CAN A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN HAVE A DEMON IN HIS BODY?
Updated: Jul 28
This is a subject of great debate in the Christian circle. I have heard some preachers make comments on this subject that made me cringe inside because what they were saying wasn’t scriptural at all. They leave the impression that all believers have demons in them that routinely need to be cast out. That statement is wrong for many reasons. Firstly, a believer can’t have a demon in his spirit, soul or body. That’s impossible. Because if he is a believer, the Holy Spirit, not a demon , indwells him. The reason it’s impossible for a believer to have an evil spirit in his spirit, soul or body is that a believer’s has been recreated by the Holy Spirit ( 2 Cor. 5:17, Eph. 4:24 ).
Therefore, a believer ‘s spirit becomes the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit ( John 14:23; 1 Corinthians 6:17) and cannot also be the dwelling place of an evil spirit ( 2 Corinthians 6:14-16; James 3:11, 12). Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit not demons. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own"
2 Corinthians 6:16 says "What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."1 Corinthians 6:20: "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
If people mean a believer can be oppressed or obsessed in body or soul by a demon, that is one thing. Yes, a believer can be oppressed or obsessed in the body or soul by a demon. No one is denying the fact that born-again Christians can be oppressed or attacked by demons. This attack or oppression is from the EXTERNAL point of view.
There are no instructions or commands in the Bible to cast demons out of a believer. Instead, believers are instructed to CAST OUT demons....Mark 16:17 "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons......" Actually, not one single person who had a demon cast out of him in the four Gospels was a Christian. They couldn’t have been Christians (or born again) by the blood of Jesus because Jesus hadn’t yet resurrected to shed His blood for mankind's salvation.
Many people were Jesus’ followers or disciples until the new birth became available for them after Jesus's resurrection and glorification. They had a promissory note on their salvation until the new birth became available to them. But in the Gospels, those who did have evil spirits cast out of them were not yet born again- they were not Christians. To get a biblical balance on demons in the lives of believers, study the Gospels to find out what Jesus instructed the disciples about casting out demons. Did Jesus ever cast out demons out of His 12 disciples? No, He didn’t. Did Jesus teach His disciples to cast out demons out of each other ? No, He didn’t. Before Jesus ascended , did He give His disciples a formula for casting demons out of other believers? No, He did not! Even in the Acts of Apostles , those out of whom the devil was cast out were not Christians. In fact, there is no record anywhere in the Bible of an evil spirit being cast out of a Christian or of a Christian being demon-possessed. That does not mean that a believer could not have an evil spirit oppressing him or obsessing him. The bible even says sickness and diseases are the result of satanic oppression (Acts 10:38). Sometimes an evil spirit can enforce sickness or disease in the body of s believer but that doesn't mean that the evil spirit is dwelling in his body. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.
On the other hand , there have been other people who were sick but did not need a devil cast out of them; they only needed healing. So we cannot make ironclad rules in this area. We have to rely on the Holy Spirit’s leading to know whether or not sickness or disease is caused by the actual presence of an evil spirit. A Christian can have anything he wants to have because all people both saved and unsaved , have a free will. We don’t lose our free will when we are born again . If we did , we would be robots , but God didn’t create us to be robots. Even after a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, he still makes his own choices.
He can think the devil’s thoughts and yield to the devil’s suggestions if he wants to. The devil always works through the mind, will and emotions of man to try to get him to do wrong so he can gain access to him. However, a Christian doesn’t have to yield to evil spirits or to the flesh. He should learn how to yield to the Holy Spirit. We are really without excuse, as believers, to blame our behavior or choices on demonic possession or demonic influence. I am dubious of teachings and practices I don’t see demonstrated in the Bible. And when some ministers teach that all Christians have devil’s in them that need to be cast out over and over again-that’s not biblical. You will not find that extreme teaching or practice anywhere in the Bible. Stay scriptural based and stay away from extremes and excesses.
We have been warned in Scripture not to go beyond what is written in (1 Corinthians 4:6). Nowhere in the bible you find Christians undergoing deliverance or demons being cast out of Christians. The bible states CLEARLY that the evil one can no longer touch the believer in Christ (1 John 5:18; John 14:30).
John gives us great assurance when he says: ‘We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him” (1 John 5:18). The Greek word for translated as “harm” is hapto. It means “to fasten to.” The evil one cannot fasten to a believer. Shalom !