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Written by: Hansen, Dr. Will    Posted on: 04/25/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN


Demons:  evil spirits, angelic beings who joined with Satan in his rebellion against God in the kingdom of heaven (Rev. 12:4)

Demon oppression:  mild to severe harassment by evil spirit(s) resulting from the opening of some door(s) to Satan's influence.

Demon possession:  the condition in which one or more evil spirits inhabit the body of a human being, taking complete control of it at will and expressing his (or their) personality through that body.

Symptoms of demon oppression (caution: some of these may simply be the result of unconfessed sin or unconquered sin habits in the life of the believer)

1.  abnormal, irrational fear

2.  abnormal, irrational anxiety

3.  abnormal, irrational loneliness

4.  severe and/or persistent depression that is not physiologically     induced

5.  lack of self-control

6.  aimlessness; the feeling that life is void of any purpose or     meaning

7.  conflicts with authority figures

8.  violent, reckless behavior

9.  loss of the fear of God

10. outbursts of hatred

11. selfish ambition, especially an appetite for power

12. irrationality; inability to detect or correct contradictions     or other fallacious reasoning

Open doors to demon oppression:

1.  indulgence in occultic music, literature, art, dancing, etc.

2.  possession ( known or unknown) of occultic records, tapes,     books, pictures, charms, tools, games, etc.

3.  grudges against God and others

4.  poor self-image

5.  rebellion against authority

6.  dating relationships or close friendships with demon oppressed     or  possessed people

7.  sexual immorality with demon oppressed or possessed people

8.  authority figures acceptance of Satanic influence

9.  seeking or giving consent to occultic power or occultic     revelation

10. fascination with occultic power, occultic revelation, or     psychic phenomena, in general

11. rejection of what is know and understood to be true

12. participation in false religions or cults

13. wrong use of drugs and/or alcohol

14. wrong use of herbs

15. escapism through thrill- seeking ,science fiction, soap operas,     or some other addicting hobby/activity

16. hedonism; an absorbing pursuit of entertainment and/or body     pleasure

17. fascination with violence, especially violence devoid of     justice; sadism and/or masochism

18. prolonged or persistent jealousy

19. bad temper or stubbornness

20. pornography

21. fascination with UFO phenomena; attempts to contact     extraterrestrial beings

22. prolonged sleeplessness

23. meditation on anything other than God's revealed truth

24. chanting or other cultic/occultic forms of worship

25. any contact with demon oppressed or possessed people that     threatens the demon(s)

Symptoms of demon possession:

1.  intense, maniacal delight in wielding power

2.  total incapability of submitting to any but demonic authority

3.  filthy, uncontrolled swearing without provocation, even toward     total strangers*

4.  irreverent, vile, lewd comments about members of the Godhead;     comments attributing gross sexual immorality to Jesus*

5.  sustained supernatural strength or intelligence beyond that     which might come from adrenalin or some other physiological     source*

6.  irrationality to the degree that even the simplest spiritual     truths are  beyond comprehension

7.  intense, highly disturbed reaction to the mentions of Jesus'     name and Jesus' blood shed on the cross for man's sin*

8.  possession of supernatural, occultic power(s) e.g. ability to     foretell future events, to levitate tables or other objects, or     to travel outside the body, etc.

9.  wild, unnatural facial contortions

10. presence of two or more distinguishable, coherent     personalities, personalities capable of expressing themselves     simultaneously (may include emergence of strange voices, dual     or multiple voices, and/or unnatural conversations)*

11. unexplainable, uncontrollable terror especially in the presence     of Christians whose faith is strong* (this terror arises either     from the  demon's fear of being cast out or from the possessed     person's fear upon being cruelly threatened by the demon(s)

12. extreme violent, reckless behavior, e.g.  throwing knives,     playing with poisonous snakes, etc.**

13. severe, persistent depression, despondency and/or temptations     to commit suicide**

14. total lack of self- restraint, especially in sexual behavior;     uncontrolled sexual advances

15. extreme disregard for physical appearance and/or physical     well-being**

16. intense loneliness, even in the midst of warm, compassionate     fellowship* conclusive evidence of possession **

The demon's goal is to get the possessed person to kill himself and/or others before he or they act on the opportunity to be saved and become Christ's "captives.

