As editor of an Albanian translation of this splendid little book, I can thoroughly recommend it from the inside! Professor Leahy does an excellent job of laying a solid Scriptural foundation for understanding the devil and his fellow fallen angels. This he does in several well-arranged chapters in the first part in which among other things he solidly debunks the notion of Christians' ever being demon-possessed (as opposed to molested). Leahy then moves on to consider the historical witness, beginning with the church fathers' witness and opposition to the demonic activity of their day. There is a telling reference to the fact that evil spirits' meddling fell of dramatically at the time of the Protestant Reformation in those countries where it prevailed, and a nice little side-dig at the Roman Catholic excuse for this that "Satan doesn't have to bother with troubling heretics because they're his anyway". How false this pretence is, appears decisively from a text like Matthew 12:28. Finally, as it inevitably had to in the present context, the book concludes with an incisive look at the current upsurge in all things occult. Leahy stresses here as elsewhere that only a thorough commitment to Jesus Christ the Saviour can possibly permanently keep the malevolent powers of darkness at bay. That is the ultimate challenge to everyone who might make light of the subject, for bald atheism, even were it true, is logically unlivable.
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Review - Satan Cast Out by Frederick S. Leahy20 Dec. 2000
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This is an awesome book - I read it cover to cover looking up most of the Scriptures quoted to see if what was being written was Biblical. I think Leahy has a real handle on Biblical demonology and it would do the any soul well to read this book for such a small price. It is very well written, concise, Biblical, and God honoring. If you are a professing Christian or someone seeking what the Bible has to say about what the Bible has to say about demonolgy, this book is a must for you.
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No Wonder I'm The First To Review This!22 July 2000
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Satan Cast Out was first published in 1975 and reprinted in 1990. But it's the year 2000 and Amazon.com doesn't even have a review. This demonstrates, to me at least, the shallowness of the Christian Reading community. "Opinion Leaders" who should be reading this book and recommending it to others are so taken back by Leahy's biblical reasoning, they know it will stop their David Copperfield like "fire and brimstone" wow the bumpkins theology of "Spiritual Warfare"! Bad for the old offerings I suppose. While admitting the Reality of Demons and Spiritual Warfare, Leahy biblically shows how intellectually foolish and addled most modern spiritual warriors really are. Get this book if you want a Christ centered, instead of a Boogey Man centered view of spiritual warfare. I'd give it 5 stars, but Powlison's book on Power Encounters is great too as is War Psalms of the Price of Peace.
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A Classic11 Oct. 2014
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I have said it before: If there is any area in the Christian world that is dominated by superstition and speculation, it is spiritual warfare and the existence and activity of Satan and his demons. Far too many books on these topics are subjective and speculative rather than grounded in the firm truths of Scripture.
Frederick Leahy’s Satan Cast Out began as a project, an assignment. Back in the 1970s the Foreign Mission Board of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland asked Leahy to make a special study of demonology. They did this in response to phenomena that missionaries had been observing on the mission field. To that point very little had been written on the subject and it was discussed in only a passing way in seminaries. Leahy realized, “There is a crying need for an examination of this whole subject in the light of the Scripture alone, bearing in mind that the Scriptures are our only rule of faith and practice.” While his study is now nearly 40 years old, it remains in print and remains a powerful read.
Some knowledge of demonology and some study of Satan and his means of working in this world is crucial for the Christian. “Christians who are virtually oblivious of the malignant opposition of the fallen angels, are to some extent deficient in caution and dependence upon God. … The confrontation between God and Satan which centers on the cross of Christ is cosmic in its proportions and transcends the centuries of time. It is foolish and dangerous to wander, blind and deaf, along the firing line.” Leahy begins his study with an examination of angels, both good and evil. That unseen dimension, though invisible to us, is absolutely real. With this in place he turns to Satan and his present position between the cross and the consummation. Though Satan has been vanquished at the cross, he is still vicious. “To the believer who lives in time, there is a time-lag between the lightning and the thunder, between Satan being cast down and the hearing of the crash of his fall.”
