Can Christians need Deliverance? (I)

The field of deliverance ministration is one in which many saints have laboured for ages. Today, there are many helpful materials on the subject and it’s not my intention to add to them.

In fact, I wasn’t particularly interested in wading into such an extensive area until a dear friend of mine recently brought up a question on the subject and I couldn’t provide an answer without delving into it. His question was: Can a Christian be infested with demons?

Now, before I give my answer, I need to emphasize that I have read from both sides of the fence – those who argue that a Christian cannot be inhabited by a demon and those who argue otherwise.

So, my answer to the question is not based on denominational indoctrination, but from personal study, experience, interactions with other believers and logical deduction.

I was raised in a church which maintained that once you are born again, you have been automatically delivered from every demonic connection from your past. We believed deliverance ministration was only for witches, satanists, weirdos and tormented sex fiends.

But as the years went by, as I began to critically examine my own life – as well as that of others in church – I didn’t see the “peace and joy” that we often talked about.

The people assured us that they were walking in victory on every side; that they were blessed above measure; that the devil was a babbling fool writhing underneath their feet, but right before my very eyes, I could see that these ecclesiastical idioms were just words they rehashed; their lives belied their gnomic claims.

I also observed strange things (which I later discovered to be demonic activities) operating in our lives. We were not really enjoying the things we claimed to have.

But I didn’t want that. I wanted a realistic Christianity; one in which my life spoke louder than my words, and it was while searching for this better way that I realized that I was myself under demonic oppression!

Since my church had failed to enlighten us about demonic oppression or how to deal with it, I had unknowingly allowed demonic bondage persist in my life for several years through denial and loose living.

I was blinded to my own true spiritual state because the extent of the light entering our eyes determines how and what we will see. The extent of the spiritual truth you know will determine how far you will discern. We all see within the limits of our horizons.

Today, this church in question, now accepts the reality that even spirit-filled Christians can also need deliverance. But they were too late in admitting it.

Many sincere folks had left the church in frustration when they couldn’t find solutions to their problems. Many fervent pastors who knew about deliverance also left when they realized their ministry found no acceptance within the church.

Most of those in the “a-Christian-cannot-have-demon” camp are sadly casualties of an all-too-academic war; a war that is usually waged by ivory tower theologians who would not know a demon from a hole in the ground.

Whenever I come across preachers or authors who argue that a Christian cannot need deliverance ministration, I always want to assess their backgrounds, their level of experience in ministry, their knowledge of cultural nuances, their denominational positions and of course, their degree of dogmatism.

These are key factors that often shape most people’s acceptance and/or interpretations of spiritual realities.

I have observed that many missionaries who have worked with people from diverse cultures usually have a good understanding of spiritual warfare, deliverance and the operation of the Holy Spirit than many “sit-tight-in-church” clergymen with theological degrees under their belts, who are daily ensconced in one cool room in a high brow part of the city.

Aside that, you can’t have a vibrant ministry that leads people out of the cults, occult, drugs and sexual perversion and tenaciously argue against the reality of deliverance for believers. Unless, you are wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Granted, as Africans, sometimes when you read books written by some American or European Christian authors, you feel a sense of disconnect because of the differences in our cultural backgrounds.

The depth and scope of prayer ministration that a believer from a multi-generational pagan/occult background would need will not be the same as one from a multi-generational Christian family.

So, when an African or Asian Christian parrots the “anti-deliverance” arguments gleaned from a preacher who thinks the whole world revolves around America or Europe, it amounts to self-harming disservice. I would take the words of a man with experience above the one with an opinion any day.

First, let’s examine some basic facts about this issue:

(1) The Bible shows that deliverance is God’s provision for His people:

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psa. 34:17)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1).

And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:18).

It’s instructive to note that the Greek word for salvation, soteria, or sozo which is translated “to save” is used in a variety of ways in the New Testament that go beyond the forgiveness of sins.

