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Which power influences you?

 

It is possible that man thinks he is acting in the power of God, but he is not. What are the characteristics of such lubrication from the wrong source?

 

 

FOREWORD

 

Have you ever questioned which power is influencing you? Do you have a gift for healing or some other spiritual gift? Have you ever wondered where your gifts come from? Even if someone sincerely believes that he is transmitting the power of ‘Christ and the Holy Spirit’, this does not guarantee that the gifts are always coming from God. His enemy, Satan, can easily imitate activities we associate with God: healing, prophesying, speaking in tongues, giving words of knowledge, and other spiritual gifts as mentioned in the Bible. He can give these gifts to people so they will be pulled farther away from God.

    The Bible teaches us about this deception. One example is Simon the Sorcerer, who is mentioned in Chapter 8 of the Acts of the Apostles. This man caused wonders with the help of magic, so people supposed that Simon was acting with the help of God. However, the power in him was not the power of the Holy Spirit. Simon was led astray. Another well-known story is that of the magicians of the pharaoh. These magicians duplicated Moses’ miracles through sorcery:

 

- (Acts 8:9-13) But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

 

We need only to read the words of Jesus about this subject. He said that in the last days many people would claim to have prophesied and done wonderful works in His name, people who were not His own. These verses clearly show that even if someone sincerely thinks that he is acting with power from God, he can be completely astray:

 

- (Matt 7:22,23) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

 

 

 


1. Qualities of the wrong anointing
2. What about trance preachers?
3. Where have the gifts come from?
4. Becoming free
 

 

 

1. Qualities of the wrong anointing

 

As we noted in the introduction, it is possible to make a mistake in determining which power is affecting you. It is possible for someone to think that he or she is acting in the power of God, even when this is not true.

  However, there are certain signs that one’s abilities and anointing come from the wrong source. Some of the features that can go along with activities that are encouraged by the enemy are listed below. If you notice that your activity has several of these features, then your ‘gifts’ are probably not from God:

 

- Passivity

- Guiding spirits

- Continuous visions of the spirit world

- Repeated out-of-body experiences

- Supernatural information

- Forgetfulness

- Phenomena in the family

- Great exhaustion

- Compulsion

- Arbitrariness

- A negative effect on one’s spiritual life

 

Passivity. One’s having an empty mind – remaining passive – is the first sign that the wrong anointing is involved. In order to act through someone, the devil and the evil spirits need an empty mind and a passive body. This passivity, and the fact that the person is willing to turn over control to an outside influence like a remote-controlled machine, seem to be the most important prerequisites for them to act.

  Raphael Gasson’s description of passivity is included below. Though he writes from the point of view of a former medium, the same condition can be said of spirit healers, clairvoyants, and crystal gazers. Some of them may, as a consequence of their passivity, enter into trances. Some mediums go into a deep trance, and afterwards cannot recall any details of unfolding events.

 

Someone who wants to become a medium must learn to relax his body and concentrate his thoughts in one point, until he will achieve a passive condition, a condition resembling self hypnosis, where he can no longer control his thoughts. The person will become like an automaton who can be used by the evil spirits because of the passiveness. (1)

 

The next passage describes the same activity. It is about a woman who read cards but who could have also used any other instrument. Her activity also required a passive, trance-like state in order for her to read the cards more effectively. (The well-known Edgar Cayce and Jeane Dixon pursued such a state. Cayce was even called a ‘sleeping prophet’ because of his passive trance. In her book, The Call to Glory, Dixon told readers that she tried to empty her mind in order to foretell effectively.)

 

“Nowadays I foretell from ordinary cards, but it does not matter what tool I use. There just has to be an object on which you focus until you reach a trance. I once foretold from a rug hanging on a wall.

  “It takes about four hours to reach a trance and it drains energy from you as if you were doing some physical work. After that I can foretell all day," she says. (2)

 

There are several methods that people use to achieve a passive state and a few of them are listed below. Even though these methods may at first seem to differ from each other quite much, they all finally produce a relaxed, passive condition, where the evil spirits can act. Many of these methods may seem familiar to someone who has worked amongst the New Age movement:

 

Breathing and concentration training are typically found in different methods. They are also a part of yoga that, in a way, is whole-body meditation devoted to uniting man with the Hindu god Brahman (the word yoga literally means yoking to the same yoke and binding together).

 

Different forms of Oriental meditation where you turn inwards and seek to calm and empty your mind are among the most commonly found ways for people to make themselves passive.

  The best-known method is probably transcendental meditation. This is a form of meditation promoted in Western countries as a scientific technique for relaxation. It is said that transcendental meditation has nothing to do with religion or philosophy, and that it is a stress-relieving method that brings about a feeling of peace and increases one’s mental resources.

  It is good to note that TM (Transcendental Meditation) is based completely upon Hindu philosophy, even though people deny its foundation in religion. Mantras that are used in meditation, for example, are usually the names of Hindu gods – people are calling their names! – or some other basic concepts of the Hinduism. Rabi Maharaj, a former Hindu guru who also practiced a lot of meditation wrote: "TM is Hinduism in disguise, misleadingly described in scientific terms. Its religious nature is denied and so Western people are led astray." (3)

   Fulfillment of the promises made by TM is, at the very least, questionable. It is true that many may experience a superficial feeling of peace in the beginning, but the later consequences are usually not good. When people who practiced meditation were studied in the University of Stanford (Leon S. Otis, Adverse Effects of Transcendental Meditation, Update 9 Vol No 1 March 1985), it was found that the longer the meditation continued, the more negative were the consequences. Accompanying symptoms included pain, confusion, frustration, and depression – all typical features of occultism. Some people even compared their meditation to drug addiction; they attempted to stop meditating but could not do it because being in the normal state had become a problem for them. If they did not start meditating again soon, their condition would worsen so that they would finally have to do it. So, they had become addicts of transcendental meditation!

 

Repeated recitation of spells and repetition, and the mantras of TM, are other ways to enter a passive condition. However, Jesus warned us about this kind of futile repetition when He said, "But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking" (Matt 6:7).

 

Continuous drumming is common, especially for tribal shamans. They may also use drugs or mushrooms that cause hallucinations to achieve a passive state.

 

Hypnosis is another method that can produce a passive mental state. It is a sleep-like state people try to reach by emptying their mind of thoughts and relaxing their bodies.

  One indication of the harmfulness of hypnosis is that many Christians have found it difficult to pray to God after hypnosis, and have lost their will to read the Bible (Kurt Koch describes some of these events in his book Between Christ and Satan). Hypnosis is not a neutral method; it leads a person to subordinate his will and turn over control to an outside evil influence, as do all methods that aim to achieve a passive mind.

 

Prolonged looking at the mirror is a method that is used by, for example, clairvoyants. They may also use other objects such as crystal balls or rugs hanging on walls. The object is not important to achieving a passive condition 

 

Music, especially the mysterious New Age music that seeks to inspire a ‘therapeutic and deep state of calm’ can lead to passiveness.

  In fact, this kind of music does not differ from the monotonous drumming of the shamans in the middle of a forest, except in that it is more melodic. The end result of both is the same: the deeply relaxed state required to enter a trance.

 

Oriental self- defense methods can lead to passiveness if something like Zen meditation is included. Such meditation based on emptying the mind is not required in all self-defense methods; neither do all practice it, but some include it as a part of their practices.

  A good general rule to remember is that if you can do something that normally would hurt you, but it does not harm you, then you are dealing with demonic powers. Based on some slow-motion playback of films it has been said that bricks have broken under the hand a split second before the hand even touched them. This indicates that these people are already bound and betrayed by the powers of darkness.

 

Visualization or imagining mental pictures is another gateway to passivity. Visualization is often used in relaxation courses for businessmen and in courses that are devoted to controlling the mind (Silva Mind Control, etc.). But visualization is, in fact, an old occultist method used to gain connection with the spirit world. This method will not be sanctified even if a Christian uses it while thinking of being healed – imagining that small men are attacking the sick cells, for example – because healing from God is always received through faith, through belief in the word of God and by seeing God as trustworthy, not by means of visualization.

 

Role-playing games (like many modern computer games) are another method of visualization. Almost all of them take place in one’s imagination.

  The problem with these games is that they are a doorway to the spiritual world, especially since they include the basic elements of occultism such as reciting spells, setting curses, using magic, or calling on the names of demons and gods. They easily lead one into occultism and visualization. A person can see the game before his eyes all the time, and be unable to separate reality from daydreams.

  The following passage describes where these games -- especially violent games – can lead. People can become totally enslaved by them. The example is told of by a former player of the role game Dungeons and Dragons. He was convicted to a life sentence for murder:

 

The game takes place completely in the player's mind and imagination. (…) If you play it three or five times a week, four or eight hours a time, for example, your conscious mind will get used to the violence. You no longer control your own thoughts. The game becomes true. You start to live the game as if it was reality. Everything you say or do is connected to the game. You no longer play for fun but because you have to. The game has completely taken control of him. It is so dangerous that I cannot even explain it. (4)

 

Tapes for developing oneself that can be bought from shops and that teach about relaxation, controlling stress, losing weight, learning, building your self-esteem, concentration, controlling your life, etc. can also open a door to passiveness. These tapes are meant for good purposes but they often include sounds that lead the listener to empty his mind. Likewise, their advice to turn inwards, ‘draw from your internal resources,’ meditate, self-hypnotize, or visualize, can lead a person into a passive state of mind, which is one of the basic features of wrong guidance.

 

Guiding spirits. The second sign of wrong anointing, in addition to passiveness, is the presence of guiding spirits in people's lives. If someone has practiced passive meditation for a long time, or worked with the paranormal, it is possible to attract this kind of ‘companion.’ These guides are thought to have been human residents of our world, but now they live in the spiritual world and help people from that realm.

