II. THE "WEAPONS" OF THIS WARFARE A. WHAT THEY ARE NOT: "CARNAL" OR "FLESHLY" (4) 1. E.g., weapons that may be used "AGAINST" the flesh... a. Such as the sword, gun, bomb, etc. b. These weapons may take "people" captive, but not necessarily their "thoughts"! c. Their "bodies" may be enslaved, but not their "minds" -- This was the flaw inherent in the Crusades 2. E.g., weapons that are "OF" the flesh... a. E.g., hatred, contentions, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions b. Such emotions are "works of the flesh" and are referred to in Ga 5:19-21 c. Unfortunately, these "works of the flesh" are often used as "weapons" to win arguments 1) At best all they can do is silence the opposition (through intimidation) 2) But at what cost? a) The opposition is not saved (which should be our goal) b) And the Christian who uses such "weapons" falls under the condemnation of Ga 5:21 -- So our weapons are not to be "carnal", either against the flesh or of the flesh
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