm to whenever, it usually lasted a couple of hours.  Let me describe this prayer meeting so that you will begin to see what I am speaking about.  Some of you may be able to relate.

Every Thursday night, someone would begin by taking praying into the microphone.  This was the quietest point of the prayer meeting.  Then the musicians would come in and begin to play low mood music with a Gospel-jazzy flare, because it was important to always have music, that way the anointing could come down.  Again, their faith was not in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, but in the exterior workings and machinations of their own hands.

After the opening prayer, they would sometimes give out sheets with bullets on what we were to pray for:  1-the nation, 2-the city, 3-the churches, etc.  This is not bad if done in the right spirit.  Even James and John were rebuked by Jesus for “not knowing what spirit they were of.”  This one particular time I am thinking of was a night that started out like all the others.  I have to also say that I did not want to go most times but was compelled by the Holy Spirit to go so that I would see all of this.  It was grievous to my spirit to go.  It was loud and there was not any real prayer going on.  It was mostly just someone with the mic (music and mic were turned up as loud as they could possibly turn it up) pacing back and forth, praying in a monotone voice while others were basically copying that activity or kneeling down somewhere. Everyone who was there kneeling were mostly praying for the people there who were walking around!  I kid you not!

This particular Thursday night, they had set up several large posters.  Written on the posters were things like: “Pray for the Nation, etc. ”  It actually started out alright.  I didn’t feel the powers of darkness mingling in with the people I like I usually would (I have the gift of discerning of spirits) and it wasn’t so loud that I wanted to run out of there.  Isn’t it funny that bondage blinds you to the obvious?  Anyway, at one point a certain man whom the Holy Spirit named Phinehas, came and began to “call down the stronghold over” the city where we lived.  Ok, where is that in the Bible?  That we are supposed to call down strongholds over cities so that Jesus can reign there?  I will get to that in a minute.

As soon as he opened his mouth any remnant of the Holy Spirit that was there, left.  I literally felt the Holy Spirit leave the building.  Gone.  Immediately I felt that Satan was standing right in front of this man.  And what happened next I will never forget.  I saw in the Spirit lions coming into the group where we were standing and people being dragged off screaming.  I was praying in tongues at this point and was very scared.  I then heard demonic laughter as the man continued to “pray” this way.  No joke!  I also felt like the Lord was protecting me, but I was afraid for those who were standing around me.   I told the pastor about this incident, but nothing was ever said to correct, rebuke, or exhort or anything.  And things went along as normal, even though I know that others knew that things were not right, they were willing to go along with the directives of Phinehas  and the pastor.  The pastor kept Phinehas in his position of authority in the church because they all agreed with each other.  And anyone who wanted to “minister” there had to bow to the whims, wishes, “vision” and authority (without question) to the pastor.

Now someone could say, “Well, maybe he just didn’t know you, maybe he didn’t know if he could trust you, etc.”  Well, perhaps, but he can trust the Bible!  The Bible says that Christ and Belial have nothing to do with each other.  This always came back to me over and over again.  Light does not and cannot mix with darkness.  If you are going to a church where you experience demonic powers having their way in a “prayer meeting” or any other function, RUN!  RUN out of there!  And yes, it’s that easy!

Let me say this:  I thought that that was spiritual warfare too, but it wasn’t.  I would anoint my doors, my windows to try to keep the devil out.  I would rebuke the devil on a daily basis.  I was living in a state of spiritual fear.  Instead of trusting in Jesus and the Cross for my protection from the powers of sin and darkness, I was trying to perform certain rituals or keep certain laws to “keep the devil” out.  The devil was in everything and on everyone.  Any sin could be chalked up to some kind of demon.  It wasn’t the sin nature in that person, it was the power of Satan making that person do that.

The Power of the Cross

First of all, if you believe and confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Romans 9:10) you are born again.  You are no longer under the dominion of sin (the law of sin and death), you are under Grace.  Grace says that we have a Great High Priest that ever lives to make intercession for us.  Grace says that His Grace is sufficient for us.  Grace says that we have a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ in His Blood and that we have peace with God in this covenant.  We are now co-heirs with Christ.  We can’t fight the devil folks in our own way, with our words.  He was defeated on Calvary by our Lord Jesus Christ, but if our faith is not in Jesus Christ and what He did for us there EXCLUSIVELY, then essentially, we open the door to Satan’s foot.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing,” (John 15:5).

We have been given authority in Jesus’ name, but if we have dropped our shield of faith, it doesn’t do much good. If you are not submitted to God through His Son Jesus Christ, it doesn’t do you much good to resist the Devil. Yes, there is power in the Name of Jesus, but there was that story of the men in Acts 19:13-16 who were going around casting out demons in Jesus’ name and they got beat up by the demon possessed man and ran away from that place naked. They barely escaped with their lives:

“And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”

Don’t ya think it would’ve been different if Paul or Peter, or any true disciple of Jesus Christ had come along and told that demon to come out of that man? Why is that?  Because they had their faith solely and exclusively in Jesus Christ and His Cross.  He who is in us is greater than He who is in the world. Amen! The problem is that when we are not submitted to God, and we resist the devil, he doesn’t go anywhere. This has happened to me personally, so I know that it is true.  Unequivocally, Satan has power and will use it when possible to deceive, if possible the very elect.