It is used in many cases of people being physically healed (Matt. 9:21-22; 14:36; Mk. 5:23, 28). It is also used of a person being delivered from demons (Luke 8:36) and of a dead person being brought back to life (Luke 8:50). The same Greek verb is also used to describe God’s ongoing preservation and protection from evil (2 Timothy 4:18).

Therefore, salvation should not be limited to the experience of having one’s sins forgiven and being born again – and many Christians have sadly done this. Salvation is the key to abundance, healing, success, blessing and deliverance, which some have dubiously omitted from the package.

2. Deliverance is an arm of the ministry of Jesus Christ which the church must pay attention to.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18).

As Jesus and the disciples preached the gospel and the people believed, they were healed of their sicknesses and freed from demonic oppression (Matt. 10:1, 8; 12:24, 43; Mark 1:26; 1:39; 3:15; 6:13; Luke 4:36; 8:29; 9:49, 11:18;13:32 etc.).

These signs go hand-in-hand with the preaching of the Gospel and no preacher or theologian has any right whatsoever to set any of them aside.

It must also be noted that Jesus called deliverance from demonic bondage “the children’s bread” (Mark 7:27). The Greek woman had to put her faith in Christ to receive this privilege on her daughter’s behalf; it was (and is) a benefit for only God’s people.

If you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour, deliverance from all forms of captivity is your “bread”; your spiritual right.

Furthermore, the people from whom Jesus expelled demons in the Gospels were all Jews, under the Covenant of Moses. They could be viewed analogously to Christians in the New Testament under the New Covenant.

The apostles might have been an exception to this because Jesus directly cleansed them: “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you” (John 15:3).

3. A common objection frequently raised is, “Jesus didn’t ask the disciples to cast out demons from one another.”

If we apply this argument to the signs Jesus listed in Mark 16:17, then we should also say that Jesus never asked the disciples to minister the baptism of the Holy Spirit to other believers, neither did He say we should lay our hands on other believers to be healed.

Besides, the term ‘disciple’ has to be properly defined. It means a follower of Christ. And there were many disciples – before and after Pentecost – who were set free from the influence of demonic powers by the power of Christ (Luke 8:2; Acts 8:7; 19:12).

The premise behind the “Jesus-didn’t-expel-demons-from-the-disciples” argument is that once you are born again, you will never be physically sick again; you will never sin again, and of course, you wouldn’t need to be prayed for to be freed from spiritual bondage!

That’s more of Word-Faith mental cotton candy which flies in the face of reality and sound Bible exegesis.

4. Some Christians object to deliverance ministration by citing Colossians 1:14 and Ephesians 2:6 which say Christians have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and are now seated with Christ in heavenly places. “This is what became our possession when we became born again! We were absolutely delivered!” they argue. The answer to this is yes – and no.

There are two sides to this issue: the legal and the experiential. The answer will differ according to which side we view it from. Let me explain.

Legally, we were delivered from the kingdom of darkness and became heirs of God when we were born again. But experientially, we must appropriate in faith, step by step, all the benefits of redemption that are already ours by legal right through our faith in Christ. This is not automatic.

In John 1:12-13, the apostle says concerning those who have been born again through receiving Jesus, that God has given them “the right to become children of God.” The Greek word translated “right” is exousia, usually translated “authority.”

That’s what a person actually receives at the new birth: authority to become a child of God.

Now, the believer must exercise that God-given authority to experience the actual results of the new birth. This is what deliverance entails: using your God-given authority to completely sever all the links you had with the kingdom of darkness.

Since the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan are in total opposition to one another, you cannot enjoy the full rights and benefits of a citizen in God’s kingdom until you have finally and forever severed all connections with Satan and totally cancelled any claim he may have against you.

Take a look at the example of the children of Israel. God spoke to Joshua on how they were to take possession of their inheritance: “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses” (Joshua 1:3).

Note the perfect tense: “I have given [the land].” Legally, the land of Canaan had become the inheritance of the children of Israel, but experientially, nothing had changed. The Canaanite nations and all their giants were still living there.

So the task before Joshua and his people was to move from the legal to the experiential. That’s also the task before us today. The children of Israel were to go to battle – one step at a time – and destroy the illegal occupants until they recovered their inheritance.

