Demons & Demonic Possession of a Person
If you believe that the Bible is true, then
you must consider the truth of Satan, demons, and evil spirits & that they can & do affect
a person's life. It is clearly & repeatedly attested to in the Bible. One can be
demon-influenced, be subjected to demon attacks, and/or (much more rarely) become demon possessed.
For several weeks prior to posting this page, I had been concerned about a particular person in
regards to demon possession; I heard from a third party that the person had told them, "I wonder if
I have a demon."
There is a world-wide recognition of the
tension between right & wrong, good & bad, darkness & light, and good & evil. Sin
is anything that tends to separate or distance a person from God. And sin "opens the door" to
Where is your
Don't underestimate the power of Satan and his
workers...especially if you are not a Jesus believer and indwelt with a much stronger protective
power: God as the Holy Spirit. "...He who is in you [the Holy Spirit] is greater than he [Satan/demonic agents] who is in the
world" (1 John 4:4). Without that indwelling power, you are a sitting duck as to evil influences.
And with the power of Jesus and the incoming of the Holy Spirit to help with the rest of your life
in this world on coming to true belief, one has the potential of being your own deliverance
minister. But the battle never ends and is a tough one even for the Spirit-indwelt believer. Why?
Because the "mind" is, in a fallen humanity, a rebellious member of your body and unwilling to
consistently & constantly pay attention to the "leadings" toward righteous
My introduction to
About 1999, I met a couple at the Columbia
Metro Airport (Columbia, S. C.) who had been drawn into a personal Christian ministry of helping
people get rid of demons possessing their lives. Wanting to contact them in 2002, I e-mailed my
best missionary friend for the address; and he sent two e-mails which are the basis for this page.
Another minister sent the 3rd e-mail in 2011. Both have extensive expertise & background in
dealing with persons caught up in the dark side.
Satan = patient, persistent, persuasive
& powerful LIAR:
Don't underestimate the power of Satan to both
attack you with his spirits & demons and/or make you completely self-centered. Satan urges us to live for
today...don't stop to consider future consequences & don't delay any gratification. (By the
way, I personally underwent my first "demon attack"...30 July 2004...that I've ever been aware of
while on family vacation. From about 2-5 AM, I was bombarded by some of the most negative thinking
and bad feelings that I could imagine...it was a very surprising experience and quite a disturbing
experience which I carefully & trustingly shared with my wife, with much
I saw it noted in an article by Susan Graham
Mathis in the Focus on the Family (FOF) magazine, various "new age" activities can
inadvertently tap into...or actually open...doors for alien and dangerous spiritual realms. If
you tend to believe in omens, luck (lucky rings, etc), superstitions (even religious ones such
as allowing the numeral 666 to frighten you), horoscopes, or fortune cookies, you are
(unintentionally) acknowledging/granting power to some thing other than God. Even being willing
to place total hope for a favorable medical outcome on a physician or political outcome on a
political leader can represent an invitation to the forces of evil who see that as evidence that
you do NOT finally hinge your hope on God. Some religions invite Satan in, unintentionally. Such
deceptions go by names such as yoga, transcendental meditation and a long list detailed with her
article (you may be able to find it now at the FOF website). Chuck Colson warned of this also [Break Point website...but I cannot find the article as of 8/07]. See Stephen
J. Vattimo's testimony.
Satan can fill us with distractions. And he'll especially do it if you
are crippled by: mental imbalances, psychological injuries, personal addictions, or overwhelming
personal (personal, family or job) pressures. In January of 2004, I heard of Chris Well's concern for those who have actually
chosen demonic witchery as a religion (Wicca & others). But there is a way out...read
Becoming delivered of demonic
The more given over to the demonic realm, the
more important it is that a person decide to completely give his/her life over to Jesus Christ.
Sell out completely to Jesus. As noted above, the Holy Spirit will then indwell you and be the
power source for delivering you from the demonic. In may also help...sometimes tremendously...if
you have helpful human guides. Believers and official ministers gifted to help people become
delivered from the demonic realm are "out there". For example, Pleasant Valley Church in Georgia operates a widely know deliverance
ministry which has cured many persons from demonically controlled illnesses...I know because my
friends, D. & C., were involved
there as interns & staff beginning in 2004 to about 2008.
And, check the story of Todd Beezly...scroll to
his name here. And Maxwell Whyte's
story here. A table is here.
7 October 2002:
Warm greetings! Demonic possession and/or
influence is real. The Bible has much to say about it, especially warning us as believers to be on
the alert -(Eph 6:10-18; I Peter 5:8; John 10:10)- some texts that immediately come to
Living disobediently or unbelievingly to God's
Word, allowing our flesh to control us (rather than the Holy Spirit), and giving the devil a
foothold in whatever form are usually how [Jesus]-believers [Christians] get into trouble. For the
lost person [unsaved...not truly a Jesus believer & born again], there is no defense.
[get saved now] The sinful
heart combined with the power of the "evil one" render an unbeliever powerless to live free of
The craziness of the world is a daily testimony
to Satan's power over the individual and world without Christ. There, but for God's grace, were we
at one time too.
