There are many discussions that I hear amongst those of the Christian community, regarding biblical doctrine, that sadden me, as they are pretty far off base. But, there’s one that I encountered recently that really crushed my spirit: it’s the notion that Christians— followers of Christ—can be inhabited/indwelt/possessed by demons.
Possession (n.) defined: (1) the state of having, owning, or controlling something; (2) an item of property; something belonging to one.
On conversion, the Bible states that the Holy Spirit comes to live within us (the truly converted), immediately, making us temples in which God dwells. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” In John 14:17, we are told that He lives with us and will be in us.
Now, looking at these verses, we can see that we are indwelt by an all-powerful God… a God who reigns supreme, ruling over all. Do you think this supreme, all-powerful, and loving God would allow His temple to be overtaken by the evil one, who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy? I think not. But, let’s see what Scripture has to say. Turning to 2 Corinthians 6, verses 15-16, we find these words: “What harmony is there between Christ and Belial [the devil], or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said, ‘I will live with them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.’”
In Colossians 1:13, Paul says that we’ve been delivered from the domain of darkness, and transferred to the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son. However, when people are taught that demons can indwell them, although they’ve been saved by an all-powerful God, it (covertly) says to them that they are still entangled in the domain of darkness, that God and satan are equally powerful, and that God has no control, or power, over the evil one and his devices.
Many who read this, who have been saying that Christians can be indwelt by God and demons, will say, “Oh no, God and satan don’t have equal authority. God is the only all-powerful being.” Nevertheless, their sentiments about believers being inhabited by demons say the exact opposite of that.
Sisters, if you share in the notion that believers can be inhabited by demons, I must admonish you to study your Bible more thoroughly, and to ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance while you are studying.
At some point in your churchgoing, you may have witnessed something coming out of folk (I never have), but I can tell you that if so, that person was not a true believer (also note that what you witnessed could have been a show, which is prevalent in churches today, sadly).
Influence (n.) definition: the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.
Now understand, we believers can be influenced by satan, as Peter was when he attempted to rebuke Jesus (see Matthew 16:21-23), and as Eve was in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-7), but we cannot be indwelt by him. Jesus has bound the strong man, and we have been set free. (Unbelievers [and false converts] are bound by him. Notice how he entered Judas [Luke 22:3], but only prompted Peter.)
With these things noted, sisters, remember, as I’ve stated before, if you have been caught up in these thoughts/conversations/debates, do away with it all, immediately. Let God’s Word, and His Word only, be your final authority. After all, it is the only thing that matters, and the only thing that shall stand forever (Isaiah 40:8).
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4