Tim Temple's critique of
Needless Casualties of War
by John Paul Jackson
I have had a number of people quote John Paul Jackson's book to me when I
explained my ministry. I recently bought the book & read it, to critique it
and learn from it. I found a lot of good points in it; I found a
fundamental flaw and a lot of conclusions in it.
In the preface he wrote, "It is my belief that unless you understand
the parameters of our delegated authority and some practical guidelines on how
to properly engage in spiritual warfare, there's a strong possibility that you
could become an unfortunate victim of war." I agree completely with the
second point, but I think he made up the first point out of whole cloth. Also,
anyone who wishes to live a righteous life in Christ Jesus could become an
unfortunate victim of war. Most of the Christians I have had to clean up from
attacks were not intercessors or spiritual mappers.
The main problem I have with his book is that God supposedly delegates authority
and position to demons in a second heaven. He writes about this on page
John refers to the Jewish supplementary books (called the "Talmud" and the
"Kabbalah") on page
140 as his first justification. They go into depth about seven heavens
with God in the seventh. They both state that the second heaven is
occupied by Zachariel and Raphael, not Satan as John Paul states. That
means John Paul is wrong at best. See this
His point seems to be contradicted by Revelations
12:9 where Satan is cast down below the first heaven to Earth. What the
"second heaven" is all about we don't know; the Bible says nothing
This assumption is foundational to his book. One conclusion from his assumption
is that God established these demons higher than us, so they are greater than
us. Another conclusion is that God ordained the demons to this second heaven, so
opposing them would be opposing God. A conclusion from this is that intercessors only
get attacked because they overstep God's protection from demons and spiritual
mappers only get attacked because they get proud from their knowledge. Since the
foundation is wrong, the conclusions are also wrong.
To defend this chain of logic, John Paul uses a lot of scripture. As I went
through the book, I found each part of his scriptural defense didn't hold up.
This theology causes the intercessors to pull their
punches or get out of this ministry. It causes spiritual mappers to hesitate or
get out of the field altogether for fear of getting proud by engaging in too
much research. It also causes intercessors to not defend themselves,
assuming they are protected by not attacking the command & control demons --
and getting blasted because that's not so.
The revival in Colombia started when they bound the demonic powers and
principalities in the region. God blessed them. God did not curse
them for attacking what He had established. This is the second witness
that he is wrong.
Back to the preface. John wrote about "practical guidelines on how to
properly engage in spiritual warfare." A lot of what he wrote is good, but
there was nothing original.
I have found the more strategic "command & control" demons
have more sophisticated defenses, but they can still be blown away. They use
retaliatory spirits, lost souls, charms, seals, group curses, etc. We need
to learn to defend ourselves, hide and take the battle to our human &
demonic opponents. We need divine guidance to know what tactics to use. We need
to cover each other's backs.
Revival takes lots of prayer and fasting -- and protection for those
involved in it. Those who are dedicated against revival are susceptible to
salvation prayer & deliverance. The territorial spirits need to be cleaned
up. All of this must be done with the Lord's permission.