Spiritual Warfare in Liberal Churches


In most Protestant churches of modern times spiritual deliverance is not practiced.  Not only do most deny the existence of spiritual warfare, but many also deny the existence of demons and some even the existence of Satan himself. When it comes to the treatment of disturbed people, most Protestants churches send them to psychiatrists, as do the Catholics. Thus all mental illness is interpreted psychologically.

However, there are a few Protestant churches or groups which have retained the spiritual interpretation of mental illness. One is the Anglican Church (the Church of England), whose beliefs concerning spiritual warfare (and most other topics) are very similar to the Catholics. Besides this church, there are local churches within charismatic or Pentecostal denominations which have rediscovered the Biblical beliefs and practices about spiritual warfare and spiritual deliverance.  More and more non-charismatic evangelical churches are working in the area of deliverance, but they are still a small percentage.

Thus in the twentieth century we could say that Christian spiritual warfare and deliverance still exist, but just barely.  There are many encouraging signs, though, that more and more evangelical Christians and churches are learning what the Bible teaches about spiritual warfare.

The twenty-first century will see an upsurge in intensity and frequency with which spiritual warfare is practiced.  This will be greatly needed, for the attacks of the enemy are becoming greater in number and strength as well.  It will get much worse before it gets better.  As the return of Jesus gets closer so warfare will increase.  We must be trained, equipped and prepared.

The rest of this story has yet to be written, but the end is quite clear as we see in the book of Revelation.  God wins (He already has)!

(For more information on the subject of spiritual warfare go to SW.ChristianTrainingOrganization.org  or email me at jerry@schmoyer.net and I’ll send you a free copy of my Spiritual Warfare Handbook).

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