What Do Christians Believe About Ghosts?

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Do Christians believe in ghosts?  Are there biblical references to ghosts?  What type of spirit, if there is one, is in a ghost?  Are ghost’s really evil spirits taking the form of a deceased person?  Do Christians ever have to worry about ghosts?  Is there a connection between demons and ghosts?

A Ghost in the Bible?

There are mediums and spiritist who may be able to consult the dead, but it is only by the providence of God that He would allow such a thing. After the prophet Samuel died, Saul consults him.  After Samuel died, Saul was in trouble.  The very last thing that Saul should have done was to consult a medium as you can see in I Samuel 28:1-19:

“In those days the Philistines gathered their forces to fight against Israel. Achish said to David, “You must understand that you and your men will accompany me in the army.”

David said, “Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do.” Achish replied, “Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.”

Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land. The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa.  When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

Saul then said to his attendants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.” “There is one in Endor,” they said.  So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. “Consult a spirit for me,” he said, “and bring up for me the one I name.” But the woman said to him, “Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?” Saul swore to her by the LORD, “As surely as the LORD lives, you will not be punished for this.” Then the woman asked, “Whom shall I bring up for you?”  “Bring up Samuel,” he said.

When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, “Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!”  The king said to her, “Don’t be afraid. What do you see?” The woman said, “I see a ghostly figure” [literal translation is spirit] coming up out of the earth.” “What does he look like?” he asked. “An old man wearing a robe is coming up,” she said.  Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” “I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.” Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the LORD has departed from you and become your enemy? The LORD has done what he predicted through me. The LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. Because you did not obey the LORD or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the LORD has done this to you today.  The LORD will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

Don’t Consult Mediums

God has commanded His people not to consult mediums or those who conduct séances.  It is a dangerous thing to try and contact the dead because you may be accessing an evil spirit.  Even playing the board game Oji is trying to consult the future and inquire about things that humans have no business knowing.  The same thing pertains to psychics that are said to foretell the future.  Only God has all knowledge of the past, present, and the future.  We are not told to ever seek the future.  The prophets of the Old Testament were told by God Himself what was to come.  They did not or could not know the future of their own accord.  God has warnings for those who try to seek the future.  Even trying to seek council through horoscopes is forbidden in scriptures.  The future is for God alone to know.  We have no business trying to seek what lies ahead for this is most certainly the prerogative of God and of Him alone.

From the example of King Saul we see that it is a dangerous thing to consult a medium.  God commands this in Deuteronomy 18:10-12, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.”  That is a very serious warning from God that leaves no doubt at all.

Exorcisms

Apparently exorcisms were a common practice in Jesus’ time and in the times of the early church and the apostles.  But it is a dangerous thing to try and exercise a wicked spirit from a demon possessed person.  Especially since there can be many demons possessing a person, all at the same time.  In today’s church era, prayer is always the best way to have a person exercised of a demon and by praying the powerful name of Jesus Christ.  I am not recommending this, but if you know of someone who is demon possessed or you suspect that they are, consult the church about it and seek wise counsel before ever attempting to do this by yourself.

Jesus once commanded demons to come out of a man who had several spirits in him (Mark 5:1-9).  These were powerful wicked spirits that had possessed the man for many years.  They went by the name of Legion and a Roman Legion typically had 6,000 men!   The man had unusual strength and not even chains could hold him as he easily broken heavy chains and the leg irons when he they attempted to constrain him.  This shows that there is extreme danger involved when someone who doesn’t know what they are doing that attempts to expel a demon or wicked spirit out of someone who has never successfully done it before. There may be more than one demon in the person and in fact, there could be hundreds or thousands.

Jesus had the authority to do this.  Paul was apparently given this authority too as we read in Acts 19:11-17, “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,  so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.  One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.”

The point here is that first of all, non-believers that attempt to perform an exorcism do so at their own peril.  Even a non-Christian using Jesus’ name has no power whatsoever.  Also, even believers should use caution when attempting an exorcism and should only do so after wise counsel from an experienced Christian leader.  This is not for amateurs.   This is serious business because demons can overtake the person that is attempting the exorcism and then that person is in serious trouble.

Do Ghosts Exist?

From my understanding in hearing from and the writings of theologian, evangelists, seminary professors, and pastors, any ghost that appears usually takes the form of a deceased person.  They try to imitate their likeness and sometimes look exactly like they did when that person was alive, however the dead, once departed, can not come back to this earth (Luke 16:26-31).  If a believer dies, they go directly into the presence of the Lord and if they die in disbelief, they are held in a place like the rich man in Luke 16 until the final Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation chapter twenty.

If you ever see a ghost, you can be assured it is not the deceased person you are seeing or someone who died that was unbeknownst to you; it is positively an evil spirit that is imitating the dead person.  There are wicked spirits in high places that are under the sway of Satan, who is called the Prince of the Power of the Air.  These spirits have no power over the believer in Christ but they are a present threat and danger to those who are not saved.  So truly, there are no such things as ghost as we commonly think of them.  They are fallen demons and nothing to mess around with.  If you have not been saved, you are still in the realm of a fallen world, however if you choose to become a believer in Jesus Christ today, there is nothing in this world that can harm you.  You are under the divine protection of God Almighty and greater is He that is within you than he (Satan) that is in the world (I John 4:4).

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Holly August 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Hello Mr. Wellman,
I’ve read a few of your articles and have enjoyed your teachings and opinions. I did feel the need to comment though on your article ‘What Do Christians Believe About Ghosts?’.

Let me begin by telling you my story. When I was 13, my great-aunt passed away. I had made previous plans with some friends so I protested attending her funeral. I wasn’t close to my great-aunt (spent a lot more time with her as a small child, but not much as I grew older). Consequently, I was given permission not to attend.

About two weeks later my sister and I were home alone while my parents went on an outing. It was well after dark and I was anticipating my parent’s arrival at any time. I was standing at the window, in the breakfast room of my parent’s home, watching for the headlights of their car to come over the hill down the road. My sister was in the adjacent family room watching TV. Our home was situated on several acres and there were flood lights on all corners of the house, so the place was very well lit up. We had a nice horse barn built about 20 yards behind the house and the window of the tack room faced the back of our home. There were no lights on in or on the barn. While I’m standing there looking out of the breakfast room window watching for my parents car, as clearly as I see the screen I’m typing on, my great-aunt was standing in the window of the barn. She was illuminated…glowing from the inside out. It wasn’t like a light was shining on her, but she was so vivid and I had no problem seeing all of her. She looked healthy, much younger and was gently smiling at me. I had such a sense of peace, I was never frightened…this all happened in a moments time. I turned to call my sister to come see and when I turned back, she was gone. Of course, my sister didn’t really believe me and my family dismissed the thought, though they did pretend to believe what I know I saw. I forgot about the experience, except for the occasional reminder, until a couple of years ago.

I’m 55 now, I am a Christian, I know my Lord Jesus Christ, He’s been my savior as long as I can remember! I was brought up in the church and God has watched over me my entire life. I put God first in all things and always have. Without going into great detail about it came about, I did have the chance to speak with a ‘Christian’ lady who has seen ‘dead’ people since she was a small child. She had never met me before, nor did she know anything about me. I understand you will call my experience demonic, but I wholeheartedly disagree. First and foremost, I had felt a little sad about not attending my great-aunt’s funeral, but her visit let me know it was okay. It was truly nothing more or less than her saying goodbye to me in this life. Secondly, while speaking with the lady, she spoke with 2 deceased great-aunts and my grandmother on my mom’s side. She spoke with my deceased father-in-law and my ’2nd mom’ if you will also came to speak with me. I wasn’t there to talk to anyone in particular; I hadn’t given her names or any clues about my life. I would imagine at this point you’re thinking ‘spirits’ don’t need our clues, I would agree with that point, but more than likely not for the same reason you‘re thinking.

One fact I cannot deny, I don’t believe that ‘demons’ promote the beauty of heaven or how glorious it is to be in the presence of God. I don’t imagine that ‘demons’ would tell us to live our lives following the path God has laid out for us and that there is a glorious table set for us, but there’s no rush, we will get there in God’s time. She called my great-aunt by name and told me “the night you saw me in the bushes by the barn, it was indeed me” and she just wanted to let me know that I did see her and she just wanted to see me once more. There was no malice involved, no hokey-pokey future predictions, and no instructions to follow. If this was demonic, what’s demonic about it? My experience wasn’t frightening, I never felt like I was in danger of evil forces and there were no slanderous lies about God.

My opinion is that God comes to us in many ways. He guides us through His Word and can only protect us through His Word. This world is Satan’s domain…we are only visiting…we are aliens here. God has no authority here unless we call on Him through His Word. He can’t just take pity on us; we must speak His Name and quote the bible to give him ‘authority’. This is what Satan fears…in fact, it’s the ONLY thing Satan fears. That’s why there is so much pestilence in parts of the world…The Word of God is either non-existent or not available to the people! In some countries the Bible is not even legal to own one. These are the places that Satan reigns. But I do not believe that demons promote heaven. I believe it’s a gift that some are given to give us present day reassurance that God Loves Us. That’s not to say that people couldn’t use it to do evil or conjure evil…Satan cannot enter the heart of the saved! God gives us proof of His existence all the time, some just choose to not believe. Even when Jesus appeared to His apostles after His death, Thomas doubted His return! So how easy it is for people today to ignore God’s messages.

I agree that people take the bible out of text and that many ‘believer’s’ stray into strange areas because of the same. But in my life, God has saved me so many times from evil, actually saved my life, that when an occurrence like my great-aunt showing up not once, but twice to reassure me all is as God promises, I choose to believe there is nothing to fear.

Just felt compelled to share my views…God bless you and yours,
Holly

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Audrey Rogers February 1, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Holly, a similar thing happened to a dear friend of mine. Her deceased “mother” came to her and persuaded her to become a mormon. She has now left the Mormon cult. Dear Lady, your ,”Aunt” was a demon. 2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”. Yes, demons can look beautiful, and seem good. Sorry to burden you with the truth. Try to see it, precious child of God.

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Jack Wellman February 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Thank you Audrey. You are so right.

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Jack August 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Hello Holly,

Thank you for your comment and truthfulness of your encounter. I know there are many things that we can not explain in this world. I have not heard of anything quite like this so since I was not there I could not make any judgment on this. It sounds to me like you are a faithful Christ-follower and a born-again believer. I wonder if your aunt was a Christian too? I would be cautious with anyone that sees dead people and converses with them. The Bible is clear that trying to communicate with the deceased is dangerous ground to be on. You have done nothing wrong, but this lady’s claim if true means that she is encountering a spirit world that is not supported by Scripture nor as in the Word of God are we to try to do so. The one time that old King Saul did he paid for it dearly because he got news of his impending death.

I am not saying YOU did anything wrong, bu this lady that sees dead people concerns me. Our only revelation that comes from God is through His Word and His Word alone and not from someone who is deceased. Wicked spirits have eternal life and they know past human histories and can so easily imitate the deceased that they can seem like the very same person when they were alive.

YOUR encounter is not what I am talking about here. You seeing your aunt is not a concern to me but I am concerned about the own woman who sees dead people. Is she a Christian? If so, why does the Word of God command us not to try and speak or seance with the dead? The dead are in either of two places right now. Hades (holding tank for hell) or heaven. Lazarus and the rich man show that no one can cross the gap or come back to warn those living of Hades and the eternal torment that is there.

I would talk to a pastor in your church. If you don’t attend a church, find a Bible believing church and tell them this story. I feel they will tell you the same thing. It is always not a good thing to do what the Bible forbids. Again, I am talking about this “Christian” woman who sees dead people, not you and your story. Thank you for contacting us. PLEASE keep us informed as to what happens.

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Holly August 9, 2011 at 2:04 am

Thank you for the reply Jack. My great-aunt was indeed a Christian, of this I’m positive. As to the other lady, she believes in God and Jesus Christ. She does consider herself to be a medium, a go between and NOT a psychic of any sorts. She does NOT give future predictions or give advice on who will marry who or anything of that sort, beyond this I cannot answer.

