As I mentioned last week a Christian can’t be “possessed” by a demon because the word speaks of “ownership.” Believers belong to God. This reality brings us to another question: Can a believer be indwelt by a demon? Last week I pointed out five reasons some deny a demon can occupy a believer. This week […]
I actually got fired once for disagreeing with a pastor about whether or not demons could occupy Christians. Before that encounter I had no idea the subject triggered such feelings. When I studied demonology at Dallas Theological Seminary, my professor, Dr. Charles Ryrie, said Christians are divided on the subject. He said he didn’t think […]
A spiritual stronghold is a fortress of lies built in the soul. Stone by stone, lie by lie, the fortress takes shape until it seems impregnable. Within its walls stands an idol that produces shame, anger, lust, greed, malice, hatred and other vile thoughts. The only ones allowed through its gate are more lies and […]
Tell someone you believe demons afflict people today and you’ll likely get an eye roll. Except for a few Catholic priests and extreme elements of the Charismatic movement, most people take the idea about as seriously as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Most sound thinking people view demons as the fodder for horror movies and Halloween costumes.
Over the years I’ve seen a couple unsuccessful exorcisms.