European-American Evangelistic Crusades, Inc.
July 2000 Newsletter
John S. TorellI want to use this month’s newsletter to deal with a problem which to some degree is affecting all people living in the world. The best title I can put on this subject would be "THE CURSE OF SIN." As an introduction, let me use this illustration: A person makes a decision to buy some alcohol and drink it. Once he has consumed this poison, he becomes intoxicated. Then he decides to leave his dwelling place and take his car for a ride. Driving while drunk, he causes an accident and the people in the other car are killed. After he is arrested and brought to court, the drunk driver makes this statement to the judge, "I did not mean to kill anyone; I could not help it, I was drunk." The court will not excuse the drunk driver. Instead he will be prosecuted to the maximum and most likely do prison time. The court will say the drunk man knew when he started to drink alcohol that it would impair his driving skills. Thus, he will be held accountable for murdering the other people with his car.
INTOXICATED BY SIN
Many people show an emotional retardation, not knowing that this is caused by an "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT SPIRIT." This brings me to the subject of demons. Very few ministers today know anything about this subject. They tend to stay away from having anything to do with it, yet they proclaim that they believe in the Bible. I know the answer as to why this is so. There are, to my knowledge, no accredited seminaries in the United States in which the theological students are taught on this subject. I attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California, and the teaching I received on the subject of demons was this:
Thus the demon factor is not brought up, when people show severe mental disturbances. Some years ago society used to "tie them up and lock them away." Now it is "drug them down and lock them up."
When a person commits a sin, it results in a "SPIRITUAL INTOXICATION." This opens the door for unclean spirits (demons) to enter the person. If the person is not born again (unsaved) the demons will not only invade the physical body, but also the soul. When a Christian sins, the demons can only access the physical body. The first state is called "DEMON POSSESSION," the second state is called "DEMON OPPRESSION."
Definition of intoxication: Being in a drunken state, being greatly excited, loss of self control, unable to make sound decisions, unable to make sound moral decisions, loss of sound mental decisions, easily deceived.
In chapter 16 God tells Samuel to stop mourning for Saul and to move on with his life as a prophet. Now look at these verses :
The prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel had not yet lived on the earth, and the people living at this time did not know about Satan and his fallen angels, thus they attributed the evil spirit to God.
This evil spirit was not constantly troubling King Saul, he came and went from time to time, just like demons do today. The evil spirit must have brought others with him, because Saul developed strong jealousy, which then brought in the spirit of murder.
Thus here are the facts: When a child is placed in front of a television set, or taken to a movie theater, or taken to an occult theme park like Disney Land, the child is led into sin by the parents and becomes "SPIRITUALLY INTOXICATED." The child is then wide open for evil spirits, and they will arrive in droves.
Slowly the child’s personality changes. The child will gravitate toward ungodly music, show an early interest in sexual activities and easily slide into substance abuse, etc. Eventually the parents find that they have a very rebellious teenager who will not receive correction. The apostle Paul speaks clearly on this subject:
A person who is "spiritually intoxicated" has lost the ability to distinguish between good and evil, and becomes more and more drawn to the lust of this world. The Bible has another word for this: "BEING CARNAL."
Television, movies and theme parks are not the only source for a child to become spiritually intoxicated, being raised in an ungodly home, being exposed to sinful acts by parents or relatives, like divorce, arguments between parents, drug usage by parents or siblings, pornography, false religions, sexual perversions in the home, molestation etc.
If the parents are telling lies to themselves and others, committing thefts or any other acts that the Bible has labeled as sin, they destroy the foundation of the child and open his life for demonic activity. Any trauma to a child will bring the spirit of fear, which in turn will bring in the spirit of Arrested Development.
THE LOSS OF A SOUND MIND
If the person continues to take in more alcohol, more parts of his brain will shut down and the drunken state will worsen. The same thing happens when a person becomes "Spiritually Intoxicated." The very first loss to that person is "THE LOSS OF A SOUND MIND." He will be unable to even know that he has sinned and will argue with people over his condition and move into a state of "DENIAL." When a Christian is confronted with the possibility, that he might be oppressed by demons, usually great anger will rise up in the person, and he will begin to rave and rant. This outburst is a dead give-away, that the person has a demonic problem.
Understand this, the "Spiritual Intoxication" will slowly but surely progress becoming worse and worse until the person reaches the stage where he loses all control. Too much alcohol will cause the person to slip into a coma, and then physical death. In the spiritual world the backslider will reach "a spiritual coma", which the Bible calls "A REPROBATE MIND."
The description that the Apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Romans, sums up the entire point which I have been trying to make. Ask God to give you a sharp and clear understanding as you read the following Bible verses:
WHAT ARE WE TO DO?
These are beautiful keys that are given to us:
If you do not have a daily Bible reading program, you will become spiritually weak. Surround yourself as much as possible with good Christian praise and worship music, not the so-called "Christian Rock." Develop a disciplined prayer life, in which you communicate with God on a daily basis. Stay away from all of the trash the world has to offer. Locate other strong Christians and have fellowship with them. Most of all, share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as much and as often as you can.
But the most important step you must take, is to acknowledge that you do have a problem and then start talking to our heavenly Father. Through the Holy Spirit He will guide you to a total victory. May God greatly move in your life is my prayer.
I am not able in a newsletter to write a long theological teaching on deliverance from demons, rather I will just point out what is happening when people sin. For a complete treatment on this subject, please see Christian Dynamics Course 1. If you have a demonic problem, don’t panic. It is easy to take care of, help is only a prayer away. As you read the book, I have laid out the steps to get the demons out of a person’s life.
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