Sunday, November 18, 2012

#459 - Is a holy war against demons truly righteous?

Next week, a war of attrition will be launched against the demons of San Jose, in retaliation for having failed to police their own, and for having violated the implied terms of engagement, by which my family was accosted. Information about such will be posted to this blog shortly. Meanwhile, a reader comment is provided below, in order to clear up any similar confusion among other readers...

In between preparations that are now underway for the upcoming campaign of retaliation against the demons of San Jose, which will take place upon return to California, I ponder the implications of such an enormous and dangerous undertaking. After all, of what threat is a man next to the superior intellect, prowess, experience, and stature of the common demon?

Jesus said, "Apart from me, ye are nothing." [John 15:5] Therefore, I must conclude that engaging in a war to the death with an army of Darkness requires a surety that can only come from God.

This post attempts to procure this surety by examining what God has said about war in general, as well as identify which causes for war God would support. According to my research so far, in sum, the Bible says that:
  • God advises anyone seeking war that there is no way to stop it until it is finally concluded;
  • Jesus says to avoid war, regardless of the personal cost; and,
  • Any cause for war must be sanctioned by God for His support.
The following three sections elaborate on these points.

God: war is inexorable; Jesus: avoid at all costs
On the topic of starting a war, King Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived, wrote:
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
Proverbs 17:14
 Let God Be True! explains this highly relevant verse:
It takes two to fight. You can avoid or end a fight by letting the matter go. But if both pursue the strife, it will quickly get worse. Wisdom tries hard to make peace, for the God of peace calls His children to peace unless it is a matter He has said they must fight for.

Great men make peace. Great men are not childish to fight over little things. Only weak men cannot rule their spirits and give in to their pride to respond to provocation. Are you great or weak? Is there any strife in your life you should end before the sun sets?

If an opening is made in an earthen dam or dike, flowing water does not stay a small stream, but it quickly eats away at the opening and violently escapes in a flood of water. In the same way, a fight will grow quickly, if it is not ended at the very beginning.

Wise men withdraw at the first sign of conflict. If you stay and trade facial expressions, words, or blows, a small confrontation can quickly escalate into a major fight or war. A foolish retort is followed by an angry demand, getting a spiteful contradiction, leading to a  hasty accusation. Soon both parties foolishly flail at each other with words or blows.

Such fighting is neither wise nor Christian! It is easy to sense or see the beginning of strife, but who can calculate the damage in the end, especially when his emotions are ruling his mind? A wise man avoids the painful consequences of an unnecessary conflict by humbly backing down on the front end. The slight pain to his pride is nothing to him.

The conflicts or fights that wise men avoid are those minor, personal matters that can easily be sacrificed. Wise men do not back down or avoid strife for justice or truth or oppressed victims, though they do always follow the rules of wisdom in any conflict. A wise man knows the difference between things to fight for and those to walk away from.

In Solomon’s day, water was held and directed by the use of levees, dikes, dams, ditches, and aqueducts (II Chr 32:1-4,30; Is 22:9-11). Much of Israel was dry. Being an agrarian society, they depended on water. It was common knowledge that a slight opening in a dam or levee would quickly open wider by the flow of the water itself, which would quickly become a flood, very difficult to reduce or stop. A dam is much more easily preserved than it is repaired! To keep them intact, even minor breaches must be avoided.

Strife and contention grow the same way – quickly and violently – into major battles. As soon as you sense anger rising or a conflict developing, get away and avoid the person and the matter. As some say, “Just let it go.” Do not let the fight even get started. Do not answer “fighting words” with other strong words (Pr 15:1). Do not reply to strife, unless you use a soft and conciliatory answer to appease the party and end the contention.

If spouses would learn this rule, there would be no marital quarrels. If church members learned this rule, divisions in the congregation would end. If siblings learned it, you might rightly see what the Bible calls “brotherly love” and “brotherly kindness”! Peace could reign with just a little wise consideration of water escaping from an earthen dam. Every man should avoid strife to be a peacemaker, which the Bible exalts (Matt 5:9).

 Wise men, who are honorable and glorious, defer anger and pass over offences (Pr 19:11; 20:3; Ec 10:4), but a fool will stay meddling (Pr 20:3; 18:6). Righteous men know that it is pride that keeps a fight going (Pr 13:10; 21:24; 28:25); they know prudence and understanding will not let anger react quickly (Pr 14:29; 16:32; 25:8; Eccl 7:8-9).

