From  the  book  “THE  TRUTH  ABOUT  ANGELS”


by  Terry  LAW

Evil Angels and Thought

If an angel strengthened our Lord Himself after His agony
in the garden, His people also may experience the support
of angels; and if evil angels tempt to sin, good angels may
allure to holiness.1
-Charle, Hodge


If every action begins with a thought, where do thoughts come from? Is every wicked or every good thought solely of man's production?


Is there any truth to the cartoons we have seen over the years showing an imp whispering in one ear of a person and an angel whispering in the other?


The late John Wimber, author, pastor, and founder of the Vineyard churches, said our minds are "the landing fields" for demons. Can good angels also influence our thought patterns?


Many theologians believe we are influenced by outside "inspirations" as well as by thoughts and imaginations that arise within our minds and hearts. Hodge suggested that good angels not only execute the will of God in the natural world but also act upon the minds of people.


They have access to our minds and can influence them for good, in accordance with the laws of our nature and in the use of appropriate means. They do not act by that direct operation which is the peculiar prerogative of God and His Spirit, but by the suggestion of truth and guidance of thought and feeling, much as one man may act upon another. If the angels may communicate one with another, there's no reason why they may not, in like manner, communicate with our spirits.2


[MAYBE, THEN MAYBE NOT IS  MORE  CORRECT. GOD CAN AND DOES SEND ANGELS TO RELATE A MESSAGE, EITHER IN PERSON, OR IN DREAMS. IT IS GOD’S SPIRIT THAT GUIDES AND LEADS IN  MANY WAYS; ANGELS ARE MESSENGERS ONLY RELATING MESSAGES DIRECTLY SENT BY GOD. THEY DO NOT KINDA “LIVE” IN US; JESUS TAUGHT THAT IT WAS GOD AND HIMSELF WHO WOULD LIVE IN US VIA THE HOLY SPIRIT (SEE JOHN 14:23) - Keith Hunt]


When I interviewed the late Kenneth Hagin Sr. for the original edition of this book, he told me the Holy Spirit taught him years ago how demons operate in influencing the minds of people. He commented:


If demons and evil spirits can influence people's thoughts for bad, then angels must also have access to the thinking processes of people, and they can influence people for good. Angels can suggest thoughts to people in line with the direction of the Holy Spirit.


[AGAIN  I  REALLY  DO  NOT  THINK  SO  PER  SE.  FOR  WE  HAVE A  BIGGER  GUIDER,  TEACHER, INSTRUCTOR  -  WE  HAVE  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT,  WHEREBY  GOD  AND  CHRIST  LIVE  IN  US  ON  AN  EVERYDAY  WORKING  BASIS,  AS  LONG  AS  WE  DON’T  PUSH  THE  SPIRIT  AWAY.  IT  IS  WRITTEN  BY  PAUL  “LET  THIS  MIND  BE  IN  YOU  WHICH  WAS  IN  CHRIST  JESUS.”  SO  THE  POWER  IN  US,  THAT  UNITES  OUR  MIND  WITH  GOD’S  MIND,  IS  GREATER  THAN  ANGELS.  THEY  ARE  “SPECIFIC”  MESSAGE  BRINGERS,  NOT  JUMPING  INTO  OUR  MIND  WHENEVER  THEY  FEEL  LIKE  IT  -  Keith Hunt]


Both Hodge and Hagin, as well as other theologians, pastors, and teachers, have indicated in their teachings that angels—good and bad—can affect the thinking processes of mankind. However, this may be one of the best-kept secrets in the Christian world today!


[CERTAINLY  FALLEN  ANGELS  CAN  WORK  IN  OUR  MIND;  SATAN  TEMPTED  JESUS  AFTER  40  DAYS  FASTING  IN  THE  WILDERNESS;  EITHER  VERY  PERSONALLY  AS  HE  WAS  THE  GOD-SAVIOR,  OR  IN  JESUS’  MIND.  GOOD  ANGELS  ARE  “SPECIFIC”  MESSENGERS  ONLY  IN  THE  BIBLE.  OR  SPECIFIC  MIRACLE  WORKERS  FOR  US,  AS  WHEN  PETER  WAS  LET  OUT  OF  JAIL  WITH  MIRACLES  AS  RECORDED  IN  THE  BOOK  OF  ACTS.  JOSEPH  HAD  AN  ANGEL  COME  TO  HIM  TO  TELL  HIM  HE  COULD  TAKE  MARY  FOR  A  WIFE,  AS  THE  CHILD  SHE  WAS  CARRYING  WAS  BY  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT.  IT  IS  THE  FATHER  AND  JESUS  WHO  LIVE  IN  US  VIA  THEIR  HOLY  SPIRIT,  TO  TEACH,  GUIDE, CORRECT, INSTRUCT.  AND  THAT  HOLY  SPIRIT  IS  IN  US  ALL  THE  TIME,  AS  LONG  AS  WE  DO  NOT  PUSH  IT  AWAY  BY  YIELDING  TO  SINS  -  Keith Hunt]


Does the Bible give us any specific indication that angels can influence the thoughts of mankind?


Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 are very interesting.


(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.


In those two verses Paul linked the word strongholds directly with imaginations and thoughts, and connected spiritual weapons to pulling down these strongholds. He indicated that imaginations and thoughts can be evil strongholds established by demons even in the minds of Christians. We can see Satan's modus operandi from his first attempt at this (Gen. 3).


[WE  ARE  OF  COURSE  DEALING  HERE  WITH  FALLEN  ANGELS  THAT  CAN  INFLUENCE  OUR  MIND;  BUT  WE  HAVE  A  GREATER  POWER  UNITED  TO  OUR  MIND….. THE  SPIRIT  OF  GOD,  THE  FATHER  AND  JESUS  LIVING  IN  US;  WE  HAVE  THE  GREATEST  POWER  OF  THE  UNIVERSE  IN  US  TO  TELL  SATAN/DEMOND….. “IN  THE  NAME  OF  JESUS  GET  OUT  OF  HERE!!”  -  Keith Hunt]


Biblical Examples of Satanic Brainwashing


Satan asked Eve the question that is the heartbeat of all sin: "Hath God said?" Notice that Satan did not make a dogmatic statement declaring God's Word was not true. All he did was ask a question carefully designed to begin a process in her mind of questioning and distrust. That ploy worked so well that he still uses it today. He has mastered and perfected the business of temptation by injecting thoughts into our minds.


Can Satan actually put thoughts into our minds?


I believe he can. I believe he cannot force us to think anything, but he is a master of suggestion. Evil spirits fire suggestive thoughts into our minds like the "fiery darts" that Paul wrote about to the Christians in Ephesus (Eph. 6:16).


In fact, we have specific examples of this in the Bible, not just passages that can be applied to the possibility.


In John 13:2, Jesus was eating the Passover (the Last Supper) with His disciples, when...


Supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him [Jesus].


The Bible explicitly states that the devil put the concept of betrayal into Judas's heart. That means the devil had the ability to influence Judas's thinking processes. When two members of the early church, Ananias and Sapphira, lied to Peter about the price they had received for their property, Peter said:


Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?


Peter had no doubt that Satan had filled this man's heart with a lie. The only way that could happen was through thought attack.


At one point in Jesus' ministry, He asked the disciples who men said He was. Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16). Jesus replied that this truth had been revealed to Peter by the Father in heaven. However, only six verses later Peter rebuked Jesus when Jesus began to talk of what was going to happen to Him.


Jesus' reply was very different:


But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou sayest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

—Matthew 16:23


It is obvious that Jesus was not calling Peter "Satan." Rather, He was dealing with the fact that Satan had dropped a thought into Peter's mind. How interesting that at one moment Peter makes such a powerful declaration of truth and faith that Jesus commends him for it, only to be rebuked a few moments later for a thought from Satan that was a subtle attempt to hinder Jesus.


There is a truth here that all Christians should keep in mind: even at the times of our greatest faith, our minds are still susceptible to the thought attacks hurled at us from Satan.


[YES,  BUT  REMEMBER  WE  HAVE  THE  POWER  OF  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT  IN  US,  WHICH  IS  THE  FATHER  AND  CHRIST  IN  US  AS  I’VE  SHOWN  YOU.  WE  NEED  NOT  BE  SCARED  OF  SATAN OR  DEMONS;  WE  HAVE  THE  GREATEST  POWER  IN  THE  UNIVERSE  IN  US  -  Keith Hunt]


Thought Attacks


Not only can evil spirits apparently drop suggestions into our minds, but they can also take thoughts out of our minds. In the parable of the sower, Jesus told of seeds falling on good soil, rocky ground, and by the wayside. He interpreted the seeds that fell "by the wayside" as the Word of God that someone hears and does not understand. Jesus explained that the "fowl" that devours the "seed" of the Word is the wicked one (Matt. 13:19).


