|The Battle Cry for Freedom|
The “Battle Cry” by Teen Mania Ministries is an Evangelical movement focusing on Promise by teens not to engage in premarital sex or have an abortion, i.e. to institute moral values as means to change the culture of the nation. Major backers include prominent evangelical leaders Joyce Meyer, Jerry Falwell, Chuck Colson, Pat Robertson and Jack Hayford. The organization has made strong exaggerated claims to further their “battle cry” including the assertion that only four percent of teenagers will be “bible believing Christians”, or that the City of San Francisco is silencing them by limiting the noise level at their recent event at the AT&T stadium. Whilst always claiming that Gays have special rights, the “Battle Cry” is seemingly insisting on “special rights” to bypass the city regulations of a 10 am start time for amplified music and being deaf to the complaints received on the high noise level the year before. The “Battle Cry” is also targeting young LGBT people to question their sexual orientation and discriminates against them by stressing on abstinence until marriage despite the LGBT youths being denied their basic rights of marriage. Gays too have a Battle Cry. It is a cry for freedom out of the blood stained grounds at Auschwitz and many thousands of others who have taken their own lives. The blood cries out! For freedom.
The “Battle Cry” is a cry by the Christian Right that Evangelical Christianity may not survive another decade based on the current trend of conversions among teenagers to an evangelical faith. The solution is to “discipline” the youths for their “own protection” against a sexualized culture. It highlights gay marriage in the culture war as a major concern even though it accounts less than 5% of the population. For “Battle Cry”, it is in a culture War between a prevailing culture of Internet pornography and gay marriage on one side, and opposing it, a “biblical” faith they defined as following the Ten Commandments. Ron Luce, the founder of “Battle Cry” wrote, "This is war. And Jesus invites us to get into the action, telling us that the violent — the 'forceful' ones — will lay hold of the kingdom."
Jesus invites us to rest and not go to war. He did the fighting two thousand years ago. Prior to that, the Heavens were waiting for 3000 years for mankind to enter its abode to return to God but the gulf between mankind and God was too wide and impenetrable. Through trying to follow the Law, the Pharisees became so self-righteous that when Jesus came even though John, the prophets of old, prophesied His coming for a better covenant, the Pharisees called Him a drunkard i.e. a sinner! They could not through obedience to the Law, gain any real spiritual insight and instead became worldly and carnal minded. The drums for change have been growing louder and louder with the coming back of the Jews from exile in Babylon and re-establishing the temple sacrifice by Ezra and Nehemiah. Man has been attempting to gain entry into heaven thus far have been without any success. They have tried by the Law to force themselves in but with no success for 3000 years. Then, Jesus came after the last prophet, John the Baptist, and the door to heaven, the gateway was at last broken into. In the vast expanse of time, this was so sudden, in an instance in time as if violently with a great force. That force is none other than Jesus Christ – His death and His resurrection being the “violent” force that we may enter into rest in heaven. All other manmade forces by self-effort or religion had thus far failed.
When Jesus came, even though He was righteous and without sin, the Pharisees accused Him of being a sinner. Their law minded attitude could not see the grace of God even when Jesus did the mighty works of healing. They refused to repent to admit that they were sinners and not capable by their own means to get into heaven. They could not see their “sin” and did not see the need to repent or requiring a Savior. Many have said that if Jesus stood in front of them, they would have believed. Yet, when Christ was with us, even with great signs and wonders, and even the sign of Jonah in Christ’s resurrection, the stubborn hearts of man clinging to Judaism and the Law refused to recognize God’s Grace and Mercy – the gift of Salvation.
The “Battle Cry” has distorted the message of the Gospel from one of resting based on the finished work at the cross of Calvary to that of the tedious demands of following the law and the 10 commandments. We have reversed the Gospel message from resting in Christ to that of the heavy burden of the law. The Law gives us no spiritual insight whatsoever but actually results in lawlessness, highlighting the evil condition in the human heart leading to them crucifying an innocent Man at the Cross of Calvary. Tonight, as the “Battle Cry” crusade is raised by the Evangelicals to “save” America, a great injustice will result and come to the Gay community. It will not “revive” the decreasing evangelical church attendance, pray as they might, but in fact will hasten it. Many will desire change from the strict requirements of religion that only seem to foster power and money hungry televangelists. The alternative that the Evangelical Christians want to offer has been proven to fail as survey had shown that it was far more immoral than lesser religious countries such as England and Sweden.
The American Evangelicals are seemingly a loosing battle against the culture war. They are getting worried. The adherence to a biblical faith and the believe in miracles, the actual death and resurrection of Christ, and the claim by Jesus is the only way and the truth to God is challenged as never before by Liberal Christianity, Evolution theory, and the prevailing culture and humanistic society. In an adverse reaction, they reverted to a battle cry to revert back to Jewish laws, the very laws that Jesus came to set us free from its tedious yoke. A biblical faith one might call it, but certainly not a Christian Faith. Evangelical Christians have forgotten that it is Jesus, the Rock and not Peter whom the church is to be built upon. If it is Peter, based on carnal men, then the gates of Hades will prevail against it. The Church will not fall if it is Christ centered based on the Gospel reflecting God’s grace and mercy. This is the key to the kingdom of heaven, God’s grace and mercy through the finished work at the Cross. In Christ, on this solid Rock, we are in a position of victory, to stand against and to bind and overcome the spiritual forces of darkness.
For even though, we walk and exist in our humanity, full of man’s ways and not godly although try as we might, we do not war using man’s methods. Our methods come from a carnal mind, desperate to retain our power and wealth, fearful of the changes we faced in society, eager for quick fix solutions by following a pre-determined set of laws and rules, unconcerned about the misinformation of the statistics and events to boost up the attendance. We are aggressive and warlike contrary to the humility and the gentleness shown by Christ. We are quick to condemn, and slow to listen and reflect. We seek to take away the basic rights of others whilst given us special rights to discriminate and abuse the minority groups. Gays hardly forming 5% of the population, we used as convenient scapegoats. When we war in the flesh instead of pulling down spiritual strongholds against God by declaring and standing firm on the spiritual authority we have in Christ, we actually built up the arguments against biblical Christianity resulting in the message of Christ being distorted. The battle cry will only hasten the decline of the Evangelical Church in America.
Can you hear the real Battle Cry from Heaven, from the very throne room of God! It is the battle cry to declare the Gospel of the Good News of Jesus death and resurrection and His very impending return. Through the spiritual authority given by Jesus and the Power of the Holy Spirit, we are to heal the sick, care for those who are sick, raise people from the death, and set people free from demonic spirits. Christ gave Himself for us freely so that we too can have the motivation and reason to give ourselves freely to serve others – not to put them in bondage of the law again but to liberate them to rest in the finished work of the Cross. We are called to war – yes against the Spiritual forces, but in the physical realm to show meekness and give up all including our lives. We do not do it out of the motivation of money and power, with our daily subsistence taken care of by faith in the unending supplies of heaven. Can you hear the Battle Cry! Listen closely, Christ is coming again for all, straights and gays and there will be no barrier due to race, gender, color, or sexual orientation.