If You’re Not Experiencing Conflict, Opposition, and Tribulations, Either You’re Not a Christian or You Are a Christian and You Are Not Doing Anything for Christ


10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Stephen J. Cole writes in his commentary on this passage: “General Dwight Eisenhower once said, ‘War is a terrible thing. But if you’re going to get into it, you’ve got to get into it all the way.’ I sense that many Christians are defeated in their Christian lives because they are not seriously engaged in the warfare to which we are called. J. C. Ryle saw this in the 19th century. He wrote: ‘The saddest symptom about many so-called Christians is the utter absence of anything like conflict and fight in their Christianity.’ He went on to say that they go through the motions of attending religious services each week, “but of the great spiritual warfare — its watchings and strugglings, its agonies and anxieties, its battles and contests — of all this they appear to know nothing at all.’ Perhaps they came to Christ under a false ‘sales pitch.’ They were told, ‘Jesus will solve your problems. He will give you peace and joy. He will give you a happy family life. Come to Jesus and enjoy all of these blessings and more. He promises you abundant life.’ And so they signed up for what they thought would be a wonderful life of peace and happiness.” But, as we see in this passage, the Christian life involves an abundance of spiritual warfare.