[YES  IT  IS  SO,  BUT  IF  WE  LOVE  TRUTH;  IF  WE  HUNGER  AND  THIRST  AFTER  RIGHTEOUSNESS,  WE  SHALL  BE  FILLED  AS  JESUS  PROMISED  US.  OUR  PART  IS  TO  WANT  AND  TO  LOVE  TRUTH,  TO  BE  WILLING  TO  BE  CORRECTED,  TO  GROW  IN  GRACE  AND  KNOWLEDGE.  I  WAS  19  AND  WAS  READING  A  STUDY  THAT  WENT  EXACTLY  OPPOSITE  TO  WHAT  I  HAD  BEEN  TAUGHT  AS  A  CHRISTIAN  GROWING  UP.  I  THREW  THE  ARTICLE  DOWN  IN  DISGUST  AND  WENT  OFF  TO  THE  RANCH;  BUT  A  STILL  SMALL  VOICE (GOD’S  SPIRIT)  SAID  TO  ME,  “NOW  YOU  HAVE  NOT  OPENED  THE  BIBLE  TO  SEE  THE  VERSES  GIVEN  AND  STUDY  TO  SEE  IF  THIS  ARTICLE  IS  TRUE  TO  GOD’S  WORD;  WHAT  IF  IT  IS  CORRECT?  ARE  YOU  WALKING  AWAY  FROM  CORRECTION?”  OH  WOW….. THE  MESSAGE  HIT  ME  LIKE  A  TON  OF  BRICKS.  I  DETERMINED  THAT  THAT  NIGHT  I  WOULD  SIT  DOWN  AND  REALLY  STUDY  THE  ARTICLE….. I  DID,  AND  I  SHOUTED  FOR  JOY  I  HAD  BEEN  CORRECTED  AND  LEARNT  A  WONDERFUL  TRUTH  I  HAD  NOT  KNOWN  -  Keith Hunt]


In what ways can evil spirits push thoughts out of our minds?


* It is possible for someone sitting in a church service or even reading the Bible to allow his or her mind to wander.

* It is possible for a young mother to be planning meals for the coming week while listening to a sermon.

* It is possible for a businessperson to be planning corporate strategy while sitting in a church pew.


Notice, these are not wicked thoughts; they are simply thoughts planted by the enemy to gently tug our attention away from the Word.


I believe evil spirits are more active on Sunday mornings than at any other time. If they can divert our attention from the sermon, they can "catch away" the Word that was sown into our hearts.


[WELLLLL…..YES  THEY  ARE  ACTIVE  INDEED;  THEY  HAVE  ALREADY  DECEIVED  HUNDREDS  OF  MILLIONS  (CATHOLIC  CHURCH  ALONE  IS  1.3  BILLION  OR  SO  MEMBERS)  TO  THINK  SUNDAY  IS  “CHURCH  DAY”  -  MOST  DO  NOT  EVEN  CALL  IT  “SABBATH”  DAY  TODAY;  WHEN  ACTUALLY  THE  TRUE  “WORSHIP  DAY”  THE  TRUE  “SABBATH  DAY”  OF  THE  WEEK,  IS  THE  7TH  DAY - OR  SATURDAY  ON  OUR  CALENDARS  -  Keith Hunt]


When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.

—Matthew 13:19


Jesus accentuated this possibility again in the parable of the two kinds of builders, the wise man who built on a rock versus the foolish one who built on sand (Matt. 7:24-27). It rained and the floods came while the winds blew and beat upon both their houses.


[YES  INDEED,  BUT  MOST  DO  NOT  EVEN  KNOW  WHAT  IS  THE  ROCK  TO  BUILD  ON,  AND  WHAT  IS  SAND.  THE  4TH  OF  THE  GREAT  TEN  COMMANDMENT  IS  VERY  VERY  CLEAR…. IT  IS  THE  7TH  DAY  THAT  IS  HOLY  TO  GOD,  THE  SABBATH  DAY.  MOST  BUILD  IMMEDIATELY  ON  SAND,  BY  NOT  OBSERVING  THE  7TH  DAY  AS  HOLY;  WHY  MOST  DO  NOT  EVEN  OBSERVE  SUNDAY (1ST  DAY  OF  THE  WEEK)  AS  A  HOLY  DAY,  LIKE  THEY  ONCE  DID  AS  I  GREW  UP  IN  THE  1940/50.  THEIR  HOUSE  IS  BUILT  ON  SAND  -  Keith Hunt]


One house stood, but the other fell. Why?


Jesus pointed out that one man was a "doer" of the Word and the other was not. Notice that both men apparently heard the Word. In modern terms, let us suppose that both men attend your church faithfully every Sunday morning.


