Demon influence is demonization of the soul and personality of the believer or unbeliever living in the Cosmic System. There are degrees of demon influence. It depends on how long you reside in the Cosmic System without the use of rebound (1 John 1:9). Demon influence is thought transference of demon doctrine to the believer or unbeliever residing in the cosmic system.
Demon influence is the invasion of the soul, especially the mind, emotion, and self‑consciousness of the soul. The result is the invasion of the human personality of the believer or unbeliever who lives in the cosmic system.
Demon influence is the infiltration of satanic thought. It isn’t expressed in terms of evil, but in terms of improving this world, doing nice things for your fellow man, and supporting crusades. This is exactly what Judas was doing when he turned in Jesus. He thought he was doing a good thing for Israel and the people.
Demon influence is the invasion of the soul with thought that is false thinking, i.e., the policy and principles by which Satan operated prior to the creation of man and afterwards as the ruler of this world.
The unbeliever is protected from both demon influence and demon possession by the Laws of Divine Establishment. The believer is protected from demon influence by Bible doctrine only!
Only the truth can keep false thinking and false doctrine out of the soul. If the believer only understands the Laws of Divine Establishment, that gives him some protection. But the greatest victims of demon influence are believers, as a result of the genius plan of Satan to distract them from the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God.
The Cosmic System, Satan’s Classroom for Demon Influence:
There are two categories of Satan’s Cosmic System. Cosmic One emphasizes preoccupation with self in arrogance, and Cosmic Two emphasizes antagonism towards God, His Plan, and His truth.
As someone falls further and further away from their relationship with God, they fall from Cosmic One to Cosmic Two.
When the believer gets outside of God’s plan and power system for their life, he inevitably enters the first stages of Cosmic One and Cosmic Two.
The first stage of Cosmic One is the whole system of prehistoric sins, which are connected to arrogance and the arrogance complex of sins. This is called motivational arrogance, which is a complex of mental attitude sins, all of which are related to arrogance or have their foundation in the basic concept of the sin of pride.
The complex of sins in motivational arrogance include; pride, jealousy, bitterness, hatred, vindictiveness, implacability, revenge motivation, self‑pity, guilt reaction, and operation overthink.
Vanity, pride, and conceit was the original sin of the greatest genius creature of all time: Satan, Lucifer the son of the morning. Isa 14:12‑14 and Ezek 28:14‑17 reveal Satan’s vanity of thought in his fall. Arrogance is the original sin of the prehistoric angelic conflict, and became the motivation for the woman’s original sin in the garden.
If the sins of arrogance are allowed to continue, it is inevitable that the believer in Cosmic One will become an abnormal person. Once this abnormality sets in, there is a system of locked‑in arrogance that totally rejects truth or distorts truth by hallucination.
The first stage of Cosmic Two is comprised of all the historical sins, motivational antagonism toward Bible doctrine and the Plan of God, which is our Old Sin Nature. This is a built‑in system of antagonism toward God.
The Old Sin Nature is the primary source of temptation in life, Rom 6:6.
Rom 6:6, “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.”
But more than that, it represents the corruption of the cell structure of the body through our relationship with Adam. Rom 5:12ff.
Rom 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”
There are two general categories of temptation in life: Inner temptation from the old sin nature and overt temptation from Satan, demons, people, and situations or circumstances of life.
So, the believer out of fellowship can commit either prehistoric or historic categories of sins.
Many of the prehistoric categories of sins are related to human sacrifice and the various functions of demonism.
Demon influenced believers show tremendous predilection (a preference formed as the result of personal leanings or disposition rather than from objective knowledge) toward violence, especially in a psychotic state.
Now, the second stage of Cosmic One is rejection of Bible doctrine, because you are preoccupied with yourself, which is an indirect rejection of the Word of God.
People who are preoccupied with self, seeking pleasure and approbation for self, have no time for God’s Word; rather, they substitute self‑indulgence for learning Bible doctrine.
Likewise, the second stage of Cosmic Two is also negative volition toward Bible doctrine, but true rejection is due to antagonism toward God’s Word.
We enter the cosmic system through an active or a passive decision from our free will. Once inside the cosmic system, negative volition towards the truth of the Word of God creates a vacuum through which doctrines of demons enter. 1 Tim 4:1, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.”
