Friday, July 17, 2009

Book Review: Satan and His Kingdom by Dennis McCallum

As embarrassed as I am to admit this, my thinking on Satan and demons has almost solely been shaped by Lewis' Screwtape Letters and Peretti's This Present Darkness. Until now. Dennis McCallum has written a much needed work for Christian literature in Satan and His Kingdom. It is well studied, biblically balanced, and very readable.

While it may not be at the top of my list of recommended reads for the new Christian, it most certainly is for anyone in church leadership. Dennis McCallum is frank about spiritual warfare being fought around us and the tendency of most Christians to fall into a "peacetime mentality". While he is not seeing demons around every corner and behind every temptation, McCallum is honest and strongly biblical about the existence and activity of spiritual beings opposed to God and his children.

Many Christians are too quick to attribute every temptation and conflict to Satan and his minions ("The devil made me do it" type of people) rather than our own sinful tendencies and the system of the world. Others ignore their reality to the point of verging on naturalism. Dennis McCallum is a fresh voice bringing balance and biblical insight into the all too real battle going on around us.

If I have one criticism, it is that after a couple chapters of such subject matter, I felt like I needed to cleanse my palate, put the book down, and read the Bible. But I think McCallum would be happy with that.


Anonymous said...

Does the book have anything to do with the Episcopal Church?

Johnnie said...

Yes, please, tell us about the Episcopalians!

Jared Totten said...

Well, I suppose . . .

Satan is trying to destroy, or at least bring to fruitlessness, the Episcopalians who are a part of the universal church, just like every other Christian.

Satan is trying to plant false teachers and false doctrine into the Episcopal church, just like every other denomination.

Johnnie said...

Jared: That makes a lot of sense. Still, though, given the Episcopal church's size and influence, the general affluence and education of its members, and (maybe most especially) its huge network of primary, middle and secondary schools through this country (and, I'm sure, the world), maybe we need to focus more attention on Satan's works, in particular, within that denomination.