Contentious men or women, those that like to argue, fight, or hold grudges, are like adding gasoline to a fire (Pr 15:18; 26:21; 29:22), so scorners should be cast out to enjoy peace without them (Pr 22:10; Gen 21:9-10). But peace lovers will use soft answers and turn away wrath (Pr 15:1; 25:15). Christian charity refused to be provoked (I Cor 13:4-7).

David said, “They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs” (Ps 38:12-14). Perfect, holy wisdom!

Abraham graciously solved a property dispute with Lot by letting him choose, though he as the elder, the uncle, and God’s friend should have chosen first (Gen 13:8-9). And Gideon solved another difficult situation by gloriously appeasing the men of Ephraim (Judges 8:1-3). But Jephthah’s lack of that wisdom cost many lives (Judges 12:1-6).

In the New Testament, two conflicts were peacefully ended by appointing deacons and holding a council at Jerusalem (Acts 6:1-7; 15:1-31). But Paul and Barnabas separated from each other because they could not settle their differences (Acts 15:36-41). Weak brethren are allowed in churches, but they are not permitted to debate their personal opinions and cause strife, for church peace is far more important (Rom 14:1,17).

Jesus taught you to turn the other cheek when hit, which fulfills and expands the wisdom of this proverb (Matt 5:38-42). He did not mean a Christian should not defend his family or home, even with deadly force. He meant that ridiculously small events like being hit on one cheek give you the privilege of ending a fight by offering the other cheek!

Paul applied the Lord’s lesson by teaching you to live peaceably with all men (Rom 12:18-21; I Thess 5:14-15). Even ministers are told to reject foolish and unlearned questions to avoid the strife they cause (I Tim 1:4; 6:3-5; II Tim 2:14-16,23; Tit 3:9), for envy and related strife are from hell and have no part in a Christian’s life (Jas 3:14-18).

In small matters that cause fights, it is much better to suffer being defrauded a little than to press your point, escalate a fight, and never truly win in the end anyway! Paul taught the Corinthians, who had a fighting disposition, to end small matters this very way – to allow yourself to be defrauded (I Cor 6:7-8). Solomon, Jesus, and Paul all agreed!

To please God and obey Solomon’s proverb and follow the example and teaching of Jesus Christ, you must avoid foolish or personal contentions when you sense them rising. The strength and wisdom it takes to leave a fight is far more Christ-like and godly than pushing the issue to help it escalate into sin. It is better to choke a little while swallowing your pride to end a fight than to later choke out an apology after causing much damage.

This wisdom especially applies when a person in authority over you is offended with you. Instead of fighting back to defend yourself, admit your fault or your lower position and end it by yielding (Pr 16:14; 25:15; Eccl 10:4). There is great wisdom in learning to do this, but it takes humble wisdom. Let God’s advice through Solomon give you peace!

End a conflict today by backing down and walking away like a real Christian and wise man. Or better yet, give a gift to an offended person in order to make peace with them (Pr 21:14; 17:8; 18:16; Matt 5:23-26)? This is real Christianity and real wisdom, and God will greatly bless such peacemakers (Ps 34:12-16; Matt 5:9; Jas 3:17-18).
A righteous and holy cause for war
As the above article states, once the consequences of war are understood, God will only support the side that has the correct war must have validation from God for His support. In this case, I have proven twice over using the Word of God that the wartime agenda is both holy and righteous:
For convenience, these two articles are republished below.

Demons violate God's holy possessions: our bodies
You say your body belongs to you, God says your body belongs to Him, and demons say your body belongs to them. Who's right?

In God's plan for Voices Demons spelled out in Bible, the egregious and evil acts committed by the Voices Demons were found to be described exactly in the Bible, as were the consequences to said demons for committing them.

This post is similar, except that it pertains to demons that possess humans; specifically, it describes the consequences to such demons—as per the Word of God—as well as the consequences to men who attempt to (or succeed at) enhancing or enriching themselves by allowing or acquiescing to demonic possession.
NOTE | Many people in the Bay Area openly welcome the "gifts" (or abilities) given them by demons, in exchange for use of their bodies and minds, as well as their resources, which includes transportation, housing, and money.
Compare these examples to see the contrast between a man who is revolted and fearful of demonic possession and men who acquiesce to it:
In The most comprehensive collection of demon-possession videos in existence, the face of the demon possessing me overlaps my own terror-stricken face [see also Second "Demon in the Dark" video proves demonic possession]