The quickest way to enter into the Cosmic System is to sin, 1 John 3:4‑10. 1 John 3:8, “When anyone practices (commits habitually) a sin, he has become the agent of the devil.” Just as the devil invented the Cosmic System, so he also invented sin.
When a believer enters into and remains inside Satan’s Cosmic System, sucking in false information through the vacuum of their soul, they enter into and remain in a state called “reversionism” (a.k.a. backsliding). Reversionism is in effect the varying degrees of demonic influence a believer enters into when living inside of Satan’s Cosmic System.
1 Cor 2:5, “So that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”
The “wisdom of man” illustrates demon influence in the Cosmic System. At the time of writing First Corinthians, “wisdom of men” was throughout the Greek culture and religion which was pagan, without any true understanding of the God and Christ.
But Christ came to destroy the basis for Satan’s entire system, when he was judged for our sins at the cross. 1 John 3:5, 8b, 16a
1 Cor 2:5 also alludes to another way of entrance into the Cosmic System and demon influence, which is through psychological living instead of spiritual living. This is when the believer seeks counsel from so called educated people to provide answers and solutions to the problems in their life, instead of seeking out and applying the counsel found in the Word of God. This is humanistic thinking by applying such concepts as mind over matter and the power of positive thinking. This also includes such things as palm reading, tarot card readings, and psychic séances.
All too often, believers seek out the wisdom of men, which perpetuates the lifestyle of spiritual death and living a reversionistic lifestyle inside Satan’s Cosmic System under demon influence.
Saul’s encounter with the witch of Endor is a classic example of reversionistic demon influence. 1 Sam 28:3-14
When a believer is in Cosmic One, he grieves the Holy Spirit by cutting off the ministry of the Holy Spirit within his own soul. This believer sins without rebounding (1 John 1:9); therefore, he is without the filling of the Holy Spirit, Eph 5:18, (i.e. out of fellowship with the Spirit), so that the Spirit cannot teach or lead him within his soul.
Eph 4:30,”Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice (i.e. all arrogance).”
Verse 31 tells us that various sins are exuding from this believer, as a result of preoccupation with self. They are not applying the doctrine they have learned and are instead giving over to mental attitude and verbal sins.
When a believer is in Cosmic Two, he quenches the Holy Spirit by hindering the Spirit’s ministry in lives of others. This believer is likewise out of fellowship with the Spirit but is additionally antagonistic towards God. As a result, this believer is not a vessel of honor for God to use, and he attacks and belittles the things of God in the sight of others. This may occur intentionally or unintentionally based on the lifestyle of the Cosmic Two reversionist.
1 Thess 5:19, “Do not quench (extinguish) the Spirit; 20do not despise prophetic utterances.”
“Prophetic Utterances” is the Greek word PROPHETEIAS – προφητείας (prof-ay-ti’-ahs) in the Accusative, Feminine, Plural, which means, “prophecy,” but more specifically, “preaching the message of God, the gift of preaching the message of God; an inspired message or utterance; intelligible preaching, or an intelligible message.”
So, quenching the Holy Spirit is antagonism towards the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit. This antagonism begins, within your own soul, negatively affecting you from taking in and/or applying the Word of God, and results in affecting others and their intake and/or application of the Word of God.
We must always remember that all spiritual living occurs inside God’s power system under the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit. There is no other way to live the spiritual life.
Living inside God’s power system is called the “Filling of the Spirit,” Eph 5:18. This is the active power of God working inside of our souls. As Eph 5:18 tells us, we can either be living in sin or having the active power of the Spirit working within us.
The Filling of God the Holy Spirit is separate from the Indwelling of God the Holy Spirit.
The Indwelling of the Spirit is a permanent abode of the Spirit inside the born-again believer, which is not dependent on your volition once you have believed. John 14:16; Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16; Eph 1:13-14. You never lose the indwelling of the Spirit, because He is THE permanent SEAL ensuring our salvation, which too we never lose. 2 Cor 1:22; Eph 4:30
- The Indwelling of the Spirit protects the believer from Demon Possession.
- The Filling of the Spirit protects the believer from Demon Influence.
Unlike the Indwelling, the Filling of the Spirit is temporal and depends on your positive and negative volition.
