The Kingdom of the Occult
On March 18, 2009 At 6:30 am
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The Kingdom of the Occult delivers the timely followup to Dr. Martin's best-selling The Kingdom of the Cults
This book takes Dr. Walter Martin's comprehensive knowledge and his dynamic teaching style and forges a strong weapon against the world of the Occult-a weapon of the same scope and power as his phenomenal thirty-five year bestseller, The Kingdom of the Cults (over 875,000 sold).
Chapters include: Witchcraft and Wicca, Satanism, Pagan Religions, Tools of the Occult, Demon Possession and Exorcism, Spiritual Warfare, etc.
- Each chapter contains: Quick Facts; History; Case Studies; Theology; Resources
User Ratings and Reviews
5 Stars Excellent for Evangelism
Before you drink the Kabbalah water or pay thousands of dollars to become a Thetan in Scientology read this book–The Kingdom of the Occult has come to America, and there is no other such fantastic horror of deception with victory in Jesus to make the demons tremble. Don't let this stand for Christ pass you by. "Get in there close," as Walter Martin said, "It's God's Gospel."
This book is a MUST READ for every Christian who seeks to be obedient to God's Word as given to us by Paul in 2 Cor. 5:12, ". . . that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart." As stated in the Quick Facts About Evangelism in chapter 18, "Evangelism and apologetics work hand in hand to accomplish the same goal: the salvation of souls."
(Pasted review from my mother, Claudette Litz):
My life has been about knowing Jesus Christ better and telling others about Him since I was saved at age six–I was trained and accepted as a missionary with the Southern Baptist Convention as an adult before I was married–yet every chapter of this book taught me something new about defending my faith. I could not put it down when I started reading! Even seasoned Christians can learn from The Kingdom of the Occult.
I lead an outreach to tourists of the Smoky Mountain National Park as a facet of an evangelistic, apologetics ministry, Lighting the Way Worldwide ([...] ), which is a recommended resource in chapter 18 on evangelism. I will be referring other Christians to the book who express interest in working with me at our outreach table in the TN location. This book is an answer to prayer for Christians with a heart for evangelism and a light out of darkness for any lost seeker deceived by the pervasive occult.
The Kingdom of the Occult has equipped me to better understand the beliefs of other religions. I have never read a better book (other than the Bible) which gives me the tools to be an effective witness in leading others to saving faith in Jesus.
As a middle school teacher of forty years, I am aware of the importance of an effective layout in a reader-friendly book. In Kingdom of the Occult, the information is presented in multiple ways, thus the reader can easily match the truths being taught with his/her personal learning style.
The format of the chapters includes:
1Quick Facts About the Chapter
3Tables, Maps, Timelines
5Counseling Resource List
6Definition of Terms
The writers' organization and clarity of thought captivate the reader to finish the entire book at one sitting. I finished the book with a desire to know and love our Lord Jesus Christ in such a way that I can better represent Him in home missions, in an age where even America has become The Kingdom of the Occult.
2 Stars The Kingdom of the Occult
The Kingdom of the Occult is an updated, October 2008 version of The Kingdom of the Cults, originally published in 1965. It is 733 pages long, 678 if you don't count the Q&A appendix, counselling assessment appendix, bibliography, or index. It contains in-text footnotes, along with case studies, graphs, etc., and suggested resources at the end of each chapter.
The goal of this book is to investigate cults/cultism, examine cults' influence on America and the world, compare/contrast Christianity and cultism, and prepare Christians to speak to members of the occult. It aims to do this by historical analysis, theological evaluation of each cult's beliefs, and apologetic contrast between the cult and Christianity.
I had some issues with the theology presented, but I won't go into that. What I will say is that the main impression I got from the book was paranoia and Us vs. Them. My advice is to read it while you're awake and paying attention, to do wide research to back things up, and make sure to look up all the Bible references so you know what's being talked about.
This book would be very useful for any kind of research on the subject, much more than for casual reading. There's plenty of information, including statistics etc., that would come in really handy for papers or presentations, and it suggests or mentions plenty of other sources to look at for each topic that it addresses.
5 Stars A Very Helpful Resource
When I first read the book, I was blown away at how much information is crammed into this book. They cover several types of occult and "hidden knowledge" groups, providing historical background, modern examples, Biblical response to the groups, and recommended reading. Towards the back of the book, there are chapters providing advice and tools for counseling and evangelizing members of the occult.
This book is a tremendous resource for youth workers and ministers. This book allows ministers to remove all ignorance and to understand what they are dealing with. It also provides strategy and tools to use while ministering to someone in the occult. It is a terrific book that I would recommend for any youth worker's shelf.
5 Stars A trustworthy guide
Walter Martins book, The Kingdom of the Occult, completely took me off guard. I was expecting to find a book that was a light survey of various cults/religions. What I got was the most in-depth comprehensive study on the history, beliefs, modern appearance, and the Christian response to most of the cult and occult practices that we are faced with in todays time. This book should be standard reading for anyone that wants to be equipped spiritually against all that this world can throw at us. Martin said it best, "Spiritual warfare, as taught in the Bible, is personal warfare. It is wise to know the enemy and their contact with human beings…". This book gives you the ability and wisdom to "know the enemy".
I found the chapter on Kabbalah to be most revealing since I hear so much about it in the media. Martin tells the difference between the historical and the Hollywood versions allowing you to see just how the religion has evolved and adapted to fit the needs of its followers. I will definitely recommend this book to anyone as a trustworthy and Christian guide through the deep and often overwhelming world of the Occult.
4 Stars Good Overview of the Occult
This book is about the Occult. Deals with UFOs/UFO cults, Psychic Phenomena (Ghosts, haunting, ESP), Satanism, Paganism, Neo-Paganism, Witchcraft, tools of the occult (EVP, Ouija, tarot) etc.
The last section is on how to respond to those involved in the occultist practices and experiencing demonic psychic phenomena.
This book is an overview of these issues. If you've already read about and studied about issuing involving the paranormal, then you won't get much out of this book. The last chapters in this book would be most helpful to counselors and those working in a church. Also, I would recommend this book to Teachers, school counselors, even though it's a Christian centered book, it will give you an excellent resource for beginning to understand students that are involved into the occult.