Q: Do you believe demon possession exists today, and if so, do you believe demons can be driven out?
Asked by: Elaine
A: Well Elaine, my answer to you is yes and yes. I believe that demon possession exists today.
In fact, I think I’ve met people who have been possessed by demons. We’ve had people come here to The Moody Church who believe that they’re possessed. They’ve come to me, or another member of the pastoral staff, and they’ll say like, “I have alien spirits that haunt me, that want to control me.” In fact, we’ve had some instances where you have people who want to blaspheme Christ and they find within themselves spirits that want to control them—evil spirits. Sadly, there are pastors who won’t believe them. Well, here at The Moody Church, I tell our pastors that we should believe people like that. We should believe them, because there can be demon possession today.
As for your next question, “Can they be cast out?” the answer is yes, as long as Jesus is Lord and as long as we understand that He won a victory. The Bible says in Colossians 2 that He disarmed all principalities and powers. Ephesians 1 speaks about Jesus as being above every principality, every power, every name that can be named both in this world and in the world to come. People can be free of evil spirits.
Now having said all that, I think it’s very important to get some counsel in this matter. I think it’s important for Christians to pray together, to understand that sometimes, as Jesus said regarding some spirits, they do not go out except by prayer and fasting. The bottom line, Elaine, is to keep reading the word, keep studying, go to the library, perhaps go to a bookstore and find some good books on this topic and keep trusting God for deliverance for yourself and for others.
- Ephesians 1
- Colossians 2