Can Christians need Deliverance? (II)

Having explained the relationship between salvation and the ministry of liberation, let’s now take it up a notch by examining the issues surrounding demonization:

(1) The term “demonization” is an Anglicization of the Greek word frequently used in the New Testament: daimonizomai. The word may be translated “under demonic influence” or “to be demonized.” Some folks interpret demonization as being “demon possessed,” but this is incorrect and misplaced.

The term demon possession is an unfortunate term that found its way into some English translations of the Bible but is not really reflected in the Greek text. The Greek NT speaks of people who “have a demon” (e.g Matt. 11:18) or people who are suffering from demonic influence (Wayne Grudem, Bible Doctrine, Inter-Varsity Press: England, 1999, p. 179).

Demonization can range from demonic oppression to severe demonic control. Though there are degrees of demonic attack or influence in the lives of believers, the term “demon possession” should not be conflated with demonization and shouldn’t be applied to Christians.

The term “demon possession” conveys to an English ear that a person is owned by a demon, but this is impossible for Christians. A Christian’s personality can come under demonic influence but he/she is still owned by Christ. Therefore, a demon cannot have a Christian, but a Christian can have a demon.

(2) A major objection raised against deliverance is, since the Holy Spirit lives within the believer, it would be impossible for a demon to live in the same place as the Holy Spirit. This brings us back to the question: can a Christian who has the Holy Spirit also have a demon?

While the Bible does not definitively answer that question, there are some things we need to reflect on. For instance, the Holy Spirit is everywhere in the universe; would this mean that there are no demons anywhere in the universe? Obviously not.

The Scriptures teach that the true believer is no longer in the flesh but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:1-9), yet the flesh continues to operate in the believer’s life alongside the Spirit. So let’s rephrase the initial question with a twist: How can the Holy Spirit cohabit the same body with the unholy flesh?

Our flesh/carnal nature is not any less evil or unclean than is a demon. Both the flesh and demons are in sinful rebellion against a holy God. Therefore, if the Holy Spirit can indwell a saved sinner who still has the flesh, then He can also live in a believer who has a demon. The demon wouldn’t “hurt” the Holy Spirit. That idea is even absurd. And the demon wouldn’t automatically flee because of the Holy Spirit (William Schnoebelen, Blood on the Doorposts, Chick Pub., 1994, p. 47).

Contrary to what some folks teach, the Holy Spirit will not come into you and cast out the demons that you’ve invited in, and which Christ has already given you the authority to expel.

(3) The Bible says we are the temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 3:16). Just like the ancient temple of the Lord in the OT, we have three basic constituents – body, soul and spirit. The temple had the outer court, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place.

In Ezekiel 8, we see that the temple of God was defiled. The people brought an idol of jealously into it; they practised abominable acts; drew images of demon gods and unclean animals on its walls; burned incense to idols; they worshipped the rising sun and their women wept for Tammuz – occult rites that invited evil spirits into the temple.

Yet, all the while, the presence of God was still in the Holy of Holies. This can be a reflection of a Christian today; the Holy Spirit can dwell in His spirit while sinful practices – before or after salvation – have led to demonic infestation in his body and soul.

It doesn’t mean he’s unsaved or evil, he only needs to purge his temple and evacuate the evil strangers from their hiding places.

(4) An objection raised to the above is to appeal to 2 Cor. 6:14-16 that since there can be no agreement between darkness and light, or Christ and Belial, a Christian who has the Holy Spirit in him/her cannot also have a demon in him/her.

This argument is based on the fallacious notion that for the Spirit of God and an evil spirit to reside simultaneously in the same person, mutual cooperation is required between both of them. This is a fatally flawed thinking.

The passage was actually directed to the Christians in Corinth who were in unequal partnership with pagans and their norms. Apostle Paul was warning them against entanglement with unbelievers (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Eerdmans, 1979, Vol. 1, p. 780).

