Seven Snares of the Enemy

Breaking Free 
From the Devil's Grip

Erwin W. Lutner

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Seven Snares of the Enemy—Breaking Free From the Devil's Grip, covers some serious traps that millions of people (including Christians) find themselves in, unable to break free.

“Welcome to the War” introduces the book and describes vividly the stages we go through when we don't resist temptation and end up with problems we can't shake off. We ask God for help but it doesn't come immediately. 

The author, from a lifetime of ministry, explains why God delays and what it takes to repent to the point where Christ will step in.

Each of the seven snares are covered in a separate chapter:

  • Greed
  • Gambling
  • Alcoholism
  • Pornography
  • The Sexual Affair
  • The Search for Pleasure
  • Occultism
Part of the reason for writing the book is to help anyone who is trapped in such a snare, but another reason is to show the horror of these snares as a warning to not be enticed by temptations that don't seem bad and that we think we can control.

It is easier, he says, to defend territory than to face taking back conquered areas. Satan lures us, he says, by only presenting the “pleasures of sin”. We don't grasp where it is leading. “The mouse does get to nibble on the cheese for a time before the trap closes on him; and the fox gets to eat some of the poisoned meat.”

Erwin Luther uses vivid examples of how Satan works. But he also shows that there is a way out of every snare that may have trapped us.

“I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin….So if the son sets you free you will be free indeed.” (John 8:34-36)

Once you are enslaved, he says, you can't control your life. You are under the power of that sin and Satan. But being free from sin means more than God forgiving our sins. It means Christ removes the power that the sin has over us.

He says other Christians and groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are very helpful but there is nothing like Christ stepping in and changing our very desires. But we may fall a long way before we realize the horror of sin and cry out in a way that God knows is true repentance.

Seven Snares of the Enemy is vivid, real, and written by a person who has had years of experience helping people. This book should also be a help to parents in educating children who face temptations that look so good.
Book Review
By Bill Stough
Title: Seven Snares of the Enemy—Breaking Free From the Devil's Grip
Author: Erwin W. Lutner
Publisher: Moody Press, Chicago, 2001
ISBN: 0-8024-1164-9