There are some interesting points that are worth noting when considering evil and spiritual warfare. After giving a historical context through looking how an understanding of evil developed as an apologetic for the catastrophic fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC and the subsequent period of exile (586- 539 BC) and how the exile also exposed the Jewish people to new influences in particular Zoroastrianism he makes several interesting points worth keeping in mind in wrestling with any theology of evil and spiritual warfare that goes beyond glib!
- We fail to understand where Christianity ends and paganism begins. We do not know where the boundaries are.
- There is no explicit biblical teaching relating to the demonisation of Christians, by implication the Scripture makes it quite clear that this is an impossibility.
- There is the ever present danger of exaggeration to the point that biblical teaching on divine sovereignty is compromised.
- Man has become the fulcrum of redemption, holding the balance of power between God and the devil in the battle for the souls of men.
- The gospel is rendered impotent without the preliminary work of pulling down demonic strongholds.
- Many authors pay lip service to the concept if God's sovereignty but in real terms view His ability to intervene as being limited to the extent of man's willingness to cooperate in the process of salvation.