Repel Satan’s Inevitable Counterattack
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Endure assault from spiritual predators. Ward off proselytizers:
Avoid confusing Old Testament Law with New Testament Grace.
jit 4d 91 Key contrasts between Old and New Testaments, 3 pages
Identify society’s termites. Gain new insight from this brief, eye-opening list of wholesome social truths; and counter Satan’s means of blinding men to these truths:
Strategize to multiply churches or cells in Anglo-America. What to do and what to avoid doing:
Arm students against atheistic teaching. One of Satan’s most deadly fiery arrows is materialistic rationalism that belittles God, morals and Scripture. It is rampant in state universities. Christian students may find this arsenal of solid facts useful to withstand it:
Common Traps To Avoid
disagreements with coworkers that cause Christian workers in foreign fields to “burn out” and to leave.
The root cause of friction on a mission field is not, as commonly supposed, inability to get along with coworkers. Missionaries are usually
loving, genial people. Failing to get along is a symptom of a deeper causes: (1) When field supervisors or coworkers push new associates into work for which they are neither called nor gifted, or (2) coworkers embrace conflicting strategies for their work. (3) Some field directors fail to listen to new workers to find out what they intend to do.
So, a sending church should send a letter to a potential field director specifying the ministry for which it has commissioned the workers. Thus, a field supervisor will not consider a new arrival to be arrogantly asserting what he will do; rather, he has prior accountability that a wise field director will respect.
Exciting fads soar like skyrockets, attract popular attention, and then fade and die, leaving thousands of disillusioned believers. The writer, now a great-grandfather, recalls many such fads, and groans at the misery they have left behind. Detect fads by their subtle deviance from biblical doctrine or practice.
Waste time trying to defend yourself against proud, argumentative or dogmatic believers.
Do not let talkative folk drain your energy.
Teach or act negatively, focusing on others’ errors.
A leader’s preoccupation with others’ errors can give his own hearers a sour stomach.
Confuse Old Testament Law with New Testament church life — “But it’s in the Bible!”
Satan often injects this subtle, debilitating form of legalism into churches and cells. Detect the Pharisee’s contagious yeast before spiritual indigestion destabilizes the church body. Remember, we follow God’s New Covenant, not His Old Law. We obey Messiah, not Moses.