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For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ ... seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (II Cor. 10:3~5; II Pet. 1:3~4 NASB)

WHY STRATOLOGEO?

Stratologeo is a Greek word that is used only once in the New Testament. It means to "choose (or enlist) to be a soldier." It is found in II Timothy 2:3-4 as follows:

"Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier." (from the NASB)

We who know the living Christ; we who are reconciled to the Father through Him are, in fact, enlisted in the army of the living God, under our Lord Jesus Christ. The question is, in the words of Isaac Watts, "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?" Am I truly a follower of the Lamb? Am I choosing to be a well-pleasing soldier to Him who, by His grace, has "enlisted [me] as a soldier?"

Much more to the point – are we, the Body of Christ in America, the evangelical Church in America, truly the kind of spiritual army, or unit, the Lord Jesus prays for in John 17:17-23, with the accompanying results He specifies in that prayer?

Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth. As Thou didst send Me into the world, I have also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me. And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one just as we are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity (literally, into to a unit) that the world may know that that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me.

There are certainly important individual applications found in these texts from II Timothy and John, even as the welfare of the individual soldier is crucial to the vitality and effectiveness of the military unit. However, the life and functioning of the Church, the Lord's spiritual army, cannot be allowed to disintegrate into a perversely individualistic enterprise in which the corporate aim, the very reason this sanctified spiritual unit exists, is supplanted by the various and sundry needs and desires of the individuals who comprise the unit.

It can truly be said that the whole of the individual Christian life, as well as the corporate life of the Church, is comprehended in the two texts quoted above. It is the aim of this web site to provide a variety of original materials in a variety of formats to expand upon the truths expressed in those texts, and to challenge the status quo which currently prevails in the Church in America today across the denominational/theological spectrum. May the Lord use the material contained on this web site to truly bless His Church by His grace.

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