The Temptation of Christ in the Wilderness - Mark 1:12,13, Matthew 4:1ff, Luke 4:1 ff
Jesus and the Gadarene Demoniac - Mark 5:1-20
The 144,000 - Revelation 7:1-8, 14:1-5
The Two Witnesses (Prophets) of Revelation - Revelation 11:1-14
The Psychic Servant Girl - Acts 16:16-21
The Unpardonable Sin - Matthew 12:30-32, Mark 3:29,30 , Luke 12:8-10
The Ill and the Demonised - Matthew 4:24
Exorcism : Matthew 8:16, 12:22 ff. , Acts 19:13ff, Mark 9:17-27
Authority : Luke 9:16ff, Matthew 10:17
Not just mental illnesses: Luke 13:11
Results of demonic influence (Obsessiveness etc.) : I Timothy 4:1ff
Tests for demonic influence: Matthew 7:16-23, 1 Corinthians 12:3, 1 John 4:1-6
(A) If the person has been involved: in the occult or an extreme sect
or in gross sexual promiscuity
or in drugs or alcoholism
possessed by the demonic. As a rule of thumb there must be some pre-existing instability.
Voices and visions are insufficient evidence.
Violent fits are insufficient evidence.
Intractable guilt is insufficient evidence but frequently accompanies it.
Absence or presence of reaction to treatment/medication is inconclusive.
Real guilt disguised as demonisation
The person comes from a religious background
They have not been involved in the occult, speak in voices other than their own, can still pray
and read the Bible. However they hear voices and claim demonisation.
which they cannot resolve. Often they are upper middle-class and cannot admit to themselves
their character flaw.
on judgement, Old Testament prophecies and the book of Revelation being favourites along with
"the unpardonable sin". It is generally not serious and will pass with the depression. A modified
form of cognitive psycho-therapy can be used. With people from a Christian background it can
be very acceptable to guide them to new beliefs consistent with their faith e.g. if a person with
depression has the belief " I am utterly worthless..' the it is quite acceptable to guide them to
" for you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God..."(1
Peter 2:9). Countless other examples are possible.
I find this argument convincing. Most people with schizophrenia do not speak in other voices
, neither are they hostile towards the things of God though they may be confused, sometimes
terribly confused in this area. The differentiation is not easy as some seem to be especially
sensitive to negative psychic entities and preyed upon by them though not actually possessed.
subjection was involved. If however a pastoral interview, with thorough confession, renunciation
and a trusting appropriation of salvation, leads to a wonderful liberation then we can say occult
subjection was involved. (procedure from Dr. Lechler)
great men of God -the prophets and mystics have seen visions and had special revelations,
hearing voices. The following are indicators of whether a person's experiences are from God or
from an inferior source. As a preliminary note it is best to make these observations over time.