Chapter 67: Missionary Security Measures
A spiritual war rages between God’s Kingdom and Satan’s domain. Therefore, there is a place for secret missions among God’s soldiers. The latter should be careful with information and communication. Names, strategies and tactics should be kept from hostile observers; sometimes codes need to be used.
Then Joshua … secretly sent two spies … (Josh. 2:1)
I set out during the night … I had not told anyone … (Neh. 2:12)
The devil is called ‘the prince of the world’ by Jesus and ‘the god of this world’ by Paul. Since man handed his authority over creation to Satan through disobedience, the devil has occupied that position. When Jesus conquered him, his power is being taken from him gradually in a spiritual war that will eventually encompass the whole world. Christ’s followers are His soldiers, assigned to force Satan and his kingdom backwards and to establish God’s Kingdom in the hearts of people that Satan keeps in bondage. Therefore, evangelism and missions are acts of war, one that cannot be lost, but where God’s people can be wounded and killed. Skill and caution are demanded to fight that war. Part of the mission has secret elements: there must be caution with regard to finding information, personnel deployment, communications, and the planning of strategies and tactics.