Christian Biblical Counsel: SATAN, DEMONS & SATANISM

Background

Satan worship is practiced in many countries of the world and has become prevalent in America in recent years. We need to understand the enemy!

 

Who Is Satan?

Satan is a fallen angel. He was of the highest order of angelic beings, anointed to cover God’s throne. God created Satan, but not as an evil being; he became evil when by his own free will he forfeited his privileged position before God (Ezekiel 28:15). Satan tried to make himself equal with God, hoping even to usurp God’s position. But instead, because of his pride and selfish ambition, God cast him out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12–14).

Satan was joined in his rebellion by millions of lesser angels who now serve as his messengers (see the chapter on “Demons”).

Satan is known in Scripture by many names, including: the “tempter” (Matthew 4:3); the “enemy” (Matthew 13:39); a “murderer” and the “father of lies” (John 8:44, NIV); the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4); the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:1–3); the “adversary” and a “roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8–10); a “deceiver” (Revelation 12:9, PHILLIPs); and the “accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12:10; see Job 1:6–12). These names reveal something of Satan’s nature and mission.

 

Where Is Satan’s Domain?

Satan does not live in hell (nor does he carry a pitchfork!). He is not and never shall be the master of hell. He will, however, someday be one of its victims; in fact, hell was made specifically for Satan and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41). For the present, Satan goes “to and fro on the earth” (Job 1:7) and appears in heaven to accuse God’s people before Him (Revelation 12:10).

 

What Is Satan Like?

What do Satan’s names reveal about him? Here are three important points to remember while talking with an inquirer concerning Satan:

• Satan deceives, transforming himself into an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

• Satan tempts, as seen in his contest with Jesus (Matthew 4:1–11).

• Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers, hoping to prevent them from coming to the light (2 Corinthians 4:4).

 

SATAN, ORIGIN AND WORK OF

The Bible records the ages-long contest between Satan and Christ. Satan controls the world system as god of this world. First John 2:16 describes the spirit of this world: “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”

 

Helping Strategy

 

For the Non-Christian:

It is rare for a nonbeliever to ask questions concerning the devil; however, someone may ask why Christians are so preoccupied, negative, or even angry about the devil. It could be someone seeking justification for a very worldly lifestyle. You may also be approached by someone who will challenge the existence of Satan. In such cases proceed as follows:

1. The Bible teaches that there is a personality behind all the evil in the world: His name is Satan. Share facts about Satan from the “Background.”

2. Try to guide the conversation around to Christ’s victory over Satan: While Satan is a defeated foe and will someday be cast into the lake of fire, Jesus Christ will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14).

3. Ask the inquirer if he or she has ever received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Share “Steps to Peace with God,” – Christian Biblical Counsel: STEPS TO PEACE WITH GOD – Mention that part of Satan’s work is to “[blind] the minds of those who do not believe” (see 2 Corinthians 4:4, PHILLIPS).

4. If a commitment to Christ is made, encourage the new believer to take a positive stand for Christ, start reading and studying God’s Word, pray every day, and get involved with a dynamic group of Christians for fellowship, worship, and service.

 

For the Christian:

A Christian may ask questions such as: Just how real is Satan? Can he exercise power over my life? Is he as real as the Holy Spirit?

1. Satan is, indeed, a real person. He is, however, limited in power. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is almighty; as a member of the Trinity He is God.

2. The Christian must not take lightly the designs and works of Satan: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

3. The Christian must believe Satan to be a defeated foe: “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4, KJV). Jesus Christ emerged victorious over Satan through His incarnation, death on the cross, and resurrection: “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14).

4. Satan will have no power or influence over the Christian who submits constantly to the dominion of Christ, to the authority and illumination of the Word of God, to the discipline of prayer, and to involvement with a dynamic group of Christian believers. This is what is meant by putting on the “whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

5. Pray with the inquirer for understanding of Satan and for victory over all concerns and fears about the enemy and his influence and power.

 

Scripture

Job 1:6–12

Matthew 4:1–11

Ephesians 2:1–3

Hebrews 2:14

1 Peter 5:8–10

Revelation 12:9–10

Revelation 20:1–10

The Billy Graham Christian Worker’s Handbook; World Wide Publications, 1984, 1996

Satan, Demons & Satanism

A Sinister Reality

by June Hunt

Have you ever wondered, Why is there so much evil? Bewildered people all over the world watch the news wondering why evil is so prevalent. Many never realize that Satan is the source of evil—a sinister force who has influenced people to be evil from the beginning of time. His sly strategy is to distort the truth of God and to lead the whole world astray.

