Obvious and non-obvious signs of demonic influence, demonization, oppression, or possession
Not everything is demonic. Don’t credit Satan for the problematic consequences of sin. Christians cannot rebuke the devil—only God can (Jude 1:9). Instead, we must resist his temptations, such as fear, and it will flee from us. (James 4:7)
- Diagnosed with neurosis manifested in chronic anxiety, depression or anhedonia.
- Vocal hatred for God and being prayed over.
- Refuses to admit to be a sinner who needs God.
- Demonic Possession is different. It manifests in changing voice, changing eyes, and other satanic manifistation such as levitation and supernatural strength.
Who and what kind of Christians can be possessed or influenced by Satan?
1. Lukewarm Christians
- They speak of Christ as Lord and savior, yet spend little time knowing Him or reading the Bible.
- Satan can easily influence an idle mind or those who do nothing about their faith. Faith without work is dead. (James 2:17)
- A lukewarm Christian cannot be God’s child but of the world, whose ruler is Satan.
2. Christians who choose to live sinful lifestyle
These Christians choose to live a lifestyle of sin. Most common of which is embracing the lust of the flesh. Hence, the devil is able to control them. For example, Ravi Zacharias and Bill Hybels justified sin by abusing God’s grace.
- Satan had nothing on Jesus when he tempted Him. In contrast, the enemy can use blatant disobedience to disable Christians.
- Sin gives Satan a reason to condemn us—a lie that blinds us to forget who we are in Christ.
- A lifestyle of sin can enable Satan to get a toehold, foothold, and eventually a stronghold where its difficult to break free.
Case and point: Jill, a professing Christian possessed by demons
As Karl Payne writes in his book about a young lady who loved Jesus and knew Bible verses, yet anxiety and depression always haunted her. She is also weak-willed and deliberately chooses to compromise her faith.
During her talk therapy, Payne read 1 John 4 but never made it to verse six. Jill’s eyes crossed and rolled back and yelled profanities about Jesus. The devil had possessed her.
3. Mere Believers who follow a ‘different Jesus’
We cannot claim to be true Christians but hold on to ‘little gods’ at the same time. For example, we cannot worship Jesus, but calls on idols or belong to a religion that preaches a different Jesus. That’s really is worshipping the spirit of the anti-Christ.
- If Jesus have not transformed you into a new creation, your faith is dead (2 Corinthians 5:17; James 2:17)
- Without Jesus, you belong to the world, whose ruler is Satan. (2 Corinthians 4:4)
Case and point: “The Christian healer”
Dr. Karl Payne, author of Spiritual Deliverance told a story about a healer who claims to be a Christian. He boasted of his God given gifts.
While he was talking to Dr. Payne, he went into a trance. His eyes turned white and when asked which Jesus he served, it was not from Nazareth.
He read the Bible, believed in Jesus, but also read the Book of Mormons, practiced astral projection, I Ching, and had three men appear in his bedroom to enable his healing power.