Can a Christian Have a Demon?

Many churches in the western world (I think) will deny, even dogmatically, a true born again Christian can be demonized (i.e., be indwelt with demons). There are many Christians who have issues such as extreme lust or hear tormenting voices but can’t find any effective remedy because the issue is largely (if not, entirely) demonic. How can such a person receive deliverance when many churches falsely believe that it is impossible for a Christian can be demonized? The demon(s) need to be expelled out of the person! I believe this matter is one of the biggest deceptions among Christians. Do you think the devil would want Christians to know they can be demonized? Of course not, it is more effective for the enemy to operate unbeknownst.

There is not a single scripture that explicitly reads it is impossible for a Christian to be demonized. Moreover, every single Christian I have interacted with who denies a Christian can be demonized have absolutely no direct experience with expelling a demon. So it is astonishing how some Christians can be so dogmatic about their position. Every single Christian that I know who has extensive experience with expelling demons KNOW that Christians can be demonized.

Those who believe Christians can’t be demonized contradicts my personal experience and observations. I have established relationships with true followers of Jesus who I, by the power and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, expelled demons out of. There are many, many testimonies of born again Christians who will testify they had a demon or demons and that they had to have it expelled.

Here is a video of me and others casting demons out of a Christian sister. I know this sister personally and I can attest to you she is a true believer in Jesus Christ who was baptized and seeking to do God’s will yet we expelled many demons out of her.

In this video, John Torrell, who is a Pastor, tells how he received demons from the laying on of hands by someone who was demonized.

In this video Rashaad Gibson, another Pastor shares his testimony how he prayed for deliverance and he dramatically felt a demon leave his body.

Grayson Ensign, a former Bible College professor, and missionary to Jamaica made this statement:

” We have empirical evidence that Christians have been invaded by evil spirits, for we have extensive notes on the more than one hundred and fifty with whom we have worked in securing deliverance by the Lord Jesus Christ….Our testimony is grounded in literally hundreds of hours of deliverance work where we have experienced the most wonderful liberation of Christians from the control of evil spirits. We have been reared in a tradition that taught demons could not invade or control people and certainly not Christians. We tested every conceivable theory of explanation for what was happening. The only explanation that was systematically consistent and in harmony with the Word of God was that our brothers and sisters had been invaded by evil spirits” (Grayson H Ensign & Edward Howe, “Bothered, Bewildered, Bewitched?” quoted in “Demon Possession & The Christian” by C. Fred Dickason.)

Kurt Koch, the author of “Occult Bondage & Deliverance” and “Christian Counseling And Occultism” as well as many other books on cults and the occult, and has counseled thousands of the occultly oppressed, wrote:

“I met a missionary in Africa who had actually been possessed himself for a period of eighteen months. He, like many others, had previously believed it was impossible for Christians to be possessed. However, his own experience made him change his theological outlook.”

In the Spring of this year (1912) [a certain Christian] who was possessed came here, and the spirits possessing her spoke through her in voices utterly unlike her own. They would utter through her the most awful blasphemies against God, and against our Lord Jesus Christ, and would prophesy concerning the Church…

(later)…Much prayer has been made for her, and with her. When the frenzy comes upon her, she is fearfully shaken, dashes about the room, is made to howl like a dog, her hands clenched, her face drawn with horrible contortions, etc. But the marvel to every one is that, although the frenzy is upon her every day, and sometimes once, twice or more in one day, her health is perfect, she sleeps well, and in the interval is THE MOST LOVELY-SPIRITED CHRISTIAN WOMAN.”

This sister is not one who has not got faith. She is well grounded in the same faith, and has the same light as we have; but we have here to do with a demon, the like of which I have never met before, nor read about…”(Kurt Koch, “Occult Bondage & Deliverance”, quoted in “Demon Possession & The Christian” by C. Fred Dickason.)

