[Note: This post is not intended to be a treatise on this topic, but actually is some thoughts I posted today on my Facebook Timeline. It’s brief and to the point. Dr. Steven Lambert]
For Christians to claim Christians cannot have demons simply because they are Born Again is like saying their car cannot break down simply because they are Born Again, or even sillier, that they don’t have to fill their gas tank or change the oil or refill the oil if it is low because they are Born Again, or that they are free from the Law of Gravity because they are a Born Again Christian. (I wouldn’t recommend attempting to prove that one by jumping off the roof of a tall building any time soon, if you really believe that one!) That’s all mysticism, which is naturalizing the spiritual and/or spiritualizing the natural.
At first blush, such a theory may sound plausible and rational, but it’s all carnal thinking from the carnal mind, not the Spirit. In other words, it’s a lie and a deception! It’s not spiritual at all; it CAN’T be, because it’s totally contrary to Scripture! It’s exactly what Satan wants you to believe! He’s got you totally deceived, if you believe that! I don’t care who you are, or who you THINK you are!
Some people make a bit of a more specific claim that because they are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16), they can’t have demons, because God cannot dwell in the same temple with demons! Well, I could site many Scriptures that prove that claim totally false, but I’ll just site the most direct example in the New Testament, which involves Jesus Himself, that is the actual event when Jesus entered the Temple in Jerusalem and became enraged at the moneychangers in the Temple, overthrew their tables and seats and physically drove them out of the Temple.
Solomon’s Temple was an artifact of the Old Covenant, which consisted of types and shadows, of which God Himself was the Architect, who gave the design to Solomon along with strict and very specific instructions to build it EXACTLY per His design. The Temple consisted of three parts, each symbolizing and correlating to, among other things, the tripartite constitution of humans: spirit, soul, body (1 Thes. 5:23). The latter corresponded to the Temple Outer Court; the Holy Place to the soul (made up of mind, will, emotions); and, the Holy of Holies, where God’s Presence dwelt, to the human spirit. When a person is Born Again, he/she is Born Again because the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, comes to dwell in that person’s human spirit (cf., Jn. 3:6). Time and space will not allow a more detail explanation, but the fact is: when a person is Born Again, it is the human spirit ONLY that is Born Again, regenerated, redeemed, saved; NOT the soul (it begins at the moment of salvation undergoing a lifelong process of being saved, sanctified, made holy, i.e., sanctification, see Jas. 1:21), and NOT the physical body (which will be “changed,” i.e., redeemed, saved, sanctified, at the “the last trump of God” (1 Cor. 15:52).
In Solomon’s Temple God’s Spirit dwelt behind the curtain partitioning the Holy of Holies ONLY! The properly consecrated priests were only allowed to enter into the Holy of Holies once a year. No one else could enter behind that veil lest they die! As stated, the Holy of Holies represented the human spirit. Certain oblations, performed by the priests, per God’s specific instructions, took place in the Holy Place, which correlates to the human soul. The Outer Court, symbolized the physical human body, where the people were allowed to draw near to God, which is where the moneychangers’ tables and seats were set up surrounding the Holy Place. An entire book could be written addressing the multiplicity of reasons this scene infuriated the Son of God when He physically entered the Temple and drove Him to upset the tables and seats of the moneychangers, releasing the doves they were selling, and DRIVE OUT the moneychangers from the Temple. But, the main point here is: the moneychangers were in the Outer Court, not the Holy Place, nor the Holy of Holies, where the Spirit of God was present at the very moment Jesus entered the Temple that day, behind the veil. No human flesh was permitted to even enter the Holy of Holies, lest they immediately die! But, humans WERE permitted to enter both the Holy Place (certain humans) and the Outer Court.
This scenario demonstrates conclusively that while demons cannot enter and occupy the redeemed, regenerated (Born Again) human SPIRIT, they certainly can enter and occupy the human soul and human body, which they indeed DO! Born Again Christians CAN be demonized in their soul (mind, will, emotions) and their physical body! And, the only way the Bible prescribes to rid people from demons that have entered and occupied them (soul and/or body) is to DRIVE (the literal meaning of the term “cast out” appearing multiple times in the N.T.) them out with the authority (exousia) that Jesus has delegated to EVERY Born Again believer (Mk. 16:17; et al.), per the example (type and shadow) Jesus provided believers in the scenario of His physically entering Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem that day!
So, this is just one explanation of why and how “Christians can have demons!” But, it’s also just one explanation of why and how Christians must be about the Father’s business and carrying on the ministry of Jesus, doing the works that He did, and even greater works, because He has gone to the Father! Hallelujah!
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” (Mark 16:17)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (Jn. 14:12)
Don’t be deceived by the utterly false carnal rationalization that “Christians can’t have demons.” Christians can have whatever they want and are willing to tolerate! That’s the REAL TRUTH!
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