So often in the more charismatic circles seen today, we hear stories about Christians coming under demonic attack, and in some cases the claim is made that these individuals have actually become demonically possessed.
But is that possible? Can we, as follower’s of Christ, actually be invaded by a demonic entity?
Firstly, let’s come to a few preliminary conclusions:
- God’s Word is the ultimate authority on all aspects of the Christian life. Period. Only after laying that foundation can we hope to come to any reasonable answer concerning this subject. This also means that we must do away with personal experiences, spiritual epiphanies, and “new” teachings that don’t have a biblical basis. I know that this will upset some of those who believe that prophecies today are just as reliable as the prophecies found in the Bible, but I will appeal to Galatians 1:8 in response to that crowd.
- If you have been genuinely born again, the Holy Spirit resides in you. Hopefully this is something we can all agree upon. There are some that argue for a second, supplemental “filling of the Spirit”, but that idea doesn’t hold up in light of passages such as Romans 8:9-10.
Now that we have those out of the way, let’s examine God’s Word and get to the bottom of things.
Let me first go on the record to say that there are no examples in the Bible of a believer coming under demonic possession. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero.
This fact alone makes a strong case against the demonic possession of Christians. But, we wouldn’t have need for an article if that was the end of the story, would we? So in order to be thorough, let’s begin building as case from scripture.
Christ Protects Those Born of God
According to 1 John 5:18, Christ is faithful to protect those whom have been born again; not just from the clutches of sin, but also from the evil one. So, in order to maintain the belief that a Christian can come under the influence of a demonic entity, one must essentially say that the power of Satan can usurp the power of Christ. And that, brothers and sisters, is simply untrue. Hebrews 2:14 affirms that through Christ’s death, Satan is rendered powerless. Isaiah 63:1 prophetically and powerfully displays Him as being both great in strength, and mighty to save.
This is cause for much celebration in the lives of believers. Why should we fear the power of the one whom Christ has already conquered?
We’re not afraid of smallpox anymore because it was deemed eradicated in 1979 due to vaccination campaigns. In the same way, believers shouldn’t fear demonic possession anymore because roughly 2000 years ago, the Son of God eradicated the power of Satan.
The Holy Spirit Doesn’t Cohabit
2 Corinthians 6:14-16 makes some strong arguments against the belief that demons and the Holy Spirit can occupy the same vessel. As we asserted at the beginning, every true believer has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This fact alone prevents anything ungodly from taking a Christian captive.
As Paul states, “Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” Light, by it’s very nature, cannot share a space with darkness. In fact, the very idea that a demonic entity can be roommates with the Holy Spirit violates the Law of Non-contradiction.
In addition 1 John 4:4 famously states, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” So, not only will the Holy Spirit not share you with an unclean spirit, but the Holy Spirit is also more than capable of keeping unclean spirits out.
In conclusion, we can confidently state no, a demon cannot possess a Christian. The scripture speaks clearly on the subject, and no amount of personal belief in such things can take precedence over the Word of God.
However, this is not to say that demonic entities pose no threat to those in Christ. Indeed, scripture is full of references concerning an ongoing struggle against the powers of darkness.
Join us next time as we examine this struggle, and learn how Satan still attempts to deceive and oppress the Church today.