(The Devil Made Me Do It!!!)

Article taken from the magazine: ANSWERS Issue 8


The question has been forced upon us: "Can a born-again Christian

be possessed by a demon?" The answer based on the Scriptures and logic

is an unequivocal NO!

The proponents of this unscriptural doctrine use such terms

as Christians being "invaded by demons" rather than demon possessed.

This is nothing more than word games and a smoke screen to hide the

Scriptural weakness of their position.

They also present an illogical supposition that the demons can

invade or control the mind or body, but not the spirit. God's Word

declares that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in

us. We are told to glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits,

which are His (1 Cor. 6:19,20).

In 2 Corinthians the question is asked: "What communion has light

with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial... And what

agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple

of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them..." (6:14 -


To say that a Christian's body or mind can be possessed or invaded

by demons is to contradict the Word of God and declare that

there is a communion of light and darkness, that God and Satan are

dwelling together.

The Scriptures also teach us that Christ is seated in the

heavenlies far above all principalities and powers and mights and

dominions (Eph. 1:21,22). These are references to spirit beings - and

Christ is far above them. Where am I as a believer? According to

Ephesians 2:6, I am seated together with Christ in the heavenlies.

As Christians we are in a warfare against these principalities

and powers (Eph. 6:12). We need the help of God to stand, for these

rulers of the darkness can and do attack us in a variety of ways. But

they cannot come in and take control of our lives.

The Scriptures also teach that we are in Christ, and that He is in

us (John 14:20). It is Christ in us which is our hope of glory (Col.

1:27). Christ said concerning Satan, "The ruler of this world is

coming, and he has nothing in Me" (John 14:30). If I am in Christ and

Satan has nothing in Him, Satan can have nothing in me - praise the


We also read in 1 John 5:18, "We know that whoever is born of God

does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the

wicked one does not touch him."

What about these experiences of Christians having demons cast out

of them? What are the voices that name themselves, the writhing

on the floor, and the regurgitation? I do not know. I am thankful

that since I do not engage in these unscriptural practices, I do not

have to explain them.

Some of the names given by these supposed demons which are more

popular are: lust, hatred, liar, gluttony, envy, fear and jealously.

These things are classified in Galatians 5:19-21 as works of the flesh.

We are to "put off all these" (Col. 3:8) or by the Spirit to "mortify

the deeds of the body" (Rom. 8:13, 6:3-14). Not once are we

commanded to have them cast out.

It seems to me that this whole demon trip is a cop-out for the

flesh. I would like to find some easy way to get rid of my fleshly

nature, and rather than the painful process of crucifixion, I would

just like to have it cast out. It is also a way of escaping the

responsibility for my fleshly actions. How can I be blamed if "the

devil made me do it"?

In the Scriptures there does not exist one piece of evidence that

Jesus Christ, His apostles, or the early Church once sought to cast

demons of the flesh out of anyone in the body of Christ. The

works of the flesh were recognized, and we are instructed how to deal

with them. Never are we taught they are to be exorcised.

Even in the supposed cases from the Scriptures that would confirm

that demons could inhabit a Christian - Ananias and Sapphira, "Why

hath Satan filled thine heart" (Acts 5:3); or Simon the sorcerer,

"Thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity"

(Acts 8:23) - Peter did not practice exorcism. Instead, there was

instant judgment of death in the first case and a call to repentance

in the other.

It is sad that many Christians and non-Christians seem to

have a greater interest in Satan and being possessed by demons than

they do in Christ and being possessed by His Holy Spirit.

Those who fall into the practices of exorcism soon seem to be

looking for and placing a greater emphasis on the power of Satan to

attack than on the power of Christ to keep. Demons become the

center of their conversations and teachings rather than Jesus Christ.

We can rejoice in God's Word, "Greater is he that is in you, than

he that is the world" (1 Jn. 4:4). Thanks be to God Who gives us the

victory through Jesus Christ our Lord! We as Christians are told in

James 4:7 to "resist," not "cast out," the devil, and he will flee

from us.



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