From the position of Satan he advances to Satan’s strategies and to the ways in which he acts as the great adversary of Christians. With these pillars in place he then surveys the Bible to see how Satan and his demons behaved in the New Testament, in the Old Testament, and in the life of Christ. Three chapters turn to the role of Satan and his demons in the world today, and to the ways in which Christians should and should not interact with that invisible realm.
This book’s great strength is its firm anchoring in Scripture. Leahy is so hesitant to go beyond the bounds of Scripture and so committed to basing every one of his words in God’s Word. The final chapters are very practical, but still reliant on the authority of the Bible. So, for example, when Leahy grapples with methods of dealing with Satanic activity and demon possession, he says, “There must be a theology of victory behind and beneath the Church’s method of confronting Satan and his demons. Such method must be squarely based upon Biblical teaching, and must not be governed by any other considerations whatsoever.”
I especially appreciate Leahy’s counsel when it comes to casting out demons. “Well-meaning Christian workers, jealous for the glory of their Master, sometimes feel that they should follow the practice of commanding demons in the name of Jesus to depart. But if there is no experience of salvation though the preached Word, what has been accomplished?” Don’t command Satan to leave, call upon Christ to come! The great victory comes not when Satan is cast out, but when Christ is welcomed in.
“While it is a mistake to become obsessed with thoughts about the Devil and his legions, it is equally foolish never to give him any thought at all.” Though the Bible presents Satan as a cunning and ruthless foe, it also presents him as a vanquished foe and one whose power is infinitesimal compared to the omnipotence of God. Where we find Satan in the pages of Scripture, we also find comfort and assurance for the Christian. This book leads away from speculation and toward Scripture; it presents Satan as he is and shows God as infinitely greater. It is as good a book as I’ve read on the subject and it receives my highest recommendation.
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The Wicked Work of Satan in This World22 Oct. 2014
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Once disregarded as fable and myth by a modernistic society, belief in the supernatural is making its way back into the mainstream of cultural consciousness. Filled with questions while wandering with confusion, many people hope to discern the truth of things which rest outside the realm of physical sight. Unfortunately, the sources that seek to establish a working knowledge of the supernatural are rooted in superstition or based on strange happenings. So misunderstood is this area of study that even believers are led astray from the truth, yet despite this lamentable situation there is hope. The Bible has spoken its timeless truth for generations. Enduring through passing philosophies and fading worldviews, its content stands firm in every age. Within its pages the truth of evil spirits and their workings in this world are made known so that mankind may avoid the deception Satan seeks to propagate.
Within his classic work, Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology, author Frederick S Leahy presents a comprehensive look at scripture's teaching on fallen angels and their formidable leader. Beginning with the origin of demons in Satan's revolt and continuing on to their strategy against mankind, readers are reminded of the reality surrounding spiritual warfare. As the book continues to unfold, Leahy examines passages from the Old Testament and the life of Jesus to identify and understand the nature and capabilities of these evil forces. The final part of the book works off of this foundation to encourage believers to trust in Christ's complete control while working out the gospel in this wicked world.
Unlike many books that are built around supposed experiences and second-hand knowledge, this particular work is firmly rooted in scripture. The theology that is built arises from the Biblical text and carries with it a clear application. Originally published in 1975, the content is no less timely today than when it was first printed and bound. Although many volumes have been written on the same subject matter in subsequent years, Leahy's work still stands as one of the best available books on the subject.
Reformed Demonology6 Aug. 2015
Joshua J. Giesler
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This book is a great Biblical resource to the understanding of demons, angels, and the so-called "supernatural" of the Bible.
My only concern is that I found the issue of the origin of demons and the consequences of fallen angels to not be as cited to Scripture verses. In fact, I found the lack of verses on this particular issue disturbing.
However, the issue of origin does not change the facts that the rest of the book does a wonderful job of supporting through the Word of God.