In negative volition, you sin and lose the filling of the Spirit. This is called being out of fellowship with the Spirit. That is why we have been given Eph 5:18. You see, there is a matter of choice here. We can either live in sin, which is the analogy of being “drunk with wine” or we can be “filled with the Spirit.” This is not a salvation verse. This is a verse of application for the believer. Remember what the preceding verse says, “ 17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” The will of the Lord is for His children to walk in the Spirit.
All of this is part of the fantastic grace policy of God. He knows that post-salvation we still have our Adamic nature, (Old Sin Nature), and that we will sin. The issue is, “what do you do once you sin?” Do you apply His grace, or do you continue living in sin?
When we apply positive volition, we appropriate the grace of God by recognizing we have committed a sin or are living in sin, and we confess those sin(s) according to 1 John 1:9. When you confess your sins, you interrupt the cycle of sinning in your soul and receive in grace cleansing from God.
This is what Jesus told his disciples in the Upper Room in John 13 when He washed their feet. In verse 10, Jesus said, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet but is completely clean and you are clean.”
“Bathed” is the Greek word LOUO – λούω (loo’-o) in the Perfect Tense and Passive Voice. It means, “washing of the entire body.” This is the overall cleansing we receive at the moment of salvation, John 15:3; Acts 22:16; Eph 2:5-6; Titus 3:5. In the Perfect/Passive, it means, “a completed act which we received in the past with the results continuing into the future.”
This is similar to the analogy that we are “dead to our sins” in Rom 6:1-14.
Rom 6:1, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for he who has died is freed from sin.
8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12Therefore (speaking to believers) do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Italic in parentheses mine)
Now LOUO in John 13:10 is a primary verb in the Greek meaning, “to bath the whole person;” as compared to the Greek word NIPTO – νίπτω (nip’-to) which means, “to wet a part only,” and the Greek word PLUNO – πλύνω (ploo’-no) which means, “cleanse garments exclusively.”
So, we understand LOUO, to bath, is speaking of our whole-body cleansing at the moment of salvation. A cleansing that we received once and for all time (Perfect/Passive). This cleansing is in regards to our salvation, which we received once and for all time. 1 Cor 6:11; Heb 10:22
1 Cor 6:11, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
Next, we have the phrase “only to wash his feet.” Here we have the Greek word NIPTO, which means to wet a part only and is used when speaking of ceremonial cleansing. The analogy here is to wash off the filth we pick up when walking about in our day. This is in reference to the post-salvation sins we commit.
NIPTO is used in the Septuagint translation of Exo 40:30-32 that speaks of the ceremonial washing at the Brazen Laver inside the Tabernacle. This washing represented post-salvation cleansing, as the priest would wash the sprinklings of blood off of their hands, feet, and garments. This was not a whole-body bath. The priest had to perform this ceremonial washing before they could serve the Lord inside the Holy Place and Holy of holies.
This occurred after the sacrifice at the Brazen Altar, which represented the payment of sin and salvation, with the result of whole body cleansing.
Therefore, the ceremonial washing at the Laver, after the Altar sacrifice, is analogous to washing of the feet after our body has been bathed at salvation, which in turn represents confession of post-salvation sins, (i.e. rebounding), corresponding to 1 John 1:9.
Keep in mind that both the Laver and Altar are pictures of Christ’s work upon the cross as the entire Tabernacle was literally arranged in the form of the cross from an aerial view, just as the entire encampment of Israel formed the cross.
It is no coincidence that the Apostle John writes these two passages, John 13:10 and 1 John 1:9, which give us understanding here. This follows along with what Paul wrote in Rom 6:15-19.
Rom 6:15-19, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.”
So, we understand from Eph 5:18, which gives us a choice, and John 13:10 and 1 John 1:9, which are telling us to keep doing something, that the filling of the Holy Spirit is temporal.
We are filled with the Spirit at the moment of salvation and lose the filling when we first sin after our salvation, yet we do not lose the indwelling of God the Holy Spirit. Then when we confess our sin(s) (i.e. wash our feet), we regain the filling of the Spirit. At that moment, the indwelling Holy Spirit fills us so we can learn and apply the Word of God in faith. This is called, “walking in the Spirit” or “being in fellowship with the Spirit.” This is part of God’s power system for our lives. Functioning in God’s power system is also called, “walking by means of the Spirit” in Gal 5:16-18; 25.
