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Luke: Spiritual Warfare

In a recent sermon, I preached on Jesus casting out demons and healing people from the end of Luke 4. I distinguished between the ordinary and extraordinary demonic, as the Scriptures do:

Ordinary Demonic

  • Sexual sin (2 Cor. 7:5)
  • Marriage between Christians and non-Christians (2 Cor. 6:15)
  • False religion, false teaching, false Jesus (1 Cor. 10:14–22; 1 Tim. 4:1–2; 2 Cor. 11:1–4)
  • Bitterness (Eph. 4:17–5:2)
  • Foolishness and drunkenness (Eph. 5:8–21)
  • Idle gossip and busybodying (1 Tim. 5:11–15)
  • Lies (John 8:44)
  • Idolatry (1 John 5:18–21)

Extraordinary Demonic

  • Torment (Acts 5:16)
  • Physical injury (Matt. 9:32–33; 12:22–23; Acts 8:4–8)
  • False miracles (Acts 8:9–23; 16:16; 2 Thess. 2:9–10)
  • Accusation (Rev. 12:10)
  • Death (Prov. 8:36)
  • Murder/Suicide (John 8:44)
  • False spirits and spirituality (1 John 4:1–6)

The topic of spiritual warfare commonly raises a large number of questions. In an effort to answer many questions and offer an introduction to spiritual warfare, a few years ago I taught a lecture on the subject to the Mars Hill staff. You can find the lecture in audio and video formats, as well as the lecture notes, here. I also recommend the following resources for those who want to pursue further study on Satan and demons. Since spiritual warfare includes battling the world, the flesh, and the devil, books for each of these categories are listed.

Books on the world and the flesh:

Books on the devil:

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