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3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare (Three Crucial Questions) Paperback – August 1, 1997
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The 3 questions he answers are, 1. What is Spiritual Warfare? 2. Can a Christian be Demon-Possesed? 3. Are We Called to Engage Territorial Spirits?
The issues he deals with are many. In this book, he manages to be very gentle and loving to both sides of the issue (charismatics and non/anti-charismatics ought to read this book because both can learn from what he has to say) and for that matter, very balanced.
If you're concerned about so called "territorial spirits" Arnold deals with it in a balanced fashion in question 3. If you're concerned about demons and their role in spiritual warfare and whether they can affect or inhabit a Christian, Arnold will provide biblical answers in question 2. And if you just want to know what in the world is spiritual warfare, and how ithe world, flesh and the devil relate to one another and the Christian, then read his answer to the first question.
Overall an excellent book that will bring much balance to the contemporary world of Spiritual warfare - drawing biblical insights from both the more classical and traditional mode of spiritual warfare teachings, as well as the more contemporary/chrismatic ideas on spiritual warfare. Since as Arnold says that, "Spiritual warfare is an integral part of the entire Christian experience", let us therefore seek to have a biblical and balanced view of Spiritual Wwarfare by reading this book! :) God bless!
My own experience in deliverance agrees wholeheartedly that it can, and does. Many who disagree with the thesis on the basis of a spatial consideration--i.e.How may a demon occupy the same space as the Holy Spirit? Clinton Arnold tackles this question in a very balanced and biblical way (in spite of an opposite view on this page!) Are there demons in the Church? Yes there are!
He also provides enlightening evidence of early Christian Church teaching regarding deliverance and spiritual warfare in 1st century churches, especially those entering Christian life for the first time, something the modern church appears to have forgotten about completely. I have been a Christian now for 32 years, and NO ONE has ever asked me if I have any spiritual problems residing in my life.
An excellent book for anyone to read regarding the topic of "Spiritual Warfare"!!
A six star book on the subject matter.
Dr. Arnold gives good presentation for the view points that are not in harmony with his own personal convictions and he presents the material so that the reader can independantly develop their own interpretation. I appreciate his exhaustive study on these issues and this book explained so many things regarding spiritual warfare.
The information Arnold presents should be explained to and understood by every believer. Understanding the material presented does not require a background in SW but will require that the reader have a hunger to learn about these issues. That said, this book would be great reading for experienced Christians as well as new Christians.
He criticizes the lack of biblical basis for SLSW and censures it's excesses. Likewise he deplores the tendency to concentrate on "the Devil" to the exclusion of "the flesh" and "the world" and the obsession with many in the movement with Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and an secret, underground satanic network. The problem is that he keeps his criticisms general and the fact is that many of the movement's pioneers like Charles Kraft fell hook, link and sinker for the SRA craze and still maintain it exists. He deals with disgraced Mike Warnke, but doesn't mention other flim flam men like Bob Larson.
On the issue of "generational curses" he punts. On the one hand, stating that their is "no direct biblical support" for their existence and robbing them of "3rd and 4th generation" text which is their main proof-text, while on the other, holding out the possibility (a very slight one at that) that there may be "indirect biblical support."
[The "indirect support" is practically non-existent. One of the demoniacs, jesus excorcises is mentioned to be demonized "from childhood." From this Arnold, reasons that the boy couldn't have been responsible, hence it might have been something a relative did. That putting it mildly, is stretching things.Read more ›
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Balanced and helpful in addressing an issue little discussed in the western church, it avoids extremes while answering from a multifaceted perspectivePublished 7 days ago by Christina
It gets down to the nitty-gritty, but it also reassures the believer of what is the most important aspect of the Christian life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KEH
For being a very small book, it is a helpful criticism of many of the deliverance ministry tactics that are being employed today. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jose A. Bernal
A carefully reasoned discussion of spiritual warfare in the New Testament writings and as seen in prayer and discipleship in the local church. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Johanna Sawyer
Good investigation into the topic, it brings up interesting theological issues and challenges your own theology on the topic of spiritual warfare.Published 17 months ago by Rex Finlayson
Used for my classes at Christian college. It was very informative and helpful. Will use it for personal purposes as well.Published on March 28, 2013 by Renee Haddad
This book is by far the most biblically balanced approach to this biblical issue. In a Christian climate that is usually torn between two extremes... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Daniel Fortune
Good biblical backing for viewpoint. Helpful in this area, as there are many resources that are not worth buying or reading.Published on May 19, 2011 by tryingtosavemoney