Destruction of Fortresses

In speaking of the call of the apostles, Paul said the following:

2 Corinthians  10:3-6,

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 

4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 

5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 

6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

7 You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we.

Apostles of Christ receive by giving for death is at work in them, but life in the rest of the church, 2 Corinthians 4:12. Apostles are always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in their bodies, verse 10. They are unlike every other ministry in that Christ chooses them to be His ambassadors. They speak for Christ, while other ministers speak of Him. 

The fortresses are speculations, and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, that is, false doctrines that are no more than speculations and every thought or attitude that is against Christ. For instance, the thought or attitude that we Christians are equal with Christ in authority or that we can ignore certain parts of the holy Scriptures because cultures and societies have changed throughout the years. 

Oh my goodness, all the trash that is floating and flying around in the church of the living God is so sacrilegious it’s mind-boggling. One church has long held that women can have authority over men. Now they are welcoming the gay and lesbian communities to run their services. Yes, they are opening the way for gay and lesbian ministers, teachers, etc. They have been watering down the word of God for years and are now trying to drown it. 

And it’s not just this church, many churches have been doing the same things for years by adding to and taking away from the word of God. Most non-denominational churches are treating the word of God like a playground where they can make up their own rules. Do you want authority and power? Many non-denominational churches have a formula for it. Do you want to skip learning obedience and continue to sin? Some churches, both denominational and non-denominational, have doctrines that allow you to do just that. Do you want the authority of Christ? There are ear-ticklers on every corner claiming that you can now walk by authority, rather than by faith. Not only can you name and claim whatever you want, but you can also now declare and decree whatever you want. (I’m speaking facetiously about these bogus doctrines made up by undisciplined men).

Jesus said, “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it,” Matthew 7:14. So there are few true Christians in each church. 

Matthew 13:24-30,

24 He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 

25 “But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. 

26 “But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 

27 “And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 

28 “And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ And the slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ 

29 “But he said, ‘No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them. 

30 ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

So we don’t have to separate ourselves from them. We need only work out our salvation with fear and trembling and guard ourselves against their attempts to lure us into their prisons filled with man-made doctrines and speculations spun by wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Philippians 2:12-13,

12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling

13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

P.S. Do any of you really think the Father would give His only begotten Son all authority in heaven and on earth and have Him turn around and give that authority to you? Jesus had to live a life of perfect righteousness and sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world to get that authority. If you really think He’s given it to you, you’re following man-made doctrines, when you should be following Jesus. I dare you to walk in submission to the Father and Son. I dare you to approach them with faith instead of your so-called authority or right of passage. I dare you to have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant… Philippians 2:5-7.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. © 2022 by Jon David Banks is licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International