Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance (Paperback)
By Dr. Karl Payne
Also available in digital format here.
In a 21st-century world consumed with interest in “the dark side” of the paranormal, is the mysterious realm of demonic spirits and other-worldly beings that literally fill our pop culture screens and load down our bookshelves really real? Is the devil a myth – a figment of the human imagination – or is there an existing demonic world of darkness?
Is Satan really alive and well?
The answer: He is. Bad news for a world that operates virtually unaware of the oppression, depression and very tangible torment daily added to millions of lives by unseen spiritual forces and sources – often infiltrating through the portal of popular entertainment. As Christians, we too often play into the hand of Satan and his demonic hosts when we approach demonic warfare as a theoretical game or ‘curiosity’ rather than a life-threatening conspiracy from the pit of hell.
The good news, as presented by Dr. Karl Payne in the pages of his newly released book "Spiritual Warfare," is that, through God’s Word and its effective use by Christians armed by God to be biblically clothed to combat the realms of darkness in the spiritual world, Satan is a defeated foe!
The author issues a provocative, biblically-based challenge for all Christians, regardless of their denominational, ecclesiastical or theological loyalties, to consider the subject of spiritual warfare in general and demonic warfare in particular.
"Spiritual Warfare" is a book that offers practical hope for the believer and help for those that struggle with the very real issues of spiritual combat. Spiritual warfare is a reality, and the one most likely to lose the battle is the one least aware of it. Dr. Payne offers balanced and theologically sound answers to the often heard pop culture questions:
- What does it mean to be demon possessed?
- Identifying the fight: The world, the flesh or the devil?
- Why are so many people today fascinated with the subjects of demons, vampires and witchcraft?
- What are the keys to successfully confronting demons?
- Do demons really haunt houses?
- How can anyone living in the 21st century still believe in the reality of demons and their ability to attack people?
- Why is deliverance ministry so often portrayed as a “circus” by the media?
- Why are so many Christians paralyzed mentally and emotionally by demonic powers?
Through the pages of "Spiritual Warfare," Dr. Payne offers a fascinating Bible-based and Scripture-backed examination of demonic oppression, demonization and possession. It’s a book that offers insight and empowerment to Christian believers and invaluable wisdom and guidance toward total victory for those who struggle with the very real issues of spiritual combat.
About the Author:
Dr. Karl Payne received his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary in Portland, Ore. For over 25 years, Dr. Payne has offered training on spiritual warfare through his discipleship and apologetics writings. He serves as pastor of leadership development at Antioch Bible Church and is the founder of Transferable Cross Training Foundation. He also serves as the Chaplain of the Seattle Seahawks.
- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: WND Books (October 4, 2011)
- ISBN-10: 1936488337
- ISBN-13 978-1936488339
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
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Ratings & Reviews
Payne gives actionable tactics that worked.
I have some experience through the years ministering deliverance, however, I lacked the discernment and training to be as effective as I wanted. Payne's approach was what I needed. Within a week of finishing the book, we ministered deliverance to a believer in bondage to depression and she was freed, and filled immediately with the Spirit of God. The little children were in the next room, so thankfully, Payne's "rules" prevented the usual drama and the results came much quicker. I have four other people who have or will shortly purchase the book. Payne's book is not comprehensive in that there are circumstances with demons it may not cover, however, it is broad enough and with solid enough methodology as to make a huge impact in the body of Messiah. I do want to mention that when putting a plan together for a session, you may find things are a bit out of sequence at times, but otherwise well written.
Skimps on Case Studies; Steps about Casting Out Demons Limited to One Chapter
Only one chapter of this book is of any practical application and felt unsatisfying if one were to really want to cast out a demon oneself. But what really bugged me was that there are scarce few case studies, as one would hope to get a feel. And even those are not really detailed with any depth. Pretty disappointing. Self-servingly, the bulk of the book deals with why Christians, et al, should believe in Demonic Position. Yet I doubt anyone who does not believe such would even purchase "Spiritual Warfare" to begin with. So it was a waste. The first several chapters does not even deal with demonic oppression/possession except for the opening and the author's personal experience. There's a bunch of chapters about the sin of the flesh and sin of the world, which is not why I bought this book. I will say that the author mentions something twice which struck me profoundly. We are not victims, we are already the victors.