New Demonology Refuted
The New Demonology Movement is so focused on personal experience and feelings rather than the absolute authority of the Word of God. In order to use the Word of God to support their doctrine they must bend the scriptures and take things out of context. It is important that we do not just study their doctrine but we must refute it based upon the Scriptures.
There is no biblical basis for believing that a genuine Christian can be under the degree of demonic control indicated by the word daimonizomai. “The language of demons “entering in,” “going out,” or being “cast out” is consistently employed in regard to demonized persons (Matt. 8:16, 32; 9:33; 12:22-24; Mark 1:34; 5:8, 13). The New Testament seems to use this word only in a narrow sense of demon possession. Other forms of influence cannot therefore be properly called “demon possession” or demonization. The term “demonized” refers to the invasion of a victim’s body by a demon (or demons) in which demon exercises living and sovereign control over the victim, which the victim cannot successfully resist. The elements of indwelling and the inability to resist the demon’s will are what make demonization distinct from lesser forms of demonic influence (Konya 21-22).”
○ To be “in” Christ is to be “out of” the evil one
-1 John 4:4 declares, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
-John Calvin writes: “The apostle reminds us that we become strong, not by our own power, but by that of God. He hence concludes that we can no more be conquered than God Himself, who has armed us with His power to the end of the world.”
Since a Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9-11; 1Cor 3:16; 6:19) it would seem unlikely that the Holy Spirit would allow a demon to indwell the same person He is indwelling. First Corinthians 6:19 makes it clear that the Holy Spirit establishes a permanent, intimate relationship with every believer. The body of a Christian is the Holy Spirit’s temple. Other passages also describe the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the hearts and lives of Christians (John 3:3-7; Romans 8:5-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 6:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; Titus 3:4-7).
In the Scriptures it is clear that sin is a result of our sin nature. We do not struggle with sin because of an “outside” force it is because of our nature. The only way to overcome sin is by asking God to help us and restore us. Scriptures clearly state in James 1:13-14 that our heart and desires are the reason for our sin. It is our own hearts desire that leads us into temptation (Mark 7:21-22).
You will notice that in all the New Testament passages dealing with spiritual warfare, we are never told to cast a demon out of a believer (Ephesians 6:10-18). We are told to resist the devil (1Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7), not to cast him out. Apostles were given the authority ad ability through Christ (Mark 3:15; Luke 9:2,3). We are not given the same authority that Christ gave the Apostles.
Another aspect of this movement is the practice of rehearsed prayers. They believe that if these certain specific prayers are declared one would be freed from bondage. It is interesting that there isn’t an example of rehearsed prayer, with the exception of the passage in Matthew 6:9-13. If the prayer from Anderson’s book is so powerful why is it not declared by Christ for us to pray. Again this movement denies the sole authority of the Word of God. We can’t make up practices that are not supported by the Word of God.
There is also no biblical evidence to support territorial demons. During Christ’s ministry on earth, he cast out demons and healed people from demon possession but there is no evidence that he released the bondage of geographical demons. In Anderson’s The Bondage Breaker, he gives an example of a believer trying to share the gospel and no one was responding. He then came to the conclusion that the territory was under demonic influence. He prayed a rehearsed prayer that the area would be released from bondage and after the prayer many people came to know Christ. Ephesians 6 or the Great Commission would be a passage that would deal with territorial demons when sharing the Gospel but nothing is mentioned. Conclusions and practices can not be made fact without the sola Scriptures backing it up. Nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ. If God draws someone to himself nothing will stop it. God is greater then the one of this world.
Like previously stated arguments generational demons is another concept that takes personal sin and puts it on the responsibility of someone else. There is no biblical evidence that supports such an idea. We are not responsible for our ancestor’s unconfessed sins. We can see that a demon or disease is not a result of our past generations sin. John 9 gives that account of the blind man; the Pharisees were blaming the sins of the man’s parents for the cause of his ailments. Jesus quickly refuted them by saying this man is sick to bring the will and glory of God about.
Doctrines can not be formed and built off of personal experience. Churches today are more focused on meeting the needs of the people then staying true to the Word of God. A wise man once said if you find a pastor who shepherds the flock and teaches the absolute Word of God he should be treasured and protected. Everything must go back to scriptures, the New Demonology Movement is using experiences and feelings for doctrine and that is why it is clearly unbiblical.
