Two of my favorite topics are prayer and the armor of God (hence my 2 biggest subscriber freebies are a prayer guide AND Warrior Princess guide!), so, naturally, I was keen to read a book about spiritual warfare and the armor of God…and prayer. I was given a copy of John Ramirez’s book Armed and Dangerous by Nuts About Books in exchange for a review.
While I love the fact that someone was taken out of the realm of witchcraft and into the arms of God, I do feel somewhat disappointed by the book. I enjoy a good testimony just as much as the next person. And I do take spiritual warfare very seriously. However, I was left wondering if the author took a few things a bit too far.
Let’s start with some of the good points of the book. In the introduction, I appreciated the Ramirez discussed the fact that when God promises us a victory, we must actually go and fight for it. This is so true in our spiritual lives. If we want freedom, it’s going to be a battle. Especially if the enemy has entered our lives and has staked a claim in our hearts. That claim is not rightfully his, but he has claimed it nonetheless. And to reclaim what is God’s we must fight.
I also appreciated that Ramirez addressed the point that we are afraid to expose the devil and his works…and we deny the power we all have in Jesus Christ. We try to be politically correct that we neglect our duty to be spiritually correct. He reminds the reader that if we sweep the devil’s work ‘under the rug’, that doesn’t mean the devil won’t mess with us. On the contrary. The devil is no respecter of persons. He will mess with us because we are made in the image of God and we are His children. His mission is to destroy us whether we fight or not.
Another thing I found useful in the book was his outline of ‘7 arrows in God’s quiver’ that will help believers be ready for battle. These were excellent points and great reminders of the power we have been given through the Holy Spirit.
Ramirez encourages the reader to take an inventory of our warehouse. What areas in our lives are we struggling with? Or even allowing to infiltrate our spiritual walk? He gave an extensive list that is helpful for the reader to pinpoint trouble areas like:
- Ungodly soul ties
If we ignore these fiery arrows from the enemy, then we can’t deal with them properly.
While there are some great points in Ramirez’s book, there are some things that are a bit stretched.
For example, he mentions the Ice Bucket Challenge and how it is very similar to a common ritual he was involved in when he was practicing witchcraft. Just because there are similarities does not necessarily mean that they are connected in any way. I think we must be very careful in calling something demonic when it isn’t.
I am also leery of some of the wording in Ramirez’s guided prayers. For example, I don’t know where it says in Scripture that we are to “shoot lightning into the devil’s camp and upon every demons head” or to “pluck out the eyes of every evil spirit…”.
In Scripture, the only ‘binding’ that is done is by an angel (Rev 20:1-3). A followers of Christ, we are to command evil spirits to flee from us, part of that is resisting the spirits by the power of the Holy Spirit. But we are not instructed to ‘bind them’. I also feel uncomfortable with the idea of actually addressing the demonic in prayer. Prayer is for God and for Him only. I will not speak to demonic spirits in my devoted prayer time. There is no biblical basis for this.
In the prayer section, Ramirez also mentions confession of sins of our ancestors. I think this is dangerous territory to enter as God’s word is very clear on this matter. For more thoughts on this topic, please read these 3 posts of mine:
While I do believe it is essential for us to confess our own sins, we should not be digging around in our past trying to conjure up things that may or may not have existed. We are told in scripture to keep looking ahead and not behind us. Let’s keep our eyes focused on Jesus and not our past, especially the past of our forefathers. The blood of Jesus has covered it all. We must live in that freedom.
What About Our Armor?
I was also disappointed that there wasn’t more emphasis on the armor of God, which is our way of defeating the tactics and attacks from the enemy (not binding those spirits). I also didn’t care for the implication that the Church is ignorant and gullible. I’d prefer to be addressed with more respect than was sometimes done in this book.
I guess we can say that with this book, we can ‘chew the meat and spit out the bones’. But this mindset should be garnered with any book that we read. Humans are fallible. We make mistakes. We don’t have all of the answers. Check everything against the Word of God, don’t simply believe something because an author says so. Be a Berean.
If you are interested in reading this book, you can purchase a copy through Amazon.
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