My experiences in the Word of Faith movement taught me alot.  The poor souls who are caught up in this evil snare seem to spend most of their time either being afraid of or fighting off demons. But we know that Jesus has overthrown all principalities and powers on the CROSS! If man could overcome the devil by himself, then why did God have to send His own Son to die on a Cross to overcome sin and death and take the keys back from Satan? Hmm. And you know, it’s not in the Bible, but I think that once Jesus got to the place where He took the keys, Satan threw them at His feet and bowed down and ran away in fear of God Almighty!!!!

They take this verse Ephesians 6:12,

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

– and use this as the scripture on which they are standing to engage in this kind of abominable behavior.

This idea that you must speak the right things, avoid medicine and doctors, avoid Christmas, avoid certain people who are sick or mentally disturbed or suffering with some kind of sin issue because a spirit might come off of them and harass you, oppress you or possess you. Then you must annoint your house, you, your children, etc. b/c these demons might get ya. It is the same thing that the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes believed that if you did not wash your hands before you ate, that a demon could enter in through your eating, ie putting something in your mouth. Well, where is God? Is it up to us to protect ourselves from Satan and all the hordes of demons? No! The Bible is very clear about the fact that we can not do anything apart from Jesus Christ.

But if you look at Ephesians 6:10:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Then verse 13: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Our strength is never in ourselves or own abilities, even in our own understanding. It is only in Him, because He is the Rock of our Salvation, our Strong Defense in times of trouble, our Strong Tower, our Mighty Fortress. We must not go around rejoicing that we have power and authority over demons but rather we should rejoice that our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Luke 10:20).

The thing is, we don’t have any armor without faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on the Cross for us. He is the Author and Finisher of the Faith. It is His finished work that we must believe in and in fact everything that we have is in Him and through Him. He is our portion, not riches, not powers in this earth. We will rule and reign with Him, but we haven’t entered into Glory yet; we are not RESURRECTED yet. We have the promise, as an engagement to the Lord, but the wedding ceremony and supper has not occurred yet, but it will soon. “Blessed are they who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb,” Revelation 19:9a.

The reason I point out the fact that we haven’t entered perfection is because this was something that was contested at the WOF church. The idea that since we are kings and priests  that we have this now as far as power and authority in the spiritual realm and on this earth. This is what some call Dominion Theology. It goes hand in hand with Word of Faith.

One Tuesday evening Bible Study, my friend Debra commented that if we preach Jesus and Him crucified, i.e. the Gospel, then false doctrine would be put down and there would be less deception in the Churches. The next thing out of the pastor’s mouth was that “we have to go beyond the Cross. The Cross was something that happened in the past at the point of salvation, but now we must walk in the resurrection power, because the power is in the resurrection.”

As he said that, that verse about the power of God is the Cross popped into my head. I quickly asked God where that was in the Word and the Holy Spirit said, “It’s in 1 Corinthians chapter one.” I opened my Bible right to the page and looked down at verse 18. There it was, just as clear as day:

“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

My hand popped up and the pastor called on me. I read this verse aloud to him and reiterated that the power is in the Cross, not in the resurrection because the resurrection couldn’t have happened without Jesus dying on the Cross to be the propitiation for our sins thereby conquering sin and death.  His mouth dropped open.

But it was the Cross and it’s still the Cross for us today! Not just for salvation but for everyday, thus the words of Jesus Himself telling us to take up our cross, denying ourselves daily, and following Him. Where did He go? He went to Calvary!! Praise God!We don’t walk in the resurrection, we are still following Jesus to Calvary. How can we walk in the resurrection without being resurrected first? That doesn’t make sense.

After I quoted 1Corinthians 1:18, the pastor then told me, “Jesus’ work wasn’t finished on the Cross because He had to sprinkle His blood in heaven in order for the sacrifice on the Cross to be accepted by God.”  I asked him to point me to the verses in the Bible where it said that, because I had never read that.  He pointed me to Hebrews 9:12, but misinterpreted it to mean that Jesus took some of His blood with Him to heaven and sprinkled it there.

If the pastor was right then it would mean the following:

  1. -The Bible would say this, i.e. there would be a verse somewhere and there isn’t!
  2. – Jesus’ work wasn’t finished on the Cross,
  3. – After Jesus died, he took his blood with him to Hell
  4. -Or that Jesus took some blood up with Him when He ascended into Heaven to sit at the Right Hand of God

NO! I don’t think so!  Absolutely not!  So this verse (Heb. 9:12) is clearly talking about the Atonement, the Blood shed on the Cross, Jesus’ FINISHED work on the Cross.

The problem with these churches and the teachers that spew this kind of filth is that they don’t understand the Cross and they don’t believe in it. They don’t believe that they need it. They have attained salvation and now they have supernatural power, etc. Why would they need to recognize and humble themselves before the Cross of Christ? Why would they believe in a death?

One sister in the Lord who attends this church asked me, how could our victory be in a death? Isn’t death a defeat? I didn’t know what to say at first, so I prayed and God filled my mouth with His Word. I said something like, “It was not just a death on the Cross, it was the blood that He shed there for our sins. It’s His sacrifice that we trust in, that we walk in. We are covered in His atoning Blood by faith in His Sacrifice. It’s by faith.”

God bless!  Sorry this was so long, but there was alot to say! 🙂

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