New Demonology Explained
○ Christians can be affected by demons
This battle is not against flesh or blood. That is the theme of the New Demonology Movement concerning Christians being affected by demons. Believers are demonized not demon possessed based upon the word daimonizomai. There is invasion upon the believer’s life but there is no control. The Holy Spirit may dwell within a believer to control evil within, even a demon. We are to put on the full armor of God in order to protect us from being demonized and under the influence of Satan and demons. The scriptural basis for this doctrine is John 12:31; Colossians 2:15).
○ Sin can be linked to demons
We are struggle in certain areas of life and we fall into temptation here and there. However, if there is a pattern of sin in a believer’s life there must be a demonic influence. If a believer is struggling with depression he is influenced and demonized by the demon of doubt. The demon influences the life and causes deception. The problem is not in the person but in the influence (II Corinthians 11:14,15).
○ Christians have the power and authority to command demons
The Christian has the authority, in Christ, to command Satan or demons. This authority is the same authority that was given to the Apostles to cast out demons in the Bible.
○ Rehearsed prayers and declaration are required for release from bondage
The only way to be released from the bondage of Satan or demons is to declare a rehearsed statement. The prayer/declaration must include certain phrases in order to be released. The Christian, as stated in the previous point, has the authority to command and control demons. The following declaration is a rehearsed prayer that a believer must say in order to be released from bondage.
In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command
Satan and all evil spirits to release me in order that I can be free to know and to choose to do the will of God. As a child of God who is seated with Christ in the heavenlies, I command every spirit to leave my presence, I belong to God and the evil one cannot touch me. -Neil Anderson The Bondage Breaker
○ Demons are territorial and have reign over a geographical location
There are certain territories that are influenced by different things. It is stated that demons have the capability to “rule” or influence a particular area. If you are trying to spread that gospel and people are not responding it could be a result of demonic suppression over that territory. It is therefore important to command the demonic rule to leave that place.
○ Demons may be passed down from previous generations.
This idea is based on the concept that sins are passed down from
generation to generation. If someone’s ancestors participated in sin and it went unconfessed, the demon from their sin could be passed down to the following generations. In order to overcome such bondage it is important that one seeks after God for wisdom and knowledge concerning their ancestors. They should then make a verbal declaration like the declaration below from Neil Anderson’s The Bondage Breaker.
I here and now reject and disown all the sins of my ancestors. I specifically renounce the sins of (list here the areas of family sin the Lord revealed to you.) As one who has now been delivered from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of God’s son, I cancel out all demonic working that has been passed down to me from my family. As one who has been crucified and raised with Jesus Christ and who sits with Him in heavenly places, I renounce all satanic assignments that are directed toward me and my ministry. I cancel out every curse that Satan and his workers have put on me. I announce to Satan and all his forces that Christ became a curse for me when he died for my sins on the cross. I reject any and every way in which Satan may claim ownership of me. I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ who purchased me with his own blood. I reject all blood sacrifices whereby Satan may claim ownership over me. I declare myself to be fully and eternally signed over and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. By the authority, I have in Christ, I now command every familiar spirit, and every enemy of the Lord Jesus that is influencing me to leave my presence. I commit myself to my heavenly father to do his will from this day forward.
Introduction to New Demonology
● There is a new doctrine that is slowly creeping into the mainstream evangelical church. This new version of doctrine is the idea of spiritual warfare and deliverance of demons. In this doctrine it is believed that many Christians are in bondage to Satan and in order to be free from that bondage you must have the ability and the authority to override Satan and command demons to leave. In order to advocate this model one must have the presupposition that Christians can be demon possessed and be under the authority of Satan. Advocates for this doctrine include:
● Neil Anderson
The Bondage Breaker; Victory over Darkness; Released from Bondage
● C. Fred Dickason
Demon Possession and the Christian.
● Ed Murphy
The Handbook for Spiritual Warfare
● Frank Peretti
This Present Darkness; Piercing the Darkness
● Merrill Unger
What Demons Can Do to Saints
● C. Pete Wagner
Engaging the Enemy; How to Fight and Defeat Territorial Saints
° A condition in which one or more evil spirits or demons inhabit the body of a human being (unbeliever) and take complete control of their victim at will.
