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Is Rebuking and Binding and Loosing the Devil Scriptural?

Lori Colbo loves to write about her Christian faith and the Bible to encourage and inspire others.

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Study the Scriptures to see if these things are true.

Rebuking and Binding Satan While Praying to God Is Not Scriptural

Many in the Church, more often Charismatics, practice rebuking Satan, and what they call binding the devil as a means of spiritual warfare. Usually, this occurs during prayer. This is a misinterpretation of certain Scriptures using those terms. Nowhere in the bible are we told to address Satan directly in our prayers. I've heard many people shout the devil down with loud verbal rebukes and binding him in Jesus' name (or so they think). One time I was in a bible class and the pastor asked us to stand and repeat several statements to Satan to let him know he would not have his way with us. Boy, he and the people there gave him what-for. I did nothing of the sort. At the end of this tirade against the devil, the pastor offered a brief dismissal prayer to God. I never went back.

Justin Peters aptly calls this "spiritual swashbuckling." 1 The sword of the Spirit is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). The Scriptures are very clear about how to engage in spiritual warfare. The weapons are not carnal.

All Authority Was Given to Jesus

Before we go any further, it's important to know who has all power and who does not.

In Matthew 10:1 we read: "And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease."

Mark 3:14-15 says, "Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.

Luke 9:1-2 says, "Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick."

There are some who misquote this verse or misread it to say Jesus has given them (and us) all power and authority. The above verses say only that Jesus gave the disciples power and authority to do His will as they ministered to the people. Only Jesus has all power.

"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).

Jesus was addressing His disciples after His resurrection. He was giving them the great commission and to do it under His authority. Only Christ has all power.

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..."

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..."

What Does the Bible Say About Binding and Loosing?

In Matthew 16:13-20 we read about a discussion between Jesus and his disciples in Caesarea Philippi.

He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

"Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

The passage ends with "Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ" (vs. 20).

In Matthew18:18, Jesus used this same phrasing. For context we'll start at verse 15, Jesus is speaking:

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"Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. Assuredly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."

William Barclay explains in context the meaning of binding and loosing: "'Binding” and “loosing” were administrative terms in daily Jewish life; whenever a Jew came up against the Law of Moses, that Jewish person was either “bound” or “loosed” in regard to that law. To loose was to permit; to bind was to prohibit. To loose was to free from the law, to bind was to put under the law.2

In this passage, Jesus is speaking about the church discipline of an erring saint, not binding or loosing the evil one. If the erring saint does not repent he is bound (forbidden) according to God's already settled mandate to be in the fellowship. If they do repent, they are loosed (permitted) to return. There is no mention of demons or Satan.

In Revelation 20, we read Satan will be bound for a thousand years (no sooner and no less) by a designated angel (not man). He will be released for a short time after the thousand years are up, then God will throw him in the lake of fire forever and ever in torment. Only our Sovereign Lord has that power. Let us not think that we are that powerful.

The Lord Rebuke You

In Zechariah 3:1-2 it says, "Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Joshuah the high priest did not rebuke Satan. Zechariah who was witnessing this scene in a vision and recording it did not rebuke Satan. God rebuked Satan.

In Jude 9 we read about the archangel Michael's battle with the devil over the body of Moses:

"But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Note Michael did not himself, condemn the devil but cried out "The LORD rebuke you." He did not say, "I rebuke you, I bind you Satan." He knew he was no match for the evil one. It was the Lord's power he called on.

Submit, Resist, Draw Near

James gave us good instructions about how to fight the devil. "Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you" (4:7).

