CHRISTIANS AND DEMONIC ACTIVITY TODAY by Michael Horton for Core Christianity
Editor’s Note: Can someone who is truly a Christian be possessed by a demon? Demons and their relation to Christians is an important topic and not one discussed very often or openly among Christians. Dr. Horton gives an answer in Episode 21 of the Core Christianity Radio Show.
Christians can be demon oppressed, but never demon possessed.
In the Gospels, wherever Jesus goes, he casts out demons. The demons just really came out of the woodwork with Jesus’ ministry. Because the Empire of Satan focused all of its concentration on Jesus of Nazareth, it was no holds barred.
This is the last opportunity to snuff out the possibility of this One who is going to crush his head. And so this is a real grace that’s meant to illustrate the gospel of the kingdom of God. He has power over Satan, whose head he actually crushed in his own death and resurrection.
Still, today, of course, demons possess people. I just heard the other day, an NPR story where a woman channeled her dead brother, and it was, I believe, a clear instance of demon possession. I remember just a couple of years ago, my time on the Ganges in Varanasi, the capital of Hinduism. I have never felt such a level of demonic oppression at any point in my life than I did there.
It is not stories that you just hear from other people. I experienced it. It was a demonic party. And it’s like the demons are swirling all around you, but they aren’t indwelling you. We’re indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit will not tolerate Satan as a guest.