Monday, June 28, 2010

The real Jihad revealed by John Ball

These Greek letters mean “Jesus Christ", "Victor”

"Jihad" is associated with the so-called "Holy War" waged by Muslims against those who are not adherents of Islam. Islam is a false religion making such a conviction and practice all the more pernicious.

There have been professing Christians who have promoted similar kinds of thinking and practices concerning Christianity, but the true God rightly displayed by biblical Christianity doesn't advocate violence or war to bring about conversion to Christ.

Nevertheless, there is a Holy War that goes on daily. It is the Holy War referred to by John Ball which he alludes to in his Treatise on the Covenant of Grace (1645)-

“The conversion of the nations to the faith of Christ is made by a holy war, destruction, and desolation; Wherein the King of Kings fighteth against, subdueth, and bringeth under the disobedient, which formerly did rise up against him. But this wasting or desolation is not the loss of temporal life, or spoiling of worldly goods, or any outward desolation which is seen with the eyes, or heard with the ears; but a most happy desolation, whereby pride and haughtiness of mind is depressed, and the mind lifted up to things above; the power of the flesh is quelled, and the Spirit doth gather strength; the edge of vices is dulled, and all kind of virtue doth bud and blossom; and where the flesh did rule, the Spirit doth rule.”


Woody Woodward said...

If we understand who our enemy truly is and how our battles are to be fought, using only His weapons of Spiritual warfare, (II Corinthians 10:3-5) I think only then can we begin to understand what it means to die to self and live in victory unto Christ. In each battle before us we must allow His Spirit the freedom to examine our hearts, ideas, visions, goals, priorities. and as His Spirit leads, we must fight the fights we can win, with the SWORD of His Spirit, but then having done all stand, handing over all control to the One that Rules over all power and life.
“Teach me Your way, O LORD, that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. I give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.” Psalms 86:11-12

a.p. said...

randomly found your blog through searching for pics of the usa mens soccer team and found it here. just wanted to say "hi" and that i love that you admire reepicheep as he is one of my favorite characters in all of litertature as well.

happy writing.