"If a man should conquer in battle a thousand and a thousand more, and another man should conquer himself, his would be the greater victory, because the greatest of victories is the victory over oneself; and neither the gods in heaven above nor the demons down below can turn into defeat the victory of such a man." - Dhammapada

strategic-level spiritual warfare

"It was exhilarating, thrilling, reviving, rewarding - everything an angelic warrior was made for!

The Host of Heaven had waited so long and had built up such fervor that when the signal finally came, they broke over the crests of the mountains on every side like a violent, shimmering ocean wave and showered down like hail upon the dark cloud of demons in the valley, scattering them like dust before the wind, routing, battling, swinging, and pushing down, down, down toward the Aspen Institute.

Tal, at the crest of the wave, dove like a hawk, his wings straight back, his sword a needle of light at the end of his outstretched arm.

His war cry could be heard above all the tumult, and his sword was the first to strike.

They flew into the heart of the black cloud, piercing the boiling thunderhead.

Swords of spirits clashed, wings burst the red smoke fogging the air.

Tal kicked, cut, spun like a scythe, and fought his way downward, downward.

He could hear the roar of Guilo, the Strength of Many, just above and to the left, batting demons, mowing them down, flipping them sideways to meet other blades, kicking and grabbing what hides he could find, cutting a widening swath, gutting the cloud at its core." - Frank E. Perretti

Strategic-level spiritual warfare, popular in the Apostolic Culmination, often involves going to the highest place in a city or region, like a mountain top, with attempts to bind "territorial spirits," the "high-ranking demons" that rule over specific geographical regions.

The idea is that - if their demonic grip is broken - then the people who live in that region will respond en masse to the Word of God, and they will be freed of evil strongholds of lust, greed, envy, gluttony, sloth, pride and wrath.

Many fellowships have eagerly adopted strategic-level spiritual warfare, believing it's the key to fulfilling the "Great Commission" which will usher in the "Kingdom Age".

Adherents take part in showy ritualized ceremonies, where they seek to directly confront territorial spirits by name.

Apostles of the Apostolic Culmination anoint adherents with specific supernatural powers.

John Arnott anoints adherents with a "new anointing" he calls the "Sword of the Lord" or "Warrior Anointing" which brings "supernatural power".

The apostles of the Apostolic Culmination sell a form of supernaturalism that is suspiciously similar to fantasy video games.

Just like the fantasy hero adherents are anointed with supernatural powers so they may attack greater and larger demonic forces.

Just like video game manufactures charge consumers for their games, Apostolic Culmination adherents are charged a fee to receive the next new "anointing."

And if you could not attend the "conference" you can purchase a DVD of past events and past training sessions for a nominal fee.

If you have 'faith' then you too will receive the "anointing!"

Strategic-level spiritual warfare comes dangerously close to shamanism which may culminate in the belief that an individual can control and be controlled or possessed by supernatural entities - angels and demons in polytheistic neoavangelic cults and animal spirits in shamanistic cultures.

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