“That ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan … leads the whole world astray.”

(Revelation 12:9)

I.     Definitions

A. Who Is Satan?

Do you remember in your early school years when you were assigned to a competitive team in sports? The obvious objective was to defeat your opponent. The team you played hard to defeat was viewed as “the adversary.” In later years, sport strategies became more sophisticated, and coaches began to make serious studies of the adversaries, including watching films of their opponents. Today you have an adversary. But this is no game—it is real. You need to know your adversary, Satan—the enemy of your soul. His one determined objective is to defeat you and to destroy God’s plan for you.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

(1 Peter 5:8)

•     Satan is the supreme adversary of God and the leader of the spiritual forces of evil.

•     The English word satan is derived from the Hebrew noun satan, which means “adversary” or “opponent.” The Hebrew verb satan means “to attack or accuse.”

•     Satan is an angelic being created by God and possessing:

—  A mind “Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning.…” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

—  A will “The devil … has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)

—  Emotions “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman.…” (Revelation 12:17)

Q “If God is so good, why did He create Satan?”

He didn’t. God created “Lucifer, son of the dawn”—an angelic being who, because of rebellion against God, was cast out of heaven. Only after he sinned did he become “Satan,” which literally means adversary. Only then did he become the adversary of God and of all that is good.

“How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12)

Scriptural Names of Your Adversary

•     Accuser

“The accuser of our brothers, who accuses them [believers] before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” (Revelation 12:10)

•     Angel of LightLucifer means “lightbearer.”

“For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)

•     DestroyerAbaddon and Apollyon mean “destroyer.”

“They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.” (Revelation 9:11)

•     Devil … In Greek, diabolos means “slanderer” and is used 37 times in the New Testament.

“The devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

•     Dragon … Also means “the great dragon.”

“There was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” (Revelation 12:7–9)

•     Enemy

“The enemy who sows them [the weeds or the sons of the evil one] is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.” (Matthew 13:39)

•     Evil One

“Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16)

•     Father of Lies

“For there is no truth in him [the devil]. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

•     God of This Age

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

•     Morning Star or LuciferLucifer means “lightbearer” or “shining one.”

“How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12)

•     Murderer

“He was a murderer from the beginning.” (John 8:44)

•     Prince of This World

“The prince of this world will be driven out.” (John 12:31)

•     Ruler of the Kingdom of the Air … or Prince of the Power of the Air

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Ephesians 2:1–2)

•     Satan … A Hebrew word which means “adversary”—his most common name, used 53 times in the Bible.

“Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan!’ ” (Matthew 4:10)

•     Serpent … Sometimes called the “ancient serpent”

“He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:2)

•     Tempter

“The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ ” (Matthew 4:3)

B. What Is Satanism?

Satanism is not just a hodgepodge of occultic activity, but a religion that demands worship and allegiance to Satan. Devotion to the devil and his legion of demons can take the form of worshiping Satan himself, or it can be participation in various occultic activities that open doors to the demonic. Operating in this world since the Garden of Eden, Satan deceives and demands compliance with his desires. His ultimate goal is to replace God.

“The devil took him [Jesus] to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” ’ ”

(Matthew 4:8–10)

•     Satanism is a religion that worships and declares allegiance to Satan.

—  Ritualistic ceremonies promote a relationship with Satan and call on his power.

—  Secret rituals may involve sacrificial killings, black magic and the black mass.

—  It is illegal and underground.

•     Satanism is also a religion based on the exaltation of evil with no belief in a personal devil.

—  It consists of complete indulgence in orgies and other sexual obscenities.

—  Rituals include the use of magic to achieve personal desires.

—  It is legal and tax-exempt.

Q “If God is so powerful, why doesn’t He destroy Satan and Satanism?”

He will. The day will come when Satan is cast forever into the lake of fire. To face annihilation? No—that would be too tame! The destiny of the devil is never ending torment … eternal punishment … “day and night for ever and ever.”

“The devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

C. What Is the Church of Satan?

Today’s organized worship of Satan is linked to the teachings of Aleister Crowley. Born in England in 1875, Crowley rebelled against his Christian upbringing by rejecting Christ and seeking supernatural guidance through the occult.9 He believed Satan to be more powerful than Christ and sowed the seeds of modern satanism in the United States, where religious freedom allowed his evil influence to flourish.

