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Apache minister holding bible outside Gary Lupe

Taking a stand

Here's an excerpt from Forward in Christ's June cover article, written by John Holtz, who serves as a mission counselor for WELS Native American Missions.

To put it mildly, the Apache traditional religion is a controversial issue. It’s divisive. It splits families. It divides congregations. It pits one person against another.

It’s a battleground.

And it’s being waged in full force. Pastor Gary [Lupe, pictured above] has taken up arms—spiritual ones. He’s done what every Christian is urged to do: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:11,12).

So with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:13-17), Pastor Gary stands his ground before anyone who will listen.

And some are.

More about Gary Lupe

Learn about how Gary Lupe, an Apache WELS pastor, was brought to faith and then called to serve in full-time ministry in this Confessions of faith story from 2010.

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