Summer Reading: First Sophomore Bro!


Derek came in third, just before summer ends! Below are his thoughts on the book:

I recently finished reading "Satan and His Kingdom: What the Bible Says and How it Matters to You" by Dennis McCallum after coming back from summer classes. 

This book was recommended to me after expressing curiosity about the specifics of Satan's influence that is mentioned from time to time in our church .  I knew the basics of Satan's origin and that he tries to lead us away from God, but I still had so many questions, like:  Who is Satan? Why is he still out there?  How do evil forces work against people? Against churches?  What can we do to resist these attacks and keep our focus on Christ?

Thankfully, the need for clear answers to questions like these are what prompted McCallum to write this book.   

The book gives clear answers to all of these questions and more by the logical analysis of biblical and historical evidence, even going further to how we can apply these conclusions to living out the Christian faith.  

One thing that I found to be particularly challenging but true from the book is how McCallum defines our current state of living. He explains that we are in the midst of a spiritual war, a war that began with the battle between the angels of heaven and Satan, where Satan and his angels were cast down to our world (Revelation 12:7-9).  So God's kingdom in heaven was pure again, but now the conflict has moved to the earth, and we are in the middle of it.  As evidenced by Revelation 12:12, "Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!  But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!"  So Satan's domain of manipulation is now on earth.  

McCallum then draws that in this conflict we should not seek conflict, but if we stand up for truth and God's blessing, we will find it because such conflict arises when Christ, who is in us, confronts the evils in the world around us.  Therefore, we should equip ourselves with weapons found in the word of God so that in this fight for our lives we can best handle these conflicts.  And even though such weapons may not seem like much, the Bible assures us that they are strong in spirit, which is where such conflicts are fought out:  "For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Before we engage in spiritual warfare, we must know as much as we can about our opponent so that we do not underestimate his influence in our lives.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more or is struggling in faith, as it does an excellent job of providing clarity to this fuzzy topic.