General similarities between two articles by Jon Bloom and Joseph (Joe) Beckham
In Breaking the Power of Shame (15 Jul 2016), it seems that Bloom does not refer to the elimination of shame but rather its management. Shame (according to him) is usually the interaction of human failings and defensive pride. We therefore exert control through hiding (resulting in some form of false front). The antidote is to seek refuge and resolution through Jesus Christ.
Beckham in The Three-Headed Monster: Shame, Fear & Control (12 Jun 2014), points similarly to shame; as well as Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden.
In contrast however, shame is a sense of being “hopelessly flawed” (this is in line with Restoring the Foundations’ perspective – information is found in Beckham’s article). The application of the concept(s) seem to take different paths. But I shall restrict my focus to the term ‘stronghold’ found in Verse 4.
There is reference to 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (New Testament, English Standard Version below); absent from Bloom’s piece.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
“For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of stronghold [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”
Based on Biblehub’s commentary section, it seems Beckham’s interpretation of the term is inaccurate in the sense that it is too wide; being conflated with fear and control. [The biblical Greek for the word is unique in the New Testament. See Vincent’s Word Studies and Pulpit Commentary on the same webpage.]
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible: “all that opposes itself to Christ; the learning, and eloquence, and philosophical subtleties on which the Corinthians prided themselves.“
Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers: “possibly … the great system of idolatry and impurity enthroned at Corinth and throughout the Empire, possibly of those of pride and obstinate rebellion in the hearts of his individual opponents. The context favours the latter interpretation.“
Barnes’ Notes: “strongholds (ὀχύρωμα ochurōma) means properly a fastness, fortress, or strong fortification. It … denote the various obstacles resembling a fortress … designed and adapted to oppose the truth and the triumph of the Christian’s cause. All those obstacles are strongly fortified. The sins of his heart are fortified by long indulgence and by the hold which they have on his soul. The wickedness of the world which he opposes is strongly fortified by the fact that it has seized on strong human passions; that one point strengthens another; that great numbers are united. The idolatry of the world was strongly fortified by prejudice, and long establishment, and the protection of laws, and the power of the priesthood; and the opinions of the world are entrenched behind false philosophy and the power of subtle argumentation.“
To conclude (at this juncture), the strongholds appear to be built on “arguments and every lofty opinion” (Verse 5) of reasoning and arrogance/self-importance/condescension which is probably supported by Satan/Devil (to a degree).