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Christian Demons Essay

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If you read the title of this essay carefully you might have wondered how a demon could ever be a Christian. "Demons", you might say, are evil and rebellious, while "Christians", good ones that is, are obedient and Godlike. That is why we have two different words - one word for each kind of being, otherwise we would need only one word to describe both things.The very word "demon" by its association with the rebellion in heaven, the wild man in the tombs, the son who threw himself repeatedly to the ground, and the beings who shouted "My name is Legion, for we are many!" means an enemy of God. It was demons which constantly opposed the Lord Jesus throughout his ministry, twisting people's ...view middle of the document...

Further down the scale there are many different shades of this mixed worship, this demonic charade, this blending of darkness with light, this worldliness with Christ added - as if God would really share His Throne with Satan (!) - but the further down the scale we come, the more subtle the blend of false notes.For example :Exodus 20:1-7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain". Exodus 20"All false oaths are forbidden. All light appealing to God, all profane cursing, is a horrid breach of this command." (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary)"This means to swear by God's name that a false statement is actually true. It could also include profanity, cursing, or swearing to a promise and failing to fulfil it." (Believer's Bible Commentary by William MacDonald)How reliable are we as Christians? Do we always keep our word? Can people trust us implicitly? The very fact that we claim to be Christians places us on a pedestal above the crowd, and all eyes are on us - will we represent Jesus and honour his Name, or will we behave like demons - unreliable, dishonest, unpredictable?2.Another form of Demonic Christianity happens when what is actually ungodly, and unChristlike, is presented as Christian simply because it has the name 'Christian' pinned to it. One excellent Bible example of this principle is in Ex.32:1-6. Aaron the high priest, and Israel held "a feast to Jehovah" but when we read a little further down the page we see that the people were also worshipping a golden calf. "These be thy gods!" shouts Aaron. In other words, "Let us worship this idol, but let us also add God into the worship so we can please both Satan and God.Nehemiah comments on this incident : Nehemiah 9:18 "They . . . made them a molten calf, and said, This is your God that brought you up out of Egypt . . .""They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.Thus they changed their glory (God) into the similitude of an ox that eats grass". Psalm 106:19,20Christians may fall into the trap of reducing God to some Manmade formula, or to representing Him in ways which do not match the Bible description. God, obviously, is not an ox, nor is He any other kind of animal, such as a lion, lamb, or goat. Nor is He a Watchmaker, or a Cosmic Consciousness. Some Christians see God as Santa Claus, or Indulgent Father, or Slot Machine, or Passive Observer, or Radical, or Liberal, or even as a Revolutionary who condones Crusades and guerilla warfare."God . . . gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O . . . house of Israel, have you offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?" Acts 7:42 The answer to the question is "No". Israel had offered sacrifices to the zodiac, to gods and goddesses of the sky, to Moloch, to Remphan - in other words, to Satan. But all that worship was said to be to the true God.3.When...

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