•     A legal and highly organized religion that teaches that indulgence in sin is the path to freedom.

•     Founded in the United States on April 30, 1966, by Anton LaVey (a former carnival member).

•     The rituals mock Christianity.

•     The initiation rituals are sexual.

•     Teachings include the following:

—  No supernatural being exists.

—  Satan is only a symbol of self-indulgence.

—  No personal devil exists.

—  Man is the epitome of existence.

•     Published The Satanic Bible in 1969.

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”

(1 Timothy 4:1)

Basic Beliefs of Satanism from The Satanic Bible

The Satanic Bible perverts the truth about God and Satan by representing beliefs associated with God in a negative light and Satan in a positive light.

•     Satan represents:  •     God represents: 
—  indulgence  —  abstinence 
—  vital existence  —  spiritual pipe dreams 
—  undefiled wisdom  —  hypocritical self-deceit 
—  kindness to those who deserve it  —  love wasted on ingrates 
—  vengeance  —  turning the other cheek 
—  responsibility to the responsible  —  concern for “psychic vampires” 
—  man as just another animal  —  becoming the most vicious animal of all 
—  all the so-called sins  —  all leading to physical, mental or emotional   gratification 

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.”

(Isaiah 5:20–21)

D. What Are Satanic Rituals?

A ritual is a prescribed form of religious ceremony that can be either traditional or selfstyled. Although the Black Mass, based on the Roman Catholic Mass, does not represent the teachings of The Satanic Bible, many satanic groups consider it to be the ultimate allegiance to Satan. Almost all satanic rituals involve sex and sacrifice.

•     Black Magic

—  The use of objects and sayings in an attempt to control natural forces for evil purposes

—  “The most violent and cruel of all pagan practices”

—  The root of today’s satanism

•     The Black Mass

—  A point-by-point perversion of Catholic practices

—  Begun in the eighth century

—  The sacrifice of a baby is often required

“The sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”

(1 Corinthians 10:20–21)

II.    Characteristics And Symptoms

A. What Are the Levels of Satanic Involvement?

Involvement with the demonic is progressive. For most, it starts by straying down a seemingly innocent path beginning with a curiosity about horoscopes, occultic games, magic and fortune-telling … then unknowingly turning the corner only to travel on a terrorizing trip of demonic domination.

“Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.”

(Isaiah 47:12)

•     Superficial

—  No real understanding of satanism

—  Fascination and curiosity with the supernatural

—  Experimental and superficial activities

—  Involvement with games, books, horoscopes, rock music, etc.

•     Self-Styled

—  Views that cover the whole spectrum of satanic beliefs

—  Lack of any connection with mainstream satanism

—  Improvised and impulsive activities

—  Involvement with socially deviant activities (pornography, homosexuality, hard drugs)

•     Secretive

—  Beliefs that are the reversal of Christian beliefs

—  Small, individually oriented groups

—  Hidden and illegal activities

—  Involvement with black magic and ritualistic sacrificing of animals and humans

•     Sanctioned

—  Beliefs based on the pursuit of hedonistic pleasure

—  Large national and international organizations

—  Open and legal activities

—  Involvement in destructive magic and sexual rituals

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

(2 Corinthians 4:4)

B. What Are the Signs of Satanic Involvement?

A teenager was given the assignment to write a paper on any religious group. During his research, he became obsessed with satanism. While he was preoccupied with sadistic rock music and satanic rituals, his personality changed. Moving from soccer to sorcery, the boy became hostile and rebellious … eventually killing his mother and himself. This story is both tragic and true. Jesus warns us to “be on guard” … to watch out for false allegiances and abominations where hearts are hardened against His power.

“Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.”

(Mark 13:12)

Signs of Possible Satanic Curiosity

•     Unexplained mood swings

•     Intense rebelliousness

•     Black candles

•     Experimentation with drugs

•     Fixation on death

•     Use of satanic paraphernalia

•     Secret agendas and unexplained activities

•     Loss of interest in school, work or normal activities

•     Obsession with occultic books, games, videos, movies

•     Avoidance of family members

•     Change in friends

•     Black clothing and jewelry

•     Hostility toward the church

•     Preference for heavy metal rock music

•     Drawing or displaying satanic symbols

Don’t   dabble in the demonic. Satanism is like cyanide—in a gallon of milk. It takes   only a few drops to kill you! 

