Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pol'-e-what Ministries?

I'm frequently asked where the name "Polemos" came from and what it means.

In Greek mythology Polemos (pol'-em-os) was the god of war.  The word itself, from which we derive our English word polemics, is a transliteration of a Greek word which speaks of warfare, battles or armed conflicts. It often speaks of a prolonged and/or violent struggle and is frequently used in Scripture, such as Revelation 16:14, to speak of a great war.

As a new Christian I occasionally heard that the Christian life was one of warfare, but nothing ever prepared me for what I have experienced. I cannot think of any one word which better describes the Christian life.

I know that this might sound strange or unintelligible to some Christian ears and that to some professing Christians the very idea of equating Christianity with warfare is probably offensive. But never-the-less the Scriptures are full of references to this war; from the promise of hostility between the seed of the Woman and that of the Serpent in Genesis chapter three, to the promise to the over-comer in the book of Revelation, this war is on every page of Scripture!

We are at war with a world system that constantly pressures us to conform to itself (Romans 12:2) and we are at war with Satanic principalities that are at work in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2), but worst of all we are at war with an enemy in our own heart that won’t quit (Romans 7:14-25). As James Ramsey so eloquently put it in his commentary on the letters to the churches in the book of Revelation:

"Each of these epistles concludes with a glowing pro­mise of the glories of the church, triumphant. These are all addressed, not to the churches as such, but "to him that overcometh,"—to the individual conqueror. The possession of these glories is suspended, therefore, upon an individual conflict. The suspension of every one of these promises upon this single condition, thus seven times repeated, shows that the very design of the visible church, is to call men to this spiritual conflict, and to sustain them in it, as the only means of attaining the glories of the everlasting kingdom. 

It is this personal conflict, too, that gives shape and character to the great conflicts of the church, as portrayed in the symbolic revelations of this book, and as already in part recorded in the history of the church. It, therefore, brings the whole of these great and stirring scenes of seals and trumpets, and vials and beastly powers, as well as of the New Jerusalem, in its descending glories, into imme­diate and personal contact with the spiritual life of each soul. It is the exigencies of this spiritual and individual warfare that demand or give occasion to all the strange and vast movements of the mighty plan of God here on earth…."

And again speaking of this war within our own hearts James Ramsey says:

"....It admits of no truce. In the sweet retirement of the family, and in the perplexing cares and irritations of business, in every field of intellectual effort, in every walk of cha­rity and work of usefulness, in the most sacred ordinances of the house of God, and in the solemn secrecy of the closet, the enemy is present, and the conflict pressing"

I love how Ramsey describes the very design and mission of the church; “…to call men to this spiritual conflict, and to sustain them in it, as the only means of attaining the glories of the everlasting kingdom.” Polemos began as a simple evangelistic outreach “…to call men to this spiritual conflict…” and it only seemed natural over time to add some further material to “…sustain them in it.”

While we certainly do not agree with everything taught by all the men on this website, we have found their material on the subjects at hand to be an edifying and “sustaining” influence on our own lives.

While the warfare may be great, the power and promises of our sovereign King are greater!

...He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ
Philippians 1:6

"...for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  
Galatians 6:9

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