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The Bible is explicit: We live in a world of distinct opponents; our very lives are a battle. Yet too many Christians lose more battles than they win and endure their walk with God rather than enjoy it because they don't recognize the enemy when they see it. More importantly, they have no idea how to respond. While society tells us we can react simply, the truth is that a The Bible is explicit: We live in a world of distinct opponents; our very lives are a battle. Yet too many Christians lose more battles than they win and endure their walk with God rather than enjoy it because they don't recognize the enemy when they see it. More importantly, they have no idea how to respond. While society tells us we can react simply, the truth is that a wish, a hope, and a prayer are not the best responses to attacks from those who stand between us and the Father. Christians must be strategic in their reactions to these clearly defined enemies, learning how to fight biblically and effectively rather than just sincerely. In Spiritual Warfare, Dr. Karl Payne - pastor of Leadership Development and Discipleship at Antioch Bible Church and Chaplain for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks - has written a guidebook for defense that is simple, biblical, and transferable. Through his teaching on how to recognize and resolve attacks from the world, we learn that we are more than conquerors in Christ.


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The Bible is explicit: We live in a world of distinct opponents; our very lives are a battle. Yet too many Christians lose more battles than they win and endure their walk with God rather than enjoy it because they don't recognize the enemy when they see it. More importantly, they have no idea how to respond. While society tells us we can react simply, the truth is that a The Bible is explicit: We live in a world of distinct opponents; our very lives are a battle. Yet too many Christians lose more battles than they win and endure their walk with God rather than enjoy it because they don't recognize the enemy when they see it. More importantly, they have no idea how to respond. While society tells us we can react simply, the truth is that a wish, a hope, and a prayer are not the best responses to attacks from those who stand between us and the Father. Christians must be strategic in their reactions to these clearly defined enemies, learning how to fight biblically and effectively rather than just sincerely. In Spiritual Warfare, Dr. Karl Payne - pastor of Leadership Development and Discipleship at Antioch Bible Church and Chaplain for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks - has written a guidebook for defense that is simple, biblical, and transferable. Through his teaching on how to recognize and resolve attacks from the world, we learn that we are more than conquerors in Christ.

30 review for Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randy Alcorn

    My friend Karl Payne has written a thoughtful book based on years of study of the Scriptures and personal experience counseling Christians under demonic influence and attack. You need not agree with all the author’s positions, but if you trust God’s Word then you are compelled to believe that there are powerful demonic spirits at work in the world, and that the goal of Satan, prince of demons, is to distract, deceive and devour us. Spiritual warfare is a reality, and the person most likely to lo My friend Karl Payne has written a thoughtful book based on years of study of the Scriptures and personal experience counseling Christians under demonic influence and attack. You need not agree with all the author’s positions, but if you trust God’s Word then you are compelled to believe that there are powerful demonic spirits at work in the world, and that the goal of Satan, prince of demons, is to distract, deceive and devour us. Spiritual warfare is a reality, and the person most likely to lose the battle is the one least aware of it. I recommend Karl’s book to help you become more aware of our enemies’ strategies, and prepare yourself for spiritual combat.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diana Jamerson

    An excellent read, only wish I would have bought the hard copy. This is by far the best book that I have ever read on the subject of spiritual warfare and deliverance. It is not one of those books that sees a demon under every rock, but it also does not dismiss the evidence of demonic infestation either. This book will make you rise up and take your place as a believer and cast out demons like Jesus said we would.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura DW

    Awesome truths! All Christians are in a battle and are often living in defeat, frustration and discouragement. Dr. Payne gives great insight into the battle as well as the weapons, resources and strategies at our disposal to walk in victory! Every believer should read this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Carpenter

    Great book The best book that ive read on this subject. Very balanced view. Also, very practical and educational for anyone wanting to help someone be delivered from the world, the flesh, or the devil.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Constantine

    Solidly biblical and so practical -- this book was a Godsend, so helpful and timely; I read it just before an extended season when we served on the mission field in Africa. Applicable for followers of Jesus everywhere

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Amazing book. I feel better equipped and less fearful to protect myself from demons and curses. My favorite quote is “Americans worship the creations instead of the creator.” I would strongly recommend this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    Spiritual Warfare is a must read for anyone who wants victory in their Christian walk. Karl Payne gives a detailed accurate account of how to fight the world, the flesh and the schemes of the devil. This is a book not only to read but to study.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Beck

    Very good, balanced view of the world, flesh and the devil.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Fitzgerald