Actually, they fought a long series of battles against the various inhabitants of the promised land before they could posses it. Even after much warfare, God still says to Joshua: “There remains very much land yet to be possessed” (Josh. 13:1).

If Joshua had been like some Christians today, he would have led the Israelites to stand before the Canaanite nations, thumb down their noses and fold their hands saying, “Well, God has given your lands over to us. Now it’s our possession! It has been settled and we don’t need to lift a finger to take them.” And the people of Canaan would have laughed at their grandiose claims.

Now, just as Joshua led Israel into the land of promise, Jesus is leading Christians into the land of promises. The legal to experiential appropriation of redemption applies to every area of our Christian life.

Being born again legally delivers you from Satan’s kingdom, but in terms of experience, that’s just the beginning of a long process that requires your actions. You need to still evacuate the strangers nesting in your life and fight to be free. Christianity is not theoretical; it’s very practical.

5. An objection that is often put forth is an appeal to 2 Cor. 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

It is asserted that automatic deliverance from all spiritual captivity takes place the moment we are born again based on this verse.

While I admit that God can sovereignly intervene and completely set a new believer free, those who use this argument either lack a full understanding of the complex, tripartite nature of the human person or do not know what regeneration entails.

Before regeneration, we were dead in our sins and trespasses and separated from the life (Greek: zoe) of God. At salvation, our spirits are “made alive” by indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:5). But our bodies and souls are not born again; they are susceptible to the old ways we lived and the evil spirits we had hosted.

Though our life of sin is legally passed away and we have been made a new being, the responsibility lies on us to use our spiritual authority to bring other areas of our lives completely under the direction of the Spirit of God. This is why self-crucifixion and deliverance are important.

The story of Lazarus in John 11 illustrates this. He had been dead, but Jesus raised Him from the dead and new life entered him. But he still had his grave clothes on. Jesus said: “Loose him and let him go”. He needed others to help him remove those grave clothes so he would be free.

There are many Christians like this; they have been saved for years, they attend church fervently, witness for Christ, know the Bible and even teach it, yet there are spiritual grave clothes wrapped around them, holding them back from complete freedom and enjoying their spiritual birthright.

Though they talk about liberty, they experience spiritual slavery. Though they testify of victories, their personal lives evince defeat. They have the potential to soar high, but their wings have been clipped down. They need to be liberated.

 

Reflections on Calvinism

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Calvinism (Reformed theology) was a viewpoint I wasn’t quite familiar with – until I began to interact online with Christians from other countries. I met a group of Christians who though were good at apologetics, adhered to a theology that ostensibly placed them on a higher pedestal than other Christians. They were Calvinists, as I later found out.

It’s my understanding that if a doctrine or theological view makes a group of Christians feel “superior” to others outside that little circle, it should be scrutinized. This made me research on Calvinism.

Calvinism is a theological system developed by the French Reformer, John Calvin (1509-1564). Calvin being an intelligent theologian, wrote Bible commentaries on many books of the Bible and expounded on some key Christian doctrines.

His major four-volume work, The Institutes of the Christian Religion was the main source of the doctrines of Calvinism.

Though John Calvin has been unduly overrated by ardent Calvinists, the fact still remains that his work was influential on the Protestant movement, particularly in Geneva where he ruled.

Calvinism is also called Reformed theology, which I argue, is a misnomer, because the Protestant Reformation started when Luther nailed his 95 thesis at the door of the church of Wittenburg. Calvin was 8 years old (and still a Catholic) then.

Since there were also other Reformers who differed with Calvin on some issues, the term “Reformation” can’t be accurately reserved for Calvin’s theological system.

Calvinism emphasizes God’s sovereignty – that God is providentially in control of all things that happens, including evil things. The “doctrines of Grace” (as they are called) can be summed up as 5 points with the acronyms: TULIP.

T – Total Depravity: that man’s fall has resulted in man’s total inability to choose God or do good.

U – Unconditional Election: that God has from eternity past chosen His elect whom He wants to save while leaving the rest (reprobates) to perish.

