What is witchcraft, and how can I know if it is affecting my life? Is there witchcraft in the church? Are God's children engaged in the activity of witchcraft, without even knowing it? If you are asking these questions, Exposing Witchcraft in the Church may help. Author Rick Godwin says, in the introduction, "In this book you will discover Satan's strategy for defeating the church through witchcraft. The tools of his trade may include overt or subtle means, but each tool is intended to bring defeat not only to the church as a whole but to every believer."
Godwin defines witchcraft as rebellion, based on 1 Samuel 15:23 ("for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft..."). At the root of witchcraft, according to Godwin, is rebellion. How does this manifest itself in the lives of people? In three main ways: manipulation, domination, and intimidation. According to Godwin, "whenever you run into these three things, an evil spirit lurks not far behind." He feels that if manipulation, domination or intimidation are present, then so is witchcraft, because witchcraft is the use of power for an illegitimate reason or from an illegitimate source.
Once he has exposed witchcraft, Godwin offers practical advice for defeating it in our lives, and for defeating Satan, who is behind it. He offers five principles of the Kingdom of God, describes the nature of spiritual warfare, and how to use the weapons God has given us. He also describes deliverance from the law, from the world, and from ourselves. He calls us all to root out this dangerous sin wherever it is found, particularly in the church. Godwin believes that the sin of rebellion/witchcraft has hampered many a church, and prevented growth. So now we must face it, fight it, and defeat it in the name of Jesus. Rebellion was the root of Satan's fall. Don't let it be your downfall too.