The following is an excerpt from a popular book on spiritual warfare. I am going to attempt to respond to the excerpt. My response will be after the paragraphs
Can a Christian Have a Demon? (Ambiguous question. What a way to open a teaching. No one is actually clear as to what you are referring to. ‘Have’ a demon; possessed, inside/outside, need cast out or wha….?)
One-third of Jesus Christ’s ministry dealt with casting out unclean spirits (demons), but many Christians and churches have nothing to do with the deliverance ministry – they mistakenly think that they are immune to demonic attack. They have been told by their pastors and fellow believers that demons are nothing to worry about, since a Christian cannot have a demon. ( One third? Give Scriptural evidence. This is something many ‘teachers’ attempt; they do not qualify what they say because they are playing to an audience who they hope are simply going to take them at their word. Once the audience doesn’t seek absolutes, you can tell them anything and they buy it up. Looks as John is going into a defense mode for the deliverance ministry. He then mentions the need for deliverance ministries because demons will attack the Christian. This does not make sense to me. I would think the Christian would not be in need of deliverance from demonic attack. No one in the bible needed deliverance ministry when attacked by demons. Job, Paul, Peter did fairly well without a deliverance ministry. John again repeats, as though we are supposed to understand that once a Christian is attacked, the Christian will ”have’ a demon and thus be in need of deliverance. I do not see this taught or examples of this in the Bible).
What is the truth? Can a Christian have a demon? The quick and simple answer is Yes; a Christian can have anything they open the door to. (Absolute personal opinion. I have one myself, but I look to Scripture for Truth; John doesn’t. No Scriptural teaching. Not sure what the sentence means after He says Yes. Is he saying we ‘have’ a demon to anything that is not of God we open ourselves up to? What happened to good old fashioned sin? There is a huge difference to sin; which is our flesh an cannot be cast out and a demon).
One of the greatest lies perpetrated within the Body of Christ is that a Christian cannot have a demon, and because of this false teaching (that the Word of God does not support), deliverance and spiritual warfare are not being taught in most churches. ( False teaching that a Christian cannot ‘have’ a demon? The bible does not teach a Christian can ‘have’; whatever that means, a demon. We are in a spiritual battle Eph 6 But the Epistles do not address the church dealing with Christians who ‘have’ a demon).
People are being destroyed for lack of knowledge concerning one-third of Jesus’s ministry, which was the ministry of deliverance – the casting out of devils in Jesus’s Name. (This is his selling point! This book is important because He is going to teach you how to not be destroyed and to stop others from being destroyed because of John’s knowledge of the ministry of deliverance).
The result is that most Christians are not equipped to deal with the attacks that Satan and his demons are launching on the family. Look at the divorce rate across the land and in the Church, and the number of broken homes. Look at how many people are battling depression and suicidal thoughts, turning to psychotropic drugs for relief. I am talking about CHURCH people, in addition to the unsaved masses. ( Christians are not equipped because they are ignorant of God’s Word. John gives satan credit for divorce and broken homes. Our sinful selves probably did this without satans help…..Depression can be demonic, but it is also a mental health issue. I work with co occurring mental health consumers. You cannot give satan credit here, John. And, for some psychotropic drugs are saving their lives).
Look at the rising numbers of pastors and churchgoers involved in adultery, fornication, pornography, prescription drug addiction, and the list goes on. ( Galatians 5:19-21King James Version (KJV) 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God).
Many of God’s people are bound up and dying prematurely and the body count is mounting daily because we are ignorant of the war we are in and who our enemy is. (Dramatic statement! Any evidence John? Folks, he is attempting to cause alarm because of premature death and bondage in Christians. If we do not read the Bible and spend most of our time on FaceBook, indeed we will reap what we sow. But John is attempting to paint the picture of satan running rampant and everyone is in bondage dying prematurely….).
(Excerpt from Unmasking The Devil – Strategies to Defeat Eternity’s Greatest Enemy by Evangelist John Ramirez).