Join the Resistance
Sophie Scholl was just 21 years old when she was executed along with her brother, 24-year-old Hans Scholl, on 22 February 1943.
The Scholl siblings had been arrested three days earlier and undergone nearly constant interrogation by the Gestapo before their trial. Nazi judge Roland Freisler, infamous for handing out death sentences in some 90% of his cases, made short work of the proceedings before sentencing both Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl to death.
What had they done to warrant such a punishment at such a young age? They had dared to found the White Rose movement that opposed the Nazis. Earlier in their lives, they had joined the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany. But they came to realise that the Nazis were not good, and joined with like-minded students to form a resistance group called the White Rose.
They printed leaflets to inform people of the evil of the Nazis. But they were caught, and the Nazis found them guilty of treason.
That punishment would be death by beheading. On 22 February they were led to the guillotine. The White Rose movement had displayed public opposition to the Nazis and the regime made a brutal example of them.
How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause?” Sophie Scholl said just before she was killed. “Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”
These were not the only people in Nazi Germany to oppose the regime. There were other resistance groups throughout the country. Some small, some bigger.
Even in the German army we see a number of high-ranking officers who did not like the Nazis, who hated Hitler, and formed their own resistance within the army. One of the main leaders was Admiral Canaris, who was head of the Abwehr, the German secret service.
The most famous was Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. He was injured in 1943, and during his recovery at home, other officers approached him to involve him in their plot to kill Hitler.
Stauffenberg was already against the Nazis, and wanted to free Germany from their leadership. In 1944 he took a bomb inside a briefcase into a meeting with Hitler, and placed it under the table. He left the room, the bomb exploded. But Hitler was only injured, not killed, as the heavy oak table had protected him.
Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators were rounded up and executed. And in those countries that the Nazis invaded, there were always groups of people who opposed them, and formed their own resistance groups.
Whenever there are evil leaders and evil forces trying to control people, there will always be some who recognise the evil and resist. Either in an organised resistance group, or just as one person resisting the evil.
If you were in that position, would you join the resistance? Would you oppose the evil that was trying to control you or rule over you? What resistance should we join, or have, in our lives today as Christians?
I want to look at an example in science fiction. We see in Star Trek an enemy of great proportions that opposed all others, and wanted to take over others.
They were called the Borg.
Their catchphrase was: “We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.” They would then proceed to try to capture their enemies, and inject them with nanobots that changed the physiology of the person, to add cybernetic parts to the organic bodies. Robotic parts, including weapons, were added to them. The people became cyborgs, and a part of the Borg collective.
The Borg had no individuality, they were all part of the collective, a hive mind, all working together towards their goal of reproducing by assimilating unwilling people into their way of being.
But some characters in Star Trek resisted. Those in Starfleet in particular fought against the Borg, not wanting to be assimilated. Those who became assimilated as part of the Borg collective then tried to assimilate their former comrades.
When people get taken over like that, they lose their individuality. They also lost their emotions, and worked only on logic and followed the instructions of the collective.
But that is only science fiction. There are spiritual parallels to this, and if you are not careful you could find yourself part of a collective, and losing your individuality.
In our spiritual lives, it is important to resist evil, to resist those who want to take us over. Who does the Bible tell us to resist?
Look at James 4:7–8 (NKJV):
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
God tells us here to resist the Devil. Satan wants to tempt you into sinning against God. He wants to control you. He wants you to be a part of his collective — a collective which opposes God.
Satan was originally an archangel, one of three. He was called Heylel, which is translated as Light-bringer, often translated in Latin as Lucifer. He started off as a good archangel, but he decided to rebel against God. He took a third of the angels with him in his rebellion, and they became the demons.
If we look at the word for resist in James 4:7, we see that according to
Strong’s Concordance it is translated from the Greek word antihistami.
Which sounds like the English word antihistamine, which is a drug used
to treat allergies.
Spiritually you could say that Satan is like an allergy. He causes all kinds of problems and bad reactions in you if you are exposed to him for too long.
“Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
The word “withstand” is translated from antihistami. In some Bible versions it is translated as “resist” in this verse.
We need spiritual armour to protect ourselves from the spiritual enemies. God tells us to resist the Devil, and He tells us how by putting on the armour of God, which is explained in Ephesians 6:13–18 (MEV):
“Therefore take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your waist girded with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, having your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace, and above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit always with all kinds of prayer and supplication. To that end be alert with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”
We need to be righteous, to do our part in preaching the Gospel, to have faith to defend ourselves against Satan’s attacks and the fiery trials that will come our way.
We need the Holy Spirit, to follow it, and to stay familiar with the word of God, the Bible. And to keep praying to God.
