Truly all Christians believe in spiritual warfare; we all believe that Christ delivers us from evil. Powlison seeks to answer two crucial points of confrontation regarding spiritual warfare.
The first question engages how we understand the Christian life. What are we fighting? How does the evil one actually work? How does he exert—or attempt to exert—his dominion?
The second question engages our practice of the Christian life. How should we fight? What is the way God delivers us—and tells us to deliver ourselves and each other—from bondage to the devil? What is the mode of warfare?
Our Common Ground
The large majority of Christians give assent to four propositions, whatever our other differences.
- We are involved in spiritual warfare.
- Jesus Christ is the triumphant Deliverer and King.
- The modern age deadens people to the reality of spiritual warfare.
- Errors and excesses occur in deliverance ministries.
If deadly rationalism saps spiritual vitality on the one hand, the exorcistic mentality spawns mutant spiritualities on the other. Both the disenchanted world of modern rationalism and the charmed world of premodern spiritism are wrong.
Reblog from Between two worlds