(5) In several places, Scripture tells us that sin opens the door to captivity, affliction, bondage and attack from the devil e.g. Eccl. 10:8; Isa. 5:12-13; Matt. 23:37; John 5:14; Eph. 4:26-27.

If a Christian for instance, dabbles in divination (consulting palm readers, Tarot cards, psychics etc.), that sin can open the door to demonic bondage/invasion. This may not always be the case every time, because demonization is not a cut and dry phenomenon as some of us think.

The demons’ degree of influence in Christians varies from person to person – depending on the magnitude of sin and the class of demons involved – yet, the spiritual doorways provided by sin are no less real.

(6) Scripture shows us that our lives can be defiled, and we are to cleanse ourselves from spiritual filthiness and have our bodies, souls and spirits preserved blameless (1Cor. 3:16-17; 1Cor.7:1; 1 Thess. 5:23). If it wasn’t possible for Christians to be defiled (whether by sin or demons), these verses wouldn’t be in the Bible.

Interestingly, the same Greek word for “defile”, phtherei, is also used for “destroy.” It means to spoil, corrupt, bring to a worse state and to deprave. This is what sowing to the flesh does to the believer (A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament, Ethelbert Bullinger, Zondervan MI, 1975, p. 213).

(7) To neglect, deny or ignore the ministry of deliverance has more serious consequences than the other way round. If a Christian who needs to be liberated is being taught that he doesn’t need deliverance, two major things can happen:

One, the Christian fruitlessly struggles against besetting sins until he/she is exhausted or completely demoralized. It becomes a vicious cycle of falling into the sinful habit, praying for forgiveness, promising to apply spiritual discipline and falling after a few hours and praying for mercy again. It soon gets to a point where he begins to embrace it as normal.

Two, the Christian is overwhelmed with demonic oppression and begins to doubt if he was ever saved at all. The demons will then bombard his mind with thoughts like: “I can never be a good Christian!”; “This is my destiny”; “God has rejected me because I was too evil”; “God doesn’t answer prayers” etc. 

(8) What I find striking about the “demons-in-Christians” debate is how people on both sides of the divide, usually reduce deliverance to casting out of demons from a person or place. That’s reductionist and distracting, and it should be pointed out.

Any Christian who has studied the Bible and has a keen understanding of spiritual things will agree that deliverance is more than expulsion of evil spirits. There are many people who are not infested from within but bound from without. Therefore, deliverance in its full scope involves:

(a) Releasing people from destructive pacts/covenants and seals (Isa. 28:18). These things remain in place even after salvation unless they are specifically addressed in prayer.

(b) Releasing people from generational/family and personal curses (Gal. 3:13). These are also categorized as “vertical and horizontal curses.”

(c) Breaking occult spells, triggers and cues that have been placed on/in people (Micah 5:12). These are tools used by the enemy to enslave individuals or groups of people.

(d) Destroying evil linkages, soul ties and spiritual yokes (Isa. 10:27). These are used to impede a person’s progress in a divine direction.

(e) Removing demonic implants and demonic luggage from people (Matt. 15:13).

(f) Breaking spiritual chains placed on people by the powers of darkness and setting them free from spiritual prisons and cages (Isa. 61:1).

(g) Revoking evil dedications, renouncing false worship/communal bondages (Acts 19:19).

(h) Recovery of what the enemy stole (Obadiah 1:17). It could be a person’s virtues, joy, finances, vision, body parts or spouse.

Conclusively, from the highlighted points, it’s important that believers understand what this aspect of spiritual warfare entails. We have been commissioned to keep enforcing the defeat of Satan and his imps in our lives and those of others.

While the ministry of deliverance is not to be touted as the silver bullet to every problem, it should not also be ignored, disparaged nor reserved only for extreme cases in our churches.

 

Have you been Touched by an Angel?

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The topic of angels is one that inexorably incites curiosity and keen interest from both Christian and non-Christians. It is a subject that is frequently explored in literature, music, art, film, cyberculture, television and religious circles.