We need the right mindset. With the Borg, their mindset is to be part of the collective, to assimilate people, and take away individuality, and to destroy and conquer innocent people.
In Nazi Germany, the mindset of the country’s leaders at that time
was to assimilate people into the Nazi ideology, and to destroy anyone
who opposed them, especially people like the Jews, the disabled, the
feeble, those who were elderly and weak, and those who resisted the totalitarian regime, including some Christians.
We need to have the right mind, and are instructed in Philippians 2:5 (NKJV):
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
And to help us with that, we read in Colossians 3:2 (NKJV):
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Your mindset needs to be like that of Jesus Christ, and to be thinking about the things above, i.e. the Heavenly things, God the Father, and His plan of salvation, and the way of life He wants us to live.
It is not always easy to follow God and Christ, as this world has many distractions. We are not in danger of being assimilated by the Borg, nor are there Nazis occupying our country today.
But this world has its means and ways of trying to get us to follow Satan. The Devil is the god of this world, and he wants to get you away from God, and to follow him.
Every year on 14 February we have another one of Satan’s false religious days. The world calls it Saint Valentine’s Day, supposedly all about love and romance. Yet when you look into the origins of the day, it goes back to ancient Rome, which was pagan, and even further back to the worship of Nimrod.
Nimrod, like Satan, rebelled against God. He usurped authority, and legend states that he murdered his own father, Cush, and took Cush’s wife, Semiramis, his own mother, to be his wife. He lived shortly after the Flood and founded Babylon and was probably the main person behind the building of the Tower of Babel.
After he died, the people worshipped him as a god, as the Sun-god, and by various other names, one of which was Valentine.
The Babylonian system continues in this world today, through the Catholic Church, and through this world’s systems and false beliefs. Other pagan days it propagates include Easter, Christmas, and various other saints’ days.
When you celebrate or observe those false days, you are not resisting the Devil. You are following the Devil. To resist the Devil, you have to stop keeping his religious days.
Instead, you have to be like Christ, to keep the Sabbath, and God’s annual Holy Days, found in Leviticus 23, and to keep the Passover.
Satan is the prince of the power of the air, he broadcasts his evil thoughts into all the world. He does it spiritually, but also now, with the advanced technologies that we have, he can use those as well.
There is a kind of spiritual Borg out there that wants to assimilate us. Satan is the head of it. The demons are part of that collective. They want you to join them. They are using things like nanoparticles and nanobots, electro-magnetic field radiation, wi-fi, smartphones, 5g, 6g, mind control, programming, and more recently the whole coronavirus plandemic and the awful covid vaccines. These all are designed to affect people in ways they don’t realise, to convert them from followers of God to followers of Satan. From thinking intelligent people to mere drones who just follow orders and the collective.
The continued use of some of these technologies can have a detrimental affect on the human body, and thus on the brain, and thus affect the mind and its thinking capacity.
Many people today are so hooked and addicted to their smartphones, that they are already becoming a part of a large collective. One which does not follow God, but where Satan pushes out his ideas and thoughts to people through the screens from which they cannot remove their eyes. The end result of which will be for people to willingly accept the Mark of the Beast, and follow the Beast blindly, unless they resist.
All the toxic pollutants in the world today cause an aggregate effect to weaken the body and mind, making people more susceptible to being taken over. Their resistance is weakened.
We all have an immune system, but the toxins of this world are continually weakening that immune system, reducing the resistance of the body to diseases. Hence people are getting things like the coronavirus, and encouraged to take an injection to supposedly stop it. Even though these experimental gene therapy vaccines can potentially alter a person’s DNA, change their thinking, and damage the immune system.
We need to build up the immune system, and thus our resistance to diseases and viruses. We also need to spiritually build up our resistance to spiritual diseases and viruses.
If we have no spiritual resistance, then we could be assimilated into Satan’s way of thinking.
God will reward us when Christ returns, if we remain faithful to him, and resist the Devil, as we read in 1 Peter 5:8–10 (MEV):
“Be sober and watchful, because your adversary the devil walks around
as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him firmly in the
faith, knowing that the same afflictions are experienced by your
brotherhood throughout the world.
But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called us to His eternal glory through Christ Jesus, will restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.”
In one of the Star Trek films, when being attacked by the Borg, someone told them that resistance is not futile.
When faced with Satan’s attacks, his worldly systems, his pagan holidays, attacks on your health, a world of deception, and his attempts to assimilate us into that, it is not futile for us to resist.
Just as you should not give your informed consent to the ways of Satan.
Join the true resistance against Satan. Have your mind focused on the things above, like the mind of Christ. Put on the whole armour of God. Resist the Devil, and let him flee from you.