Doctrines of Demons: Defining Christian Witchcraft
Copyright © 2017 by Loren Grace and Carolyn Hamlett.
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This book is dedicated to those who have been wounded and have looked for help, only to fall victim to liars who prey on the innocent and teach doctrines of demons. May you know the truth and be set free, and find true healing from your Heavenly Father.
And to those who have traded light for darkness and have fallen into deception, teaching doctrines of demons. May your eyes be opened that you may see, and may you be reconciled to the true God.
Acts 26:16-18 (BSB)
‘But get up and stand on your feet. For I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen from Me and what I will show you. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those sanctified by faith in Me.’
1 Timothy 4:16 (BSB)
Pay close attention to your life and to your teaching. Persevere in these things, for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Throughout this book, we offer suggestions to dissociative individuals on different topics. We do so not as mental health professionals, but as survivors of trauma and as those who have struggled with dissociative disorders throughout our lifetime. Our advice is not to be considered professional advice, nor is it to be taken in place of professional help. We simply offer suggestions on specific topics that we, the authors, have found to help us when facing certain issues in our lives, particularly of a spiritual nature. If necessary, please contact your own mental health professional or another trusted advisor for professional help in dealing with issues you may have. If there is an emergency, please seek help from your local emergency resources. If you do not know where to go for help, a list of hotlines to call can be found here:
Furthermore, in this book, there are some citations and links to occult material. These are for educational purposes only, and to provide proof to the reader that some of the popular charismatic “Christian” theologies are actually common occult principles, and to warn the reader away from such doctrines of demons. Any of the citations and links found within this book should not be considered an automatic endorsement of the directors, creators, authors, and/or contributors of the respective books, videos, or websites and all of their expressed viewpoints. We, the authors, encourage you to line everything up with the Word of God, reading Scripture in context and with understanding, and to make a relationship with your Heavenly Father your highest priority.
Note from the Authors
For the good that comes from this book, thank our Heavenly Father.
For the mistakes found herein, heap the blame on ourselves.
Before you begin reading this book, we strongly advise you to pray to the Heavenly Father, simply asking Him to open your eyes to the truth and to give you clarity of thought.
In this book, we are pointing to the Word of God as the plumb line by which all other matters in our lives must align. We do not want you to take anyone’s word for what the Word of God says or means, so if you feel any Scripture in this book is being misinterpreted or misused by us, we urge you to go study for yourself and search out the truth found within Scripture. After you have studied, if you come to see that we have incorrectly interpreted Scripture, throw out what we say about those verses. We have not attended seminary and we do not claim to have a degree in theology, whether from an accredited institution or from a diploma-mill. In fact, considering the doctrine of demons we have heard coming from many theologians who have graduated from seminary, and how they twist Scripture to conform to their own occult ideas, we have absolutely no desire to go to seminary to become one of these “theologians” that many people blindly follow. We are simply two individuals who know how to read and study for ourselves, and we urge you to do the same. It is our hope and prayer that the Holy Spirit of God will open your eyes of understanding as you read the words of this book, and that you continue to line everything up with His written Word.
An additional thought: in researching for this book, especially in the “Spirit Man” section, it was discouraging and hurtful to us to see many dissidents and opposers of the ungodly “deliverance counseling” to also completely dismiss, discount, oppose, or even ridicule the dissociative survivors of extreme trauma that such false “deliverance counseling” claims to help. No wonder Christian survivors of such trauma do not turn to what could be Biblically-sound counselors or advisors, because such people don’t believe the survivor, or actually discount or ridicule them! That is a very ungodly attitude, and we will not do that in this book.
Scriptures for Study
1 Timothy 4:1-2, 6 (BSB)
“Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, influenced by the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences are seared with a hot iron.
“By pointing out these things to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and sound instruction you have followed.”
Ephesians 5:11-13 (KJV)
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.”
Isaiah 29:13-16 (KJV)
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
“Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”
“Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
“Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?”
Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
Joshua 24:15 (NAS)
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (NKJV)
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Jeremiah 5:30-31 (NKJV)
“An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land:
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power;
And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?”
Mark 13:22-23 (NKJV)
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.”