Some Christians have more faith in military power than in the power of the spirit and the victory of the cross. Despite Jesus amazing victory on the cross and the awesome power of the Holy Spirit, they expect the gospel to be unsuccessful. Reaching the Moslem world with the gospel is too hard.
Yet the same Christians believe that military power can preserve peace. The marines could bring Syria under control, quite easily.
This faith in military power is wrong. Military power always fails, because it releases the powers of evil. War releases a spirit of violence, which undermines the kingdom.
When we respond to evil with violence and war, we stir up more anger, which grieves the Holy Spirit and releases the powers of evil. Spirits of anger and hatred get control of the people that we resist. Military power cannot defeat evil.
- When we rely on military power, the Holy Spirit flees.
- When we use coercion against evil, he is squeezed out.
- Whenever we resist evil with force, spirits of anger and hatred are empowered.
Christians with faith in military power tend to believe the following statements.
- We must resist evil, or be overcome by evil.
- Violence must be destroyed, before it destroys us.
- We must defend our way of life, or be forced to surrender our faith.
- We must use force against those who hate the gospel, or it might be lost.
- We must defeat those who want to harm us, before they destroy us.