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Can Christians be Oppressed?

In Psalms 143:3-4 David says, "For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead.    Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed."

Of course, we know David wasn't a Christian, but he certainly was a believer and a man after God's own heart.  So are we as New Testament believers any different than Old Testament Believers?

This leads to the inevitable question: Is it possible for a Christian to be demon possessed?  

We believe the answer is No, but also believe that's the wrong question.

Instead, can we ask, is it possible for a Christian:
  -  to be tempted?
  -  to be tormented and harassed by the enemy?
  -  to open themselves up to addictions and uncontrollable habits?
  -  to have a worldly mind-set and be taken advantage of by the enemy?
  -  to be subject to divisions and strife within the church?
  -  to give way to pride, to suffer with fear, rejection, un-forgiveness,
         bitterness, anger, shame, guilt and condemnation?

Any reasonable observer would say, "Yes!"

So, it's really a question of degrees.

To the degree that one gives oneself over, or falls prey to the devil's lies and deceptions, then to that degree the enemy has a foothold in his or her life.


To understand that there are degrees that we can give ourselves over to the enemy, let's look at the Amplified version of Ephesians 4:27 that says, "Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]."

That said, we can probably now agree to the common ground that a Christian can be negatively affected by Satan or his demons, but how, (or how much), does it apply to us?

2 Corinthians 12:7-8 says, "Lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure."

There has been much discussion about what Paul's thorn in the flesh was, and this side of heaven we might never know, but we might be able to agree to the "source" of that thorn.

The Scripture says, "a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me". Doesn't that say the "thorn" was a "messenger" of Satan? Couldn't we all agree that the messenger of Satan would be what we call a demon? If it was a demon, and it "buffeted" him, wouldn't that make him "demon oppressed"? If Paul could have been demon oppressed, couldn't we too be buffeted, or oppressed?

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