Introduction – Can A Christian Be Demon Possessed?
Can a Christian be demon possessed? This is a question that many believers may struggle with. The idea of a Christian being possessed by a demon may seem contradictory, as Christians are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and the Bible teaches that we are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). So, can a Christian truly be demon possessed?
The short answer is no, a Christian cannot be demon possessed. However, that does not mean that a Christian cannot be oppressed or influenced by demons. The Bible makes it clear that Satan and his demons are real and active in the world (Ephesians 2:2, 6:12). They are actively seeking to deceive and oppose God’s people (1 Peter 5:8).
Demon Possession And The Bible
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When it comes to possession, the Bible uses the term to refer to the complete control that an evil spirit has over an individual, such that the individual is no longer in control of their own actions. This is not possible for a Christian, as a Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19), and the Spirit of God and the spirit of evil cannot dwell in the same place.
However, this doesn’t mean a Christian cannot be oppressed by demons, which is defined as a state of trouble or harassment caused by an evil spirit. This is similar to how Satan can tempt us, but we still have a choice to follow him or not.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
In conclusion, a Christian cannot be demon possessed because a Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, but a Christian can be oppressed or influenced by demons. It is important for believers to be aware of the spiritual battle that is taking place and to put on the armor of God to protect themselves (Ephesians 6:10-18).
If you believe you are experiencing oppression or influence from evil spirits, it is important to seek guidance and help from mature believers and to resist Satan and his demons through faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.
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