Additional Weapons for the Christian Warfare

“…abide in my word.”  John 8:31

If Wm. B. Yeats didn’t see the cure, God certainly does in his Word! We cannot change society single-handedly, but we can live by God’s Word in our individual lives.

We can engage in the following actions—


(1) We can pray.

I have come to love the poem, “I Still Have Prayer.”

O give me, Lord, a task to do
And strength to walk and be true,
Someone to love me, someone to love;
This I ask of the Lord above.

Children whose lives will glorify
The Lord of glory ere I die.
A church that ever faithful stands
Midst an alien world’s demands.

And having these, I have my share –
But if none, I still have prayer.
And having these, I have my share –
But having none, I still have prayer.

(See “I Still have Prayer” below)

Hebrews 4 gives us this option clearly—

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

(2) We can vote.

Abraham_KuyperWe still have a ballot available to us. We can and must vote to maintain our freedom. Abraham Kuyper (1827-1920; pictured to the left), Dutch theologian and prime minister of the Netherlands (1901-1905) warns—

And yet [John Calvin] does not hesitate to state, in an ideal sense, that the most desirable conditions exist [in regard to government], where the people itself chooses its own magistrates (see “Civil Magistrates” below for a definition).

Where such a condition exists [Calvin] thinks that the people should gratefully recognize therein a favor of God, precisely as it has been expressed in the preamble of more than one of [our] constitutions;—”Grateful to almighty God that He gave us the power to choose our own magistrates.”

John Calvin 1844 etching

John Calvin pictured to the left.

In his Commentary on Samuel, Calvin therefore admonishes such peoples—

“And you, O peoples, to whom God gave the liberty to choose your own magistrates, see to it, that you do not forfeit this favor, by electing to the positions of highest honor, rascals and enemies of God” (see “Abraham Kuyper” below; emphasis mine).

We have the responsibility to vote for those we believe to be qualified to govern us using Biblical principles so dear to Western Civilization. That responsibility is not to political parties, or the lesser of two evils, but to conscience in this matter.


(3) We can act within the sphere God has assigned to us!

We are parents, and we can teach our children, grandchildren, and those with whom we are friends.

Our part is limited. We are but one person and must act as an individual.

After the devastation of Hiroshima by the Atom Bomb, a medical doctor emerged from a surviving building on the outskirts of town. He saw the carnage and the suffering. He asked himself, “What can one man do amid so much horror?”

As he slowly walked further into the smoke, he suddenly tripped over something. Looking down, he saw a person and heard groans of pain.

A thought occurred to him. “Why not start where you are and work your way out as far as you can as long as you can.” (Our Daily Bread reading).

The thought that occurred to the doctor is not bad advice for us as we see chaos all around us threatening our freedom and wonder what we can do. We can always perform the actions mentioned above: (1) Pray, (2) vote, and (3) act in our sphere.

The rest we must leave to God!


Civil Magistrate. “In ancient Rome, a magistratus was one of the highest ranking government officers, and possessed both judicial and executive powers.” Accessed 18 September 2018 from
N.B. A Magistrate is not a judge in traffic court in Kuperian thought. He refers to government officials elected by the populus. 

ESV. (2016). All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version accessed 17 September 2018 from

I Still Have Prayer. (2015). Accessed 12 September 2018 from

Kuyper, Abraham. (1898). Lectures on Calvinism. Kindle Edition. Accessed 15 September 2018 from N.B. This is a presentation of a full-orbed world and life view born from the writings of John Calvin. It is not a defense of the Five Points that came out of the Dutch Reformation later. It is available free of charge from at

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What We can Do to Preserve Freedom

“…abide in my word.”  John 8:31

We are familiar with the first part of the “motto” of the French Revolution: “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” However, the last phrase is often omitted in our politically correct age—”or Death!” 


Life in  a Culture of Death

God says in Proverbs 8

35 For whoever finds [wisdom] finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but he who fails to find [wisdom] injures himself;
all who hate [wisdom] love death.

Job 28:28 clarifies what wisdom is—

And he said to man,
“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.”

The current climate in Western Civilization is a culture of death. Suicides are rampant as people lose hope. Human life is cheap on the streets of our once great cities. What are we to do who are committed to Christian principles of life as outlined in Holy Scripture? 

The Battle is Titanic! 

We are witnessing the death, not of God, but of secular humanism itself. The “revolution” and its activists are intent on destroying Western Civilization with the misconception all must be destroyed for a new world order to emerge. (see “Rushdooney” below)

As Christians we must not lose hope. Our hope is always in the Lord! 

We Wage War on Jesus’ Terms

Remember, we cannot act on a public stage and physically oppose the enemy, as the opposition to Christianity often does. We must do what we do in our own sphere using Christ’s resources provided to us. We have greater weapons than the opponents of Christianity! God’s Word makes this abundantly clear

II Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ… . [see “ESV below; emphasis mine]

We have powerful weapons: the Blood of Christ, our testimony to Christ’s finished work, and our unswerving commitment to Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the face of all opposition. 

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. [see “ESV below]


Above is Gustave Doré’s depiction of the truth presented in Revelation 12, the casting of our enemy and his cohorts from heaven. This occurred as a result of Jesus’s death on the cross and resurrection from the dead! 

We have the testimony to the truth of the Gospel of Christ! Let us use this Gospel and our testimony to it as our weapon. 