For the three people I know personally who spoke with this lady, the peace they received was undeniable. It truly was as if the Hand of God embraced them. All three of them are closer than ever to God’s Love, by giving them proof that God never leaves us and their loved ones are indeed in heaven and there is life everlasting, these people went from being what I call ‘holiday’ Christians to true believer’s in Christ!

As for me, I am a member of a bible based church, my pastor studied under Pastor John Osteen and I attend church weekly. I spend time everyday in the Word and as I stated, God comes first in my family’s life, in my life! You can see my personal journal page that I share on Facebook by clicking on the website link to understand my belief in Christ. In my experiences, Satan is not one to make us ‘feel good’ for the long term…he is a liar and for those who fall into his snare, it’s a short lived pleasure. His pleasures are of this world, his domain and not the promise’s of heaven or everlasting life through the blood of Jesus Christ. I am indeed aware of scriptures regarding occult practices, but I don’t believe I’m qualified to judge whether this lady’s ability to see deceased loved one’s is a gift from God (as she claims) or a demonic manifestation with a twist?

In your reply to me, the one thing you didn’t address was these deceased loved one’s emphasis on God and heaven. Why would demons do this? To what end? And the information given about heaven was very much in line with those who have ‘died’ and then come back…Don Piper for instance. Why would these ‘spirits’ be so consistent about what heaven is like if they‘re demons? If they indeed were demonic, wouldn’t they be giving more earthly advice…this is the devil’s domain here, why promote heaven? Satan promotes lust, not love! Just wondering what your thoughts on this might be.

Thank you for time and attention,
Holly

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Holly August 9, 2011 at 2:31 am

An added note…she doesn’t do séances or even ‘attempt’ to speak to anyone. In fact, she’s very clear that she doesn’t attempt to contact anyone, the people (spirits) come to her, unannounced I might add. She did tell me that she could have 25 or more around at any time. When she wants privacy, she simply asks for it and they oblige. She claimed there were so many souls that just want to let their loved ones here know how wonderful life everlasting is for them. On occasion, the person who is there to speak to a deceased loved one, doesn’t get to. She’s never experienced ANY shape, form or fashion of malice or evil. According to her, she’s only felt love and caring in all the years this has come to her. She’s never been frightened (which I understand because of how I felt) She never delved into magic or the occult…I did ask her. I’m quite analytical by nature and very inquisitive. I don’t do anything blindly just simply because that’s my personality. After rereading your answer to me, I thought I should pass this little bit of additional info on. Please note, I am not defending her as right or wrong, I’m just passing on my personal experience and brief involvement with this lady. I’m sure I’ll never be speaking with her again since she’s since moved to the far north and I’m in the deep south :o)

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Jack August 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Sounds like a unique person and having unique experiences. I hope I didn’t upset you. If I did, I apologize. I am only gathering my understanding from the Holy Bible and not judging her or you most certainly. Very interesting. I wonder if she has told her pastor or another close Christian friend of this experience. I do know that even demons or the Devil himself can appear as an angel of light, says Paul, so my only concerns are for her safety. I am not going to sit in judgment of her since that is none of my business. I only know that I have read of some serious problems in these areas. Visit this site and send it to your great-aunt if you ever see here again: http://www.creationists.org/spirits.html

This site uses Scripture to answer some of these questions:

Who spirits contact

Why God allows these contacts to occur

Why these deceptions work

Satan (and other demons) can appear as an “angel of light”

Why demons mislead people with counterfeit spiritual experiences

Many are unaware of the Bible’s warnings about spirit contacts

A spirit reacts to being tested

Secret knowledge is not proof of authenticity

Again, thank you for contacting me about this. May God richly bless you and your great-aunt.

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Cat October 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Hi Pastor…Thought I would check out this subject today. Because of my families history with strange occurances, I have looked casually into ghost and demons since I was a child. No serious study but the occasional light reading and watching of shows. From what I understand about paranormal science is that a ghost is believed to be one of two things…First, it can be an unintelligent haunting. This means that somebody who is sensitive sees a vision of a person, or event but there is no interaction. This is like seeing a recording of an event, usually related to a event filled with high emotion such as a sudden death, or murder. They have been finding most of these sightings occure over deposits of quartz and it is now believed that mineral has the ability to record energy. If this is true, than all that is being seen is a recording and someday our computers may run off simular technology. The second haunting is an intelligent haunting in which many researchers will admit could be evil and demonic. They will agree that those hauntings need to be handled carefully and that one should be careful provoking them! Lastly there is the poltiegist which is believed to be caused from the emotions of youth which manifest in psychic energy. This would be caused by the child and has nothing to do with ghost. However, I would personnaly would look into possession if my kid was throwing knives around with the power of their mind.

I have had family members who believe and have claimed to have seen, or dreamed vivid dreams of their loved ones either as they were dying, or as they were leaving this world. Both were messages saying Goodbye to their loved one. Could God maybe let somebody occasionally say goodbye to somebody who maybe needs that closure? I don’t know? I do know my mom was an orphan at the time and when she dreamed her grandfathers death at the exact time he died, his goodbye meant a lot to a child whom had nobody else afterwards to love her! Both of those left that person with a sense of closure. In one case however I do have concerns now that I am older…In this case the deceased returned after death to reasurred a struggling family member that they were okay and with God. It concerns me because even though the message was to let him go, that their relatives prolonged grief was said to be trapping him in a half way point…he was happy but not allowed to go to his final resting place with God. He told her to let him go! My concern is that this was actual interaction which occured a while after death. Even though the message appeared go be good for her and confirm Gods’ existance, limbo is not in the bible. Also, I have shared with you things I experienced while visiting them as a teenager. I never could sleep cause something always was watching me. Years later I found out about strange occurances that happend in that home which could be demonic but with an angelic face!

If a person sees somebody who just died and all they get is a dream, or sighting in which that person says goodbye, I can’t judge it! I would say take it for what it is…confirmation there is life after death and that you will see your loved one after death if they were saved. Know that they moved on to be with God and find peace with their death. As for seeing people who died long after they pasted from this world, or speaking to the dead, I would not call somebody a liar but would question why they are seeing, or hearing the dead. Have they called them up…demons who are using this to gain a foothold for some reason? Could they be somebody who is being used without knowing it? I would guess it to be one of the two and not good either way. My advice is to beware and try to close those doors whether you knowingly opened them, or not!

The friend I told you of in my old church was a wiccan/witch before she became saved! I told you of the prayer deliverance they had to do for her. She has never had them come back and torment her again and it has been over 3 yrs. However, my old church had no experience with this and didn’t take to heart the scripture you qouted about the demons returning to find the house clean. They just assumed once she was delivered, their job was done and she should immediately become the perfect Baptist wife. Instead, she had her eyes opened to errors in what that particular independant church was preaching and the word. When she started asking questions, they treated her much as they did me. She didn’t have the upbringing I did and started being influenced by other Christians who didn’t have their counsel correct either. Because of the churches opinion of me, she didn’t come to me for counsel but sought it from what she believed were Christian co-workers. She left her husband because he didn’t understand what was going on with her and refused to leave the church with her. I agree with why she left, as I too left for many of the same reasons and asked many of the same questions. However, the advice she got from these so called Christians was not biblical where divorce was concerned. We now do talk and she has spent the last couple of yrs searching for the biblical truths in comparison to what we were being taught in that church. She is still struggling to find her way and place in Gods’ church…they did good but they did much of the same damage to her that they did to me and it does not heal overnight! She has yet to find a church home, as do I! What I have learned from her is the meaning of that scriptural warning! What is means is that when you deliver somebody from the demons either within, or attached to them (possession vs. suppression), that person is now empty. All they have known is gone…In her case she had fought demons urging her to kill herself and causing great depression since childhood. She is a medical professional and no amount of counselling, or meds ever helped her. God and prayer, were the only thing to rid her permenantly of those demons. It is a warning to us that we must help that person fill up their soul with the things of God. If we help them clean house and leave them to their own, they will go astry and those demons can come back! If they return, imagine the despair of the person they return to! They now will no longer fight and will no longer hold hope for their salvation!

A word of warning to those attempting any deliverance from demons…while this was going on, things were going on in the house. I got that testimony from the ministers family! I will say this church previously didn’t believe these things happend to Christians. After a couple of years of her not getting better, it was a visiting minister who became convinced and did research. He sent them a book on the subject that was written by a husband and wife who were satanist and upon being Saved, they spent there time doing prayer deliverance and exercisisms. I don’t believe in some of what they say…they have you seeing Satan in everything but they are knowledgeable and it did work. I would never suggest anybody try it themselves and definately not in your own home. They warn to never ask a spirit, demon its name…don’t converse or ask anything of it! Apparently this gives them power and can lead them to believe they have a foothold/stronghold with a right to stay. The book is Bloodpost on the Doorway!

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Daryl Hajek October 3, 2011 at 2:01 am

Hello Jack (and Holly),

This is one of **THE BEST** and most veritable Christian-related Web sites I’ve come across, to date! Praise the Lord Most High, now and forever and ever! Amen and amen! Bless you both!

I’ve always been a believer of God and Christ since I was a very young child (circa ’70s), and now, I’m far, far much more of a believer, although I admit with my lips, in the perfect name and holy spirit of Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus Christ), I’m still not perfect, but continually striving towards perfection, and I’m pleased to say that I have made progress (I quit smoking pot/marijuana 2 months ago, as of Aug. 2nd, with no cravings, no desires, no withdrawals — PTL!!!, and I’ve finally, at long last, departed from the homosexual [gay] deathstyle, and I’ve cut down/cut back on alcohol consumption, and am presently working on cutting down and subsequently quitting smoking — all through the power of Christ in the glory of the Lord — Amen!). PTL! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! PTL!

Now, the reason for my reply to Holly’s comments (and Jack’s reply) regarding spirits and psychic mediums, I would like to share my feedback (through Christ and God’s word) — it’s right there in Isaiah 8:19, “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?”

Therefore, *DO NOT* ever consult psychics/mediums (or the horrid Ouija board or Tarot cards), because, first and foremost, the devil and his minions lie lie lie lie lie lie, no less. Secondly, they generalize things (they know everyone has problems — family, marriage, jobs, money, etc.); thirdly, they are “shape-shifters” (able to appear as whomever you seek or hope to be, even as an “angel of light,” as mentioned in the Bible); and most importantly, the Lord strictly *FORBIDS* anyone on planet Earth to consult with psychic mediums, because (evil) spirits mutter and peep, whereas the Lord Himself can tell our future, only if and when we seek Him. See http://www.soundwitness.org/pop_culture/psychic_mediums.html for more detailed spiritual enlightenment.

In the perfect, holy name and spirit of Yeshua, amen and amen!

Hope this may have been of some help. The Lord bless you, always, now and forever and ever. In the most perfect holy name and spirit of Yeshua, amen and amen!