A TV series that fuelled much of the angel hysteria in the 1990s was Touched by an Angel (featuring Della Reese and Roma Downey). This series became such a cultural phenomenon that it was nominated for eleven Primetime Emmy Awards between 1997 and 2000.

It might interest you to know that it’s not only Christianity that believes in angels. Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, even Wicca, Hermetic Qabalah and New Age spirituality also believe in angels, but their angelogy contradicts Christianity and the Bible.

This is why a fine line should be drawn. In the age of deception which we live in, a biblical view of angels is vital, so that we do not veer out of the original faith handed to the saints in a bid to get “touched by an angel.”

What you need to know

The Bible defines angels as “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). In plain words, angels are sent forth to minister for God or to serve us, God’s people.

The use of the present participle in that verse emphasizes the continuance of angelic ministry even in our day. The word translated angels from the original Greek language is angelos which carries the same meaning as “messenger.”

Angels are also called “ministers” (Greek: leitourgous) of God, that is, servants of God. Though they are spirits, they can manifest themselves physically (cf. Gen. 18:2). They are living beings that possess personality (intellect, emotion and will).

They are variously called the sons of God, morning stars (Job 38:7), sons of the mighty (Ps. 29:1 NASB), watchers (Dan. 4:13-15), holy ones (Matt. 25:31), princes (Dan. 10:13), thrones and dominions (Col. 1:16).

The angels of God were created long before the earth. God said “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth … when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38: 4, 7).

This indicates that at Creation, angels were shouting for joy when they saw what God was doing. 

We also learn that there are innumerable angels with God. At one place Jesus said, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53).

In the ancient Roman army, a legion consists of 3,000 – 6,000 soldiers. So when Jesus speaks of 12 legions of angels, it’s clear that He refers to tens of thousands of warrior angels. These are possibly the “armies of heaven” that will come with Him at the Second Advent (Rev. 19:14).

In another place, the Bible speaks of “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” where there are “thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly” (Heb. 12:22).

It’s also worthy to note that these angels are organized into ranks (Col. 2:18) and are sent for various assignments:

They guard gates (Rev. 21:12); wage war in actual bodily contact (2Th. 2:10); execute judgements (Gen. 19; 2Kgs. 19:35 etc.); lead sinners to gospel workers (Acts 10:3); witness confessions (Lk. 15:8-9); impart God’s will (Acts 5:19-20); take the saints at their death to God’s presence (Lk. 16:22); strengthen them in trial (Mt. 4:11); protect the saints (Ps. 34:7); give revelations (Lk. 15:8-9) and bring answers to prayers (Dan. 9:31-23) etc.

Five Popular Myths about Angels

#1 All angels have wings

In arts and popular culture, angels are always depicted having wings on their backs. Renaissance European arts even added a twist to it: they portrayed angels as winged chubby infants holding bows and arrows (obviously borrowed from depictions of the Roman god, Cupid).

Many Christians today still adhere to this hallowed myth, that all angels have wings. But with the exception of cherubims and seraphims described in the Old Testament, there is no description in the Bible of angels with wings.

Every time an angel made an appearance to someone in Scripture, the person always thought the angel was human. Humans did not observe that angels had wings or could fly.

Cherubims are a special group of angels attached to the throne of God whose task is to guard the Holiness of God.

For instance, a cherub was placed at the gate to Eden so that people might not enter after Adam and Eve were cast out. The two likenesses of angels that were placed on the Ark of the Covenant were were cherubs (Ex. 25:18-22).

The Bible also speaks of seraphims (from the word “burners”) who had six wings. These are angels who are concerned with the holiness of God. They cry out continually: “Holy, holy, holy” (Isa. 6:3).

So technically, angels don’t have wings, but cherubims and seraphims – which are higher order of angels – do.

God’s angels are powerful beings; they are not the sweet-faced chubby infants found in Catholic art.

#2. Female angels

This was one of the misleading concepts popularized by the Touched by an Angel series.