He also wrote:

“If a person’s grandfather, for example, was a spiritist or a magician, then not only his children but sometimes both his grandchildren and great-grandchildren can be born with mediumistic tendencies. Later, if one of his descendants is converted, his mediumistic abilities may suddenly disappear, although in about half the cases they usually remain. That means that a Christian can have mediumistic abilities without really knowing it.” (Kurt E. Koch, Occult bondage and Deliverance)

In Merrill Unger’s “Demons in the World Today reads:

“… It is possible for a believer to experience severe demon influence or obsession if he persistently yields to demonic temptation and sin… in lands where demon-energized idolatry has flourished unchecked by the gospel for ages, new believers who were delivered from demon possession have been known to become repossessed [demonized] when they return to their old idols. The testimonies of numerous missionaries in pagan areas support this evidence.” (Merrill Unger, Demons in the World Today)

Author and evangelical speaker Jessie Penn-Lewis said:

In the Spring of this year (1912) [a certain Christian] who was possessed came here, and the spirits possessing her spoke through her in voices utterly unlike her own. They would utter through her the most awful blasphemies against God, and against our Lord Jesus Christ, and would prophesy concerning the Church…

(later)…Much prayer has been made for her, and with her. When the frenzy comes upon her, she is fearfully shaken, dashes about the room, is made to howl like a dog, her hands clenched, her face drawn with horrible contortions, etc. But the marvel to every one is that, although the frenzy is upon her every day, and sometimes once, twice or more in one day, her health is perfect, she sleeps well, and in the interval is THE MOST LOVELY-SPIRITED CHRISTIAN WOMAN.”

This sister is not one who has not got faith. She is well grounded in the same faith, and has the same light as we have; but we have here to do with a demon, the like of which I have never met before, nor read about…”(“War On The Saints” Jessie Penn-Lewis, p.316, using private letters written by an evangelist in Germany.)

John Ankerberg and John Weldon, very well researched Christians, wrote:

In talking with many responsible individuals who counsel in this area and from reading on both sides of this issue, we conclude from our own limited perspective that it is possible for a Christian to be demonized….” (John Ankerberg, John Weldon. The Coming Darkness, pg. 308)

Kent Philpott, pastor and counselor, states:

“It has been my experience that Christians have become demon-possessed through involvement with the occult or by harboring and entertaining sin or a desire for sin. In my ministry to Christians who have been demon-possessed I have noticed that it is common for the demon to hide in order to escape detection. But when the believer starts to grow and draw close to Jesus, the demon will become more active and noticeable….”(Kent Philpott, A Manual of Demonology and the Occult. Quoted in “Demon Possession & The Christian” by C. Fred Dickason.)

Fred Dickason wrote:

“I have encountered from 1974 to 1987 at least 400 cases of those who were genuine Christians who were also demonized. I am not gullible or easily convinced. My background is in engineering, theology, and New Testament. For twenty-six years I have taught Bible and theology (including angelology) and counseled Christians and non-Christians. I would not claim infallible judgment, but I know the marks of a Christian and the marks of a demonized person. I might have been wrong in a case or so, but I cannot conceive that I would be wrong in more than 400 cases…” (Demon Possession & the Christian by C. Fred Dickason)

The most common argument I have heard that it is impossible for a Christian to be demonized is that the Holy Spirit and an evil spirit can’t dwell in the same temple. Is that really the case? In Psalms, God’s Spirit is also in hell or sheol, the most wickedness place in existence. If God’s spirit is there then why can’t it exist in a Christian’s body?

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there” (Psalm 139:7-8).

What place is the holiest place in all existence? How about God’s throne room? The most wicked entity of all existence, Satan, shows up in God’s presence.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it…..12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord” (Job 1:6-7,12).

If the prince of darkness can show up in the presence of the most holiest Being then why would it be impossible for an evil spirit to dwell inside the body of a Christian?

It is likely a spirit of infirmity inflicted Job. If God can allow Satan to inflict Job who was righteous and upright then how is it impossible for Christians to also not to be inflicted?

Jesus delivers a person’s child who wasn’t a Jew or a child of Abraham. Jesus said deliverance is for the Jews. It is the children’s bread.

 “21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour” (Matthew 15:21-28).

In fact, a lot of times it wouldn’t make much sense to pray for deliverance for unbelievers because once they fall back into sin the demons will just come right back and possibly be left off in a worst condition than before. In Matthew 12:45 Jesus said speaking about an evil spirit “Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

The following a daughter of Abraham is freed from a spirit of infirmity that Satan has bound for years. In Luke 13 it reads:

11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” 

Not everyone is a child of Abraham, Jesus called certain people children of the devil. Aren’t Christians children of Abraham through Christ (Galatians 3:29)? So it would be possible for a Christian to be plagued by a spirit of infirmity.

Let’s move on. The miracle of the discerning of spirits is given to the body of Christ. But what purpose is the discerning of spirits if it weren’t used for the body of Christ?

