There is something strange about the current boxing American WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder.
Wilder is particularly known for his impressive punching power, having finished all but two of his fights inside the distance, and has succeeded in knocking down or knocking out every single opponent he has ever faced. His knockout-to-win ratio stands at 98%, with 20 knockouts in the first round.
But there is something quite disturbing about Deontay Wilder. He boasted of wanting to kill someone in the ring:
“I want a body on my record. I want one. I want one, I really do. That’s the ‘Bronze Bomber,’ he wants one. I always tell people, when I’m in the ring, like I’m the ‘Bronze Bomber.’ Everything about me changes. I don’t get nervous, I don’t get scared, I don’t get butterflies, I don’t have no feelings towards the man I’m gonna fight.”
So, it is not Deontay who wants to kill someone in the ring, but the “Bronze Bomber”. Who is the Bronze Bomber? That is Deontay Wilder’s alter ego or persona that empowers him when he steps inside the ring. He claims it may be an ancestry spirit that possesses him: “It can be an alter ego. It can be a spirit. It may be an ancestry spirit. Who knows? I’m part-Nigerian.”
One news report reads:
As Wilder began to explain the possibility that his alter ego was “an ancestry spirit” due to his Nigerian heritage, Fury became noticeably uncomfortable. A bit of a spiritual debate ensued with Fury yelling, “This is where I don’t like you anymore,” just before Wilder began to scream back at him. Wilder believes he always transforms into his alter-ego The Bronze Bomber before fights
The 33-year-old has been slowly metamorphosing into his alter-ago, The Bronze Bomber, all week and admits even he is afraid of turning from his gentle giant self into the stone-cold killer.
‘When my mind transforms it is a scary feeling because it is a source of power that takes over,’ he said.
‘People have a problem because I possess the power to do it. When I have a feeling come over me, I don’t know the extent of my own power – it’s unexplainable.
Part of what has helped Wilder overcome everything from criticism to boxing politics ruining his negotiations with Joshua has been his ability to block it out while taking out his frustrations on his opponents. To do so, he has relied on meditation and visualization before a fight to help him enter an altered zone of consciousness that he calls “The Bronze Bomber,” his alter ego.
“For me, when I turn into the Bronze Bomber, it separates me from all these other fighters,” Wilder said. “It makes me channel into another dimension that is scary. It’s scary! I have a scary feeling when I turn into that man because I feel stronger. The way my mindset is, the energy that is channeling! All of that is real.”
Interestingly, he mentioned meditation and visualization, which opened him up to an altered zone of consciousness. In the New Age, it is not uncommon to engage in such practices, but it can open oneself to demonization.
He claimed he was ‘possessed’ during 2017 KO of Bermane Stiverne:
“I was possessed,” Wilder told CBS Sports during an extensive interview that will air next week on our “In This Corner” Podcast. “At one point in time in the fight, I watched myself whupping on this man. I was standing on the outside of my body just watching and observing myself beat this man. Every move, that wasn’t Deontay. That was the ‘Bronze Bomber,’ for sure but he was at another level. It’s crazy.”
“Sometimes it can get scary for me,” Wilder said. “I have so much power that sometimes I get scared that I am going to hit a person so hard in the wrong spot and that will be it because I possess so much power. And it’s natural! It’s nothing that I have to build on; it’s something that’s naturally there and that’s the scary part about it.”
The spirit inhabiting Deontay certainly is not the Holy Spirit for the fruits of Spirit is love, peace, gentleness among other attributes (Gal. 5:22-23). If it is not the Holy Spirit then it is an evil spirit. Deontay’s speculation that it is an ancestry spirit contradicts the Bible, where it reads it is appointed for man to die once and then the judgment (Heb. 9:27). Demons are alive and well in this world, they can enhance people’s abilities that can lead to fame and power, but there is always a price with the devil. They will have to pay for their “possession.” Nothing good ever comes from the devil in the long run.
Is there biblical support that evil spirits can give humans supernatural strength? Absolutely. There were seven men who were overpowered by one who had evil spirits (Acts 19:16), and there was the Gerasenes demoniac was so strong he broke chains and shackles (Mark 5:1-4). Now, I don’t think Deontay has the strength to break chains and shackles, but he certainly has enough strength to KO almost all of his opponents. With Deontay’s super impressive KO record, you know he packs a punch, and it very well could be from the assistance from the demonic realm.
The late Derek Prince, a Bible expositor and preacher, wrote about a man who trained in karate that became surprised because he could no longer do a karate kick after a deliverance session. He had not realized that his ability came from a demon. We need to bear in mind that all the martial arts originated in cultures permeated with idolatry and demonic activity (They Shall Expel Demons, pg. 119).
Deontay’s situation is unlike several celebrities in the music industry who claim to have an alter ego, that just-so-happen to be a more sinister version of themselves. Beyoncé’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce, is fearless and wouldn’t do the things Beyoncé would do on stage. While Deontay’s alter ego just wants to take a human life.
This ought to make one think: is it pleasing to God to cheer for fighters to knock out another person who is in the image of God (Genesis 9:6), especially when evil spirits can be empowering the fighter? The Bible reads “The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth” (Ps. 11:5).
I pray Deontay Wilder repents and turns to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and deliverance.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can receive Him into your heart, and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere, you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”