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

(Proverbs 14:12)

Signs of Possible Satanic Captivity

•     Wearing items such as an inverted cross, pentagram, skull earrings

•     Reading The Satanic Bible

•     Collection of bones and death items

•     Cutting the body destructively

•     Puncture wounds on animals

•     Arson

•     Multiple personality disorder

•     Suicide attempts

•     Cannibalism: eating flesh, drinking blood

•     Tattoos of satanic symbols

•     Witchcraft and occult practices

•     Cremation in secret ceremonies

•     Sexual abuse

•     Kidnapping and torture

•     Murder

Note: A single sign alone does not necessarily indicate satanic captivity.

Q “Since all power originates with God, how does Satan get his power over so many people?”

Initially Satan was given free will, as we all were, and God gave him limited power because of his high ranking position in the angelic army. Ultimately, people choose to give Satan power—some historians believe that Hitler was a tool in Satan’s hand. Satan takes full advantage of those who let him take possession, or at minimum, allow him to secure a stronghold in their lives.

“You followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit [Satan] who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Ephesians 2:2)

C. What Are the Physical Symptoms of Satanic Involvement?

The spiritual and physical are interrelated. Those who have learned to rest in the peaceful protection of Jesus will avoid many of the physical side effects that accompany stress, worry and unresolved anger. Likewise, participation in satanic activity can bring about bizarre physical abnormalities and inner drives toward self-mutilation … ultimately even suicide. King Saul disobeyed God and consulted a medium for military guidance.

“Saul then said to his attendants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.’ ‘There is one in Endor,’ they said.”

(1 Samuel 28:7)

After hearing the prophecy about his own death on the next day, Saul became so despondent with fear of the Philistines that he took his own life.

“Saul said to his armor-bearer, ‘Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.’ But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.”

(1 Chronicles 10:4)

•     headaches

•     hearing perverted voices

•     eating disorders

•     vomiting

•     supernatural strength

•     vile or violent dreams

•     voice change

•     dizziness

•     insensitivity to pain

•     excessive sleepiness

•     convulsions

•     cuts, bruises, burns: self-inflicted

Biblical Example:

“When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.”

(Mark 5:2–5)

Q “What is necessary to cast out a demonic spirit?”

Jesus stated that prayer was required to deliver a deaf and dumb spirit that resided within a father’s son. The disciples asked,

“ ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’ He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer.’ ” (Mark 9:28–29)

III.   Causes of Attraction To Satanic Worship

A. The Pitfall of Pride

What motivates a person to participate in the sinister realm of satanism? How is the flame of evil kindled in a disciple of darkness? To understand such depravity of the soul is to understand the primary downfall of Satan. Created by God as a “guardian cherub … full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Ezekiel 28:14, 12), Satan’s heart became darkened with pride as he sought ultimate power.

“Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”

(Ezekiel 28:17)

Isaiah 14:13–14

The angel of   light lusts for    The disciple   of darkness 
Power …     
“You [Satan]   said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven.’ ”    —believes in   supernatural power to achieve personal goals 
Recognition …     
“I will raise   my throne above the stars of God.”    —desires   personal glory and exaggerated attention 
Independence …     
“I will sit   enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred   mountain.”    —refuses to   submit to the sovereign authority of God 
Defiance …     
“I will ascend   above the tops of the clouds.”    —challenges   God with bold, insolent actions and attitudes 
Exaltation …     
“I will make   myself like the Most High.”    —exalts self   egotistically as God over the lives of others 

“In the pride of your heart you say, ‘I am a god.’ ”

(Ezekiel 28:2)

Q “Since Satan knows so much about Scripture—even well enough to quote it—why doesn’t he know that his fate is sealed?”

Ezekiel chapter 28 describes Satan before he rebelled against God as “the model of perfection, full of wisdom.” More than just knowledge, wisdom is appropriately applying knowledge to life. However, pride corrupted his phenomenal wisdom, and today, while Satan still possesses certain knowledge, his arrogant pride has not only contaminated his wisdom but has also created a calloused heart much like that of a pathological liar with a seared conscience.

“Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.” (Ezekiel 28:17)

B. Root Cause

The Process Church of the Final Judgment, a satanic cult, teaches that Christ and Satan will work through their “differences” and finally come together after the final judgment. Followers of The Process believe that gruesome murder and perverted sex can hasten the final judgment. Ultimately, satanists buy into the lies of Satan himself … the promise of ultimate power.

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

(John 8:44)

Wrong Belief:

“Satanic power is alive and makes me feel significant. Satan gives me control over my life and power over my circumstances, as well as over others.”

