British personnel, from the least tarheel to Admiral Nelson, felt confident of national victory over the enemy at Trafalgar. Common sailors, however, couldn’t know their personal fate in the battle.
The Master’s Conquest of every enemy of God won the Spiritual War between him and Satan. Like the English sailors at Trafalgar, Christians know that many battles remain in discipleship: within self, with external foes; overcoming satanic falsehoods and our own self-deceit. The conflict never ends, as Paul said in Romans 7:7-25, Galatians 5:16-18. Self-denial, the very first requirement of discipleship, Matthew 16:24-25, is the last barrier we seek to overcome. Instead of being a contesting counter-culture, we adapt culture to our worship services. Instead of preaching the Gospel as written, whoever objects to or accepts it, we seek common ground that won’t offend. We easily forget that we are God’s friends and, therefore, enemy of all that opposes him. End Part I