About The Battle Cry

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Eph 1: 4-7

From the moment we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are not only assured of spending eternity in His presence, we actually become citizens of heaven while we finish our earthly journeys.   We become soldiers of the Cross on a mission ‘behind enemy lines’.  We are called to do battle for the souls of men. 

“Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” 1 Cor 14:8

P.S. If you are wondering about the Born4Battle moniker, it has nothing to do with wanting to fight/bicker/prove MY point about anything. It comes from two specific things from my past. A song that made a deep impression on a soldier was one- “Run to the Battle”, by Steve Camp. The other was a book – “Born for Battle” by R. Arthur Matthews dealing with spiritual warfare.

14 responses to “About The Battle Cry

  1. My dear Brother,
    You have a wonderful site here. I praise God for the balance you have maintained in your theology. Yes, it is quite easy to go off on a tangent while one is zealous concerning a certain truth. And it takes the grace of God for His servant to maintain the balance.

    “The doctrine of Election should be preached PROPORTIONATELY. Though the foundation be of first importance it is of little value unless a superstructure be erected upon it. The publication of election is to make way for the other cardinal truths of the gospel. If any doctrine be preached exclusively it is distorted. There is a BALANCE to be preserved in our presentation of the truth; while no part of it is to be suppressed, no part of it is to be made unduly prominent. It is a great mistake to harp on one string only. Man’s responsibility must be enforced as well as God’s sovereignty insisted upon. If on the one hand the minister must not be intimidated by Arminians, on the other he must not be brow-beaten by hyper-Calvinists, who object to the calling upon the unconverted to repent and believe the gospel” [Mark 1:15]. [A.W. Pink]

    It is indeed sad to see many preachers in our day who should know better being ONE-SIDED in their preaching? I speak with regards to the ‘PRECEPTIVE’ part of the Word of God. When was the last time you heard a preacher (especially those of the Reformed camp) preach a searching message on God’s precepts. Or how many ‘Sovereign Grace’ websites do you know that have even a single sermon or article on the precepts?

    They preach a lot on doctrine, often on experience, but life conduct receives the scantiest notice. It is not too much to say that they seem to be afraid of the very word “duty.” They preach soundly and beneficially on the obedience which Christ gave to God on behalf of His people, but they say next to nothing of that obedience which the Lord requires from those whom He has redeemed!

    Here is a word from Philpot on this – ““To despise, then, the precept, to call it legal and burdensome, is to despise not man, but God, who hath given unto us His Holy Spirit in the inspired Scriptures for our faith and obedience…. Nothing more detects hypocrites, purges out loose professors, and fans away that chaff and dust which now so thickly covers our barn floors than an experimental handling of the precept. A dry doctrinal ministry disturbs no consciences. The loosest professors may sit under it, nay, be highly delighted with it, for it gives them a hope, if not a dead confidence, that salvation being wholly of grace they shall be saved whatever be their walk of life. But the experimental handling of the precept cuts down all this and exposes their hypocrisy and deception”

    My dear Brother, the very name of your blog (The Battle cry) tells me that you have clearly understood what this ‘balance’ is which I am speaking of.
    I like your words – “We become soldiers of the Cross on a mission ‘behind enemy lines’. We are called to do battle for the souls of men”. This is a truth which few have realized in our day.

    The other day a man asked me –“If as you say, it is all of grace, then why even preach”?
    My humble answer was – ‘Sir, the same God who ordained the END also ordained the MEANS. God saves men sovereignly and freely. But He does not save them ‘willy nilly’, but through faith which cometh by hearing the Word preached!

    And so we preach! Not because we believe that men in themselves have the power to come to Christ (John 6:44) nor because WE are sufficient for these things (2Cor 2:16), but because ‘it has pleased God, that by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe’ [1Cor 1:21]

    Jehovah is a MAN OF WAR! [Ex 15:3] And His children are no different! The prophet envisioned them as “terrible as an ARMY WITH BANNERS”. [Sos 6:4] And the apostle’s admonition to his son Timothy was – “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses”. [1Tim 6:12]

    And again – “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a GOOD SOLDIER of Jesus Christ. No man that WARRETH entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier”. [2Tim 2:3,4]

    “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily”. [Col 1:28,29]

    May the good Lord add His blessings to your labors for Him and use your ministry to feed many of His hungry sheep.

    Love
    Mike!

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    • In all this time, almost a year now, I have never read you generous and kind comments. I especially like this:

      “And so we preach! Not because we believe that men in themselves have the power to come to Christ (John 6:44) nor because WE are sufficient for these things (2Cor 2:16), but because ‘it has pleased God, that by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe’ [1Cor 1:21]”

      Being entrusted with the message of the gospel is the greatest privilege God has bestowed on men.

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      • Brother, I am glad that you finally saw my comment. Like they say: better late than never!

        The Lord has entrusted some of us with His message. But are we in ourselves sufficient for such a task?

        “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”! [2Cor 3:5,6]

        It is God alone who makes us sufficient for so great a task ad this! We are NOTHING! But Christ is everything in us!

        “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

        To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ”! [2Cor 2:14-17] Hallelujah!

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        • I won’t be late this time…..:)

          “To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life.”

          So true, yet so violated a principle. The apostate church all around us tries to make Christ ‘smell sweet’ – to give sinners living in rebellion against God a Jesus they might like in their lost state. All that does is make false converts. My opinion.

          God Bless You, my brother.

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          • You are so right in saying – “The apostate church all around us tries to make Christ ‘smell sweet’ – to give sinners living in rebellion against God a Jesus they might like in their lost state”.

            Our job as ministers of the gospel is neither to make Christ ‘smell sweet’ or smell like death, but to just preach or rather proclaim the good old gospel and ‘let the chips fall where they may’.

            The gospel preached in truth is the ‘power of God’ unto them that are called. And that should be sufficient for us!

            So nice to get to know you, dear Brother. I shall by and by be commenting on most of your posts to reiterate and reinforce the truth which you proclaim. And all the glory to God alone! Amen!

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  2. Hi Dan.

    I’ve come to appreciate your opinions and I can’t find any way of contacting you other than here. I have a small matter I’d like to bounce off of you. I’m curious about your opinion on something. My email is chrisreimers@cablelynx.com. If you don’t have time for such communication, believe me, I understand. Life is busy and I don’t really have much time for emailing a lot of people, myself. If you do have a few minutes, please stop by my email so that I can have your email so that I can ask you a question. Either way, I wish you continued blessings on your blog.

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