The topic for our Bible study this week is demons: whether they exist, the extent of their influence, the position of our church (the Methodist denomination) on demons and the like, the role of psychology, exorcisms, cursed objects, angels, et cetera. Since I’m researching it anyway, I thought I’d highlight some of the more interesting things I found, whether I personally agree with them or not. In no particular order:
- “Satan will hand you self-pity like candy.” An interesting article from RELEVANT magazine that summarises spiritual warfare.
- “In case you haven’t noticed, the devil loves a vacuum. He loves it when we leave him just enough space to bring in spirits of doubt, heaviness and fear.” An insightful article from Charisma magazine.
- This article on territorial demons and generational demons. Makes the point that we can’t just push blame for our sinning on to demonic influence.
- There has been a bit of a boom in the exorcism business; the Catholic church cites people dabbling with occult practices as one of the reasons behind the rise in demonic possessions.
- Protecting yourself against fallen angels (especially of relevance to the angel-loving crowd).
- A post about cursed objects.
- “A Methodist exorcism”, recounted from one of John Wesley’s journals.
- Guidelines for exorcism in the Methodist Church, according to “Statements and reports of the Methodist Church on faith and order, Vol I 1933-1983” (pdf; see last few pages).
- “A warning against the warfare worldview”. It seems to boil down to: do we believe that the war against Satan can be lost? Or has it already been won?
- A berth of articles warning about the dangers of deliverance ministry (the danger seems to be too much reliance on our authority in Christ rather than on Christ Himself). And this article on whether you need deliverance or not.
- And of course, the flipside: “Are Guardian Angels biblical?” and “Do we have Guardian Angels?”
How about a poll?