Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Battle for the Souls of Men

"When armies are formed, battles are generally fought on vast battlefields.
But this battle for souls is quite different. The conflict goes on each day in individual lives and pits the Lord's troops against Satan's forces of greed, selfishness, and lust. . . ."
. . .The weapons of choice are not spears and swords wielded on a chaotic field of battle.
"Rather, the weapons of eternal worth reflecting the whole armor of God are truth, righteousness, faith, prayer, and the word ofGod (see Ephesians 6:13-18). These weapons are wielded in our minds, mouths, and movements. Every righteous thought, word, and deed is a victory for the Lord. . . .
"The stakes are extremely high. The prizes are the very souls of the sons and daughters of God, their eternal salvation. And these souls will be won or lost on the basis of virtue and cleanliness, on the basis of charity and service, and on the basis of faith and hope."

-Elder Robert C. Oaks, "Who's on the Lord's Side? Who?"

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