Step one in spiritual warfare is to submit to God and draw near to Him. The word resist means to stand against (Strong's 436). We will refer to Ephesians 6 to further explain this. Stay close to the Lord. When you draw near and submit to God, don't wander away after your battle is won or try to do warfare on your own It's easy after overcoming someone or something for pride to enter once again. So we must remain near to God. He will meet us and guide us.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

Spiritual Warfare is Putting on the Whole Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us how to withstand the devil:

Paul says, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." Then he tells us how to do that. "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil." He goes on to remind us that our battle is not against a human enemy, but of principalities of evil. Then he goes on, "Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— "

The way to withstand the devil and be strong in the Lord is to put on the armor of God. It deflects the fiery darts of temptation. I hear people say, "Every morning I put my armor on." Putting on the whole armor of God does not mean to imagine putting it on, but to apply these things to our lives daily. The devil's lies and temptations are rendered ineffective if we know God's word and apply it to our lives with faith. The psalmist said, "Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You" (Psalm119:11).

Jesus Himself was tempted by the devil in Matthew 4. He wielded the sword of the Spirit, the word of God at every turn, not a sharp rebuke or to bind him. Satan finally fled because he hates the truth of God's word.


God Delivers Us From the Evil One

When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, Jesus offered a prayer, known as The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). At one place in that prayer, it says "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one (some versions say evil)." This is asking God the Father to deliver us from the enemy. Jesus did not tell the disciples to rebuke or bind the devil when praying, or any other time. The ending of that prayer which immediately follows is "For Thine is the kingdom the power and the glory forever, amen." It's not man's kingdom, power, and glory that keeps the devil away, it's God's.



1Division, N. (2016, December 8). Justin Peters & Jim Osman on Spiritual Warfare: Rebuking Satan. Pulpit & Pen News.

2 Luke Chapter 9. (2015, December 10). In-site quotation. Retrieved from Enduring Word website:

© 2014 Lori Colbo


Lori Colbo (author) from United States on March 07, 2020:

Thank you frogyfish. I try best to hear the Spirit about certain pracitices by Christians through God's word. I may not always get it right, but I did a lot of research on this one and feel the Bible confirms it.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on March 07, 2020:

I appreciate your courage and confidence in sharing the truth of this article. You have written well and expressed clearly, and I thank you.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on October 29, 2019:

Amen, Cheryl. Thanks for stopping by.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 29, 2019:

Excellent teaching. In my opinion, people run around binding and loosing without His power. I do know from personal experience that His power is real.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on October 29, 2019:

Blessings to you, Yolanda.

Yolanda Hidalgo on October 29, 2019:

Once I Started Reading , I Just Wanted To Read More & More ..I Thank You For Helping Me See Things A Little Clearer Now ..

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on September 11, 2019:

Thank you Cheryl

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 11, 2019:

Very good article. Biblically sound

Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on August 14, 2019:

Hi Ginny,

I don't know your position on believing so I am responding to your first sentence: "I am very interested in knowing more about how to resist the devil."

That sounds like a cry for help and I hope what I will say is a help to you. I'm sure that Lori won't mind my comment and I know that she will probably have more to say as well.

The second sentence is neither here nor there as it is only from man made traditions and mean nothing.

The Bible tells us how to do it in James 4: 7, which says, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

The first part of that verse is the key to everything - Submit yourselves....which is the very next step after believing in God and for many it's the hardest step, myself included - submit yourself to God and His dear Son and the Spirit, they will all help you. No-one can truly resist him without God's help simply because he is too strong for us on our own. God knows every one of our weaknesses, as does Satan and he is always trying to put things before us that appeal to our sinful human nature. The battle field is in your mind, which is our 'first line of defence' and even though he cannot physically hurt us he can only hurt us by controlling our minds, so it is our mind we have to guard. Faith is what guards salvation.

We need to remember that what Jesus is holding out to us is pale by comparison of a brief moment of fanciful desire.

The two verses before this one are also encouraging: My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers [many] temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. These trials or temptations are not meant to make us fall but to rise above them, they are not meant to defeat us, they are meant to be defeated; they are not meant to make us weaker, they are meant to make us stronger. So we shouldn't agonise over them; we should rejoice in them. Remember it isn't God who temps us, He will never do that, it is either Satan or own selves.

