“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”Matt. 11:12
The root word of violence is violate. To violate is “to take away,
interfere with, or ignore (something, such as a person’s rights or
privacy) in an unfair or illegal way.”
Despite what we have been taught, violence does not always imply the
use of physical weapons such as guns, knives, bombs, or clubs. It is
possible to be violent simply by using words.
Our nation, once purposed to be modeled after God’s Kingdom has been
stolen from us. We have been violated, not with physical weapons, but by
the use of words, laws, ridicule, and indoctrination.
There are two spiritual kingdoms; the kingdom of darkness and the
kingdom of light. They are in an eternal struggle for dominance in the
natural world. Most people are oblivious to this battle.
Let me stop right here a second. I know what many of you are
thinking…that this natural world is beyond redemption. Part of me tends
to agree with that position…that we are about to get what we deserve.
Most of the American church has chosen to hide and wait. But the other
part of me causes me to follow the command of my Father to “Occupy until
I return.” Our choices today seem to be fight or flight. Occupy is an
action verb. Militant
is another one of those words that scares Christians because it is
manly. We tend to believe that “love” is the greatest weapon…and it
is…but “loving” people while they rob you blind borders on insanity.
Real men defend things.
“Militant” is defined as “having or showing a desire or willingness to use strong, extreme, and sometimes forceful methods to achieve something.”Military: “of or relating to ground or sometimes ground and air forces.” It is time to man-up, Brothers.
Like it or not God has armed forces and “the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of
strongholds.” Spiritually-armed, masculine Christians fight a natural
war with “spiritual weaponry.”
But Christians have bought a lie. We have swallowed the bait that
Christians are not supposed to be aggressive…forceful…warriors. The idea
that we are in the world, but we are not OF the world doesn’t mean we
are not to fight. Christians are instructed to bring spiritual weapons
to the battle. Spiritual weapons can be violent…they tear down,
penetrate, uproot. Those are aggressive, war-like words.
Christians are losing the culture war. Every institution in America
is now under the control of those who hate God. Our public schools,
government, universities, entertainment, legal, media, political
parties, and churches are under the control of the kingdom of darkness.
How has this happened? The kingdom of darkness does its work in the
dark. They have seized every one of our institutions without firing a
shot. They have used their weapons of lies and deceit to violate and
destroy all that is good. They have invaded every Godly institution,
bombarded us with lies, and stolen the future of our children and
They have been militant. As a result we have been violated. They have
taken from our children what was rightfully theirs. The Kingdom of God
has suffered violence. It is time to drop the sissified Gospel and
reinvigorate the masculine side of our faith.
Let’s face it. There is absolutely no institution in modern America that Christianity has controlling influence over.
They slaughter unborn babies and force us to pay for it. They sell
their little body-parts for personal gain. The command you to bake
homo-cakes and demand you violate your conscience.
American Christianity will lead you to Heaven while it let’s the world go to hell.
The haters of God have become emboldened. They have no conscience, no
mercy, and no remorse. They get caught selling baby parts and become
outraged at the one who made the film for doing it “secretly”.
Everything our opponents do is rooted in deceit.
Christians must become more focused…more aggressive with our faith if
we are to save Western Civilization. The idea that one can win by
surrendering is a doctrine of demons that has infiltrated the American
“Have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather
expose them.” Sadly, for the most part, we are taught to embrace,
encourage, and love those who practice such fruitless acts. Abortion is
the destruction of fruit. Divorce destroys fruit. Homosexuality is
fruitless. God hates them all.
I know this will cause some of you to gasp, but Paul, in Romans 1,
speaking on behalf of Jesus, warned us that those who practice such
things “are worthy of death.” But he didn’t just point the proverbial
finger at the one who engages in the act, but also to those who “take
pleasure” in those who do it.
Evil is real and some people are evil. It is time we faced up to it.
Loving the sinner and hating the sin hasn’t worked. That was Gandhi’s
suggestion, not our Lord’s. Loving sinners more than we hate their sin
validates our own shortcomings. Jesus called us to “be perfect”, not
“love the sinner.”
People are flocking to Donald Trump because he is violent and
militant in his language. The church needs some militant, violent,
Christian Donald Trumps. It is time to man-up.
By Jibran Ahmad
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At the Taliban meeting this week where
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was named as the Islamist militant
group's new head, several senior figures in the movement, including the
son and brother of late leader Mullah Omar, walked out in protest.
The display of dissent within the group's secretive core is the clearest
sign yet of the challenge Mansour faces in uniting a group already
split over whether to pursue peace talks with the Afghan government and
facing a new, external threat - Islamic State.
