Sell Your CloakFooled you.  This is NOT about sex.  This is about people who call themselves “believers” and only appear to have a very thin thread of actual scripture in their mental wardrobe.  They quote the same verses over and over and over again.

If the Bible were clothing, they would be wearing a G string.

In the debate over US Foreign policy, as we discuss the horrific image of children beheaded for failing to convert to Islam, or women  sold into sexual slavery, or a line of Egyptian Coptics murdered on a beach, or elderly Christian women burned alive by ISIS, some well meaning, but Biblically illiterate believer attempts to sanctimoniously end the entire argument by using the verse they surely must quote four dozen times a day:

“..For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds..”

Sometimes, they forget the “pulling down of strong holds” part because that feels a little too decisive, and there might be some cognitive dissonance going on there as well.  The verse seems to carry its own real life proofing standard: If all you do is pray to remove a local abortion clinic, and it never disappears, maybe your spiritual weapons are not very sharp?  Maybe Jesus doesn’t hear the prayer of cowards?

Attaching yourself doggedly to one scripture, or one set of them, can make you look foolish — like a man vowing to build an entire house with only his electronic stud finder.  Using this scripture, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,” and using only this scripture could make for some weird real world encounters..

Mom:  “Would you do the dishes, Julie?”
Julie:  “I don’t use carnal tools.  I will pray the germs clean.”

Watch Commander: “The assailant is on foot, and armed.  Take him out.”
Junior Officer:   “That’s a tad carnal, chief.  Let me slay him in the spirit.”

Worried Father: “Boko Haran have threatened to kill us all, and sell our daughters into sexual slavery.”
Percy Pietist:  “Let’s help them and feed them and pray for them.”

Unless you are built like Kate Upton, the g-string is a disgusting thing, and unless you are Elijah or Enoch, you would do well to wear a little more spiritual clothing.  G String believers disgust me, and I would go a bit further in my advice: get away from them.  They are dangerous to you and your family. They are very likely cowards or seriously disturbed people who have failed on every life front and have a death wish.  The categorical pacifist is an enemy of God, because he would watch innocent little ones being killed and he would do nothing but pray–and count himself “holy” to boot.

I used my words carefully there.  The “categorical pacifist” is the one who never believes violence, or arms, or criminal justice or war crime trials are necessary.  In so doing, he declares himself an enemy of scripture itself, which clearly states:

“..To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:..A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace…”

“..[Jesus]: but now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one…”

“..And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth…”

“..[Jesus]: I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven..”

“..For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil..”

A true believer reads the entire word of God and attempts, via prayer and study, to use that divine counsel as his guide.  Clearly, the kingship of Christ allows for magistrates, generals, policeman, soldiers and citizen militia as tools for spreading the gospel, by making sure there is order and peace, so that the work of the Holy Spirit can proceed.

Patton asked for prayer and Urban II asked for arms.

That is the way of the Cross, and if anyone tells you differently, run the other way.