How Should Christians Respond to Demon Possession?

Episode 456 Show Notes 

From the Show

Do you know when demons leave? When Jesus shows up. What happened when Jesus entered a region that was demon-infested? The demons trembled with fear. They fell down before King Jesus. They bowed before him. What people need isn’t magic words. What they need is the presence of Jesus Christ. And how is Jesus present? By his word and spirit and in the lives of his people.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Does 1 Corinthians 11 mean a married woman needs to wear a head covering anytime she is in public? I have read where someone said that the Greek wording indicates that the women were to keep the head covering on when praying or prophesying as if it was something they were expected to wear in public but were pulling it off in the church when doing these activities. Are women to wear this all of the time? I have also read quotes from church leaders from early in the church requiring this. Were they requiring it all of the time? 

2. I've had an on-again, off-again relationship with my mother, who struggles with mental illness. When things are good, they're great. When they aren't, she can be really abusive, and I always end up being the enemy. A few people have told me that it is time to let it go. Unfortunately, I've never received an apology from her, it just goes back to the way things were until she goes through another cycle. I mean, I love my mom and I forgive her, but I guess my question is, when it comes to forgiveness, does there come a time when, for self-preservation, there is a time to let that relationship go? Or is that being selfish? Am I being a bad son for letting her go, if that cycle keeps going without any sign of letting up?

3. Mark 1:15 states that Jesus began his ministry by proclaiming that "the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel". My understanding of the gospel is that, at its core, it is about how Jesus justifies us through his finished work on the cross. Without the crucifixion, there would be no gospel. But it is clear from the Gospels that Jesus did not reveal how he would die until later in his ministry, and even when he did, his disciples did not fully understand what he was saying. So what was the content of the gospel that Jesus was proclaiming compared with the gospel that, for example, Paul proclaims in Romans? It seems that Jesus' message is linked to the kingdom of God. If so, does that mean that our proclamation of the gospel is deficient if it does not include "the kingdom of God" and how this ties in with the message of justification? 

4. If one feels that they are demonically possessed, how do they get the demons out of the body? I know in the bible, swine were filled with demons that were possessing a man. How can we do it in modern-day culture? 

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