Right Belief:

Satanic power is limited—God’s power is limitless. Satan’s power is temporary—God’s power is eternal. My significance comes through receiving Christ into my life—Christ, who literally displayed supernatural resurrection power. I’ve given control of my life to Christ, allowing His power to work through me.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:3–4)

The Need for Salvation

Everyone knows what it is like to be sincere and to be sincerely wrong. If you have looked to Satan as your ultimate source of power and now realize you’ve been deceived, you’re not alone. Many people have discovered the truth of Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Fortunately, it’s not too late for God to save you from spiritual death. In fact, God’s power is the only power that can permanently save you.

God—the God of the Bible—possesses supreme power. Jesus, who is God, was raised from the dead by supernatural, resurrection power. The Bible even says that Jesus has “angels, authorities and powers in submission to him” (1 Peter 3:22).

The Bible also says that all people have sinned and that our sins separate us from God. Jesus, who never sinned, has the power to fully forgive the guilt of your sins. If you put your trust in Jesus—giving Him control of your life—you will receive His supernatural power to overcome Satan and any sin.

If you want to enter into a life-changing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, you can pray the following prayer of salvation.

Prayer of Salvation 
God, thank You for creating me, caring about me and not   giving up on me. I now see that I have been blind to the truth. Based on the   Bible, I know that Satan doesn’t win in the end. He and his demons all meet   destruction. Ultimately, his power is totally destroyed—only Your power   remains.I admit that my pride has warped my view of You, and my   thirst for power warped my view of truth. Please forgive me for all my sins.

Now I see the phenomenal victory that Jesus won over   Satan. He not only withstood Satan’s many temptations to sin but also became   the only sinless sacrifice who could die for my sins and the sins of the   entire world.

I also see that the death of Christ on the cross reflects   victory, not defeat. From the moment Jesus shed His blood on the cross,   Satan’s doom was sealed. He had no more opportunity to thwart Your plan of   redemption.

Jesus, thank You for all You went through to become my   Savior and Redeemer. Thank You for personally dying on the cross to pay the   penalty for my sins. Please come into my heart to be my Lord and Savior. I   give You complete control of my life. Change me inside out and make me the   person You want me to be. I claim the promise that greater is Jesus who is   now in me than Satan who is in the world.

In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

 

IV.  Steps To Solution

Remember on early television broadcasts how the “bad guys” always wore the black hats? You could tell who would win by the color of their clothes. In Revelation 3:4, the Bible tells us that the followers of Christ will be robed in white. In contrast, followers of Satan are known for wearing black. The Bible also tells us who wins in the end … and it’s not the boys in black. Satan has already been defeated. He is trying to defeat as many of Christ’s followers as possible before he meets his ultimate end—the lake of fire.

“Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

(Matthew 25:41)

A. Key Verse to Memorize

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

(1 Peter 5:8)

B. Key Passage to Read and Reread

1 John 3:7–10

“Do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.”

C. See How Satan’s Power Is Limited

Don’t make the common mistake of assuming that God and Satan possess the same power—or that the power of Satan is equal to the power of God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cast out of the heavenly realms to roam the earth, Satan has been given power, but only to the degree that the Lord allows. In the first chapter of the Book of Job, a dialogue between God and Satan confirms that Satan’s activity is limited and always requires the sovereign permission of God.

•     Satan cannot be everywhere.

“The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’ Satan answered the Lord, ‘From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.’ ” (Job 1:7)

•     Satan has no absolute power over a believer’s possessions.

“Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.’ ‘Does Job fear God for nothing?’ Satan replied. ‘Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.’ ” (Job 1:8–11)

•     Satan has no absolute power over a believer’s body.

“The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.’ Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.” (Job 1:12)

•     Satan has no absolute power over a believer’s life.

“Then the Lord said to Satan.… ‘[Job] still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.’ ‘Skin for skin!’ Satan replied. ‘A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.’ The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.’ ” (Job 2:3–6)

•     Satan must obey Jesus.

“Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” ’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Matthew 4:10–11)

•     Satan must ask permission to tempt a believer.

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.” (Luke 22:31)

•     Satan has to leave if he is resisted.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

•     Satan cannot protect his followers.

“Then he [Jesus, the King] will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ ” (Matthew 25:41)

•     Satan cannot prevent his own demise.

“The devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

Q “Does Satan have the power to know our thoughts?”

