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Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare Paperback – September 11, 2015
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About the Author
Jim Osman was born in May of 1972 and has lived in Sandpoint since he was three years old. He graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1990. Jim came to know Christ through the ministry of Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp in the summer of 1987. Kootenai Community Church has always been his home church, attending Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group. After graduating from High School, Jim attended Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, Saskatchewan. It was at Bible College that Jim met his wife-to-be, Diedre, who was also enrolled as a student. Jim graduated with a three year diploma in April of 1993 and married Diedre in August of that same year. He returned to Millar to further his education in September of 1994 and graduated from the Fourth Year Internship Program with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Ministries in April of 1995. He was inducted into the Honor Society of the Association of Canadian Bible Colleges and appointed a member of Pi Alpha Mu. Jim and Diedre returned to Sandpoint where Jim began working in construction as a roofer until he was asked to take over as the preaching elder of Kootenai Community Church in December of 1996. Now he counts it his greatest privilege to be involved in ministering in the church that ministered to him for so many years. Jim loves to be outdoors, whether it is camping, hunting, or working in his garden. He enjoys bike riding and watching football, especially his favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers, for whom he has cheered since childhood. Jim and Diedre have four children: Taryn, Shepley, Ayden and Liam. They are all 49er fans! You can contact Jim through Kootenai Community Church (http://www.kootenaichurch.org) or by writing to him at email@example.com.
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This book brings some welcomed biblical good sense to the craziness. The author rightly points out the most obvious truth about these spiritual warfare practices—they aren't in the Bible. No apostolic epistle tells the churches to bind and rebuke Satan, no Apostle wrestled with some big bad territorial demon before preaching the Gospel in a city. Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare relies on two very suspect sources for their teachings—extrabiblical revelations and information gained from demonic spirits. That pretty much defines a house of teachings built on the sands of unreliable information.
The author makes a good biblical case that spiritual warfare is about truth, not taking territory. “Spiritual warfare is the bold proclamation of the truth of the gospel to lost sinners.” (Kindle Location 672). A lot of breath has been wasted over the years by people supposedly binding and rebuking demons, and it's all been for nothing, and that's looking at it in the best possible light. The church has been distracted from the real focus of spiritual warfare, the preaching of the gospel.
I highly recommend this book.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the book was that the author offers a true explanation of the meaning of the verse that says "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." He goes into detail about the original languages to explain why the traditionally held view about what this verse means isn't correct. You'll have to buy the book to find out what the verse REALLY means!
Furthermore, every penny that the author makes on this book will go towards a new church building for Jim Osman's church. Money well spent!
The battle we fight is over truth, this book sums that up well. Take rest brothers and sisters, the battle has been fought and won. Our job is to proclaim the victory and good news.
Pastor Jim Osman demonstrates this general fact through the specific issues discussed in this work.
This book is a "must have" for anyone desiring to understand what the Bible really has to say. Let Truth prevail.
God's Grace Bible Church
Millbury, Massachsetts 01527
His clear explanation of true Spiritual Warfare in the later chapters of the book, while not novel (which is a good thing), are helpful reminders of what we are up against. I wholeheartedly believe this will help those that are coming out of the false beliefs of the modern(ish) Spiritual Warfare heresies so popular today.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)
I will be praying for the author and his ministry,
a reader from Hungary
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