L – Limited Atonement: that Christ died for only the elect, not the whole world.

I – Irresistible Grace: that those whom God has called (i.e. the elect) cannot resist His grace, but must always respond.

P – Perseverance of the Saints: that the elect of God will always persevere and never fall away.

It’s not my intention to debate on the 5 points of Calvinism here. From experience, most Calvinists are quick to cut off contact with fellow Christians on that basis. The command to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” is not much familiar to many of them (Eph. 4:3). However, I find such attitudes to be unreasonable and immature.

There is no harm in Believers discussing and laying out their disagreements. And the fact that one disagrees with Calvinism doesn’t mean one is “anti-Calvinist.” I don’t have a problem with theological systems as much as when they are used as criteria of true Christianity, that its adherents are more busy defending it than the Gospel of Christ.

I have fine Calvinist friends and mentors, and I believe a number of them are true Christians, but there are some alarming claims leading Calvinist authors have made:

Calvinism stands today as the great citadel of historic orthodoxy” (Singer G. John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits, 28)

[Calvinism is] firmly based … upon the Word of God” (Seaton W. The Five Points of Calvinism, 17)

[Calvinism] is the only system which is true to the Word of God” (Kenneth and Crampton, Calvinism, Hyper Calvinism and Arminianism, iv)

If these claims are true, it means unless one is a Calvinist, one is outside the sphere of historic orthodoxy and opposed to God’s Word. Calvinists also assert that their system is not easy to understand. R. C. Sproul in his foreword to The Five Dilemmas of Calvinism wrote:

Calvinism is certainly no easy system to master. But in addition to being difficult to understand, Calvinism is often the subject of grave misunderstanding...”

On the one hand, we are told that Calvinism is “firmly based upon the Word of God” and on the other, it’s not an “easy system to master” and quite “difficult to understand.” This is a contradiction. The Word of God is not difficult to understand or learn.

A “young man” can understand the Bible and thereby “cleanse his ways” (Ps. 119:9). The unfolding of God’s Word “gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (vs. 130). Timothy, as a child learnt the Scriptures at home from his mother and grandmother (2Tim. 1:5). Therefore, if Calvinism is difficult to understand or master, the logical conclusion is that it’s not firmly based on God’s Word.

Charles Spurgeon in his Defense of Calvinism said: “Unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel and nothing else.”

Arthur Constance in The Sovereignty of Grace (p. 302) wrote: “Calvinism is the Gospel and to teach Calvinism is in fact to preach the Gospel.

Allan Sell: “[Calvinism is] the sum and substance of what is represented in Scripture as done for the salvation of sinners by the three Persons of the Trinity” (The Great Debate, 1982, 4)

The implications of these assertions are:

1. If Calvinism is the Gospel and it contains the sum and substance of what is represented in Scripture, that means for 1500 years until John Calvin came on the scene, there was no Gospel and no sinners were saved.

This is tragic, except that Calvinism is a theological system and it’s biblically unacceptable to make a philosophical theological system an equivalent of the biblical Gospel that saves.

2. If Calvinism is the Gospel yet it is so “difficult to understand,” it implies that the Gospel is so complicated and difficult that only intellectuals can comprehend it and thereby become saved. A system that is so esoteric for ordinary Christians can’t be based on God’s Word. If the Gospel can only be grasped by the elites, where does that leave the common people?

A Calvinist author bragged: “Among the past and present advocates of this doctrine are to be found some of the world’s greatest and wisest men” (The Reformed Faith, 1).

Does this mean unless one is a Calvinist, one can’t be part of the greatest and wisest? Sounds like a system that attracts the arrogant at heart. If God “has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…and the weak things of the world to confound the mighty,” then we don’t have to be an intellectual to understand the Gospel (Rom. 1:27).

The disciples of Jesus were simple men and women – fishermen, tax collectors and housewives – yet they understood the Gospel and could teach it clearly to others.

3. What is the Gospel? Apostle Paul defined it as: “how Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Nowhere in the New Testament is TULIP taught as the Gospel.

