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Occult Bondage and Deliverance: Counseling the Occultly Oppressed Paperback – June 30, 1972
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(a second part of the book which I hardly read is written from the medical perspective by a Christian MD. I thought other writer's stance was too carnal to be very useful in this area of ministry. He made such an error on the first page of his part of the book that I am very leery of his part of the book, but Dr. Koch's (Theology) writings were great.
Very effective, useful information building on the theme of faith in and reliance on Christ being the only way of freedom out of bondage to demons.
His tone is compassionate and he writes concisely and powerfully and his exhortations have helped me to stay free, after being delivered by Christ from many kinds of occult bondage.
He teaches that even Christians can have problems with demons due to any involvement, knowing or unknowingly, in the occult, and shows clearly, step by step using scripture how to get free.
I will start off with what I think is the only negative attribute of the book, if it can be considered negative at all: This was written 40 years ago. It would be nice to have a book with a similar objective and scholarship but instead coming from this century. Having said that, this is still a phenomenal work, establishing many links between occult activities--whether "innocent" or intentional--and subsequent paranormal/demonic activity.
The author cites several examples gathered from his field work to build his case. Many of these examples are eerily similar to demonic events recorded in the Gospels and the book of Acts, with a few examples in particular being almost identical. Skeptics will scoff at most of these, but personal beliefs have no sway over whether or not an event actually happened.
Overall, the author's examples and discussions provide a great Christian viewpoint of the occult, the paranormal, and the demonic, as well as the power of Jesus to free people from their hold.
If someone has ghosts, strange obsessions or phobias, this is a good book to get yourself free.
Kurt Koch had considerable experience in dealing with those who needed deliverance ministry. He wrote two thirds of this book. The other third is written by Dr Alfred Lechler, a Christian Psychiatrist. There are several things I like about the book.
- It is written in a cool, rational way. It is not sensationalist or triumphalistic in its tone.
- Kurt Koch is not from a pentecostal background. This gives him a broader appeal, as some people are still wary of pentecostals.
- Over 100 case studies are listed to illustrate the points made.
- Readers are warned that there are false healers who masquerade as Christians and whose gifts are demonic rather than from the Holy Spirit. Oral Roberts is given as an example of this.
The author takes us through different types of occult activity and the effect they have on a person's spiritual life. Issues like the symptoms of demonic oppression and whether a Christian can be posessed are discussed. A lot of space is given to making sure the counsellor knows whether the problem is a demonic or medical problem. There are discussions on depression, epilepsy, schizophrenia and psychopathy. There is a lengthy session on who should, and how to counsel someone with demonic problems.Read more ›
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Occult Bondage and Deliverance: Counseling the...https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0825430062/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0Published 4 months ago by leah sullivan
Two stars for simple hilarity. Sits nicely next to my actual occult library.
Complete and virtually intolerable dross for the weak-minded and the easily misled. Read more
I find the information interesting. Always test all information by what the Bible tells you.Published 14 months ago by GM
Dr Koch as usual has a lot of very interesting examples of supernatural, occult activity. I think he has helped many people through personal counseling and through his books. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Theophilus
Some of the book is a little wacky but the section on differentiating possession from mental illness was recommended by a respected writer.Published on November 4, 2013 by Gary J. Heffner