  The following passage describes the bond between a human and his guiding spirit. This guide could just as easily be referred to by other names popular in the New Age moment, such as resurrected masters, a friend, the masters of wisdom, the white fraternity, a power beast, an internal advisor, a higher me, an angel, etc. The man in this example – who had gone astray – was freed from the deception:

 

A young man came to me in the university where I was teaching and told me, “You know what, I am being led in a very miraculous way. There is always someone close to me. Whenever I ask something, I will immediately receive an answer.”

   I immediately became suspicious and started to ask this young man questions. He was clearly dealing with the ‘familiar spirit’, about which the Bible also speaks. This quite simply means that he had formed a close relationship with a spirit from the supernatural world. As it often happens, this spirit presented himself as the Holy Spirit.

   I thought about this and prayed to God that I could distinguish the spirits from one another. After two days, when the young man came to my office again, I bluntly asked him, “Have you ever been dealing with fortune telling or mind reading?”

   A curious expression came to his eyes, like he had seen through me and he said, “How did you guess? Ever since I was a child, my mother has taken me to fortune tellers.”

  (…) As I was speaking, I powerfully felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in the room and the man begun to understand. So I told him, “People use these wrong ways of guidance to find out hidden information, future events, secret wisdom, and supernatural powers. But do you understand that all of this and more can be found with the help of the Holy Spirit? Are you ready to give up this false guidance and follow the truthful and biblical guidance?”

   He nodded and said that he wanted to be freed. We prayed for his release on the basis of the Covenant, which the blood of Jesus Christ has made possible for us. When he left my office, he was a new person. Nowadays, he works for the Lord.” (5)

 

A person who has a connection with guiding spirits, "advisers" or "masters of wisdom" should note that it is one of the more clear signs of a false anointing. These guides, whatever their name is (sometimes they may even appear as Jesus, as the Holy Spirit, or as Gods angels), are in reality just the evil spirits mentioned in the Bible. They may very well appear as resurrected masters, advisers or God’s angels but their purpose is to lead people astray and betray them. The following verses refer to this:

 

- (2 Cor 11:14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 

- (Lev 19:31) Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

 

- (Lev 20:6) And the soul that turns after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

 

- (Deut 18:10-12) There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 For all that do these things are an abomination to the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD your God does drive them out from before you.

 

- (2 Kings 21:6) And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he worked much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

 

- (Isa 8:19) And when they shall say to you, Seek to them that have familiar spirits, and to wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek to their God? for the living to the dead?

 

In addition, the following verse from the letter of Paul to the Colossians also slightly refers to this. Paul writes about certain kinds of men who delight in voluntary humility (mental growth?), worshipping of angels (spirit guides?), boasting of what they have seen (continuous seeing into the spirit world is one of the common signs of the wrong anointing) and fleshly pride (being proud of special guidance can be associated with these same matters). These words of Paul describe many people who have the wrong anointing and those people who work in the New Age movement and who have similar experiences:

 

- (Col 2:18) Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

 

Continuous visions of the spirit world. Another sign of false anointing is a person’s having continuous visions of the spiritual world. People who have guiding spirits in their lives often have frequent visions of the spirit world. They may see UFOs, humanoids, people's auras, human faces, fairies, elves, pixies, and all kinds of things that do not even exist.

  Continuously seeing into the spirit world is another feature of false anointing. It is one of the more commonly found features, and usually arises from people opening themselves to the devil through passive meditation or by contacting the spirit world themselves.

  Most visions these people are having are illusions cast by the devil. They are illusions (like dreams). The following passage written by Neil T. Anderson describes this activity. In the passage, a former Mormon woman describes her dead father, but what she sees is only an illusion:

 

A former Mormon woman prayed the prayer of this step, when she suddenly fell silent stricken by panic. "Tell me what you hear," I prompted her.

  "Don't you see him then?"

  "Who?"

  "My dead father – he is standing right behind you."

  I did not look behind me because the thing that she saw was in her mind and it was not her father.

  "What about your father?" I asked.

  "I am responsible for him," the woman said. Mormons believe that they are responsible for their family members. They even marry and get baptized on behalf of their deceased relatives. When this woman disclaimed the connection with this spirit and her Mormon beliefs, she was freed from the power of the demons. (6)

 

Repeated out-of-body experiences. The so-called OOB-experience is where a man can see himself and believes that he is moving in this state. It is common that people who have paranormal abilities have these mysterious out- of-body experiences, which often disappear when they find salvation.

  These experiences are caused by these people – perhaps by meditation, using drugs or by similar means – having made their minds passive. These kinds of experiences do not come by accident; they require a passive mind, which seems to be vital for activity by evil spirits. Spirits need a passive condition in order to project their false experiences on someone.

  Rabi Maharaj, a former Hindu guru, is one example. He believed that he had been “in the secret universe of the unknown planets to see the Glorified Masters" as a consequence of meditation, but said later about his journeys, "it was a lie, a trick of evil spirits which enabled them to get the upper hand of me when I released my mind from my control." (p. 161. Gurun kuolema [Death of a Guru]). He also stated (p. 162) that both meditation and drugs can cause changes in consciousness because evil spirits can act through these methods:

 

I learned that drugs caused changes in consciousness that were similar to those caused by meditation. They made it possible for demons to manipulate neurons in the brain and create all kinds of apparently real experiences, which actually were deceitful delusions. The same evil spirits that had led me to ever deeper meditation in order to get the upper hand of me, were obviously also behind the drug movement for the same satanic reason.

 

We must understand that most (not necessarily all) out-of-body experiences are probably just experiences in the mind, like dreams. This becomes evident when we consider that OOB experiences are usually not remembered well. For example, in her book Out On a Limb, Shirley MacLaine's friend David states about his own out-of-body experiences, "Unfortunately, it often happens that when you return back to your body and wake up, you don't remember where you have been - quite like having a dream."  In both cases you also see yourself moving elsewhere, even though your body never leaves the bed.

  The following description gives a good example of this. It refers to the connection with Carl's astral journeys and the ‘Tortoise’. This person's astral journeys were not real but arranged by the ‘Tortoise’. Carl, a professor of parapsychology, had drifted into this condition when doing his paranormal experiments for a long time:

 

When the spirit was asked whether it had arranged Carl's astral journeys (OOBE), the spirit used Carl's mouth to answer: "Yes." (Cf. Mark 5:7 s).

  When asked how it happened, the spirit replied: "When we get our hands on the soul life of a person, we can make anyone hear, touch, taste, know, and want the impossible. He was ours. He is ours. He belongs to our kingdom."

  The spirit was asked whether Carl saw the so-called ‘aura’ (which is spoken of by the theosophists and also MacLaine), and the spirit replied yes. Had ‘the Tortoise’ shown Carl his aura? The answer was affirmative. When the spirit was asked whether Carl knew who the ‘Tortoise’ was, it assured that he knew.

  The spirit was asked again whether Carl had been out of his body during his astral journeys, in the places he had mentioned. The answer was no. "What happened then?" "We gave him information concerning different places as if he had really been there."

  The questioning continued and it was very revealing. The respondent was a demon who was a liar just like his master. However, in this situation the demon was "out on a limb," i.e., in an awkward position. It was being driven out of Carl and it did not want to go. It exposed Satan's secrets in order to stay. It was scared to death of going to the abyss. (cmp. Mark 1:24, luke 8:31) (…)

  Driving ‘the Tortoise’ out from Carl was like an electric shock to him. It changed him in a second. Jesus Christ moved in to live in him and the real identity of ‘the Tortoise’ became crystal-clear to him.

  The professor wrote an apology to his students whom he had misled, and confessed that he had knowingly and voluntarily let an evil spirit take over him. Even though the spirit had come to Carl in disguise, pretending that it had come to save him, to perfect him, to help him help others, he had known all along that it was an evil spirit. "I never enjoyed the out-of-body experiences, they were only delusions." Carl confessed that all his psychic gifts had come from the same source. (7)

 

Supernatural information can be a property of the wrong anointing. It can appear as imitated words of knowledge and foretelling, which can resemble prophesying. Likewise, such forms of foretelling as reading cards, palm reading, crystal gazing, and psychometrics or gaining information from dead objects can be connected with this subject.

  We will not examine these forms of foretelling further. It will suffice to say that there is no guarantee that supernatural information always comes from God, because evil spirits can influence us. (However, such spirits are not omniscient as God is. They get their information from the future principally in two ways: either by knowing the intentions of people or by what they themselves intend to put into effect through people.) So it is very possible that if this kind of supernatural information appears in the life of a person, he is probably connected with the evil spirits. The following description in the Acts illustrates this same point: a young woman was directly under the power of a spirit and made money for her master through soothsaying. This woman was freed, however, when Paul commanded the spirit to leave. Her foretelling immediately ceased:

 

- (Acts 16:16-19) And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show to us the way of salvation.

18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.  And he came out the same hour.

19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace to the rulers,

 

- (Lev 19:26,31) You shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall you use enchantment, nor observe times.

31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God. Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.

 

- (Lev 20:6) And the soul that turns after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

 

Forgetfulness. Not remembering is another feature of the wrong anointing – although it does not apply to all activities in this sector. People under false anointing often have gaps in consciousness and memory. Some periods in their life seem to have been wiped away. They can also easily lose sense of time: one moment can seem like an hour and a longer period like one moment. Also, they are sometimes unable to know what they have done or said under this ‘anointing’.

  This kind of forgetfulness is especially common among deep trance mediums who, being in a trance, do not know what they are saying. Afterwards, they may wonder what they themselves said.

  This forgetfulness is also a common feature of UFO experiences. These contact persons do not remember their experiences afterwards either. They forget it all. That is why they may use hypnosis to remember their experiences (cf. examining reincarnation with the help of hypnosis). One example of this kind of forgetfulness is found in an article in the magazine Apu (36 / 1991. p. 66), where Rauni-Leena Luukanen was interviewed. She wrote a few books about UFOs. She told that she had difficulties remembering anything about her UFO experiences:

 

Nowadays Rauni-Leena Luukanen is flying with UFOs on a weekly basis, but she cannot remember anything about the events without hypnosis.

