The title of the book is commissariat with its content of exploring three areas of spiritual warfare that parallels a Christian’s life. Those areas explored are: the mind, the church, and the heavenly places. It provides foundational insight, wisdom, and discerning the strongholds, that even the “mature Christian” at any given time, must face.

The author’s approach to the material first begins as a matter of fact to the reader. The message possess a firm tone that grips the attention of the reader. That message spoke loudly to the reality that Christians are engaged in spiritual warfare- not at a glance, but up-close and personal. He advocates that no one goes to war without realizing that there is a war and a real live battleground of which, the enemy could dominate. If the church or individual is ill prepared the spiritual body count could me detrimental. Secondly, no one goes to war without intense preparation. His message of preparation, places each individual reader in the confrontational position which by design, igniting the fire for battle. And finally the warfare can be won with God’s power in operation. The focus and strategy to win the war must be won with determination, training and preparation.

The writing is a copulation of teaching methodology coupled with information that impacts the reader. He balances each idea with scripture expositions in support of each idea. The literary style consists of stories, illustrations, analogies and definitive terms and word pictures for exploration. He provided comparisons and contrast as he compares forces of light with forces of darkness. The impact message awakens the reader to a cause, perhaps that he has never considered before as a Christian. It may explain the unexplainable in dealing with the unseen realm. The framework of content are not to be view as a step by step process of didactical instructions, nor does it serve to be total encompassing of the area of spiritual warfare. It is divided in three parts starting with the battleground of the mind first by design for the mind is the initial level playing field by which the enemy uses to gain entry. Exploration into the mind is considered the operation center were all strategies are formulated for war both naturally and spiritually.

The Battleground of the Mind

Francis Frangipane provides a comprehensive methodology in his approach to the book’s content. As previously stated, his purpose is to aide in the equipping of Christians in the area of spiritual warfare, and secondly, to guide them in the direction of warfare, that God has positioned their lives for battle.

The battlefield of the mind is the area where most if not all battles began. It is at this same juncture, strategic decisions are made in counteracting the plans of any opponent. The military uses multiple defense war plans to meet every objective as the “brain power,” or meeting of the minds by key leaders meet to strategize those tactics. Frangipane advocates wisdom, prayer and proceeding with caution in uncharted territory prior to the war strategic phase. His caution has to do with the lack of knowledge of Christians, about their opponent, Satan, who rules in the realm of darkness.

The realm of the spirit is the most misunderstood, untaught subject in Christendom. What has been grasp has mainly passed down by word of mouth based on someone’s unexplainable experiences or generations of myths looked upon as truths. Generally, this topic is not taught in bible studies nor is it generally, the topic of choice from the pulpit. The most teaching experiences are at this level of name-calling along with loud declarations launched at the enemy. In most Pentecostal circles, some are resigned to “pleading the blood of Jesus,” as a measure sufficient enough to combat any force of darkness. Additionally, others view the concept of fighting, and waging warfare as disturbing within the framework of Christian love, peace and unity. Perhaps the idea of love covering a multitude of sin is out of proportion in relation to evil spirits. Nevertheless there is a war, it begins in the mind and manifest itself in various ways. The methods Satan uses are not new, but as old as the world’s foundation itself. Frangipane explores measures of identifying realms of darkness which are logged within those old thought processes as well as antiquated teachings about warfare. He list hose specifically and ways to fortify their future onslaughts.

The battleground of the mind evolved identifying those “strongholds” that exist in the mind of the Christian and combat it with humility. The author advocates Satan’s fear of virtue, and is terrified of humility. The self-righteous individual who behaves in carnality opens himself to the demonic world, rendering himself a weaker force on the battlefield. Frangipane, consistently writes, “Victory begins with the name of Jesus on our lips. It is consummated by the nature of Jesus in our hearts1.” The message here is most of our warfare comes from self-inflicted wounds as a result of our lack of preparation. Purity before God with a repentant heart is the key to break strongholds of pride. Jesus declares the ruler of this world cometh and he has found nothing in me” John 14:30.

Holy intercession is communication, which tunes the believer into the heart of God. It rids the soul of human weakness and replenishes it with God’s protection in the earth. This portion of the book concerns ways that strongholds rob Christians of having demonic clutter removed from the mind by renewing those thoughts of fear, worry and intimidation with the word of God. It defined stronghold as both negative and positive aspects-negative in terms of not riding those things engraved so deeply in the thought process until the behavior manifested are contrary to the plan of God for the Christian lifestyle. The positive aspects of the word are the element not of protection, which provides a defense against that which is harmful or oppressive to the Christian life style. In the final section of this chapter the tone of the book shift to the Christian walk. The shift transitions from the battlefield perspective to conduct and character by advocating the goal and purpose is not warfare but rather to be like Christ. It seems as thought he (Frangipane) is contradicting message in tone. However, He speaks of balance as a weapon, meaning the enemy wills often times drive the Christian to spend so much of his efforts in warfare until it pulls him away from the obedience of God, thus it serves as a distraction. The enforced message here is to only fight those battles with God at the helm, less the fight is as one who beats the air.