The Bible says that only God has the power to know the hearts of all men. Although Satan is highly intelligent (Ezekiel 28:12), he is still a created angel, and creatures do not have the divine attributes of God. King Solomon, known for his exceptional wisdom, states this about the Lord,

“You [God] alone know the hearts of all men.” (1 Kings 8:39)

D. Discern the Diminishing Role of Demons

Satan is not an impersonal force, but a distinct personality commanding an unseen kingdom of evil. His demonic spirits possess power—temporary power—but their doom is sealed.

•     Demons know that Jesus Christ is the Holy One of God.

“A man … who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’ ” (Mark 1:23–24)

•     Demons shudder and tremble before God.

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (James 2:19)

•     Demons must submit to Jesus.

“[Jesus] has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.” (1 Peter 3:22)

•     Demons cannot escape their final judgment.

“God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment.” (2 Peter 2:4)

•     Demons know that torture is their destiny.

“ ‘What do you want with us, Son of God?’ they shouted. ‘Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?’ ” (Matthew 8:29)

Q “Can Christians be demon possessed?”

No. The Bible never presents even one believer as being possessed by a demon. Christians can be oppressed, but not possessed. Instead, they have been bought by the blood of the Lamb; therefore, their bodies are not their own—they belong to Christ.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)

E. Claim Your Victory in Christ

Christ’s victory over Satan is complete, final and irrevocable. Because Christ lives in you, His victory has become your victory. There is no power over Satan apart from Christ because He is the only one who has been and can be victorious over your adversary. Claim and appropriate His victory as your own, and then walk in that victory on a daily basis.

•     Commityour entire life to Christ   as Lord.  Fully   rely on Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.“If you   confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God   raised him from the dead, your will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

 

•     Confessyour involvement with   Satan.  Recognize   and renounce each evil practice.“If we confess   our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us   from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

 

•     ConfrontSatan as a liar.  Refuse   to believe any thought that Satan puts into your mind.“He [Satan]   was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no   truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar   and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

 

•     CommandSatan to leave you.  Base   your command on the authority given you in Christ.“Submit   yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”   (James 4:7)

 

•     Cleanseyour home.  Destroy   all satanic and occultic paraphernalia.“Avoid every   kind of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

 

•     Conformyour thinking to God’s   thinking.  Transform   your mind by memorizing Scripture.“Do not   conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the   renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s   will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

 

•     Concedeyour own weakness.  You   cannot resist evil in your own strength … you must rely on the indwelling   power of Christ.“I can do   everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

 

•     Clotheyourself with the armor of   God.  Learn   God’s way of protecting yourself against the devil’s schemes.“Put on the   full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to   stand your ground.” (Ephesians 6:13)

 

Q “For several years, I have been having perverse sexual dreams. I feel dirty when I wake up, but I can’t seem to do anything about them. Although I recently became a Christian, our family was heavily involved in witchcraft and satanism. What can I do to stop having these nightmares?”

Recurring sexual nightmares can certainly be rooted in the occult or in satanic rituals. Because your family was heavily involved in witchcraft and satanism, your first line of defense is to enter into spiritual warfare against these powers. If satanic oppression is the cause of an involuntary, immoral dream invading your life, through prayer it can be overcome. Claim your position as a child of God by thanking Him for loving you and saving you. Speak audibly, for Satan cannot read your thoughts. Then, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the power of His blood, renounce and reject any influence of the occult or any evil presence attacking you.

“They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb [Jesus] and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:11)

Pray … 
Lord   Jesus,Thank   You for saving me and adopting me into Your family. I acknowledge that Your   blood was the payment price that purchased the full forgiveness of my sins.   My testimony is that I truly am a child of God. Right now, I take the   authority that is mine in Christ and renounce any satanic, demonic power that   was or is coming against me. When I sleep, I ask that the helmet of salvation   protect my mind. May the breastplate of righteousness deflect any flaming   arrows from the evil one. Put a hedge of protection around my mind and purify   my dreams, and may God get the glory. In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray.   Amen.

 

F.  Renounce Satanic Practices and Rituals

You can ignore the power of Satan. But if you have been involved with him or his demonic forces at any level—whether willingly or not—Satan could have territorial rights to your life. In order to reclaim your ground, renounce all past involvement in secret rituals and ungodly practices.

