What Do Demons Do?



Part Six - The Activities of Demons


I. THE ACTIVITIES OF DEMONS: The Scriptures identify demons as fallen angels whose prince is Satan (Matt.12:24) but whose king is God (Lk. 8:31)

1a Idolatry

1b Recorded

1c Throughout the Scriptures idol worship is often described as worshipping demons

1d The term “daimoníois as used in the NT was commonly used of “gods” or (those who had the “power of gods” or though inferior to God yet superior to man) as addresses the worship of demons (1 Cor. 10:19-21; Rev. 9:20)

1e Paul’s point is that though the idol makes no difference to the content of meat yet the worship of that idol does because in essence to worship an idol is to worship the demon from which it came

2e Evidently the Corinthians had come to the conclusion that since idols nothing that they could go ahead and worship idols with their friends, job acquaintances and did not harm – God does not take ecumenical events lightly

2d The offering of sacrifices a part from the tabernacle lead to the worship of other gods and thus the worship of demons (wilderness Lev. 17:3-4, 7 and under Jeroboam 2 Chron. 11:15)

3d The offering of sacrifices to foreign gods is seen as worshipping demons (Deut. 32:17; Psa. 32:17)

2c This is consistent with the over all purpose and work of Satan

1d Satan introduced idolatry to the first Adam (Gen. 3:1-5) which eventually culminate in the Antichrist (Dan. 11:36-38)

1e Adam and Eve were invited to be their own gods

2e Adam and Eve were invited to obey a serpent – animals have often been the center of idol worship

2d Satan sought to get the second Adam to do likewise (Matt. 4:7-10)

2b Evaluated

1c Wherever there is idolatry there is also the activity and worship of demons going on

1d Whether the individual is aware of it or not, he is worshipping the enemy of our soul

2d Paul writes, they “who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” Rom. 1:25

2c Idolatry still is and will continue to be even to the time of Tribulation a real threat to the eternal destiny of mankind (Rev. 20:9)

1d Buddhism and Hinduism – robbing souls in America since the sixties (new age)

2d Return to former worship of idols: Astrology, druids, etc

3d Evolution – the worship of process creation

4d Spiritism and witchcraft

5d Idols in the catholic church, veneration of preserved Saints, worshipping relics, the appearances of Mary

2a False doctrines and religions

1b The definition of false doctrine

1c Stated

1d Doctrine is spoken of 114 times in the OT and is addressed in its passive form of the content of revelation about God and its active form of “teaching” the revelation of God: used in both a good sense (Job 27:11; Prov. 4:2; Isa. 29.24) and in a bad sense (Job 11:4; Jer. 10:8)

2d Doctrine is spoken of 188 times in the NT and is addressed in its passive form of the content of revelation about God and its active form of “teaching” the revelation of God: used in both a good sense (Acts 2:42) and in bad sense (Matt. 16:12)

2c Applied: false doctrine is that information presented as truth about God that is actually not true in its whole or part

2b The disseminators of false doctrine

1c Originated by the prince of demons

1d Satan took the truth of God and distorted it just enough to bring death to mankind (Gen. 3:13; 2 Cor. 11:3)

2d Satan does not propose that God does not exist but only puts a question into the mind of Eve as too whether what she knows about God is true (Gen. 3:1)

2c Propagated by his demons (1 Tim. 4:1 – “doctrine of demons”)

1d This was once again practiced after the flood (creation epic of Gilgamesh) – possible the idea of the “gods” was a reference to Gen. 6

2d Practiced in the time of Ahab the King (2 Chron. 18:18-22) – the fact that God did not command this to be carried out but rather enlisted may speak to a deed of a demon

3b The distribution of false doctrine

1c They package it in deception wrapping: “they are seducing spirits”

1d The instruments have the appearance of the godly (2 Cor. 11:13-15; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:13; Col. 2:18-19)

2d The instruments knowingly spread lies: they know out right that what they are spreading is false it does not bother them (1 Tim. 4:2)

2c They market it often to those who want to buy it (2 Tim. 4:4)

4b The content of false doctrine (Gen. 3:1-6)

1c Paint God’s truth as questionable (3:1): “has God indeed said?”

1d Doesn’t make much sense does it - why create a tree with fruit that you can’t eat

2d Are you really sure that is the truth?

2c Paint God’s truth as burdensome (3:1-3): view it negatively

1d God says no fruit from every tree? – can’t eat from every tree?

2d Shall not eat or touch it lest your die – Eve elaborates this

3c Paint God’s truth as false (3:4): “not die”

1d The statements that Satan makes are half truths

2d Satan often leaves parts out or twists the truth just enough

1e “not die” – go on living

2e "day you eat of it your eyes shall be opened” – he leaves out the fact that if they had not yielded they would have understood as do the holy angels

4c Paint God’s truth as unfair (3:5): God demands this for His own sake – God is a tyrant

5c Paint God’s truth as too demanding (3:6)

1d Satan gets to Adam by going through Eve

2d Often false doctrine is made more palatable by infecting a weaker relative or friend (watch Christians take stand against sin in the congregation until one in their congregation is effected)

5b The goal of false doctrine

1c To keep people from salvation (1 Tim 4:1; 2 Pet. 2:1-2) – so dangerous that we are to stay away from them (2 John 7-10; 1 Tim. 6:3-5)

2c To keep Saints from effective service (Col. 2:18) – so dangerous is this that we are told to keep away from them (Rom. 16:7;1 Cor. 5:9-13; 2 Thes. 3:6, 14)

1d Health, wealth, and prosperity – priorities rather than service to God

2d Charismatic/Pentecostal – emotions and experience

3d Calvinism/Arminianism – there is no need win the loss, insecurity of the believer

4d Liberty/legalism – either can lead to a hindered life

6b The success of false doctrine

1c Many will no longer put up with sound doctrine that requires obedience before the Lord (2 Tim. 4:3-4)

2c Many Saints service is hindered by false doctrine or the pervasive idea that doctrine is not important or divisive (2 Cor. 11:3)

3c It is no wonder John gave us the warning to test the spirits to see if they are from God ( 1 John 4:1 )

7b The change of false doctrine: the worship of idols has not been as prevalent as it was in OT and NT times over the last 1500 years.

