In chapter eight of Petrus Van Mastricht's Theoretical-Practical Theology he discusses the biblical topic of fallen angels and devils. At the end of the chapter Mastricht explained the "practical" part of this doctrine. For example, Mastricht wrote that we should avoid the sins of demons and strive against the temptations of Satan. At the end… Continue reading Our Samson Has Torn Him to Pieces (Van Mastricht)
When Jesus was answering the Pharisees' diabolical accusation that he cast out demons "by the ruler of demons" (ἐν τῷ ἄρχοντι τῶν δαιμονίων) he gave an illustration: "...No one is able to enter a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his… Continue reading The Defeat of the “Strong Man” (Arnold)
Abraham Kuyper, "To Be Near Unto God" For various reasons, sometimes Christians forget that Satan and his demonic horde really exist. We know the stories in the Gospels where Jesus sent the demons running, but we sometimes forget the fact that Satan really prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour us (1 Pet 5:8). We… Continue reading Don’t Forget about Satan! (Kuyper)
There are not a lot of solid biblical books on the topic of demons and demon possession (there are, however, plenty of bad ones!). Here’s a good one worth mentioning: Satan Cast Out [Frederick Leahy (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1975)]. This book is balanced, full of biblical references and summaries, Christ centered, and it is… Continue reading A Demon-Possessed Christian?