The next thing we need to be conscious of after believing and by a simple prayer saying that you accept Jesus as your saviour and confess your sins daily as we all sin in some form everyday. (Confess them as a whole, you won't remember all of them.) By confessing our sins it appeals to Jesus and He will be more than happy to help us in our weakness. He will never let go of your hand if we cling to Him - it is us who let go of His hand. Salvation is free to all who want it.

I'll make this do for now and I hope it has been a small help to you.



Ginny Fenenigog on August 12, 2019:

I am very interested in knowing more about how to resist the devil. My house is near a cemetary where the dead used to be buried in sitting position and heads unburied.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on May 05, 2019:

Hi, Lori,

Your message has given me much to consider as well. Although our armaments are equal, all soldiers are not equal in their use and skill with the Word and dealing with Satan. Well written, spiritual sister. Thanks again. Much respect and deepest admiration, Tim

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on May 04, 2019:

Tim, I am sorry also to you for being late. I thank you for your comments and for stopping by. It means a lot to hear others thoughts.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on May 04, 2019:

Yves, I apologize for my tardy response. Somehow the notification got lost in the mire of others.

You are of course correct that the armor of God is much more than just prayer and I listed them. I guess my point is that prayer is the reading and knowing the word of God are the offensive part of the armor. The others are the defense. I hope that makes sense. Thanks again.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 29, 2019:

Wonderful article. It's worth noting that Satan is a demon, only the top one; therefore, we do have the power and authority to send him fleeing when oppressed through our armaments. In addition, notice for the hold armor of God: He did not give us any protection for the back. We are meant to face evil and stand in His word when confronted. However, many people do not understand these things and you made it clear in your well written article. Thanks. Tim

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on February 26, 2019:

Hi Yves, I agree casting out demons is in Jesus power and name, we are just a conduit so to speak.

And the armor of God is the whole list I cited. Not just prayer but prayer and the word are integral to all those other things. Thank the Lord we have those weapons to protect ourselves. I will check out more of your hubs. Thanks for stopping by.

savvydating on February 26, 2019:

I would not have the nerve to "bind" Satan, and I have wondered about this matter of binding and loosing, so thank you for addressing it. In the case of demonic possession, it is Christ who rebukes the demon, however, His representatives on earth have power to exorcise demons in His name. Still, I wonder whether putting on the Armour of God is more active than prayer alone.

On another note, while my username is savvydating, I write about other topics as well.:)

Thank you for writing this very informative article.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on February 20, 2019:

Hi again Gerry.

I read your story and left some comments for your. Thanks again for writing.

Gerry Kramer on February 20, 2019:

Thank you very much Lori and Jack. Both of your comments really made me feel welcome in this seemingly Christian-dominated world. I'm really happy that we all understand that we need to accept people of all faiths, and I would definitely say that you guys are true friends of mine.

Lori, if you do want to know how I turned from being a Catholic to an atheist, you can read my essay/hub "The Road to Atheism".

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on February 19, 2019:

Bless you Jack for your warm, kind heart, and the mind of Christ.

Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on February 19, 2019:

Hi Lori,

I was reading the response from Gerry this morning and I felt for him and I was wondering how I could respond to him in a way to be Christlike. Then this afternoon I received a notification that you had responded to his comments.

You did it so very well and I'm quite sure the Spirit held me back until you had responded. The work of the Spirit is so amazing and never ceases to surprise.

I sincerely hope that Gerry will come back and read your response and perhaps, because he said he liked your article and have second thoughts about his life by just thinking again of what he is casting away - Jesus will never cast anyone away and he won't let go of our hand, it's us who lets go of His, so it is never too late while His hand is still outstretched.

