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Can Christians be Demonically Oppressed?

In the first article, I tackled the question of whether a Christian can be demonically possessed, and the answer was a resounding no.

But what about oppression?

On a personal note, I have sometimes been confronted with unusually strong attacks on my belief; from extreme circumstances to devastating setbacks, it seems as though every now and then my problems take on an other worldly persona. I quickly jump to Romans 7, rationalizing that these things are merely manifestations of the remaining sinfulness of my flesh. But is that really all that’s going on?

Everyday it it seems we hear of a brother or sister enduring spiritual battles, or struggling against temptation. Are such things related to demonic activity?


There is a War

I’m sure we can all agree that there are struggles Christians go through.

Scripturally, we know that we struggle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. (Ephesians 6:12)

Now, the term “principalities and powers” only occurs in the King James Version, along with it’s derivatives (NKJV, MKJV). The English Standard Version translates this to “rulers and authorities”. So, we know the struggle is against rulers and authorities that aren’t made of flesh and blood.

Looking back to Ephesians 6:11, we see the context Paul is placing these terms in:

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

 

What is the Holy Spirit trying to say here?

Well, let’s look at this entire thing in context.

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 1For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12)

 

From this passage, we get a clear picture of the struggle, and what we’re struggling against.

The Enemy is Satan

Satan is the enemy of God; therefore, he is also the enemy of those of us who are in Christ. How does the enemy attack us?

Look again at Ephesians 6:11, focusing on the phrase “schemes of the devil”. The Greek word that is  translated into “schemes” is methodia. That should look familiar to you, because it’s where we get the English word methodMethodia refers to cunning, deception, and stealth.

Now, deception can manifest itself in several ways, but one example can be found in 1 John 2:16. Notice that John seems to be pointing out a general focus on worldly things. Afterwards, John goes on to talk about antichrists, so we can assume this falls into the realm of Satan’s deception.

But is Satan personally assaulting believers?

The Battle is Against Demons

As we can see in our example found in 1 John 2:16, one of the most damaging ways in which Satan manipulates believers is by elevating the flesh while downplaying the spiritual war. We cannot fall into this trap, because to do so can cause us to lose zeal and lead to indifference in the Christian life. After all, why should we be warriors if there is no war?

As a recap, look again at Ephesian 6:11-12. We see three key points in the text:

  1. There is a war.
  2. The war is against Satan.
  3. We fight against demons.

Paul spends much of verse 12 showing us that Satan isn’t the only one fighting on behalf of evil.

In the words “rulers… authorities… cosmic powers of darkness… spiritual forces of evil”, Paul seems to be laying out a hierarchy for the supernatural powers of darkness. We see this evidenced by his use of the word “against” prior to each escalating reference.

I am not suggesting that the Holy Spirit’s intention is to give us a primer in demonic ranking systems. However, we should come away from this passage with a firm understanding that we face an unfathomably evil, organized enemy.

Stand Firm

We see that Satan and his demons are to blame for much of the adversity we encounter.

But, that’s no reason for alarm. After describing the enemy, Paul launches into Ephesians 6:13-18, where he gives us specific and applicable strategies in our battles against Satan and his army. Through these instructions, all of us who are in Christ can be well prepared to face off against the demonic powers as we see the Day of the Lord drawing near.


Victory in Christ

There is such a thing as demonic oppression in the Christian life.

However, oppression is what occurs when we do not stand firm. War is what occurs when we bear up arms in offense against the powers of darkness.

In closing, I want to leave you with this picture of the returning Christ whom we love and and trust in:

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:11-6)

 


[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://truthandfreedomradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/photo9.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Chris Beard is a lay minister, writer, and worship leader residing in Southwest Virginia. His passion is the study of God’s Word, and the preaching of the Gospel to all nations. He serves as a co-host and article contributor at Truth and Freedom Radio.[/author_info] [/author]

 

Christians and Possession

Can Demons Possess Christians?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.