April 5, 2000
Grace & Peace
The ministry of Martial Arts depends on the spirit behind it. I am inclined to believe that the Martial Arts are more of a spiritual experience than a physical one. The various schools never ask what you believe; they just teach what they believe. Most instructors won't say where they get their power from, but encourage meditation, chanting, and the use of dragons, snakes, and even pentagrams as symbols. As a sport, the Martial Arts are most dangerous to our youths because of its "demonic spiritual connections." Many believers and non-believers alike have opened themselves up to "strange gods."
As a prerequisite, all Christian instructors should make it abundantly clear that they believe in the blood of Jesus and repentance. The instructor should further renounce any spirit that denies the deity of Jesus Christ. When the instructor asserts that every knee shall bow and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord, the students will become unequivocally clear where the instructor stands. The position of the instructor is not to force the student to confess Jesus as Lord, but to allow the student to find their own way in time. Some plant, some water, but God gives the increase.
As a guest speaker at many national and international symposiums, the most common question that people ask me is, "How do you fit Martial Arts in the Bible?" My first response is to quote Colossians 1:16- "for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven and in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him." I also quote John 1:3- "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made." That would certainly include the Martial Arts, wouldn't it?
In subsequent articles I will attempt to share on the development of chi, ki, zen meditation, Chinese astrology, the biblical origin of Martial Arts, the believer, and their role in Martial Arts. These are just a few topics that the Lord has put in my heart to share with the body of Christ.
I would like to leave you with this thought. We know that God promised to give the promise land to the children of Israel. They prepared themselves for forty years, and when they finally made it to the promise land, what did God say to them? God said, "This inheritance that I swore to your forefathers is now yours." There was just one small condition that God imposed on Israel: "There are giants in the land. Just smite them, and this is your land." How could they expel the inhabitants without a skill? At this point it wasn't prayer, and it wasn't yelling or shouting, but a physical skill that was going to expel the giants out of the promise land.
Please pray for me
that I will continue to recognize the voice of the Lord.
May God Richly Bless
In His Service,
Dr. Michael Willett