The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get In this tenth anniversary edition of his best-selling book, John Bevere shows. From the author of ECPA and CBA top sellers, Thus Saith the Lord?, Breaking Intimidation, and The Fear of the Lord BEST SELLING BOOK WITH OVER 1. In author John Bevere's book The Bait of Satan: Living Free From the Deadly Trap of Offense, John exposes one of Satan's most deceptive snares used to pull .
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ence. Several weeks ago I was handed the book The Bait of. Satan. I read it in its entirety. I realized I had taken Satan's bait years ago. I hated my mother for. The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares the enemy uses to get believers out of the will of God: offense. Most people have been ensnared by . The Bait Of Satan book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Escape the enemy's deadly trap! The Bait of Satan exposes one o.
With more than , copies in print, this book includes testimonials of transformed people who have read copies in print, this book includes testimonials of transformed people who have read the original book and a devotional supplement, featuring discussion questions, scriptures, and prayers.
You will find answers to tough questions like these: Why am I compelled to tell "my side" of the story? How can I fight thoughts of suspicion or distrust? What can I do to stop rehearsing past hurts? How can I regain trust after someone deeply offends me? This book will help you escape the enemy's "offensive trap" as well as empower you to stay free of offense, enabling you to have an unhindered relationship with God.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Bait Of Satan , please sign up. Can I get this for free? Fred Well, if you've read my review I actually recommend that people DON'T read this book - it's badly flawed and very dangerous. However, if you're really …more Well, if you've read my review I actually recommend that people DON'T read this book - it's badly flawed and very dangerous. However, if you're really intent on exposing yourself to Mr.
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More filters. Sort order. Dec 26, Kells Next Read rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is yet another must read for all christians. I will have this as a yearly re read to keep the examples reveal at the forefront of my mind as I continue my walk with Christ. Re-Read on February 9th This is one of those books that you need to keep close and re read ever so often as a reminder of how the enemy causes us to get offended and also allows others to be offended. It shows you how to detect it and how to deal with it.
Such an enlightening read. Jan 01, Lindsey added it. This is a book that everyone should read It is about what happens when we take Offense and how Satan will use that against us in our own lives. It's teaching me sooooo much and praise God for that! View 1 comment. Apr 04, Tim Bariteau rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Christians, pastors, everybody.
Deception is so A deceived person, by the very nature of deception, has no possible way of knowing they are being deceived. That is, unless someone shines a light onto the issue, revealing the truth to them and exposing the lies for what they truly are If you had asked me two weeks ago if I was offended by anybody, or if I was h Deception is so Yet, before even finishing the first chapter of this book, I was already in tears as God began showing me people whom I had allowed to offend me.
Our enemy wants the trap to remain hidden, so we will be unaware of the danger we are headed toward, and even more importantly, he wants us to remain unaware of the very fact that we have been trapped, therefore, keeping us from even attempting to free ourselves from the trap at all!
Pride will keep you from admitting your true condition. This selfishness causes the offended Christian to become focused inward and we lose sight of what God is doing in and through others.
This selfish pride causes us to view ourselves as victims, but just because we may have been mistreated does not mean we suddenly have the right to hold on to an offense! Unconditional love gives others the right to hurt us. They begin to believe everyone is out to get them.
Obviously, this attitude makes it even more difficult for them to see where in their lives they need to grow, change and mature. As they continue to isolate themselves, seeking their own protection, they end up inviting abuse. If they do not soon recognize and put a stop to this destructive mindset, this can quickly become a circular pattern; take an offense, become defensive, seek isolation, invite abuse and then back to offense.
Proverbs He likes it when His children care for and nurture each other. He is frustrated when we He receives no counsel and sets himself up for deception. Offended people react to the situation and do things that appear right even though they are not inspired by God. We are not called to react but to act. One of the many things I liked in this book was when Bevere showed, in chapters 9 and 10, the difference between: It showed me: There is both a time to offend and a time when it is wiser not to offend.
