It is doubtful whether more than a handful of our readers have ever heard a sermon preached on the reality of demons or the threat they pose to the spiritual welfare of every believer, the church as a whole, and the world in general.

Every believer should be aware of their existence, their plans and their modus operandi. The fact that very few seem to have this awareness is a matter of deep concern. How can the church defend itself against this invisible assault if it is barely aware that it has a dangerous supernatural enemy?

Given the easygoing attitude of most pastors and preachers on this subject, we must assume that either they doubt the existence of demons or they believe they have no real influence on the lives of believers.

False reasoning

Their reasoning would seem to go like this: Christ defeated Satan on Calvary. Therefore believers cannot be harmed by demons. Furthermore, all believers have the spiritual authority to rebuke and drive out demons. Provided the individual steers clear of the occult, there should be no need to study this question.

Have they forgotten the stern warning given by the apostle Peter? - “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whomhe may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Seemingly they have.

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“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
(Mark 8:36)