DEMONS ARE BEHIND ALL SIN. SO, SATANISTS AS WELL AS BELIEVERS CAN DO A LOT OF DAMAGE TO PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ALL WORK WITH DEMONS
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The study of human behavior, as also found in psychology but not psychiatry, is the crux of this article, and confirmed and guided by the never-changing, Scriptural Word of the Lord Jesus Christ. Additionally, where the word “victim” is used, it does not mean a “victim mentality that seeks sympathy” or anything similar. It factually refers to “the injured parties,” “fatalities,” or “casualties” of barnyard bullies and other torturers and sadists.
In Matthew 16:23, Jesus rebuked Peter when he withstood His declaration that He had to go to the cross for the redemption of humanity. He said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense [or stumbling block] to Me; for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Jesus was responding according to His warning in Luke 17:1-4, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, [as ‘the whole world without Christ lies under the deception of the evil one,’ 1 Jn. 5:19;] but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of My [disciples.] Take heed unto yourselves, [be on your guard, lest someone pushes and provokes you to sin such as unforgiveness.] So, if [someone] sins against you, rebuke him… [and give no ground for Satan to abuse and deceive you.]”
Was Peter ‘possessed’ by Satan to try to hinder Jesus’ atonement in the place of all believing humanity? (Jn. 3:16.) Or did he deliberately surrender to Satan to use him to speak evil? No, but this shows how easily believers can, even sincerely and with the best intentions, become vessels of evil to cause harm; may God have mercy on us all! Just try to imagine what would have happened to lost and cursed humanity if Jesus did not go to the cross!
Peter was thinking in a humanistic way, not spiritually. His thoughts were focussed on natural things, not the supernatural work of God. In Matthew 16:24-27, Jesus explained the cost of discipleship. He said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and [keep on] following Me.” So, lose [or fully surrender] your life is to find it, and to die [to sinful thoughts, priorities, and desires,] is life. Spirit Filled Bible 1991 footnote — beware new translations, “To deny oneself is not to assume some false, external asceticism or religious self-denial, but to put the interests of The Kingdom first in one’s life. ‘To take up your cross’ does not mean to endure some irritating burden, but to renounce self-centred ambitions [and priorities, to understand and obey God’s will above all else.]”
Let us remember that all harm to ourselves and other people, whatever the intention behind the action, cannot be ‘innocent’ or without impact. We do not function in a vacuum. Every belief that steers our actions, become real when we act on those perceptions. And so, all sin, especially unrepentant sinful behavior, is powered by Satan and his demons. That is why all violations of God’s Moral Law of Agape, (“Love,”) left unconfessed and unrepented, "murder" just as certain as orchestrated, ritual Satanism, (Jam. 5:16-18; 1 Sam. 15:23-24.)
If Satanists, who actively work with demons, can do great harm to people, think what believers can do when they act thoughtless and become wilfully malicious. Whether we are believers in Christ or unbelievers, backbiting and other types of underhandedness, lies, adultery, violence, greed, infidelity, spiritual and emotional arrogance, theft, and especially false doctrine, spell ‘hatred’ for other people. God declared in 1 Jn. 2:9-12, “He who says he is in the Light but hates his brother [by being abusive in any way,] is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother [by living in truth, openness, honesty, and sincerity,] abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates… is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes…” 1 Jn. 3:15, “[Abusers are spiritual and emotional] murderers, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him,” (Rev. 21:7-8.)
We do not have to do formal rituals and sacrifices to empower our curses, maliciousness, and other “lawlessness.” (Jesus will reject all ‘lawless’ believers That Day when He calls their names, because they never obeyed His Word, (Mt. 7:21-24; 2 Ths. 1:5-12.) (Satanism consists of complete lawlessness: “Do what thou willst is the whole of the law.”)
So, we do not have to be so-called “program multiples” or people who were born and raised to serve Satan. “God SO loved the whole world, that… whoever [sincerely and steadfastly] believes in Jesus [and accept and follow Him] will not perish…” In some way or another, we all get the chance to understand Jesus and His Gospel to be saved; “program multiples” too.