I think most of us tend to avoid offending people at all costs, myself included. However, sometimes the action which would be the most beneficial for everyone may very well be taken offensively. He chose to use His liberty and freedom to serve In fact He says that our attitude is to be so far removed from avenging ourselves that we are willing to open ourselves to the possibility of being taken advantage of again. There is no playing around with this statement, is there?!
He willingly went to the cross; laying down His life, though He was innocent. He took all our sin upon Himself; suffering through the worst possible torture and death.
He paid the highest price Romans 5: One of the last things Bevere says in his book is this: Love never fails. When we love others the way Jesus loves us, we will be free even if the other person chooses not to be reconciled to us This must be an abounding love The love that will keep us from stumbling lays down its life selflessly—even for the good of an enemy.
When we walk in this kind of love, we cannot be seduced into taking the bait of Satan.
I have, however, gone before the Lord in prayer; admitting my offenses to Him, forgiving those people who had hurt me, releasing them from any blame in my heart and cancelling any debt I felt they owed me. Almost immediately I began feeling the weight of my offenses lifting and a peace and joy fill my heart as I thought about each person and prayed for them and for our relationship to be healed, restored and strengthened.
I am now praying as God provides the opportunities, I would be able to speak with each of these people, to confess my offenses to them and seek their forgiveness. Hopefully, we will see our friendship strengthened and our ministry together bear fruit again I plan on recommending this book to others at my church, in my ministry and in my family.
May God bless John Bevere for writing this timely and powerful book, and may God bless every believer who reads it and chooses to obey the Word of God and the principles in this book. May you find freedom and healing from the hurts and offenses of this world; and may you stay freed from the trap! View all 4 comments. For me this is one of the most important books I have to dato just read!!! If of course you belong to the kind of people which never takes offense whatsever or the classic guy whos loved and appreciated by anyone Well, then this is no book for you, No Sir!!
But, please let me know on which planet you are living, because let me tell you, here in this old and mean earth sadly to say exists other rules and regulations.. And what the heck.. I haven't made the rules For me this is one of the most important books I have to dato just read!!!
I haven't made the rules, fellows!! But honestly I'm sick and tyred of having to cope day by day with such disturbed personalities..
And I want to say that I'm not a peacekeeper, but a peacemaker!! The difference here is that a peacekeeper wants to keep peace with everybody no matter what!!! And the peacemaker wants also peace, but a peace with truth in it.. John Bevere is a christian writter, he has written also more books in this field of his expertice!!
And he is also indeed a connaisseur at how to handle the wounds inflicted by depraved and ruthless human entitys which are aiming at you to destroy your inner peace and stability!!! Honestly folks, I'm totally feed up with this sort of crap!!!
Offenses will came every day, no way of avoiding it.. But, let me tell you this, folks.. Offenses are poisenous baits, if you feed on them, then invariable you'll became sick..
Please, if it must be one book you had to read in this year, let it be these here!!!
That's how important I consider it!! As said, Bevere is a christian, and this his book has the Scriptures as his foundation. No better foundation as that!!
You want to live free from arseholes trying to make you miserable by stealing your inner peace, then read this book It will be a light to your path!!! So my full recommendation and happy reading of course.. View 2 comments. Jan 02, Traci Alverson rated it really liked it.
Offense leads to sin, which leads to separation from God and others. We are so easily offended, but this book opened my eyes to the ways in which to overcome offense.
Mar 14, Ashley rated it it was amazing. In war the enemy gets the upperhand by cutting off communication amongst the soliders. Without communication, one is often alone without any idea of what should be done next. Offense is the tactic Satan uses to cut communication and create separation.
At that point, he can attack and destroy quickly, swiftly and without interference. This book gives tons of examples and situations backed by the Word to help us understand, recognize and reject the bait of satan. Sep 25, Kaye Kaye rated it it was amazing. Every person on God's plant is subject to being offended. Read how God expects us to handle it versus the enemy's expectation. Everyone should read this book but especially every church member or those who have been hurt by "the church".
