25 October 2005
Real spiritual warfare is not like a round of Doom
Ever since Frank Peretti's demon-warfare novels dominated the Christian best-seller lists in the 1980s and '90s, the popular conception of "spiritual warfare" has had the complexion of trashy, mystical, superstitious fantasy.
The ideas of "territorial demons" and fanciful combat strategies like "spiritual mapping," "prayer marching," and similar nonsense have no basis whatsoever in Scripture.
True spiritual warfare is not about territory; it's about truth.
Note how Paul describes spiritual warfare 2 Corinthians 10:3-5: "Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."
Notice: the real spiritual warfare is about imaginations, arguments, knowledge, and thoughtsin other words, belief systems, not real estate. It's a fight for hearts and minds, not a war over cities and nations.