Vintage message from May 31, 1998.
Do you realize that the church today is in a battle? Do you realize that when we walk out these doors that we are stepping into a world that hates God? [A world] that does not have the Holy Spirit, does not understand that they need a relationship with the Father, and that the Father has given His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for them as well as for us? When we walk out, and it may not be a battle with them, but Satan himself stands out in the world defying the church to come and take away from him what he’s stolen. Defying the church to stand up against his power and his strength. And you know what? We can walk around with the symbols all day long; we can wear the [Christian] t-shirt all day long; we can wear the crosses around our neck and we can show people all day long what “good” Christians we are, and never once open our mouth to tell someone that they are dying and going to hell if they do not have relationship with Jesus. You know what? It’s not about my t-shirt, and it’s not about my Bible, and it’s not about the cross I may wear. Those things are great reminders to me…but that t-shirt does me no good if it’s not coming out of my mouth, and telling people of the love that Jesus has for them. If I do not enter into the battle, and understand, because you enter into the battle does not mean that you are going to be defeated… It’s a battle, and…Satan may attack us, and Satan may do horrible things, and he may even strip away from us some of the icons, the symbols that God has given us. He may just take them away from us…but we do not exist because of a symbol. We exist because of a relationship and the power of the Holy Spirit…
Carrying your Bible is not going to protect you from the battle that is going on out there, because our battle is not against flesh and blood, but it’s against the devil. It’s against God’s enemy. It’s against principalities and powers that we do not even see. And the only effective weapon we have is prayer, God’s Word, relationship with Him, and faith.
Pastor Dave Elkins