The older I get, the easier it is to see why God gave us the Bible and instructed us to use it as our final guide and authority. Of course, not everyone sees it that way. And they are certainly the worse off for it.
God tells us we are engaged in a spiritual war (2 Cor 10:4,5). In that same reference, He makes it clear that our weapons in this warfare are not carnal (not made of physical stuff) but are mighty through God.
Before I get fully into my rant, I want to be fair to First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK) and point out that even though they are involved in flagging (I reposted the video below), I will not say they agree with all of the teachings on the sites I visited. The head of the Flag and Banner Ministry did say: “Our number one reason is to usher in the presence of our Lord…Audience of one. Him and him alone.” And while this is consistent with the sites I visited, she doesn’t commit to the full set of heresies and make-believe theology.
The flaggers say the following about flag waving:
It ushers in the presence of God
It is a sword used in spiritual warfare
Help focus our faith
It is spiritual warfare by movements, actions, sounds, and colors.
It brings anointing (whatever, in this context, that is)
Destroys the works of the devil.
However, the Bible tells us the the weapons include:
The Shield of Faith
The Bible (the real Sword of the Spirit)
We are told to renew our minds with the Word, not renew our subscription for the prophetic flag of the month.
I can’t think of a better way to neutralize an army than to send it into battle with defective or ineffective equipment.
Think about it. What if the Allies soldiers had been given Nerf bats and balls to go up against the Axis (Germany, Japan, and Italy) who were armed with real weapons. Do you think the Allies would have been able to stand against the German onslaught?
No. At worst the Allied armies would have been destroyed. At best, they would all have been taken out of the battle and housed in Prisoner of War camps for the duration of the conflict – which, by the way, wouldn’t have been that long.
Those people promoting flagging and those who push it at their churches are equipping the saints with Nerf bats and balls, condemning them to the sidelines when it comes to the warfare in which we are engaged.
These people see flags as having the ability to “usher in the presence of God.” So let me understand this. When we wave flags, God is present among us? Do you understand how this trivializes God? He’s like a genie in a lamp. Rub the lamp the genie pops out. Wave the flag, God drops in.
Flaggers see flags and banners as the Sword of the Spirit. Really? So instead of arming themselves with the real Sword of the Spirit, the Bible, they are coming to church and waving flags around. Instead of reading their Bibles, meditating on Scripture, hiding God’s word in their hearts, and conforming their minds to Scripture so they can better use it for God’s glory, they are waving around of bunch of silk flags? Satan must be shaking in his cloven-toed boots when they get together.
Along with the flags, they see movements, actions, sounds, and colors as a way of waging war. Again, Satan must be scared to death every time he walks into one of the flag waving “worship” sessions. Jesus instructed us to worship God in spirit and in truth, not with flags and dancing. He said that the Father’s word is truth, not a Lion of Judah Prophetic flag.
You have to ask yourself how these people can really believe that flag waving destroys the works of the devil. According to Scripture, the thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. Those are his works. Jesus came so that we can have abundant life. What has destroyed the work of Satan? Nothing. But what has placed us in Christ, never to be subject to the Accuser? Christ’s death on the cross.
Some of the sites claim that flags put forth the Gospel. Huh? I thought the Gospel comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
If your pastor is dumb enough to bring in flagging, you need to get the heck out of Dodge. If your pastor isn’t dumb, then he (or, a lot of times she) thinks you are too dumb to know any better. And in either case, you need to get the heck out of
Am I saying there is anything wrong with the physical action of waving a flag? Certainly not. It’s just the physical waving of a flag. My difficulty, and the Bible’s difficulty, is the significance people ascribe to flag waving.
Remember, the Bible says:
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of stronghold; destroying imaginations and every high thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ(2 Cor 10:4,5)
It doesn’t say:
For the weapons of our warfare are physical and made of prophetic colors and images, and mighty through waving and displaying, pulling down strongholds and ushering in the presence of God and His atmosphere.
Dump the flags and banners, read your Bible, hide God’s word in your heart (Ps 119:9; 11;105), and walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7), not sight. And pray for wisdom (James , trusting God to meet your needs.
Hey, you could even save a couple of bucks in supplies.