  This forgetting is called a cover memory. Rauni-Leena remembered under hypnosis how a humanoid forbade her to remember anything about the events on the vessel. They do this to protect people because the events may feel frightening in broad daylight. (…)

  If Rauni-Leena wakes up very tired in the morning, she knows that she has been examined in the night. They have taken specimens of her ovule, skin, muscles, and her nose. She has noticed marks of taking of the samples on her skin and the marks of straps that had been tied around her chest and pelvis. (…)

 - But in the morning I did not remember anything, Rauni-Leena regrets.

 

Phenomena in the family. These abilities of false anointing can be passed on in the family, just like any earthly tradition. (It is good to know that God's gifts are never passed on.) We commonly find that people who claim to have paranormal gifts may have family members – father, mother, grandmother, etc. -- with similar gifts. They may have practiced clairvoyance, foretelling, conjuring, spirit healing, using a magic wand, or other paranormal activities, and passed them on to their descendants. Does this sound familiar to you?

 

“This is nothing new. I have had these experiences ever since I was a child. It seems that I inherited these abilities from my mother and father or from my grandparents.”

 

Great exhaustion. Another feature of false anointing is great exhaustion: a great weakness is felt by those who possess the wrong anointing after they have stopped their spiritual activities. They may experience great weakness, boredom, headaches, and other symptoms. The more they have acted or the deeper the trance in which they have been, the more severe are the symptoms.

  The following example from Kurt Koch's book describes a former medium’s activity, and her experience of exhaustion after sessions. Similar exhaustion may affect many spirit healers' lives after they have stopped their healing sessions:

 

  …But there is another side to the story. After every session, my mother was completely exhausted. In the course of time she began to suffer also from depression and fits of rage during which she screamed and shouted. Sometimes foam came out from her mouth. Once, during a fit, she attacked me with a knife in her hand and if it wasn't for the training I received in the army, I would have been badly hurt. Her memory also suffered and she became mentally unstable. In my own life, participation in spiritualism showed as the lust to smoke and drink, and the quick-tempered side of my nature often came out. (8)

 

Compulsion. Evil spirits want to turn a person into a passive vessel through which they can work (automatic writing, mediums, etc.). Another sign of false anointing is the presence of forced supernatural behavior. Below, we consider some forms that this can take. If one notices these influences in his own life, he can be freed from them if he first hands over his life to Jesus and resists the devil in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Inability to control. The first element that can be noted is that a person under the power of false anointing often has trouble controlling his ‘gifts’ or his speech and actions in general. For example, if a person has a false gift of speaking in tongues or a false gift of prophecy, they may feel forced to use these gifts. God never forces us; He calls us. If we have a God-given gift of speaking in tongues and prophecy, we can control these gifts and speak only in suitable situations. Paul taught us about this:

 

- (1 Cor 14:27-33) If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

30 If any thing be revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold his peace.

31 For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

 

Symptoms if one does not obey. This kind of compulsion is seen in mediums and other spiritualists who are usually extremely deceitful; they often get sick right after trying to stop their activity. When they seek to break away from these things, they may catch mysterious illnesses and diseases that force them to start again.

  We can certainly find many examples. Shirley MacLaine tells us about three people in her book  Matka sisimpään: Orbito, Gasparetto, and Mauricio. They could not stop their activity because they would immediately have fallen ill. Perhaps the following quote most clearly shows where the false anointing can lead:

 

The claim, that shamanism is not hazardous to a healthy man, was, of course, the main goal of the entire report, but those direct contacts that I had with the full-time shamans in Japan told an entirely different story. Sooner or later, the spirits will take the shaman into such a firm hold that they will become their slaves and will be forced to suffer very deep pain. Finally, the shaman can break down mentally, but still be able to show surprising demonstrations of his abilities. Shamanism is, in the course of time, as enslaving a power as drug addiction that is often connected to it. (9)

 

Obsessions, internal voices, and commands may also be included in this. The people living under false anointing often come across thoughts, voices, and commands that are completely foreign to them. They may hear a dialogue in their head – voices and thoughts that they do not recognize as their own. Some may even feel that there are two different persons inside them. They may even end up hurting themselves or the person closest to them by following the voice's command – things that they would never do in a normal state. (In jurisprudence, an act performed under this state is called an act done non compos mentis, ‘not of sound mind’.)

  The man from the region of Gerasenes, mentioned in the Bible, who tried to hurt himself and who was directly under the power of unclean spirits can be regarded as an extreme example. (This certainly does not mean that all who have obsessions are in the same condition. The devil – who is the accuser, tormentor, murderer, and liar [Rev 12:10 Matt 4:3, john 8:44] – can just as well affect a person from the outside. Perhaps most cases are like this.) However, he was freed and received complete understanding after having faced Jesus:

 

- (Mark 5:1-15) And they came over to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the most high God? I adjure you by God, that you torment me not.

8 For he said to him, Come out of the man, you unclean spirit.

9 And he asked him, What is your name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

10 And he sought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

11 Now there was there near to the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

12 And all the devils sought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

13 And immediately Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

 

Arbitrariness. Another sign that an anointing does not come from God is that the individual can control when and where these activities are used.  If one can control ‘power’ or ‘energy’, then it always is coming from evil spirits. They can easily co-operate with a person, but their goal is to pull the person deeper into their deceit and deliver them into eternal damnation.

  This is distinctly different from the way God operates.  God always wants us to depend upon Him, upon his grace, and upon his leadership. He does not want us to be self-willed heroes of faith, but He wants that we ourselves find out His plan, see His actions, and learn His will in every situation. This was the purpose of Jesus' ministry on the Earth and it should be the principle of every man, because the arbitrariness of man in this issue will only lead to magic.

   During Jesus' temptations in the desert, he faced the same challenges: He was tempted to perform miracles, which were not the Father's plan for His life. He was tempted to change stones into bread, which he refused (Read Matt 4:3). When the tempter appeared to him, he said, “If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Jesus' answer was recorded in the Gospel of John:

 

- (John 5:19) Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things so ever he does, these also does the Son likewise.

 

A negative effect on one’s spiritual life. Sometimes even a genuinely saved person can be pulled into using an imitated gift if he lets a spirit healer or a person possessing a false anointing place his hands on himself; or if the person has developed a passive mind by, for example, repeating a word or phrase many times. These activities can result in a person’s receiving a ‘gift’ that is not from God.

  These events are bound to affect a person’s practice of faith. They will not strengthen faith; instead, they weaken faith. 

   The following signs are among the most commonly found: 

 

- If a person is under the power of a false anointing, they are always prevented from participating in genuine prayer through Jesus Christ to God who is in Heaven. This prevention is especially evident when a person sincerely turns to God and wants to repent; he might even lose consciousness. However, people who speak in counterfeit tongues given by the enemy can pray with this tongue but not in a normal state. 

 

- Reading and understanding the Bible may be impossible. The person may feel like nothing sticks in his mind, as if someone is snatching his thoughts.

 

- When a person is under the power of a false anointing, he can drift into a sinful life. He may drift into sinful living and consider fornication, homosexuality, or any other sin to be acceptable, or even think that guidance to do such things is coming from God. The person does not consider the fact that God never leads us to sin or to do anything that is against His holy word.

  When God leads us, He always wants to release us from sin, not drive us into it. If something is pushing us toward such activity, then the spiritual force behind it cannot be coming from God.

 

- If a person is in pastoral care he may “hear” threats, accusations, or commands in his mind. Phrases such as, "This won't work,” or “Go away,” or  “You will never be freed!" are only a few of many hundreds of ways the enemy can discourage a person. He may try to plant blasphemous thoughts in one’s mind, or try to encourage wrongful actions. The enemy’s resistance to pastoral guidance is powerful.

 

- The effect on one’s life of faith is especially apparent where a person wants to turn to God and to Jesus Christ for the first time. Often, a person burdened by occultism and a false anointing can feel at peace in the world, but as soon as the person wants to turn to God, the troubles will begin – troubles that are caused by the devil not wanting to let go of the person he considers a servant.

  Kurt Koch described a person who was burdened by occultism. He describes a man who had been taken to a magician when he was young, but who as an adult wanted to turn to God (One’s life of faith can be weakened by occult influences that come from a variety of sources, such as spirit healers, or inherited through one’s family, or attracted by one’s own actions.). The troubles in his life began only after his conversion, but he was finally freed from them completely:

 

The word of God spoke to the man, and he wanted to follow Christ. Once he had made the decision, he started to suffer from severe oppression, depression, and suicidal thoughts. This oppressed man told me in pastoral care that his life had been normal after being healed. Only after he started praying and reading the Bible did all hell break loose. The depressions were so powerful that he had attempted suicide three times. A doctor had saved his life, however. When the doctor saw the package of poison on him, he said, “This amount of poison would have been enough to kill ten men." (…) The fight lasted for a few months. Eventually Christ won. The man was completely freed of the consequences of the magician's magic. Where sin had become great, grace became even greater. (10) 

 

 

 

2. What about trance preachers?

 

Earlier we considered some things that are included in false anointing. We noted that things like passivity, guiding spirits, almost continuous seeing into the spirit world, forgetfulness, compulsions, and many other activities are associated with false anointing.

  False anointing is not restricted only to mediums, spirit healers, or similar persons whose message usually deviates completely from the true Christian message. This false anointing can also be found in trance preachers — people who preach in their sleep. They can even speak about salvation, repentance, conversion to faith in God, and other things that completely agree with the Bible’s teachings. These people seem to be acting under the power of a similar but ‘false’ anointing, because their actions very much resemble those of mediums.

  We will consider the activities of trance preachers and their resemblance to mediums. Most illustrations are drawn from the activities of Helena Konttinen, a trance preacher who lived in the beginning of the last century.

