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Spiritual Warfare, Part 2

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Angels, Spiritual Warfare, Theology | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – We quickly examined, in our last newsletter, the branch of the Spiritual Warfare Movement known by some as the “power encounter” branch. These are men such as Mark Bubeck and C. Fred Dickason who believe that we must forceably confront, bind, and expel demons from the lives of some people if they are to find spiritual freedom. This time we will turn our attention to the “truth encounter” branch of the SWM. This branch is well represented by Neil Anderson who, while in general agreement with Dickason and Bubeck, believes that power encounters are not necessary, in fact may be dangerous. He teaches instead, a more clinical approach which directs the demonized to take certain steps based on truth. When those steps are taken, the demons will release their victim from bondage. We want to carefully...

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Spiritual Warfare, Part 1

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 in Angels, Spiritual Warfare, Theology | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – According to Dickason, God neglected to include in His Word instructions for victory over one of the Christian’s most powerful enemies. It seems that Christians never tire of trying to come up with a new way of dealing with life. We are reminded of the Athenians at the Areopagus who, “Used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new” (Acts 17:21). Within evangelical Christianity today, there is a constant parade of novel approaches for dealing with our sins and problems. One of these is what some call “spiritual warfare.” Spiritual warfare has become quite the rage in many Christian circles, despite the lack of Biblical support. This is due to several factors: the mystical and experience orientation of the modern church, the influence of charismatic elements, pragmatism, the church’s surrender...

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Standing Firm Against Three Enemies

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 in Angels, Bible, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Warfare, Success | 0 comments

by Christopher Cone – Every believer has three opponents who are constantly trying to derail our walk with Christ. Ephesians 2:1-3 identifies them by name. The first enemy is the course (or age) of this world. That is, the world system itself, and not the people in the world (Eph 6:12). The second is the prince of the power of the air, that is Satan – who roams the earth seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8). Third is our very own flesh. Paul illustrates in Romans 7 the very real and present struggle we have with our flesh: while we have new life in the inner man, we still have our old flesh that wars with our spirit. Every believer faces this struggle until we are set free from the body of death (the flesh). Sometimes we may think...

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