Can born again Christians be demonized?

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This question born again Christians being demonized is very controversial. Some feel strongly that it is impossible. They are almost offended by the question. Others aren’t so sure. Still others feel this is very much possible and happens frequently.

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Bishop Garry Bryant

In this podcast my guest Bishop Garry Bryant give some great responses in answer to this question. Thanks to Garry for tackling this tough question of whether or not Christians can be demonized.

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Who is Garry?

The Goal of the Great Commission is Disciples

Not just decisions, baptisms, numbers, scholars, etc

Making disciples is vital. That’s why I recently announced the founding of a new ministry called “Discipleship Journeys with Jesus” (DJJ). The Lord laid it on my heart to start this new ministry in order to meet the crucial need of making committed disciples around the world.

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Baptism scene in India last month

In His Great Commission Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

Jesus’ parting command was to “make disciples.” But what is a disciple? The original Greek word is MATHETES. It means “someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications).”

An easy description is a devoted follower. MATHETES was used for followers of John the Baptist in Matthew 9:14 and of others such as the Pharisees in Matthew 22:16.

We must not be confused by unbiblical, or even biblical substitutes for true biblical disciples:

What is demonization and is it real?

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Is demonization real? What is it? For that matter, what are demons? How do they influence people? Can they inhabit people’s bodies, minds, spirits? These are the types of questions answered by my guest in today’s podcast, Bishop Garry Bryant.

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Bishop Garry Bryant

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Opposition Often Means You’re Right on Track

Does God have a wonderful plan for your life?

One of the ironies of life is that the more you succeed, the more you’ll face opposition. This seems especially ironic when you succeed in serving God. As we serve the Lord, we get opposition from enemies, from friends and from the Evil One.

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Recently I spent time in India with a church leader who is making wonderful advances for the Lord. Yet he’s often verbally threatened by the enemies of the Gospel. He fears for his family, for his ministry and for his personal safety. Some of his workers have indeed been physically mistreated.

Here in America, we usually have a friendlier atmosphere. Yet it seems that while opposition is often subtler, it is just as real.

Does this opposition mean we’ve gotten off track and lost our way? No, quite the opposite. Opposition often means we’re right on track.

Here are 3 reasons opposition can mean you’re right on track with God:

What is the virgin birth?

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Some mock the virgin birth. Some who call themselves Christians question it or even deny it. Others misunderstand the virgin birth. So what is the virgin birth? In this podcast my great friend Dr. Jayakumar Ramachandran answers this question. He also explains why it is so important to the Christian faith

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Dr. Jayakumar Ramachandran

Recently Jay was in my home and we sat down to talk over these issues.

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Here are some Scripture passages that explain the virgin birth:

Adjust Your Plans Based on God’s New Direction

Does God ever change his mind?

Does God ever allow us to go in one direction and then give us a new direction? Recently I wrote on “How to Know God’s Will in Difficult Decisions.” As challenging as it might seem to find God’s will, sometimes it seems God leads us in one direction only to soon lead us in another.

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A church I’m helping called a pastor to a ministry assignment about a year ago. We hoped for many years of ministry partnership, but recently he announced his soon departure. Did we misunderstand God’s calling? Did he misunderstand? Is he being led wrongly? Are we?

Sometimes it’s confusing.

So here are 3 things to consider about being led in a new direction:

How to Know God’s Will in Difficult Decisions

It’s easier than you might think.

My wife Carolyn is better at making difficult decisions than me. I tend to think it all through very carefully, weighing the pros and cons, taking time to analyze all aspects and so on. Carolyn, on the other hand, comes to a conclusion quickly, announces her decision without hesitation and it’s over. I’ve often been a little envious of her in this.

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A good example is when we first met. Carolyn was quickly convinced that I was the one for her and that we should get married. (She made it clear to me.) But I was slower to come to that conclusion. In fact, she is happy to take credit for our marriage happening. She’s convinced that if she wouldn’t have pushed me along, we would never have gotten married.

In my weaker moments like right now, I admit that she’s probably right.