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Meranda Fletcher January 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I am so thankful for these posts on this topic because as a child I actually would seek witchcraft and listened to satanic music and played with terror cards and owiji boards and actually tried envoking evil spirits! I was so young doing these things it just terrifies me to know what young kids without guidance actually do, I was only 11 and 12 years old! But I am so thankful that God did not give up on saving me! I never grew up in the church and didn’t know a thing about God or who Christ was. God found ways to find me when I was in my deepest darkest moments and shed light upon my spirit and lead me the way to salvation! I now have such strong faith in the Lord and don’t pray and read upon His word as often as I need to but I do have 100% faith in Him and am so thankful for the many times He has helped me from simple things like finding my keys to hard things such as fighting addiction and molding me into something I wanted to be. My problem since I was younger though was having spirits show me they are there. Not by a human form but by moving things in mid air for me to see. I also had a very terrifying moment when my now 7 year old was about 1 was sleeping in her crib. I was in the living room and all of a sudden heard my baby screaming and crying with such terror in her cry, and when I went into her room I saw that there was a red hand print on her belly as if she was slapped by an adult hand! Nothing to intense has ever happened like that since then but she has told me at times she has bad thoughts like the devil is trying to scare her and those were her words. Then last night the tv and dvd player in her room turned on by themselves and she was terrified! And as my daughter grew she was completely normal and now at the age of 7 I am seeing changes in her such as face twitches or she will get a scowl on her face for a second and then go back to normal. It seems as if she has like a normal twitch but she does this all day long as if it is normal and when she is not nervouse. This has only been happening for about a month now and I thought at fist she was doing it to play around but it is now happening all the time. And I just want to add that when I was pregnant with her I did seek spiritual things and read books that were not of God. I never thought about all of this being linked together until last night when this insident happened and did some research on ” what to do when a christian is encountered with a spirit”. I did not beocme a Christian until I was pregnant with my 3rd child who is now 4 years old. I now know that these “spirits” are not people stuck in a spirit realm like I always believed, but are indeed demons. I do pray in Jesus name for these things to go away and that they have no hold over my families life and that we are children of God but they seem to keep coming back. What do I do? I feel silly asking my preacher about this because I don’t know how he feels on things like this and I am afraid to ask anyone else just because it sounds all too fake because we live in a world that does not believe. But I am coming to a point where this is too real and not an everyday normal thing. And might I add that all of the demonic things I did as a child, as I grew up I couldn’t believe the imagination I had as a child and don’t believe in any of that stuff…but now I am finding out that it is a reality and a bad and serious thing. Do you think that because of the things I did as a kid, I will forever be haunted? Please shed some light on this situation and guide Thank yo all and God Bless! p.s. I’m sorry for the way I jumped around in this, I was refreshed of all these things that have happened as I was typing…it was all stuff that I have blocked out over the years.

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Jack Wellman January 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I think a clue is that these things happened with you were “pregnant with her (your child) I did seek spiritual things and read books that were not of God.” When we get into the dark powers or dark side we can encounter them because Satan loves it when we fear him but Jesus is stronger of course and you can always pray before bed time to have Jesus rebuke any bad dreams while you sleep. Often times, the last thing you did will be the thing you most often dream about. Also, many times we get bad dreams when we are growing spiritually or seeking to know more about God or sharing the gospel. As a pastor I have had many such experiences and my wife has been having some terrible dreams.

I suggest you pray before bed time for Jesus to rebuke an dark or fearful dreams and that in Jesus’ name. I played with Ouji boards when I was young and regretted it but today know better. It is very normal to have such dreams for believers because those who are lost are no concern of Satan for their eternal destination is sealed but he attacks us or more likely, his demons, so that we will fear when we really have nothing to fear because we have put our trust in Christ to save us. I don’t believe what you did as a child should be affecting you today but as a believer we are under spiritual attacks and that is normal for every believer who trusts in Christ. This link below might serve you. Its called Spiritual Attacks: Putting on the Armor of God at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/spiritual-attacks-putting-on-the-armor-of-god/

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Cat January 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Meranda…I agree with pastor. First and most importantly start with prayer! If you are a young Christian, somebody growing spirtually, or actively doing work for God, he will attack you. He will find your weakest point, or fear and use that as a means of attack. For some people that is financial issues, health issues, but for parents I would think it would be often your children. With your background, I would guess you feel a bit guilty about your childhood actions as well! This make you open for attacks and dreams involving your children. Pray every night for God’s protection against bad dreams and any attacks! See if this works before trying anything else. Many times we make things more difficult to handle because of our fear. I suggest this because I really don’t suggest becomming any more knowledgeable on this subject until you have to because as you know, once you open the door on this subject you can never shut out what you have learned!

If that does’t work, please give it at least a month, or if things get a lot worse, try cleaning house…this means look for things that you still have from childhood, or from when you were pregnant and seeking occult things. Anything you find that has a connection with the occult directly, or used by you for that purpose burn! While you are at it, anything you may have in your house that makes you feel uncomfortable, pray over it that it be cleansed and that God will give you wisdom about it. If it still makes you uncomfortable, or has any activity connected with it, get rid of it by burning if possible. If not, destroy it so that it does not get into somebody elses hands and cause them trouble. You can also pray that God would close any doors you may have opened as a child, or adult. We can open door by being involved in the occult but also by other things such as sex out of marriage. Pray about each thing you feel may have opened a door and ask for God to forgive you and close that door for you! If you have family and friends involved with this stuff, I would be careful bring anything into your home that they give you…occultist have been known to spell items for attack against Christians, or to try to bring you back to their way of thinking. If they are into the occult, I would limit their access to your home period and pray for Gods’ protection and cleansing before and after seeing them! You may not have any family into this but you said you were not raised Christian and got into the occult as a child so I wonder who introduced you to it?

If none of this helps and you are truely afraid for your safety, you can read my earlier post about my friends deliverance from her demons after a childhood and adulthood of the occult. She also I believe was abused as a child. However she was not in a coven but sought the knowledge on her own and was a solitary practicer of witchcraft/wicca. I wish I could get her on this site to give advice! I can only relate what I was told and remember, I am sure she would be better assistance. She was plagued worse after becomming Christian and it took extreme measures to rid her of demonic attack. However she was married to somebody studying to be a minister so satan was not going to let go easily, plus she was the one responsible for her husbands salvation so I imagine he was boiling to lose two souls via her salvation. Thank God her husband had never practiced wicca to my knowlege but he suffered his own attacks while walking that path and trying to help her. If you have no other choice, get the book I suggested and you can always contact its authors for help if needed. Warning…don’t get it if you don’t need it! It is dark and frightening to realize how much of this is out in our world today and the forms it takes. I only suggest it to those whom nothing else works for them, or to those in the ministry, counsellors, and others actively doing work which puts them in positions to need to know how to help somebody going through this.

Finally, your daughter is seven now? I believe that is the age of accountability and as such she is no longer automatically under protection. Has she accepted Christ as her personnal savior? You can not push her to do this but may want to talk to her about it if she has not! If she is ready, talk to your minister about instructing her to do so. This would give her the protection of Christ blood as well! Not leaving it to mom to pray soley for her protection each night. Remember also if something is happening and you feel something is present not of God, you can simply command it to leave in the name of Jesus Christ and to go wherever God would command it to be! Plead for the protection given us by the Christ Blood. There is power in his name, use it!

Good luck and God Bless…Cat

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Cat January 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

P.S. I was surprised to learn that my friend had kept her pentagram…forgotten in a drawer! When she cleaned house it was nowhere to be found. Finally, prior to her prayer deliverance, she prayed God to reveal its location to her…Turns out it was sitting in a drawer which had been search inside out several times but not seen. It appears that was the object of power connected to her torment. Upon the minister burning it in an industrial furnace, all the electrical equipment went haywire within their home at the same time. Upon prayer with the ministers wife, everything ceased within the house. Point is that it was burned precisely at the same time the activity in the house was occuring. Once it was destroyed and her prayer deliverance complete, nothing else ever occured physically within the home!

Jack October 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Daryl, your comments have been extremely beneficial and the Scripture is spot on the mark brother. I too am not perfect (that’s laughable)…not even close to perfect.

I so want to thank you for your godly wisdom and input. It is absolutely true my friend. We don’t even tolerate Ouji boards in our home or any even the crystal balls or so called 8 balls that predict the future. There are no things to mess with. We can open ourselves up to spiritual attacks and enemies that we are no match for. We should rely on God alone and leave the spirit world to God’s sovereignty. Amen and yes, this comment of yours was of a great help. Thank you for visiting this site and your wonderfully accurate comments. God bless my friend and Daryl, please return again my friend.

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Holly October 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Daryl,

Thanks for your input and thank you for your testimonial! God loves you and will never abandon you.

I wanted to share a personal story, if I may. You said you would like to quit smoking. I smoked for more years than I care to count. I tried every method I could get my hands on over the years to make quitting easy. Fact, I spent 9 days in the hospital after an asthma attack almost took my life. Even that wasn’t enough, 4 months later I back to smoking. I speak with God all the time. He’s the love of my life. I asked for His intervention countless times to help me quit. Finally, I was just fed up with trying. I actually told God that rather than spend torturous amounts of time trying to quit, the only way I was going to was Him simply delivering me from it. I told Him that unless He simply took it away WITHOUT ANY withdrawals I wasn’t going to even try anymore. No doubt He loves me so much, He sent me a book!
I was asked by a friend to read a book with her and she said we could quit together on Sept. 1st. I told her I’d be happy to read the book with her, but ‘I was NOT quitting’, like most smoker’s, I thought I was addicted and was NOT going to fight withdrawals ever again! LOL The book was not an exciting read, it’s not a book about the ill’s of smoking, but to date, 26 people I know have quit the moment they finished reading the book! I quit Oct. 15, 2008, the very day I finished reading The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr. Most local libraries carry a copy…that’s where I got mine. My friend and I began reading the book at the same time, but she finished it. I stopped reading it about 1/2 way through when I realized I was slowing down on my smoking. Ridiculous I know! The reason I picked it back up and finished it was…lol…because I now owed $2.00 in late fees to the library. I HAD to finish it before returning it, so I did. The best part about the book…NO DESIRE TO QUIT is necessary! The only withdrawal (if you want to call it that) was that for about a week or so, I carried an empty ball pt. pen to keep my hand to mouth habit occupied. But I can honestly say, I have never had a desire or need for a cigarette since. God does indeed answer prayers and He comes to us in the funniest ways sometimes. Here’s a link to my facebook page that I began so other’s might benefit from this gift. https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/112039048828776/
God Bless you and yours,
Holly

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Jack October 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Awesome story and recommendation too Holly. What a joyful ending to this habit. I’ll have to check out the FB page. Thank you for sharing this life saving link my friend. God bless you for caring about others.

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Holly October 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Thank you Jack and God bless you and yours as well.
If I may share one other page as well. The URL is https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/277164313427/
It’s titled Gratitude ♥ Sharing Gratitude.
Hope to see you there!

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Jack October 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Wow Holly…I think more believers ought to have such an attitude of gratitude that this FB page shows. Glory to God in the highest and forever praise His holy name and be thankful for all He has done for us.

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merdel October 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

If a believer dies, they go directly into the presence of the Lord and if they die in disbelief, they are held in a place like the rich man in Luke 16 until the final Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation chapter twenty
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Based on your comment that the believers die & go directly in God’s presence & unbelievers go somewhere else is very contradicting. If that were the case there would be no reason for the second coming of the Lord and how do you explain verses 16 & 17 of 1Thess 4

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Jack October 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Thank you for your comment my Merdel. Verses 16 & 17 are the coming of the Lord for His church, the Second Advent…those who die before this happens will already be with the Lord. Those who die will be raised and resurrected unto judgment at the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20 in particular 20:11-20 says:

” 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Those who are not found written in the book of life are thrown into the lake of fire but not until then and this is after “the thousand years are over” in Revelation 20:7.

I don’t know if I answered your question or not. Paul was clear that when believers die then they are present with the Lord…as Paul says in I Cor. 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”…but if they are still alive when Christ returns they will see Christ coming in the clouds in great glory and He comes for them then (I Thess 4:17-18).

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merdel October 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for replying but i disagree with your answer. Are you telling me if I should die now I will be going straight to heaven & not be resting in my grave until the coming of the Lord to redeem his people? Then would it be safe to say those that are dead are already been judged in order to get to heaven? thank you

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Katie January 12, 2012 at 2:53 am

Hi Merdel,
I admit, I have been confused over the years about this question as well. But even Jesus (on the cross) assured the thief that he would be in Paradise with Him that day (Lk 23:43). I used to think we “slept” when we died until the Rapture. However, Paul does state that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8). I have come to believe that when we die as believers, our spirits join the Lord in Heaven. Then at the Rapture, when Christ comes for the Church, living believers will be caught up in the air along with the bodies of the deceased believers, where we receive our new glorified bodies. The term ‘sleep’ seems to a metaphor for believers. Christ conquered death- therefore the rules of death do not apply to us. Instead of ceasing to exist, our bodies ‘sleep’ while our spirits are alive, awake, and well in Heaven. On the appointed day, our ‘sleeping’ bodies will be renewed and joined with our spirits once again.

