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What We Are Up Against

May 31, 2012

Anyone who stands up for faith, family and freedom today knows full well that the other side fights dirty. This is to be expected of course – given their paucity of solid arguments, facts or evidence, they find it is far easier to sling mud, attack people, and resort to every low down and dirty tactic around.

I have been on the receiving end of plenty of these vile and disgusting attacks. These folks think they can bully, intimidate and threaten anyone who dares to speak out and take a different point of view than they do. And they do a pretty good job of it I must admit.

They have become experts in abuse, intimidation and every underhanded way they can come up with. I could write several articles on just the examples of this I have experienced over the past few decades as I have been involved in the culture wars.

Sometimes all you can do is go to the police and hope that they can put an end to it. As but one example, some years ago at Christmas I started getting tipped off that the other side – you know, the side that champions love, tolerance and acceptance – were sending out DVDs in my name.

Over the Christmas season they had sent to a number of pro-faith and pro-family people a card with the DVD inside, saying words to this effect: “My wife and I would really like you to enjoy this gift for your Christmas”. I suspected the worse, and when I took it to the police, they confirmed my worst fears: it was a porn video all right.

Plenty of other diabolical examples could be cited here. But maybe I will have to make all that the subject of my next book. However I can here share the latest demonic stunt the other side is engaging in. Maybe I shouldn’t be giving people any more ideas who have not yet heard about this.

But it is nonetheless worth alerting you to this. I share all this not to scare you out of standing up and being counted, but to forewarn you of the sorts of tactics you will be on the receiving end of if you do stand tall.

In the US the militant secular lefties are now engaging in SWATting. US conservative writer Katie Pavlich explains: “What does the far left do when they disagree with conservative bloggers? They call the police from a phone program pretending to be (insert conservative blogger here), say something horrific such as ‘I just shot my wife,’ hang up and then laugh as a local SWAT team descends on the house of (insert conservative blogger here) for no real reason.

“This ladies and gentleman is not a joke, it’s what far left activists are doing to silence conservatives. CNN contributor and Red State editor-in-chief Erick Erickson and his family were targeted over the weekend. The SWATting occurred just after Erickson had written a piece about left wing domestic terrorist and convicted Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin….

“Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway. Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting. Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.”

Many of these folks are not so lucky, and get dragged away in handcuffs – and then the ordeal begins. That’s some pretty scary and horrific stuff alright. But are we really surprised that the other side would actually stoop to such disgusting tactics?

It will only get worse unfortunately. While the militants are seeking to use our laws and our courts to fully silence us – as in discrimination legislation and hate crimes laws – they are also willing to use any ugly trick in the book to silence us and stifle dissent.

Two Imperatives

So what is to be our response here? As I said, I am not writing this to scare others away from doing what is right. The need of the hour is courage, and men and women filled with Holy Ghost boldness who will stand and resist the attacks of the other side.

They want to destroy us in any way they can, and are happy to sue you or threaten you or attack you to beat you into submission. So what do we do? Well, it seems there are two vital things we all must do here. We are without doubt in a war, and in any war you need good offensive and defensive weaponry.

We need intellectual and spiritual ammunition and protection here. First, since this is a war of ideas as much as anything, we need to be well read and know our stuff. We dare not enter some of these battles without knowing what we are talking about.

So if you are going to enter into some of these hot potato debates, you really do need to know your facts, and you need to be very well read. In a war of ideas, information is ammunition. We need all the good info we can get. That is why for example I spent 20 years writing Strained Relations. With over 700 footnotes it provides you with all the info, data, facts and evidence to deal with the homosexual debate.

So we dare not go into these intellectual arenas unprepared. We must know our stuff, and we must be able to argue our case, as well as be able to demolish any arguments the other side may offer. So please study up – we need to win these battles.

Secondly, since this is ultimately a spiritual war, we need to be well prayed up. I cannot overemphasise the importance of this. At the end of the day we are dealing with spiritual powers and forces here. Many of these anti-faith, anti-family, anti-life, and anti-freedom ideologies come straight out of the pit of hell.

There are real demonic forces behind much of this – if you don’t believe this, you ought to read some of the hate mail I get. If we think we can take this on in our own strength, we are just kidding ourselves. Indeed, we will all be toast if we do not go out with the full armour of God. No one engaging in these sorts of battles should do so without adequate prayer cover.

Anyone doing this work needs a team of prayer warriors who will intercede on your behalf 24/7. The very demons of hell will try to wear you down, discourage you, intimidate you, bully you and frighten you. Without the protection of God we will simply not be able to stand.

