Principles of War:
A strategy for group and personal evangelism
By James I. Wilson
In the study of warfare, great men have
concluded that there are some overriding principles
which, if followed, will always tend toward success
in battle, and with equal positiveness, if neglected
or ignored, will tend toward defeat or even destruction.
These principles have been titled "The Principles of
All except the most foolish know that in war it is imperative
that those involved apply the "Principles of War."
Just as these time-tried principles are effective in
waging secular warfare--the author presents in quick
succession these same principles as the key to assured
victory in our spiritual warfare.
In the true military style of being brief, perspicuous,
and succinct, the author, with power, plunges the reader
point-blank into the fight--a very present institution.
The enemy is Satan, the objective is the acknowledgment
and fulfillment of the commandments of God, and the
ammunition is the power of the Holy Spirit. The Christian,
clothed in the whole armor of God and applying these
pertinent guiding principles of warfare--is an army,
a communication system, a weapon to be used and a soldier
to participate forcibly in the battle, to the glory
of our Lord.
Granville A. Sharpe
[This book is out of print and no longer
available on the open market. It is also essential that
pastors be armed with this information in these end
times for the accomplishment of Matthew 28:18-20, so
that Matthew 24:14 will become a reality.]
"When war is declared by Congress their
objective is victory. They pass this assignment over
to the Commander-in-Chief. The Commander-in-Chief with
the Joint Chiefs of Staff makes an estimate of the situation,
comes to a decision and develops a plan. To oversimplify
it, the decision might be to invade and occupy specific
nations in Europe and Asia. The plan would be to assign
Asia to Commander-in-Chief, Pacific and Europe to Commander-in-Chief,
Atlantic. These subordinate commanders must then make
an estimate of the situation, come to a decision, and
develop a plan. They, in turn, assign objectives to
subordinate commanders. Commander-in-Chief, Pacific
orders the Commander of the Seventh Fleet to land certain
armies and Marine Divisions in the assigned country
in Asia. This process of estimating the situation, making
a decision and assigning objectives to subordinate commanders
continues right down to the company, platoon and squad
Every man in the chain of command has his objective
assigned to him by higher authority.
Now suppose an individual infantryman has as his objective
the top of a sand dune on a beach in Asia. He is pinned
down by enemy fire and he cannot make a move. While
he is in this position he suddenly sees a paper floating
across the beach.
So far this is a very real situation, but suppose we
make it unreal, even ludicrous. The paper happens to
be a page from the Joint Chiefs of Staff Operation Order.
As the page lands in front of him, he reads the assigned
objective to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific: "Invade
and occupy--on the continent of Asia." This is too much
for him. He cannot even get off the beach and they are
telling him to occupy the whole nation. To him it is
unrealistic. Since he cannot understand how the whole
can be taken, he might even lose the will to get to
the top of the sand dune.
Enough of the illustration. Jesus Christ is our Commander-in-Chief
and He has assigned the overall objective and put it
in the grasp of every one of His followers in the directive
of the Great Commission. Here it is:
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations." Matthew 28:18-19.
To any individual Christian who thinks he is fighting
the war all by himself, this objective not only seems
unrealistic but impossible. Like the soldier on the
beach it is easy to get a "What's the use?" attitude.
The problem is the same in both cases. The man at the
bottom of the chain gets a view of the objective of
the person at the top. He is looking up the chain of
command without the benefit of intermediate objectives.
He sees only the objective of the top and the resources
at the bottom.
So for the Christian. He may see with his Commander-in-Chief
the complete objective assigned to the whole church.
He may also see the smaller parts of the church, groups
of believers raised up to reach a special segment of
the world's population. God has raised up specialists
with limited objectives in His church.