This is different than the Great White Thrown Judgement (Rev 20:11)- this Judgement contains the Book of Life and the names of believers. It is also the time when our rewards are merited based on our works (1Cor 3:15). So, we are not judged when we die- we are already saved by faith in Jesus Christ and our Spirit returns home (Heaven). But we are eventually rewarded for our works (Mt 6:19-21; 2 John 4:10; Rm 2:5-6).

Hope that helps! God Bless!

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Jack Wellman January 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Amen Katie. What a sound biblical answer you have provided and in it, much comfort and peace. Thank you. You are spot on the mark my friend. The way in which you have responded has added crystal clear clarity and I thank you. Please grace us again here at the website. I believe your biblical wisdom will be an tremendous addition to this website. Thank you.

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Pam January 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

AMEN!

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Pam January 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Excellent and well thought-out answer Katie, thank you for taking the time to post your comment here on WCWTK. I hope to see more from you in the future.

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Meranda Fletcher January 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Thank you so much for that clarity! I too had struggled with trying to understand that concept. I now understand! Thank you all God Bless!

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Jack Wellman January 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Thank you so much Meranda. I appreciate your encouraging words. Please do come back to visit us again as we have several hundred articles that address questions Christians may have.

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Katie January 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Dear Jack and Pam,
Wow! Thank you for your comments! I am humbled and encouraged by your feedback! I truly enjoy discussing the Lord and encouraging others in their walk. I just stumbled upon this site but would love to continue participating. I appreciate your kindness and look forward to future discussions!
Sincerely, Katie 🙂

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Jack January 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Katie, thank you. I am sure that Pam looks forward to your discussions Katie, and I certainly do. We have over 200 differing topics that we try to cover that deal with the Christian walk and the Bible. Just go to the search box and type in a word and it’ll bring up many different articles about various topics. I know Pam…she is thoroughly conversant in the Bible.

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Karen Anderson February 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I could not read all the replies, so please forgive me if I’m repeating someone else, but I would like to add one thing.

In my experience, if something happens that does not directly contradict Scripture, or if it’s in that shady area where it’s hard to recognize the source, there’s a question Christians should ask…

Ultimately, who ends up getting the glory from this?

If it’s not from God, someone (or something) else will end up getting the glory, and it will take someone’s “eyes” off the Lord. For instance, I’ve noticed that these forays into the occult can often make humans start thinking that they are the powerful ones, able to “see” what others can’t, and that is a slippery slope for anyone.

Don’t be fooled! The enemy of our souls does not hesitate to give humans the feeling of power if it will cause them to stray away… or even be lost forever… from our Lord Jesus!

(Thanks for listening, dear ones.)

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Jack February 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Well said Karen. I totally agree. Anything that takes our eyes off the Lord can not help our faith. Our endeavor in this article is to address the many Christians and non-believers that have had experiences with such spirits to clarify from the Bible that these are not former human beings who have died to come haunt us or dwellings, but demons who present a clear and present danger. Our advice in this article and in the comments is not to mess with these spirits for we have no idea what we are truly messing with. This article is to address the idea that there are not ghosts but really evil, wicked spirits and that they should not try to conjure them up or try to have seances or play with Ouji board games. It is a dangerous thing to mess with and this was the purpose. To tell people what they are really encountering are not ghosts but wicked spirits in high places and they should not be trying to contact them. God is not pleased with or glorified by it and that is what is done is trying to communicate with the spirit world.

As the article mentioned in Acts 19:13-17 shows,
“Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”

Interestingly in verse 17 it says,

“When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.”

Here Jesus’ name was glorified and this was our purpose and intent Karen. Please come back again and visit us. Your comment was certainly on the mark I believe with the intent of this article. To glorify God and to warn those with try to mess with demon spirits.

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Vicki June 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hi! I found your website while pondering such things as ghosts and spirits in this world and was very thankful for the info already provided, especially since it seemed scripture-based and for God’s glory only. I am a longtime Christian and I fully believe and am grateful for the fact that Jesus protects us from the evil in this world and the enemy of our souls (as you so well put it!). The reason for my ponderings? Please let me explain. When we bought our current home about 10 years ago our then 18 year old daughter (also a Christian) very convictedly told me that our house had a “spirit” living in it, but that it wasn’t malevolent, so it shouldn’t cause us any harm. I was rather shocked, as this wasn’t a common theme of discussion for her or us, so I asked her how she knew. She said she could sense it strongly, but no, she had not “seen” or “heard” it. I chalked it up to her being upset with our recent move and promptly forgot about it. Two years later I was “visited” by a spirit in the middle of the night. A “presense” woke me from a sound sleep and I could sense it standing over me, very close, then suddenly it moved to the end of the bed and was gone. Startled and anxious, I woke my husband to ask if he had experienced anything and he said no. It was very real. We discussed it the next day and decided not to mention it to any one, not even our three children. At that time, my dad was seriously ill and I really thought he had died (the presense seemed very masculine & caring) during the night and had come to let me know. I was afraid to answer the phone or even try to call him. But a few days later I did talk with him and he was fine. What could it have been, I wondered? Then, a few years later, my son, whose bedroom is on the exact opposite side of the house from mine, got up telling me that a ghost had visited him during the night. I fought to remain calm and asked him to tell me exactly what happened. He recounted an experience exactly like the one I had a few years earlier. Exactly! Even that the “spirit” was masculine and caring! And I promise you, I had not told him or anyone other than my husband about my experience. Then we decided that we all should discuss it as a family, but could come to no conclusions. We didn’t go to our pastor or Chrisitian friends since we weren’t scared or feeling threatened, but we began to believe our daughter had been right at the very beginning.
Now, after several quiet years, I and I alone am beginning to hear strange noises during the day while I am home alone. I’ve told my family and we’ve all tried to explain the noises away, but it’s getting harder to do. I always pray when I hear them and even say out loud that I know Jesus protects me and has power over all evil. Ok, yes, now I sound like a crazy paranoid person! But I am not! My pets in the house with me hear them and turn toward them, too! It’s noises like someone knocking on a wall in an adjoining room or I hear a door close and the knob will rattle, when I am the only one home. (No, it doesn’t coincide with the air turning on and off. I wish!) Any idea what is going on in our home? I still don’t feel scared or threatened, just perplexed.
Does God try to reveal something to us in this manner? I have been praying that if this isn’t from God, then could He please stop it from happening. Thanks for your comments.

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Jack Wellman June 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for your question Vicki. I do not believe God would try to reveal something in this way to you. His revelation is in the Word of God the Bible. God is not responsible for this but it sounds like some kind of wicked spirits and you are right not to be afraid for they can not hurt us at all.

Here is what I have heard from other pastors and theologians to do. Have a Bible study or ask some of your friends over from church and pray together and ask in Jesus’ name to have Him, by His power and authority in His name to cast out these wicked spirits in your home and the power of the many in Jesus’ name has worked well for many houses that have demon’s in them. Talk to your pastor about this too. If you don’t have a church home, this might be the problem. You have no hedge of protection from the Body of Christ, the church and fellow believers to be praying for you as we are commanded to pray for one another and hold each other up in prayer. Tell your pastor, if you have one, if not, you might seek other believers who you know to join you in prayer. If you don’t know of any, then you are trying to go solo in your Christian walk and the New Testament books are written to churches and so we are told to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Let me know what you think of this answer of mine. Thank you.

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Cat October 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Hi Jack…Can I suggest one other thing? When I move nowdays, I have either a pastor, or a Christian friend come over to Bless the new home. Where I live now, I was not able to do this but I had surgery about the time of my move and this place seemed calm in that manor. I can suggest to those who are without a church family, or whose church family is closed minded on this subject, if you must attempt this alone you can call a Christian friend ( the more the better) and have them pray for God to cleanse your home and call upon his name to cast out anything within which is not of God…demons, spirits, etc. It is the power of prayer and that doesn’t have to be in the same room, or state as you. If you must do this alone because you are being actively attacked, do it with the knowledge that no matter where you are with your walk, God never abandons his children. If you call upon him, he will be there for you. Trust in the power of his name and its ability to caste that demon out! Don’t try anything fancy…just call upon his name to do the job! If possible leave and seek help but if you can’t, God will be there with you. Do not ask who it is, or why it is there? Do not converse, or ask anything of it…To do so can give it power and a foothold, making it more difficult to get rid of!

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Jack Wellman October 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Amen Cat. Good comment. God will not ever leave us nor forsake us (John 6:37) and we can be safe and secure in His hands (John 10:28-29). I like this idea and you are so right, God will never abandon His children.

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vi August 2, 2012 at 1:58 am

My best friend believes that she has a ghost in her home that followed her from one of the haunted hotel tourist attractions and believes that it follows her on her travels to friends and relative homes. I have tried pointing out bible teachings that dead humans do not come back this way but angels and evil spirits are around. She is not unstable or emotional and really belies this. I don’t know what to think and would hate to think of evil spirits swaying her. Television is more responsible than people realize with some of these ghost prorams showing daily.

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Jack Wellman August 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Vi, thank you for your comment. Your thought is right on the mark. Send this link to her and if this woman is not a Christian, she needs to know the difference that these are not deceased people or dead spirits of past humans. Thank you for trying to point out the truth for the Bible teaches, no one can cross back over, but evil spirits know about those who are dead and can imitate them. Great work. Yes, TV is the culprit, no doubt. Well done.

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Tionge August 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

i have been reading all the posts and i must say i feel so blessed by all the answers written here. i lost my baby brother a year and eight months ago. i practically raised him, he was born on 21 December 1996 and my mother passed away in may 2002. from there my sisters n i were the only mothers he knew and i remember him telling a friend that i am the only mother he ever had. on November 9th 2012 he came back from school all well and we had our usual chat. the following morning he fall from his bed looking as if he was fainting and we took him to the hospital, got admitted and he passed away on December 9th 2010. i felt so lost and so angry at God at first for taking my brother away from me so early he was only 14th. from there it took a while for me to realize that God had a purpose for taking him away and all i i could do is thank God for the years he gave us to be with him. and now i was searching to find out if at all our loved ones can see or hear us because i dream about him most of the times. the last dream i had was him telling me that he cant go because i cry and worry about him all the time as such he cant go until i let go and believe that he is OK now resting. this is so hard for me after searching i reached here, i know the bible says there is no connection between the living and the dead but i just cant stop thinking if he is OK. i saw my baby brother dying every single day i was with him and he was in so much pain and it breaks my heart i just want assurance that he is OK.

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Jack Wellman August 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Let me reassure you with this article called “Where do Babies God if the Die…Do they Go to Heaven?” at the bottom link. I think this will really help you. You will see him again for certain!

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/where-do-babies-go-if-they-die-do-they-go-to-heaven-or-hell/

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Tionge August 15, 2012 at 3:00 am

Dear Jack,

i thank you for your response and the article that you gave me is so eye opening now i know that i will see Michael again and that he is safe :). i feel better, thank you and God bless.

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Grace September 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hello Mr Jack Wellman. I am always reading this site because I have learned many things from here about certain topics. I thank God for the wisdom he gave you to explain things!

However, is this the same with children too? I am curious about my nephew (1yr. old boy) who, according to my sister was staying awake late at night waving to someone with no one appearing to be there. It always happen before he goes to sleep. Sometimes my nephew points to someone (with no one on sight) then he’ll start to cry. He looks afraid and sometimes my nephew will go to the other room (vacant room) and baby talk to no one again. I do believe that he would not be harmed by an evil spirit because I do believe that God would not let that happen. My sister have just accepted Christ recently. What can I tell her to encourage her not to be afraid or what should we do about this? I am currently praying for my nephew and we have prayed for him. Are they evil spirits to? or this is normal for children? Thanks Mr. Jack Wellman!

