Possessed Or Demonized?

Possessed Or Demonized?Possessed or Demonized

Unfortunately, the word possessed is confusing. In our Western culture when we think of someone possessed we think they are out of control. That’s not what the biblical word possessed means in this scripture. "When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick" (Matthew 8:16). A person can be possessed and remain in complete control of their faculties.

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When Apostolic Encounters Occult

When Apostolic Encounters Occult

Apostle Paul had a showdown with a false prophet and demonic guard. Elymas was a demonic guard that wished to keep the governor of the Island from hearing the Gospel of Christ. He opposed the apostolic team of Paul and Barnabas. "Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith" (Acts 13:8). The Greek word withstood is anthistemi, meaning to set against, withstand, resist and intensely oppose. This reveals Elymas' demonic objectives:

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