 

A foreign spirit, passivity and supernatural information. When trance preachers sink into passivity and a strange spirit occupies them and speaks through them, this is quite similar to what happens to mediums. The passive state is characteristic in both: the persons themselves are unaware of almost everything. They may even ask others what they themselves just said!

  Both commonly provide supernatural information; both tell people about things that only the subject could know. We see these features in the activities of Helena Konttinen, for example.

  It is good to note that this supernatural information comes only from the seer’s spirits and familiar spirits as we find mentioned in the Bible. If the actions of these people display such knowledge, it is coming from these untruthful spirits. They can give people similar ‘gifts’ as described in the Bible, i.e., gifts like words of knowledge and prophecy. The purpose of these spirits is, however, to drive man further away from God into damnation.

 

- (Isa 8:19) And when they shall say to you, Seek to them that have familiar spirits, and to wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek to their God? for the living to the dead?

 

Forgetfulness and insensitivity are two common experiences of mediums and trance preachers. Both can really be in such a state that they do not remember or feel anything. Helena Konttinen described her own trance in the passage below. She describes her loss of sensitivity so that she could not feel the sting of needles, for example. This kind of insensitivity was also typical for the well-known ‘sleeping prophet’ Edgar Cayce, who once in a trance did not feel pinpricks on his skin:

                             

Going into that trance takes place so surprisingly that even my conversation with my friend can be cut off. If I am sitting down at the time, I will fall back to the direction to which I happen to be leaning. I remember only a few times when I fell down when I was standing, and I did not hurt myself. People around me naturally lift me on a bed or sofa. There are no convulsions. My body does not stiffen; it is usually limp. My feet get cold when the trance lasts for a long time. People have tried to wake me up by stinging me with needles but I know nothing until I wake up. During the first three years, my eyes were open without blinking even though the trance might take as long as five hours. (11)

 

Seeing into the spirit world. Another similarity is constant hallucinations and seeing into the spirit world. Many trance preachers can regularly see these visions during their sermons, and at other times. Many of them are like in heaven during the whole sermon or they can see a book from which they read to the audience. Helena Konttinen could, during her trance, see two ‘angels of blessing’ or a spirit posing as the Savior. What is significant, however, is that she also at some stage suspected her preaching being from the devil. She described her suspicions and how she also saw visions during a speech. Unfortunately, she suppressed these suspicions when she received new visions:

 

What if the enemy is doing his work in me, and poses as an angel of light? Finally I thought that I was the enemy's weapon, because he came to me in a visible form more than once, and I did not see the Savior in the trance, except when under greater distress.

   (…) On the following days, there were three explanation speeches and I saw the Savior, but his hands and sides were not visible. And again I became suspicious: what if the enemy is affecting this preaching, because he can also transform himself into an angel of light. (12)

                                                         

Non-biblical teaching. Although many trance preachers quote the Bible, it is significant that their teachings include non-biblical material and unfulfilled predictions. The spirits usually dictate to them what they may speak and what they cannot mention in their normal state.

  We will not discuss this issue here in any more detail, but the book Totuus unissasaarnaajista by Armas von Bell, for example, discusses the teachings and unfulfilled predictions of Helena Konttinen in more detail.

 

Supernatural forcing. We noted above that compulsion and compulsive activities are among the most fundamental features of false anointing and guidance. We can see the same in the lives of trance preachers. We can see that they, too, have had to live under the same kind of coercion as many mediums and spirit healers who have been dealing with these matters for a long time.

   They have been forced to say things that they did not want to speak, or have had to do things against their will in this state of trance. It is also worth noting that if they have tried to give up their activity or rebel against it, they have suffered the consequences of punishment or disease, as have many mediums. The following passage written by Helena Konttinen clearly describes this. If a person notices similar things occurring in his own life, he may be certain that it does not come from the Holy Spirit:

 

It was further informed that the freedom from trance speeches would be given at the end of my life and I could be free from it in my home, but the gift of explaining would not be taken away; I would have to act with it until I was very old (…)

  "If a servant was taken into the house, he would indeed love his master but would not do his work, the master would force him do it..."

 

(…) Such harsh punishments came because in spite of the many warnings I had offended. In the beginning when I was placed into a trance, it had been said that if I would not willingly go into the Lord’s service, I would be forced to do it by means of punishment. (13)

 

The testimony of a former trance preacher. The testimony of a former trance preacher shows us that evil spiritual powers work behind trance preachers. She says that she was overpowered by a spirit, and also how she was freed from this spirit. It is important to pay attention to the fact that this woman was not in faith, even though she prayed for other people. It is also good to note that immediately when she turned to God the difficulties began – which is very common with people burdened by occultism.

  Italics have been added to the text below to make it easier to see some of the typical features of false anointing. The description is from Armas von Bell’s book Totuus unissasaarnaajista, a story told by a former trance preacher:

 

I was awakened in 1929. I was walking in order to hear all the speakers. I did not read the word of God myself as of yet, I only listened to those who spoke. (…) Then came the year 1930. I once went to the town of Kotka. My friend said that there would be a trance preacher, and I went with her.

  The meeting started with the preacher stating the names of the hymns, two of them. My friend said that the speaker had two sermons, the walking sermon as the second, and so it was. She preached the first sermon while lying down, but when the second sermon started, she jumped up, went to the back bench and asked everyone, “What did you come to get?” Then she came and put her hands on me, and that spirit came to me. I fell on my knees, and the preacher said that I should preach the message of the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 40, to the nation. I cried and my power was gone, so that the people had to help me up.

  The speaker’s pupils were not visible, only the whites. She was being led by the spirit.

  There was another meeting in Kotka the next week. There, I went into a trance and I did not know what I preached. It continued for six months every evening at 7 pm. I myself did not know anything about it and I did not remember anything I had spoken, but there was a spirit in me that knew beforehand all that was going to take place.

  People were very amazed and happy that now they had amongst them a seer and they always gathered to hear my sermons until the room was full. I preached and prayed for people, and I informed hidden issues: once I informed them of a large amount of moonshine hidden. (…) Once, I hit a drunkard's bottle into pieces and prayed for him. People wondered how I dared, since he was such an awful man. Once, when many boys had come to visit us, I took one boy from the shoulders and brought him to his knees and ordered him to pray for himself to be saved. I was often on my knees before people, and I prayed for them.

  (…) Then a talker from a youth association, Olga Kohvakka, came to this town, and we had a sewing circle. She came there; I had again preached a long sermon and prophesied her journey. She came to our place and asked me whether I was in faith. I said, “I am not.” She said that when she was 16 years old, she was like I was now and that she prayed for salvation and to be healed and she got rid of the spirit.

  When I knew what spirit was in me, I started to read the Bible and pray that the spirit would leave me. Of course, this did not please the spirit and then it showed its true color; that it was an evil spirit. It had me do many crazy things. When I was reading the Bible, it said, “Throw the Bible into the corner!” And I did it, but when it commanded me to burn the Bible, I received strength to resist and I did not do it. I even had to be dumb for two days when the spirit within me became dumb. When people came to talk to me, I wrote down on paper that I could not talk.

  (…) When I had gotten rid of the spirit, I called a doctor and said that I had rid myself of it by praying and reading the Bible, and he said that it was cheap medicine. Even afterwards this doctor, Sederholm, asked me about the state of my faith. Thank God, I was able to answer that my faith is getting stronger and stronger.

  Yes, I believe that every trance preacher will be freed if he only wants to. I do not think that any of those whom I have met have been believers.

   (…) After I received the Holy Spirit, it has not even tried anymore. The trance preaching spirit is not anything other than an evil spirit that controls a person. It is also said in the Bible: "Who has a dream, let him speak of it; who has the Word of God, let him speak of it."

  There would be much to write, about everything the spirit made me do in my life. Nobody should, in the state of awakening, follow everybody. You are stronger once you are reborn. No evil spirits will easily grab hold of that. (14)

 

 

3. Where have the gifts come from?

 

There are generally three ways in which a person gets “gifts” that come from the enemy. These false “gifts” may appear like speaking in tongues, for example.  We will look at these below.

 

1. Man himself practises. The first way is that the person has practiced occultism, studied magic, and continuously worked to develop skills. Meditation and passive submission to a foreign spirit are the most common ways for people to get false gifts:

 

False gifts that come through meditation. Practicing meditation can include focusing the mind on nothingness, breathing in a rhythm, and similar activities are common ways to open oneself to false anointing. Most mediums have become mediums just by practicing some form of Oriental meditation for a long time – perhaps for some years – until they have finally become channels for untruthful spirits:

 

Almost every one of channels and mediums whom I have examined had their initial connection with the guiding spirit when they practiced some form of Oriental meditation. The shamans also use some spell or mantra in order to get into a trance, whereby they get connected to the spirit world. (Kenneth R. Wade, Uuden aikakauden salaisuudet: New age, p. 137)

 

Another example is Rudolf Steiner, regarded the creator of anthroposophy and Steiner pedagogy. He received a kind of clairvoyance (and created his wrong teachings) through the practice of yoga, which he had studied for several years. He even believed that if someone practiced passive meditation for a half an hour every day for seven years, the person would receive a similar ability. 

 

Passive submission to a foreign spirit. Another way to attract a false anointment is passive submission to foreign spirits. Often, the worst cases faced by Christians rise from this sort of activity. Doreen Irvine describes this kind of activity. She was a queen of black witches, a former prostitute, and striptease dancer, but she was finally freed from the demonic chains – after a seven-month fight. She wrote in Olin noita (From Witchcraft to Christ), p. 152-153:

 

Suddenly, I became aware of the evil spirits who lived in me. They really owned my body. The evil spirit spoke to me again, but only to me.

   "Do not tell him anything.”

   The evil spirits were not unfamiliar to me. How often had I called them to help me when I was a witch and a worshipper of Satan! For the first time I understood that these evil spirits were in me, and not outside of me. It was an astonishing discovery.

