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3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare

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What is spiritual warfare? Can a Christian be demon-possessed? Are we called to engage territorial spirits? These provocative questions stand at the heart of evangelical discussions of the supernatural, and they represent the subject of Clinton Arnold's 3 Crucial Questions About Spiritual Warfare.



Arnold brings his exegetical skill and extensive knowledge of early Christianity to bear on the contemporary understanding of the spirit realm. Spiritual warfare is an integral part of the entire Christian experience, the author explains. To think that a Christian could avoid spiritual warfare is like imagining that a gardener could avoid dealing with weeds. Our goal should be rather to gain an accurate and sober-minded understanding of spiritual warfare--not a view tainted by frightening superstitions and odd practices.


Arnold answers the first question by developing a biblical understanding of spiritual warfare, and his answer to the second question defines the influence demons can have on believers. In response to the third question, Arnold's sane and sober answer sheds invaluable light on the controversial topic of territorial spirits.


3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare is the fourth volume to appear in the 3 Crucial Questions series. The series has been praised by Craig Blomberg for its hermeneutical sophistication, succinct readability, and balanced conclusions.



"Clinton Arnold uniquely combines the clear-headed thinking of a well-trained biblical and historical scholar with the heartbeat of an evangelist/minister. This work integrates readability, thorough biblicism, awareness of contemporary trends, and a refreshingly irenic spirit. It makes an important and significant contribution to the ongoing discussion on spiritual warfare. I place it on the top of my 'must read' list for any who are working through issues on this topic."--A. Scott Moreau, Wheaton College

The Author

  1. Clinton E. Arnold

    Clinton E. Arnold

    Clinton E. Arnold is dean of Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. Prior to becoming dean, he was a professor in the New Testament department for twenty-five years. He is the author of many books, including 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual...

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"A readable discussion of several important issues concerning the still-emerging area of doctrine known as spiritual warfare. . . . The endnotes are quite helpful, providing not only bibliographic citations but also explanatory material on vital questions. . . . [Arnold's] work is a reasoned, scriptural critique, which should be carefully read by the several sides in this debate."--Faith and Mission (Fall 1998)

"The work is balanced as it seeks to use biblical understandings concerning spiritual warfare to correct and encourage persons on all sides of the issues to pursue spiritual warfare seriously and biblically."--Trinity Journal