An analogy to this is using the telephone. When we are filled with the Spirit, we have a good connection with the Spirit, and we are communicating with each other. But when we sin, it is like hanging up on the Spirit. He is still on the other end waiting to hear from us, but we have hung up on Him. Then, if we confess our sins, it is like picking up the phone and communicating with Him again.
So, from God’s Word, we understand that we have protection from both Demon Possession and Demon Influence. Nevertheless, if we do not remain filled with the Spirit, we are vulnerable to Demon Influence. This why a warning is given to Church Age believers to not superimpose the life of spiritual death (our former manner of life) on the Christian way of life. In other Words, don’t walk in sin, but walk in the Spirit.
1 John 2:15‑16. “Stop loving the world [Cosmic System] or anything in the world [Cosmic System]. If anyone keeps loving the world [Cosmic System One and Two], the love of the Father is not in him. Because all that is in the world [Cosmic System], the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life [arrogant pattern of life], is not from the Father but is from the world [Cosmic System].”
Loving the Cosmic System means – Demon Influence of your motivation, your thought pattern, your decision making, and your actions.
In 1 John 2:15, the “love of the Father” refers to virtue-love, which is motivation to grow in your relationship with God. This is one of the highest Problem-Solving Devices in the Christian life.
The “lust of the flesh” is the Old Sin Nature seeking to control the soul.
The “lust of the eyes” is motivational evil in the first stage of Cosmic One. The arrogant pattern of life is the functional evil of all the other negative stages in Cosmic One.
As the leader of all fallen angels and as the ruler of planet earth, Satan has been able to compile a cosmic system which is a mass of thoughts, opinions, speculations, systems of false doctrines, panaceas, plans, systems of all categories for deceit, policies, and objectives by which Satan seeks to control the world which he rules.
Although Satan is the ruler of this world, he does not necessarily control the people of this world; that depends upon individual volition. Satan seeks to control both mankind and the millions of fallen angels still loose, called demons.
In Cosmic One (preoccupation with self in arrogance), Satan has his own “communion” celebration and elements, 1 Cor 10:21.
True communion is the celebration and thanksgiving of our Lord’s work upon the Cross that the believer shares in.
Satan’s communion is his process of sharing his Cosmic System of lies and falsehoods with mankind.
The believer participates in Satan’s “communion” when he does not walk by means of the Spirit.
In 1 Cor 10:21 it says, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and (at the same time) the cup of demons.”
Drinking the cup of the Lord is focusing on the forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ. This is telling us that our sins are forgiven, and we have died to our Sin Nature, though it is still alive in us. The analogy here is telling the believer that when he sins, he is not walking in the Spirit. He is out of fellowship and outside of God’s power system. As a result, the believer is walking under demon influence, drinking from the “cup of the demons.” We cannot do both at the same time. We are either walking by means of the Spirit or we are walking under demon influence.
When it says, “you cannot partake of the table of the Lord [Eucharist] and the table of demons,” it is drawing the analogy of the body and blood of Christ, and our whole fellowship with the Lord in both body and spirit. So, if we are not walking with Christ in body and spirit, we are instead wholly walking under demon influence, both in body and spirit. Walking under demon influence is what we have noted previously as psychological living in Satan’s Cosmic System. So, drinking the cup speaks to our spirituality and the table speaks to both body and spirit. In both, we have a choice to be in fellowship with the Lord spiritually and bodily, or in fellowship with Satan’s Cosmic System.
In Cosmic Two (antagonism towards God), Satan’s false doctrine results in the human viewpoint of life, which resents Bible doctrine and any truth. 1 Tim 4:1-2
1 Tim 4:1‑2, “But the Spirit [God the Holy Spirit] explicitly communicates that in latter periods of time [Incarnation, Church Age, Tribulation], some believers will fall away from doctrine, giving attention to deceitful spirits, even doctrines from demons [demon influence in cosmic system]. By means of hypocrisy of liars, they are seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron.”
This passage teaches thought telepathy from demons. “Doctrine” here means, “a system of teaching,” which is transferred to anyone who resides in the Cosmic System.