So I encourage everyone reading this not to in any way succumb to fear or trepidation. Yes, the other side fights dirty, and it gets real nasty out there. There will be casualties, and there will be wounds, and even battle scars. But we must stand, every one of us.

And because this is a spiritual battle, we must respond in the opposite spirit. When they pour out hate and ugliness, we must respond with love and prayer. It could be tempting to return their nasty tactics, but that is not our calling. Sure, we can use normal legal means to protect ourselves and our loved ones, but we can’t stoop to their gutter level.

So be of good courage friends. Although the battles will get ugly and nasty, we are on the winning team. We have an example of perseverance in our Lord who gave everything for us. How can we do any less in return? In the words of that great old hymn:

“Stand up, stand up, for Jesus;
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict
in this his glorious day:
ye that are men now serve him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.”

[1335 words]

11 Responses to What We Are Up Against

  • Bill,

    Thank you so much for your ministry and your courageous example.

    Here’s an inspiring four-minute YouTube clip from the famous 1942 World War II movie “Mrs Miniver”, which starred Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.

    The video clip shows the movie’s closing scene when a vicar is conducting a church service in the aftermath of a bombing raid. He gives an inspiring address to his congregation, telling them, “This is not only a war of soldiers in uniform.”

    He then leads them in singing “Onward, Christian Soldiers”.

    This is great, stirring stuff.

    Hope you and your readers enjoy it.

    John Ballantyne,

  • Many thanks for that John. Yes it ties in nicely here. Great stuff. Thanks again.
    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • What a good subject to write about today, the feast of St Justin, martyr – 165. He was a seeker of the truth. The work you do Bill is truly a battle and I will pray that St Justin will intercede for you.
    Kerry Hardwick

  • Hi there.

    As encouragement for you Bill and all your readers I thought I would share what I read this morning from my daily study notes currently focusing on forgiveness.

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians. 2:12.

    God’s part has been to choose us, make us holy for His purposes and to dearly love us. Our response should be to change our way of behaviour, to have compassion on those who are hurting (either in themselves or hurting others), to show kindness, gentleness and patience. This is not easy and we were never told it would be, but if the fact that we are chosen and dearly loved by our Father who gave His Son for us isn’t enough to motivate us then what is?

    The next verse goes on to say:-

    Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have and forgive one another as the Lord forgave you. Col. 1:14

    Bill may God bless you and all those being persecuted as they stand for Christ. May He continue to grant you compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


    Richard Jardine

  • Great article Bill. Keep up the good work. Your post is one of the few places to find out what is REALLY going on in the world.

    Alison Stanley

  • Interesting article in today’s Australian and some strong language (and rightfully so) from the ACL

    “Babies should not be created to satisfy the lifestyle choices of singles and same-sex couples,” he said.

    “This selfish gay agenda knows no reasonable limits and it is time that political leaders began imposing limits on them to protect the most fundamental rights of children to a mother and a father.”

    Dave Billingham

  • Dear Bill,
    This stuff is for real. Many will think that you are over reacting. But I don’t, plenty of examples can be drawn into this, but certainly the terrible things that happened during the days of Nazi Germany, give plenty of truth to what is happening again in our age. This kind of evil is present, there is no doubt about it. And yes if we as believers don’t support each other in prayer, we have little hope of standing up to these hideous attacks. We must all keep you in our prayer life. You are targeted more than any of us that read your material. But at the same time, thank you for the warning, we all have to be ready for this, it will increase.
    Keep up the fight,
    Bill Heggers Perth

  • Anyone who stands up for faith, family and freedom today knows full well that the other side fights dirty. This is to be expected of course – given their paucity of solid arguments, facts or evidence, they find it is far easier to sling mud, attack people, and resort to every low down and dirty tactic around. I have been on the receiving end of plenty of these vile and disgusting attacks. These folks think they can bully, intimidate and threaten anyone who dares to speak out and take a different point of view than they do. And they do a pretty good job of it I must admit.

    Yep. Just had to put up with this nonsense on FB over the last couple of days. Why people are so gung ho over “gay marriage” is beyond me.

    Louise Le Mottee

  • Thanks guys

    Another good piecing on SWATting:

    “As the political Left faces a bruising comeuppance in November, leftist bullies are going for outright control of what’s said, written and done. SWATing is only the ugly tip of very large iceberg. The cure for the Left’s bullying is to expose, confront, and throw the scoundrels out.”

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Are these stories about SWATing true?

    Ross McPhee

  • Yes sadly, Ross

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

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