Absolutely the best book I have ever read! Oct 29, Fred rated it it was ok. Bible Teacher Don Basham used to say that prophetic utterances were often like water from a muddy hose: First, you get a bunch of mud and yuck before pure water starts flowing. This is an apt description of this book if there was one. Unfortunately, it's just the opposite, in this case, the more it flows the more mud and yuck you get.
A little bit of truth buried underneath a mountain of error. There is great dang Bible Teacher Don Basham used to say that prophetic utterances were often like water from a muddy hose: There is great danger here my Christian friend! John Bevere does well by citing the numerous passages in the Bible that say this. And, yes, the Bible is clear that unless and until we forgive it's like we're put into a prison of resentment where we hold the key And yes, the Bible is clear that if we refuse to forgive then a root of bitterness can set in that may defile many.
And yes, forgiveness is like forgiving a debt that's owed you - it is YOUR choice to give that gift to your debtors. Forgiveness IS a choice. And you now have the nuggets of truth that this book contains. First, the book is cover-to-cover filled with shameless self-promotion. At the end of each chapter is a "Testimony" - not of Jesus Christ, but of the author and this book.
And this is on top of the shameless self-promotion of the author and this book that's actually IN the text of the book itself. Second, the author's hermeneutics and exegesis are downright awful! Consider the "proof text" that he bases the thesis for the book on: Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!
It is necessary that stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom they come. For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks!
Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes! And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.
Fellow Charismatics, the problem here is that there is absolutely NO way to vet, confirm, or deny such claims. Stated plainly, "It just don't mean nothin'!
Fourth, the author's theology and discernment is badly broken and in need of repair. Consider, this "gem" from the book: Friends of mine who had known him from a previous ministry showed me an article telling about his experiences.
The man had resisted the call of God on his life for several years because of his business success. He was making a large amount of money.
His disobedience eventually caught up with him, and he was rushed to the hospital because of heart failure. He died on the operating table and found himself outside the gates of heaven. Jesus was standing there and dealt with him about his disobedience. The man pleaded with the Lord that if He would extend his life, he would serve Him.
The Lord consented. Before sending him back to his body, the Lord showed him a vision of hell. He was amazed. The Lord told him that she had refused to forgive a relative and therefore could not be forgiven. The Bible teaches that unforgiveness is a relational sin, not a damnable, or eternal sin. Stated plainly, nowhere does the Bible say that one will be sent to hell for refusing to forgive.
As John MacArthur notes well in his study notes for the Matthew 6: Forgiveness in that sense— a permanent and complete acquittal from the guilt and ultimate penalty of sin— belongs to all who are in Christ cf. John 5: Yet, Scripture also teaches that God chastens His children who disobey Heb. Believers are to confess their sins in order to obtain a day-to-day cleansing 1 John 1: It is like a washing of the feet rather than a bath cf.
John Forgiveness in this latter sense is what God threatens to withhold from Christians who refuse to forgive others cf. Revised and Updated Edition" Kindle Locations Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition; https: THE UGLY Much of the above is probably due to the fact that the author is a former protege of heretic and charlatan Benny Hinn - a fact that he conveniently fails to disclose. There's a HUGE red flag waving right there.
Given that, suddenly passages in the book like this one take on a whole new meaning: The pastor was one of the best preachers in America.
When I first attended that church, I would sit with my mouth open in awe of the biblical teaching that came from his mouth. As time passed, because of my position of serving the pastor, I was close enough to see his flaws. I questioned some of his ministry decisions. I became critical and judgmental, and offense set in.
He preached, and I sensed no inspiration or anointing. His preaching no longer ministered to me. Well, if that "one of the best preachers in American" was Benny Hinn I can only say, "Thank God, you saw the light! Did you confront him on his heresy and charlatanism? Friends, I can only hope that Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Moonies, and the members of other cults don't heed this terrible advice!
Its teachings can lead to a lack of boundaries and codependency. I was in the Shepherding Movement of the 's and 80's and experienced abusive churches first hand. I stayed for years too long because of a combination of immaturity, a lack of healthy boundaries, and heavy codependency issues due to the enmeshed culture of my family of origin.
I can make that assessment without passion or pain now because of God's sovereignty as well as God's process of redemption and refinement in my life. Bevere's book is completely imbalanced because it fails to recognize this necessary part of the recovery process.
