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Out of the Ordinary: Offense or Defense?

Out of the Ordinary: Offense or Defense?

Luke 11:14-23

A famous Methodist evangelist named Peter Cartwright was known for his uncompromising preaching. However, one day when the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, “Old rough and ready,” came to Cartwright’s church, the elders warned the Pastor not to offend the President. In those days, the President had great power to influence a denomination for good or bad. Content, that their Pastor would not say anything to discredit their church, the elders retired to the back of the sanctuary.

When Cartwright got up to speak, the first words out of his mouth were, “I understand that President Andrew Jackson is here this morning. I have been requested to be very guarded in my remarks. Let me say this: “Andrew Jackson will go to hell if doesn’t repent of his sin!” The entire congregation gasped with shock at Cartwright’s boldness. How could this young preacher dare to offend the tough old general in public, they wondered.

After the service, everyone wondered how the President would respond to Cartwright. When Andrew Jackson met the preacher at the door he looked at him in the eye and said, “Sir, If I had a regiment of men like you, I could conquer the world!”

The States Of Spiritual Warfare

Confrontation ~ Luke 11:14-16

  • 14 here, Jesus confronts a demon, driving it out
  • 15 instead of rejoicing, people accuse Jesus of **evil** the world is NOT on God’s side, and they’ll even accuse the Godly of being against God
  • 16 why are they testing Jesus? Who’s the authority? When our worldview is challenged, we don’t appreciate it: who are YOU to say that to me???

Confusion ~ Luke 11:17-20

  • 17 infighting is unstable
  • 18 WHY would the devil ever drive out the devil? This is an nonsensical accusation, and Jesus calls them out on it:
  • 19 if confronting evil is EVIL, then what is it when your own side does it?
  • 20 if confronting evil is GOOD, then why refuse to recognize that Jesus is God among you?

Conclusion ~ Luke 11:21-23

  • 21/22 make no mistake: we’re at war with the kingdom of darkness cf. Colossians 1:13 “God has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”
  • 23 which side are you on? Not Lord’s side versus the Devil, but offense or defense? cf. Isaiah 5:20

Matthew 16:18: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

The only weapon the Devil has is the LIE. If the Adversary can get your eyes off of Jesus, and onto anything else, you’re on the defensive, and being pushed further into the darkness all the time.

The only way to combat a lie is with THE TRUTH. It’s time for us to go on the OFFENSE – and make no mistake, the truth often is **offensive** to those who would rather live with a treasured lie.

Snapshots from Mark: Cost of Confrontation

Snapshots from Mark: Cost of Confrontation Sermon Audio Here

Mark 6:14-28

This time of year, considering conditions, fender benders are more likely to occur. This is no surprise to us; but did you know that insurance companies have decided you’re statistically more likely to get into another accident if you’ve had a first? It’s all part of how they count the cost of our premiums. As we leave the old year behind, and prepare to face a new year, what will the cost of following Christ be for us?

As You Count The Cost To Confront, Consider: ~

Spiritual Power Provokes a Response
~ Mark 6:14-16

  • 14 “this” – Jesus & disciples healing throughout the land
  • 15 the common people know God is at work somehow
  • 16 Herod panics because of his past sin

Political Power Preserves Its Privilege ~ Mark 6:17-20

  • 17/18 John confronted sin in governmental leadership
  • 19/20 sinners can enjoy God’s truth without conviction

Personal Power Doesn’t Protect From Pressure ~ Mark 6:21-28

  • 21/25 historical background
  • 26/28 political power doesn’t protect from pressure

29On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

When we make the decision to be His disciple, it means to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily. That Cross is an instrument of death, and just as John the Baptist paid the ultimate price, we too need to pay that price every day. That’s why we need You, Jesus.

My Jesus


There are some incredibly powerful words given to the church by its members. Whenever I find some that especially speak to me, I want to remember them. As the church, we’ve placed a high value on memorizing Scripture (a value which I wholeheartedly support), but there are other words, other thoughts which are worthy of grappling.

This song contains one of those thoughts. Watch through to the end (if you can – be warned, this video can sting), and ask yourself the question that is raised.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

KFJ – Ed


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