“We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

(2 Corinthians 4:2)

Checklist of Satanic Practices

□    Being baptized in the name of Satan

□    Communicating with spirit guides or spirit friends from Satan

□    Giving blood in service of Satan

□    Having parents or guardians committed to Satan

□    Entering blood pacts in ceremonies to Satan

□    Breeding babies sacrificed to Satan

□    Reading The Satanic Bible or the Book of Rituals to access the power of Satan

□    Saying the Lord’s prayer backward; backward scripting: Natas for Satan

□    Participating in the Black Mass in worship of Satan

□    Making promises or contracts to Satan

□    Drinking blood and/or urine, consuming human flesh in worship of Satan

□    Accepting assignments on behalf of Satan

□    Playing occultic games giving power to Satan

□    Engaging in sexual rituals as a disciple of Satan

□    Killing animals or humans to honor Satan

□    Using symbols identified with the occult or Satan

□    Listening to music or watching videos exalting Satan

□    Other practices___________

Checklist of Ungodly Ways

□    Sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery

□    Rebellion/witchcraft

□    Discord

□    Selfish ambition

□    Drunkenness

□    Lying and any kind of deceit

□    Slander/gossip

□    Thievery/theft

□    Accusing God

□    Idolatry

□    Hatred

□    Fits of rage

□    Envy/jealousy

□    Pride and conceit

□    Prejudice

□    Injustice

□    Unforgiveness

□    Other practices that violate God’s Word

Pray … 
God,   I want to be free of anything that has me in spiritual bondage. Jesus, Your   power is greater than Satan’s power. I claim the truth that greater is Jesus,   who is in me, than Satan, who is in the world. Please bring to my mind   anything that has given the enemy a foothold in my life. Reveal where I have   opened the door to Satan—the enemy of my soul. Right now I renounce (name   each involvement). Thank You for the blood of Christ, which purchased my   freedom from the penalty of sin and gave me power over Satan. I pray this in   the powerful name of Jesus. Amen. 

G. Prevention and Protection

Living in victory over Satan is possible when we realize that our victory is in Jesus Christ alone! We are engaged in a lifelong war with Satan, and often that struggle involves our family and friends. Therefore, we need to be prepared at all times so that we and those we love will not fall into the enemy’s hands.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”

(Colossians 2:8)

•     Be aware

Know that satanic influence can touch any family.

•     Be knowledgeable

Know what the Bible says about Satan.

•     Be alert

Be quick to recognize signs and symptoms of satanic involvement.

•     Be loving

Listen for and hear feelings and emotions that are being communicated.

•     Be respectful

Do not be accusing or condemning.

•     Be involved

Attend a warm, Bible-believing, spiritually alert church.

•     Be tough

Realistically present the consequences of satanic involvement.

•     Be edifying

Plan activities and projects that build self-worth.

•     Be in contact

Get support from ministers, youth leaders and police experts.

•     Be in prayer

Ask God for a hedge of protection around your family.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

(1 Peter 5:8)

Pray … 
Thank   You, Father, that I am Your child and that Christ, who is in me, is greater   than Satan, who is in the world. I acknowledge that Satan is a defeated   enemy. He was defeated when the blood of Christ was shed at Calvary. His   blood paid for the guilt of my sins. I am a child of God, and Satan has no   authority over me. I’ve been bought with a price. My body is not my own. It   belongs to Christ. I refuse all thoughts that are not from God, and I resist   Satan and his power. As I stand in the full armor of God, I ask You to bind   Satan and his demonic realm from any influence over me. Just as You put a   hedge of protection around Job, I ask that You put a hedge of protection   completely around me for the glory of Christ. In the precious name of Jesus,   I pray. Amen. 

Many a buddy has jumped into the lake with his friend. While they are joined at the wrists, the jump feels fun and free. But stop! This isn’t your buddy—he’s the enemy of your soul. In the end, Satan and all his followers will be thrown into the lake of fire—a lake of eternal torment day and night, for ever and ever. Don’t be deceived. Don’t dabble in the demonic. Turn around, turn away and never turn back! It’s a matter of life and death.

June Hunt

Satanic Symbols

While satanism is characterized by its symbolism, the WORD of GOD stands staunchly against all that is satanic.

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.…”

(Deuteronomy 18:10–12)

Anarchy

The symbol of anarchy represents the abolition of all law and authority.

“Then Jesus … said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ ”

(Matthew 28:18)

Triangle

The symbol of the triangle is often drawn on the ground as the place where a demon would appear during a ritual.

“They sacrificed to demons, which are not God.… You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.”