· “to be possessed of a demon, to act under the control of a demon”
° Matthew 4:24; 8:16,28,33; 9:32; 12:22; 15:22; Mark 1:32; 5:15,16,18
· “him that hath a devil (demon)”
° Luke 8:36; John 10:21
· Biblical Evidence
° In the days of Christ
· Jesus Christ’s encounters and casting out of demons
° Matthew 8:16, 17; Mark 1:32-34, 39; Luke 4:40-44 – Christ casts out many demons.
° Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39 – Jesus casts Legion into a swine.
° Matthew 12:22-23 – The Son of God heals a blind, mute, and demon possessed man.
° Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:25-30 – Christ tells a Gentile woman that the demon has gone out of her daughter.
° Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:17-29; Luke 9:37-42 – Jesus rebukes an unclean spirit that has possessed a boy since birth.
° Mark 1:23-27; Luke 4:31-37 – Jesus rebukes an unclean spirit.
° Mark 3:11-12 – Unclean spirits pronounce Jesus the “Son of God”.
° Luke 11:14 – Christ heals a mute and demon possessed man
· Followers of Christ’s encounters and casting out of demons
° Matthew 10:1; Mark 3:14-15 – Jesus chooses and empowers the Twelve over unclean spirits and to cast them out.
° Matthew 17:16, 19-21; Mark 9:18, 28-29; Luke 9:40 – · After the disciples’ inability to cast out a demon, Jesus rebukes them for lack of faith and prayer.
° Luke 10:17-20 – The seventy realize that demons are subject to them in Jesus’ name. The Lord connected this to the defeat of Satan (Isaiah 14:12- 14; Ezekiel 28:12-19).
° In the days of the Early Church
· Acts 5:16 – Apostles healed many that were tormented by unclean spirits.
· Acts 8:7 – Through Philip’s preaching of Christ, many unclean spirits came out of those who were possessed.
· Acts 16:16-18 – Paul commands a spirit of divination to come out of a slave girl after following him and Silas for many days.
· Acts 19:13-19 – Jewish exorcists attempted to command evil spirits in the name of Paul and Lord Jesus, but were overpowered by the man in whom the evil spirit dwelled. Through this event, the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Destiny of Demons
· Fall of Angels
° One-third of the angelic creation may have followed Satan
· Revelation 12:4
° Moral Problem
· The character of God
° God is holy
° Sin is wicked and worthy of justice
· Deuteronomy 32:3-4
· Romans 3:4
° Did not promote sin
· James 1:13, 17
· Psalm 5:4
° The choice of Angels
· Chose to sin
· Fully responsible for their decision
· Some fallen angels are now bound
° 2 Peter 2:4
° Jude 6
· The Abyss is an intermediate place of detention of evil spirits
° Appears like Hades
° Habitation of the souls of the unrighteous between death and the Second Resurrection
° Place of torment and confinement
° Demons “begged” and “implored” Christ not to command them to depart to the Abyss
· Luke 8:31
° Expand Satan’s wicked cohorts in their work of deception and destruction
· Revelation 9:1-11
· Judgment at the Great White Throne of God
° Revelation 20:11-15
· Ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire for Eternity
° Matthew 25:41
Activity during Church Age
· Increasing activity of deceit
· Spirit promoting doctrines of demons
° 1 Timothy 4:1-3
· Display demonic influences
° 2 Timothy 3:1-9
· False teachers of religion
· Empowered by Satan and demons
· Continue to creep into the church
° 2 Peter 2:1-3
° 1 John 4:1-3
· Twist the character of God
° 2 Timothy 3:3-4
· Deny the Deity and Redemption of Christ
° 2 Peter 2:1
· Mock the Second Coming of Christ
° 2 Peter 3:3-4
Duties of Demons
· Obey Satan and serve his purposes
° Their Industry
° Evil spirits
° Never cease in promoting satanic deception and wickedness
° Participate in the character and devotion of their leader
· Divert Men from the Truth
° Blind men to spiritual truth
· 2 Corinthians 4:2-4
· 1 Timothy 4:1-4
