Spiritual Warfare, Part 8 - May 11, 2015
Spiritual Mapping - This week we examine another technique of the modern Spiritual Warfare "experts." Known as Spiritual Mapping, this technique attempts to identify (usually with information obtained through interviewing demons) which demons are assigned to which geographical territories. These territorial spirits are then mapped out and engaged in battle by being bound, rebuked and commanded to leave. So, are certain demons assigned certain territories and, if so, can we dislodge them and thereby bring peace and prosperity to said territories? My guest, Jim Osman, brings some biblical clarity.
Spiritual Warfare, Part 7 - May 4, 2015
Spiritual Warfare - Rebuking Satan.
One need not listen to "Christian" television for long before one hears a preacher rebuking Satan. Statements such as, "Satan, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus" are commonplace and growing in acceptance among even non-charismatic churches. Should we be addressing Satan directly? Is this wise? Do we have the authority to do this? Well, unless you think you are more powerful than Michael the Archangel, you might want to think twice before rebuking the "god of this age."
Spiritual Warfare, Part 6 - Apr 29, 2015
This week Jim Osman and I discuss what may be the most prevalent spiritual warfare technique: Binding Satan. We hear it all the time from both charismatic and non-charismatic (at least those who profess to be such) adherents. How many times have we heard either a preacher of layman say, "I bind you, Satan, from..."? Can we really do this? Do we have the ability to bind Satan? Can we apply some type of spiritual handcuffs to the "god of this age" (2 Cor. 4:4) and thereby render him powerless? And, if so, why do we have to continue to bind him? Does he slip out of his spiritual restraints? Jim Osman walks us through this unbiblical notion and tells what the Bible really has to say.
Spiritual Warfare, Part 5 - Apr 13, 2015
We continue our discussion of Spiritual Warfare. This week we will be talking about hexes and generational curses. It is common nowadays to hear preachers (particularly those of the Word-Faith/NAR persuasion) speak of generational curses. If you have some besetting sin or things in your life just generally are not going as you wish, it may well be because someone in your family history invited in a demon that has set up shop in your bloodline. This demonic minion is now wreaking havoc in your world. It is also common to hear preachers speak of the necessity to break a curse because the sins of your fathers may be visited upon successive generations and you are the unfortunate, passive recipient of the consequences of their malfeasance. Are hexes real? Generational curses? Must we identify and then break these curses in order to live a victorious life? Jim Osman walks us through these issues and brings some much needed biblical clarity.
Spiritual Warfare, Part 4 - Apr 6, 2015
Hedges of Protection - We hear this all the time. If you want to protect a friend or loved one you must pray a hedge of protection around them. Once prayed into existence this hedge apparently becomes an impenetrable border which neither demons nor Satan himself can defeat - that is until the hedge for some reason breaks down and must be prayed up again. Is this biblical? Should we be praying hedges of protection? Jim Osman breaks it down for us.
Spiritual Warfare, Part 3 - Mar 30, 2015
There is much talk of demolishing strongholds among contemporary spiritual warfare "experts" today. They hold that in order to effectively engage in spiritual warfare, strongholds must be demolished per the teaching of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Guess what? They are right! Demolishing strongholds is absolutely essential in spiritual warfare. The question, though, is this: what exactly are these strongholds? Are they what the experts say they are? And exactly what is it that we use to demolish them? Jim Osman, author of Truth of Territory, exegetes this text.
Spiritual Warfare, Part 2 - Mar 23, 2015
As with most of the ills which plague Christianity, the errors that are so common in the modern teaching regarding spiritual warfare are resultant from a departure of the sufficiency of Scripture. Most of the contemporary teachings on the subject are not at all derived from an exegesis of Scripture, but rather from psychology, overactive imaginations and even alleged conversations with demons. Whether it is binding Satan, breaking generational curses, spiritual mapping, or exorcising demons, these practices have scant support in the Bible. While something akin to them may be mentioned, they are all taken out of context and taken to lengths which the Bible never takes them. In today's program Jim Osman, author of Truth or Territory argues that it is a departure from the sufficiency of Scripture which has led to this rampant confusion.