 

2. Inheritance. It is possible for false gifts to be passed on to us as an inheritance. (The gifts of God are never passed from one generation to the next.) Ordinarily we find that one or both the parents or grandparents practiced dark arts, or let themselves be healed by magic, or visited a person who used a divining rod, or acted as a medium. The enemy’s influence may have passed from them to their children and grandchildren. They may inherit these abilities, of which they become aware often under surprising circumstances.

  Kurt Koch described this kind of activity in Onko paholainen olemassa (Between Christ and Satan), p. 33. He wrote that these abilities do not necessarily disappear even in conversion, and that some people may confuse them with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. That is why special prayer may be needed to be freed from these capabilities:

 

As we examine the history of families, we can see that in many cases the ability to use a divining rod or a pendulum – also mesmerism, clairvoyance, and dreams that come true – appear in people whose ancestors have been active spiritualists or have even practiced magic. These exceptional abilities are not gifts of the Holy Spirit and neither are they neutral or natural gifts, but mediumistic abilities. Many people have these abilities and they do not even know it. Sometimes they are noticed by accident. Every now and then a person who possesses mediumistic abilities becomes a Christian. Then, as a Christian, he or she can suddenly notice the rare abilities and imagine that he or she has received a gift of the Spirit. This is, of course, a misconception. Sometimes we can see that these mediumistic abilities disappear when people become converted, but very often they are carried into the new life. But if a Christian sincerely prays for freedom from these abilities, God will answer the prayers. They are a real burden for many Christians. Markus Hauser said that clairvoyance was rather a plague than a gift to him. Mediumistic abilities should never be confused with gifts of the Spirit. Even conversion does not sanctify them. The Holy Spirit never uses or sanctifies skills that the ancestors have received in service to Satan.

 

3. Transfer. One can also become burdened with occultism through transfer, which is actually the demonic equivalent of laying on of hands, which is mentioned in the Bible. Here are some examples:

 

Ordinary close contact. A person can receive a transfer of false gifts after coming into close contact with a spirit healer, or a diviner, or with a medium. This kind of transfer is very common. 

 

Sexual intercourse places one into extremely close contact, as does visiting a spirit healer. Intercourse can attract demonic pollution because these spirits can be transferred from one person to the other. If someone has had these kinds of physical relationships in their past, he can cancel their effect by confessing his sins to God and claiming freedom through the name and blood of Jesus.

 

- (1 Cor 6:16-18) What? know you not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?  for two, said he, shall be one flesh.

17 But he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.

 

Unreliable people. Sometimes saved people can drift into the bondage of an occult burden or may have received the ‘gift’ of prophecy, speaking in tongues, healing, words of knowledge, or other similar gifts when they have let some unknown and unreliable person put their hands on them. (Rebecca Brow and Kurt Koch provide examples in their books.) This kind of a transfer is possible even in churches, because all people who visit churches are not servants of God; they may be bound themselves. Everyone should, therefore, obey the verses in James Chapter 5, where it is written that only the elders of the church or other reliable persons should anoint people and pray for them.

   The second possible mistake is that we are too eager to place our hands on people. If they are not ready to give up their sins and repent, or are possessed by demons, this can happen. However, Jesus taught, "they will drive out demons" and not that they put their hands on them. 

   The following warning given by Yonggi Cho addresses the same subject. He wrote that many people who pursued the baptism of the Holy Spirit may have been forced under this yoke just because they subjected themselves to the wrong person. The consequence is usually that they have encountered unnecessary suffering and shipwrecked their lives:

 

People who pray earnestly and eagerly for receiving the Holy Spirit should not allow anyone to place their hands on them while they pray. An evil spirit is very contagious, as are diseases that spread like epidemics. I have seen how filthy spirits have been transferred into people when someone who is possessed by evil spirits has placed their hands on them. When such a spirit gets into them, they suffer terribly until they are freed from it. If someone wants hands to be placed on him in prayer, he should always be sure that the people who do this are full of the Spirit of Truth. (15)

 

TESTING THE SPIRITS

 

- (1 John 4:1-3) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 

In the Bible passage above, John advises us to test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because all spirits are not from Him. If you are uncertain about which power you are in connection with, or an angel or spirit continuously appears to you (even a spirit who appears as Jesus or as the Holy Spirit), or if you doubt the source of your own gifts, then test these spirits.

   God’s angels and the Holy Spirit will always glorify Jesus Christ in the flesh and proclaim Him as Lord.

   Ask: "Is Jesus Christ (the Messiah), who came in the flesh, who is God Almighty, who died on the cross and rose from the tomb on the third day and now sits on the right side of the Father God, is this Jesus Christ their Lord?”. If they are evil, they will deny it, fall silent, or give a vague and deceitful answer.

   Neil T. Anderson wrote about the enemy’s ability to easily imitate normal gifts of God. He described a person who received through false teachers the enemy’s gifts of speaking in tongues and prophecy. However, he was freed from these imitated gifts:

 

Recently a man in his thirties was directed to me. Alvin was depressed and felt defeated. He had thought for several years that he had received a special gift of prophecy from God. He was called many times to the churches to speak like an oracle of God; he prophesied in his own unique way. But over the course of a few months, his life started to break down. Alvin finally came to a point where he could not act in the society anymore and he started to completely draw back from the company of others. When he came to see me, he had been unemployed for two years. His father took care of him and he was the slave of prescription drugs.

   I read 1 Thess 5:19-21 with Alvin: “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” I said, “Alvin, I don't resist prophesying; it is a gift. But Satan may imitate these gifts and mislead us to believe that they are from God. That is why the Bible says: test everything.”

   During our conversation Alvin admitted, “I feel that my problems began when I didn't test the gifts of tongues and prophecy which I had received through wrong teachers. I was deceived, but I have also deceived other people.”

   “Would you now like to test your gift of speaking in tongues,” I asked. I assured Alvin that I wanted to test the spirit, not him.

   Alvin really wanted to be freed from the deceit and amend his relationship with God. “I would,” he replied.

   I told Alvin that he must pray aloud 'speaking in tongues'. When Alvin started to repeat an incomprehensible prayer, I said, “In the name of Christ and obedient to the word of God, I command you, spirit, to tell who you are.”

   Alvin stopped in the middle of his rhythmic repeats and said, “I am Him.”

   At this stage, a novice would have had the temptation to take off his shoes and imagine that he stood on Holy Land. But I continued testing the spirit, “Are you Him who was crucified during Pontius Pilate, buried, rose from the dead on the third day, and who now sits on the right side of the Father?”

   Alvin almost shouted his reply, “I am not! I am not Him!” I advised Alvin in prayer to forbid the activity of Satan in his life, and so Alvin was freed from that deceit. (16)

 

 

 

4. Becoming free

 

Occultism, spiritualism and false anointing in general are activities under the same enslaving yoke. Their practice always leads to formation of demonic bonds and causes a degree of restlessness such as man has never experienced before beginning such practices. The most serious consequence of occult activity is that it blocks us from entering heaven. We learn from the Bible that magicians, witches, murderers, and others living in sin can never inherit the kingdom of God:

  

- (Gal 5:19-21) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, 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.

 

- (Rev 21:7,8) He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

- (Rev 22:14,15) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and makes a lie.

 

However, if you have received a false anointing or gotten involved with the occult do not stay there. You can be freed.

   Below, we explain the steps one must take to be freed from the enemy’s bonds. Becoming free involves:

 

- Freedom in Jesus Christ

- Handing over your life to God

- The prayer of abandonment or breaking away from the enemy

- Confessing sins

- Resisting the enemy

- After-fight

- Reading the Word

- Objects

- Curses

- Inheritance

 

FREEDOM IN JESUS CHRIST. Keep in mind that you have already turned to Jesus Christ and received Him into your life so that you may experience salvation. Unfortunately, there are many people in the church who think that they are saved but who actually are not saved. They may have grown up in Christian homes, visited church meetings regularly, may have even testified, but they lack the life within and have not been born again.

   That is why it is extremely important for you, too, to rest assured that you have received Jesus Christ and salvation and that this is not something you’re just imagining. Jesus Christ is only waiting to step into your life so that you may become a child of God:

 

- (Rev 3:20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 

- (John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name

 

Another important matter is that only in Christ Jesus can you be freed from guiding spirits, lying voices, false anointing, and every other expression of the enemy. Medicine and psychology can help people and should not be belittled, but they cannot help free us from the bonds of dark powers. Jesus' defeat of Satan is the true foundation for freedom. You must turn to Him in order to be delivered from the enemy’s grip. Read about the victory of Jesus over the enemy below, along with descriptions of how some people have received help:

 

- (1 John 3:8) ... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 

- (Hebr 2:14,15) For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

 

- (Col 2:15) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

 

- (Luke 11:20-22) But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come on you.

21 When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace:

22 But when a stronger than he shall come on him, and overcome him, he takes from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils.

 

- (Luke 8:2) And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

 

- (Acts 8:5-8) Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them.

6 And the people with one accord gave heed to those things which Philip spoke, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

8 And there was great joy in that city.

 

HANDING OVER YOUR LIFE TO GOD. An important step to take toward being freed is to hand over one’s whole life to God and want to follow Him with all one's heart. This is important because only a person who wants to give up sinning and making wrong choices can experience lasting freedom. If a person continues his sinful ways and does not feel genuine sorrow (2 Cor 7:10) for his wrongdoings, then the person will never be permanently freed. Even though the person is freed from evil powers for a while, they will always try to come back because the person’s impenitence is like an open door through which evil powers can enter.

