Trench Warfare

"The seeming foolishness of the new breed of leaders to step out of the trenches believing that the war can be won is going to bring about considerable discord with current leaders who can't see beyond the trenches. Many Christians who are accustomed to fighting only in the trenches will be discouraged when the new believers refuse to follow the old ways with them."

"When the Americans entered WWI, the British and French Allies had been bogged down in a demoralizing and costly trench warfare for nearly three years. Millions had died in meaningless attacks to take a few hundred yards of ground, which would inevitably be given back again to a counterattack. Is this not much like the present state of the Body of Christ?

"In the trenches, those who stick their heads up a little higher than anyone else, to try to see beyond the trench, are shot... the main strategy of the enemy is to keep the church pinned down in the trenches.

"After three and a half years of this devastating form of warfare, the british and French armies were near exhaustion when America entered the war. The vision of the Allied leadership prior to this was limited to finding replacements for the casualties, which were many. Because they were running out of troops, their strategy was to use the fresh American troops to replace their own troops in the trenches.

"But Pershing would not even consider it. He was determined not to use his fresh forces in a meaningless strategy that would lead nowhere.

"When the British and French Prime Ministers summoned him to a conference to pressure him to accept their plan, he shocked them both by walking out of the room. Pershing had not brought his men all the way to Europe to see them wasted.

"That spring the Germans launched their major offensive. The British and French were weary and their reserves depleted. The Americans were untested, and both sides were prepared for a major German advance. But Pershing called for his troops and met the offensive head on. Then he raised an offensive of his own. In just two days the Americans broke through the enemy lines. He threw more than a half million men at the enemy positions in the Argonne Forest. Fighting at times from tree to tree, more than 122,000 Americans fell in the first few days, but after 47 days the Germans supply and communication lines were cut. The Kaiser fled to Holland and Germany surrendered.

"This story parallels the present state of the church. It has been more and more of the same old same old. We have been bogged down in trench warfare for so long that many of the present leaders can no longer see beyond trying to find reinforcements for their old programs. Many are simply trying to hold the ground taken twenty or thirty years ago...

"We will never win if we remain in the trenches. For too many years few of the reinforcements have been fresh converts, bur rather were borrowed or stolen from other parts of the army. But fresh troops are rising from new movements, and they are about to win a multitude of new believers. These fresh troops must not be wasted in the present "trench warfare" of the church.

"Even though "Prime Ministers" and other powerful leaders will exert great pressure to use new converts in the trenches, the rising leadership must not give in to pressure. The new movements are being called to fight together in a new war that will bring new victories.

"The seeming foolishness of the new breed of leaders to step out of the trenches believing that the war can be won is going to bring about considerable discord with current leaders who can't see beyond the trenches. Many Christians who are accustomed to fighting only in the trenches will be discouraged when the new believers refuse to follow the old ways with them. However, the new movements which are being raised are called to ADVANCE. Through their willingness to suffer the ire of the religious establishment and many of their fellow believers who will not understand, thse new movements will be positioned to end the stalemate and break through the enemy's battle lines.

"The end of trench warfare is near. The church will break out of the four walls of her own buildings, attacking the enemy from house to house and from street to street until the victory is won." Rick Joyner, 1998



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