My best regards Lori AND Gerry,


Lori Colbo (author) from United States on February 19, 2019:

Dear Gerry,

Thank you for your honest, thoughtful comments, I truly treasure them. If Christians are indeed insulting or offending you because you are an atheist they are forgetting the biblical call to be Christlike. Christ always approached people in love and respect, with a sincere desire to lead them to the truth. The exceptions would be the "woe is you," discourse to the hypocrite Pharisees and other religious leaders who thought themselves the only holy ones. They were convinced they followed the letter of the law, but Christ pointed out they were vipers and whitewashed tombs. If you read the sermon on the mount Christ talks about the heart of the law, not the letter of it.

Christians are called to love all people and told not to argue and debate. I am sorry if some have done that to you.

I love how Jesus interacted with Nicodemus, the woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, Zacchaeus, the centurion, and many others. He met them where they were at and gave them the good news in a way they could understand. When the rich young ruler came along and could not bring himself to leave his riches and follow the Lord, Christ did not rebuke get angry. He was sad, but not surprised, and used it as a lesson for others. He told the parables of the prodigal son and the good Samaritan. Christ was kind, firm, wise, and did not shy from anyone. He respected people's right to choose their course, regardless that it broke his heart.

I'm not sure what happened to make you go from being a Christian to an atheist, but I can say you are dearly loved by me and I hope you will meet more believers who treat you as Christ did. Christ was not willing that any should perish, and that should be the mindset of the Christian.

I wrote this a long time ago so I will reread it and change it to a more modern, easier to read version.

I hope we can meet again. Thanks so much for writing.

Gerry Kramer on February 19, 2019:

I am a former Christian myself (now an atheist), but I did like this article very much.

I see so many Christian people nowadays completely and intentionally offending and insulting non-Christians like me. They feel that it is their duty to try to "wipe out" the entire non-Christian population, and this brilliant article that you wrote helps to disprove that belief. It may be kind of indirect, but saying that Christians should let "God" do the rebuking of "Satan" rather than people does, in a sense, make me feel better since non-Christians are often outcast in today's society.

The way I see it, the Christians are happy because "God" will take care of the non-believers, and the non-Christians are happy because no direct harm is done to them. You did a truly wonderful job writing this.

I would not hesitate to say that this article does a good job making Christianity look good.

My only suggestion would be to maybe provide a more vernacular translation of the Bible verses when addressing them. That way they wouldn't be as esoteric, and therefore easier to understand by all readers. I did understand what the Bible verses were talking about here, but then again, I've had lots of experience reading and writing with esotericy, and others might not have those advantages.

But overall, nice article. :) There's a very good chance that I'll come back to your profile to read another article of yours. Take care.

(By the way, in case you're wondering why I'm even reading your article, it's because I simply find theology fascinating.)

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 27, 2018:

Hi Jack, you have given some thought provoking comments. Thanks for stopping by.

Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on April 26, 2018:

Hi Lori,

Scrolling through the various Hubs, I've often seen yours but until now, I've not read it. And I can now say it's well written and thought out and I certainly agree with what you've said. It is rude,if not ignorant to chastise Satan when you should be concentrating fully on who it is you are praying to for whatever reason. As a simple analogy - if one was talking to a person on one side of the room and interrupts that conversation mid-stream and wanders off to begin a conversation with another on the other side of the room without first ceasing the conversation with the first person - well, you know what I mean.

However, if you become aware that Satan is attacking you, that's a different story now and you are perfectly entitled to let him know he isn't welcome at any time - and if you continue that line of defence, he WILL eventually flee from you to continue to attack those he already has comfortably asleep. And it must be remembered to keep up that form of defence because he will visit you again just to see if you still have your armour on! He has one agenda and that is to take as many with him to his end. This is a war that we are in and and the enemy we are all fighting is unseen, which only tends to lessen the actual significance of it but nevertheless, we know he is there and he is playing for keeps because he knows his days are numbered. He won't stop or slow down - if anything he will intensify the battle as his end draws ever closer. This isn't a game with him, unlike a game of football where we are just observers and we all get to go home at the end of the game - we are the participants - and the stakes are much higher here. If we lose this battle, we won't get to go 'home.' As someone has already said to put on all our armour when we rise - forgetting to do so could end in a fatal wound.

