A guy on YouTube said demons are a figment of the imagination. So Jesus cast out figments? and told us to do it too? Now Jesus is a fool, idiot, liar or all three? “
“as the Father sent me”
One third of Jesus’ earthly ministry was dealing with demons. He also gave careful instructions to His people on how to handle the demonic world because you are called to deal with demons on Jesus’ behalf. He said, “As the father has sent me, so send I you.” His believers have been given the task of dealing with the devil just as He did, according to the rules laid down in the Bible and with the authority of God behind them. That includes you if you are a faithful person.
The old enemies of our souls – the world, the flesh and the devil – would have us believe this has all gone away somewhere, or that Jesus was lying, or that the devil can’t enter a believer for whatever reason.
But then we must face reality. Christians do commit suicide, a demonic thought straight from the devil because he came to “kill, steal and destroy.” If you kill yourself, you have done the devil’s bidding. No, it doesn’t mean you are going to hell, or that people who commit suicide go to hell, it means that the devil has planted something in your mind.
The Battle Ground of the Mind
Because we think an evil thought – a desire to steal, or rape, or murder or lie, and lying is very common indeed – does not mean the demon is inside but if that behavior continues over a period of time, you are hooked. It attaches to your mind and urges demonic behavior. If you add addiction to alcohol or drugs or any other uncontrolled behavior, these thoughts damage and control your mind. Addicts are telling the truth when they say, “I can’t help myself.” But Jesus can.
After the innocence of infancy older children learn to lie, steal, get angry, fight, disobey and we call it sin. Any action repeated over and over and allowed to take root can be demonic. We say the child is a little sinner, and of course he is. We send him to church and he gets saved, but we notice he is still rebellious, angry, filled with unforgiveness, jealousy and many other faults. At this point the parent is supposed to be teaching some lessons about behavior.
Parenting helps or hinders but not the whole story
But many parents neglect their children and when bad behavior continues year after year, finally the child is now an adult, flirting with jail time, joining bad company, refusing to obey authority and a whole host of emotional and attitudinal problems.
Not all parents know what to do, or even if they do, fail to raise their children properly. Parents or other authorities may beat or neglect their children which causes trauma. And demons often enter children and adults in traumatic situations. Demons are also in TV and movies and can enter through the eyes.
Demons enter the flesh, the physical body and never the spirit of man.
Your spirit is a container for the image of God, His spirit, and it awaits the baptism of the Holy Spirit when you are ready. Demons have no access to your spirit because they already have a spirit of their own. They only want flesh and soul which is your will, intellect and emotions.
No parent needs to teach lying or anger or any sin to a child. Theologians call this “original sin,” part of what the Bible calls the flesh, which “profits nothing.” If the blood of Jesus cleansed the flesh, we would all live forever, but we don’t. Jesus’ blood washed away sin not demons, because demons can never profit from the shed blood.
The physical body deteriorates and dies. It is only a container for this spiritual life and soul. We get another body after we die, an eternal one. Everyone lives forever; our life decides where.
All false doctrines have a demon behind them. Let me name a few:
- every religious path leads to God
- you are saved if you are baptized in water
- when you get to heaven God will weigh your good deeds against your bad and you can enter if you have more good deeds
- Christians can’t have a demon.
- Reincarnation gives you additional chances
The number of false teachings out there is in the thousands, and the devil relies on lies today just as he did in the Garden with Adam and Eve. Newspapers, movies and television are full of them.
Nothing is “automatic “
Jesus died for every person, but every person is not automatically saved. It takes a separate event in your personal life to bring you into God’s kingdom. But the same principle applies to everything else. You are not healed automatically, you are not filled with the Holy Spirit automatically, the curses Jesus has in theory removed from your life are not reversed automatically, and neither are the demons that may be in your family line or in you.
Here is an example of how you can inherit a demon from your family just as you had blue eyes or an ability to spell. My father left when I was 4 and I never saw him again. When I was 44 a demon of colitis was cast out of me; when I was 64, I met my father’s youngest brother who said my father had colitis.
You can see how you need to ask the Holy Spirit what demons you have. The old timers called this process “holiness.”
It takes a separate work of grace for everything as believers learn to walk with God. It is not a run; it is not an eternal sitting with Jesus either. It is a walk with God. Christianity is a call to action, first for ourselves and then for our larger world.
Here is the scripture where Jesus tells a non-believer that if she wants deliverance from demons, she is not entitled to it because she is not one of the people of God.
Jesus tells why only believers can have their demons dat out
Matthew 15 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Notice, Jesus originally would not grant her wish. He said that deliverance from demons was “children’s bread” meaning those who are of the people of God, Jews or Christians. Canaan was a religion of sex worship and many evil practices. The woman pressed Jesus some more until finally she recognized him as Lord. That is what salvation is, accepting Jesus as Lord. And then He drove the demon from her daughter.
Now, you ask, why is my church not teaching this?
The answer sadly, is that once it was done by ordinary believers in the Coptic Church for the first few centuries, but after the Roman church took over Christianity’s the practice of demonic deliverance was done only by priests. Today the practice is returning as there are so many more demons on the face of the earth.
If you don’t believe they are here, watch some national news. You will see hate, revenge, anger, wrath, greed, lies, terrorism, violence, all indication the devil is at work in people, especially in crowds of evil doers all bent on destruction
Jesus was asked once whether he was the Messiah. He answered by listing the great deeds he had done – all good. The same test can be applied to demons. You can’t see them but you can see what they do. All bad.
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