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:7-12).

Even Paul had a demon indwelt in his body. Yes, I know there are different interpretations for the following scripture but if one reads it at face value it really does read Paul had a demon in his body.

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger [angel] of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure” (2 Corinthians 12:7).

According to Strong’s Concordance, a messenger can literally be an angel.

So God allowed an angel of Satan to dwell in the flesh of Paul to buffet him.

In the following Tertullian, writing about 200AD, commented in his writing De Spectaculis said a believer had a demon:

Chapter XXVI. “Why may not those who go into the temptations of the show become accessible also to evil spirits? We have the case of the woman—the Lord Himself is witness—who went to the theatre, and came back possessed. In the outcasting, accordingly, when the unclean creature was upbraided with having dared to attack a believer, he firmly replied,“And in truth I did it most righteously, for I found her in my domain.” Another case, too, is well known, in which a woman had been hearing a tragedian, and on the very night she saw in her sleep a linen cloth—the actor’s name being mentioned at the same time with strong disapproval—and five days after that woman was no more. How many other undoubted proofs we have had in the case of persons who, by keeping company with the devil in the shows, have fallen from the Lord! For no one can serve two masters. What fellowship has light with darkness, life with death? “

It seemed to be a common practice to practice deliverance on new Christians in the early church:

..the most reliable of the account of the early practice of the church, Apostolic Tradition, preserved by Hippolytus of Rome, indicates that new Christians were all taken through a kind of deliverance since they were coming out of Satan’s kingdom. (See Clinton Arnold, Three Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare, Baker, 1997, chapter 2.) Many later writers speak of the ability of Christians to cast out demons (Justin Martyr, Tatian, Tertullian, Origen), and Clinton Arnold says, “It appears that the primary context for the casting out of evil spirits was in the classes for new Christians” (Arnold, Three Crucial Questions, p. 107). Justin Martyr uses his ability to deal with demons as an argument in his argument for Christianity and against heresy (source).”

Other passages that seem to read Christians or a believer can have a demon:

2 Corinthians 7:1 reads “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” What is there to cleanse of a Christian’s spirit unless it is an unclean spirit? In other words, if a Christian has a filthy spirit then he must have an unclean spirit.

1 Samuel 10:1, 16:14 Saul was anointed but the commandment of God but the Holy Spirit left him and he received an evil (some translations read a distressing spirit) from God to torment him.

Matthew 16:22-23 The Lord Jesus rebuked the spirit of Satan speaking through Peter.

Luke 9:52-56 Jesus said to James and John, “…you know not what spirit you are of

Acts 5:3 Satan “filled the hearts” of two believers of Jesus to lie to the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:13, 20-24 Simon, a believer in Jesus, needed deliverance from the occult.

1 Cor. 5:1-5 Speaks of a believer seemed to be filled with a spirit of lust and as a result, delivered over to Satan.

2 Cor. 2:10-11 It is possible for Satan can “get advantage” over a believer.

2 Corinthians 11:4 Paul warns believers about receiving “another spirit“. If it is not the Holy Spirit then it must be of the devil.

Galatians 3:1 The apostle Paul rebukes believers for being “bewitched.”

1 Timothy 1:19-20 It reads of two believers who were given over to Satan.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 Believers in Jesus can be snared and taken captive by the devil.

Ephesians 4:25-27 Lying and anger can “give place” to the devil in a Christian’s life.

When a born again Christian willfully practices sin I believe the person is leaving doors open for demons to possibly come in. If the person is heavily into grievous sins such as witchcraft, even though the person has the Holy Spirit, he or she may still get infected with demons and needs those demons cast out. I don’t believe demons can POSSESS – that is, have full ownership of a Christian, however, as aforementioned they can be indwelt in a person.

There are several ways demons can get into a Christian’s life, even to the point of demonization. Click here for more information.


      1. I have heard experience from people who have casted demons out. And they agree with me. One of whom is my pastor/uncle.

        So I have checked with eyewitness testimonies.


  1. I have watched hundreds of deliverances in Emanuel TV on YouTube. I am an experienced spirit filled Christian myself and know these are not “fake”. In any case, many if not most of the deliverances are for professing Christians who have as many as several demons dwelling in their physical bodies, and manifesting when confronted by the deliverance minister. In their natural state, most of these Christians are aware they are having problems in their lives, but don’t realize they have demons operating in them as the source of the problems.


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