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Jack Wellman September 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hello Grace. Thank you for your comment and question. Most certainly it is the same thing with children. They can not be possesed until the age of accountability. For a 1 year old to see things in the night and pointing to them is nothing at all. As a father and grandfather, I have experience many a child’s imagination. Getting the story second hand from his younger sister is no confirmation that he saw anything. Sometimes just a nightlite is all it takes. No evil spirit can harm nor inhabit a child because Jesus said of young children, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” in Matthew 18:10. For one thing, it appears that children have angels and the other thing is that these angels appear before God and God would never let any harm like a demon come near them. You can read this Scripture out of Matthew 18:1-7 and Matthew 18:10-14. These should really help alleviate the fear. This is normal for children. Until I was 5 I was certain there was a monster in the closet and it was after me. Even many adults are still afraid of the dark. The imagination of a young child is indeed powerful yet according to the Bible, they have no fear for Jesus loves the little children and will never let any evil spirits harm them nor be even near them. Rest assured.

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Grace September 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Thank You Mr. Jack Wellman! Thank you for explaining these things and for encouraging us not to be afraid. Thank you for the verses and this will help me and my sister to hold on to God’s word. We have prayed for my nephew and God is so good! My nephew is now peacefully sleeping and he does not cry anymore before going to bed. God Bless You sir!

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Jack Wellman September 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Hi Grace. How awesome is our God. I am always thrilled to see things such as this brought to a conclusion. Praise God, thank you Jesus and also thank you Grace.

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Steve September 23, 2012 at 12:26 am

Just wanted to get your view on the subject of demons and being absent from the body. I minister in a small church in western Ky and we have been on the topic of Angels and Demons for our Sunday night teaching sermon series. I have shared the root meaning of the word demon (Daimon) which in its simple form means, departed spirit with the congregation and as some studies do, I had the question come up that if a demon is a departed spirit then the demons mentioned in the bible must be ‘human’ departed spirits and if this is true, what about being absent from the body and present with the Lord? I have shared that Paul was writing to believers at the point he made the statement and for believers (as I have found in my studies) when they die their spirits are in the presence of the Lord (Paradise – before judgment) and those who are outside of Christ are ‘in the presence of the Lord’ but have begun the eternal punishment in Tarturus (before the judgment). Once judgment comes, then all will stand before the white throne and those in Christ will be given heaven for eternity and those outside of Christ will be sent to hell (no presence of the Lord whatsoever, totally cut off from His goodness). This being said the question then is who are the demons? If human soul goes to Paradise or Tarturus and the demons are not fallen angels then where do the demons who cause all kinds of problems for mankind come from? Who are they? When you get the chance I just wanted to see another’s perspective of His Word. Thank you and God bless.

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Jack Wellman September 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Steve, thank you sir for your questions. You asked, “if a demon is a departed spirit then the demons mentioned in the bible must be ‘human’ departed spirits and if this is true, what about being absent from the body and present with the Lord?” A demon is NOT a departed human spirit but a fallen angel that followed Satan’s rebellion. Yes, to be absent (dead) from the body is to be present with the Lord. So yes, when we die (those who are born again) are with the Lord instantly and those who don’t are not.

Demon’s are fallen angels and not human at all nor are they inhabiting a dead, unsaved human because those who die without Christ are presently in Hades awaiting the judgment (Rev 20) to be cast into the Lake of Fire (Hell).

We have another article called Is There Really A Being Called Satan? that goes into more detail about this at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/is-there-really-a-being-called-satan/

When Lucifer-turned-Satan was cast down to earth, he took 1/3rd of the angels with him (Rev 12:4). When these angels rebelled with Satan, they became demons and they too are headed for the lake of burning sulfur. Their fate is sealed (2 Peter 2:4) and today the demons and Satan try to tempt and influence the believers of God into sin but God (1 Peter 5:8), through Jesus Christ, has already achieved victory over the Devil (John 12:31, John 16:11, Heb 2:14-15, James 2:19).

I hope this helps sir.

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Kesh October 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Hi,

I found this site in doing research about death and what happens to our spirit when it leaves the body. My husband was murdered almost two months ago, and I am having a tough time grieving. He was taken so suddenly and I’m just having difficulty finding ways to cope. I have some questions based on what I’ve been reading. Please forgive me if I’m a bit off subject. I have always believed that once our spirit leaves the body that it is present with the Lord if we are saved. My question is regarding Jack’s response that says a spirit cannot return to earth. Where does it say that? If that is so, then how did Lazarus or anyone else who was resurrected come back to earth (when Jesus arose, there were others who arose too, right ? Matthew 27;52-53). What about Don Piper? Were you referring to the spirit itself? Whether it is in the body, or spirit form, it is still returning to earth?
My other question is do our spirits exist before we are produced by our parents? To clarify, are our spirits with God before we are first born on earth? Does God create our spirits when we are conceived?
The answers to these questions will give me some clarity and also help me to refute some the things that “well meaning” are telling me and my kids. I appreciate any attempts at response to these questions. I am really searching for answers, and reading this forum has already began to clarify some things.

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Jack Wellman October 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Hello Kesh. Our spirits, after we die, are present with the Lord. Our spirits do NOT come back to earth. Here is why:

Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO (John 14:2,3). Also read l Thes. 4:15-11

To be “absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” 2 Corinthians 5 :8

Don Piper’s experience can not be regarded as more truthful than Bible Scriptures. Experiential thoughts from men can never supercede the Bible because Piper’s words are not inspired by the Holy Spirit but ALL of the Bible is.
Anyone who builds doctrines or beliefs from outside of the Bible, say from their own experience, is called “extra-biblical” and is NOT reliable because God’s Word is without error and God can not lie.

The Matthew 27 reference you gave was a one-time event because of the miraculous resurrection of Christ. These saints did not STAY on the earth but went to be with the Lord.

Our spirits do not exist before we are born nor are out spirits with God before we are born. The Bible nowhere says this. The human spirit is not a spirit but humans have a soul & we are born with soul. We do not have spirits but God is Spirit (read John chapter 3).

I hope this helps. I urge you to speak with your pastor about these things and do not depend upon what others say.

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CPalmer November 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Awesome article. I had been speaking with a guy in work about paranormal activities that he had experienced and was unsure what stance to take as a Christian. I agree that if ghosts do exist, that they are not the person that they portray themselves and must be some other spirit (demon)

However I don’t agree that you should be discouraging people from driving out demons. The disciples failed on some occasions but were never harmed in any way. Jesus then said they failed because if their lack of faith, he also says that anyone that believes in him will do all he did and greater.

We are filled with the Holy Spirirt, the same one that raised Christ from the dead and gave him and the disciples the ability to perform miracles. This Spirirt cannot be overcome or subdued by anything else because none is more powerful. As believers we need to go out knowing that we can overcome all, then nothing will be able to

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Jennifer December 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I am a Christian and the subject of ghosts wasn’t really brought up in my home but I always believed that ghosts were just untrue, just hollywood stuff. I do however believe demons and angels are in this world. I don’t normally go searching for answers about this stuff. About a month or so ago I was home alone, kids were at school, husband was at work. It was a bright sunny day, nothing unusual about it. I had a horrible headache and decided to lay down for a bit before the kids got home. I had been laying on the couch for maybe 10 min, not quite asleep yet, and my cat was laying on top of my stomach. All of a sudden I heard what sounded like a door slamming shut. It was so loud. The air was not on or anything that could cause a draft. I know I wasn’t hearing things either because my cat heard it and jumped off me and got low to the ground as if to prowl for something. I was so scared someone was in my house (even though I keep the doors locked when I’m home alone) that I grabbed a knife from the kitchen and slowly started checking out each room. My cat slowly followed me. I looked under beds, closets, everywhere…I even looked to see if something had fallen somewhere…there was no one in the house but me. When I came back from the back of the house my cat was in the doorway of the office and hallway which is where I thought the sound had come from and she had her back arched and tail poofed out like she was trying to scare something off or scared herself. That alone freaked me out. I knew I wasn’t imagining things. So my question is what in the world made that sound and even had my cat scared? There is no other way to describe the sound except that is sounded exactly as if the office or a bedroom door had slammed hard. My husband’s mom passed away in our house 20 years ago from cancer but I just can’t believe that would be her. I had never met her, she passed before I even met him. We live in the house he grew up in, it was built I think in the 1950s. I just want to know what that was.

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Jack Wellman December 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Your conclusion is right that it could not be your husband’s mom because the Bible clearly indicates that once a person is dead, they can not come back. As for what it was that you heard and your cat sensed, I do not know but it could well be a demon but there is nothing to fear for demons or the Devil can not take a human life (John 1 & 2) but what it was precisely, I could not say but I am certain it was not the deceased mother-in-law.

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Jennifer December 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Thanks for your reply. I suppose it could be but I don’t understand why one would choose our house, we are all Christians and attend church regularly.

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Jack Wellman December 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I don’t know why either Jennifer. There was one old preacher I knew that asked over members to “pray out” or exorcise demons from his home as they had some things like you explained happening but quite frequently. There are so many mysteries we don’t know about.

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Jennifer December 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Thanks, we will certainly do that.

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Cat December 5, 2012 at 2:34 am

Jennifer…Like Pastor Jack said, its is not a deceased loved one! Demons come into our homes for many reasons and being Christian does not stop them. In fact, I think sometimes it makes us a target depending on what we are doing for God at the time. People who are ministers, soul winners, and counsellors, etc, within their churches would make a great trophy for a demon. They may not be able to possess us but they can create obstacles which devert our attention from God and his work. They can attempt to manipulate our thoughts and actions, therefore putting an end to a Christians’ testimony, or work God has for them to accomplish. They can also be invited in unknowingly…I was living in sin years ago and I accidently brought one into my home who was attached to my former fiancee. At first I thought it was a ghost but later it made its real purpose known and I got rid of it with the Grace of God.

So the lesson learned is to beware of who we invite into our homes. Know that when we do something we know to be wrong, it can have consequences that we may not see in advance. Yes, cats can see things we do not…I have had the same experience with mine! I look at my animals now as my early warning system…lol! If they act like they are seeing and listening to something, I pray…Period! KNOW that they can not hurt you unless you let them influence you to hurt yourself! They have no real power but that which we give them! If it ever scares you to the point that it is bothersome and you want it gone, every Christian has the power to demand it to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. Invoke his name, tell it to leave and that it is not welcome in your home…Be firm and trust God will protect his children. Tell it to leave and go to where ever God commands it to be!

If you have anymore problems with it, let us know! I know how frightening this things can be first hand. Most likely it was a one time thing and won’t reoccure. Just make sure to put that armour on tight! Trust that God never leaves us, even if we have strayed from him for a time. He is now and forever our protector!

God Bless you and give you his peace…Cat

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Jennifer December 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

Thanks. I hope it was a one time thing. It was frightening to say the least.

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Jomo December 19, 2012 at 7:37 am

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Jack Wellman December 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

Hello Jomo. Thanks for visiting us. Here is a proper citation for MLA using Internet articles:

Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. “Title of Article or Post.” Website (italicized or underlined), Date of Post or Article (day, abbreviated month, year). Medium of Source. Date You Accessed the Post (day, abbreviated month, year).

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Patricia Schneider January 7, 2013 at 9:25 am

Hi, Pastor Jack! Just came across this article today (12-07-13). In reply to Holly’s comment (August 8, 2011)…I, too, had a “visit” from my Grandpap (who died when I was 12.) When I was 22, my Mom sorta ‘disowned’ me ’cause I went to live with my then boyfriend. During the first week I woke up to a pale blue-shadowed light. Didn’t know what it was ’til I heard the voice saying, “Patty, leave here.” Recognized it instantly as Grandpap! He used to help me w/my catechism lessons, he also read the Bible often. I saw no shape, no form, just the blue light.

Next morning I told my boyfriend (who’s now deceased, may he be resting in peace with Our Sweet Lord, Jesus. Amen.) that I was going back home. He acted as if he didn’t care one way or the other.

Of course Mom welcomed me back home, relieved really. She wanted me out of the relationship, period…that came later. Mom asked when Jim & I lived, I told her Wynherst Street, Pittsburgh, PA. The look on her face scared me! She said Grandpap had lived there shortly after ‘his Annie’, my Grandma, had died!

