Greetings, Mars Mountain people! As you all know, Satan and his demons target high profile Christian leaders. And boy, he sure targeted me. I took refuge in the Cayman Islands for a bit. But let me tell you: God has been faithful and those demonic critics that said I was up to no good have been silenced by the will of God. So I’m back behind the pulpit at Mars Mountain, which is where I was meant to be.
And speaking of Satan and demons, there is an alarming trend in our society to pretend that Satan and demons aren’t real. Liberal, post-modern, pluralistic, elites like to explain away Satan and demons, using all kinds of devious arguments. To quote pastor/teacher Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle (no connection to our own Mars Mountain Ministries, LLC):
“We live in a day when, through psychology, through explanation, through a resistance to the supernatural, people don’t even believe in Satan and demons. We turn them into fictitious cartoon characters and mythical parts of our historical narrative; the stories we tell and the fairy tales we enjoy—we don’t think they’re real . . . You think, ‘Well, Satan and demons—that’s very primitive; that’s from a bygone era. We’ve evolved beyond that.’ And Satan would say, ‘Nice job with the pride. I appreciate that. I appreciate that you think that you’ve evolved beyond the primitive teaching of the Bible and Jesus.’ Satan is real. We have a real enemy.”
As always, pastor/teacher Driscoll hits it out of the park. Post-modern, pluralistic, liberal elites are so full of pride!!!!! They think their beloved “science” and “reason” can explain everything. Like that time they tried to tell us that the universe is not geocentric! They said, “Hey everyone, guess what: the Earth revolves around the sun!” And Satan said, “nice job on the pride.” Such blatant, blatant pride!!! It’s so obvious that the sun revolves around the Earth, and only prideful, hedonistic, “enlightened” pagans would think otherwise.
You have to understand this: Satan and demons are real! Very real!! And we know this because pastor teacher Mark Driscoll proclaims it with tremendous loudness:“It’s a war! Do you know that? Most Christians don’t! . . . It’s a war! It’s a war! How many of you feel like this life is just a freaking war? You know why? It’s a freaking war!”
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about this epic battle with demons, about World War D. All the way back in Genesis, we see that this war against Satan and demons is so powerful and so important that no one talks about it. God doesn’t warn Adam and Eve about it before he sets them loose in the Garden of Eden. But really, why would he want to warn them? I have kids, and I love them, but I don’t warn them about potential dangers that they might encounter in the world. Why not? Becuase what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger.
So what does Jesus have to say about World War D? This war we’re waging against real Satan and real demons is so important that Jesus doesn’t talk about it. He never warns his Disciples about the possibility of demonic attack. He doesn’t tell them, as pastor/teacher Driscoll tells us: “The closer you get to Jesus, the more resistance you’ll get! The more you advance to the kingdom of God, the more shots you’ll take!” On the contrary! Jesus doesn’t talk about it at all! Sure, he casts out some demons and resists the temptation of the Devil in the wilderness, but that’s the extent of it. He doesn’t tell his Disciples to prepare for all-out war.
But he should have. He should have. Jesus missed a real opportunity. He missed the chance to come off like the badass, tatooed tough guy he really is. The war metaphor is just so damn powerful. As Mark Driscoll describes the Apostle Paul’s teaching on this subject in Ephesians 6.10-17: “This is a military word from a commander in chief to troops on the ground for what is to come.” That’s badass! Military! Commander in chief!!
But when Jesus is asked about his Kingdom, he says, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” He had a chance to say something like “my servants fight a different kind of war, but it’s still a war, Goddamn it! And I’m the commander in chief and my followers are the troops on the ground! And the Gospel of peace is the ammunition in our assault rifles.” But he doesn’t say anything like that. He could have told his Disciples that they were an elite band of Godly warriors and that they were in for a serious, all-out ground war. But he doesn’t. I don’t know why. Peter was the rock upon which Christ built his Church, and that’s a decent metaphor. But imagine if Jesus had called Peter an expert in guerrilla warfare, a man who’s the best with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. A man whose job was to dispose of enemy personnel. To kill! Period! Wouldn’t that be awesome?
Well, I’m not going to make the same mistake. I’m going to call a war a war. It’s a war, people! You hear me? A WAR!!!! Satan is real. Demons are real. If you think they’re just primitive “mythic” ideas, if you think they only really exist in our own psyches somewhere, then you are going to lose this freaking war. Becuase, make no mistake: it’s war!! It’s a FREAKING WAR!!!And the best part of the war analogy is that it makes me Commander in Chief. It makes my words from the pulpit the equivalent of divine marching orders. And if you don’t want to listen to me, guess what: you’re filled with sinful pride, just like Satan!!! As pastor/teacher Driscoll explains, “Some of you don’t even believe in Satan and demons, but let me say that the root of demonic work is always sourced ultimately in pride. ‘I don’t need to listen to someone else; I’m smart enough. I don’t need to submit to someone else; I can take care of myself. I don’t need to follow someone else; I’m the authority in my own life.’ “
If you won’t submit to my Godly authority, if you won’t obey my marching orders, you are Satan’s pawn. We’re at war people. Did you hear me? WAR!!!! Does life feel like a war sometimes? Well, it’s a freaking war!!!!
So, onward Christian soldiers. As God’s army, we make up the most powerful military force in the universe. We are badasses armed with the state-of-the-art weapon of loud truth. And we’re going to kick some serious demon butt.
Just remember, they drew first blood . . . they drew first blood . . .
–Your Commander in Chief, Dale Deakins