I personally believe what Bill said in his first comment about the battle lies between the two natures, and this is how I put it:

There are two animals inside all of us that are constantly at war, our human nature and our divine nature - which one will win? The one you feed!!!

That's a good analogy of Romans 7: 15 - 25.

Best regards,


Lori Colbo (author) from United States on January 15, 2016:

That so many claim to be Christians dont care about his word is sad indeed Jackie.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 15, 2016:

What an enjoyable and thought provoking read; am sorry I missed it up to now. It makes sense that God and satan cannot live in the same house (that is the body) but without wanting to sound like a Pharisee we all surely know that today many who claim to be Christs don't even care to know His word (truth).

So easily many may not be saved and could become possessed and sometimes they almost seem to be against Christians who will not go along with the world's (and their) lies that allow them to live in the world that says everything is OK, not a sin and we will all be in Heaven no matter how we live or what we do.

It is always so great to know a real Christian when you read them.


Lori Colbo (author) from United States on December 05, 2014:

Greetings believer, and thank you for stopping by. Scriptural integrity is important; by that I mean to rightly discern and interpret it and teach it in order to glorify God. The opposite would be to not rightly discern and interpret it, to teach it from that view, and seek to glorify one's self whether knowingly or not. We can all do that if we're not careful, but there are certain issues such as this one that becomes almost a movement. Pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance as you study the Scriptures and continue to ask, knock, and seek His will. Blessings my friend.

believer on December 05, 2014:

this is what I'm studying and reading this is confirming things. Being taught wrong in the past has caused me to live in fear of not pleasing our lord. This time of my life is an adventure. Thank you for the info. I'm still collecting more info so I can share with my family and friends. Pray I cover every crack and corner, leaving no space for confussion. Blessing to you!

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on August 10, 2014:

Skye your love and encouragement bless my soul. I will say ditto to you, young lady. Shalom.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on August 10, 2014:

lambservant Hello precious sister. You have written a powerful testimony and truth in your hub of love. We do have dominion over the enemy because Christ abides in us and we in Him. Jesus has defeated the enemy for us on the cross at calvary. Children of God have the armor of God. We need to suit up in it by seeking God first place. Matthew 6:31-32. I love you lambservant. I am honored to know you. Thank you for a timely reminder of who we are in Christ Jesus. Sending hugs, skye

Michael-Milec on May 06, 2014:

Hello lambservant.

Great read, can anything be added to it ? Yes, my zeal to memorize and know if possible word by word. This is what I believe and live all my life, and first time have it read in beautiful English language. Glory be to the Lamb…

Even your lengthy respond to a commentator brings to perfection truthful confirmation how a child of God ought to behave traveling on the narrow road. Thank you, and may the Lord continue blessing you richly.

Perhaps my experience to share: Once the "Full armor " is "on" I am not taking it down religiously… Often facing a situation / brief moment when isn't time or opportunity to go on my knees and pray; it works a loud cry the name JESUS, sounds weird to some people around, however works efficiently …HalleluYAH.

Voted up and useful.

Peace be with us.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 10, 2014:

Lori, it bothers me too when people address God, then proceed to talk to Satan. "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7. Our first obligation is submission to God. Thank you for this powerful presentation.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 09, 2014:

Oh, yes, dear sister, putting on that full armor of God each and every day is so important and His Word will cut through those lies of satan real quick! We can stand firm as we have been dipped in the blood of Jesus. I know I have been in spiritual warfare before and had to cast out demons. Yes, "The Lord rebuke you satan."

Great hub. Up and more and sharing.

God bless you,

Faith Reaper

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on March 08, 2014:


William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 08, 2014:

Thanks Lori. Separating the issue from demon possession, would you agree that the old nature is not removed at the time of salvation?

