Demon oppression and the young: teens cutting themselves and irregular behavior..

In Mark chapter 5 we see an extreme case of a demon possessed man running wild in a graveyard. He is running naked in the midst of the tombs and howling as well as cutting himself.  The text indicates he is possessed of many demons which collectively are called "legion".  The demons are caste off into a herd of hogs, which run over a cliff, so this is not a situation where Jesus was merely healing a fellow of mental problems but rather ridding him of entities that had him in bondage.  Now one might wonder if some people today, especially young people, when showing some of these same behaviors are not demon possessed or oppressed?  Some teens cut themselves and are involved with occult practices too.  I would say that in general they are not and are merely under peer pressure and have a problem with anger management, along with possible drug addiction..

There is a difference between demon possession and demon oppression.  Demon oppression is where the individual might be influenced by a demon and given ideas and thought which are not good.  Below I have added an audio in which I give a few more insights....

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Even the hogs rejected the demons..

Luke.15 [10] Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
[11] And he said, A certain man had two sons:
[12] And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
[13] And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
[14] And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
[15] And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
[16] And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
[17] And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
[18] I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
[19] And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
[20] And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
[21] And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
[22] But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
[23] And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
[24] For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
[25] Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
[26] And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
[27] And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
[28] And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
[29] And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
[30] But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
[31] And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
[32] It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

I would say that the Bible distinguishes the difference between demon possession and demon/or satanic oppression.  In the cases where a person is said to have a demon and is exorcised is a situation where the individual is possessed (like in Mark 5), whereas in situations where one is harassed and tempted by the devil or spirits could be looked upon as oppression (Ephesians 6:11, 1 Peter 5:8).  I feel that a Christian can not be possessed because 1 Corinthians 3:16 says your body is a dwelling for the Holy Spirit, which is not likely to have company with an evil spirit.  Christians can be harassed by evil spirits and entities.  Even Jesus was tempted by the devil.

It is clear that if even Jesus can be tempted by the devil his mere followers can also be hassled by the devil and demons.  We must polish the full armor of God.....

This is one reason I suggested a holistic approach or to cover all bases.  They would only hold someone down to keep them from hurting others and themselves. If there exists medical issues they should consult a medical doctor too.  

I think to a great extant the church has largely given in to the modern views of psychology.  The church has largely left counseling to secular counselors and the more extreme cases to psychologists.  These people frown upon the idea of demon possession.  If someone is wayward the church generally will not speak with them or pray with them but instead has abdicated its responsibilities to others who might even prescribe drugs for depression and other things...

The Christian or pastoral counselor recognizes that much depression and anger is due to sins and having an unforgiving attitude as well as guilt. (Cain was downcast) The pastoral counselor does not shy away from the possibility of demonic activity and oppression.  Churches need to awaken more to this issue...

This is why I like the literature of Kurt E. Koch.  His books contain much needed information about the occult and demons.

We have had some influences over time regarding this so called 'excorcism'. which is unbiblical and in my view they dont work. The devil cannot cast the devil out.

We know from the bible all it takes is a mere command in the Jesus Christ. I know this for a fact and have done this often, sadly many movies with catholic priest has conjured these 'excorcisms' type ritualistic approaches.

We just had the case go to british court last week where a young boy died after enduring days of 'excorcism;' with pliers, submerging in water and many other torturous events. It is the same as occult.

Here in africa it is so rife, and the posessions so varied with different typed entities, most appear openly by witch doctors and also many posessions appear in the backstreet typed christian churches.

It is a physical and spiritual war.


@ Zomok...I agree....a christian cannot be possesed since it is the temple of the Holy Spirit....but can be tempted....

@all...  In case you have overlooked it, demons can indirectly harass Christians by the trouble they cause through those they possess.  If a person is possessed with a lying spirit they can slander a christian and tempt...etc...

This is an interesting view and worthy of comment.....................

Here is a video related to this issue.  The two little guys give a list of things that may indicate spiritual oppression, although it should be noted that being a live human being one will experience many of these things, so it is the degree to which these things are experienced.... Now one might observe their own children and see some of these things becoming a problem... 

Here is one of my audios about this subject...

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