Many statues and artwork also depict angels as female. In Choo Thomas’s Heaven is so Real, she also claimed to encounter a female angel.

But going to the Bible, we see that the word angel is always used in the masculine gender both in Hebrew and Greek. Sex, in a human sense, is not ascribed to them.

#3. Everyone has a Guardian Angel

This myth is a very popular one. It pervades both religious and secular circles, for obvious reasons.

In the Touched by an Angel series, the angel usually appears to a person who is a derelict or has some moral problems and helps them solve their problems with the credit going to the angels. This sort of teaching is loved by the world.

Plenty of people (even if non-religious), are fascinated with the idea of having a personal spiritual protector working out their life’s hassles without really submitting to God. So, they seek a spirituality that gives comfort to such warm, fuzzy sentiments. 

Some Christians actually believe every child born on earth has a personal guardian angel assigned to him/her by God. He follows, helps and protects them until the point where they start to sin. Though they appeal to Matt. 18:10, the doctrine doesn’t appear to be based on sound exegesis.

Angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. The unsaved have no angel. “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them” (Psa. 34:7). 

The unsaved are excluded from angelic protection and deliverance. (Though it doesn’t mean God, in His grace, cannot sovereignly protect them). Children having angels who see God’s face (cf. Matthew 18:10) most likely refers to those that have come to know the Lord or are born to Believing parents. 

Of course, there have been many accounts of personal supernatural angelic experiences in books, documentaries and daytime talk shows. But two things are common to many of such “angel” narratives:

One, these individuals are not Christians. Two, the angel frequently occupies a central figure in their lives. He – not God – becomes their personal saviour/guru, which makes their experiences highly suspect.

How can a non-Christian who is not in the light nor has yielded to the authority of Scripture be able to discern between what is coming from God or what may be of the devil? Answer: They don’t! Everything is accepted as true because it resonates with their emotions.

#4. We need to locate our guardian angels and listen to them

This myth is circumscribed on #3. In recent times, the Internet has become cluttered with “angel reading” ads aimed at luring people into seeking out messages purportedly coming from their “guardian angels” in heaven.

These online readings are said to guide inquirers on their life purposes, relationships, weekly plans and their future.

Though the terms have changed a bit, it’s the same old stuff that many people have sought at seances, palmists, star gazers, crystal ball readers and other brand of diviners for centuries.

When you read these “message from your angel” ads carefully, you will realize that the so-called angels being contacted for information are spirits imitating the departed. The old spirit guides have been rebranded as “angels” and sold in the market place.

Some Charismatic churches also teach that we need to communicate with our angels and “put them to work” – to bring us money, healing, peace and helpers. These are more based on Frank Peretti’s school of the spirit world than a historic, biblical thought.

Talking about Frank Peretti. His Christian fiction novel, This Present Darkness, has sadly been used as the manual of spiritual knowledge for many believers. That was one of the books which popularised the idea of localised angels contacting humans.

But in every instance of an angel physically appearing to individuals like Abraham, Lot and his family, Gideon, Moses, Manoah etc., it’s clear that the angels had the physical appearances that matched the people to whom they appeared; they dressed like them and spoke their languages.

There were no “European” angels contacting Asians or “American” angels, “Chinese” angels or “African” angels doing the same.

Aside that, the angels that appeared to God’s people and gave them revelations did so only at God’s sovereign arrangements.

Daniel wasn’t trying to contact angel Gabriel for visions. Zechariah wasn’t in the temple, trying to locate an angel. Mary the mother of Jesus didn’t seek an angel. Apostle Peter or John wasn’t seeking an angel for a revelation. Neither should we.

#5. We need to pray to and invoke angels for help

This is often a consequence of myth #4. When folks have been seduced to believe that angels have a corner in the market where they can be contacted for knowledge, the next best thing would be to learn their names, call on them and make them intermediaries.

In African syncretic/ “spiritual” churches (as well as Roman Catholicism), the special invocation of and prayer to angels is inextricably linked with their rituals.