Rather than lament the multiplicity of Christian organizations,
we should rejoice that an intensive effort to meet our
objective is being made. Of course, there is the danger
that such groups will be filled with too great a sense
of importance. If, however, they seek to occupy their
own limited objective with all faithfulness, then the
warfare of the church is advanced. These many organizations
may be in existence not because of doctrinal differences
but because God has given them different objectives
under the Great Commission.
objective is two-fold:
- To communicate the Gospel in love and power to
- To introduce to Jesus (or Jesus to) those who
respond to the Gospel.
[Our] first objective is one of
sowing the seed. The second is reaping the harvest when
the seed falls on good ground. If we sow the
seed in every heart, but do not reap where the seed
prepares a harvest, then we have not reached our objective.
We have in effect added to the condemnation of men with
the Gospel. We have been a savor of death unto death
rather than life unto life (II Corinthians 2:16).
If, on the other hand, we reap where we have sown but
we do not sow in every heart in our assigned mission
fields, then we have not reached our objective. This
is serious. This objective is not a mere psychological
goal that makes us feel good when we get there. This
is a mission assigned by our Commander-in-Chief. Not
to get there is failure to carry out the assigned mission:
it is defeat. Even if people do not or will not respond
to the message of good news this has no bearing on the
objective to communicate the message to them. God assigns
the objective, not the people...
...Unless we know where we are going it is of little
importance how we go about getting there. The objective
II. The Offensive
"They want war too methodical, too measured,
I would make it brisk, bold, impetuous, perhaps sometimes
[General George S. Patton was against the
digging or using of fox-holes, he didn't want his army
to waste time stopping to dig them, since they're defensive
in nature, not offensive.]
In warfare the offensive is the means by which one takes
the objective. It is an aggressive advance against an
enemy to wrest the objective from his possession.
An army on the offensive has a moral and physical advantage
over the enemy at the point of contact. The offensive
is an attitude as well as an action. The attacking general
has the advantage of making his decisions first, and
then carrying them out. The defender must first wait
to see what his opponent does before he makes his decision.
The decision he makes is usually forced upon him by
the attacker. The aggressor has the advantage of the
initiative. He can choose whether to attack and when
and where to attack. The defender must wait for him.
He is in the superior position.
There are two general ways in which the offensive can
- It may be directed against the whole front to take
the whole front simultaneously. This is not ordinarily
feasible in that it requires an overwhelming superiority
in numbers and weapons. Nor is it wise, for it requires
much more logistic (weapons, food, ammunition) support,
much more fighting and will sustain many more casualties.
- The offensive may be directed against one segment
of the enemy army, the defeat of which will mean a
decisive victory. "Decisive" means that this defeat
of the enemy may cause the rest of the army to capitulate,
or it may mean a breakthrough has been made so that
the rest of the army remains in a very weak position.
"In either case it should be well understood
that there is in every battlefield a decisive point,
the possession of which, more than any other, helps
to secure the victory by enabling its holder to make
proper application of the Principles of War. [i,.e.
the "high ground."] Arrangements should therefore be
made for striking the Decisive blow upon this point."
Whether the offensive is made along the whole front
or at a decisive point, it has several basic characteristics.
In attitude it is bold, in direction, it is forward
toward the enemy at the objective; in means it uses
The offensive in the spiritual war is conducted in the
same manner. It is directed against the enemy, not against
the objective. Satan is the enemy. We fight in order
to wrest his possession those through fear of death
[To clarify his point, we pursue the offensive, take
the offensive, by the proclamation of the Gospel. That
is how we march into the enemy occupied territory--with
all guns blazing--that is how we carpet-bomb his factories
of deception--with the truth of the Gospel being proclaimed
by whatever means: books, articles, all types of publishing
and media such as radio, T.V., movie, DVD, video cassette,
tape cassette, the Internet, you name it. Also the proclamation
of the Gospel must be accompanied by much intercessory
prayer. Such prayer empowers the weapons, arms them,
causes them to detonate on the enemy. Intercessory
prayer must accompany the proclamation of the Gospel,
or else it will be like a dud torpedo bouncing off the
hull of an enemy ship. ]
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