   Indeed, it is a problem that many only seek relief for their difficulties and troubles but do not desire to serve the Lord and live to please Him; they want Jesus to guarantee them a way out of their problems, but they do not wish to change within. Likewise, they still live under the impression that they can win something by this delay and impenitence, even though the truth lies in the opposite direction. Jesus said very clearly that the person who wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for His sake will save it:

 

- (Luke 9:23,24) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24  For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

 

The following statement made by Sven Reichmann helps us understand this. He makes the point that if we defend our sinful attitudes such as unforgiveness and bitterness then we cannot experience true freedom. On the other hand, if we feel godly sorrow for our sins, then we are often cleansed from all evil powers automatically:

 

God often makes an open suggestion: "Forgive. Do it for your own sake so that you would get well and rid yourself of all this!” God urges you, he leads helpful people to you, but He cannot act on your behalf. You must do it yourself. You must see that vindictiveness binds you to inability and slavery.

   There are many examples. Each person has his own unique situation. Therefore, there are no ready-made operation models for deliverance. But the Holy Spirit is our assistance when we truly want to be freed both from slavery and from lust. When lust is gone, slavery will also disappear. Then you no longer need to command it to leave your life. It is true that sometimes God can give a special command to use authority in deliverance, but generally godly sorrow leads to salvation. If one regards this sorrow as too difficult and tries to protect himself from it – as sometimes happens in conversations – it may be that he will never be freed. But if he has this one goal, to be pure and free, then God Himself will step forward as the helper. (17)

 

The prayer of ABANDONMENT OR breaking away from the enemy. The prayer of abandonment or breaking away from all the works of the devil after receiving Jesus as the Lord and Savior is also important. It is important especially for those who have been involved in occultism and sorcery, because these people have always made a voluntary union with the powers of darkness. When they say the prayer of abandonment, they nullify this union and the devil’s ownership of them.

   Kurt Koch has much experience in this area. He wrote that the prayer of abandonment is very significant among those people burdened by occultism. These people may have drifted into bondage as a result of their own actions or by way of inheritance through families that practiced sorcery, for example. He writes that if the burden is substantial it may be difficult for a person to utter this prayer:

 

As comes to the pastoral care of occultist people, the significance of the prayer of abandonment is great. Why? Every sin of sorcery is a union with darkness. When we get into sorcery, we give to the devil ownership of ourselves. This ownership can be formed when our parents or grandparents practiced witchcraft. The devil knows the first commandment "…I who will punish the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation". The powers of darkness take advantage of their ownership, and the descendants of those people who have practiced sorcery do not know anything about this because they may never have practiced sorcery. The devil expresses his rights when a man whom he possesses turns.

   In the prayer of abandonment, a person legally breaks off this ownership. The physician of the soul, who is present, or even a few brothers, can witness the breaking off of the ownership.

   Modern theologians laugh at these issues, but the devil takes them seriously. Hundreds of cases prove that he takes them seriously. (…)

   If the burden is heavy, the prayer of abandonment will raise great difficulty. (18)

 

The following prayer is a model that can be used to break away from the enemy. If this prayer is very difficult for you to say and you feel you are about to lose consciousness, you can command the devil to leave and remain bound in the name of Jesus Christ. If necessary, you can repeat this prayer until you can utter it without difficulty:

 

In the name of Christ Jesus, I break away from your power, Satan, and from all the powers of darkness with which I have been involved and served. At the same time, I also break away from any witchcraft practiced by my forefathers and my parents, and I hand over my life to Jesus Christ who is now my Lord and my Savior!

 

CONFESSION OF SINS

 

- (1 John 1:7,9) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

 

In the verse above, we are taught to confess our sins in order to receive forgiveness and cleansing through the blood of Jesus.

   This confession of sins and feeling genuine sorrow are key to being freed from the enemy’s chains. The doors to the devil and evil spirits that were opened through sinful behavior can be closed simply by confessing our sins and expressing honest sorrow. It is that simple.

   An unclean conscience and darkness are always the precondition for evil spirits – they work in the dark – but if a person brings the things he has done into light by confessing them to God, all the legal right these powers have to act in one’s life is broken. They no longer have the right to affect him, and can easily be driven away. This does not always require a separate command; they will disappear automatically when a person is broken enough before God, that is, when the person is genuinely sorry for the things he has done.

   Corrie ten Boom explains the importance of confessing sins. She wrote that when people understand the message of Deut 18:10-13 -- that they have acted against God -- and when they confess their sins, they are immediately freed:

 

In the same way as Elisha sent 'the son of the prophet' back to the place where he had lost the axe and where the miracle took place (2 King 6:5,6), I too send people back to the place where they have, being guilty of sin, opened their hearts to the devil. I ask Jesus our Savior to close the door where they have opened it. Firstly, it is necessary to convince people that they really have sinned! Deut 18:10-13 proves this. Confession is necessary, and after it we can claim that the precious promises of purifying belong also to us (John 1:7-9). How many people I saw freed when they acted obediently according to this word! (19)

 

So, if you want to be freed from the chains of occultism or other dark influences, you must bring these before God, and then you can command the evil spirits to leave.

   Below are some examples of prayers that we can use to confess our sins and command away evil influences.

   The most commonly found activities include spiritualism, spirit healing, and making our mind passive (which provides one of the widest gates for the devil to walk through), but we can also be guilty of very ordinary sins such as harboring bitterness and accusing others as well as feeling self-hatred. These, too, must be confessed as a sin against God if we are to be freed.

   Another important matter is being freed from occult abilities and breaking our connections to the spirit world. These abilities and connections do not always disappear at the moment of our conversion; if not, then one need only ask God to take them away. If one still continuously sees into the spirit world or continues to have out-of-body experiences, or if one’s family practices occultism (for example), then this kind of specific prayer may be needed.

   Here are some prayers one can repeat to break the enemy’s bonds:

 

Oh Lord, Father, forgive me for taking part in spiritualism, spirit healing, etc. Thank You that You forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness through the blood of Your Son Jesus.

 

Satan and you demons, I have confessed to God that I have taken part in séances, spirit healing, etc. Now you have no more legal right in these areas, because through the blood of Jesus I have been forgiven. Therefore, I command you now in the name of Jesus Christ to leave me and my surroundings, and never to return!

_________

 

Oh Lord, Father, forgive me for emptying my mind and making it passive for it is not Your will. Thank You that You forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness through the blood of Your Son Jesus.

 

Satan and you demons, I have confessed to God that I have emptied my mind and made it passive. Now you have no more legal right in this area, because through the blood of Jesus I have received forgiveness from God. Therefore, I command you now in the name of Jesus Christ to leave me and my surroundings, and never to return!

_________

 

Oh Lord, Father, forgive me for my wrong connections to the spirit world! I ask You to take away those supernatural gifts and abilities that are not from You and also all such connection with the spirit world that is not from You. Thank You that You cleanse my body, soul and spirit of all unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus. In the name of Jesus, amen

 

Now, in the name of Jesus Christ, I command all evil spirits who gave me the ability to be in connection with the spirit world to leave my life immediately and never to return!

__________

 

Oh Lord, Father, forgive me for interfering with relationships outside marriage, pornography, and other such sins! Thank You that You forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness through the blood of your Son Jesus.

 

Satan and you demons, I have confessed to God that I have interfered with wrong relations and pornography that are not the will of God. Now you no longer have a legal right in this respect, because through the blood of Jesus I have received forgiveness from God. Therefore, I command you now in the name of Jesus Christ to leave me and my surroundings, and never to return!

__________

 

Oh Lord, Father, forgive me for my bitterness and my accusations towards... Thank you that You forgive me and You cleanse me of all unrighteousness through the blood of Your Son Jesus.

 

Satan and you demons, I have confessed to God that I have been bitter towards...  Now you no longer have a legal right in this regard, because through the blood of Jesus I have received forgiveness from God. Therefore, I command you now in the name of Jesus Christ to leave me and my surroundings, and never to return!

__________

 

Oh Lord, Father, forgive me for my self-hatred, my suicidal thoughts, and my self-pity! Thank You that You forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness through the blood of Your Son Jesus.

 

Satan and you demons, I have confessed to God my self-hatred, suicidal thoughts and self-pity. Now you no longer have a legal right in this regard, because through the blood of Jesus I have received forgiveness from God. Therefore, I command you now in the name of Jesus Christ to leave me and my surroundings, and never to return!

 

RESISTING THE ENEMY. In order to be freed, a person must utter the prayer of abandonment and confess the sins he has practiced. This is important, because true freedom can never be experienced before one wants to give up sins and wrong relationships with all of his heart. If a person does not do this, he may remain in chains forever.

   Another part of remaining free is resisting the devil whenever necessary. The fact is that the enemy will not automatically withdraw from disturbing people if he has been given a place; he may still tempt them. Many symptoms in the lives of people are just caused by disturbances and attacks by the enemy. Here are some commonly seen signs of the enemy’s influence, some of which are also characteristically experienced by people under false anointing:

 

- Great difficulties in praying and reading the Bible. One can even lose consciousness.

- Moments of forgetfulness and unconsciousness.

- Presence or/and pressure from foreign powers.

- Haunting and supernatural phenomena.

- Uncontrolled outbursts of anger, sexual daydreams, intense fear, or any sin or lust that is above normal. These things are a part of our sinful nature, but sometimes the enemy may act in the background to gain ground because of our former sins.

- Illusions, confusion or visions are common.

- Feeling intense fear, doubts and pain.

- Self-destructive behavior and suicidal thoughts.

- Obsessions where an internal need drives a person to say or do things that are contrary to his or her basic nature. Especially, blasphemous thoughts and deeds occur.

- Physical symptoms such as headache, weakness, dizziness, feeling heavy and general pain everywhere in the body are common. Some diseases such as epilepsy, deafness, and muteness can also occasionally be the attacks of the enemy and originate from evil spirits, even though there may be a medical explanation or injury that has nothing to do with the devil.

- Voices that are accusatory, blasphemous or threatening order a person to do something that will hurt himself or to do something humiliating. Often these voices may resemble our own thoughts or internal dialogue but express ideas completely opposite from what we would normally think.