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on March 08, 2014:

Bill, I don’t believe it's about the old or new nature. Here is a sound answer from

'While the Bible does not explicitly state whether a Christian can be possessed by a demon, related biblical truths make it abundantly clear that Christians cannot be demon possessed. There is a distinct difference between being possessed by a demon and being oppressed or influenced by a demon. Demon possession involves a demon having direct/complete control over the thoughts and/or actions of a person (Matthew 17:14-18; Luke 4:33-35; 8:27-33). Demon oppression or influence involves a demon or demons attacking a person spiritually and/or encouraging him/her into sinful behavior. Notice that in all the New Testament passages dealing with spiritual warfare, there are no instructions to cast a demon out of a believer (Ephesians 6:10-18). Believers are told to resist the devil (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9), not to cast him out.

Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). Surely the Holy Spirit would not allow a demon to possess the same person He is indwelling. It is unthinkable that God would allow one of His children, whom He purchased with the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19) and made into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), to be possessed and controlled by a demon. Yes, as believers, we wage war with Satan and his demons, but not from within ourselves. The apostle John declares, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Who is the One in us? The Holy Spirit. Who is the one in the world? Satan and his demons. Therefore, the believer has overcome the world of demons, and the case for demon possession of a believer cannot be made scripturally.

With the strong biblical evidence that a Christian cannot be demon possessed in view, some Bible teachers use the term “demonization” to refer to a demon having control over a Christian. Some argue that while a Christian cannot be demon possessed, a Christian can be demonized. Typically, the description of demonization is virtually identical to the description of demon possession. So, the same issue results. Changing the terminology does not change the fact that a demon cannot inhabit or take full control of a Christian. Demonic influence and oppression are realities for Christians, no doubt, but it is simply not biblical to say that a Christian can be possessed by a demon or demonized.

Much of the reasoning behind the demonization concept is the personal experience of seeing someone who was “definitely” a Christian exhibiting evidence of being controlled by a demon. It is crucially important, though, that we do not allow personal experience to influence our interpretation of Scripture. Rather, we must filter our personal experiences through the truth of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Seeing someone whom we thought to be a Christian exhibiting the behavior of being demonized should cause us to question the genuineness of his/her faith. It should not cause us alter our viewpoint on whether a Christian can be demon possessed / demonized. Perhaps the person truly is a Christian but is severely demon oppressed and/or suffering from severe psychological problems. But again, our experiences must meet the test of Scripture, not the other way around.'

Kathy Carr from Chicago, Illinois on March 08, 2014:

I enjoyed your Hub. I will read it again as it makes for a good and insightful read. Thanks. If I may respond to Lifegate, I had a friend whose life was similar to the person he described with the nervous breakdown and all but with her I noticed that she was not working out her soul salvation like she should have and then to mental illness ran in her family so she really needed to be mindful about how she lived and really draw close to God. She ended up on meds which helped her come back to reality and through the power of God in prayer for her. I lost touch but heard that she was doing okay. Just interesting how one's mind can disconnect after putting her hand to the plow.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 07, 2014:

Excellent Sister,

I'd like your thoughts on this - There was woman in our church years ago. We believe her to have been saved. She was active, had a good testimony, and had fruit. At one point she suffered a nervous breakdown and began to manifest several demons. They were very real. No doubt about it. If one is saved, I believe God gives a new nature to that person, but in this life He does not remove the old nature. That's where the battle lies - between the two natures. Is it possible for this one to have been possessed before salvation, but as a new creature in Christ it became necessary to cast them out after salvation? Not sure I explained it right so I hope you follow what I'm saying. It was always kind of a puzzling situation to me. I never encountered it before and I haven't encountered it since. And although I cannot know the heart, I believe this person was saved at the time of her deliverance. By the way, there was no "binding" or "rebuking" going on. Let me know what you think.

As to your hub, you're right on!

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