· 1 John 4:1-4
· Disabling the Body
· Matthew 9:32-33
· Matthew 12:22
· Mark 9:17-29
· Matthew 12:22
· Luke 13:11-17
° Trouble attributed to “a spirit”
· Luke 13:11
° Regarded as an agent of Satan
· Luke 13:16
· Matthew 17:15-18
° Word of God does not attribute all physical illnesses to demons
° Clearly distinguishes natural ailments from demonic ailments
· Matthew 4:24
· Mark 1:32
· Luke 7:21
· Luke 9:1
Attributes of Demons
· Intellectual and Voluntary Agents
° Luke 4:34
° Mark 5:10
· They Think, Speak, and Act
° Acts 19:15-16
· Through a person over whom they have acquired control
· Through a Spiritistic Medium
° Physical Phenomena
° Psychic Phenomena
· Spiritistic visions
· Automatic writing
· Speaking in trance
· Tumble moving
° Metaphysical Phenomena
° Magic Phenomena
· Magic persecution
· Magic defense
° Cultic Phenomena
· Spiritistic cults
° Demons Know Who Jesus Christ Is
· Mark 1:24
° “Son of the Most High God”
· Mark 5:7
° Bow before him
· Mark 5:6
° Demons do not display a holy or saving knowledge of Christ
· James 2:19
° Doctrine of demons
· 1 Timothy 4:1-3
° Discern between those who are sealed by God
· Revelation 9:4
· The future
· Their own doom
° Matthew 8:29
° Evidence of personality in communication
· Demons spoke to Christ
· Christ spoke to the Demons
° Luke 4:33-35, 41
° Luke 8:28, 30
° Implored Christ for favors
· Luke 8:28
· Mark 5:7
° Unclean spirits worship Christ
· Mark 3:11
° Obey Christ
· Matthew 8:16
· Luke 8:28
· James 2:19
° Implored Jesus to send them into swine
· Luke 8:32
° Every spirit is subject and under the sovereignty of Christ
· 1 Peter 3:22
· Supernatural Strength
° Controlling men
· Acts 19:16
· Mark 5:3
° Afflicting men
· Revelation 9:1-11
° Demon locust described painfully tormenting men to the point of them preferring to die
° One-third of mankind killed
· Revelation 9:13-19
· Ruled By Satan
° “the Devil and his angels”
° Matthew 25:41
° The Prince of demons
· Luke 11:15
· Matthew 12:24
· “lord of flies”
· “lord of the dwelling”
· Title given to one of the gods of the Philistines
· Purely Spiritual Beings
° Matthew 8:16
°Luke 10:17, 20
° A “spirit” does not have flesh and bones
° Luke 24:39
· This demonology section is a compilation of statements and scriptures that help the Christian understand the Biblical perspective of demonology. The goal is to effectively look at the doctrine of demonology and remove all prejudices and see what the scriptures indicate. The conclusion of this section will examine the New Demonology Movement and refute the unbiblical doctrines. These will be in the later parts of this section on demonology.
Biblical Titles Given to Demons
· Blind and mute spirit
° Matthew 12:22
· Deaf and dumb [mute] spirit
° Mark 9:25
· Deaf spirit
° Mark 9:17
° Matthew 9:33; 11:18; 12:24; 17:18; Mark 7:26, 29-30; Luke 4:35; 8:29; 9:42; 11:14; John 7:20; 8:48-49, 52; 10:20-21
· Devil’s angels
° Matthew 25:41
· Dragon’s angels
° Revelation 12:7, 9
· Dumb [mute] spirit
° Luke 11:14
· Evil spirit
° 1 Samuel 16:14-16, 23; 18:10; 19:9; Luke 7:12; 8:2; Acts 19:12,13,15,16 · Familiar spirit: owb – necromancer
°Leviticus 19:31; 20:6, 27; Deuteronomy 18:11; 1 Samuel 28:3, 7-9; 2 Kings 21:6; 23:24; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 8:19; 19:3; 29:4
· Foul spirit
° Mark 9:25; Revelation 18:2
· Lying spirit
° 1 Kings 22:23; 2 Chronicles 18:22
· “Ministers of righteousness”
° 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
· Seducing spirits
° 1 Timothy 4:1
· Spirit of divination
° Acts 16:16
· Spirit of infirmity
° Luke 13:11
· Unclean spirit, used 28 times: akathartos – foul, unclean
° Matthew 10:1; 12:43; Mark 1:23, 26-27; 3:11, 30; 5:2, 8, 13; 6:7; 7:25; Luke 4:33, 36; 6:18; 8:29; 9:42; 11:24; Acts 5:16; 8:7; 10:14, 28; 11:8; 1 Corinthians 7:14; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 16:13; 18:2