What I’m about to say has so much potential for controversy that I offer an advance disclaimer. I’m not issuing Holy Writ. I’m not advocating a new doctrine. I’m not even saying that what I explore below is 100% true. I am suggesting a possible answer to a centuries-old theological conundrum: How could King David, a man of immense power and wealth with eight wives and 10 concubines (all the sex he could ever want, 2 Sam 3:2-5), risk his kingdom for one woman, Bathsheba, no matter how attractive she was? And how could he commit murder (the killing of Bathsheba’s husband, 2 Sam 12:9) to cover up the crime? It’s too easy to say that absolute power absolutely corrupts. This was, after all, a man “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).
Did David have demons? If so, it explains a lot. As an exorcist with experience spanning 40 years and 40,000 documented cases of possession, I feel qualified to offer an answer. Perhaps more than anyone alive, I’ve seen how demons operate at the subtlest levels. I’ve ministered exorcism and deliverance to hundreds of Christian leaders, pastors, priests, nuns, deacons, worship leaders, some of them household names. They all had demons that manifested verbally, some violently. There could be no mistaking that they were saved and possessed of demons. Yet they carried on their ministries while hiding dark secrets that tormented them incessantly.
How could such demons hide? I’ll leave it to our online International School of Exorcism and our Advanced Academy of Deliverance to provide the theological details of how this happens. More to the point, consider David. First, if he had demons, there was no easy way out of his spiritual quandary. Before Jesus came, it is scripturally clear that possession and some form of exorcism existed. How else could the seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19:14) have found a place for their exorcist skills? But until Christ offered his disciples, and us, a clear commission of spiritual authority over demons in His name, exorcism was ritualistic, formulaic, and mostly unsuccessful. So, there was no way for David to be delivered. No effective procedure existed, and there’s no biblical evidence he sought such a solution.
Second, we know that King Saul had demons (1 Sam. 16:14), and David was present when these demons manifested (1 Sam. 16:23). King Saul tried to kill David (1 Sam. 18:10-11). Unquestionably, Saul and David were in a soul-connected relationship at that point, Saul as king in authority over David, and David as servant bonded to Saul on a soul-level through music. Plus, a spirit of Death and Murder was upon Saul and, through this soul-connection, the demons might have attached in some way to David. I have encountered many instances in which murder was attempted on an individual and the spirit of Murder consequently adhered to that potential victim. Like many great Christian leaders I’ve ministered to, David’s demons could have hidden, awaiting a chance to push their host over the edge. Was Bathsheba an indication of this?
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