In the last 10-12 years, a whole "pop culture"
has sprung up in the [Christian] church on the topic of "demonic" possession/influence etc. There
are volumes of books on it, a few helpful and balanced, most extreme even to the point of
dangerous, but "all" claiming to be Bible based "how to" for dealing with demons. [Dealing in daily
ministry with this topic,] I have found most of this stuff to be hogwash - Scripture taken out of
context and all kinds of "strategies" formulated...an unbiblical focus on the person of the devil
rather than a focus on the One able to deliver from Satan (our Lord Jesus Christ). And there is an
arrogance on the part of those peddling their "cures" suggesting that God has given them some
"secret power" that the average believer doesn't have access to. Bull! The Bible tells us that
"God's power has given us everything we need for life and godliness" (2Pet.1:3).
Certainly, every born-again believer is
empowered to deal with the devil. Every Christian should be in the "deliverance ministry" through
prayer, sharing the Gospel, and helping people come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, for much of the church, our own relationship/walk with Christ is not what it should
be; so we have little influence against the schemes of the devil because of our own ignorance of
God's Word (or our disobedience).
Those who sensationalize the topic of the
demonic have hatched a whole industry - books, seminars, radio shows, TV shows, high profile
"deliverance ministries and ministers." Most of them are hucksters and snake oil salesmen (in my
opinion and experience).
[The person you are concerned about] could be
under demonic influence/possession. The battleground is always for control of the mind. The
destructive or negative behavior/thoughts she experiences will probably indicate what kind of
influence is going on. Even if she is a believer, she can still allow Satan a foothold by living
out his lies instead of God's truths. Usually, his lies will come to us as "our
If we know the truth of Scripture and THE
TRUTH...JESUS, we will recognize the lie when it comes. Even some on-the-surface "medical problems"
may really be more spiritual in nature. It will take some Godly people experienced in these types
of matters spending some time with [the person you are concerned about] and honesty on the part of
[the person you are concerned about] to see if there is demonic influence, or just fleshly
Too many times we want to blame the devil
rather than admit that the real problem is that we do not want to humble ourselves to God and live
obediently as His Word commands. Didn't mean to write a book, but felt led to share some things in
the hope that it may help. God bless, Ken (our missionary friend to Belize & now
8 October 2002:
One of the better resources that I use is "The
Bondage Breaker" by Neil T. Anderson. Of all the books and resources that I have seen regarding
this issue, this is my choice. Very Biblical, very solid.
Evil can manifest itself in countless ways in a
person's life. Getting to the root cause of that evil is critical to being set free. For the saved
person, it [evil gets in] is allowing Satan some foothold by sin in our life we do not want to deal
with, admit, or face. For the lost person, coming to Christ in repentance and confession is the
first step. For both, it will require specific sins be genuinely confessed and God's cleansing
sought (l John 1:9). It will also hinge upon the individual's desire to be set free and willingness
to trust the Lord and commit to obey His Word. Strong Christians standing alongside for the
long-haul in support may be necessary.
Drugs, alcohol, pornography, satanic cult
interest or involvement are most often found as part of the backdrop where it's true demonic
possession (and not just childish immaturity, selfishness, or self-centeredness). Like any
"addict," folks will need encouraging help overcoming their habit(s). It may even show up in
bizarre behavior. In a couple of extreme cases we have dealt with here in Belize, we have seen
people vomit, foam at the mouth, make growling-animal sounds, crawl on the ground like a snake, and
pierce you with an evil look that can only come from demonic possession. How evil is actually lived
out can take on countless faces. Look at those who perpetrated 9/11 in "God's" name, or the sniper
in Maryland/DC right now who has already killed several and wounded others.
Though evil is limitless in its expression,
there is an answer; and it is Jesus. And there is hope for anyone through genuine confession,
turning to the Lord, and genuinely committing to turn away (through the power of God in Jesus
Christ) from the sin(s) that plague. Doesn't mean we won't do battle daily with that sin from now
on until we go to be with the Lord! But, praise God, we are no longer compelled as a slave to carry
out that sin. "Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world" (1Jn 4:4). That's THE TRUTH.
When we believe it and act upon it, we truly are set free. Get prayer help from those at Northside
who truly are prayer warriors. Let us know how we can pray and help. God bless, Ken [our missionary
friend to Belize & now Trinidad]
20 February 2004:
Tanya’s e-mail raises many red flags for me
about Tanya. “Searching the web about demonic influence” - INSTEAD OF  [searching] THE BIBLE and
 conferring with other mature believers about her concerns? Sounds already like Satan has her
focused on him INSTEAD OF on Jesus. Doesn’t say where her “revelation” comes from in her praying -
God is showing her something??? – instead of the Pastor, and other believers in her church?
She can “name demons” and another person who is being “influenced?” Sounds to me like Tanya is the
one being demonically influenced. God sends people to “her”, instead of those in Godly ordained
leadership positions in the church – deacons, teachers, mature lay people, the Pastor himself?
