Spiritual Warfare & The Christian Battle Flag

The “Blood & Fire” — the Christian battle flag of The Salvation Army — proclaiming the blood of Jesus, the fire of the Holy Spirit, and a lifestyle of following and obeying the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

The Salvation Army Flag is not a decoration to collect dust inside a chapel or church building.  It’s not a religious relic.  It is a battle flag that belongs on the streets of the world.

The first “Blood & Fire” flag was dedicated by Catherine Booth in 1878 in Coventry, England.  It immediately became a powerful tool carried by Salvation Army soldiers as they “invaded” countries around the world and “fought’ on the streets to proclaim the Gospel and bring people to Christ.  (Perhaps it would also be good for contemporary Christians to take this battle flag to their streets.)

The above image is a portrayal of using the “Blood & Fire” flag in spiritual combat.  The flag has three colors, each proclaiming a powerful Christian truth.  In the center there is a yellow star containing the words “blood & fire.”  (On the flag above they are written in Swedish.)

The yellow cries out for the fire of the Holy Spirit.  A red field surrounds the star and proclaims the blood of Jesus.  A blue border surrounds the field and calls believers to a lifestyle of purity and holiness.

Christ-followers are called to “fight the good fight of faith” — to engage in spiritual warfare.  However, their weapons are not the physical tools of violence but sacrificial acts of love and nonviolence.  (Check out this Bible verse — 2 Corinthians 10:4)

Through out history, the soldiers of violence have gone into physical combat with the battle flag of their nation, empire, or kingdom leading their way.  Spiritual warriors can do the same.  We can boldly carry the “Blood & Fire” banner onto the streets of our neighborhoods, cities, and countries.

What if hundreds of believers around the world would begin to carry the “Blood & Fire” flag on the streets for just one hour each week?  Think of the impact that would have!

For more information and inspiration (and pictures of the flag) visit our Facebook page:  Prayer Walking With The Salvation Army Flag at:  PrayerWalkingWithTheSalvationArmyFlag

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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8 Responses to Spiritual Warfare & The Christian Battle Flag

  1. Amen Steve! It’s so important for us to know that our fight is spiritual. Ephesians 6 explains putting on The Whole Armor of God. It’s for a reason. It has taken me years to learn that, but it has all been worth it. I’m sure I still have a long way to go, but as I search, research, and study; I learn and grow.

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