However, one leaves the church with a commitment to do the Word that he has just made an effort to hear and understand. The other man is simply a listener. He has not really heard and understood what was said. He probably goes home, turns on the football game, and promptly forgets everything. His spiritual house is built on sand, while the other man's is set solidly on the Rock that is the Word of God.


[NOPE,  THE  SUNDAY  CHURCH  KEEPER  IS  ALREADY  BUILT  ON  SAND,  IT  IS  JUST  A  MATTER  OF  DEGREES  BETWEEN  ONE  AND  THE  OTHER.  NOW  IF  LIKE  ME  IN  MY  GROWING  UP,  YOU  BELIEVE  AS  I  DID  THAT  SUNDAY  WAS  THE  7TH  DAY  OF  THE  WEEK,  THEN  YOU  ARE  CERTAINLY  IN  A  BETTER  POSITION  THAN  THE  OTHERS,  WHO  KNOW  WHAT  THE  4TH  COMMANDMENTS  SAYS  BUT  WILL  NO  FOLLOW  IT  -  Keith Hunt]


These examples show us the commitment of Satan and his evil spirits to affect the process of our thoughts. An undisciplined thought life leaves one vulnerable to the enemy. A passive mind, a lazy mind, or an undisciplined mind makes it easy for the wicked one to drop in thoughts or to steal those dropped in by the Holy Spirit …..


Romans 8:7 says that a carnal mind, one operating on fleshly motives, actually is at enmity with God.


Judson Cornwall has written that Satan even aims his attacks at us when we are children. Satan knows that early training determines the course of one's life (Prov. 22:6) .3


[YES,  AND  I  THANK  GOD  THAT  HE  REVEALED  HIMSELF  TO  ME  WHEN  I  WAS  7  YEARS  OLD  AND  AFTER.  READING  THE  BIBLE,  DOING  MY  BEST  TO  KEEP  HIS  COMMANDMENT,  I  WAS  KEPT  SAFE  FROM  MANY  SINS  AS  I  BECAME  A  TEENAGER  -  Keith Hunt]


The Battlefield Is the Mind


I believe that many Christians have no idea that evil spirits are dropping thoughts into their minds because they accept them as their own. We badly underestimate the influence that thoughts have on our lives. Yet the Bible has many verses about thinking only on good things and avoiding evil thoughts (Josh. 1:8; Phil. 4:6-8)………


When the City of Faith medical center was operating at Oral Roberts University, I asked Jim Winslow, chief surgeon and director of the hospital, if thoughts had anything to do with disease. He said most doctors would agree that about 70 percent of all disease originates in the human mind. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine some years ago placed it higher than that—at 80 percent. The article said that about half of the remaining 20 percent would get well by themselves!


That does not mean all of these diseases are imaginary, but many of them began with a thought or a belief and developed into a physical condition. Many of us have heard self-fulfilling prophecies such as, "My grandfather had a heart attack at forty, my father had a heart attack at forty, and I probably will, too."


I am not talking about mind control or mind over matter


I am talking about thoughts that allow the Word of God to be stolen out of your heart so that your faith is hindered or erased by doubts and fears.


In Romans 12:1-2, Paul wrote of two things Christians need to do:


Present our bodies a living sacrifice.

Be transformed by the renewing of our minds.


This means living according to God's moral principles and bringing our bodies into subjection to Him. Renewing our minds requires meditating on the Word of God, which means to actively read, think on, speak about, and dwell on the Bible.


This is the only way to defend ourselves against the thought attacks of evil angels or demons. The present invasion of predominately evil angels into society foretells major thought attacks that are about to come against the church.


If you know the Bible well enough to know the principles and thoughts of God, then thoughts that run against God's Word will immediately stand out as alien. If you have the real in your heart, the counterfeit or the false will be easily recognized.


[TO  HAVE  THE  “REAL”  YOU  HAVE  TO  STUDY,  AS  PAUL  SAID,  TO  SHOW  YOURSELF  APPROVED  BY  GOD.  JUST  EMOTIONS  ARE  NOT  GOOD  ENOUGH  BY  A  LONG  SHOT.  JUST  “THINKING”  YOU  HAVE  THE  REAL,  DOES  NOT  MEAN  YOU  HAVE  IT.  YOU  HAVE  TO  READ  AND  STUDY  GOD’S  WORD  TO  KNOW  THE  TRUTHS  IT  CONTAINS;  YOU  HAVE  TO  LOVE  TRUTH;  YOU  HAVE  TO  HUNGER  AND  THIRST  AFTER  RIGHTEOUSNESS (SEE  WHAT  RIGHTEOUSNESS  IS  IN  PS. 119: 172).  TO  KNOW  THE  COUNTERFEIT  RELIGION,  YOU  HAVE  TO  KNOW  THE  TRUE  RELIGION  OF  GOD  -  Keith Hunt]


If you have a mind actively fixed on the Word of God, it will not be easy for the enemy's thoughts to take root.