"Open doors to demon possession: 

1.  holding on to deep-     seated grudges against God and others

2.  giving consent to occultic power or revelation, e.g. going to a     fortune teller, having an astrological chart or forecast made,     etc.

3.  craving and seeking after occultic power or revelation, e.g.     taking e.s.p. tests or other psychic aptitude tests

4.  possessing and/or using occultic tools, charms, books,     music, souvenirs, etc.

5.  having parents or other close authority figures open doors to     Satan's influence

6.  blaspheming the Holy Spirit; i.e .repeatedly and consistently     rejecting the work of the Holy Spirit as He reveals truth and     convicts of sin 

7.  grossly and habitually rebelling against authority  8.     habitually participating in gross sexual immorality

Closing doors to demon oppression and possession:

1.  Examine you life for any and all open doors. 

2.  Repent of opening those doors (except in the case of #25,     p.2), and confess as sin the opening of doors by your     authority figures. 

3.  Take action to demonstrate repentance and to purify your life,     including the following:  a.) Release resentment/grudges     against God and others, and seek for- giveness of those you     have offended by your resentment.  b.)  Repudiate and renounce     any and all occultic involvement; seek for- giveness of those     you have offended by it; totally destroy all books and other     objects connected with it. c.)  Get back under the authority of     your parents, husband, pastor, elders, boss, teachers, and/or     others against whom you rebelled; again, seek forgiveness     wherever necessary.

4.  Ask Jesus Christ to take complete control of your life-- with     His will supreme, not your own.  Dedicate your heart, soul,     mind, and strength to be used for His glory, for the     fulfillment of His purposes.

How to be set free from possession:  With an intense effort of your will, seek the help of God and of strong, mature Christians.  Attempt to communicate your desire to be set free.

Casting out demons 

1.  Make sure the possessed person encountered truly is possessed.     Seek confirmation.

2.  Exercise empathic repentance first, closing any open     doors to demon influence in your own life.

3.  Get not only the consent of the possessed person, but also that     of his/her key authority figures, to cast the demon(s) out     (Luke 11:24-26).

4.  Enlist the help of five or more physically and spiritually     strong  Christians.

5.  Do NOT lay hands on the possessed person, except as necessary     to prevent bodily harm.

6.  Identify the demon (or each demon, in cases where there are     more than one) by asking him to give his name.

7.  In the name of Jesus and by the power of     His shed blood, command the demon(s) to leave.

8.  Watch for deception--Remember: there may be more than just one     or two.

9.  In cases where a demon is particularly stubborn, engage in     group fasting and prayer (Mark 9:25-29).

10. Carefully and diligently lead the person through each step of     closing doors to demon oppression/possession (given above).     Remember that bringing the person to salvation, to the     indwelling of God's Spirit, is the only prevention for further     demonpossession (Mark 9:25-29).

11. Stay close to the new convert and help him get involved in a     solid program of discipleship in fellowship with other     believers.

For a catalog of materials on subjects pertaining to faith, science, and the Bible please write or call: Dr. Hugh Ross Director of Reasons to Believe P.O. Box 5978 Pasadena, CA 91107 (818) 355-6058 Copyrighted  1988

NOTE: It is extremely important to understand that believers in Jesus Christ can be oppressed, but not possessed by demons.  It is the teaching of some Christians (who are our brothers) that Christians can actually become possessed by a demon, or demons.

This is not possible, due to the fact that the Holy Spirit takes up His abode (home) within each and every true believer in Jesus Christ.  Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; not the temple of Satan.  God will not share His temple with Satan. (ridiculous thought)

"Greater is He that is within you, than he that is within the world."  This scripture tells us that the only One who dwells in us, is the Holy Spirit, NEVER Satan.

Christians can do things that open the door to demon oppression.  This happens when one strays from obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.  If a Christian insists upon constantly sinning, Satan can, and will take the opportunity to oppress him further, and try to drive him away from God.

--- Dr. Will Hansen, Pastor     Riverton Heights Baptist Church,  Seattle, WA

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