Our equal is owed our affection, our forgiveness, and our support. We should rejoice with those who are rejoicing and grieve with those who grieve. Envy and resentment are ugly sins.
These men knew what real demonic possession looked like and would not accept poor substitutes for the real thing, and neither should we. In taking seriously the issue we need to be wise to those who would glam on to the opportunity provided by stoking either fear or fascination with the occult.
Fathers, Husbands, Presidents, Leaders of all stripes should be holy men, who seek the spiritual and physical well-being of their people and those to whom God in His wisdom has granted them oversight.
We’ve done a lot of setting the stage to get us to the main section of the question answering. How do we see demon possession today and how common is it? I posit that it is a lot more common than we realize.
Part of the wisdom of the Fifth commandment is ensuring that as the son learns to give praise and honor to his mother, he would absorb sympathetic love from her witness of piety and grace towards her superiors and through that would learn much towards how he is to care and provide for those God might one day grant him to serve.
It is what we don’t, or can’t see that makes us actually afraid. In today’s entry into our series on things that go bump in the night we are going to look at what the Bible has to say when it comes to human beings and the continuing concern of the devil’s entering into control over the body and soul of a person.
Kings, Ministers, and Fathers all must give an account to the Lord for how they served their nations, congregations, and homes (Heb. 13:17). They are each in their own way only to receive instruction on how to go about that from the word of God (Isaiah 33:22, James 4:12, Eph. 6:1-2, 2 Tim. 3:16, etc…).
Arendt went to see a monster and was confronted with a human being, just like herself. Hitler didn’t make Eichmann send thousands to their destruction. The sinfulness of his own heart did, a sinfulness in all of us.
For our purposes today we have defined what the substance of the question is and the nature of the fallen world in which we live. We are going to spend more time with answering how we are to live in light (no pun intended) of this ever-growing reality.