Real? Dream? Not really concerned, Pastor Jack. The experience gave me great peace and paved the way to end a terrible relationship.

Enjoyed above articles about OJ boards, contacting the dead, and exorcisms. Thank you so, so much for ‘doing your homework,’ Pastor Jack, and sharing with us your knowledge through the Holy Spirit.
Blessings for the New Year, 2013, Pastor Jack and your family, too! Patty

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Jack Wellman January 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Patricia. I know of few others that are as encouraging as you my friend. You greatly bless me indeed and I thank God that you have made a home here. I can not imagine my day without you.

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Patricia Schneider January 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Oh, Pastor Jack, what a lovely thing to say! Received this site in email about an hour ago, then read ALL the comments, some of them new. Enjoyed reading Cat’s (Oct. 15, 2012) and Daryle Hajek (Oct. 3, 2011.) Katie’s & Merdel’s, as well. Really appreciated what Holly wrote. (Now I understand better about “on appointed day, our ‘sleeping’ bodies will be renewed and joined with our spirits once again.”-Your reply to Holly.) The fact that our spirits go directly to Jesus’ Kingdom, if we are saved & believe in Him, gave me great comfort. (Just like Jesus told the thief on the cross.)
This is for Holly, OK?
Hi, Holly! Want to thank you for your comments! Isn’t WCWTK wonderfully blessed?!? Discovered it last year. Will be checking local library for that book, “The Easy Way To Quit Smoking” by Allen Carr soon.
I was diagnosed last year w/emphysema. Don’t blame anyone but meself. (Think it’s absurd folks try to blame the cigarette companies & sue them! There’s enough info out there about the dangers of smoking, right?) Anyhoo~, I dismissed the warnings, thinking it wouldn’t happen to me, etc. (And this from a breast cancer SURVIVOR since 2003! Praise Our Heavenly Father! Amen.)
Well, I DID quite smoking for 8 months after the diagnosis. Had no withdrawals, no real cravings. I just missed smoking ’cause I REALLY enjoyed it! Been praying for help, but I KNOW my own self is standing in God’s Way. Maybe this book you recommended will be the answer! Bless you, oodles, for sharing, Holly! Patty
Bless you, Pastor Jack, for your reply. I thank God for having your inspirations, articles, and guidance. Yes, ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, GOD. Amen. Patty

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Cat January 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

Hey pastor…Just found a website that referances the book, Blood on the Doorpost, which was helpful in the deliverance of a friend of mine a few yrs ago. I know I have mentioned it here before. The website was demonbuster.com . I just did a quick glance but it looks to be biblically based and wanted to see what you thought of it. It seems to be a topic that is finally getting some attention. When my friend needed help, the churches in this area generally were of no help…either they didn’t believe it possible, or they didn’t want to deal with the issue. I never encourage anyone to attempt this alone but finally it appears that their are sources becomming available for those in desprite need!

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Jack Wellman January 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Thanks Cat. I checked out the website and it looks very sound. Indeed, it agrees with biblical doctrine that a believer can not be demon possessed but can be influenced by them. So true. I did not agree in a sense where it said, “BOYCE and BOICE are two demons that interfere with any electronic equipment, i.e., phone, computer, printer, automobile, etc. If something malfunctions, command these two demons to leave your equipment, in the name of Jesus. We get many emails saying this worked. If it does not work, demons are not causing the problem.”

I am not sure where they came up with demons by name? How do they know their names? I didn’t see their source and they didn’t have any Bible verses to support these demons names. Also, I didn’t like their “sinners prayer” because we are saved by putting our trust in Jesus alone (Acts 4:12) and by confessing our sins (1 John 1:9) and believing in Jesus as sinless who became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21) and to believe in, trust in, rely upon the only One Who can save us (Rom 10:9-13). I wish they had included Scriptures to assure that a person is being saved by putting their faith in and by trusting alone in Christ rather than repeating a sinners prayer. No one is saved by repeating a sinners prayer, walking down the aisle, filling out a decision card but by trusting alone in Christ.

Even so, and I hate to be critical, even I have incomplete understanding and I think no Christian alive has all truth. I certainly don’t but overall it’s a very sound website. Thanks so much. It will help many who believe they are or can be possessed by demons or by Satan. I agree with the vast majority of their website writings. Thanks Cat. God bless. You are such a jewel in the crown of Christ.

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Cat January 9, 2013 at 3:25 am

Hi Pastor…I only browsed that website, although I saw that same thing and wondered where they got it. They recommend the book ” Blood on the Doorpost by William and Sharon Schnoebelen. To me at a glance, it seems like they repeat a lot of information given in that book. However, if my memory is correct, the Schnoebelens only mention Legion and warn their readers to never ask the name of, or any information from a demon. They do name catagories of demons and suggest their possible entry points and manifestations. I just browsed the book and don’t see any list of demonic names. I only read about a half the book so I could better understand how they helped with my friends cleansing from her life-long demons…she was formerly wiccan until saved. This book was found by a repeated visiting evangalist, who gave it to the church to help her. They apparently also got assistance in the form of advice via emails from the Schnoeblens’. I wish I was closer to Kanasas, so I could loan you my copy. I would suggest someday reading it since it could fill in some gaps in your education. I do warn you, their method works but it can be an intense, dark, and frightening read. They came out of evil, into Gods’ love and forgiveness…Their ministry is to educate other Christians and try to save occultist!

I do not buy into everything being evil, such as cabbage patch dolls. I think we need to use discression when bring used items into our homes,etc. If it gives you an uneasy feeling, don’t take it home. If things start happening later, you can pray over it, or get rid of it. If you get rid of it, burn it! Don’t send it to Goodwill to be bought by some unsuspecting person! Fire will destroy the item and release the spririt/curse.

I suggest them because they have a view point and knowledge that most ministers lack…They were first witches and later full blown satanist! They know how spells and curses are performed. How to recognize them and how the enemy chooses their targets! They even warn ministers to watch for those in their churches who never sing, or praise God openly! Accourding to them, the enemy will send in agents to sow seeds of disharmony within a church they view to be a threat. Supposedly they work with SRA survivors and their specialty would be former occultist who wish to be free from these spirits after finding Christ. They seem to cover everything from the behavior that leads to opening doorways for certain spirits, to curses, generational curses, deliverance, object and household cleansing, etc. They do suggest that you tackle these things with deliverance prayers, fasting, etc, outside of your home. It can get worse before it gets better and that offers some protection on increased activity within the home. Would love to hear your take on this someday…they were the only help the church here could find five yrs ago, in order to help my friend.

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Cat January 9, 2013 at 3:50 am

http://www.withoneaccord.org is their website for With One Accord ministries ( their ministry) and the book is available thru Chick Publications.

I do warn people that this may not be something you want to read if you are not fighting a demon, or counselling those who are! This world can be frightening and once you know what goes on in it, you can’t forget it. It effects how you see everything and your understanding of the nature of spirtual warfare…It makes it real to our daily lives! I have read it in parts but not completed it…I know enough to know that until I need it, I don’t want to know any more specific details! I do think it is a must for ministers and leaders within the church. The way the world is, someday somebody will be desprite for your guidance and help in this area!

Like you said, none of us know it all but this is another side of knowledge given to us for the fight. I find some stuff contriversial but overall, they saved a friend of mine when nobody had been able to help her…no doctor, meds, or minister! It has been about 3-4 yrs now and she had issues with our church…the same ones I did. However they were the doctrinal differances and struggles of a new Christian. Our church didn’t realize if you clean somebodies spiritual house, you must instruct them and guide them in filling it back up…They have lost all they have ever known and if left on their own, they can stray and fill it up with wordly items, or unsound doctrine. If this happens then the demons can come back and take up residence again as we are warned in the bible. Unfortunetely, our minister didn’t understand that scripture. She was left to her own devices and expected to be a perfect submissive Baptist woman overnight…To submit out of greatfulness. She struggled to sort through the bad doctrine and find the sound. Its been a long journey with some falls but God has been faithful and she reports that the voices, torment, and demons have never returned! Praise God!!!

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Patricia Schneider January 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Usually when my computer mucks up, I ask Jesus to please be my Technician for the day. Been having sooo many hassles with computer slowing down or ‘freezing.’ We belong to a service called Itok, which has helped a lot. But you do have to wait quite a while to get to a technician! Believe me, Pastor Jack,
Jesus HAS COME THROUGH for me with this danged computer!
Just wanted to share this w/you.
Enjoyed Cat’s comment about that website and your reply to her.
Oodles of blessings for you and your family, Pastor Jack! Patty

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Patricia Schneider January 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm

This is for CAT, Pastor Jack. OK?
Cat, just wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences, comments and insights! The Holy Spirit has truly worked through you. Isn’t WCWTK a wonderful, blessed site? Just discovered it
last year, has helped me so much with Scripture, understanding God’s love for all of us. Look forward to more comments from you on other subjects, Cat! Have a Happy, Blessed New Year, 2013! Patty Schneider

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Cat January 9, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Patty…Thank you so much for your kind words. I also found this site last yr and have been pretty active on several listings since spring, or so. I thank God for Pastor Jack and this site….WKWTK has provided many blessings for many people. Not only has it provided an opportunity to learn but also to test my knowledge and put it to use when responding to others. I to have been blessed by it!

When I came to this site, I was still really hurt and lost…My previous church taught that a single woman really had no role within the church. We were to marry and serve our husbands and family, preferably as homakers. Any questions were to go through your husband. They did not believe in psycology, or christian counsellors…counselling is where God seems to put me to use quite often. As a divorced woman ( I had no say in getting divorced), there was no place for me and they would never have supported my giving counsel to others, either Christian, or eventually as a licensed therapist. I felt as if using my gifts was a sin! I even played stupid where it came to scripture since any concerns I brought up about docrine, were ignored…I was basically thought of and made to feel like my presence was not really wanted…I was merly tolerated. This site has been very healing for me.

Once again…Thank you and Gods’ Blessings to you and your family in 2013…Cat

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Cat January 10, 2013 at 1:12 am

Also wanted to say thanks again for the nice words…God used you tonight, as I really needed a reminder of the importance of setting and maintaining a good Christian example for others! I am currantly in a lot of pain…more than normal. In those times, all I want is a pair of strong arms to rest in…I know it sounds weird but that truely helps me deal with the pain. However, it can also put us single woman in positions were we don’t think straight and end up ruining our testimony! I have a friend who would be more than happy but if he was having a weak day, that could be a problem….So thank you for reminding me to fight temption and refrain from situations which could be spiritually harmful. I have no friends, or family here to lean on and sometimes the load seems to hard to carry alone when the pain get out of control.

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Cat January 11, 2013 at 3:09 am

Patty…Thanks for your reply again! That last post was meant for you. You said that you looked forward to more postings and insite from me in the future. I have been in increased pain now for a few days…the its uncomfortable to stand, sit, or walk type of pain. The only relief is to lay on my left side. I was hurting enough that I had been thinking of a male friends offer to just come over and snuggle while watching a movie. He is Christian and a gentleman but nighttime, movie, etc. The pain was starting to sway my judgement…Intentions can be innocent but somehow when you add the veil of darkness, people can get carried away without thinking. Reading your reply, made me stop and think…If I am giving advice to others (even through WCWTK), than I need to be an example of my faith. You know that sexual relations, outside of marriage, can open the very doorways we talk about when it comes to inviting demons into your life and home…Inviting demonic attack for Christians. We are all human and we make misteaks leading to sin..In this case, after you reminded me of the need to practice what I preach in all areas, if I had given in, invited him over and something had happend, it would have been premedatated sin…lol!

Yes, I know Gods’ arms are always there but truthfully there are times when I need human contact, companionship, and comfort! God is kind, merciful, and never fails us…However he made us to need human contact, rather than be hermits. I don’t have a lot of Christian friends here…actually only one at the moment. I also have no family here, so I walk a very solitary path for the time being. I like WCWTK because it gives me a forum to learn and ask questions but at the same time it test my knowledge and allows me the opportunity to help others.

