The sub-title of this book is: wherein is first generally shewed the malice, power and politike stratagems of the spirituall ennemies of our saluation, Sathan and his assistants the world and the flesh, with the meanes also whereby the Christian may vvithstand and defeate them : and afterwards more speciallie their particvlar temptatiions, against the seuerall causes and meanes of our saluation, whereby on the one side they allure vs to security and presumption, and on the other side, draw vs to doubting and desperation, are expressed and answered : written especially for their sakes who are exercised in the spirituall conflict of temptations, and are afflicted in conscience in the sight and sense of their sinnes.
According to the author, he aimed to do three things with this book: "to relieve and comfort those who are poor in spirit and humbled in the sight of sin, to lead the Christian in an even course, unto the haven of eternal happiness, and to give solid and substantial consolations, which are firmly grounded upon God's undoubted truth."
As noted by the printer in the 1634 edition, the intent of 'The Christian's Warfare' was to "instruct in military discipline for the better enabling to stand in the day of battle as a valiant soldier."
"Downame stands with Perkins, Greenham, and Richard Rogers as one of the architects of the Puritan theology of godliness." - J.I. Packer
"With the possible exception of Gurnall's 'Christian Armour,' this book is the finest Puritan work on the theme of the Christian warfare. It is also Downame's best work." - Joel Beeke