Theory Critique: Anderson
Concise Summary of the Content
The Bondage Breaker written by Neil T. Anderson is about reaching spiritual freedom by overcoming negative thoughts, irrational feelings, and habitual sins. Each section allows the reader to start their journey towards freedom through the sins that are covering their lives. Many people have faulty perceptions of bondage and what keeps Christians in that bondage. Anderson (2007) takes the stand on having integration of psychology and spirituality. “There is no inner conflict which is not psychological, because there is never a time when your mind, emotions, and will are not involved” (Anderson, 2000, p. 21). One of the steps Anderson discusses is knowing that a person has the right to be free. Changing your emotions and thoughts to the truth of God is needed in order to break the bondage of sin. A person should know that they are a child of God and a friend of Christ (Anderson, 2000). He will allow us to break through if we can win the battle of our mind from Satan by focusing on Romans 12:1-2, which states, “do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Renewing your mind and relying on God can be done through continuous prayer. “Prayer is the primary weapon in combating spiritual blindness” (Anderson, 2000, p. 103).
Part two of the book focuses more on how the reader can begin to see improvement and be able to stand up and what to look out for. “Even though we are secure in Christ and have all the protective armor we need, we are still vulnerable to Satan’s accusations, temptations, and deceptions (Anderson, 2000, p 114). Anderson goes in depth to discuss how Satan can harm us during our battle for freedom. One of which includes demons. There is more to demons than human beings know; each demon has a separate identity and can communicate, remember their former state, and make decisions (Anderson, 2000)....