Christian prisoners of War

23 10 2012

According to Wikipedia, “a prisoner of war  is a person, whether civilian or combatant, who is held in custody by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. Captor states hold captured combatants and non-combatants in continuing custody for a range of legitimate and illegitimate reasons. They are held to isolate them from combatants still in the field, to release and repatriate them in an orderly manner after hostilities, to demonstrate military victory, to punish them, to prosecute them for war crimes, to exploit them for their labor, to recruit or even conscript them as their own combatants, to collect military and political intelligence from them, and to indoctrinate them in new political or religious beliefs.”

Prisoners of war and labour camps are not as uncommon as you may believe. I am not talking of physical prisoners of war or labour camps, but spiritual. These camps are invisible spiritual fortresses of philosophical Christian thought, devoid of Jesus Christ. These camps exist and have been built in our minds through Law preaching. Paul called these labour camps, strongholds of the mind.

Unfortunately, many of Christ’s soldiers are being held in these labour camps or Law camps as I call them. They are subjected to forced labour and are misused to further the ideology of the greater cause. They cannot do what is asked of them because no human being on the planet earth could keep their statutes. It is a very sad situation.

In these labour camps, there are guards who are sold out to the greater cause, whose self-delegated duty is to protect the camp and their “labour ideology” at any cost, and make sure that no one ever escapes.

The prisoners although being fed copiously, are completely spiritually malnourished. This is because the food being served has no spiritual nutritional value whatsoever. Many prisoners long for death, as they feel that they cannot take the oppression, mistreatment and hopelessness any longer. Desperate individuals called “rebels” by the guards, armed with nothing but a deep hunger for life beyond the camp, have managed to escape over the barbed wire fences – called “the Law”, and have scampered off into the surrounding forest of “Grace”, never to be seen again.

The fortunate ones that have managed to escape from the labour camps, are left permanently scarred and damaged through these harrowing camp experiences. Painful memories of years of abuse haunt them for years to come. Thoughts of anger and resentment towards the guards and the camps run deep and is not something easily forgotten. This is because the wounds inflicted are deep and severe, and the scars thereof will last a lifetime.

Isaiah prophesied of a time of bondage and hurt:

Isaiah 61:1-3 (AMP) 61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound, 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

God’s people need Salvation more than ever before and that is why God is sending us to proclaim to the pharaohs of Christian law religion and its institutions, to “Let my people go.” God is calling us not to get people saved, but to get the church “saved” – saved from the Law and mans’ religious ordinances, and Salvation is receiving the Person of Christ and His fullness into our spirit. For He IS SALVATION and DELIVERANCE.

So what do I need to do as a weary, disillusioned hurting person? You need to KNOW Jesus Christ Himself – the Shepherd of our souls. My prayer is the same as Paul’s, “that you will know Jesus Christ in you,” nothing more and nothing less, for salvation is found in no other!



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