Victory over the devil does not mean constantly casting out demons. The most enduring victory comes from getting your mind so transformed that your spirit so agrees with the Holy Spirit that it will not accept the ideas of the world.


Neil Anderson, chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Biola University, calls this method of opposing Satan "truth encounters" as opposed to "power encounters." Certainly there are times when demons need to be cast out of some people, but demonic attempts at thought control are aimed at everyone. Not every person has a demon to be cast out. Anderson wrote:


If Satan can place a thought in your mind—and he can—it isn't much more of a trick for him to make you think it's your idea. If you knew it was Satan, you'd reject the thought, wouldn't you? But when he disguises his suggestion as your idea, you are more likely to accept it. That is his primary deception.... Since Satan's primary weapon is a lie, your defense against him is the truth. Dealing with Satan is not a power encounter; it's a truth encounter. When you expose Satan's lie with God's truth, his power is broken. That's why Jesus said: 'You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32) .4……….


[INDEED  SO,  BUT  AGAIN  YOU  HAVE  TO  WANT  AND  LOVE  THE  TRUTH,  AND  YOU  HAVE  TO  SEARCH  FOR  IT;  THIS  MEANS  REAL  DEEP  BIBLE  STUDY;  SEARCHING  THE  WORD,  FINDING  ALL  SCRIPTURES  ON  ANY  TOPIC  IN  THE  BIBLE  -  YES  THIS  TAKES  EFFORT  ON  YOUR  PART.  MOST  “CHRISTIANS”  SIMPLY  WILL  NOT  DO  IT,  THEY  ARE  COMFORTABLE  IN  THE  CHURCH  OF  THEIR  CHOICE, HENCE  WILL  NOT  FIND  THE  TRUTH  AND  WILL  BE  LED  INTO  MANY  A  FALSEHOOD  AND  DECEPTION  -  Keith Hunt]


Expose the lie, and you can defeat the liar


Demons have no right to override a human being's free will. But they fool us into thinking that these thoughts and desires are our own, and somehow that makes them valid and credible to us. We then accept the thought, act on it, and even defend it as our own.


That battle extends beyond the devil's ranks, making us susceptible to our own flesh and the world around us, the cosmos diabolicus.


The World, the Flesh, and the Devil


* Believers can yield to alien thoughts and be defeated.

* Believers can yield to the carnal desires of the flesh and be defeated.

* Believers can yield to the influence of the world and be defeated.


Temptations of sex, food, drink, and other lusts such as gambling, the love of money, or an inordinate desire for material possessions can be identified immediately as sins of the flesh. Sometimes the devil accentuates and emphasizes these things if he knows one of them is your weakness. However, most of the time what people are battling is simply their own flesh.


In Galatians 5:19 Paul gave an outline of the works of the flesh: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and so forth.


When Jesus said to pluck out your eye or cut off your hand if it offended you (Mark 9:43-47), He was not speaking literally. He was talking about fleshly lusts and appetites. Paul spoke similarly of "mortifying" our flesh, or putting it to death (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5).


The pleasures of the flesh are not demons or evil spirits. Eating is a lust or a pleasure of the flesh that, when pushed to the extreme, is gluttony. But it is not necessarily a demon at work. It can be a lack of temperance or self-control (Gal. 5:23). Actually, the greatest war the believer will ever wage is not with the devil but with the flesh.


[BUT  AS  THE  AUTHOR  SAYS  THE  DEMONS  CAN  ZERO  IN  ON  YOUR  PARTICULAR  WEAKNESS  OF  THE  FLESH,  AND  HELP  YOU  ALONG  INTO  IT  -  Keith Hunt]


The world system includes many things that are beautiful and attractive. It also includes knowledge, humanitarian concerns, social programs, art, music, and politics. None of these are evil in themselves, but none of them are totally founded on God and His principles.


We often overlook the fact that religion is part of the world's system. Children of God do not observe a "religion." They enter into and develop a relationship with God the Father.