The Battleground of the Church

Part Two introduces the captain of the host who ever lives to war for the saints. These chapters engage the battle with Special Forces and continued lesson of engaging the enemy but on a corporate scale. Ephesians admonishes that we wrestles not with flesh and blood but against an unseen enemy who skilled in very tactic of combat. It is this point spiritual discernment must be a sharpened tool used with the utmost precision.

Historical lessons can be learned as the battle intensifies against the church on a global scale. Satan has years of experience with inflicting deceptions and division in the national and local churches of our day. Doctrinal teachings, church ordinances, and theological debates have been the darts Satan uses to increase tension and sew discord among the brethren. Therefore the author addresses the urgency of remaining strong in love and avoids unforgiveness. The church must become naturally familiar in discerning (not judging) correctly and be keepers of the gates knowing when to shut the door on strife and every evil work of the enemy. Frangipane writes: “God needs people who, when they see a gap in the citywide church wall, will go up into the breaches and rebuild the wall. These are the ones who will empower the church to stand in the day of battle.”2

The point is clear, but relevant to the times of today when cross cultural and denominational lines join in oneness as an enforced well informed army to help repair and rebuild. What would it look like corporately fortified city of the living God? The world must realize that the church is not called to war against each other, the military calls this friendly fire when live rounds miss the proposed target, hitting inside the fortified gates. For years the church have divided and fought each other for one reason or the other. The sight of contingency should be aimed at the enemy and not within.

King David faced hand-to-hand combat with Goliath who was a type of enemy of the church. His threatening and power cause the army of men to retreat taking a passive stand. They stood on the sideline watching and listening to the enemy causing them to tremble. It took a shepherd boy who understood that God was on the side of the chosen people and that no weapon formed should prosper. He is this uncircumcised Philistine who would deny the army of the living God?” David understood and embraced the covenant relationship between God, as the Shepherd of Israel, and the people he has vowed to protect.

The Battleground of the Heavenly Places

The battleground of the mind and the church accounts for the areas that can be considered level playing fields. Resistant to evil tactics; renewal of the mind walking in love and forgiveness are the weapons of war. Fortifying the church on all accounts, being watchmen on the wall, so that the gates of the enemy will not prevail against the church are additional un-carnal weapons. Having humility are all ways the author has distinctly plotted strategies of spiritual warfare at its best. The battleground of the heavenly places is where the battle’s center is the spirit realm. This chapter is the most interesting in terms of concepts and perplexities about the spirit world. The concept of reality is Frangipane states is relative to how life appears. That perception stems from subjective and objective analysis about life itself. He believes the war over reality is crucial in understanding the percepts of the and the reality defined by society. Moreover, when reality is measured by kingdom principles, the view of reality in the natural sense will change; society says if the man works all of his life and applies certain principle of gaining wealth, he has the potential of becoming wealthy. In the economy of God, prayer and faith, connects and link the promise believed to the fulfillment. It is the life that allows for the full manifestation of the power of God to express himself in affairs of men as a natural way of life.

The chapter dealt closely with the reality of spiritual authority over the angels of light. He eloquently provides provoking questions: “The war against principalities involves displacement: Christ filling the spiritual territories once held by Satan. How do angels and demons, beings, who do not die from wounds wage war? With what do they do battle? And how do they conquer one another?” He adds, “All spiritual warfare is waged over one essential question. Who will control reality on earth; heaven or hell?”

The final analysis in combating the spiritual realm consists of understanding the ranking government of the demonic structure and matching our weapons against every rank and file. Every Christian must understand that the power given to the believer is more powerful than any force of darkness.

Conclusion/ Analysis

The book itself was easy to read and provided clear guidance throughout. The content in part I (the battleground of the Mind) and Part II, (The Battleground of the Heavenly Realm) present much more depth than Part II The Battleground of the Church. For clarity the area of the church could have had more quantitative measures in warfare. The church corporately contains a mighty force-there is strength in numbers exponentially. Of the information provided, this section appears to present less focus on the war effort and defense strategies in comparison. Secondly prayer is such a powerful weapon in warfare, yet not much dialog was given to prayer.

Ministry Applications

The book itself is a type if book I would recommend, even though it not to considered a manual for instructional reference. The book serves as an informative type of writing, specific for enhancing one knowledge base concerning the three specific concentrations as detailed by the author. More in-depth research must be done, if the topic were to be used in a didactic methodology. The book does serve a very important purpose by enlightening the revelation consciousness of the Christian who possess very little knowledge of the subject. It can also be use in a bible study format.

1 Frangipane, Francis The Three Battlegrounds of the Mind: (Arrow Publications, ), 1977, pg 16.

2 Frangipane, pg 78
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