Victory must be Won

By James Brown Jr.

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” —Matthew 16:18 

"We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale." —Lt. Gen. H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith (USMC)

There was a day when the Church and the Marine Corps bore many similarities.  Both were disciplined, courageous and fierce warriors.  While these distinguishing marks are quickly fading away, they both still bear many similarities today as they are being led by women and overran by sodomites.

Both institutions have lost their connections to the past traditions that made them great.  Gone are the days of honor, courage and commitment.  These core values have been replaced with shame, cowardice and apathy.

What many people fail to realize is that the traits that made the Marine Corps the greatest warriors on the face of the earth was passed down from the Church.  Our pulpits infused these ideals into our society.  It has also been our pulpits that have drained these same traits out of our society.

What happened to the Church is easily seen the above quotes.

Jesus described His Church as possessing the warrior spirit.  Our enemy is depicted as holding defensive positions that can never hold against the charging saints.  The Church is offensive in nature and was never designed to simply hold ground.

Jesus gave His Church a directive for global conquest in the Great Commission.  He did not commission His saints to entrench themselves within the four walls of their command post and hope to hold out until the end.  His orders are clear—destroy the enemy!

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled” —2 Corinthians 10:4-6

So why are the saints of God in disarray?

After years of defensive strategy all morale is gone.  We have not won a battle in so long there is no longer any hope of victory.

Our leaders have given us unlawful orders to man foxholes and in many cases retreat instead of charging the gates of hell.  What’s worse is we have obeyed these unlawful orders from cowardly officers in the Church rather than bring them up on charges of disobeying orders.

Instead of rallying around the brave officers we hoped to play it safe hiding in our foxholes while enemy overruns our positions.  Just as the prevent defense never works in football, neither does it work on the battlefield.  The only thing it prevents is victory.

It is time to choose death before dishonor and listen to the true officers who are calling for the troops to climb out of their foxholes and charge the machinegun nests.

We need pastors like USMC Captain Henry P. Crowe, who on January 13, 1943 at the battle of Guadalcanal yelled, “You'll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!”

Scripture rightly assesses the current situation in Proverbs 28:1, which says, “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

We are a cowardly lot because we have corrupted ourselves with shame, dishonor and apathy.  It is time to restore the honor of Christ’s Church with honor, courage and commitment.

Victory must be earned.  It will not be given to us unless we are willing to sacrifice our lives, fortunes and sacred honor to achieve it.  Yet, this warrior spirit will never return until we have the proper foundation to produce true saints of God.

This foundation includes:

  • Reformed Theology
  • Morality
  • Discipline
  • Respect
  • Loyalty
  • Teamwork
  • Brotherhood
  • Esprit de corps
  • Fidelity
  • Mental Toughness
  • Attention to Detail