I would like to offer a little perspective and hope on the church and the current cultural climate we live in by pulling out my Postmil card. So, here it goes.
We are at holy war.
Since Genesis 3, we are at war and we will remain at war until Christ comes back to defeat the last enemy, death. In 1 Corinthians 15:25-26, we read that all the enemies of Christ are being put under His feet in history, that means now for all of you pessimistic church members who think the Gospel is failing in the world, and the last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Isn’t that odd that the last enemy to be destroyed is death? If I were to ask the average church goer, “Who will Jesus throw down on the last day? When He comes back on His war horse and fights the last great battle, who will He finally defeat?”
Many people would say, “Satan.” So, why doesn’t Paul say that? Paul says that the last enemy to be destroyed is death, not the Devil.
Here comes the spoon, open your mouth wide.
This is because the Devil has already been defeated. John 12:27-33 tells us that Jesus cast out the ruler of the world at the cross, and when He is lifted up (ascended to the right hand of God) He will draw all men to Himself. When is Satan cast out of the world? When is his authority abolished? Jesus said it was 2,000 years ago on Golgotha. What is Jesus doing now? I hope your tasting the goodness of this spoonful, Jesus is drawing all men to Himself.
In Luke 10:17-19, we read that the demons are subject to the church and we have been given power and authority over all of Christ’s enemies. See also, Colossians 2:14-15 and Hebrews 2:14-15 for a couple extra doses of optimism.
John says, in his first epistle, that Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil, 1 John 3:8. Destroying the works of the Devil is the purpose for Christ appearing, and we have to ask ourselves, “Did Jesus do what He came here to do?” If the church has power over all the enemies of the Kingdom of God, and it does, why is the church so powerless?
Remember, we are at holy war and our battle is not with flesh and blood, it is against spiritual forces of the world and we conquer these by faith, 1 John 5:4-5. The church needs to have faith: trusting, repentant, obedient faith to tear down strongholds. Blowing up an abortion mill will not stop abortion. Defeating the spiritual forces of rebellion and depravity will stop abortion.
The Devil has been defeated through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. Christ is the Champion of our faith and He has defeated the great Antagonist. Now what is left for the church to battle?
We battle the vestiges of the Devil’s works. We battle the skirmishes of the spiritual forces of darkness. We wage war placing all things under the footstool of Christ. We do this in the full knowledge that their Captain, Satan, has a gaping mortal head wound.
Paul says in Ephesians 6:10-13 that the church is to gird herself for battle as we fight the evil hatching from dragon eggs. We are at holy war, and our weapon is the Sword of Truth. We go out into the world and conquer and take dominion by the Word of God and the Spirit.
This means that witnessing, evangelism, and worship are one half of holy war, our half, and the other half is annihilation. We pursue holy war in history through evangelism and singing. We conquer by the Word of God and His Spirit. That is one half of holy war.
God fulfills the other half of holy war at the Last Day when He annihilates death, resurrects everybody, and gives life to the faithful and punishment to the wicked, and hands over the spoils of war to His Son.
Buck up, gird your loins, taste the goodness of the Lord, and sing.