If there are no demons . . . then why are so many of us humans tormented by fears, worries, anger, bitterness, frustration, self-doubt, self-condemnation, distress, depression, and too many other negative emotions to list?
If there are no demons . . . then why are so many of us humans stuck in behaviors that we don’t want to do and states of mind that we don’t want to stay in, no matter how hard we try to get free?
If there are no demons . . . then why are we driven, dominated, and controlled by our insecurities, self-destructive desires, obsessions, compulsions, and addictions; rather than following the wisdom of our intellect?
If there are no demons . . . then why do some people, with no motive, shoot lots of people that they don’t even know and have nothing against?
If there are no demons . . . they why do millions of people divide into camps and then do everything they can to injure and kill the people in the opposing camp in the name of invisible entities called nations?
Through out the last 2,000 years of history, the boldest Christ-followers have fiercely fought against demons with all their might; such as, the apostles and 1st Century believers, the desert fathers, the Orthodox monks who wrote the Philokalia, the Catholic mystics, and the Pentecostals.
So why not us? Why should we surrender to inner torment or merely try to drown it out by continually consuming mind altering chemicals until our drugs, themselves, enslave us? Why not fight and overcome destructive spiritual entities with God’s spiritual weapons?
Perhaps it’s time for the courageous to take up the spiritual arms of continual prayer, fasting, conviction of sin, repentance, confession, humility, brokenness, continual surrender, dying to self-interest and to self-will, making amends, openness and accountability to others, daily reading and applying the Bible, regularly listening to and obeying the Spirit, weeping before God, and using the gifts of the Spirit.
Spiritual warfare is not for the faint of heart. It is easier to deny the demons or to drown out the sound of their destruction with drugs.
“The modern attitude to demon possession is very instructive; so many take the attitude that there is no such thing as demon possession, and infer that Jesus Christ Himself knew quite well there was on such thing, not seeing that by such an attitude they put themselves in the place of the superior person, and claim to know all the private opinions of the Almighty about iniquity. Jesus unquestionably did believe in the fact of demon possession. The New Testament is full of the supernatural; Jesus Christ continually looked on scenery we do not see, and saw supernatural forces at work.” –Oswald Chambers