At no point did the apostles present the Calvinist “doctrines of Grace” to unbelievers (Acts 2:6-11; 3:13-15; 18-21, 26; 4:8-12). When the Philippian jailer asked how he can be saved, Paul didn’t reply, “Do you believe in the five points of Calvinism?” No, he said “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:16). It wasn’t complicated.

Greek scholar, E. W. Vine defined the Gospel as: “The good tidings of the Kingdom of God and of salvation through Christ, to be received by faith, on the basis of His expiatory death, His burial, resurrection, and ascension e.g. Acts 15:17, 20:24, 1 Peter 4:17” (An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, 1949, “Gospel”).

The Gospel is based on Christ and Him alone – not Calvin’s schema of philosophical theology. The Reformers stood for sola Christus (Christ alone). None of them ever cried “Sola TULIP!” We are saved by Christ alone, not a 4-step law or a 5-point doctrine. It’s inconsistent for us to hold on to Sola Scriptura but then allow someone to redefine the Gospel which has been clearly defined by Scripture.

4. If Calvinism is the Gospel, it means the major segments of the church and whole denominations like the Methodists, Lutherans, majority of Anglicans, Free Will Baptists, most Pentecostals and many other Bible believers who are non-Calvinists are not Christians or vile heretics. Unfortunately, many Calvinists have this intolerable view.

A staunch Calvinist recently posted this on Facebook:

Look we cannot have unity with everybody and denomination who claims to be Christians and claim to be the true church of our Lord and Savior. To do so means the body of Christ contains Mormons, Roman Catholics, Coptics, Eastern Orthodox and most who belong to the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, S[eventh] D[ay] A[dventists] as well as most Protestant, denominational and non-denominational churches.”

This is the typical “we vs them” mentality I observed in Calvinism. If everybody and denomination that believe in “our Lord and Saviour” as the only basis of salvation are Christians as we are, why can’t we have unity with them?

Of course, Mormons, Catholics, SDAs and Eastern Orthodoxy hold on to a false Christ and a false gospel, but to read out most Pentecostals, Charismatics and most Protestants including denominational and non-denominational believers out of the body of Christ, is to me, the acme of bigotry. That is a fanatical, cult-like spirit.

I wonder what his criteria of true Christianity really are. If most of the Bible believing Christians at all times and all through history are “out” by the Calvinist definition, where then are the real Christians?

During Christ’s earthly ministry. The apostles said to Him: “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him because he is not one of us” (Lk. 9:49). They asked him to shut up just because he wasn’t part of their “little group,” even though he was calling the same Jesus as they. Talk about a sectarian spirit! But Jesus corrected them: “Do not stop him… for whoever is not against you is for you” (v. 50).

It matters little to me what denomination (or theological system) a person adheres to, if he believes in salvation by Christ by grace through faith alone; if he believes in the Bible as the final authority, he is my brother or sister in Christ.

Paul asked: “Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1Cor. 1:13). I need to ask my Calvinist friends: Was Calvin crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Calvin? Is Christ divided? Then why do you regard other believers in Christ as “heretics” because they don’t hold to the 5 points of Calvinism?

5. Calvinism introduces a staggering complexity that undercuts the simplicity of the Christian faith. It has an affinity for labels. You can be a 5-point Calvinist or a 4-pointer. Then there are Neo-Calvinists, Crypto-Calvinists, Hyper-Calvinists or Moderate Calvinists. Under this sub-division, there are those who hold to infralapsarianism or supralapsarianism.

Then you have cessasionist Calvinists, continuationist Calvinists or dispensationalist Calvinists. Under this you still have the pre-millennial, post-tribulational or amillennial Calvinists (And these in-groups also point fingers at one another too!) Instead of these complex labels, can’t we just simply be Bible believing Christians?

Calvinism is not the Gospel. It never has been. Many Calvinists are going to be surprised when they get to heaven and find that there are many there who came from outside their mould. The real issue is to be saved and have a real relationship with God.