Believers believe liars because of their facade of sweet and pleasing words, and the warmth of their personality. In psychological living, you are so preoccupied with yourself that you assume that any speaker who pleases you, stimulates you, and warms you must be telling you the truth.
A “burned‑out or seared conscience” is a result of demon influence. Demon influence destroys the norms and standards of truth. When a believer or unbeliever remains in the Cosmic System long enough, all his norms and standards related to truth are gone, seared, and burnt.
Eph 2:2 says, “In which sphere [real spiritual death] you formerly walked according to the lifestyle of the Cosmic System [world], according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan] of the spirit [demon influence] that is now working in the sons of disobedience.“
In the sphere of real spiritual death from birth, all unbelievers reside in Satan’s Cosmic System and are influenced by it to some degree, depending upon their adherence to the Laws of Divine Establishment.
The degree of influence from Satan’s Cosmic System can only be negated for the unbeliever by knowing and adhering to the Laws of Divine Establishment. But this only frees the unbeliever from some of Satan’s policies; it does not give him salvation.
Living in Satan’s Cosmic System as an unbeliever includes three modes of living:
- Demon possession.
- Demon influence.
- A combination of these two, a.k.a. psychological living.
Living in Satan’s Cosmic System as a believer includes two potential modes of living:
- Demon influence.
- Psychological living.
The believer cannot be demon possessed, because his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who indwells him. No demon can be in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Rom 8:9-14; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:14-7; Eph 2:1-5
The Laws of Divine Establishment protect the unbeliever from demon possession. That’s why demon possession is prevalent in countries where there is no establishment, such as in Africa, India, South America, and among the Indian tribes of North America.
The Bible speaks of four different kinds of “spiritual children:”
We are born by nature children of wrath (Eph 2:3); when we reach the age of accountability and deliberately sin, we become children of disobedience (Eph 2:2). When we have faith in Christ, we become the children of God (John 1:12). But the person who finally rejects the Savior and prefers self-righteousness (the devil’s substitute) becomes a child of the devil. (See: Matt 13:24-30, 36-43, where the children of the devil are portrayed as counterfeit Christians.) Jesus pointed out the characteristics of the children of the devil in John 8:
- They will not give place to the Word of God (vs. 37).
- They trust in the flesh—human birth, works (vs. 39).
- They hate Christ and seek to kill Him (vs. 40, 44).
- Satan is a murderer and his children imitate him.
- They do not love Christ or the things of Christ (vs. 42).
- They do not understand the Word—blinded by Satan (vs. 43).
- They are liars and love lies more than the truth (vs. 44).
- They will not hear the Word of God; they hate it (vs. 47).
Remember, these “children of the devil” were not grossly immoral people; they were self-righteous, religious people who rejected Christ. Many people today are deluded by Satan into an outward form of godliness that lacks the power of the Gospel, but these people think they are truly saved and going to heaven.
Mandates Against Demon Influence: Eph 4:27; James 4:1‑8.
Eph 4:27, “And do not give the devil an opportunity.”
First, I want to mention that in every passage where Prov 3:34 is quoted from the LXX, as it is in James 4:8, there is always a reference to demon influence.
Prov 3:34, “Though He scoffs at the scoffers, yet He gives grace to the afflicted.” The afflicted are those weighed down with demon influence.
For those bombarded with demon influence, God has devised a plan of grace so that we can overcome their influence. Therefore, this is a reminder from God that we always have His grace available to us to overcome Demon Influence.
Now, James 4:8 has several interesting analogies that tie back to John 13:10 regarding cleansing and washing related to demon influence.
The Greek word for “cleanse” is KATHARIZO – καθαρίζω (kath-ar-id’-zo), which means, “to cleanse or purify.” The root word KATHAROS – καθαρός (kath-ar-os’) means, “clean, innocent, or pure.”
This is the analogy of “washing our hands” [CHEIR – χείρ (khire)], rebounding in 1 John 1:9, so that we can draw near and walk with God. When we wash our hands, we are clean and pure and are able to fellowship with God. If our hands are dirty, which means we have sins on our soul that have not been confessed, we are not near to God. We are in fact out of fellowship with Him. This is exactly the same message Jesus gave the disciples when washing their feet.