Just like an alcoholic doesn't get sober by staying in the bar, a codependent Christian doesn't get healthy by staying in an Abusive Church. As one former member of an abusive congregation put it, "Since no one in the church was allowed to murmur and complain, or to disagree with the pastor, there were many, like myself, who suffered in silence lest we incur God's anger.
Accordingly, members experience increased self-doubt, helplessness, and insecurity. Often times the deviant is barraged with attempts to get him to admit that he is guilty of crimes that he does not see. If he says that he is doubting the leadership, he has sinned because you are never to doubt the leadership. If, however, the deviant does not agree with the definitions of his behavior that is placed by the group, he is immediately considered "unrepentant" and "unsubmissive One need not have psychological training to understand that such a procedure also operates as an effective control mechanism within a church.
Those who are the "boat-rockers," those who raise uncomfortable questions and who challenge the leadership in any way, are prevented from sharing their legitimate concerns and criticism with other members. Dissent is muffled, and disinformation can be "spiritualized" or manipulated by the leadership. Enroth, "Churches That Abuse", p. Further, John Bevere never addresses the issue of leaving a church because it's teaching heresy.
Much of my work these days is in Mormon Studies and I cringe at the thought of Mormon leaders or Mormon Apologists getting their hands on this horribly flawed and imbalanced book. Friends, this is a dangerous book. I do NOT recommend it. In addition, I recommend one more: Now, I understand that this review may seem like a voice crying in the wilderness being drown out by all the other voices that are praising it loudly in all those other reviews here, but I beg you to listen to me.
Consider this: There's a reason why America loves Joel Osteen's ear-tickling feel good heresy and hates the sound wisdom and theology of other voices. I plead with you in Jesus' Name to not listen to the siren's song, the only thing awaiting you there are shipwrecking rocks. I think that anyone with even a modicum of biblical literacy and good theology would.
If you want this wisdom, read Edwards and skip Bevere. Sproul; http: Mar 07, Nika rated it it was amazing. Dec 13, Courtney rated it liked it. This was recommended to me by a friend from church, and is the book the church uses for a course on spiritual cleansing- I would actually like to study this with others to see if I would gain any more insight.
Bevere's theme is on offense, and how taking offense and harboring unforgiveness are poisonous to us. Exercising forgiveness is like exercising any muscle: The outline of the book was a little vague, so while there was a lot of valuable info and scripture This was recommended to me by a friend from church, and is the book the church uses for a course on spiritual cleansing- I would actually like to study this with others to see if I would gain any more insight.
The outline of the book was a little vague, so while there was a lot of valuable info and scripture application, it lacked pop. It does get an extra star for the title though I fantasized about carrying it around as a conversation starter, but I never worked up the courage: Sep 06, Andreea rated it it was amazing Shelves: E vorba de dragoste.
Sep 14, Julia rated it liked it Shelves: For me personally, this book held a great message. I read it in a group and also passed the book on to some friends, and I noticed that some people took issue with how he worded things, but for me the message that he had really spoke through whatever odd trappings might have surrounded it. At the heart of this book is a Biblical message which every Christian should hear and take to heart: Mar 27, John Weston rated it it was amazing.
This is for anyone who has been hurt by anyone, or who has hurt anyone. It is not a sappy, feel-good book. It will rock your faith to the core. I didn't read at first because of the title, but offence, then the fruit of that, unforgiveness, keeps so many from a fruitful life, and even from Heaven.
I wish so many in the church would read this who have been hurt by pastors and other Christians. Over the years, I have had many Christians recommend this book to me, but had not ever gotten around to it. Our church offered a study over it, too, but again the timing wasn't right.
This year, however, just when I was dealing with some of the pain from my past and some very deep wounds from those closest to me, I "just happened" to find a copy the last one they had at a used Christian bookstore. Now the time was right, and I read it on my return trip from an unhappy visit with family over th Over the years, I have had many Christians recommend this book to me, but had not ever gotten around to it. John Bevere. Watch Video.
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