(Deuteronomy 32:17–18)

Circle

The circle symbolizes the protection from evil without and the ability to contain power within.

“Pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”

(2 Thessalonians 3:2–3)

Cross of Confusion

This ancient Roman symbol questions the existence and validity of Christianity.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

(1 Corinthians 1:18)

Anti-Justice

The Roman symbol of justice was a double bladed axe in the upright position. Satanists, in keeping with their anarchy theme, invert the axe to represent “anti-justice.”

“The Lord is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.”

(Psalm 9:16)

Diana and Lucifer

This symbol represents the moon goddess, Diana, and the morning star of Lucifer. When the moon is on the right, it represents good. When the moon is on the left, it represents evil.

“O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth.… You said in your heart … ‘I will raise my throne above the stars of God.… I will make myself like the Most High.’But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.”

(Isaiah 14:12–15)

Cross of Nero

An upside-down cross with the crossbar broken downward symbolizes that the prophecy “no bone shall be broken” is not true.

“These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken.’ ”

(John 19:36)

Pentagram Inverted or Baphomet

This is strictly a satanic symbol with the two points upward representing the horns of the sabbatical goat attacking the heavens with its horns. The goat is symbolic of lust.

“All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”

(Matthew 25:32–33)

Mark of the Beast

These are symbols for the biblical mark of the beast or Satan as referred to in Revelation 13:16–18. The letter “F” is the sixth letter of the alphabet.

“So that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.… His number is 666.”

(Revelation 13:17–18)

Pentagram

The five-pointed star with the top point upward symbolizes power to keep away evil. The top point represents the spirit, and the other points represent wind, fire, earth and water.

“Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

(1 John 4:1)

Swastika or Broken Cross

The backwards swastika, as shown here, represents the elements as being out of harmony and turning against nature. Originally, it represented the four winds, the four seasons and the four compass points with its four arms at 90-degree angles showing harmony with nature.

“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.… He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

(Colossians 1:16–17)

Upside-Down Cross

This symbol blasphemes the Christian cross by ridiculing the atonement and denying the power of the cross.

“And having disarmed the power and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

(Colossians 2:15)

Horned Hand

This is a sign of recognition between those who are in the occult.

“ ‘Come out from them and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.’ ”

(2 Corinthians 6:17)

Hexagram

The hexagram is one of the most powerful symbols of the occult. It is referred to as the Seal of Solomon.

“I pray that … he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.”

(Ephesians 3:16)

Selected Bibliography

With grateful appreciation for editorial review by Christian Information Ministries. http://www.christianinformation.org

Anderson, Neil T., and Steve Russo. The Seduction of our Children. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1991.

Bubeck, Mark I. The Adversary. Chicago: Moody, 1975.

Bubeck, Mark I. Raising Lambs Among Wolves. Chicago: Moody, 1997.

Bubeck, Mark I. The Satanic Revival. San Bernadino, CA: Here’s Life, 1991.

Frederickson, Bruce G. Satanism: How to Respond. Rev. ed. St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 1995.

Hunt, June. Counseling Through Your Bible Handbook. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2007.

Hunt, June. How to Forgive … When You Don’t Feel Like It. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2007.

Hunt, June. How to Handle Your Emotions. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2008.

Hunt, June. Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2008

Larson, Bob. Satanism: The Seduction of America’s Youth. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1989.

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Mayhue, Richard. Unmasking Satan. Wheaton, IL: Victor, 1988.

Mungadze, Jerry. Satanic Cults: What You Really Need to Know. Dallas: Mirror Productions, 1990. audiocassettes.

Passantino, Bob, and Gretchen Passantino. Satanism. Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements, ed. Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995.

Passantino, Bob, and Gretchen Passantino. When the Devil Dares Your Kids: Protecting Your Children from Satanism, Witchcraft, and the Occult. Ann Arbor, MI: Vine, 1991.

Pentecost, J. Dwight. Your Adversary the Devil. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1969.

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Sellers, Sean. Web of Darkness. Tulsa, OK: Victory House, 1990.

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Unger, Merrill F. What Demons Can Do to Saints. Chicago: Moody, 1991.

Warnke, Mike. Schemes of Satan. Tulsa, OK: Victory House, 1991.

Weldon, John, and Clifford Wilson. Occult Shock and Psychic Forces. San Diego, CA: Master, 1980.

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[1] Hunt, J. (2008). Biblical Counseling Keys on Satan, Demons & Satanism: A Sinister Reality (1–22). Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart.

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