In Demon-possessed, self-professed pedophile recounts crimes against children, a demon looms over the shoulder of an all-too-willing human collaborator
In Porn actor's face morphs into demon's in porn video, a porn actor revels in his ability to summon the demon possessing him, and even rolls his eyes in feigned ecstasy as the demon's face superimposes itself over his
To start, let's look at why demonic possession is an affront to God:
  1. God considers our bodies as His belongings. As was pointed out in Blanket demons possess bedsheets, humans possess clay, our bodies belong to God, not us. To-wit, 1 Corinthians 6:19 says:
Don't you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don't belong to yourselves. [GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)]
  1. God considers His belongings holy. Leviticus 27: 9, 30 teaches us that when a thing belongs to God, it is holy.
  1. God does not tolerate misuse of His belongings. The Bible teaches us that God is extremely protective of that which is His, to put it mildly. In fact, He has killed those who have touched His property, even men who were otherwise devout and loyal to Him.
In II Samuel 6:6-7, Uzzah, an old man and high priest, was killed for simply keeping the Ark of the Covenant—which God explicitly said not to touch, as it was considered His property and was, therefore, holy—from falling from a cart it was being carried on. To-wit: 
And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. [Online Parallel Bible] 
The ark was symbolic of principles sacred to God, and what it sacred to God must be treated exactly according to His instructions. Where the Holy Spirit dwells—your body—is sacred to Him, and possession by spirits and demons is a violation of that sanctity.
If all of the scripture above suggests to you that the Ark of the Covenant and your body are analogous, ponder this: how much more importance and value on your body does God place over the Ark of the Covenant?
I'd say if he killed a man for touching the Ark—which is just a thing next to a life such as your own—then demons and men who collaborate with them are in trouble; and, the Bible agrees with me. In Proverbs 20:25a, it says:
It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy.
That is to say, taking something that is the Lord’s and consuming it for your own pleasure is a sin.
  1. Demons invariably misuse (or abuse) God's belongings, i.e., the bodies of the humans they possess. See Damage to penis by demons extensive, irreparable for an example of one obscene thing that demons do to the bodies of humans; hear demons discussing this with a human collaborator in Voices demons harass visitor to my apartment.
God hates those who stir strife, anger, discord, etc.
God's plan for the Voices Demons, who continuously stir up strife among humans, encourage them to commit sin, and antagonize people on a daily basis, is pretty clearly stated in various parts of the Bible.

The most notable record of the Voices Demons' handiwork in the aforestated regard is documented in The Sunnyvale Knock (2006) web site [see The web site that launched the demonic war]; however, there are even more examples, and the results of their work can be seen or heard in a few posts on this blog such as these:
Another perfect example is from two nights ago, in which an unexpected guest, accompanying someone who was invited to my home, attempted to cause discord and strife among neighbors and other residents of my home by practically yelling a non-stop diatribe about his sexual exploits. Following is about 9 minutes of his hours-long attempt to please the Voices Demons, who instructed him on how to ruin my evening:
NOTE | Another—and more clear—example of demon collaborators talking just to annoy or frighten can be heard in SECRET VIDEO | Fake fighting, barking police arrest and "drug bust" commands by humans collaborating with demon stress-inducing aims [see also 
Voices Demons' mistake exposes Long's lieAUDIO | Voices demons harass visitor to my apartmentDemons recruit Long to taunt about homelessness they causedSECRET VIDEO | Demons instruct woman borrowing laptop to hack it].
After hearing this and reading the aforementioned posts, most would agree that God's plan is more than fitting for demons and people that have based their entire existences on talebearing, whispering, evil surmising, and cursing.

In an online article on Let God Be True!, the difference between the works (or fruits) of Voices Demons and those with love in their hearts is spelled out very clearly, particularly in this excerpt:
Love hears rumors, or even factual news of others' sins, but never repeats them; hatred craves private information and spreads it to any listeners.
It is by this very means that the Voices Demons gain persons' acquiescence and participation in such illegal activities as those described in the links above; and, insodoing, they cause others to sin, as well.

