REVEREND GORDON WILLIAMS, NOVEMBER 2014
"Can a Christian be possessed by an evil spirit (demon)?”This is a the question that I'm continually asked. There are two answers to this question: One, "Yes!” and two, "No!” First the only kind of a Christian who can be possessed is one who has had their sins forgiven (1 Jn. 1: 9) but who has never received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. (A new or national language with "signs following” (Mk. 16: 16 – 17) identified by Jesus confirming the preaching of the Gospel (Mk. 16: 20).
This kind of "believer” has no protection because they have NOT received the authentic Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Evil spirits (demons) must obey any believer who has the proof of the Holy Spirit. A Spirit-filled, baptized with the Holy Spirit Christian with the "signs following” cannot be possessed. They can be harassed physically from the outside but cannot be possessed from the inside. This is God's protection from demon possession:
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18 King James Version (KJV)
Paul points out to the Corinthian Church that there are three kinds or groups of people in their Church: 1. Unbelievers (apistois: 1 Cor. 14: 22). 2. Believers (pisteuousin: 1 Cor. 14: 22) and 3. a group who form a contrast to the Christian Congregation called "outsiders or ungifted people” (idiotes, sing. idiotai: plural) (1 Cor. 14: 16, 23). These are those who reject the authentic Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 4; Mk. 16: 17 - 18) and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 12: 6 – 8; 1 Cor. 12: 8 – 10). They are those that Paul said cannot and do not want to receive the Gifts (1 Cor. 12: 29 – 30). They are neither unbelievers nor believers, nor are they full-fledged Christians (Rom. 8: 9). They have had their sins forgiven but have never received the Holy Spirit. They are like the 120 people in the Upper Room before they received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. They usually comment that, "There is something missing in me!” This kind of a believer has no protection from being possessed.
In a church in Sudbury, ON, a couple responded to my invitation for prayer. They both had the uncontrollable shaking bodily movements symptomatic of epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease. I asked them, "What is going on here?” The man said, "I don’t know! We cannot stop shaking. This started when we were at a church in Toronto after they laid hands on us and prayed with us. They said it was caused by the Holy Spirit. We need prayer for the shaking to stop. I explained that they had been possessed by demons. They wanted to be set free. I commanded the demons to leave their bodies and go to the Abyss (Lk. 8: 37) and they did. They repented for their sin and for going to a meeting which exposed them to the works of demons. I laid hands on them and they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 19: 6). They now have "peace” and "self-control” (Gal. 5: 22 – 23). They are set free!
When receiving the authentic Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a Christian has authority to "resist the devil and he will flee” (Eph. 4: 7) and to "cast out demons” (Mk. 16: 17). We are "un-possess-able” because of the infilling (Baptism) of the Holy Spirit. If you have not received God’s protection, please come to one of our meetings or phone me for prayer!
Yours in Jesus,
Rev. Gordon Williams
c. 2014, GWEA