[AND  WITH  JESUS  CHRIST;  BUT  SOME  GET  CAUGHT  UP  IN  LOOKING  TO  A  MAN  OR  AN  ORGANIZATION;  THEY  TAKE  THEIR  EYES  OFF  THE  BIBLE;  THEY  TAKE  THEIR  FAITH  INTO  TRUSTING  A  MAN  OR  GROUP  OF  MEN;  THEY  STOP  READING  THE  BIBLE  TO  BE  TAUGHT  AND  CORRECTED  BY  THE  BIBLE  -  OH  THIS  HAS  HAPPENED  AND  IS  HAPPENING  ALL  THE  TIME;  SO  JESUS  SAID  “FEAR  NOT  LITTLE  LITTLE (A  DOUBLE  DIMINUTIVE  IN  THE  GREEK)  FLOCK,  FOR  IT  IS  THE  FATHER’S  PLEASURE  TO  GIVE  YOU  THE  KINGDOM”  -  Keith Hunt]


* Religion is Adam and Eve covering their nakedness with leaves from the tree.

* Religion is always man's self-efforts to cover his nakedness, rooted in pride.

* Religion appeases the mind into thinking it is in right-standing with God.


Christianity involves the shedding of innocent blood to atone for man's sins. God clothed Adam and Eve in animal skins after the animals' innocent blood was shed. That is true Christianity.


The world, the flesh, and the devil all make their first approach to a person through the mind. If thoughts come indirectly through the world's entertainment system, the ultimate source is the satanic world. If the thoughts are triggered by the flesh, they are also traced indirectly to Satan through the fall of Adam and Eve.


We can overcome these thought attacks by meditating on the truth of God's Word. In the next chapter, I want to give you the essential information about another way of resisting Satan—-spiritual warfare.


Spiritual Warfare and Angels

We are not too unlike the flea on the head of the elephant who, just after the elephant crossed an aging bridge, leaned over to the ear and whispered, uWow! Didn 't we shake that bridge!”

—Judson Cornwall


I have been amazed at the recent proliferation of teachings in the church on directly attacking Satan's evil angels. It seems people have become aware that we are at war. Movements and organizations are bringing new understandings in this area to the church.


Many of these men and women have great ministries and unusual abilities at communication. They also have valid insights into the Bible and a passion to win the world for Jesus, which I admire with all of my heart.


However, I believe a basic misunderstanding about the battle between Satan's troops and the church can lead to errors and possible extremism. I could not write a book about angels without talking about how we can stand against evil angels and demons and cooperate with the angels of God. Conversely, I find it is necessary to write about how not to deal with them.


Although there is much truth in what spiritual warfare groups are saying, I believe that in some cases they are operating out of faulty interpretation of Scripture. The reason I am so sure of this is that I made the same mistake in my first book, The Power of Praise and Worship. I used the three primary scriptures that they use, and I since have seen that my interpretation was inaccurate. Those three scriptures are Ephesians 6:12,2 Corinthians 10:3-5, and Daniel 10:12. The mistake is this: the Greek word for "strongholds" in 2 Corinthians 10:4 is okuroma. It appears only once in the New Testament, and I did what so many others have done: I built a major doctrine on that one word.


[NOT  THE  FIRST  TO  BUILD  A  FALSE  DOCTRINE  ON  ONE  WORD  OR  ONE  VERSE  -  Keith Hunt]


How many spiritual warfare choruses have been written lately about pulling down strongholds?


How many "militant" choruses have been written and sung by Christians who actually are losing the real battle with Satan in their minds and flesh?


How many are projecting the sin in their own hearts onto demonic forces, venting anger and hatred, yet not dealing with those things in themselves?


How many cities can say they have lower crime rates because principalities and powers were "pulled down"?


I had connected those verses in 2 Corinthians 10 with Paul's outline of spiritual hierarchy in Ephesians 6:12 and used the Old Testament example of Daniel to "prove" that we should use our weapons against principalities and powers. Actually, those verses do not connect in this way, although most of the books I have read on spiritual warfare make the same artificial connection that I once did. The facts are these:


1. "Strongholds" in 2 Corinthians 10 are explained very explicitly as "imaginations," "high things" (or thoughts) that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God. Paul wrote that we should bring every thought into obedience to Christ. Some translations are even plainer, saying "arguments," "theories," "reasonings," "speculations," or "pretensions." The mind is the number-one battleground between Christians and Satan.


These verses in no way depict a cosmic struggle against territorial spirits that rule over our cities. In fact, none of the verses about warfare in the New Testament really involve Christians coming against heavenly powers.


For example, in 2 Timothy 2:3-4, the warfare in which Paul exhorts Timothy to be "a good soldier" involves the affairs of this life, not evil angels and authorities. In James 4:1-2, James calls "wars and fightings" the lusts that war in your members. "War" for the Christian obviously refers to the war of the spirit against the flesh, as does 1 Peter 2:11. It has nothing to do with fighting evil angels or spirits.


