â€œWherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.â€ Â Â (Ephesians 6:13)
This modern age of terrorism, drugs, sexual license, rampant crime, and worldwide unbelief is surely an evil day; and each Christian urgently needs â€œthe whole armour of Godâ€ to stand against the devilâ€™s wiles today. This armor is clearly described in Ephesians 6:14-18, but it seems that Satanâ€™s wiles have confused it in the minds of many Christian educators. Paraphrasing this passage, their view might be expressed somewhat as follows: â€œGird your loins with an open-ended search for truth, and have on the breastplate of value sensitivity, your feet shod with the gospel of academic tolerance; above all, taking the shield of accreditation and legal protection, with the helmet of economic security and the sword of evolutionary thought, praying always to the Department of Education and your academic peers.â€ Such Christian compromise is no armor at all.
How much better to be undergirded with revealed truth, founded on creation and biblical inerrancy, than by a â€œsearchâ€ for truth! The true breastplate is righteousness, both imputed and practiced, and the true peace of God through Christ adorns the beautiful feet of those who carry the gospel. The shield is faith, which must be exercised first of all in special creation (Hebrews 11:3). The helmet, protecting the mind, is the genuine hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8). With no armor for the back, since the Christian is â€œto stand,â€ not to retreat, the chief offensive weapon is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God that meets each particular need. Finally, insistent prayer is both an offensive and a defensive weapon. The â€œweapons of our warfareâ€ are â€œmighty through God to the pulling down of strong holdsâ€ (2 Corinthians 10:4). HMM