So true Joe,And thinking they are "fighting for truth," it is possible for a believer to fight for, defend, and protect evil spirits, and their works, believing he is thereby "defending" God, and His works; If we think a thing is from God, we will protect and stand for it. It is also possible that we, through ignorance will stand against God and attack the very truth of God, while defending the devil, and opposing God, unless we have knowledge. True believers will be attacked by those who think they are "true" believers and this was first told to us by the Lord. John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. A777
The persecution of believers from the past to the present can be summed up in Rev.12:17. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. This is reflected in Rev. 13:10. If anyone is to go into captivity into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Satan persecuted the saints through any means available because he hates Christ.