Any way, Pastor Jack, the increased pain is why you have not seen me respond to very many postings lately. Just working, comming home, taking meds, and trying to sleep. I hope this level of pain lessens soon as I still need to find another part time job soon. I hope you had a Great Christmas, wonderful New Year, and have healed enough that your no experiencing as much pain anymore.

Gods’ Blessings to both of you and your families…Cat

P.S. I have found my place in God’s plan…I am to counsel…He sends me people all the time…When I was spiritually attacked so badly that I was afraid to provide Christian counsel in person anymore, God sent me this site, to use those skills to some extent and Pastor Jack to encourage me to get back on the horse!

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Patricia Schneiders January 10, 2013 at 1:21 am

Pastor Jack, hello! This is for CAT…OK?
Thank you for your reply, Cat! How awful that must have been for you at your previous church! Hope you are now able to use your psychology skills where & how God intended. It seems you’ve made a ‘home’ here at WCWTK. (What Pastor Jack once said to me…of all the writers on this site, Pastor Jack is my favorite! His insights & comments hit directly to my soul. He is truly a blessed man, inspired by the Holy Spirit!)
Oodles of blessings for you, Cat! And may this year, 2013, be the one where you find your place in God’s Plan. Patty

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Patricia Schneiders January 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

Hello, Pastor Jack! This is for CAT, again. Is it OK to share this comment box w/fellow Christians? Think it is, as I’ve had some comment replies.

Cat, don’t know for sure if you were thanking Pastor Jack or meself above (does it really matter?) I’m just thankful this site helps you.
Are you aware at the TOP of this page, this is a bar you can click on, one is Archives? That gives you Scripture & articles by authors on all subject matters of life. (And the Bible DOES
provide lessons for EVERY contingencies of living!)
Found a page dealing with ‘Struggle.’ Has 22 helpful Scripture Quotes, written December 30, 2012 by another wonderful, inspiring author, Daryl Evans.
One of my favorite quotes is from 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. Take your time, Cat, and read the Scripture, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you. (I always pray to Jesus for His Holy Spirit to fill me with inspiration and love before reading Scripture. Such a ninny at times, meaning ‘Dense City’ here. Often the words go right over my head! Think that’s ’cause I read too fast, trying to get the gist of it instead of appreciating what the Scripture is saying.)
I KNOW what you mean about wanting ‘a pair of strong arms to rest in.’ REMEMBER, Cat, JESUS ALWAYS HAS YOU IN HIS STRONG ARMS!!! Just believe that, be comforted by that honest-to-goodness truth, Cat!
I pray this site, WCWTK, continues to help you, Cat. It’s been a God-send for me! God’s blessings to you, Cat! Patty

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Patricia Schneider January 12, 2013 at 5:53 am

Good morning, Pastor Jack! (6:17AM, Friday)
Before I get to CAT, wanted to share with you what happened yesterday…MY COMPUTER TOTALLY BROKE DOWN! Don’t know if you recall my saying that I ask Jesus to be my Technician for the day when computer acts up? Well, that thought sorta ‘haunted’ me most of yesterday, think I was guilty of the sin of PRIDE, as if I have ‘special contact’ with Our Lord! EVERYONE WHO IS SAVED HAS ‘SPECIAL CONTACT’ WITH OUR LORD!!! Right? (Have such absurd low esteem at times, I give in to temptations to boast.) I DID ask Jesus to forgive me, and I KNOW He has. Not going to bore you w/details, but as for the computer, Jesus DID come through using our service, Itok, earlier this morn! I apologize to you, too, Pastor Jack. Now onto CAT…

Good morning, Cat!
Oh, how awful it must be for you with pain! (True, I thought you’d meant emotional/psychological/spiritual pain.) Do you have a good doctor who can help you? Is he/she the one who provides the meds? You don’t have to answer, just concerned about you, that’s all. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY DAILY PRAYERS, Cat, as I have been doing since I ‘met’ you thru WCWTK.
I KNOW about ‘sexual relations temptations.’ I have a bi-polar illness, where one gets depressed and manic. (Sure you know what that is, being a counselor.) During my MANIC episodes, I became quite promiscuous. Yet, I truly believed I did not sin when mania went away. I blamed my sin on the illness. Believe it or not, Cat, it wasn’t ’til I discovered WCWTK that I truly understood my responsibility in admitting to this sin. Remember the day I broke down in tears, telling Jesus how awfully sorry I was for being so huffy and for sinning like that. (Broke my marital vows, too. My wonderful hubby…he never let on that he knew, but took care of me thru all the manic episodes! We’ve been married 38 yrs now last Sept.) Good gal, Cat, for not giving in to your male friend’s invite! LOL! Oh, temptations can be terribly tough to resist at times, especially when you’re lonely and hurting, right? Sorry this was so long, tend to get wordy. May your pain lessen today and someday soon, be completely gone, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Oodles of blessings to both you and Pastor Jack! Patty

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Chelsea January 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I loved how simply you put things. I have been wanting a simplified way to explain to others that ghosts are not their deceased loved ones, and you explained it so perfectly for me to relay the information. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman January 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thank you so much Chelsea. I believe this is why they are called “familiar spirits” because these demons know the deceased and are familiar with all they did in life and they can immitate the dead with ease. Even so, many people still refuse to believe this even thought the Bible is clear about this that a person dies and then, after this, the judgment, and not I will come back in a spirit body. This is a lie from the pit of hell.

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elias April 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

thank you Mr Jack Wellman, i have read your explanation about ghosts…etc and i was surprising how close was it to our belief (islam), many things are similar and of course we believe by ghost(we call it jinn), and it is forbidden by god to try to contact jinn because you have to do something bad in order that jinn accept to deal with you, about exorcism…yeah we do that by reading quran…etc.and i promise you you will never regret if you read about what they said ghost in islam. thanks

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Antipas May 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I’m a Pentecostal Christian who happens to believe in “ghosts”. I believe that when a righteous believer dies, they are ushered by their angels into the presence of the Lord. We read about this in Luke 16:22. However, in this passage we also read about the rich man finding himself in torments. Now, we are not told how he was taken to a place of torments. If we assume that angels carried the Lazarus to the presence of God, should we not assume that angels carried the rich man to a place of torments? Or, does God permit the fallen angels to take the soul to this realm? And, we also don’t know what happens to an individual if angels or demons do not take an individual to their afterlife. As part of a judgment, God could allow a soul to wonder this earthly plane. In addition, we don’t know how much time might elapse before the angels/demons take a soul to their afterlife. There is so much we truly don’t know about death and the process of crossing over. The Bible presents some basic information, but we have to admit that it is incomplete.

In addition, it does seem as though the early church believed that the spirit of a recently deceased individual could linger on the earthly plane and contact the living. In Acts the church gathered in Rhoda’s house knew that Peter had been sentenced to death. God sends angelic assistance and Peter is released from prison in the middle of the night. He goes to Rhoda’s house, where the saints are gathered to pray for him, and he knocks on the door. A damsel comes to answer the door and we read about what unfolds…

Acts 12:13-16
King James Version (KJV)
13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

Notice, the occupants believed that Peter had been put to death. When she insists that Peter is at the door they begin saying that it is “his angel”. I believe that this is an endearing way of speaking of a saint’s spirit. They believed it was the ghost of Peter. Not to mention, earlier in the Gospels the disciples believed that Jesus was a ghost when they saw him walking on the sea.

I say all of this to demonstrate that believers have and even still do believe in “ghosts”.

Now, let’s assume that, upon one’s death, the angels carry the righteous and the unrighteous dead to their intermediate state to await the final judgment. Is it possible to leave Heaven or Hades? We see the spirit of Moses speaking to Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration, along with the glorified spirit of Elijah. So yes, human spirits can re-enter our world if it is part of the plan of God.

But what about the dead in Hades? You’ll note that prior to the NT dispensation all spirits went to Hades to await the Messianic Advent. The righteous were gathered with their fathers into a place known as Abraham’s Bosom. The unrighteous dead were gathered into Tartarus, a place of torments. The two states were separated by a great gulf as indicated in Christ’s story of the rich man and Lazarus. However, we also read in the OT about how mediums were condemned and the people were forbidden to commune with the dead. Why? We only have one incident wherein this is described in detail, the occasion wherein Saul wished to have a witch contact the deceased spirit of the prophet Samuel. She goes through her ritual to contact the dead and here’s what we read…

1 Samuel 28:12-14
King James Version (KJV)
12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.

I want to draw your attention to verse 13. While conjuring Samuel, she sees spirits rising up out of the earth (the realm of the dead was believed to be under the earth, a place known as Sheol or the Grave). It appears that when one attempts to contact the dead in Hades, a “doorway” is opened between our worlds. And when that door is opened many spirits escape into our world, not just the spirit people are attempting to contact. What we see here is a type of “spiritual breakout”. Where did these deceased spirits go? Perhaps back to their homes or regions wherein they lived while living. If unbelieving and confused, they very well might not be willing to accept that they are indeed dead. And so… we have “hauntings”.

With the growth of the occult and spiritualists practicing necromancy, contacting the dead, imagine how many “doorways” have been opened just within this year alone. How many spirits have arisen out of the earth with every spirit they were attempting to contact?

Therefore, it is “possible” that ghosts do exist on this plane. However, they do not belong here. Some believe that they can be cast out. Others believe that they can also be removed through praying for angelic assistance. Lastly, even a few believe that they can be ministered to and encouraged to let go of this life and return to their assigned afterlife.

Since ghosts don’t belong here, they are often confused, and refuse to even accept that they are dead… it stands to reason that we do not need any information that they have to offer.

I know this post is rather short. I hope it helps to present another Christian perspective on the subject.

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Jack Wellman May 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Thank you Antipas for your comment. I don’t see why being Pentecostal has anything to do with your beliefs. The Bible is clear that it is appointed once for man to die and AFTER THIS, the judgment. Your quoting is King Saul’s experience is not enough to establish a belief that those who are lost when they die float around in space as ghosts. What about the “rich man”…after he died he went STRAIGHT into hell fire. Why didn’t he float around as a ghost?

You know, the experience with Saul turned out to be a death sentence for him for Saul heard that he and his son’s would die! Not a good verse to build a doctrine that after a person that is not saved dies they float around and can become ghosts. There is no Scripture anywhere to establish that as fact and I don’t know of one single solitary Pentecostal brother or sister in Christ that believes that. Sorry.

As for Hades, this word is not in the Old Testament for it is Greek and found only in the New Testament. The Greek word for Hades occurs 11 times in the New Testament and refers to the grave and not necessarily a place of torment. Hell is what the English used to refer to as a pit in the ground and that is likely why the King James translations uses the word hell. Hades can refer to being in the state of death as well as we see Paul using it in 2 Corinthians 15:55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” and also in Revelation 6:8 “And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth” and so we see that Hades can refer to a grave or death and this is what is referred to when Jesus is said to have conquered or defeated death.

One important point about Hades is that it can refer to as the place of the departed wicked and being in torment as this was where the rich man was at when he saw Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham so context is everything.

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rocky January 29, 2014 at 2:38 am

hi jack, i just want to know, what is the differences between ‘evil spirit’ ‘wicked spirit’ and ‘demon’…is the any difference or is the samething?

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Jack Wellman January 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

I see why you have asked this question Rocky and thank you sir for your question. Let me say that different authors (there are 40 different authors of the Old and New Testament) use different wordings but essentially, wicked spirits, evil spirits, and demon’s are used interchangeably and so they are all one and the same. There is no real difference but just like in America some call certain things by different names, they could be talking about the same thing.

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crystal April 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Hello. I was raised my whole life in church. I am aware and very knowledgeable right from wrong. . And agree completely with everything you’ve said in your article. However … ever since I was a child I would have experiences with “spirits”. It started in my childhood home I would first hear things. .. then spirits started appearing. Now they don’t communicate with me nor I with them. . And nobody that I’ve ever known has appeared to me. I can be somewhere and I’ll see a spirit but very quickly. Here recently I have seen 2 spirits that were demonic. Since then they haven’t appeared… not the demonic ones that is. My question is why i experience this ? What’s the point? Ive actually had 2 prophets tell mme that i had a “gift of prophecy”. These two people don’t know each other and was years spread apart. . The latest here recently because he prayed for me. I’ve grown used to it as sad as that is. I’ve prayed and prayed for a answer and I just really want to know why? I wish i knew. Or they would go away. .. I’ve prayed about that aas well so have leaders of the church. Its gotten less that i see them but it still happens. Please share with me your insight. .. please. Thank you so much.

