Clear and Present Danger
In the early years of our Mission, the primary threats which concerned us were landmines, anti-personnel, anti-vehicle mines, the trip wire pomz, stake-mounted anti-personnel fragmentation mines, the jumping jack and a host of other Improvised Explosive Devices. In some areas the threat of ambushes, aerial bombardments and artillery barrages became our most pressing concerns.
Today, while those continue to be concerns in some fields, a general lawlessness and increasingly violent crime, particularly in ANC-run South Africa, is an ever-present threat. We need to practise heightened situational awareness and be able to respond in a second to deadly threats on a daily basis.
Cyber War on Missions
However, increasingly, electronic cyber war is a clear and present danger. At 2010, the 3rd Lausanne Congress on World Evangelisation, with over 4,000 participants from 197 countries, Red China unleased cyber war. The largest Missions conference in history was targeted by the most massive, malicious cyber attack ever seen. The sophisticated computer network developed for live broadcasting to the world was targeted by millions of malicious external hits coming from multiple locations in Asia. There was no doubt that the co-ordinated cyber war against Cape Town 2010, originated from Red China. The communist government of China prevented hundreds of Christian leaders in their country from attending the Missions conference in Cape Town. Chinese Christian leaders had their passports confiscated, many were detained, many were subjected to intensive interrogation. It was striking that the dictatorship of communist China would see a Missions congress in Cape Town as a serious enough threat to unleash cyber war upon it in an attempt to collapse its satellite broadcasting.
Trojan Horse Cyber War
In recent weeks, our Mission has been subjected to cyber war. In just a 24-hour period, my computer received over 10,000 spam emails, including many viruses and trojan horses. We praise God for a dedicated IT team, particularly Roelf, who worked long and hard, to detect, counter, root out and repair the damage done.
Biological, Digital and Spiritual Viruses
It is a timely reminder that we are involved in a spiritual world war and there are multiple threats that we need to be alert to, not only physical viruses made in biological warfare laboratories and terrorist landmines (the devils seed) designed to kill or cripple, but also spiritual diseases, which threaten our mind and soul. The ANTIFA and BLM urban terrorism throwing rocks, Molotov cocktail petrol bombs, vandalising, burning and looting are plainly under the influence of the Mind Virus of communism.
Mind Viruses and Sin
There are a number of lessons one can learn from these cyber war trojan horses and viruses. These viruses are like sin. They may be small and mostly undetected, but they can cause massive damage. Sin binds, sin blinds, sin grinds. We see that in the life of Samson in the Book of Judges. Sin will take you further than you want to go. It will cost you more than you are willing to pay. It will keep you longer than you want to stay. When these viruses find an opening, perhaps by us opening up an attachment from a questionable source, they go out and bring many other viruses and Trojan horses with them. Like demons bringing more demons to those they find open to their destructive activity.
Resources to Expose and Deal with Spiritual Diseases
It is vital that we are alert, practise situational awareness and steadfastly reclaim surrendered ground. You may be interested in some related topics we have produced and presented:
Reclaiming Surrendered Ground;
Lectures on Demonology and Deliverance, Part 1 and Part 2
Spiritual Warfare Workshop.
Beware of Opening Attachments from Questionable Sources
If you have received something questionable from our Mission, particularly something requiring an attachment to be opened, please delete it. We would always place our message in the text. We would never just send an email saying nothing more than “open up this attachment.” That should alert one to double check the email address from which the attachment came.
Put on the Whole Armour of God
Just as all of our computers need to protected with anti-virus and malware software, we need to be even more alert to spiritual diseases and mind viruses. We need to renew our minds, have our minds transformed by the washing of the Word (Romans 12:1-2). Submit to God, resist the devil the and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Greater is He who is in us than him who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
May God continue to be your strength and shield
Yours for Faith and freedom
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa