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Asserts Demonization of Christians
on May 18, 2006
The author acknowledges that God had placed three levels of protection around Christians (the hedge, the angels, and the shield of faith) to protect us. One of the main themes of this book is that this protection can be breached and Christians can be demonized (i.e., controlled internally by demons) under what is considered unusual circumstances of sin: "Under unusual circumstances of sin, true believers can become demonized" (p. 437). Anger, bitterness, rage, rejection, child abuse, exposure to the occult, and sexual sins are listed amongst the unusual circumstances that lead to Christians being internally invaded. I am not clear where this is taught in Scripture. However, the author does acknowledge the non-demonic origin of mental illness including depression; he also states that only the emotionally and spiritually healthy believers will be able to deflect the arrows of the devil (Eph. 6) - that is, not be the victims of demonization . Does that mean that God abandons us at our weakness moments - when our emotional and our spiritual health is less than healthy? Does the internal presence of the Holy Spirit who is greater than he who is in the world no longer protect us? Anyone who has read this book should also read a dissenting evangelical perspective (e.g., The Stronghold of Grace) and come to their own conclusions.