Next, we have the Greek word for “purify,” HAGNIZO – ἁγνίζω (hag-nid’-zo), which means, “purify or cleanse,” where its root word HAGNOS – ἁγνός (hag-nos’) means, “to be free from ceremonial defilement.” This word is also closely related to HAGIAZO – ἁγιάζω (hag-ee-ad’-zo), which means, “to make holy,” and HAGIOS – ἅγιος (hag’-ee-os), “holy.”
So, first we are told to cleanse our hands, and then we are told to purify our hearts.
“Hearts” is not talking about your blood-pumping organ. This does not tell us to eat right, get our cholesterol down and be physically healthy to be godly.
The heart [KARDIA – καρδία (kar-dee’-ah)] speaks to the place in your soul where you store and retain the Word of God. This can also be called the right lobe of the soul. So, the command is to get the Word of God into the right lobe of our souls. This is only accomplished through the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP), another facet of God’s grace plan for mankind.
Bible doctrine in the right lobe of your soul is the greatest filtration system the world has ever seen. Doctrine resident in your soul purifies your soul from demon influence. Demon influence is the garbage of cosmic thinking that penetrates your soul. When you have the Word of God resident in your soul, the garbage in your soul from demon influence is cleaned out.
So, rebounding and the intake of Bible doctrine in the right lobe of your soul through GAP is the offensive action against demon influence. This correlates to the phrase “sword of the Spirit” in Eph 6:17.
Next, we have the phrase being “double-minded” which is the Greek word DIPSUCHOS – δίψυχος (dip’-soo-khos) in the vocative, “to call someone by name or to get their attention.” It is a compound word from DIS – δίς (dece): “twice or doubly,” and PSUCHE – ψυχή (psoo-khay’): “breath, soul, or heart.”
DIPSUCHOS means, “two spirited, that is, vacillating (in opinion or purpose), of two minds, wavering, of divided loyalty, or undecided.”
Here it means, “to have some true doctrine resident in your soul while in God’s power system, while at the same time having some doctrine of demons stored in the right lobe.” Therefore, there is conflict. You are divided in your allegiance.
Because of this conflict, we must allow God in grace to purify the right lobe of our soul. This is the only means of true and sustained allegiance to God. Only through consistent and daily faith perception of Bible doctrine through the GAP is our soul purified from demon influence, which results in single mindedness of the believer. Rom 12:16; 15:5; 1 Cor 1:10; Phil 2:2
Phil 2:2, “Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.”
Your volition is your first line of defense in two categories.
- Either by rejecting the temptation signals from the Old Sin Nature coming into the soul, or
- Once in the Cosmic System, to name your sins via rebound, and escape the Cosmic System. Otherwise, the believer will become demonized and become “an enemy of the cross,” Phil 3:18.
Once you engage your positive volition towards God, you then can put up the line of defense on your soul called the Problem-Solving Devices and enact the offensive weaponry of the (s)word of God in your soul. This is the only means for defeating the advancement of demon influence on your soul. If not defeated, you will succumb to demon influence and its categories of sin under Cosmic One (preoccupation with self) and Cosmic Two (antagonism)
Demon Influence is Relative:
The degrees of demon influence correspond to the degree of reversionism. The longer one resides in the Cosmic System without rebound, the greater the degree of demon influence. Past a certain point, you cannot distinguish between the believer and unbeliever in the Cosmic System. The Cosmic System does not distinguish between its students, and is equally effective with both categories, believer and unbeliever.
Therefore, demon influence is a process of demonization in which every facet of the soul is eventually controlled by demon doctrine, so that there is a complete personality change to some form of sociopathic or psychopathic personality.
The False Doctrine of Demon Influence:
- 1 Pet 5:1‑11 tells us that God has designed a system of communicating His word for the protection of the believer from demon influence. For the believer who utilizes God’s system of protection and is diligent in faith perception and application of the Word of God, there is protection in time from demon influence, the “roaring lion,” as well as rewards waiting for them in heaven. The “roaring lion” is Satan’s Cosmic System trying to knock you off of the path of righteousness, which is executing God’s Plan for your life by utilizing His power system.
Under God’s Plan, we are to “cast all our cares on Him” with the result of having inner peace, happiness, and contentment in our lives. This is sharing in the happiness of God, which is only accomplished when we trust in Him. If we have any achievement in the spiritual life, all the glory belongs to God while in turn He shares His happiness with us.