2. Ephesians 6:12, at first glance, may seem to endorse Christians fighting against evil angels in ruling positions. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."


However, taken in the context of verses 10 to 18, Paul is not writing about pulling fallen angels out of the heavens but about resisting the enemy's attacks in everyday life. He is talking about the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of peace, the sword of the Spirit, truth as a covering for the "loins," knowing the Word and prayer (Eph. 6:13-18).


3. In Daniel 10, an angel visited Daniel in answer to his prayer and fasting. In addition to the answer Daniel sought, the angel told him that the prince of Persia had "withstood" the angel until he got help from the archangel Michael
(v. 13). This verse is the foundation of most of the present teaching on "territorial spirits" and is used to explain Ephesians 6:12.


I would like to point out that this story from Daniel took place under the old covenant. After Jesus died, rose, and ascended, there is no indication in the New Testament that territorial spirits are able to stop or hinder our prayers from getting through to God.


We are sons of God and have immediate access to the throne of grace at any time. We are told to come boldly to the throne of grace in Hebrews 10:19 because of Jesus' blood. In John 15:7, the Word says, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." This obviously allows no opportunity for satanic intervention. When we understand our authority in God's kingdom, there will be no fear of territorial spirits interfering with our prayers.


Let me make it clear that I do believe there are territorial spirits, and I have encountered them in the more than eighty countries where I have traveled and ministered.


It seems clear from the Bible that Satan's evil angels are arranged in ranks of various authorities. However, I believe that Christians have not been told to pull them down. The only strongholds believers are to deal with are in their own minds, flesh, and lives. The only evil spirits we are to deal with are demons that sometimes must be cast out of people through personal ministry.


Genuine spiritual warfare mostly has to do with the mind and the flesh, which, of course, involves the influences from the world and the devil.


Genuine spiritual warfare involves fighting "the good fight of faith." That means keeping our mind renewed, our flesh in check, and resisting the temptations of the world. That is the bulk of the fighting that Christians are called to do.


To borrow a phrase from Judson Cornwall, we need to see clearly whose war this really is.


Whose War Is It Anyway:


If Jesus defeated Satan, and if He "spoiled principalities and powers," then why should believers have to do that?


And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Since we are seated with Christ "together in heavenly places" (Eph. 2:6), that means we already are positioned above principalities and powers. Some people are leasing airplanes to get to a high altitude and pull down "high places." Others are renting the top floors of tall buildings for this purpose.


[OH  MY  REALLY???  SHOWS  HOW  INEPT  SOME  ARE  AT  READING  THE  BIBLE,  OR  TAKING  JUST  ONCE  VERSE  OUT  OF  CONTEXT  WITH  OTHER  VERSES,  AND  MAKING  SOME  “NEW  DOCTRINE”  OF  THEIR  OWN  IMAGINATION.  I  HAD  NO  IDEA  SOME  WERE  DOING  SUCH  THINGS  -  Keith Hunt]  


What difference does natural altitude make? Would it have been more effective if Jesus' cross had been on Mount Everest instead of Mount Calvary?

It seems that if strongholds needed to be pulled down over cities, Scripture would give examples of the apostles doing so at such notorious locations as Ephesus, Corinth, or Rome……


Spiritual warfare traditionally has meant simply praying about something until the answer came. Even in the Book of Daniel, angels of God—not Daniel—fought the evil territorial spirit on Daniel's behalf. The authors of The Foundations of Pentecostal Theology commented:


Nowhere are Christians told to fight the devil. Our Lord did that once for all on the cross. Our part is to claim, by faith, and stand in His victory. "Resist the devil—do not fight him—and he is the one who will "flee from you" (James 4:7). [First] Peter 5:9 explains how this is to be done: "Whom resist, steadfast in the faith." Faith in the account of Christ's victory over the devil, and faith in God's promises, is the secret to victory.... Faith in God's Word is the secret of the believer's daily triumph.3


[FAITH  ALSO  MEANS  THE  TRUTHS  OF  GOD  -  STAYING  STEADFAST  IN  GOD’S  WORD  OF  TRUTH,  MEANS  THE  DEVIL  AND  DEMONS  ARE  HITTING  THEMSELVES  AGAINST  THE  ARMOR  OF  GOD  THAT  YOU  HAVE  PUT  ON - THEY  CANNOT  GET  THROUGH  TO  WOUND  YOU  TO  DEATH  -  Keith Hunt]


So what does it mean to wrestle against things that are not flesh and blood? Vine's expository dictionary says the meaning of the Greek word pale, translated "wrestling," is akin to pallo, which means "to sway" or "to vibrate."4 Vine wrote that this is used figuratively concerning spiritual conflict. Yet many of the proponents of territorial warfare interpret this literally and believe that we actually wrestle with territorial spirits in the heavenlies.