That is why such fancy terms used to describe evil “lawlessness” constitute just another elevation of Satan’s power, which Jesus fully destroyed at the cross, (Col. 2:9-15.) Practicing ‘lawlessness’ or disobedience to God’s Moral Law of Love is practicing Satanism, (Mt. 7:20-24; 1 Sam. 15:23-24.) And it makes me weep before God’s holy throne to realize that there is nothing more “lawless” than the hatred of taking God’s True Word and making false doctrine out of it to murder people for all eternity!
Paul warned in 1 Cor. 6:9-11, “...Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners, [nor any other violator of the Moral Law] will inherit the kingdom of God.” Paul was not talking about heaven. The Kingdom of God is the rebirth through faith in Christ, when Jesus baptizes believers with the Holy Spirit to place the Spirit, and thus His spiritual Kingdom, within them at the moment they sincerely accept Jesus, (Lu. 17:20-21; Jn. 1:12-14; 18:36.) “Such [sinners] were [you,]” Paul continued, “but you were washed [at your personal rebirth,] made holy, [past tense, and thus, fully] justified [or brought into a right standing before God] in the Name of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit.”
Satanists perform sacrifices to climb the ladder of power, control, and destructive success in Satan's kingdom. Nevertheless, the higher the sacrifice, (as in abortion, sadism; adultery, rape and other sexual sin; animal and human sacrifice, drinking blood, cannibalism, etcetera,) the greater and stronger demons Satan assigns to them, and the greater they become in his kingdom.
One does not have to be a Satanist to partake of such ambitions and to impart strong demons to people. Any unrepented and unresolved violation of the Moral Law can, for instance, allow strong demons to infest those who were serious harmed in any way. (We resolve sin by taking it directly to the throne of our Father in heaven; sincerely confess the sin to Him and to those we abused, or confront those who abused us as far as possible, with the motive of restoring our offenders to God and experiencing God’s forgiveness, blood-cleaning through Jesus Christ, and Holy-Spirit healing for us all; Mt. 18:15-20; Jam. 5:16; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.)
It is a myth that “ritual abuse” is so much greater than “ordinary” abuse. Those subjected to “ritual abuse” in Satanism are abused to great degrees, allowing strong demons to enter and control the person. But abusing believers are murderers just like Satanists are murderers, with the same effects on the abused, (1 Jn. 3:15.)
Hence, only the Truth, Jesus Himself and the Truth of His Gospel, (Who He really Is, and what He really did for all people,) can “set the captives free;” no matter if the captives are satanists or believers, (Jn. 8:32.) Jesus is omniscient or all-knowing, and omnipotent or all-powerful. It is no greater work for Him to save and completely deliver a high priest of Satan, than to save and deliver a so-called Christian “high priest” from church deception.
The same goes for the ritually abused or the “ordinary” abused. There is no such thing as "all abuse is done by psychopathic narcissists." Those demoniacs are some of the most toxic, but all forms of abuse is detrimental to the spirits, souls, bodies, and lives of people, (1 Ths. 5:23.)
Hence, we can either believe the truth of God’s Word, or the manipulative lies of so-called “deliverance ministers.” Jesus, Who Is God Himself, could not lie when He promised all true believers, “He has [past tense, fully] delivered us [past tense] from the power of darkness and [transferred or] conveyed us into His Kingdom of light, [present tense.] In Him we have [present tense] the redemption through His blood: the forgiveness of sins,” (Col. 1:13-14.)
However, according to the depths Satan had control over a person, even after true, personal salvation and Jesus’ total deliverance from darkness, (Eph. 1:7, 12-14,) the enemy will attack and harass him until he so deeply submits to God to so firmly withstand the devil with Jesus’ Truth that he flees, (Mt. 12:43-45; Jam. 4:7-8.) Not that the devil has any power over the person anymore, but God will allow such harassment to “test” the person’s commitment to Him. It is part of the inescapable thought-and-belief purifying process, which the Holy Spirit does in all His true believers. Thank God that we can know and confess that “greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world!”