The Truth About Yoga

Yoga has gained a worldwide appeal today because having a slim and healthy body is a current concern. More people are hitting the gym and turning to health clubs and are being introduced to yoga. In the medical field, yoga is at times prescribed for people suffering from stress and frustration.

Some churches have even embraced “Christian yoga!” Now, is yoga simply an exercise that helps the body slim and healthy? Can it be practiced without the religious overtones? Is it suitable for Christians?

The word yoga literally means “to yoke” or “bind together” or to harness or control. To a Hindu, yoga is a technique or discipline that leads to union with a great supernatural force or spirit (called Brahman).

Its goal is “self-realization” to realize that atman, the individual soul is identical with Brahman, the universal soul i.e you and god are one. The spread of yoga to the West started in the 1960s. Transcedental Meditation (TM), a close adjunct of yoga, was equally popularized by Maharishi Yogi and Hollywood stars.

Historically, yoga dates back many centuries. Figures of people seated in various yoga positions appear on seals found in the Indus valley (present day Pakistan). The Indus valley civilization is dated by archaeologists to 3rd-2nd milleniums B.C. Hindus claim those ancient figures on the seals are images of Shiva (called “the Destroyer”), one of the three main deities of Hinduism. The authoritative 15th century text Hathayoga-Pradipika declares that lord Shiva was the first yoga teacher.

The book Hindu World, calls yoga “a code of ascetic practices, mainly pre-Aryan in origin, containing relics of many primitive conceptions and observances.” The yogic methods were handed down orally and later put into detailed written form by the Indian yogic sage Patanjali as the Yoga Sutra which is still the basic yoga instruction book. In it, yoga is defined as “a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.” Thus, yoga cannot be separated from the Eastern religions from which it originated.

There are different types of yoga: Raja, Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, Tantra and Hatha yoga. The physical exercises yoga is Hatha yoga. In Sanskrit, ‘Ha’ means the sun and ‘tha’ means the moon. These exercises are meant to bring opposing yet complimentary occult forces (yin and yang) into balance to enhance physical health and strength. There’s also Kundalini yoga, which is supposedly meant to awaken the serpent goddess from the base of the spine. It’s agreed that: “All paths [of Yoga] lead ultimately to the same destination- to union with Brahman or God…” (Lucy Lidell, The Sivananda Companion to YOGA, 1983, 18)

Yoga was not designed or originally practiced for physical fitness. It’s meant to “yoke” a person to the universal force through a stage called moksha or liberation, which we call death. This is why in Indian ashrams, yoga is often prescribed for old people to assist their demise. Curiously, it is being promoted in Africa and Western climes as benign. Yoga expert, Ken Walker, in the Yoga Journal warns that Eastern meditation, no matter how carefully practiced involves “a whole series of deaths and rebirths…rough frightening times.”

David Purseglove, a transpersonal therapist, warns that Eastern meditation can produce “Frightening ESP and other parapsychological occurrences …out of body experiences … [encounters] with death … awakening of the serpent power (Kundalini) … violent shaking and twisting.”

A couple of years ago, I talked with a friend who practiced yoga in order to have a slim body. Within 2 days of practice, she began to experience intense body heat (and the weather was cold) and carried a large towel everywhere she went. I explained the origin of yoga to her, that as a Christian she needs to renounce the practice. “But it works” she argued. I said “Yes, I know it works, witchcraft spells also work. The point is, is it of God?” No, it’s not. God has forbidden us from abominable practices in His word – even if they work (Deut. 18:9-10). There are many healthy exercises that do not involve occult arts, go for them. Yoga may be effective, but the spiritual price attached to it is deadly.

Rabindranath Maharaji, an ex-Yogi said: “Although the peace I experienced in meditation [came] so easily … the occult forces that my practice of Yoga cultivated and aroused lingered on and began to manifest themselves in public” (Death of a Guru, 1977, 74). Some of these manifestations are described such as “violent shaking, hallucinations, murderous impulses, uncontrollable rage, suicide attempts” (Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion, 1998, 225).

Yoga is not merely a physical exercise. It opens the door of people’s lives to demonic bondage and Christians need to avoid it.