Monday, February 17, 2014
Among Christians, there are many different views concerning spiritual warfare. Some unfortunately, look more like witchcraft than Christianity. So what is it, and is it something I should concern myself with?
The first thing Brian S. Borgam and Rob Ventura do in their book, Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective, is to remind Christians that they are in fact standing in the middle of a war. Make no mistake, the battle is raging around us, even though many us remain unaware of the dangers we daily face.
All too often people fall into one of two groups; those who ignore the reality of Satan, or those who see a devil around every corner. Both extremes are dangerous. One closes their eyes to the devil, while the other becomes obsessed with him. The authors continually reiterate that our focus must always be on Christ and his finished work on the cross. It is when we take our eyes off of Jesus that we fall into error.
The authors derive their teaching on spiritual warfare off of the spiritual armor passage found in Ephesians 6:10-20. Most of us have read these verses enough times to fear that, yet another exposition might quickly lead to boredom. Thankfully, I didn't find it so. The depth and insight included on each piece, as well as the practical application, held my attention and offered much instruction.
This by far is the best treaty on spiritual warfare that I have read. It is Biblically grounded and theologically sound, never minimizing the battle around us, yet ensuring us of the hope and victory we have in Christ.
I'd like to thank Cross Focused Reviews for providing this free copy for review.