ESV. (2016). All Ascripture quotations are from the English Standard Version accessed 17 September 2018 from

Rushdoony, R. J. (2013). “The Death of an Age and Its Faith.” Accessed 15 September 2018

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The “Golden Triangle of Freedom”

Os Guiness’s A Free People’s Suicide

Summoning historical evidence on how democracies evolve, Guinness shows that contemporary views of freedom—most typically, a negative freedom from constraint—are unsustainable because they undermine the conditions necessary for freedom to thrive. He calls us to reconsider the audacity of sustainable freedom and what it would take to restore it. (see “Guiness” below)

In Guiness’s book, he introduces the “Golden Triangle of Freedom.”


Freedom requires virtue.
Virtue requires faith.
Faith requires freedom.

If one of the three aspects of this “Golden Triangle” is removed, the whole thing collapses. Freedom is gone.

In What Sense is America a Christian Nation is the Question


Marvin Olasky, pictured above, is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books.

We cannot find Christian ethics transcribed word for word from the Bible into civil law. Elements of Judeo-Christian ethics are there as the basis of civil law. John 8:31-36 presents the necessary spiritual dimension which underpins the freedom citizens of any country has. However, without this spiritual dimension, freedom cannot exist for long among any people.

I love Marvin Olasky’s book, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue: Political and Cultural Wars in Eighteenth-Century America (see “Olasky” in notes below for full information). I got it free from a book club I was a member of back in the mid-1990s. I have marked it up with notes and highlights. It is pure gold! Sadly, it now out of print.

5187Q7X8HWL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_In Fighting for Liberty and Virtue Olasky introduces another book by John Brown—the famous eighteenth century essayist and poet (and not the nineteenth century abolitionist by the same name). Brown saw his own country, Great Britain, in danger of moral, spiritual, and political collapse.

Strangely, Brown also saw the American colonies as Britain’s hope of salvation. Brown wrote his observations in An Estimate of the Manners and Principles of the Times (published in 1757). He asked the following question: “Do the present ruling manners and principles of this nation tend to its continuance or destruction?”


We ought to ask this same question today concerning our own country and our own personal ethical lives.

Brown concluded that one of the chief problems Britain faced was that the leaders of England in his day were nothing but promiscuous self-pleasers. They were supposed to set the moral and spiritual tone for the people they ruled, as our governmental leaders are supposed to do for us.

Like the leaders of Britain in Brown’s day, however, many of our leaders in America think that private actions are of no consequence to anyone but the individuals involved directly. We need to see that this attitude is self-serving in the extreme. It is not a sign of “enlightenment” to embrace immorality. Private immorality is sinful and leads men in elective office to neglect their obligations to the people they represent.

Judeo-Christian Ethics

Judeo-Christian ethics must be enshrined in the hearts of people if freedom in America is to remain. We cannot enshrine the Bible into civil law, but we can enshrine it in our own hearts. This is the sense in which America is a Christian nation or not.

The founders envisioned a rare form of democracy the world had never seen before. They wanted self-governance in America. They did not want a State Church or a Theocracy in the nation. 

A famous incident occurred at the Constitutional Convention as Benjamin Franklin exited it.

A lady asked Dr. Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got a republic or a monarchy?”

“A republic,” replied the Doctor, “if you can keep it” (see “Franklin” below)

Can we keep it? Are we doing our part by letting the Holy Scriptures to inform our behavior?


Franklin, Benjamin. (1787). Accessed 8 October 2018 from

Guiness, Os. (2012) A Free People’s Suicide. Accessed 6 October 2018 from

Olasky, Marvin. (1996). Fighting for Liberty and Virtue: Political and Cultural Wars in Eighteenth-Century America. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc. N.B. this book is only available from used book sellers. 

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Virtue is the Necessary Support for Democracy

“…abide in my word.”  John 8:31

There is a direct link between the Bible and virtue. Abiding in Jesus’s Word produces virtue in believers. Gregg Herrick defines virtue in its Biblical context.

Christian virtues are settled dispositions that cause us to act in certain ways—ways that are Christ-like. All godly virtues are integrally related to the overarching Christian virtues of holiness and love and are produced by the Spirit as we strive to see them matured in our lives. (see “Herrick” below)

II Peter 1:5-8 enjoins us to pursue virtue.

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Different forms of Government

Aristotle lists four different forms of government: democracy, oligarchy,
aristocracy, monarchy. Each has a specific definition. We may omit Oligarchy and combine Aristocracy under Monarchy today. (see Aristotle” below)

Aristotle also enumerates the goal of each form of government:

oligarchy, exists for the accumulation and increase of wealth;
aristocracy insures the maintenance of education and national institutions;
tyranny has the intention of the protection of the tyrant.
democracy produces freedom. (see Aristotle” below)

We love democracy because its sole reason for existence is to give us freedom!

William Wallace in the movie, “Braveheart” ,makes an important statement all elected officials should take notice of—

You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. (see “Braveheart Movie Quotations” below; emphasis mine) 


William Wallace statue in Aberdeen, Scotland

John Calvin describes necessary character traits in citizens for the various forms of government to prosper.

In a Monarchy the citizenry must exhibit respect.
In a dictatorship the citizenry must have fear instilled in it.
In democracy the citizenry must have virtue

The necessary support for democracy is virtue. If people lose civic virtue, the nation fails.


Aristotle. ( 4th Cent. BC). Rhetoric and Poetics. Accessed  6 October 2018 from

Braveheart Movie Quotations. Accessed 6 October 2018 from

Herrick, Gregg. (2004). “Virtues Leading to Christlikeness.” Accessed 7 October 2018 from

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