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I thought this would be an interesting discussion for some of us in here. A topic of recent sermons brought this topic to mind. Our pastor has been preaching a serious on the Atonement and what Jesus has provided for those of us who are born again.

Do demons exist? Are they active today? How active?

I firmly believe that demons are very active today. Not only are many people influenced by demons but many more people are possessed by demons than some may want to admit. 

Naturally all truth about Jesus and spiritual things can only be determined by the inerrant scripture and not by our feelings or psychology or secular humanism. Those will be posted under a cut for there are a great many.

Questions before they are asked section: 

Do I think all mental illness is demonic? Nope. Do I think many if not most are? Yes. You bet. Yes indeed. Absolutely.
Are you afraid of demons? Not even a little. I am born again.

What about the stories of the men in the tombs? Do you think there are people like that today? Yes indeed. Maybe the three old boys in the story above. Seriously, today people do not have to run in the tombs and cut themselves with stones. They do it on stage and people pay to see it. Marilyn Manson comes right to mind and I am sure there are others like him. I know this may hurt some feelings, and I sure don’t’ want to do that, but I cannot read about those who cut themselves without thinking of the man in the tombs. I cannot. It is the same thing. 

Is there help? Yes, His name is Jesus.
Some one may ask if I think a Christian can have demons. That is a whole other topic. I would say yes if that Christian yield to certain sins but the cure is still the same. Jesus. Ephesians 4:26-28




Scriptures
9No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

 

Romans 8: 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 6:11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Colossians 2: 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Acts 10 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

Acts 13: 9Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 10"You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? 11Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun."

Ephesians 4: 26"In your anger do not sin"[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold.

Timothy 3:7
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

2 Timothy 2 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,

 

1 John 3

1 John 5

Acts 26

Colossians 1

Ephesians 2




 








1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature[1] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[1] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption,[2] the forgiveness of sins.

17I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. 19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

 

These news stories fit this topic also. I read them and thought, "Try and tell me people are not demon possessed today."

Castration ring’s key figures gain freedom
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200770315139

WAYNESVILLE — The six men castrated in a sadomasochistic dungeon fashioned from an enclosed carport all told prosecutors they saw no need for criminal charges.

Richard Peter "Master Rick" Sciara and his partner of 20 years, Michael Mendez, both pleaded guilty to felony castration without malice and felony maiming without malice. The man Sciara and Mendez called their slave, Danny Carroll Reeves, also pleaded guilty to the charges.
He said at least two of the men who visited the home were interested in extreme body modification.
They wanted Sciara to amputate their legs above the knees and had already each cut a finger off with garden shears to show their love for one another.
Sciara would not perform the amputation, he said. 

Demons--- The three pervs and their visitors. Demons one and all. No doubt about it.
Then there is this story: 

Authorities locate ’cat lady’ suspected of killing 650 animals
http://www.columbusdispatch.com/news-story.php?story=253394
Investigators from the Franklin County Animal Shelter and the Capital Area Humane Society say McLaughlin has described drowning hundreds of animals in a large trash can filled with water.
McLaughlin also showed investigators 16 envelopes that had names and descriptions of animals written on them as well as the dates of their deaths, Hedrick said.
The envelopes contained fur or hair
She said she did it to help the animals. Okay then.

 

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On May 1st, 2007 09:11 am (UTC), hdofu commented:
I have no doubt that demons are opperating today. Moreso then ever before would be my guess. Personally I think all sickness and weakness is linked to demons
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On May 1st, 2007 09:18 am (UTC), hdofu commented:
just curious, but what m ental illness do you not consider demon related and why?
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