    I was super curious to read what the Bible actually says about spiritual good and evil. I've read the Bible but my memory of that part was murky. The sections are spread apart. Full disclosure: I'm a huge nerd. I'm into studying religions. If you're not into that, this book will probably be too academic. It's not exactly designed to shock and entertain. Anyway, I was reading the Qur'an and was struggling to remember what the Bible said about a number of the spiritual topics. Thankfully, this book I was super curious to read what the Bible actually says about spiritual good and evil. I've read the Bible but my memory of that part was murky. The sections are spread apart. Full disclosure: I'm a huge nerd. I'm into studying religions. If you're not into that, this book will probably be too academic. It's not exactly designed to shock and entertain. Anyway, I was reading the Qur'an and was struggling to remember what the Bible said about a number of the spiritual topics. Thankfully, this book filled in a lot of gaps. The guy is super academic and nerdy, just the way I like it. He just refers to the exact Biblical sections, quotes them, and you're done. I also got to learn that all those videos of wild exorcisms are not sanctioned by anyone who knows anything in this field. Who knew?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie Bonzer

    I read this book after feeling spiritual attacks / a shift of good things happening to things occurring in my life that were not of God. The book wasn’t what I expected, I thought it would be how to build yourself up in armor of god for spiritual attacks. The book was a guide of how to identify if you have demonization and how to expel the demons from a person. I highly recommend this for pastors but I think the average person will not put these works into action against a person under demonic con I read this book after feeling spiritual attacks / a shift of good things happening to things occurring in my life that were not of God. The book wasn’t what I expected, I thought it would be how to build yourself up in armor of god for spiritual attacks. The book was a guide of how to identify if you have demonization and how to expel the demons from a person. I highly recommend this for pastors but I think the average person will not put these works into action against a person under demonic control. All in all it’s always good to have a refresher course in what to see as a sin versus the grounds taken on habitual sins and ancestral sins of which demons can use against us regularly and establish a place in us and stronghold.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I had no idea what to expect when I started this book. I learned of it from Janet Parshall's show and since I know very little on the subject, why not try it. I did learn a lot about spiritual warfare. It's not talked about much and I've learned why. Not politically correct, fear and so forth. So I learned of the three things that can harm man but oh so much more. I think it brought me closer in my walk with God and brought back some things I had learned in my youth. Do not fear man, fear God. S I had no idea what to expect when I started this book. I learned of it from Janet Parshall's show and since I know very little on the subject, why not try it. I did learn a lot about spiritual warfare. It's not talked about much and I've learned why. Not politically correct, fear and so forth. So I learned of the three things that can harm man but oh so much more. I think it brought me closer in my walk with God and brought back some things I had learned in my youth. Do not fear man, fear God. Serve Him and follow scripture. this is a book I will revisit.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Great book! Understand your power over all those negative thoughts you have. Learn to engage in the battle instead of just being used and abused by worldly, fleshly or demonic influence. Finally understand what Jesus's resurrection did to the satan! Bound him! We have no power separate from Christ, but learn to wield HIS power for victory! Great book! Understand your power over all those negative thoughts you have. Learn to engage in the battle instead of just being used and abused by worldly, fleshly or demonic influence. Finally understand what Jesus's resurrection did to the satan! Bound him! We have no power separate from Christ, but learn to wield HIS power for victory!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Raymond C Odom

    Amazing Book Dr Payne and his book showed me how God could deliver my son from demons that had tried to dismember a family member. His writing and his personal commitment to equipt Christians is unparalleled in this area. EVERY Christian should have and use this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Pitts

    I find his position biblically and theologically sound and his insights are grounded in a lot of experience. Not a whimsical read. Easy read - just a real one. Probably the most neglected area of Christian study and life.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Austin

    Good info for our times Well presented information on spiritual warfare presented in an engaging manner covering the 3 areas of spiritual warfare: the world, the flesh, and the devil.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mimmi

    This book is definitely one to keep on the shelf. I found some things a bit repetitive but the content was very informative. I learned a lot about addressing demons in every day life and how it helps with your spiritual maturity.

  17. 4 out of 5

    His Love Studios

    Useful, but takes ages to get to his points.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Trenace Hayes

    Excellent Book Very insightful. Plainly written and easy to understand. I learned a lot and would recommend this to any one interested.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Ince

    worth reading. much neglected topic in western evangelical church, to our great loss.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Cash

    Great book. Realy giving the full depth and width to understand spiritual warfare.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenn and David Johnson

    Necessary for every Christian This book was clear and written so that any one can and will understand the enemy and the schemes used by them to affront new Christians

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryan King

    Equal parts fascinating and terrifying

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alistair Chalmers

    This book really challenged me. I wouldn't agree with everything, but it certainly did make me think more about spiritual warfare. This book really challenged me. I wouldn't agree with everything, but it certainly did make me think more about spiritual warfare.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The idea is that when we allow sins to remain in our lives without repentance, we open ourselves up to demonic influence. True peace comes through surrendering our entire heart to God and submitting our lives to Him. I wholeheartedly agree and found inspiration here. I don’t know what to make of everything in this book, but it is definitely unique and therefore valuable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul Herriott

