Monday, November 10, 2014

2-5-2008 spiritual warfare Part 1 part 3 know how the enemy fights, a discourse on ultimate fighting as analogous to spiritual warfare

Having taken a break from transcribing and commenting on Mark Driscoll's February 5, 2008 spiritual warfare session, we return to the topic with just a brief episode here in which Driscoll digresses into the applicability of ultimate fighting to his explanations of spiritual warfare.
February 05, 2008

This is incredibly important and I believe it is absolutely essential for the health and well-being of the forward progress of the church. We will grow but so will the opposition.  We will teach but, in addition to that, false teaching will escalate at the same level trying to undo everything that God has done. That being said, in 2 Corinthians 2:11 in the NIV Paul says, "Satan will not outwit us if we are aware of his schemes." Love that line.  You see what he's saying is if you know how your enemy works you're able to defend yourself, right? You guys know me, I'm a big ultimate fighter fan, right? and the key to a good fight is the right match-up, right?  If somebody has got a really good ground game, right? THey got a wrestling background, they're a Brazilean jutjitsu background but they're not good on their feet the key to defeat them is to keep the fight on the feet and make sure it's a slugfest. If you get on the ground you're gonna be in trouble.  Conversely, if someone's great in mui tai and they're great in the clinch and they're great with knees and elbows the key is to keep your distance and to not get yourself caught. The key is to maintain your distance and with strikes (hands, knees, feet) to make sure that you maintain distance because if they get you in the clinch and they're into mui tai you could end up in serious trouble. The key is to know your enemy, your opponent. Where are their strengths? Where are their weaknesses? What are their tactics? What are their capacities? And then you learn to defend yourself and to counterstrike.

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