1c Several things seem to have contributed to this change

1d The purging of idolatry from Israel during the Babylonian captivity

2d The rise of Christianity and the demise of the belief in pantheistic gods

2c For this reason Satan has sought to seduce men from Christ through false religion – Islam, cults, false Christianity

3a Demon Possession

1b The definition of Demon Possession: two key ingredients involved here

1c To take up resident within an individual’s body – even as the soul is in residence with the body (Lk. 8:20; 11:24; Matt. 12:43; Mk. 1:26; 9:25)

2c To take over the control of the body from the individual (Lk. 8:29) – they use the body for their own purposes (at the will or against could be argued – they might start out with the will and then later regret – Judas regretted what he had done)

2b The purpose of Demon possession: why do spirit beings desire to take on a body?

1c Fulfill a depraved nature: their depraved natures lust for that which is forbidden

1d Jude 1:6-7 indicates that a group of angels who were not satisfied with their “own domain” - idea here is that for which they were originally created (perversion) or in other words the spirit realm and like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah sought things they were not created for

2d 2 Peter 2:4 indicates that these angels were bound in a place called the Abyss which is found in Hell awaiting the day of their judgment

3d Luke 8:31 indicates that the demons were possessing the man’s body against God’s will and were afraid they too would be cast into the Abyss (Mk. 8:29)

4d Let us keep in mind that the demons are enslaved to their sin in the same way that we are – 26 references to those angels who possess men as “unclean spirits” which imply that they are particularly wicked fallen angels

1e This may explain why Satan continues on his path even though he knows the out come before him – sin has deceived his mind and has controlled it – much like the cigarette smoker, the drug addiction, immoral

2e This indicates that like humans, some fallen angels are more wicked or perverted – degrees of punishment? (Matt. 12:45; Lk. 11:26)

2c Peace or Rest: These demons can only find rest when they have an individual to control (Mt. 12:43; Lk. 11:24)

3c Greater opportunity to move against God’s program (John 13:27 – Satan possessing Judas)

1d The Scriptures do not speak of demon possession until we come to the time of Christ and then the problem seems to explode

2d Demon possession seems to vanish after the church age is confirmed and the offer of the kingdom is on hold

3d The recent rise in demon possession might be an indicator that the coming of the Lord is not long

3b The Realm of Demon Possession

1c Demon possession is limited to unbeliever’s only

1d There is never a reference of any believer ever being possessed after salvation

2d When a person becomes a Christian he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit leaving no room for Satan or his demons to possess (Matt. 12:43; Lk. 11:24; Gal. 4:6-7)

2c Possession involves seizing control over an unwilling subject however Satan has no longer any power over us (Acts 26:18; Eph. 2:1-5; Js. 4:7; Eph. 6:11)

3c Demon control is still a threat – for we maybe tricked or willfully choose to follow the will of Satan rather than God (1 Cor. 7:5; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:14-15; Eph. 4:26-27; 6:11; 2 Pet. 5:8)

4b The Evidence of Demon Possession

1c The evidence recorded

1d Physical

1e Blind and dumb (Lk. 7:21)

2e Seizures (Mt. 17:14-18)

3e Abnormal Strength (Lk. 8:29)

4e Interesting that unusual voice is not on the list

2d Mental

1e Fall into fire and water (Mt. 17:14-18)

2e Foameth and gnashes (Mk. 9:18)

3e Leave right mind (Lk. 8:35; Matt. 12:13)

3d Emotions

1e Illness that is Emotionally Vexing: Saddening (Mt. 17:14-18)

2e Pinning Away (Mk. 9:18)

2c The evidence evaluated: caution should be exercised in determining demon possession

1d Illness can also manifest the same symptoms (Jn. 9:2-3; Lk. 13:11-16)

2d There maybe no symptoms – Judas and giants of Gen. 6 and Antichrist

3d Test of confession is a false one

1e Some have used the test of 1 Jn. 4:1-4 - Confessing the name of Jesus

2e Demons can confess (Mk. 1:24; 3:11; Lk. 4:41; 8:28)

3e This was a test for the doctrines of demons by false prophets

5b The Extent of Demon Possession: more than one demon at a time (Mt. 12:43-45; Lk. 8:30)

6b The cure for demon possession

1c #1: the casting out of demons seems to have been limited to the times of Christ and the Early Church Age

1d 12 disciples - Lk. 9:1; Acts 8:6-7; 19:12

2d 70 disciples - Lk. 10:1, 7

3d Apostles - Acts 8:6-7; 19:12

2c #2: it is a dangerous practice without the commission of God (Acts 19:13-16)

3c #3: there is no command to cast out demons given to the church - (2 Tim. 2:26)

4c #4: Expelled Demons go to one of four places

1d Other victims (Mk. 5:12)

2d Return to victim (Mt. 12:44-45)

3d Wander in dry places (Mt. 12:43)

4d Abyss (Lk. 8:31)