Maybe you’re more like Carolyn or maybe you’re more like me. If you’re more like me, this article should be especially helpful.

I’ve gotten better at making decisions, both big and small ones, based on my biblical understanding of a passage of Scripture in the Epistle of James.

So from James 1, here are 3 steps to know God’s will in difficult decisions:

Why do we need foreign missionaries?

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Some missionaries serve in their own country. Others like myself live in their home country and travel to other places. Others like the Apostle Paul have an almost completely itinerant ministry. And others like my guest on today’s podcast are foreign missionaries.

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Steve Barrett, missionary to Japan.

My guest on this podcast is Steve Barrett who is serving Jesus with his wife in Japan. They are foreign missionaries. Steve grew up here in North San Diego County. He learned Japanese language in college and after marrying and moving to Japan.

Steve works with church planting and evangelism. You can hear more of his story on this podcast.

On this podcast you’ll also hear why we need foreign missionaries.

Japan is a great example of the need for foreign missionaries. According to the Disciple All Nations website, “In 29 of Japan’s 47 prefectures [like provinces or municipalities] at least 50% of the towns do not have a church. Two prefectures have no churches at all. Just one prefecture has a church in every town. Thus we conclude that not only have a large majority of those in Japan never heard the Good News about Jesus Christ, but they have little opportunity to hear the Good News, since there are so many towns that do not have a single Church.”

 

Here are some of the verses related to this topic:

“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” (Romans 10:13-15 ESV) 

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14 ESV) 

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” (John 3:17-19 ESV, emphasis mine) 

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 ESV) 

“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12 ESV) 

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 NIV)

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Faith Means Acting When You Feel Inadequate

I sure know what it is like to feel inadequate. After high school I attended Moody Bible Institute. In summers I went back to my parents’ home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. One summer, some friends and I were talking. One of them said, “I know what you’re gonna do. You’re gonna be a preacher.”

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Church planter (me) wife (Carolyn) and new baby (Gabriel) 1981. We met in this recreation center here in Vista, California.

My response was like Peter who denied the Lord 3 times before the rooster crowed. I immediately answered, “Naw, not me. I can’t stand speaking in front of groups of people.”

In addition, an even greater hindrance was that I didn’t feel spiritually adequate. I thought that:

  • I didn’t know the Bible well enough.
  • I didn’t pray enough.
  • I didn’t have enough spiritual insight and discernment.
  • I wasn’t the man of God I needed to be.

I don’t know exactly where these feelings of inadequacy came from. But I’ve come to realize that they are quite common. We’re in good company when we feel spiritually inadequate:

  • Moses felt inadequate and almost refused God’s calling, even after God spoke clearly from the burning bush. (see Exodus 3-4)
  • Gideon was called, yet felt totally inadequate. He demanded miracles from God before he would respond. (see Judges 6:11-40)
  • Certainly Peter and the other disciples were totally inadequate to lead in the night of Jesus’ betrayal. When things got risky, they were nowhere to be found. Soon Peter was denying he even knew the Lord Jesus! (see Luke 22:54-62.)

I’m not condemning anyone—I was the same way!

But here’s the point: Each overcame their inadequacy and became great leaders.

Faith means acting when you feel inadequate.

So how can you act in faith when you feel inadequate? Here are 4 ways:

Why do we need new churches?

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My entire ministry career since 1981 has been connected with church planting. Even before then, the first church Carolyn and I joined after being married in 1979 was a church plant. Even when both of us were children, our parents joined in to help start new churches. Yet some don’t have this background and wonder, “Why do we need new churches?”

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This question is understandable, especially in some places and situations where:

  • There seems to be a church on every corner.
  • Churches are small and struggling.
  • People have tried to start new churches but they have failed.
  • The sacrifice and money used to start new churches doesn’t seem worth it.

So why do we need new churches? Listen to this podcast to find out.

Here are some of the verses related to this topic:

No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The wine would swell and burst the old skins. Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined. New wine must be put into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:22 CEV)

On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18b NIV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. Then you will be my witnesses to testify about me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 GW)

For more help in understanding why we need new churches, see my articles on:

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