The article also describes the fate of such demons—and those who collaborate with them—that justify their behavior in this way:
Hatred of sin is holy and good (Pr 6:16-19; Ps 45:7). But hatred of others, shown by anger at personal offences, ignoring repentance, whispering about sins, and talebearing is murder in God's judgment (Matt 5:21-26). It proves a person to be without eternal life and living for the devil with a spirit from hell (John 8:44; James 3:14-16; I John 3:15).
Following is the entire article, which clarifies for those afflicted by such demons what love looks like, and what hate looks like:
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
Proverbs 10:12

Where there is strife, there is hatred. Conflict cannot exist without hatred. And unless love prevails, the strife will get worse. Love does not fight - it covers offences and sins. It seeks peace and pursues it. It cannot tolerate strife; it tries to end it as soon as possible.
Strife, a word we do not use much today, means antagonism, enmity, discord, contention, or dispute. It is fighting and conflict. While it is godly to strive for truth against sin and error, here we have personal strife caused by the hatred of those who do not practice love.
Where there is envy, strife, enmity, conflict, or tension, all you need do is look a little deeper to find one or both parties guilty of hatred. Fighting and antagonism do not and cannot exist where each person is practicing Christian charity, or love.
But there are wicked persons, with hearts full of malice and hatred, which we all were by nature (Tit 3:3), who delight in stirring up contentions and quarrels by talebearing, whispering, evil surmising, and cursing. These profane persons have no conscience or compassion, as Ham and Shimei; and they shall receive a similar fate from the holy and just God and noble men (Gen 9:20-27; II Sam 16:5-14; I Kgs 2:8-9; Is 29:20-21).
Charity forgives sins and forgets sins, just as the Lord forgives and forgets them. Love hides and conceals sins under the same forgiving cover that Christ provides every saint. This is covering sin, and it is a rule of life for saints of the most High (Pr 17:9; Jas 5:20; I Pet 4:8). But hatred, growing from anger and pride, loves to dig up evil, spread evil reports, and create strife and trouble (Pr 15:18; 16:27-28; 26:21; 28:25; 29:22; Jas 4:1).

Can we cover sins like Joseph, whose brothers could not believe his forgiveness, even after many gifts, favors, and passage of much time (Gen 45:1-15; 50:15-21)? Lord, help us. He put the very best perspective on their horrible sin and wept over all of them. How did the Lord reward this one son of Jacob? He gave him two tribes in Israel (Josh 14:4)!
Here is a golden opportunity for child training for dedicated Christian parents. Children must be trained and corrected strictly in this matter of hatred and love, strife and peace, covering sins or spreading them. The natural antagonism and competitiveness of children creates a perfect setting for teaching love, graciousness, forgiveness, and peacemaking.
Love has many facets (I Cor 13:4-7), but our proverb emphasizes one of them - covering sins. Love overlooks offences against it; hatred gets offended, holds bitterness, or plots revenge. Love forgets and hides the sins of the repentant; hatred remembers them or spreads them to others. Love hears rumors, or even factual news of others' sins, but never repeats them; hatred craves private information and spreads it to any listeners.
Can we cover all sins, as the Preacher taught here? Peter once sought a limit of seven times for covering sins, but our blessed Lord pressed him to seventy times seven (Matt 18:21-22)! How can we stir up trouble over a few pence, when our Lord has forgiven us ten thousand talents (Matt 18:23-35)! These things should never occur among those who name the name of Christ, and the judgment of the wicked servant is just and appropriate.

Covering sins is not compromise. It is not withholding Scriptural judgment, whether in the family, church, business, or nation. The rightful authority should speedily execute judgment, where God has ordained it. But covering sins should occur when the offences are against you, where there is repentance, or you are not in direct authority.
Hatred of sin is holy and good (Pr 6:16-19; Ps 45:7). But hatred of others, shown by anger at personal offences, ignoring repentance, whispering about sins, and talebearing is murder in God's judgment (Matt 5:21-26). It proves a person to be without eternal life and living for the devil with a spirit from hell (John 8:44; James 3:14-16; I John 3:15).
What if a person says, "Oh, how I love Jesus," but they stir up trouble, do not forgive personal offences, ignore repentance, and reveal sins to others? They are lying hypocrites, for the Bible says they are murdering descendants of Cain (I John 3:10-15).
Dear reader, let us take on the character of our Lord Jesus, who came into the world to save sinners. He has no use for the self-loving "righteous," for He knows the blackness of their hearts. Let us choose to forgive and cover sins in love, so that we might easily and honestly pray, "Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us."
Our lesson here is the basis for true peace - love. Where there is strife, contention, and tension, there is hatred lurking behind the false handshakes and lying words of murderers. It is our wisdom to live this lesson ourselves, avoid those wicked persons, and train such evil out of our children. Let us be the greatest peacemakers in the world by practicing the wisdom of this proverb. May the Lord Jesus grant us the grace and wisdom for the task.
Our lesson here is also the great gulf between the wise and foolish, between the righteous and wicked, between the sons of God and the sons of Belial. When Jesus met repentant sinners, He freely forgave them; when Pharisees see sinners, they despise them and hate God's full forgiveness (Luke 7:36-50; 15:25-32). But wicked persons shall have their day, as did the Jews. As the forgiving Lord did not forgive the Jews but miserably destroyed them, so shall these hateful, strife-causing murderers be burned up (Rev 21:8).

