One wonders if we are not inclined to shrug off the thought of demons and spirits today, ignoring in the process the tremendous volume of references to these evil beings to be found in both the Old and New Testaments.
The very thought of unseen agents of Satan involves a bizarre concept to which we are unwilling to subscribe. Such things have no place in this age of science and reason; or do they?
The Apostle Paul, writing to the church in Ephesus, speaks of the warfare of the Christian and describes the situation in these words: “We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil” (Eph. 6:12b, Phillips).
If we are confronted with an “unseen power,” if that power “controls” this world in which we live and if he sends out “spiritual agents,” are we not being utterly foolish to ignore their reality and the means whereby they may be defeated?
A few have written on the general subject of “demonology,” but as a rule, if the author admits the reality of his subject he is regarded as being peculiar. The Library of Congress lists a total of some 50 titles in which authors have dealt in some measure with the subject. But the fact remains that of all subjects frequently mentioned in the Bible, demonology is one of the most infrequently mentioned in sermon or article.
Some have dismissed the matter of evil spirits as, at the most, a phenomenon of our Lord’s time. Some feel that the biblical description of these beings is a primitive diagnosis of mental and psychiatric cases, such as are common today. Still others apparently feel that the entire subject is too nebulous for serious consideration. And finally there are some who consider the entire matter as a ridiculous ...1
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