Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare by Pastor Jim Osman is probably the best Bible-based study on Spiritual Warfare available today.
There is so much detail in this book it is hard to know where to begin to give it a proper review. The author has divided the book into four different sections - Establishing Biblical Principles, Exposing Unbiblical Practices, Explaining Biblical Perspectives and Examining a Biblical Passage. He begins by helping the reader to understand a proper interpretation of Scripture on what spiritual warfare really is according to the Bible. He then tears to shreds, using scripture alone, current beliefs on spiritual warfare that the church fell prey to years ago from authors like Neil T. Anderson and Mark Bubeck. Incredibly, I was once a believer in the unbiblical doctrine Anderson and Bubeck taught, but many years ago the Lord showed me that these self-proclaimed "spiritual warfare experts" were teaching false doctrines, so I am very thankful someone has finally debunked them.
Spiritual warfare is one of the most misunderstood topics of the church and the author, using Scripture alone, proves the fallacies Anderson and Bubeck and others have fed the church for over 20 years. He exposes unbiblical practices like praying hedges of protection, binding and rebuking Satan, generational curses, Territorial Spirits (or Mapping), demon possession, deliverance ministries, exorcisms and even examines how much authority we actually have in Christ. He proves quite clearly that Neil T. Anderson has done more to promote errant doctrines, like deliverance ministries, than any other author to date. In truth, most of Anderson's claims are assumptions that are not based on Scripture at all. Yet, incredibly the church as a whole has fallen for it hook, line and sinker. The best part of this whole book is the author's final look at Ephesians 6 and what it is really talking about in regards to what the "spiritual war" really is.
Many people after reading this book, claim a heavy burden lifted from their shoulders. I would agree with that assessment. If there is one book you and your church should be reading about Spiritual Warfare, it is this one.