By Edwin D. Arceo

Who among us has never been offended? I’m sure no one will be able to raise their hands. This, my dear readers is the topic of John Bevere’s old, but new, 20th-anniversary edition book, The Bait of Satan, Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense.

This book, albeit, 20 years old this year, is very relevant in today’s times. In this generation that we live in, so many people are easily offended. One of the catchphrases in this decade is being “politically correct” which is most heard in the USA but gaining a following here in the Philippines. There is now a politically-correct word for almost all aspect of life.

That is why The Bait of Satan is especially needed today. I, for one, have been ministered to by this book. I was offended a few years ago and John Bevere’s description of a person who has been deeply offended and has great difficulty forgiving and moving on hits right on the spot! It’s as if he knows me all too well. Praise God for this book.

This shows us that satan baits Christians with the same kind of offense over and over again and we fall into it over and over again.

As I write this, I am already in Chapter 7. If you have read any of my recent reviews, (click here for the review section) you will note that I usually read during my commute. I use the books that I review as a devotional material going to the office. Suffice it to say that

The type of offenses that John Bevere use to make his point, again, written 20 years ago, seems like today’s stories. This shows us that satan baits Christians with the same kind of offense over and over again and we fall into it over and over again. This has to stop. Mature Christians should not be easily offended!

That is why I highly recommend this book to you, my dear readers. At the back of the book, there are 4 teaser questions that ask you:

  1. Are you compelled to tell your side of the story?
  2. Do you fight thoughts of suspicion or distrust?
  3. Are you constantly rehearsing past hurts?
  4. Have you lost hope because of what someone did to you?

Did you answer, “Yes.” to any of the questions? And who will not? Everyone has been offended at one time or another. Some more hurt than others. And some of these hurts linger and many do not know how to deal with or do not want to deal with it. John Bevere will tell you why you are feeling this way and why you cannot forgive or move on in the book.

The Bait of Satan, Living Free from the Deadly Traps of Offense is distributed by Church Strengthening Ministries and is available, as of this writing, at their online shop and at their Lazada store for 260.00 pesos. In my experience buying books, this amount is very reasonable with the kind of ministry that you will experience.

FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK:

The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God—offense. This trap restrains countless Christians, severs relationships, and widens the gulfs between us. Jesus said, “It is impossible that no offenses should come” (Luke 17:1). Although you will encounter offense, you can choose how you will react.

In this new twentieth-anniversary edition, John Bevere shows you how to identify the traps ahead of you and escape the victim mentality. With declaration-style prayers and testimonials from people whose lives have been changed by his message, this book will inspire you to stay free from offense and its destructive power.

FULL DISCLOSURE: CSM Publishing graciously provided to the review copy of The Bait of Satan but in no way did it influence the outcome of my review.

Edwin is the Founder and Publisher of Jacob’s Fountain, a website dedicated to publishing content that aims to help a believer’s walk in Jesus and glorifies God in the process.

He also works as the Manager for Merchandise Development at CBN Asia, the producers of the long-running weeknight inspirational show, The 700 Club Asia. He has been working here since 1994. Edwin is also the husband to Emy and a father to his two sons, Ephraim and Edwin James.