Here's Joyce Meyer's take on what God says about the power of words (watch the free podcast):
Satan uses peoples' mouths to bring pain and hurt; but, God wants to use it to bring joy and peace. You can build up with your mouth; and, you can tear down [with it]. You can edify and exhort; or, you can just totally deflate somebody. We can cause people to succeed by what we say to them; or, we can cause them to fail by what we say to them. What a responsibility we have! 
If you want to enjoy your life, keep your tongue from evil. What are some of the things that would be considered evil? Gossip. Criticism. Isn't it amazing how fast bad news travels? It's amazing that someone can do something bad, and within 24 hours, everybody knows it. I wonder what would happen if good news spread like that? Because there are good things going on; but, for some reason, the human flesh, apart from being controlled by God, is not as interested in telling good things as it is bad things.
Here's what the Book of James has to say about the tongue:
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
Here's another article from from Let God Be True!, which describes the qualities one takes on as a liar, and the power of a lie to destroy the liar's world and the world of people who perpetuate lies:
A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Proverbs 25:18
Do you smash, slash, or pierce others? Do you crush them? Cut and wound them? Pierce them deeply? If you ever exaggerate, lie, or remain silent to put a person in a bad light, you are guilty. You are like a maul – a large and heavy hammer. You are like a sword. You are like a sharp arrow. You hurt others painfully. Destroy these weapons today!
Similes and metaphors are figures of speech that make a comparison between things to explain or illustrate one of them. A simile admits the comparison by using comparative words such as “like” or “as.” A metaphor assumes the comparison without identifying it. This proverb is a metaphor. If it were a simile, it would read, “A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is like a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.”
Noble and righteous men always tell the truth, especially when a reputation or life is at stake. When they are witnesses in any matter, they are careful to say all they should, as accurately as they can recall it. They do not remain silent, when their word would shed light on a situation. This matter is important enough to God that the ninth commandment reads, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Ex 20:16).
This is no light matter. When God writes a nation’s laws, perjury in court will get you the same punishment as the crime being tried, even if it is death (Deut 19:16-21). Such a wise law would help witnesses tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Memories would improve and consciences would be much more active. God hates all lying, but especially when another party is at risk (6:16-19; 19:5,9; Ex 23:1-9; Lev 5:1; 19:11-18).
You can smash a person’s hopes, reputation, or life, if you testify falsely against him or do not tell the whole truth. You can cut him deeply, as with a sword, if you fail to deliver him from trouble, when you know the truth about a matter. And you can fatally wound him from a distance, if you were a witness to some event, but you withhold the truth from those adjudicating the crime. A false witness is a hateful and terrible enemy to men.
You would never lie in court? Good. Would you tell the whole truth, nothing but the truth, without exaggeration or bias, about everything you know? Good. Remember that stretching the facts or remaining silent when you know more is also being a false witness.
What is your reputation? Is it always and only to tell the truth about others? Are you known for never backbiting, never slandering, never talebearing, and never whispering? Do you always put the actions of others in the best light possible? If not, start today!
Sidenote: What the Bible says it takes to wage war against demons
Or, at least what Joyce Meyer says the Bible recommends for humans (specifically, Christians) waging war against the demonic forces that be. She starts off by quoting relevant scripture:
Be strong in the Lord [be empowered in your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
[Ephesians 6:10] 
Put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier, which God supplies] that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
[Ephesians 6:11]
But, how are we going to be able to do that?
Be strong in the Lord. Be empowered through your oneness and your union and your fellowship and your intimate relationship with Him.
For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
[Ephesians 6:12]
Let me tell you something: there's a lot of stuff going on in the unseen realm that we forget about. There's an unseen realm that is just as real as this realm that we see; and, there's godly protection there—there's angels for us—but, there's a lot of wickedness, there's a lot of evil, and a lot of demonic forces that want to come against us.
Now, I'll tell you what: you better be clothed with the armor of light; and, every time that you spend time with God, you put on Christ, and you put on that light, you put on that new nature, and the devil just doesn't know what to do with you. The light that covers you will blind him in the darkness that he lives in, if you learn how to do it.