Introduction to the Invisible War
The topic that I have enjoyed posting about the most is the Angelic Conflict (also known as the Invisible War). I have come to realize that Christianity generally suffers from a terrible apologetic and I think that would change dramatically if believers would learn about the Angelic Conflict.
Here we have the Bible, which is the most remarkable book ever written, and yet we cannot seem to explain why we are on this earth. Why is that? Has God withheld His reasons? God has no intention of trying to explain every decision that He has ever made to us. However that does not mean that He has not graciously explained many things to us. I truly believe that He has explained much to us about why we are here and it is related to the Angelic Conflict.
I have recently purchased a book titled “The Invisible War” by Donald Grey Barnhouse which goes into a lot of detail on the subject. I was really pleased to find this book because all that I had ever known about the Angelic Conflict came from the teaching of R.B. Thieme, Jr. and much of his writing on the subject is out of print. I am going to begin posting on different topics raised by Pastor Barnhouse as I work my way through his book.
I will start by saying that Pastor Barnhouse believed, like Colonel Thieme did, that the Bible teaches not only that we humans have free will but that our purpose for being here is to use our free will! Many Christians believe that we don’t have a truly free will (they will call it “libertarian free will”). In fact they will go so far as to say that for us to have a free will diminishes God’s sovereignty. So, they claim, the very idea that we can have even one thought independently of God is blasphemous. All I can say to that is POPPYCOCK!
The general theme of the Invisible War is that Lucifer (who became known as Satan) chose of his own free will to revolt against God before man was created. After Lucifer’s rebellion God created man and will use man to prove that God’s way is the only way. There is God’s will and Satan’s will. Following God’s will brings contentment and happiness while following Satan’s will brings misery and destruction.
I will close this post with a quote from Pastor Barnhouse:
The world cannot solve any of its own problems because it is subject to the one who is the god of this age (II Corinthians 4:4), who blinds the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. The great problems that leave the world in misery can, therefore, be solved by God alone. This is the lesson that God must teach by man’s repeated failures throughout all the ages of history. Time must continue until it has been thoroughly demonstrated that there is no health or hope apart from God. Though it will mean the final chaos of all that man holds dear in civilization, the total bankruptcy of ability of both Satan and men to do anything for man must be thoroughly and conclusively demonstrated.
When we understand that God is continuing in patience with man until this lesson is fully set forth before the universe, we can understand the real purpose of history. Every thought and device conceivable to the mind of Satan and man must be explored and found wanting. Here is the essence of a relativity which is more important than that set forth by Einstein. One of the most visible differences between eternity and time is the difference between one will and more than one will.
The Invisible War
Donald Grey Barnhouse