They invoke and pray to angels Michael and Gabriel, as well as names of “angels” found in post-exilic rabbinical traditions and ceremonial magick, like Raphael and Uriel. These are all fallen angels.

In the Bible, only three angels’ names are recorded: Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel. Lucifer fell, and with him a host of angels known as fallen angels.

The Bible distinguishes between these unrighteous angels (or  unclean spirits) who followed Satan and “the elect angels” who follow God (1 Tim. 5:21).

These fallen angels are the force behind the “angel craze” in pseudo-Christian religions, New Age spirituality and the secular world, leading many down the path of a false god.

They give their followers false miracles and supernatural experiences that deepen their delusion and strengthen them in their iniquities.

An ex-satanist who worked with such evil spirits said:

“The sylphs [elemental spirits] do shout and make noise when they are in full control of the medium. Besides this, they teach series of rituals that are unscriptural. They are fond of doing rituals with eggs, sugar, ginger nuts, earthenware, coins and cereals …

“The sylphs [also] make their congregation abstain from meats, especially pork, rabbit, crab, snail, mudfish, duck meat, grass cutter and other forest animals … The spiritual churches erect altars by burying alive ram, crucifix, doves and Bible’s as a ritual. That serves as a point of contact to the spirits of the air or fallen angels. The powers in the church depend on the number of days fasted for the rituals, some fast 21 days while others for 14 days.

“Those who have learnt advanced magick, as I did, buried the general seal of the spirits called ShemHamephorash in Hebrew or Seal of Solomon according to magick. This higher seal of magick attracts fallen angels and Olympian spirits to execute their duties in the church” (Romanus Monday Ekeocha, Christian Alive, vol. 2. No. 14, 2006, p. 2).

The angels being invoked in these syncretic churches are Olympian spirits also invoked in occultism. Angels of God do not accept worship, prayer or veneration from anyone (cf. Rev. 22:8-9).

Nevertheless, true Christians enjoy angelic intervention just as God’s Word says. I have personally experienced this, and I will be sharing them in my next post.

The Ties that Bind

The Bible indicates that two or more persons can be spiritually joined together by ties or bonds. They are called “soul ties” – spiritual ties or supernatural linkages that bind people together. There are different types of spiritual bonds which I classify into:

1. Positive soul ties

(a) Godly ties

These are ties with which God binds His people together in love, compassion and peace. “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed” (Hosea 11:4).

This is a bond fostered by the Holy Spirit and it’s geared towards a godly or benign intent. This is the kind of tie we see between David and Jonathan: “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan” (1 Sam. 18:1 ESV)

There’s no evidence that David and Jonathan had sex for their souls to be so joined. It’s atrocious to find some modern gay advocates gnawing their unwashed fingers through the Bible to point at David and Jonathan as biblical gay icons because of the statement: “Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women” (2 Sam. 1:26).

Really, it takes someone with a perverse spirit to see this scenario in such a grossly distorted and perverted fashion (That’s a topic for another day).

In the New Testament, Christians are commanded “to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3). This bond is sustained by the Holy Spirit in every believer. This is something we all need – a fellowship of Believers who love and care for one another regardless of status, race or tribe.

(b) Marital bond

This is a covenant link that is formed when a man and woman come together sexually to become one flesh. Jesus said: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh” (Matt. 19:5).

God created sex as a powerful force to sustain the marriage bond and participate in the creation of life. The devil too understands this, thus, one of the first things he did was to pervert both the physical and spiritual aspects of sexuality.

Though the secular world has trivialized sex; thrown chastity to the winds; distorted marriage and reduced humanity into ‘animals’, the coming together of two people in the act of sex is not merely a physical act.

