Many people seek my help for deliverance from voices in their heads. If you or a loved one suffer from this phenomenon, heed carefully what I am going to share. It could be lifesaving. If you’ve ever wondered, “Are the voices in my head demons?” there are crucial things you need to understand. The Bible doesn’t directly address this matter though it’s likely that people in the time of Christ suffered from auditory messages that were “heard” in the mind. Of course, people in Palestine wouldn’t have understood psychological explanations since these aspects of consciousness were not yet explored. We can assume that demonic cases such as Legion in Mark chapter five must have involved this form of mental torment.
Such happenings today are not rare. In fact, they are quite common. Those experiencing voices in the mind report that what they hear falls into one of several categories. The voices may be blasphemous, self-condemning, even encouraging. They may suggest immoral or violent acts. They may also claim to be God or the voice of an angel. How can you distinguish if what is going on is from a natural or supernatural origin, or whether it’s a malfunction of the brain, a form of mental delusion. Psychotic people, those who are mentally ill and out-of-touch with reality, hear voices. But perfectly sane and well-adjusted people may also experience these incidents from time to time. In my counseling and deliverance ministry experience, I’ve found that voices usually come from one of these sources:
#1—DEMONS: These voices curse, speak profanely, and seek to turn the victim from the Lord.
#2—MENTAL UNREALITIES: These voices suggest things which are factually inaccurate, such as “The government has planted a computer chip in my head to track my movements.”
#3—DISSOCIATED ALTER PERSONALITY STATES: These are disconnected aspects of the person’s own mind/consciousness and were likely created by some known or unknown trauma.
#4—DISSOCIATED SOUL TRANSFERENCES (DST): These are mind-control interjects of consciousness from a living person, such as individual seeking witchcraft revenge or trying to dominate the thoughts of the person they target.
#5—ANCESTRAL DISSOCIATED SOUL PART S (AGD): These voices are genetically inherited aspects of consciousness from a past ancestor, embedded in the DNA by being attached to a generational curse.
All these categories of explanation are discussed in the course studies of Bob Larson University.
It takes a highly trained deliverance minister to analyze what is going on. In the preliminary courses of Bob Larson University, we teach the finer aspects of evaluating mental health issues for the lay person. Sadly, most deliverance ministers jump to the conclusion that voices in the mind are demonic and immediately rebuke them and try to cast them out. That may be helpful if the source of the voices is demons, but what if it is an alter personality state or one of the mental conditions I have listed? Great harm can be done that might tip the person over the edge to greater mental instability.
Here are some quick questions to ask the person suffering voices:
Do the communications suggest ungodly actions? That is more likely demonic
Do the voices self-condemn? Self-recriminating voices may be dissociative disorder identities that accuse the individual because of false interpretations of past abuse.
Do the voices claim to be angels, aliens, past lives, or disembodied entities? These are almost always from a satanic source.
Does the voice claim to be from God or even an utterance of Jesus Christ? These are usually deceptions from interjections from evil spirits and must be forced to respond to the test of 1 John 4:1-3 to “test the spirits” regarding the incarnation of Christ. As you can see there is no simple answer to the sources of voices in the mind because there are so many variables and possibilities. Don’t try to understand this on your own. You likely can’t objectify your own thoughts to identify the source. I’ve dealt with thousands of such cases, and I encourage you to contact our ministry for a virtual or personal encounter with me or one of our associate ministers. We don’t have all the answers, but at least we know some of the pitfalls to avoid. A Christian counselor with mental health training can be helpful, especially if such a person understands dissociative identity disorder and deliverance. With good guidance and prayer, the voices in your head can be identified, silenced, and even expelled if they are demonic. But as the adage says, “Don’t try this on your own and don’t do this at home.”