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Spiritual Warfare

We believe that there is a spiritual realm, unseen in the physical world, inhabited by God and His angels and spirits, as well as Satan (the Devil), the foe of all righteousness. Satan and his evil spirits are in rebellion against God, and are instigators of much of the evil and suffering that have afflicted humankind throughout the ages.

We believe that a relentless warfare is being waged in this spiritual realm between good and evil, between God and His good forces and Satan and his evil forces, with each seeking to influence the souls and minds of humankind and the course of history.

We believe that Christians can play a role in the spiritual warfare through their godly choices and actions that serve to further God’s kingdom. Some people, however, through their ungodly actions, further the efforts of the forces of evil to suppress faith and goodness (Ephesians 6:12).

The Bible foretells that Satan and his forces will ultimately be defeated and God’s plan for humanity will triumph (Revelation 20:1–3,10). Jesus’ kingdom will eventually be established on Earth, and “the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

  • Acts 26:18; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7–9; 1 John 3:8; 2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Ephesians 6:11–12

Scriptural references

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Revelation 12:7–9 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

1 John 3:8 For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil.

2 Corinthians 10:3–5 For 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.

Ephesians 6:11–12 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

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