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A Slander on the Word of God! Can a Christian Have a Demon?

A Slander on the Word of God!

From the very beginning, Satan and his servants (those serving him knowingly or unknowingly) have attempted to slander the inspired Word of God (see Gen. 3:1)! This is especially true when considering the question, “Can a Christian have a demon?”

This topic is hotly debated, with the modern day “Pharisees and Sadducees” weighing in heavily on the side that says, “Gracious no, a Christian cannot have a demon within.” Even among those (reputable scholars all!) who defend the idea of demonic infestation among believers, there is a common canard being pushed on the unsuspecting public.

This cheerful lie is that much of the confusion about “demon possession” and the Christian originates with the unfortunate translation of the King James Version using the words “demon possession” where a better rendering might be phrased differently. Basically, they have blamed the Authorized Version (KJV) for much of the misunderstanding.  The sad fact is that if they had stuck with the KJV, they would have cleared up this entire issue!

Picture from Howard Pittman’s book Demons an Eyewitness Account

Instead, the Bible refers to evil spirits as either devils or unclean spirits. The word “demon” has been added to all the major “bible” versions since the 19th century and its presence in those texts is intentional and NOT to be trusted. There is not space here for an examination of the reasons for that change.

However, leaving the devil/demon issue behind, there is STILL no verse in the entire Bible which says that one can be devil-possessed or possessed by a devil.  Note that closely and bear it in mind the next time you hear some “Bible teacher” or “deliverance minister” slander the KJV.

To the contrary, the Authorized Version is very careful to say that people being afflicted or infested by evil spirits are “possessed with devils” (Matt. 4:24). For further support, see Matt. 4:24; 8:16,28,33; 6:18; 7:21; 8:2,30,36, Acts 5:16; 8:7; 16:16 and 19:12-13!

Anyone who can read plain English can see that there is a world of difference between being possessed BY devils and being possessed with devils. The phrase “possessed with” is a slightly old fashioned way of saying “has.” In other words, someone who is possessed with devils simply “has devils.”

A person might just as readily say that someone is possessed with great strength, meaning that they have great strength, not that they are possessed BY their muscles.

     Nowhere does the Holy Bible teach that a person can be possessed by a devil in the sense that every inch of their “spiritual real estate” is owned by Satan. The only possible deviation from this is Judas, who is obviously the exception that proves the rule.


Thus, Christians can relax about being “demon possessed” or “devil possessed” because the plain English of the Bible never says that anyone could be so possessed! You don’t need to be a Greek scholar to figure that one out. However, that does not mean that a demon cannot inhabit a Christian, but a Christian CAN have a devil (demon).

Again, turning to the plain English of the King James Version, almost every time devils are discussed in their relation to people, they are spoken of as being geographically located INSIDE a person:

“When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:”  Matt. 8:16

Clearly, these people were infested (possessed) with evil spirits! This same phenomenon is found in 34 other places in the New Testament: Matt. 8:31, 9:34, 10:1, 10:8, 12:24, 12:27-28, 12:43, Mark 1:26, 1:39, 3:15, 3:22, 5:8, 5:13, 6:13, 9:38, 16:9, 16:17, Luke 4:36, 4:41, 8:2, 8:29, 8:30, 8:33, 9:49, 11:15, 11:18, 11:19-20, 24, 26, 13:32, Acts 8:7, 19:12.

In a comparative handful of verses, (Matt. 4:24, 12:22, Luke 6:18, 8:2, 8:36, 9:42) people with evil spirits are described as being “healed.” However, the preponderance of verses are on the side of those who actually had the devils within them. Virtually ALL of these cases were people who were Jews, and thus analogously to Christians in the New Testament under the New Covenant.

Therefore, the vast majority of those afflicted with evil spirits (even Christians) will probably have a greater or lesser degree of infestation inside them. It doesn’t make them evil or unsaved, it just means that they need ministry!

That is what the Bible teaches, and don’t let any Greek “scholar” tell you different (Matt. 2:12).

Blood on the Doorposts

By Bill Schnoebelen

Appendix VI

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   As we continue this series we will begin to see the subtilty of Satan become clearer. As the fog is lifted we will become aware of things we were not fully aware of before. As we receive this light, this truth darkness is revealed and if we receive it we will be free by the word of God. When we understand his word and the authority he has given to believers, the access to the throne of God and to the blood of Jesus Christ we will learn how to use the weapons of our warfare against our enemy, to cast him out, literally, and walk and keep the freedom that comes to us through the cross by faith. Read pages 37 – 45 in War on the Saints as the lesson assignment.

(Disclaimer, this book does not use the KJV as it was written around the turn of the century when new English versions were just coming out. They did not have the excellent resources we do today on the KJV proving it to be God’s word for us in English perfectly preserved. I do recommend you check all scripture references with the KJV and be diligent in study)

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War On The Saints 2

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1Pe 5:8

What word aptly describes every unregnerate person alive? 

How can we know what fruit Jesus was speaking about concerning what people believe?

Was Job deceived? How so?

Why does the deceiving work of the evil one not end when when man is regenerated by God’s Spirit?

What is more clearly revealed in the New Testament that was concealed in the concealed in the Old concerning Satan?

Why is deception abhorent when applied to self but not in others?

What may be the results of a believer who is in deception?

What counterfeit workings does the Bible warn us about?

Is there a false Jesus?

Is there a false spirit?

If so what is his cloak? What camoflauge does he use?

Is there a false gospel?

Can a Christian believe the truth then become deceived?

Does God allow us to “see” evil in a person “by the spirit” so that we can “warn others?”  Is that what discerning is?

To what purpose does God give his people discernment?

What is the principal weapon on which the prince of darkness relies?

Who should be concerned about the peril of seducing and deceiving spirits?

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Heb 12:3

In what area does seducing spirits appeal to?

In what area does deceiving spirits operate?

In what way does 1 Timothy 4:1-2 unique in what it explicitly shows?

Do certain spirits work against Christians in specific areas?

How does Satan change his tactics when he seeks to use his art of deception against the children of God?

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War on the Saints (Introduction to the Series)


In this series of teachings we will be learning the Devil’s devices against Christians. This is a subject that is not spoken of frequently in churches nor by pastors, yet is one that is vital to the victorious walk of a Christian soldier. All who are the Lord’s are called to this fight as we are no longer ruled by the spirit of the world but are commissioned to oppose it. We discover after being born again that we have an enemy, which we had before salvation but were blind to, and this enemy is very real and is all too effective in the life of the average Christian because of their lack of knowledge in who they are in Christ, and of the wiles of the enemy and how he operates against the Lord’s saints.

Please join us in this exciting study and learn to take back the ground the enemy has stolen.



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“A brilliant, highly accurate description of specific ways by which the powers of darkness work to confuse, deceive, oppose, afflict, mislead or bind believers—and how to detect, oppose and overcome them. An advanced text, not for quick or easy reading. Requires study—yields keen, sure understanding. Thomas E. Lowe, Ltd. restored this full original text to the public in 1973 after many years in which the editors of the condensed edition had opposed and blocked its publication.” 



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