[AGAIN….WOW….DID  NOT  KNOW  SOME  WERE  BELIEVING  THIS  IDEA….WHAT  SOME  COME  UP  WITH  JUST  BLOWS  ME  AWAY  -  Keith Hunt]


Paul was trying to draw a word picture for believers that opposition comes from the enemy, not from other people. The whole point he is making in Ephesians 6 is not about spiritual warfare in the heavenlies but who the enemy is. He was trying to keep Christians from fighting among themselves or even against unbelievers over things the devil stirred up.


What a wrestling match it is to dismiss past failures!


What a wrestling match it is to remember that snide comments and derogatory remarks from friends or relatives do not make them our enemies! Our enemy is the one who provoked those thoughts in their minds or who reminds us of past faults and failings that have been placed under the blood of Jesus.


What a wrestling match it is to avoid self-righteousness and believe that good deeds gain us status in heaven and not to take part of the glory for what God does through us!


Spiritual Territoriality


I have no argument with those who say there are territorial spirits. My only difference is in whether or not we are to pull down defeated foes that are already defeated.


The situation is no different with evil angels than with Satan. Few believers would slip into thinking they have to bind and pull down Satan himself. They know all they have to do is resist him in all areas of their lives. The same holds true for his angels. If Satan is a defeated foe, then so are his angels.


Satan knows his ruling spirits cannot be pulled down or bound before his "lease" runs out. Remember, his lease is not for the world, nor does it involve the kingdom of God. Satan's dominion is a time-lease on the systems that rule all areas of this planet…….


We can resist him in our culture by buying videos or going to movies that reflect God's ways, by buying godly books and magazines, and by watching television programs that promote the concepts of God.


We can resist him in education by becoming active on local school boards.

We can resist him by fasting and praying about any of these areas.


In other words, we can resist Satan by living a biblical, "normal" (as taught in the Word) Christian life.


The most important thing about that passage in Daniel is not that there are territorial spirits. It is not even that good angels fight them.


The most important thing is that God answers sincere heartfelt prayer, even if it means dispatching angels to bring the answer.


Personally, I am concerned that the devil is enjoying all this attention paid to something that he knows is wasting Christians' time and energy. In books and articles and at spiritual warfare conferences, so much time is spent focusing on Satan's power and influence that our eyes are off what Jesus already has done.


Judson Cornwall said the bigger problem with some spiritual warfare is that "the emphasis is upon the power vested in us far more than the power in the blood of Jesus Christ. It walks a very fine line between Christianity and humanism, which teaches the deity of mankind.... True warfare occurs when we exalt Christ in righteousness and faith."5


Cornwall concludes:


I am confident that what is going on under the title of spiritual warfare is neither spiritual nor warfare. It is fleshly activity, energized by soul power. [It] is far more mass hysteria than it is warfare. It accomplishes nothing in the heavens, and often what it accomplishes on earth is divisive, mystifying, and destructive to the participants.6


A Spiritual Balance


We should not back off from praying for our cities, states, and nations simply because some are operating in error or extremism.


We should pray for our countries and for those in authority ((2 Chron.7:14; 1 Tim. 2:2).


We should pray for people's hearts to be open to the gospel


To live victorious lives, we must not underrate or overrate our enemy, Satan. We cannot understand how to relate either to good or to evil angels if we do not understand authority in the spirit realm.


Kenneth Hagin Sr. has described the real reason why Christians cannot pull down territorial spirits over cities:


We do not have Scripture for breaking the power of the devil over an entire city once and for all time, because a city is composed of people. People have free choice, and they can choose whom they will serve—Satan or God—and in every city many people choose to serve Satan and to continually yield to him. But we can push back the influence of darkness in prayer so that the Word has an opportunity to prevail in people's hearts and lives through the preaching of the gospel.7……….


[I  HAD  NO  IDEA  PEOPLE  HAD  MADE  THIS  TEACHING,  THINKING  THEY  WERE  TO  GO  OUT  AND  TRY  TO  PULL  DOWN  DEMONS  OVER  CITIES  AND  NATIONS…..BUT  IN  THE  EMOTION  OF  THINGS  MANY  PENTECOSTAL  GROUPS  GET  CAUGHT  UP  IN  EMOTIONAL  FALSE  IDEAS  AND  JUST  PLAIN  WRONG  THEOLOGY  -  Keith Hunt]


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TO  BE  CONTINUED