By Theodore Shoebat
…Not a campus crusade, but a true crusade, in which the saints carry their cross to fight with the forces of darkness.
Christians in the Middle East have for a long time been accustomed to staying away from the fray with Muslims. This has come as a result of both comfort and suppression, but the persecution against the saints has reached an intensity almost unheard of in our times, and the apex of this oppression is at hand.
With this diabolical torment and violence becoming more fierce and cruel, Christians are now being confronted with the choice to fight or die. Many of the saints have taken up their cross and decided that to die is to live, and as Christ picked up the Holy Cross to defeat the devil, these true crusaders have picked up guns to vanquish the Muslim devils who seek their destruction.
In Syria, Christian fighters have taken up arms and have formed various garrisons, defending numerous villages. Here is a video of a militia in the Christian pilgrimage center of Saidnaya:
It was in the area of Saidnaya where, for centuries, Christians, have been making pilgrimages to worship the God who “hath shewed strength with his arm” and “hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.” (Luke 1:51) Even Crusaders in Medieval times visited this city to venerate the God who “teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight” (Psalm 144:1). And now the Muslims want to take it, but the Christians, these modern day Crusaders, are not suffering them to do so.
One Syrian Christian militia, which calls itself The Lions of the Canyon, are so far protecting over thirty villages, and this militant order will only grow as the fighting intensifies.
In Iraq there are various Christian militias who are fighting the slaves of Allah and the acolytes of Antichrist, as this video shows here:
Christians in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines have formed militia groups to fight with the Muslims who are conducting a jihad to take over the land, and here is a video of these Crusaders:
All of the Christian militants presented in this article are either Catholic or Eastern Orthodox, and they do not subscribe to the empty and weak doctrines of the soft western Christian leaders, but they are like those Christians in antiquity who fought with sword and shield against the haters of the Cross, the Muslims, Arians, the Cathars, the Paulicians, and whatever tares that are rooted in the thorns of hell.
As people sit here and worship Glenn Beck, and accept Mormons as Christians because they revere that false prophet (I call these Beckite heretics), these citizens of Heaven war with arms to keep away the slaves of hell from overtaking them.
And how can one, burning with zeal and being driven by Holy Writ, not praise these men, and not admire their martyrs? Hear the words of St. Augustin on the glory of the martyr who is slain advancing the Kingdom of Heaven:
The soul of the martyr is a sword shining with charity, sharpened with truth, brandished with the power of a fighting God — a sword that has fought wars, has bested troops of gainsayers in argument, has struck down its foes and laid adversaries low. (1)
Read the words of St. John Chrysostom, in whose time the Christians warred with the Arian heretics who were the predecessors to the Muslims, and realize the greatness of the Church militant:
O Christian, you are a dainty soldier if you think you can win without a fight or conquer without combat. Put forth your best effort, fight strenuously, strive mightily in this battle. Consider the pact, weigh the agreement, know what it means to be a soldier — the pact to which you gave your name. By this pact all have fought, by this agreement all have conquered, in this militia all have triumphed! (2)
These fighting Christian who do not accept the modern notion of “God loves everyone so just stay put,” but ones who illustrate the strongest form of love, taking up their cross and laying down their lives for their friends as they pick up their whips and drive out the unclean from entering the sanctuaries of God.
As St. Paul wrote, those who are of Arabia, that is, of the Islamic heresy that originated in Arabia, persecute those who are of God, or of the Spirit, and who are citizens of Jerusalem. And what solution does the Apostle prescribe for such a problem? They are to be driven out:
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. (Galatians 4:25-30)
And how can one throw away or reject Christian militancy, when Peter, James and John (those sons of thunder), witnessed our Lord talking with Moses and Elijah,men who cut down the idolaters and worshippers of the demon Baal? Christ was the fulfillment of these prophets, and being so, He is the ultimate warrior who brings not peace, but a sword that causes division between those who eat at His table, and those who sit at the table of devils.
The day will come when this modern illusion of superficial love will be gone, and the armies of saints will make the enemies of God “like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.” (Psalm 83:12)
If Christ fought Satan as He suffered on the Holy Cross, then no Christian is exempt from warfare.
(1) St. Augustine, in Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend, 162, trans. William Granger Ryan
(2) St. John Chrysostom, in Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend, 162