- In pastoral care, a person may in his mind experience threats, accusations or false statements such as, "This won't work!” “Get out from here!” or “You can never be freed!” Internal resistance to pastoral help is powerful

 

So, if you suffer the above-mentioned symptoms, you should not remain passive. You should resist the enemy of our soul in the name of Jesus Christ and based on the blood shed by Him. You may experience great weakness or helplessness, but you should remain strong because you are fighting for your own deliverance.

   The following verses advise us to resist the devil in the name of Jesus Christ. The first of these verses (Jam 4:7) tells us to first submit ourselves to God with our whole heart, and then to resist the devil. This is always how it goes:

 

- (Jam 4:7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

- (1 Peter 5:8,9) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brothers that are in the world.

 

- (Mark 16:17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues

 

- (Matt 4:10) Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.

 

- (Luke 10:17-20) And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject to us through your name.

18 And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

19 Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject to you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

 

- (Rev 12:11) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.

 

The following story written by Neil T. Anderson shows what resisting means in practice. He describes a woman who suffered from visions of snakes and who hesitated to resist them in the name of Jesus Christ. However, when she finally dared to do it, the snakes vanished from her life:

 

One of the first people with whom I dealt as comes to spiritual battles and demonic activity was Daisy, a 26-year-old hippie of the 60s. Daisy was in faith and she had a university degree, but she also had serious mental and emotional problems, which had developed after her father divorced her mother. Over the course of five years, Daisy had been in the hospital three times being treated because of paranoia and schizophrenia. When she had been at my place in pastoral care for three weeks, she finally got the courage to tell me about the snakes in her life.

   "What snakes?” I asked.

   "Well, they crawl on me at night, when I am in bed," she confessed.

   "What do you do when the snakes come?”

   "I run to my mother. But they always come back, when I am alone.”

   "I'll tell you what you should do,” I said. “When you have gone to the bed and the snakes come, say aloud, 'In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to go away."

   "I can’t do it,” Daisy resisted. “I am not ready or strong enough.”

   "It is not a question of you being ready; it is a question of your position in Christ. You are as much entitled to resist Satan and force him to leave as I am.”

   Daisy wriggled before this thought. “Well, maybe I could do it,” she sighed and sounded like she had just promised to drink castor oil.

   When Daisy marched to my place the following week, she said, "The snakes have disappeared!”

   "Great! Why didn’t you tell me earlier?”

   "Because I was afraid you too would get them. Now I understand that it was only another part of the same lie.”

     In the course of a few months, Daisy was freed from the demonic mess and was a part of the child work of the church. If her problem had been merely neurological or caused by a chemical imbalance in her system, ordering the snakes in the name of Jesus would not have helped. But in the case of Daisy, the problem was spiritual, and five years of hospital care and medical treatment did not work. (20)

 

AFTER-FIGHT. When one has been deeply involved in occultism he might have to fight for weeks, even months afterwards. Even though he has been delivered, he might not feel peace because the devil continues to harass him. It is a part of the growing process that a person may have to experience because he has driven his mind into passivity before and has allowed room for the devil.

   Remaining firm in faith and resisting the devil are extremely important. When man actively resists the devil and maintains a firm will, evil powers will eventually be forced to give up. They will be forced to give up because they are no longer allowed any room.

   In her book "Pyhien sota" (War on the Saints, p. 83), Jessie Penn-Lewis wrote about the importance of keeping a firm attitude, "When the believer keeps his mind in a normal condition of action, he should sustain firm willpower, i.e., ‘I want my mind not to be passive, I want to completely control and use all my abilities, I want to be clear of all that comes from the enemy’. This indicates man’s choice and not his decision to do these things. The powers of darkness do not care for mere choosing, but they will surrender powerless when the willpower is manifested in a determined decision. God gives us power to walk in the right direction, if we choose the right way."

   In the same way, the following verses show the significance of resistance and endurance. If we resist and endure, we can achieve true freedom:

 

- (Eph 6:13) Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

- (Hebr 10:35,36) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.

36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.

 

Another important thing is to separate faith and feelings from each other. Deliverance is always based on faith, not on feelings. We live by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7), and feelings are often totally opposite from what we really own in Christ.

   It is quite normal for a freed person to turn to feelings when he experiences physical or other symptoms, the same kind as before. The person may think that he or she has not really been freed and saved, but that the evil spirits have come back.

   We should note, however, that one must stand only on faith and believe that the evil spirits have departed. If we have already confessed our sins, received forgiveness through the blood of Jesus, and commanded the evil spirits to leave, then they really have gone. It is a matter of faith, not of feelings.

  It is possible, however, that one experiences the same symptoms as before but now on the outside – it is quite a different matter. Every believer can be attacked by evil – even Jesus was attacked in the desert (Matt 4:1-11) – but that does not mean that a person is under the power of evil.

   The following verses illustrate God’s protection from evil. If you are struggling with this now, you will be better off trusting the verses below than your feelings, which change quite a lot:

 

- (1 John 4:4) You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

- (Ps 121:7) The LORD shall preserve you from all evil: he shall preserve your soul.

 

- (Rom 8:38,39) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

- (Col 1:13) Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

 

READING THE WORD

 

- (Eph 6:16,17) Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

 

The verses above describe the shield of faith with which a person can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

   The word of God is also a tool of grace in deliverance and the fight. Whenever we read the word of the Bible – especially verses that explain our position in Christ and as a child of God – we can experience increasing freedom, when ‘the truth shall make you free’, as Jesus said (John 8:32). This goes especially to understanding true righteousness and the grace of God, when we are freed from false self-accusations and enter a new level in our relationship with God.

   The word of the Bible can also help free us from occultism and other devilish tortures. Reading verses that tell of the defeat of the devil and his destiny in hell have been found especially good for this purpose. (Rebecca Brown worked among many people who were seriously bound. She wrote in her book (Prepare for War), that the Book of Revelation Chapter 18 and the last two chapters of the Revelation are especially good.). The following verses describing the defeat of the devil are also good. If reading these verses is difficult for you and you fear that you may lose consciousness, you can immediately resist the devil in the name of Jesus and continue reading again:

 

- (1 John 3:8) ... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 

- (Col 2:15) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

 

- (Luke 10:17-20) And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject to us through your name.

18 And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

19 Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject to you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

 

- (Luke 11:20-22) But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come on you.

21 When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace:

22 But when a stronger than he shall come on him, and overcome him, he takes from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils.

 

- (Matt 4:10) Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.

 

- (Matt 25:41) Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels

 

- (Rev 20:10) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

 

- Chapters 18-22 of the Revelation 

 

OBJECTS. Various objects that have been used for occult purposes can present obstacles to a person’s deliverance. If there are many objects in your home that have been used in idol worship or have had spells recited over them, they may be a portal for evil spirits. Many objects are neutral in nature, but if spells are attached to them then they can draw a spiritual burden into the home – a burden that will not lift until the object in question has been destroyed.

   The following verses provide good descriptions of what to do with these objects. One verse is related to Ephesus, where people burned all their books related to magic. They certainly understood that if they had not done it, they would have remained under a continuous burden. The bond was broken in a simple way:

 

- (Deut 7:25,26) The graven images of their gods shall you burn with fire: you shall not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it to you, lest you be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.

26 Neither shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be a cursed thing like it: but you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.

 

- (Acts 19:17-19) And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.

19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

 

As for your own experience, ask yourself whether you want to be freed from all the chains of evil or do you want to remain bound? If you keep ‘objects which are set apart for destruction’ in your home, you will bring a curse upon your home.

   Below is a list of objects that can open a conduit for the devil’s entry into your home. You should destroy them. You could also utter the prayer of giving up for every object before you destroy it:

 

- Astrologic, spiritualistic, and magical literature is one of the greatest channels for the devil‘s entry into our lives and homes. The best known literature is probably the 6th and 7th books of Moses (called the Black Bible) that includes an extensive selection of magic spells, and lessons about communicating with destructive spirits. This book teaches the opposite message from that of the Holy Bible. Author Kurt Koch provides numerous examples of injuries done to people and their descendants as a result of content in this book.  In Onko paholainen olemassa? (Between Christ and Satan) pages 129 through 139, he lists difficult family histories, mental illnesses, and difficulty for these people and their descendants to turn to Christ.

 

- Many souvenirs such as idols and statues, fetishes, magic drums, and masks of the devil can provide a home to evil spirits because many of them have been dedicated to idolatry and carry spells. People bring a curse into their home when they bring in these souvenirs.

 

- Talismans, amulets, and magic tools that are thought to possess magical powers and which are believed to bring luck can also be a channel for the devil. Other objects that can be associated with the devil’s influence include images of saints, statues, religious relics, and crucifixes.

 

- Heavy rock (metal, acid, etc.) music may be harmful. Many performance bands are owned by Satanists who have dedicated themselves to Satan worship.

 

- Objects placed under one’s skin such as metal needles can be a sign of the worship of Satan, or to the religious practices of primitive people. One should have these kinds of objects removed by a doctor, or ask the Lord to take them away because they provide a channel for evil spirits.

 

- There are also non-occult objects received as gifts that can carry a curse and can be difficult to identify unless God gives the person a special gift of discernment. These objects themselves may be neutral, but the curse connected to them can bring a burden into one’s home and life.

 

- Crystals -- especially those used in the New Age movement -- can be harmful because they have been used in service of evil. Otherwise they are completely neutral objects.

 

- Children's toys and games can easily contain signs and objects related to occultism. It is certainly worthwhile to discuss this threat with your children and explain why the game-playing must be abandoned and the games destroyed.

