As my children began their “falling away” from the Lord during their years in college, I saw the changes in them, and it broke my heart.
What I did not see was hatefulness towards me. That has come about within the last couple of years. I am told by them that I am Toxic and filled with hatred. You see, they want me to be part of a false version of Christianity.
I have written articles about the Social Justice (FALSE) Gospel. This satanic version of Christianity is filled with “Did God Really say…?” These people cherry-pick parts of the Word of God which support their false narrative, leaving out Scripture that would clearly show the true context of the chosen verse(s).
They also twist Scripture. Who does that? If you said “Satan,” you would be spot on. From the Garden of Eden to the wilderness where Satan tempted our Lord Jesus with a twisted version of God’s Holy Word, this has been the MO of the enemy of our souls to this very day.
We MUST understand the tactics of our enemy. We must know his ‘whispers’ when we hear them. How can we be sure?
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
What does it mean to take every thought captive? (2 Corinthians 10:5)
In speaking of our spiritual warfare, Paul says that we take every thought captive and subject all thinking to Christ Jesus. Here are the apostle’s words: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
The primary point in this section of 2 Corinthians is that we are in a spiritual warfare. What leads up to the statement that we take every thought captive is important. In verse 3, Paul states that though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. That is, we do not rely on human ingenuity or manmade plans to bring the victory. The flesh is powerless against the wiles of the devil. In verse 4, Paul mentions the “strongholds” or the “fortresses” that are destroyed by God’s power. These strongholds are the philosophies, arguments, and “proud opinions” mentioned in verse 5.
Without question, there are many human thoughts that need to be taken captive. Numerous ungodly philosophies hold people in bondage, and those spiritual “fortresses” need to be demolished. The systems of thought that war against us are “arrogant obstacles” (NET), “lofty opinions” (ESV), and “sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing” (AMP) that prevent people from knowing God.
In our day, these systems of human thought include the theory of evolution, secular humanism, existentialism, the cults, the occult, and false religions. How many people are held captive by the idea that they are the products of chance in a godless universe? How many spiritual prisoners labor under the requirements of Allah and await freedom in Christ? We must take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
False religion and secular philosophy have created thinking that has imprisoned the minds of millions. It is a true spiritual battle: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Any idea, opinion, or worldview that asserts that Christ is unnecessary is reflective of the devil’s pride. Such thoughts must be taken captive and made obedient to Christ. Those who know the truth must confront error with the weapon we’ve been given, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).
Our weapons in the spiritual battle are not carnal but mighty through God. As we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), we engage the battle against pretense and arrogant philosophy in the world. Trusting Christ and rightly dividing the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15), we take every thought captive, pull down the strongholds, and, by the grace of God, set the captives free. Source
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray that this article has helped some of you. I know that it helped me just writing it and reading the piece from gotquestions.com and the Scriptures used by them to help us truly understand 2 Corinthians 10:5.
The hatred of blood-washed, born-again believers in Christ will only become worse as we are in the last of the last days. We will be persecuted – we are clearly seeing that. Jesus warned us that this would happen:
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me” (John 15:18-21).
We should never stop praying for our loved ones, although we do know that some are given over by God to a reprobate mind. I don’t presume to know which of my family are beyond help, so I will keep approaching the Throne of Grace on their behalf.