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Jack Wellman April 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

Hello Crystal. I cannot answer your question about why but I do know WHO and that is what John wrote that “Greater is He (the Holy Spirit) that is in you and he (Satan) that is in the world.” Let me recommend this…I would fast and pray (if you have no medical conditions…talk to your doctor) and then start an early morning Bible reading program and pray and read your Bible before you even have breakfast and make these things the last two things you do before bed. The more we get our minds into the Word the more the Word gets into our mind and so bathe your mind in the Bible and start memorizing Scripture. From what I do know from spiritual attacks and demons, they just cannot stand when you start praising God and thanking God for the blood of the Lamb of God. The blood of the Lamb is repulsive to demons and to praise and so start also listening to worship music too and when these things happen, immediately fall on your knees pleading with God thru Christ to rebuke these spirits/demons in the name of Jesus Christ, where there is real power! Let me know how it goes. What did your pastor say about this?

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Lili May 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I came looking for answers today after an unusual occurrence this morning and am happy to have found this conversation going. I would love your input on my little story. I am a born again Christian and believe Gods Word with all of my heart, which is why I am left confused now. Early this morning I looked out my front window and saw my father (deceased for 2 years) sitting on my front lawn bench. He spoke to me briefly, encouraging me as a wife while my husband is quitting smoking. His words were these, “Hi Lili, Im excited hes finally quitting. Its going to be hard for you both, help him through it, dont give up, cancer is relentless, escape it now, your faith is power.” That was all, he was gone. Come noon, my husband came home for lunch and was looking out the window at the bench as I told him the story. My hubby jokingly says “and looks like he left you something”, so I run outside, and on the bench is an empty silver cigarette case with a picture of an Indian wearing a large head dress. A head dress just like the one that my dad so proudly displayed in our front hall my whole life (he had acquired it through an Indian chief, long story doesn’t matter). But, that head dress was an identifying marker of my dad. So, needless to say, Im concerned. As a Christian I can only think this is demonic activity, but really?? Does anything about that appear demonic? It was someone who loved me offering me encouragement as a wife in a matter concerning good for my husband. I know how crazy this sounds. If it didn’t happen to me I would be the first one calling it a hoax. I’ve had a thought about it. While demons can appear as anyone, can angels? The very first thought I had upon seeing my dad was to Hebrews 13:2. Ive always envisioned these angels as people who we might not always willingly associate with (dirty, unkempt, homeless looking), thats what my dad looked like. Ive always kept this verse close to my heart, it acts constantly as a reminder to me. so my first thought was “he looks like an angel”. Is that possible? With all this said, my dad was what I believed to be agnostic, thinking we were not capable of having knowledge of God. I prayed for him fervently during his hospice, so perhaps he received Christ as Savior. I would love to hear your thoughts on this event, and of course, I will meditate and pray as well.

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Jack Wellman May 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Hi Lili. It is impossible for me to say. I have seen no biblical examples of an angel taking the form or shape or characteristics of someone that is deceased or living so I cannot tell you what this means. Angels are of course under God’s direction and they can only do what God commands them to do and so knowing that, I cannot determine whether this is from God for the Enemy for even the Devil can appear as an angel of light (or good). Ultimately, we will know these answers someday when we see and can ask Christ face to face but until then, since the Bible is silent, so must I be for I truly must rely on Scriptures and not what I think. Sorry I wasn’t much help to you Lili. Thank you for coming her and leaving your comment.

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Lay December 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hello Pastor Jack, firstly I wanna thank you for your website as it helps me with my situation and I believe that you can give me some sorts of insights based on scripture.. since I was a young adult I always have short dreams, I remember once when someone pick me up in my dream and told me we were going somewhere, I was having a sleep over at my late grandma’s house that time and when I went with him he took me to my mom’s house and told me to look at them before we leave, what strange is that, by land it will take me about an hour to get there but with this guy it only took like a second but still I saw the same road we were in and saw the same establishments, I couldn’t see him but I knew he was beside me as he didn’t stopped guiding me and explaining things to me (most of it I forget it now), then I saw my mom and siblings sleeping back in our home, more like a glimpse then just a snap we were out there, he then took me in this huge place, no end, no edge or whatsoever, all I saw was white and full of clouds, i then saw 2 big and mighty pillars, at this time he still hasnt stopped explaining things to me which i dont remember now, but then i saw a very very long line of people, there was no end to the line.. he then told me to stay at the very end of the line so I went there then he stopped talking to me and I woke up. Another dream was kind of the same as well, in my dream i see color black and red, too much darkness and seems like fire, i was horrified so i prayed in my dream i said that Lord pls take me out from here, and then again just a snap of a finger I was removed there, I then saw the same white place with full of clouds but this time i was alone, the more i walk further i heard a beautiful sound which i dont remember now and I saw huge crowd infront of me, im not certain bec. they were too far all i saw was the shapes, like trying to welcome me, I wanted to go there but I woke up.. one more dream that I couldn’t forget is when i was sitting in a balcony and i looked up in the sky and saw millions of spirits going to heaven and i was crying then woke up again, i could go on and go on pastor but what really bothering me was my dream just last night..

I grandma passed away 6 years ago, both my grandparents are christians, my grandfather was the one who introduced us to Jesus but he passed away when i was a kid, but my grandma we always pray together and in fact she was the one who help me pray for my salvation and for accepting Jesus. She always asked me to pray with her and she always leads the prayer, when she died I was hurt but knowing she is in heaven I am at peace.. Lately ive been reading about this book about heaven, vision and dreams and gives me joy. Last night before I sleep I pray to God that I hope I will have a good dream, dreaming about His kingdom will be too much to ask for but I was hoping for it I guess.. when I fell asleep I dreamed of the opposite.. In my dream I was outside with my whole family, but all of a sudden a small some kind of a portal appeared and it forced me to get in, I was grasping for air and asking for help but no one did, after minutes of struggle i managed to get out of that portal but saw myself waking up in my dream, and to my surprise my grandma was beside me sleeping as well, i looked at her face, i knew it was my grandma but she looks really young like on her late twenties, vibrant skin and stuff, I woke up my grandma and I told her, I am back, I managed to comeback but I am still scared I told her.. So I said grandma can we pls pray (like what we always do when she was alive), and she said sure.. we both sit up, I hold her hands and I bow my head to pray, I was waiting for her to lead the prayer but we sat there for minutes but she didnt say anything except for dear.. then dear again, for some reason she cant say Dear God, so I was confused and opened my eyes I then looked at her bowing her head and said, Grandma? with all my confused look, she stayed in the same position but she opened her eyes and looked at me really really really evil (until now it gives me goosebumps), and after she looked at me like that she smiled really big, like a type of smile that someone is criticizing you but in an evil way.. I was so shocked and then I woke up. I was scared when I finally woke up and frightened.. My question pastor, what do you think my dreams or dream all about? Thank you will be waiting from you…

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Jack Wellman December 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Hello Lay and thank you for your question about your dreams. Let me say that in the New Testament era of the church, there is no gift of dream interpretation so I can’t tell you what these things mean exactly. God can speak to us thru dreams but they must and I say again MUST agree with Scripture at all times. Dreams are so random and unpredictable and I have had them to that they made no sense…none came true later and had nothing to do with what I was living in as a pastor or anything whatsoever. I have actually an article I want you to read that I believe will give you some peace of mind at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/christian-dream-interpretation-does-god-use-dreams-to-speak-to-us/ I would say from years of experience in hearing of these, having some of these, and from the Bible, I would not worry about them.

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Sharon September 11, 2015 at 1:56 am

I was with friends this past weekend. One family had lost a child in an accident some years ago when she was 3 years old. Her name was Shelby. One of their other daughters who is about 13 or 14, Taylor, was playing with another friend’s little boy, Caden, who is almost 3. Caden was not facing her when Taylor asked Caden, “What’s my name?” We were trying to help him learn all of our names. Caden still was not looking at her and he answered very plainly, “Shelby!” Caden doesn’t know about Taylor’s sister Shelby. And then, as the adults are still in shock, Taylor asked him again, “What’s my name?” He was looking at her this time and he answered, “Taylor”. I have heard stories of small children being able to see spirits but I am a Christian and did not believe in such things. I do not know what to think of this. It was very shocking for Caden to say Shelby’s name when he never knew her or about her. To our knowledge, he does not know anyone named Shelby. What do you think about this?

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Jack Wellman September 11, 2015 at 8:10 am

I have no idea what this means. Spirit’s are invisible as you can read in John 3 so I have no clue what this means.

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Rachel January 30, 2016 at 10:59 pm

My question is, after reading Samuel and what happened, the only real argument that ghosts do not exist is when you quoted “once a person departs this world, they can’t come back.” Now does that for sure actually mean their spirit can’t come back, or the body? The transfiguration it happened. I agree most times it’s a demon and should not be messed with. But I am not sure scrpipture evens exactly says the second we die we go to heaven or hell. Some believe that we “all meet up in the sky”….the dead in Christ at the time of his second coming. I’ve been curious about this lately (not in a serious way). But tonight I randomly read Samuel and then found this conversation and wanted to ask you:)

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Jack Wellman January 31, 2016 at 8:41 am

Thank you Rachel. Here is an article on what happens after a Christian dies that should help answer your question at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/do-christians-go-immediately-to-heaven-after-they-die/

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Jewel February 4, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Thank you for your article. I haven’t found much Christian information on this topic. Well, I have told very few people but a year or two after my dad died, I heard his voice say my name. I was home alone during the day and walking in my living room. I heard it in both ears and I looked all over the house but found nothing. That is the only time I heard dad’s voice audibly and not in a dream. I have since heard my husband’s voice call my name while he was at work, but I ignored it. I am a Christian from a young age and my dad was a Baptist minister who passed away from a heart attack. Anyway, I was hoping to hear your thoughts. Thanks.

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Linda September 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm

My mother and her sister were seeing a psychic many years ago. They insisted I go with them one day to witness her authenticity. I told them many times that this person was speaking and under the influence of evil.
So one day I went with them. I intended to show this person for the fraud and evil she was.
When we arrived Mom told me to stay outside until it was their turn. Not surprisingly, the psychic told them she refused to allow me into the building and to go away.
The enemy can recognize a Spirit-filled Christian and they fear the power and the name of Jesus. My lovely ladies were convinced of what I had been telling them and never went back. Several years later they each professed faith in our Lord. Praise Him!

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Jack Wellman September 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Wow Linda. Powerful testimony. Yes, the enemy knew you by God’s Spirit being in you. Glad your sister and mother were saved. Praise God.

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Alexander Edwin January 19, 2017 at 10:13 am

1.If some christian can see spirit with they own eye it a gift from god or not???
2.I honestly cannot see spirit but i can sense them if spirit near to me, i can feel cold chill at my back and when i in the church i can feel a chill but not cold chill but calm chill feel like holy spirit around me.
i sorry if my English not good it not my main language and i live in Asia country.

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Jack Wellman January 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

I don’t see where the Bible teaches it is a gift to see or feel spirits. This might not be from God. Yes, they may be demons but no believer in Christ can every be possessed. There is no reason to worry about it. God is greater and there is not even one example anywhere in the Bible of a believer ever being possessed, so you need have no fear. It is not your imagination though. I would talk to your pastor about this sir. Thank you Mr. Edwin.

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Alexander Edwin January 20, 2017 at 4:44 am

Thank you…i wish i can share you more info about me but it pointless talk, and about this spirit talk will drag to long….i just keep asking for answer..anyway i hope i can find my own answer from god…and bless you Mr Jack for share wisdom to me…

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