 

CURSES

 

- (Pro 26:2) As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

 

Curses sent by others are also certainly included in those influences that can bind us. It is very possible that we may be sick and suffer from problems because hostile people have cursed us or our family. Such curses are not always easy to discover and it is not easy to know where they came from. The following letter illustrates this well:

 

I have just recovered from a terrible attack of the enemy. Bleeding, heart disease, heart beating and exhaustion. My whole being is in a state of collapse. Suddenly, I remembered in prayer to pray against all psychic powers focused upon me (psychic 'prayer'). In faith and by the power of the blood of Jesus, I cut myself off that, and the result was surprising. Suddenly my breathing was normal, the bleeding stopped, the exhaustion disappeared, all the pain left and life returned to my body. Since that moment, I have been refreshed and become stronger. God let me know that my condition was due to a group of betrayed souls in opposition against me who directed their 'prayers' against me. God has used me to release two of them, but the others are still in a terrible abyss... (21)

 

So if you suspect a curse is the cause of your problems, you can be freed from these bonds. You can simply command the curse to break and the evil powers causing it to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. In the same way, you can ask God for special protection against hatred, and ask that God would break all ties between you and the attacks of the spirit world. Following is an example of a prayer with which this can be done:

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, I break all curses that have been uttered against me. At the same time, I command all demonic powers and illnesses in the name of Jesus Christ to leave me and my surroundings and my family, and never to return.

   And Oh Lord, beloved Heavenly Father, I ask that You would give me protection against hatred and that You break all ties between me and the attacks of the spirit world. In addition, I want to bless those who have spoken ill about me and cursed me. In the name of Jesus, amen.

 

INHERITANCE. We do not always pay attention to the effect people feel from their spiritual inheritance. We inherit both positive and negative spiritual influences – blessings and curses – that impact our lives. They can cause consequences to the third and fourth generation (Ex 20:5) and even farther down our bloodline.

   The inherited negative effects are usually caused by sinful activity in the family. If the parents or ancestors have practiced occultism, been immoral, uttered oaths (Mormon and freemason oaths can impact descendants, for example) or have let themselves be healed magically, descendants may still be under these influences even after their conversion. We may have received the following things as our ‘inheritance’:

 

- The effect of spiritual inheritance appears most clearly in the area of occultism. Occult abilities such as telepathy, clairvoyance, foreknowledge, spirit healing, and the common spiritualistic burden are some of those abilities we can inherit. We sometimes hear about special seer families where these things are passed on as an inheritance.

   It should be noted that even if a person never had anything to do with these things, the inherited spiritualistic burden will often appear when the person tries to turn to God. He may feel like he is facing a wall and may end up in serious battles.

 

- Inherited behaviors can include same inclination to sinful behavior such as adultery, alcoholism, lying, exploitation of children; expressions of anger or rage; feelings of depression and fear. All are very common. One illustration can be found among people who were raised in an alcoholic family. The children swear that they will never use alcohol and will never marry an alcoholic, yet oftentimes they do exactly that. This can be caused by an influence from the spirit world; an evil spirit is able to influence the person’s life because it has gained entrance through a sin committed by some ancestor.

 

- Illnesses such as cancer, heart diseases and diabetes often run in the family. They can be caused by some sinful behavior by ancestors (such as fornication), which opened a doorway for evil spirits.

 

The impact made by inherited curses is shown in the following verses. They show how descendants may fall under the influence of the sins of their ancestors; they can suffer from them and drift into the same ways of life (as the well-known proverb says: the apple never falls far from the tree):

 

- (Lev 26:38,39) And you shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

 

- (Ex 34:6,7) And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the children’s children, to the third and to the fourth generation.

 

- (Lam 5:7) Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

 

- (Deut 30:19) I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:

 

- (1 King 15:3) And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.

 

- (1 Peter 1:18,19) For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 

It is good to note that we are not always automatically freed from inherited spiritualistic or other burdens when we turn to the Lord. These evil influences may still try to approach us in much the same way as those that come from our own personal past activities.

   However, we can break the hold of inherited burdens by bringing them into the light, by confessing them to God. We can ask Him to forgive us these sins (this does not mean we can change the destiny of our dead forefathers, but that we ourselves will be freed from the effect of these burdens), and also from those sins of which we are not aware. In this way, we destroy the foundation being used by the evil spirits that are trying to affect us through the inheritance. We can also ask God to separate us from all the bad deeds done by our forefathers. The following verses in the Bible refer to this:

 

- (Lev 26:39-41) And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary to me;

41 And that I also have walked contrary to them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:

 

- (Dan 9:16,17) O LORD, according to all your righteousness, I beseech you, let your anger and your fury be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people are become a reproach to all that are about us.

17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his supplications, and cause your face to shine on your sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.

 

- (Neh 9:2) And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

 

- (Jer 14:20) We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against you.

 

You can take all these things before God and confess them to Him. You can break away from them and command all the evil powers to leave in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of His blood that was shed for the forgiveness of your sins. Confessing your sins and commanding evil spirits to leave can be done by repeating the prayer below. Also, if you have inherited any illnesses, you can rebuke them in the name of Jesus and spread oil on the sick spot at the same time that you ask the Lord for healing:

 

Oh Lord, Father, I confess to You all the sins of my ancestors and parents such as witchcraft, spiritualism, spirit healing, immorality, false oaths, etc. and I break away from them. Thank You that I may be free from the effect of these sins and from all the evil spirits through the atoning work of Jesus. Thank You that my spiritual inheritance comes from Christ and not from the sins of my ancestors. Amen

 

"Satan and you evil spirits, I have confessed to God the sins of my ancestors and parents and the false oaths and broken away from them. Now you no longer have any legal right in this regard, because through the blood of Jesus these matters have been forgiven and their effect has been broken. Therefore, I command you now in the name of Jesus Christ to leave me and my surroundings, and never to return!

 

The experience described by author Denis Clark provide a good example of this activity. He wrote about a girl who was not freed until her parents’ sins were brought into the light and confessed. Maybe this young girl’s case is like that of many people today who are bound in the same way by family sins:

 

I will tell another case. When I was speaking in an Easter meeting, the preacher of the church asked whether I had ever driven out evil spirits. When I said that I occasionally had had a right to do so, he asked to bring inside a girl belonging to his church who was troubled by evil spirits. I demanded that everybody except the preachers must first leave the room. The girl was brought into the room, but three men were needed to restrain her. We stood around her, but as soon as the men loosened their grip, she turned and started coming towards me her hands directed at my eyes. Her fingers resembled the claws of a hawk. The fight was soon in progress, but it was not won quickly. In fact, the fight continued for years after the events of that day. The pastor called preacher after preacher ‘to try their luck’ so that the girl would be freed from the evil spirit, but nothing helped. Every time the demon was controlled for a while but never completely overcome. One well-known preacher tried his fists 'against the demon’, and the poor girl was left with bruises after his treatment.

 

When I was visiting the church years from this, I asked to see the girl with another preacher. She was brought inside, but she looked like a frightened animal. It was no wonder, since she had experienced so much bad treatment. We assured her that we would not harm her in any way and that we only wanted to ask some questions. The most important question concerned her parents. As we listened to her, we understood that her background included several reasons for why she had this kind of trouble. We acted according to Lev 26:39-42, and we brought the sins of her parents and grandparents before the Lord. Without anything being driven out, the girl completely calmed down and went to the kitchen to help the women taking care of the food of the conference.

 

Can demons penetrate the life of people without the acceptance of God? If they can, they are easy to drive away. But if the demons appear with the permission of God, as the Apostle Paul observed, who can then drive them away? It is impossible without the acceptance of God. In the case described above, the girl had to repent for her parents. Remember what happened to Job! That great man was not freed before he repented in dust and ash. Trial and error will get you nowhere. Are we not obliged to ask God why we cannot drive out demons? By no means is it enough to say loudly or quietly, "The one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.” Has God not said that He will punish the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Him? What servant of God could break such a curse in any other way than relying on the atoning work of Christ when He was cursed for us? In order to not regard God as unjust, let us remember that He is merciful to thousands of generations for those who love Him! What a merciful God! (22)

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

 

1. Raphael Gasson: The Challenging Counterfeit, eight print USA, p. 89.

2. Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, date of the newspaper article is unknown.

3. Rabindranath R. Maharaj: Gurun kuolema (DEATH OF A GURU), p. 183

4. Pat Pulling: Noidankehässä, p. 79

5. Bob Mumford: Suunnitelma sinua varten (TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT GUIDANCE), p. 17,18

6.  Neil T. Anderson: Enemmän kuin voittaja (THE BONDAGE BREAKER), s. 220

7. The case has been told initially in Hostage to the Devil. The quote, however, is from Matkalla utopiaan by Paavo Hiltunen, p. 156-158

8. Kurt Koch: Onko paholainen olemassa? (BETWEEN CHRIST AND SATAN), p. 187

9. Jorma Pihkala: part from his public writing, Helsingin Sanomat 2 February 1990.

10. Kurt Koch: Taikauskot (DER ABERGLAUBE), p. 134

11. K.K.Sarlin: Aikamme profeetta Helena Konttinen, p. 72

12. K.K.Sarlin: Aikamme profeetta Helena Konttinen, p. 38-40

13. K.K.Sarlin: Aikamme profeetta Helena Konttinen, p. 47,84

14. Armas Von Bell: Totuus unissasaarnaajista, p. 11-16

15. Yonggi Cho: Pyhä Henki ja sinä, p. 100

16. Neil T. Anderson: Enemmän kuin voittaja (THE BONDAGE BREAKER), p. 172,173

17. Sven Reichmann: Vapauteen kutsutut (KALLAD TILL FRIHET), p. 141,142

18. Kurt Koch: Voitto on sittenkin meidän (HEILUNG UND BEFREIUNG), p. 106,107

19. Corrie Ten Boom: Lyöty vihollinen (DEFEATED ENEMIES), p. 11,12

20. Neil T. Anderson: Enemmän kuin voittaja (THE BONDAGE BREAKER), p. 61,62

21. Quote from Sielun piilevä voima (THE LATENT POWER OF THE SOUL), Watchman Nee, p.46,47. Writing initially in Soul and Spirit by Jessie Penn-Lewis, p. 58

22. Denis Clark: Herkkäuskoisten harharetket, p. 35,36

 

 

 

 

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