Spiritual Warfare Archive

Are generational curses biblical?

Based on texts taken out of context and used as pretexts, it has become increasingly common for Christians to suppose that they are victims of generational curses. As such, they suppose they have inherited demons ranging from anger to alcoholism, from laziness to lust. Closer examination, however, demonstrates this notion to be seriously flawed. First, […]

Why is Satan called “the god of this age”?

In the Bible Satan is called “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4) and “the prince of this world” (John 12:31; 16:11), which begs the question: In what sense is Satan a god and a prince? First, Satan is not God’s equal. Rather, according to Scripture, Satan is a finite, created being (Colossians 1:16). […]

Did demons have sexual relations with women in Genesis 6:4?

Genesis 6:4 is one of the most controversial passages in the Bible. As with any difficult section of Scripture, it has been open to a wide variety of interpretations. It is my conviction however, that those who hold consistently to a biblical worldview must reject the notion that women and demons can engage in sexual relations. […]

Is Satan always the cause of sickness?

If you tune into Christian television on virtually any given day you can hear faith healers screaming at satanic spirits of sicknesses ranging from asthma to arthritis. But is Satan really behind every sickness? First, while Scripture makes it clear that Satan is often the agent of sickness, he is not always the author of […]

Does Satan have access to our minds?

While we would greatly overestimate Satan’s power by supposing that he can interact directly with us in a physical sense, an equal and opposite error would be to suppose that he does not have access to our minds. First, while Satan cannot read our minds he can influence our thoughts. Thus, the Bible instructs us […]

Is the “binding and loosing” of demons biblical?

One of the most common expressions in contemporary Christianity is “I bind you, Satan, in the name of Jesus.” Biblically however, the phrase “binding and loosing” has nothing whatsoever to do with demons. One of the most common expressions in contemporary Christianity is “I bind you, Satan, in the name of Jesus.” Biblically however, the […]

Can Christians be demonized?

Over the years, I have read a wide variety of stories that claim to support the notion that Christians can be demonized. In the end, they all have one thing in common: they greatly overestimate the power and province of Satan. Some deliverance ministers make a more valiant attempt than others to provide a biblical […]

Is being “slain in the spirit” consistent with a biblical worldview?

Today thousands of people are routinely being “slain in the spirit” in the name of a fashionable and palpable demonstration of Holy Ghost power. Practitioners claim ample validation for this phenomenon in Scripture, church history, and experience. However, the phenomenon not only is conspicuous by its absence in the ministry of Jesus and the apostles […]

Is the gospel of peace a promise of ease and prosperity?

The priceless material with which God has fitted our feet for readiness in spiritual warfare is nothing less than the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15). However, the promise of peace is not grounds for an expectation of easy existence. First, when the Bible speaks of the gospel of peace, the emphasis is not prosperity but […]

What is sin?

While it has become politically incorrect to talk about sin, the Scriptures make it crystal clear that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But what is sin from a biblical perspective? First, sin is not just murder, rape, or robbery. Sin is failing to do the things we […]

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