I just finished a book called: “Deliver Us From Evil: A Pastor’s Reluctant Encounters with the Powers of Darkness” by Don Basham.
This was a very interesting book. I had not heard of Pastor Basham prior to this. I used to think, like the Pastor originally thought, that evil cannot invade and reside within a Christian… as Light and dark… Good and evil cannot coexist in the same place. I don’t know why I thought that, I guess it’s just what I’ve been taught along the way. I do/did however believe that Christian can be influenced by evil. That satan and his minions can, and do, influence our thoughts and behaviors.
This book was so jam-packed with information that it took me some days to read it. I did think prior to this that even though a person had perhaps dabbled in the occult – ie Ouija boards, horoscopes, fortune tellers, palm readers, etc – perhaps when they were younger (as I did as a teenager) that once they proclaimed Jesus as the Lord and Savior that that behavior was forgiven. However, I can see that while yes, that behavior is forgiven and blotted out… that without repenting and renouncing the various forms of occultism, that a Christian can, in fact, be influenced by those forms of evil. (see page 213)
This is not a book that I would recommend to a new Christian, as deliverance and demonic invasion are quite a heavy topic.
As always, I am required to post an online review for every book I receive. Below is that review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Are Christians at risk of demonic invasion? “Absolutely not,” thought Pastor Don Basham when another pastor suggested evil influences might be causing turmoil in his church and failures in his ministry. But after more troubling and perplexing problems, Basham began to discover he was wrong. But after more troubling and perplexing problems, Basham began to discover he was wrong. In this page-turning account, Basham chronicles his reluctant journey from disbelief to acceptance in the existence of demonic spirits. More than a story, he imparts what he discovered about demons, the difference between infestation and possession, and how to engage in spiritual warfare.”
In Deliver Us From Evil: A Pastor’s Reluctant Encounters With The Powers of Darkness, Pastor Don Basham brings us his story of how he came to understand and believe in demonic influences in the lives of professed Christian’s. In his groundbreaking efforts to bring about this before unheard of deliverance ministry, we learn about the ups and down… triumphs and mistakes that he made along the way. In his candor, he even admits to some very powerful mistakes that may, or may not have inflicted serious, if not fatal harm.
However, in his faithfulness, Pastor Basham pushes through the rough experiences and brings about an entire ministry devoted to helping countless numbers of Christians with evil influences in their lives.
Through his story, we are able to learn how to recognize the presence of evil spirits, pray for deliverance from them and how to protect against demonic invasion. This is a powerful book with some graphic details. I’m not sure that I would recommend this book to a new Christian, but I would recommend it to anyone who wonders or doubts that a Christian can be influenced by satan and his minions.
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