Jim Denison: Are Demons Real?

An African proverb says, “When elephants fight, the grass always loses.”

In the realm of spiritual warfare, Christians are the “grass.”

“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

On one side of this battle stands our Heavenly Father, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, the Lord of all that is—our God who so loved us that he sent his Son to give us eternal life with him in heaven.

On the other side is Satan. His name means “adversary” or accuser. He constantly acts in defiance of God’s word and will. He tempted Jesus and tempts us as well. We are the “grass” in his battle against the Lord. And so God warns us, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). His foot soldiers are his demons.

We need to know about them because they’re after us.

What are demons?

According to the Bible, a “demon” is a created spirit being, a kind of angel.

Demons sinned with Satan in heaven and so are commonly called “fallen angels” or “unclean spirits.” Satan is now their ruler (Matthew 12:24), and he has organized them into his army of evil (Ephesians 6:11-12). God created hell for them, where they will be with Satan forever: “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

The Bible teaches five important facts about demons.

First, demons are real.

Most Americans don’t believe they exist. Most Americans are deceived.

Demons were real to Jesus. Six times in the gospels we find him casting them out of suffering, demon-possessed people. Mark 1:34 says that Jesus “drove out many demons.” They were real to the early Christians. Acts 5:16 records this scene from their ministry: “Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.” Peter and Paul both exorcised demons personally.

Second, demons are evil and unclean.

The Bible often calls them “evil” or “unclean” spirits. Demons are filthy, both physically and morally. Wherever you see demonism, you find filth, rubbish, and sin. It’s no accident that with the rise of Satanism and the occult in America, we also have the rise of drug abuse, pornography, child abuse, perversion, and obscenity.

Third, demons are stronger than we are.

In Mark 5, we meet a demon-possessed man so strong that men could not bind him even with chains (vv. 3-4). Fragments of their attempts lay all around the tombs where he lived, stark reminders of the impotence of human ability against the forces of darkness. We cannot defeat their temptations in our ability. But we don’t have to.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison