Dear Lighthouse Trails,
I believe there are those within Christianity today who are getting believers to focus on PHYSICAL threats like an Islamic invasion, corrupt politicians, etc. (threats that can harm the body, but not the soul) but are ignoring SPIRITUAL threats such as New Age philosophies coming into the church. In my opinion, it is tantamount to a boxer being told to watch out for every single left jab that his opponent may throw at him/her, but not being warned about the right hook that might crush their skull and send them crashing to the mat where they will be out for the count.
PHYSICAL threats may harm the body (e.g., beheadings), but rarely do they cause a believer to fall away from the faith.
In contrast, SPIRITUAL threats are so deceptive that they can and do cause believers to fall away from the faith, which is why I believe the church needs to start focusing more of its attention on the real threat. Of course, a wise Christian will watch both hands of his or her opponent, but the primary hand to be watching for is the knock-out hand, which again, in this instance, is a bunch of New Age teachings and practices that form the nucleus of Satan’s endtime kingdom according to Scripture (e.g., contemplative prayer). Unfortunately, millions of churchgoers have been led to believe that they are fighting a one-handed boxer—one that cannot deliver a spiritual death blow. In short, most of the church is not watching for the right hook. No wonder the Bible tells us that many people will fall away from the faith in the last days.
Many Christian websites, radio programs, etc. contain some useful information. However, the moment we notice a trend of agitation and fear mongering regarding physical threats beginning to form on such sites, we need to start asking what spirit is guiding the people behind them. After all, God is not the author of fear, agitation, etc. Satan is. And so, if all that is being heard from such sources is on potential PHYSICAL threats then maybe we need to realize that our attention is getting diverted from the real threat, that which is SPIRITUAL in nature (e.g., doctrines of devils that can easily lead a person astray).
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3)