I could go on, but I believe the problem is
Tanya. Sounds to me like she’s been influenced already by the crap produced by the “pop deliverance
bunch” who trumpet more “their special revelations/abilities” and focus on Satan rather than focus
on Christ and what the Word of God says regarding spiritual warfare, how it is to be waged, and how
concerns are to be brought forward in the body of Christ – Matt. 18:15-18. I will pray for her, but
my Spiritual discernment says leave this/her alone. Too many inconsistencies with the Bible and
what she says. I recommend you do the same. God bless, Ken (our missionary friend to Belize, then
Trinidad, then Grenada, whose work in those countries has required much contending with the demonic
realm...who pretty much re-affirmed the above during a 12/29/05 visit with us)
12 march 2011
Hello, wonderful friend!
It is obvious to me that the family members M
is referencing have demonic involvement and oppression in the home. The only way he will be
able to help them is to pray and look for opportunities to enlighten the family as to the reality
of demonic influence and the reality of being able to get free from such influence. It would
be helpful for him to get training as well, since the Lord has allowed M to be confronted with this
There are many possibilities for what is going
on here. With witchcraft in their background, someone in the family could have been cursed;
and that is a root of their current oppression. Witchcraft is a religion to Satan, and those
that dabble in it or surrender to it give Satan and his minions the right [the unintended
invitation] to either possess or oppress them. Curses are very real, and should not be taken
lightly. Seeing marks on someone is a clear indication of demonic influence. Disease can also
come from that source. And the way M describes the son as acting (with evil stares, etc. that
he is later unaware of) sounds to me like the influence of the demonic.
The pastor is not ‘delivering’ them
because( like I was not trained in deliverance) he probably has not been trained either (even
though Mark 16:17-18 tells us clearly that one of the signs of a believer is to have the authority
to cast out demons). But you can have the authority and not have any training…so you don’t
[may not realize how to] exercise the authority that God gave you. Or you can not realize
that you have the authority at all, so you don’t rise up and function in that
Also, there can be occultic objects in
the home that open the door [unintentionally serve as invitations] for demonic forces to enter in,
and give them the right to operate in that home (e.g. Ouija boards, dream catchers, etc.).
Belonging to an occultic organization (like Freemasonry) can also bring about strong demonic
oppression. And if people in the home are watching or participating in any occultic practices (e.g.
TV shows, etc.), that will give the demonic the right to ‘inhabit’ the premise and those who live
there. I am also wondering if the children have participated in occultic games (e.g. Dungeons and
Dragons, occultic videos, anything with Harry Potter, witchcraft or demonic books, demonic music,
occultic games, artifacts [e.g. pentagrams, etc.]). This would give the enemy the right
[unintended invitation] to operate in and through the family. Any kind of demonic jewelry or
clothing would also open the door for demonic influence. I am also wondering if the children are
watching, reading, participating in any type of demonic influence (e.g. games) on the
internet. This would give the right to demons to be in operation there.
Rebellion is a clear sign of demonic
activity (i.e. Satan ‘rebelled’ against God, and it’s been happening ever since). The
scriptures tell us that ‘rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft’ (1 Sam. 15:23). And M
mentioned that ‘witchcraft’ was in the family for generations. According to scripture, the
sins of the previous generation may pass down into subsequent generations, causing demonic
influence (unless repented for and those demonics cast out, & the curse
And the evidence of ‘seeing’ the demonic and
hearing their voice is another obvious sign of Satan and his army’s influence. So, it is apparent
that Satan and his demonic troops have settled into this family. Proverbs 26:2 tells us that
‘the curse causeless shall not come.’ In other words, there is a cause behind every
curse. You have to discover the ‘cause’ for the curse, and then take the necessary steps to
break that curse off.
M is treading on dangerous territory, because
he does not exactly know how to fight this fight. He’s doing a good job for what he knows,
but it can be costly if a person goes to Iraq to fight the war, but has had no training in doing
so. In like manner, it can be costly to try to fight the enemy that has been firmly
entrenched in a family if you don’t know what you are doing, and if you don’t have sufficient
‘covering.’ M has anointed the home and seen a difference for a short time, but then the
influence came back. That is because the curse is not broken, and because there is some item
or some activity in the home that is giving the demonic permission to inhabit that
If the mother is open to this understanding,
and is willing to stand against it, then that is a beginning (and very necessary) first step.
But you can’t fight a war if you don’t know how to do it. I would STRONGLY recommend that she
go to the Be In Health ministry (www.beinhealth.org) in Thomaston, Georgia to learn how to fight this fight.
That’s what I did. The program there is almost a week long, but it is so-o-o-o-o worth
it. Anyone who goes finds freedom from the enemy’s influences like they could never
If the mom can’t afford to go, maybe M could
go. It would radically change his life (and his family’s), and open up his eyes to what is
REALLY going on in this world. And then he would be able to help the mom (and others) get her
That is my recommendation, so I would
appreciate you passing this on to M. I hope to see you again one of these days soon, my special
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(posted 10 October 2002; latest
addition 29 May 2011)