Rifts in the Taliban leadership are likely to widen
after confirmation this week of the death of elusive founder Omar.
Mansour, Omar's longtime deputy who has been effectively
in charge for years, favors talks to bring an end to more than 13 years
of war. He recently sent a delegation to inaugural meetings with Afghan
officials hosted by Pakistan, hailed as a breakthrough.
But Mansour, 50, has powerful rivals within the Taliban
who oppose negotiations, notably battlefield commander Abdul Qayum
Zakir, a former inmate of the U.S. prison in Cuba's Guantanamo Bay.
Zakir is pushing for Mullah Omar's son Yaqoob to take over
the movement, and a sizeable faction also supports Yaqoob.
Yaqoob and his uncle Abdul Manan, Omar's younger brother, were
among several Taliban figures who walked out of Wednesday's leadership
meeting held in the western Pakistani city of Quetta, according to three
people who were at the shura, or gathering.
"Actually, it wasn't a Taliban Leadership Council meeting. Mansoor had
invited only members of his group to pave the way for his election,"
said one of the sources, a senior member of Taliban in Quetta.
"And when Yaqoob and Manan noticed this, they left the meeting."
PEACE TALKS IN JEOPARDY
leadership shura, or gathering, was held outside Quetta, where many
Taliban leaders have been based since their hardline regime in
Afghanistan was toppled in a 2001 U.S.-led military intervention.
Afghan Taliban leaders have long had sanctuaries in
Pakistan, even as Pakistani government officials have denied offering
support in recent years.
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Mansour leads the Taliban's strongest faction and
appears to control most of its spokesmen, websites and statements, said
Graeme Smith, senior Afghanistan analyst for the think-tank
International Crisis Group.
But some intelligence officials estimate Mansour only
directly controls about 40 percent of fighters in the field, he said.
That could make it difficult for him to deliver on any ceasefire that could emerge from future negotiations.
And Taliban insiders say that by sending a three-member
delegation to meet Afghan officials in the Pakistani resort of Murree
earlier in July, Mansour sparked new criticism.
Especially riled were members of the Taliban's political office in
Qatar, who insisted only they were empowered to negotiate.
"People ... were not happy with Mullah Mansour when he agreed
with Pakistan ... to hold a meeting with Kabul," said a Taliban
commander based in Quetta.
"The Qatar office wasn't taken into confidence before taking such an important decision."
The Quetta shura has sent a six-member team to Qatari capital Doha to
meet with one of its leaders, Tayyab Agha, seeking his support for
Mansour, according to another Taliban source close to the leadership.
RELATIONS WITH PAKISTAN
divisions threaten a formal split in the Taliban. They also provide an
opening to rival Islamic State (IS), the Middle East-based extremist
movement that has attracted renegade Taliban commanders in both
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This month, two Afghan militant groups swore allegiance to Islamic State, and more could follow suit.
Despite threats both internal and external, Taliban
fighters have been gaining territory in Afghanistan, where they are
trying to topple the Western-backed government.
week another district, this time in the south, fell to insurgents, who
have exploited the absence of most NATO troops after they withdrew at
the end of last year.
Opponents of Mansour criticize
him for being too close to Pakistan's military, which has long been
accused of supporting the Afghan insurgency to maintain regional
Pakistan has pushed Taliban leaders based in its
territory hard to come to the negotiating table at the request of ally
China and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Taliban, and some Afghan officials, fear the recent talks are a ploy by
Pakistan to retain control. The Pakistanis deny that.
Still, Mansour cannot afford to alienate Pakistan, said Saifullah
Mahsud of the Islamabad-based FATA Research Centre.
"No matter who is in charge of the Taliban in Afghanistan, they will
have no choice but to have a good relationship with the Pakistani state.
It's a matter of survival," Mahsud said.
think this agreement to go to the negotiating table is determined by
personality; it's more about the circumstances."
Despite the opposition, Mansour retains a personal power base within the
Taliban, and if he can keep the movement together it could lead to a
new era for the insurgents.
Bette Dam, author of an upcoming biography of Mullah
Omar, said the supreme leader's absence paralyzed many Taliban
Mansour could provide a more active focus
for both the movement's rank-and-file and those seeking to engage the
"If he gets the credibility, it might
not be such bad news to have Mansour replace the invisible Mullah Omar,"
(Additional reporting by Katharine
Houreld in Islamabad and Jessica Donati in Kabul; Writing by Kay
Johnson; Editing by Mike Collett-White)