A spiritual link is formed between two people through sexual acts and when this is abused outside the confines of a godly marriage, it results in one common problem in many marital relationships today: incomplete ‘leaving’ and incomplete ‘cleaving.’ Both spouses are unable to truly bond with each other as they should, because they still have unbroken ties to other persons (or themselves) before or after they got married. This leads us to:

2. Negative soul ties

(a) Illicit sexual bonds

1 Corinthians 6:15 says “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!” This passage also applies to sexuality and it comes in different forms:

  • A negative type of soul link is formed through premarital and extramarital sexual affairs and the more sex partners a person has, the more soul links (and demons) he acquires. So, when a “swinging single” eventually gets married, these spiritual factors may cause some problems.

A victim may find himself/herself emotionally entangled to his/her ex-lovers even if they are married to someone else. Some would have fragmented minds. Others could experience strong, tormenting sexual urges that make them seek their old sex partners when they were unbelievers. Some would find themselves constantly dreaming of them.

I heard of a man who before marriage had been with many women. His wife said after they got married, every night for several weeks, she would have vivid visions of different women coming over to share their bed until she began to learn how to address it through spiritual warfare.

The usual front line of satanic attack is sexual seduction. This is because the enemy understands the power of sexual soul ties. He knows that once you become one flesh with his own agents, it will be fairly easy to bring you down because the luggage of unclean spirits inhabiting them is transferred to you and they start to mess with your mind. These soul ties enable demons to move from one person to another and they can be traced in the spirit realm.

In Numbers 25, after Balaam’s effort to curse Israel failed, the next strategy was to send the women of Moab into the camp of God’s people. When the children of Israel began having sex with them, the next step was to join them in Baal worship. Talk about soul ties. This is why when you see a fervent Christian who dabbles into promiscuity, it’s only a matter of time before he’s backslidden.

  •  Sexual ties are also formed through rape or child molestation. In Genesis 34:2-3, after Shechem the Hivite raped Dinah, “his soul was drawn” to her even though she was an unwilling victim.

Many victims of sexual assault or molestation are held in bondage to their past even if they later became Christians. I have come to realise that sexual molestation doesn’t always stop at one experience. Even when a victim keeps that experience hidden, s/he still ends up being molested by other people s/he meets later in life, if not addressed.

These folks don’t have to know the victim’s childhood history because there seems to be a “link” established in the victims’ soul through their first sexual abuse which invariably attracts the demons in other perverts to them.

It’s not an accident that ladies that were abused as children are curiously drawn to men who physically, verbally and sexually abuse them and they tenaciously cling to them. Psychologists call this Stockholm syndrome. When a person is unwilling to break out of controlling, abusive and destructive relationships, he is bound by negative soul ties.

  •  This also comes into play with those who have engaged in homosexuality and lesbianism. This is why they often return to their sexual sins and former partners even if they claim to be married to a “straight” spouse.

(b) Selfish or Inverted soul ties

These ties are forged by a person with his own flesh. The victim’s soul is spiritually “locked” up within himself and is unable to normally connect with others.

He/she may be an admirable, charismatic or socially exposed fellow, but because of this soul tie, his/her intimacy would be like a running tap blocked with a cork – unable to form intimacy with anyone. This can be a result of a traumatic experience. A guy wrote to a Vanguard columnist, describing his abuse:

We had to leave the school premises to his house, and immediately he finished doing the thing to me, he told me to do what he did to me, to him. I had no choice but to have sex in return. Afterwards, he gave me money. I felt ashamed of myself and could not look him in the eyes. I was angry that my parents had caused everything that happened, because if they had been able to pay the examination fees, I would not have found myself in that situation.

“…After that day, another problem started for me. It seemed as if everything died in me that very day… now I don’t have any friend at all. The same applies to female friends as well. I have lost all emotions and interest where friends and relationships are concerned.”

Unless this guy gets help, he will find intimacy very difficult. The intense shame and anger fixated into his mind by that abuse have made his soul inverted.

This can also happen in the case of masturbation, an act which undercuts one of the purposes of human sexuality: to relieve loneliness. Thus, sexual fulfillment and intimacy in marriage may pose an uphill task for many involved, because they have created a covenant link to always please their sinful flesh first.

