I know the title for this blog sounds ridiculous to most Christians. Counter-intuitive. Unbiblical. Contradictory. Even blasphemous or heretical. But I stand by it. After five decades of casting out demons in more than 100 countries, I make no apologies for saying that saints have more demons than sinners. Before you consign me as a false prophet, listen to the logic. Consider these five simple facts.
FACT #1 – Demons exist and seek a bodily dwelling, a “house.” No one can argue against that from Scripture (Matthew 12:44).
FACT #2 – Demonic possession exists today as evidenced by the violence, inhumanity, and moral collapse of almost every culture on earth. This is especially true in nations that once were considered Christian in faith and practice.
FACT #3 – The extreme evil of our world testifies that demons are more active than ever. Sadly, America which has had the most precipitous fall from grace of any nation in history founded on basic, Christian principles.
FACT #4 – If demons are seeking a human in which to dwell, who are they going to pick first? Logic suggests they would seek to destroy those with the greatest potential to withstand them.
FACT #5 – If sinners are going to hell and they are on the devil’s team, wouldn’t demons attack their enemies–Christians, and not their own cohorts in evil?
Think the of cross-cultural implications of Christians having demons. Believers in Africa have no problem with this concept. Neither do Christians in India, Asia, and most non-western cultures. Catholics don’t argue against it. Pentecostals in the Third World consider it a fact. It’s only westernized, mostly Caucasian, biblically xenophobic Christians, usually North Americans, who have a problem with the concept of demonized Christians. In other words, it’s often a racist, elitist construct of theology. Practical experience teaches otherwise. You’ll never find a true deliverance minister who denies Christians can have demons. The biggest critics of this concept don’t do deliverance. They never cast out demons from anyone at any time so how would they know who has demons?
Satan only has so many demons. They are a finite number. So, if you are going to assign a demon to destroy someone’s life, would you pick a saint or a sinner? Sinners are already doing the devil’s work with lust, perversion, violence, hatred, drugs, and human exploitation. Why waste time on them? The Christian is the real problem for Lucifer. If the demonized Christian gets free, he is the devil’s worst nightmare. So believers must be attacked and invaded whenever possible, to be certain they never live up to the promises of God.
If you are expecting a biblical treatise, I’ve already done that in my books and our International School of Exorcism. Our School spends several lesson-hours demolishing the idea that Christians can’t have demons, with plenty of scriptural back-up. In the School I focus on New Testament examples in the life of Christ, such as the exorcism of the righteous daughter of Abraham (Luke 16:13) and the godly man who manifested demons in the synagogue when Jesus taught (Mark 1:23). But this reality of Christians having demons is found in the Apostolic age as well.
Simon the sorcerer of Samaria is a good illustration. When Philip the evangelist preached, Simon repented of his sins and followed Philip. Acts 8:13 puts it this way: “Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.” For whatever reason, Simon never got rid of his demons, and these evil spirits eventually pushed him to offer Peter and John money for the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts chapter 8). Peter rebuked him quickly. Notice the precise words of Peter to Simon: “Your money perish with you because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money (v. 21). I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and BOUND BY INIQUITY (V. 23).” Can a Christian have a demon? Case closed. Now you understand why Satan goes after the saints more than the sinners.