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Can a Christian have a demon?

 
This is a very popular question in the Christian community and a controversial one at that.  But, if we would take a very logical view the answer isn't all that difficult to arrive at.

The most popular reasoning used that a Christian cannot have a demon is the belief that if a person has the Holy Spirit in them then no demon can be in them, after all, there is no fellowship between light and darkness, and between righteousness and wickedness.  The scripture used to support this view is:

2 Corinthians 6:14 (NIV) Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

It's true that light and darkness have no fellowship.  The Holy Spirit and angels do not get along with the demonic kingdom.  Now, more specifically, the above scripture is talking about a believer marrying (being yoked together) with a non-believer but the contrast between light and darkness is still true.

Well, the Holy Spirit and evil have no fellowship, I can accept that, but who said that just because two entities disagree that means that they cannot occupy a common location?  The Bible is full of teachings that you should live by the fruit of the Spirit but at the same time it says that you are fighting the flesh and that the flesh wars against the Spirit.  Sounds like both are operating in the human mind and body at the same time to me.  Even Paul, who operated greatly by the Holy Spirit, said  that the very evil he doesn't want to do is what he ends up doing. Again, sounds like good and evil are in the same place to me even though they don't fellowship together.  So it really doesn't make sense to say that the Holy Spirit is what is keeping a person from being demonized.

Romans 7:18-19 (NIV) For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

Now, let's get to that logical view I mentioned earlier.  If the Holy Spirit is what keeps you free from demons then Jesus wasted a LOT of time casting out demons because nobody that Jesus cast demons out of could receive the Holy Spirit because Jesus hadn't left this world to send the Holy Spirit to Earth yet.  The Holy Spirit was not available to them.  The Holy Spirit did not become available to mankind in general until the Day of Pentecost.  But that didn't stop Jesus from casting demons out of people.  So, logically, the presence of the Holy Spirit in a person is not what keeps demons out.

John 16:7 (NIV) But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you

So how exactly can a demon infiltrate a person, even a Christian?  The answer is in the following verses:

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV) May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Both verses above refer to man as existing in three parts: spirit, soul, and body.  You are a triune being.  You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a physical body. 

Your spirit is invisible, it is a body but it is a spiritual body and it is invisible to the physical realm in which we live.

Your soul is your will, mind, emotions, and memory.  It's what makes you who you are.  If you could transplant your soul into another person you would still be you but you would be driving in a different physical body.  Just like getting out of one car and into another.  You are still you but you are driving a different car.

Your body is simply your physical body that requires nourishment, heating, cooling, etc.

Now the question is this?  When a person accepts Jesus and is born again, what part of him gets born again?  Is it the spirit, soul, body, or a combination?  The answer is in the following verse:

John 3:5-7 (NIV) Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7"Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

It is the spirit that gives birth to the spirit.  Your spirit is what gets born again, not your soul and not your body.  Your spirit is born again and protected, no demon can access it.  But your soul and body are still up for grabs!  You are born again and your spirit is now Jesus' responsibility.  But your soul and body are YOUR responsibility to maintain. 

Paul said that he disciplines his body to make it perform properly and not do sinful acts.

1 Corinthians 9:27 (ESV)But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

  He also said that we need to transform our minds (soul).

Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

So, even though a Christian's spirit is sealed up with Jesus, the body and soul can still be infiltrated by demons because sin can still abound there.

 



 

 

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