But demon influence reverses this principle and says, “achievement belongs to the person; therefore, I am the one responsible for making myself happy as long as I live.” As a result, people soon find out that they are not really happy. Instead of humbling themselves before God and receiving His happiness, (verse 6), they continue in their never-ending pursuit of happiness inside Satan’s Cosmic System under demon influence.
In verse 8, “Be of sober spirit [NEPHO – νήφω (nay’-fo)] and on alert [GREGOREO – γρηγορέω (gray-gor-yoo’-o)]“ which means, “being organized and self‑disciplined in your life, which begins in your soul.” Both of the Greek words are in the Aorist Tense, Active voice, and Imperative mood. So, this is a command or exhortation for you to do something, which is to remain inside God’s power system and execute His Plan for your life, by staying away from the destructive influences of Demon Influence inside Satan’s Cosmic System.
Your organization starts with the mentality of your soul, which is your thinking that requires categorical teaching of Bible doctrine. Being self‑discipline is critical to remaining inside God’s power system.
2 Cor 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
The only way to be organized, self-disciplined, and take every thought captive is through the intake and application of the Word of God through the power of God the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 5 also tells us that there is a parallel between our Lord delegating authority in the human race, through the Pastor Teacher, for the protection of the believer and Satan’s “prowling around,” which includes delegated authority to disembodied spirit demons, trying to devour the believer. We will see more off this when discussing demon possession.
So, the false doctrine is that you can run your own life and create your own happiness apart from God.
- James 3:13‑16 also reminds us of the traps of that false teaching.
“Jealousy”, [ZELOS – ζῆλος (dzay’-los)] qualifies for both Cosmic One, preoccupation with self, and Cosmic Two, antagonism towards God.
Jealousy is a mental attitude sin from the arrogance complex of the soul, which demands exclusive devotion and is intolerant of rivalry. It is total preoccupation with self. It is discontent with the blessings, successes, or status symbols of other people. It is resentment of the attractiveness or approbation that a person receives. It is total selfishness and is incapable of love.
As we have noted, achievement arrogance is the blasphemy of taking achievement away from God and placing it in your own hands. Therefore, achievement arrogance destroys human happiness and replaces it with boasting and gloating ambition.
This form of Arrogance motivates the person to strive for success and to compete from inordinate ambition. In the process, Bible doctrine is neglected, virtue is ignored, happiness is rejected, and demon influence becomes the order of the day.
Since achievement belongs to God, He can give or share it with anyone He wishes. Therefore, God provides us with both achievement and happiness, but only when we reside inside His power system.
Under arrogance and jealousy, we try to gain achievement and happiness on our own. Yet, if we would only humble ourselves and walk in the plan and power of God, He would give us achievement and happiness which is lasting and forever.
So, the false doctrine is arrogance, which is the direct route to demon influence. It is the demoralization, as well as the demonization of the soul.
The Avoidance of Demon Influence:
Demon influence can only be avoided through life inside God’s power system for the believer.
Resistance to demon influence is a matter of learning Bible doctrine. Therefore, there are four R’s in the Grace Apparatus for Perception: Reception, Retention, Recall, and Resistance.
What really counts is retention, which is GNOSIS – γνῶσις (gno’-sis) doctrine converted into EPIGNOSIS – ἐπίγνωσις (ep-ig’-no-sis) doctrine. Then at recall, you can apply a percentage of what you retained. But to resist demonization, you must have the first three steps.
Ignorance cannot make application to experience; it can only emote in the face of testing or disaster. So, standing firm in the Word of God through the filling of the Holy Spirit is the issue in resisting the devil, 1 Pet 5:9.
Protection from Demon Influence:
There are two forms of protection from demon influence.
- The unbeliever is protected by living according to Divine Establishment Principles defined as freedom in terms of privacy, property, and authority. Both the privacy of the individual and the function of legitimate authority are necessary for the function of human freedom. When the unbeliever honors establishment, he is protected from demon influence, which is anti-establishment. Establishment is God’s system of human freedom through authority in four categories; volition, marriage, family, and nationalism.
- The believer is also protected from demon influence by Divine Establishment Principles, yet living according to the Pre-Designed Protocol Plan of God, from metabolized Bible doctrine resident in his soul, additionally protects him.