Unless they renounce such selfish ties, those addicted to it also observe they find the act more satisfying than sex with their own spouses. It results in “incomplete cleaving.”

(c) Direct demonic linkages

In this case, a demon steps in when (a) or (b) becomes a besetting sin, and attaches itself to the victim through the cords of their sins. The class of demons known for this are called “spirit husbands” or “spirit wives” – because they bind themselves to their victims, sexually wear them out and war against marriages.

These demons can impersonate anyone, especially former or present lovers known to their victims. Some are resident in their hosts while others come from outside, but they bind themselves to their victims and feed off of them.

People involved in the occult commonly have sex with demons. It’s believed that a female demon (succubus) draws seed from men and changes to a male partner (incubus) to molest a human female.

Another type is when a person has a link with a familiar spirit or demon spirit guide. I read a man’s testimony years ago. His sister died about 3 years prior, but in his dreams, he kept seeing her playing and discussing with him and at times, he’d see a sort of rope joining them together.

During a church service, his pastor invited all who have such experiences to come forward for prayer. He responded, and they were prayed for. He said after that day, the only time he saw her again in his dream, she was standing at a distance and waved him goodbye and he did the same and the dream stopped abruptly.

Was that really his dead sister? No, it was a familiar spirit.

(d) Ungodly, non-sexual ties

These are negative ties that emerge from relationships in which strong bonds are formed. These could be parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, mentor-student relationships or friendships which could degenerate into emotionally and spiritually destructive relationships.

When you are in a relationship with someone who stands between you and all that God wants you to be, or uses your mutual bond of affection to control or manipulate you, you are getting into ungodly soul ties. This can happen so subtly even in the name of a parent-child relationship which borders on manipulation.

The sad reality is that many people have passed through life either dominating or being dominated by others. They are being pushed here and there even though they have a mind of their own and know what to do. Many of them can’t make any meaningful decision unless they first consult that person to whom their soul is tied.

(e) Occult ties

These are ties wielded by an occult individual, group or organization to exert demonic control over their victims. These links are forged by rites, sexual and/or non-sexual acts, but generally function as dark bridges through which demons can pass from one person to the other.

From the Bible, we can see that almost every instance of reference made to pagan worship is associated with sexual sins. In Western witchcraft and satanic covens, ‘The Great Rite’ or ritual sex is often performed during which male and female members engage in sex orgies.

This is often done to raise a ‘cone of power’ – an etheric energy generated in occult magick circles. Sexual rites are also performed during higher level initiations to pass the mantle of evil spirits to the intending.

There is also Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) during which dozens of sexual contacts are forced on a victim (usually a child) in a ritual setting. It’s done to break the victim’s mind – through drugs, torture and sexual brutality – so as to allow powerful demons enter them and become their power totem or guardian, which others can use to work the occult through the child.

Through demonic links, the satanists control the victim, making him/her their puppet. Even if the victim doesn’t get involved in the occult later in life, s/he is still a mind-controlled slave for satanic elites and other covens.

Generally, there’s an occult bond that binds every witch and wizard together making it very easy to know and work with one another even when they change their geographical location.

People involved in Masonry and Mormonism can also have spiritual ties binding them to these groups through temple rites, baptism, Lodge oaths, initiation rites etc. which may need to be broken.

Finally, these can be dealt with by:

Repenting of the sin through which negative soul ties were formed. Renouncing vows, oaths, pacts or covenants and rash commitments you’ve made or that was made on your behalf and prayerfully cancel their effects upon your life.

It’s also necessary that you walk in forgiveness. This particularly applies to those who have been sexually abused or emotionally drained by dominating relationships. You can’t break yourself free from people whom you still hold in unforgiveness.

Verbally renounce and break every negative soul tie in the name of Jesus. Note: It’s not necessary to remember all the names of former partners to do this, once you make a broad statement (e.g “I break and renounce soul ties forged with every person with whom I had sex with”), it’s taken care of.