    The book starts off with a Bang and then keeps a more level approach. Payne talks through not only demonization but temptation of the flesh and world. These three are often confused or ignored. He also pushes against the common Protestant belief of the demonic possession and/or demonic influence, by developing from scripture a more nuanced view of demonization. Recommended for all Christians.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I found this book to be helpful on many fronts. The advice he offers on living a holy life is perceptive and clear. His idea that we must not oversimplify demonic activity to a paradigm of "oppression or possession" is something that I likewise think is prudent. The main argument and contribution of the book then is the introduction of a third category which presume calls "demonization". The book is filled with many stories of Payne commanding demons out of believers and seeing then free from th I found this book to be helpful on many fronts. The advice he offers on living a holy life is perceptive and clear. His idea that we must not oversimplify demonic activity to a paradigm of "oppression or possession" is something that I likewise think is prudent. The main argument and contribution of the book then is the introduction of a third category which presume calls "demonization". The book is filled with many stories of Payne commanding demons out of believers and seeing then free from their demonization. Payne seems to build the bulk of case upon three arguments, starting with his personal experiment as the first. The second is the believers delegated authority from Christy over the demonic world. The third is his interpretation of the word τόπον in Ephesians 4:27 as a place where a demon had been welcomed by the individual to reside and exhibit an influence over the individual. Payne elaborates on this a deal, explaining that this is possible in the life of a true believer, just as it is possible for a renter to sub-lease a room of his house to a new tenant even though neither the renter not the sub-leaser is the legal owner of the house. While Payne may be correct to say that τόπον means that a person has given a demon a "place" in his/her life, I am very weary of building an entire theology of of the interpretation of a single word in one verse. Payne anticipates a significant amount of criticism for his views, and writes that a person's beliefs should be based upon careful study of what the scriptures say, no matter how loudly or how frequently people day things to the contrary. A falsehood does not become true no matter how many times it is adamantly repeated. Though I did find the book to be helpful in many ways, I found it ironic that at least to me, many of Payne's ideas do not seen to be carefully or clearly explained from what Scriptures teach, but that he frequently and adamantly repeats them nevertheless. Without this explanation, the book often gives the appearance of proof-texting. An example is Paul's statement in 2 Corinthians 2:11, interpreted by Payne to mean that the church was very well aware of the apostolic teaching on demonization which was then lost, but which had been recovered by Payne in this book, as well as by others. I'm skeptical of this to say the least.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This book has an interesting premise that Christians can still be "demonized," or afflicted by demons internally through the granting of "footholds" (unconfessed and unrepentant sin). The idea itself seems to align with Scripture at a general level, and Payne is careful not to pump up fear or cause undue focus on demons, balancing "the world, the flesh, and the devil" quite nicely, although the focus of the book naturally leads to more time being spent on demons. He also emphasizes quite appropr This book has an interesting premise that Christians can still be "demonized," or afflicted by demons internally through the granting of "footholds" (unconfessed and unrepentant sin). The idea itself seems to align with Scripture at a general level, and Payne is careful not to pump up fear or cause undue focus on demons, balancing "the world, the flesh, and the devil" quite nicely, although the focus of the book naturally leads to more time being spent on demons. He also emphasizes quite appropriately the fact that all Christians are victors over demons through the victory of Christ, and argues that it is only when a Christian clings to sin that he gives demons footholds, and those footholds can be removed as soon as sin is confessed. In other words, Payne doesn't teach a self-serving exorcist view of demons, but at the most basic level is merely reminding Christians of the victory they already have in this battle. Through this he also argues that Christians need to stop either ignoring the supernatural realm altogether or living in fear of it. All of this is very helpful and commendable Unfortunately, the book suffers from much proof-texting, ad hominem arguments against those who denigrate his efforts or disagree with his exegesis (although his own exegesis is often non-existent). He also repeats himself over and over again--the book reads as though he distilled several different lectures/sermons on the same topic without very careful editing. Most importantly, he barely makes an argument for his view of spiritual warfare, instead assuming it to be true from his experience and expecting the reader to come along for the ride. I would love to read a book on the same topic that featured more responsible exegesis and less defensive arguments--or rather, arguments at all. It's an interesting premise of which I would like to see a better treatment than Payne is ultimately able to provide.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Josh Mccoy

