War On The Saints is an extremely detailed discussion of
the daily realities of our life: and how those realities indicate our level of
subjection to evil spirits and heretical doctrines. It pries into every area of
our inner-lives; calling us to give account to ourselves about our dreams, our
social habits, our recurring thoughts, our persistent fears, the state of our
health, the things that provoke us to anger, and etc.
This is the only book I ever read that I approve and recommend, while at the
same time, I always approach it fearfully: for every time I read this book, I
am forced to account for something that is going on in my life that frightens
me. She makes no accusations, nor does she damn anyone for having these
problems; but does hold the reader 100% accountable for every breach of peace
or holiness in their life. EXAMPLE: if you have an evil dream, it's because
you yet cherish some thoughts and considerations in your heart, upon which the
evil dream is built.
The demons play to your prejudices, and appeal to your own
judgments, in order to foist upon you something you would finally reject, by
appealing to the roots of those things, that you haven't yet rejected. You may
not be willing, FINALLY, to commit adultery; but you yet secretly cherish a
little "looking to lust;" maybe just a tiny little bit. [Note from the Editor: Mrs. Lewis calls these concessions "Ground"] The demons fasten on
that concession to sin, and starting there with that which you WILL allow, they
build a scenario which leads ever onward to the main sin. Upon being confronted
in the dream with the main sin, you revolt (hopefully), and wake up: but the little
root from which the appeal was made is still with you, so at another time, you
have a somewhat similar dream, which while taking a somewhat different path, is
still leading to the main sin. You revolt, and wake up; but still haven't
renounced and rejected the little teeny sin in that area that you allow. So you
have another dream sometime, with a different scenario......and here we go
Mrs. Penn-Lewis has it that you are both victim and responsible for every
evil intrusion in your thought life, and she turns over every rock in your
psyche, and exposes all the little vermin that we all try so hard to ignore.
She posits that clinging with the mind and confessing with the tongue to the
particular verities of the Word of God is our chief weapon of defense
against these influences, and that a lack of escape from the problems she
describes is the chief symptom of embracing false doctrine. Therefore,
unlike most others who address these things, she does not leave you with ONLY
"Appealing to God" to deliver you from said problems, but has it that God has
already provided the means of relief in The Word; and that those who, thinking
to "skip" past this, and demand that God prove Himself faithful by a fiat of
deliverance, are only purchasing despair; since for God to ignore your ignoring
of His Word, is tantamount to denying His own righteousness and faithfulness.
Ergo: hungry child says: "Dad, I'm hungry." Dad says, "There's a bag of fried
chicken in the kitchen, go eat that." Child responds, "Dad, I'm very hungry."
Dad repeats his instructions. Child now says, "Dad, I'm so hungry, don't you
love me?" The next answer is either silence or rebuke.