An analysis of the contemporary spiritual warfare movement in light of reader-response methodology and the significance for missionary strategy targeting Javanese Muslims
This dissertation argues that the biblical hermeneutic of the contemporary spiritual warfare movement (CSWM), of which C. Peter Wagner and Charles H. Kraft are strong advocates, is to be rejected due to the fact that it strongly mirrors reader-response hermeneutical methodology, which through its presuppositions denies the scriptural text of its authority by placing personal religious and missionary experience as either equal to or above the biblical text in the interpretation process. Christian missionaries targeting Javanese Muslims should, therefore, devote their time and energy to communicating the Gospel in a contextual manner rather than focusing on CSWM missionary practices.
Chapter 1 introduces the thesis by describing the missionary strategies that have been created for reaching Javanese Muslims in the past and by demonstrating the need for a biblically-based strategy for evangelizing them in the twenty-first century.
Chapter 2 contains an analysis of Javanese Muslim culture and worldview, which includes an evaluation of the religious, political, and social context.
Chapter 3 introduces the contemporary spiritual warfare movement (CSWM) and evaluates its major teachings and practices. The hermeneutical techniques of C. Peter Wagner and Charles H. Kraft, leaders of the movement, are given special attention.
Chapter 4 provides an introduction to reader-response hermeneutical methodology and then makes a comparison with the hermeneutical approach taken by leading CSWM proponents. It is shown that the CSWM hermeneutic can best be described as that of reader-response and, therefore, devalues biblical authority.
Chapter 5 argues for prioritizing the communication of Christ to Javanese Muslims instead of adopting CSWM beliefs and practices.
Chapter 6 provides a summary of the conclusions and challenges missionaries to continue preaching the Gospel to Javanese Muslims.
0321: Biblical studies