    Dr. Karl Payne has put together a very interesting book meant to be an overview of spiritual warfare in the life of the believer. Dr. Payne is a very well respected Baptist (also read: Conservative) minister of a large church. He's been in ministry for well over 20 years and in this time, he says his knowledge of and opinions about spiritual warfare have expanded greatly. Dr. Payne breaks his book into 3 prominent sections to outline the historical interpretation of scripture's portrayal of our 3 Dr. Karl Payne has put together a very interesting book meant to be an overview of spiritual warfare in the life of the believer. Dr. Payne is a very well respected Baptist (also read: Conservative) minister of a large church. He's been in ministry for well over 20 years and in this time, he says his knowledge of and opinions about spiritual warfare have expanded greatly. Dr. Payne breaks his book into 3 prominent sections to outline the historical interpretation of scripture's portrayal of our 3 enemies: the World, the Flesh, and the Devil. He spends 2 very detailed chapters covering both the World and the Flesh, defining what each is biblically and giving very practical ways to overcome each of these enemies. The final portions of the book are all spent laying the groundwork for and explaining both bibically and practically the reality of demonization of Christians. I know what you're thinking, but don't stop reading now! Dr. Payne takes very good care to lay out his position using scripture. He also explains how his eyes were initially opened through his very real experiences counseling and hearing stories from missionaries who have been speaking about this reality for many many years. Dr. Payne is careful to explain how this reality IS biblical and passes on what he has learned from Baptist missionaries about how to confront and expel demons. I've been looking for a balanced and articulate book on this point of view for a while now. Dr. Payne is extremely convincing and I'm grateful for his wise advise about how to stand our God-given ground and not allow the Devil to gain any foothold in our lives all for God's glory! No review of this book would be sufficient if I didn't encourage you, just like Payne, to pass on this information. It's time we stop allowing the enemy room in our lives and give our Lord total control of every area of our lives!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    Dr. Karl Payne pulls no punches in laying out the reality of spiritual warfare. He is forthright, righteous and honest in laying out the nature of man/woman and the daily battles against the world, the flesh and the devil (sociological, physiological and supernatural opposition). The author does give a perfunctory but a necessary in-depth (and understandable)overview of the devil and his pedigree. Dr. Payne spends much time on the sinful nature of man. Among the attitudes, issues and topics that Dr. Karl Payne pulls no punches in laying out the reality of spiritual warfare. He is forthright, righteous and honest in laying out the nature of man/woman and the daily battles against the world, the flesh and the devil (sociological, physiological and supernatural opposition). The author does give a perfunctory but a necessary in-depth (and understandable)overview of the devil and his pedigree. Dr. Payne spends much time on the sinful nature of man. Among the attitudes, issues and topics that he delves into are a commonly-held ignorance of Jesus' call for discipleship, denial of demonization, fear of the devil, weakened faith, misunderstanding of the power of the devil and demons, and deliverance (freedom) from demonic oppression. Attention is also given to the necessity of knowing how to use the spiritual weapons defined in the bible. Dr. Payne also states that Christians today have either turned their back on spiritual warfare, become ignorant of it or totally misunderstand the practice. This reality points to the reality of why Dr. payne has written this book - to teach about the necessity of spiritual warfare. The main focus of his book is the Christian who is afflicted by a demon (demonized). He illustrates this point through several appropriate experiences. He walks one through the ministry of deliverance, including the pre-deliverance, deliverance and post-deliverance stages. He does this with respect for the reader while still calling out obstacles, doubts and realities. The underlying message of this book is that spiritual warfare and deliverance are the responsibility of all believers. it is something that all believers are capable of carrying out with the help of the Holy Spirit. The strongholds can be broken if we follow the teachings set forth by our savior. This book is vital for all Christians to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Miller

    This is a great book for Christians who are unfamiliar with this topic and/or for Christians who do not believe a genuine Christian can become demonized. He spends a lot of the book arguing that Christians need to become more knowledgeable about spiritual warfare and that Christian leaders need to become better equipped in helping believers who struggle with spiritual problems that are rooted in demonic warfare rather than in mental or physiological maladies. "Ignorance is not bliss. It ultimately This is a great book for Christians who are unfamiliar with this topic and/or for Christians who do not believe a genuine Christian can become demonized. He spends a lot of the book arguing that Christians need to become more knowledgeable about spiritual warfare and that Christian leaders need to become better equipped in helping believers who struggle with spiritual problems that are rooted in demonic warfare rather than in mental or physiological maladies. "Ignorance is not bliss. It ultimately guarantees we will fail to learn how to biblically respond to our enemy's attacks with any consistency and confidence. This puts Christian soldiers at a huge disadvantage in battles we face on a daily basis with the world, the flesh, and the devil. Our fight is already difficult enough without purposely giving advantages to our opponents" (p. 33). The weakness, in my view, is the lack of any reference to the more complex issue of demonization in Christians that involves a combination of dissociative factors. The solution in these cases is not going to be as simple as the author indicates because the ground that needs to be confessed is unknown (dissociated) from the person. Otherwise, it was a good book and had a lot of practical, Biblical advice.

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