The increase in the assault against the Catholic church has been consistent for some years now. Those that have came forward claiming sexual abuse from priests within the church has caused a great disunity, division and other forms of conflict in this nation, especially. This is not isolated to the Catholic church, yet the focus on it shadows the indiscretions of other religious transgressions; rest assured, the plague of ministry stigmas are everywhere, even though the media would make it look otherwise.
This blog is not focused in any way on bashing Catholicism or any religious faith; that is a unnecessary, unproductive and shows a lack of real understanding of the actual issue. This post is tied to the men and women that are being influenced by the Enemy and thereby becoming key components in the overall mission to undo all that God has done. Remember, beloved readers; there is a much larger agenda being played out and its almost ALWAYS OVERLOOKED. Why, because the enemy knows that we as people rarely EVER look past the surface, and this flaw is what has been used to further our destruction. Okay, let’s get to it.
Let’s begin with The Word of God first; always the BEST place to start. In the New Testament, the book of Ephesians starting at chapter 6, verse 10 states, “10-Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. 11-Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 13-Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14- Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15- And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16- Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17- And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18- Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (this is especially for those prayed up buzzword believers… no such thing), and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Okay, in the book ‘The Hobbit’, Smaug was a character that was depicted to be invincible, not because of his teeth, nor his ability to fly, or spit flames from his mouth or anything like that, BUT because of his skin, which was considered IMPENETRABLE. It was his natural armor against anything that man could throw at him, BUT in his ROUSING ARROGANCE he did not see his vulnerability, which was a small hole within the armor that was a direct shot to his heart which ultimately led to his death.
Men and women who decide to become servants to God through ministry, as the Word of God depicts MUST protect themselves with the armor of God at all times, from head to toe, seeking strength through the Word, and through consistent prayer, be able to REPAIR ANY DAMAGE THAT OCCURS WHEN THE ENEMY ATTACKS. Here’s the big issue, like Smaug, many that have positions within the churches believe that they are impenetrable; they believe that their MAN-GIVEN titles, their memorization of scripture, the undeserved perks, the delusions of grandeurs, etc… are enough to thwart the enemy, yet these issues create holes within their armor, if they’re even WEARING ANY IN THE FIRST PLACE.
The enemy rides the backs of many that enter the church, but the real victory is when those that are considered to be men and women of God are used to infiltrate and reek havoc in the ministry, thereby causing doubt, confusion, and eventually a lack of faith and belief in God because of it. The arrows of sexual indiscretions in the forms of infidelity, abuse and assault that has gone on for years from lack of SPIRITUAL protection and/or an egoistic belief that it is not needed cause ‘I am a priest, evangelist, minister, deacon, missionary, pastor, cleric, choir director, praise leader, church mother, usher, bishop, cardinal, monk, apostle, overseer, or pope’. We that are placed in positions to be spiritual soldiers are not supposed to be the PROBLEM.
So how do we resolve this epidemic that has gained great momentum in its goal to destroy the ministry from within? First, the Word of God tells us to ‘be strong IN THE LORD…’ (Ephesians 6:10a). Having the understanding that I, YOU, WE ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH THE ENEMY ALONE, is a necessary reality check. The enemy is been doing this well before us and will continue to do this long after us. It has eons of practice, and we have only seen a small, small fraction of the tactics used, yet we can no longer ‘bring a DULL knife to the gun fight, expecting to make something happen’.
Next, we must REALIZE THAT THIS WAR IS BEYOND THE FLESH, (Ephesians 6:12). No amount of man laws, statutes, etc… will EVER stop the enemy from its goal. For example, it used to be that when someone kills someone, usually he or she is apprehended, thus allowing the laws to inflict its form of ‘justice’… now the murder-suicide rate has increased exponentially… what can man’s law do to the dead? We are left with no form of justice… just pain, sorrow, and the fragile faith of God’s people is all but non-existence. The era of the non-believers have increased and many more follow in its wake.
Next, we must protect ourselves with all that God has provided to withstand the war that is and is to come (Ephesians 6:11, 13-17). Each piece has a purpose; each piece is designed to keep us safe in times of tragedy, confusion, hatred, fear, depression, oppression, temptation, and any other assault that can inflict physical, emotional, mental and spiritual damage. We have to leave the arrogance at the door, believing that what we do without God makes a difference when it comes to our salvation (Where YOU are, God is NOT).
Lastly, and MOST IMPORTANT, we MUST USE PRAYER AT ALL TIMES TO REPAIR THE CRACKS AND KINKS THAT OCCUR WITH EACH AND EVERY ASSAULT (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer creates and builds YOUR REALTIONSHIP WITH GOD. It is not just a one-sided conversation, but a opportunity to open dialog with Spirit. In spite of what we have been misled to believe, THE TITLE DOESN’T ENSURE THAT THE PRAYER WILL BE HEARD AND/OR ANSWERED QUICKER! This delusion REALLY needs to be eliminated. There are many scriptures that tell us to pray and even HOW to pray, but I have YET to read one that says that this title or that title has precedence. Your prayer has JUST AS MUCH POWER AS THE PASTOR, BISHOP, PRAYER WARRIOR, APOSTLE, WHOMEVER… in many cases, even more so, especially when your FAITH and SINCERITY is a prime factor.
I will leave it here; the Smaug in us must be vanquished. May God bless and keep you.