It appears to be accepted by many ministries that certain objects tied to demonic power can act as doorways to the spiritual realm and give demons legal ground to affect us negatively.
Edit: I don’t want to emphasize legal ground. It is not an essential aspect. It is more about whether these things can affect our walk. I don’t think they can take away salvation of course and are simply fiery darts for born again Christians but we are called to follow God’s commandments and be righteous for good reason so to not keep a place for the devil in our hearts in the same way bitterness and unforgiveness does.
Here are some examples:
Steven Bancarz (I respect him and his knowledge greatly - exhibits many fruits and is very intelligent and biblical)
Book: Second Coming Of The New Age
John Barnett - DTBM (Was trained at Grace To You Ministries and he knows the Bible like the back of his hand)
Micah Stephen Bell (Don’t know much about him)
Derek Prince speaks about it many times but I cannot remember which videos.
Josh Peck from SkyWatchTv and Doreen Virtue also touch on this issue.
Edit: In the John Barnett video he speaks of this scripture:
Acts 19:18-20 ESV
“Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.”
He says that Paul taught that to magnify God we must divest ourselves of anything tied to Satan, to demons, to occult activity and magical black arts. To renounce and get rid of them. Many Christians are held back from fully serving the lord. The spirit is grieved as it sees what we are deciding to hold onto and cherish more than him. It has a hold on us. Paul says we must renounce the darkness. And in the last verse it says: “So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily” which could mean that the renouncing of it all removed any footholds so their walk with the Lord would be less inhibited?
Paul also explains that we must use God’s spiritual weapons aka the armour of God and that it all starts with full submission to God and I feel renouncing these things would be part of full submission.
1 Corinthians 10:14-22
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?"
This seems to illustrate that it is not the objects or idols themselves but the demonic power behind them. And also points out the seriousness. It says that simply eating the food that was sacrificed is participating in the altar. Couldn’t this be applied in other situations? For example, it could follow that venerating the demonic by keeping a picture on a wall to display to everyone and choosing to fill that limited space with something demonic instead of something that glorifies the Lord (regardless of whether you know or not). Even simply keeping a place for it in your home which is supposed to be fully dedicated to God could be participating as Paul says. What do you guys think?
Yes we must glorify the Lord and seek the kingdom first and fix our eyes on him but I think part of that is renouncing or burning anything tied to the demonic and it’s our job to learn what those things are whether it’s objects or music or TV shows or pets or simply anything we trust more or put before God.
I will continue to update and add to this post when I have more time.
For now I’m wondering if there are other respected speakers who teach or speak on the topic.
I’m also very interested in any scripture that deals with this.
Lastly, I’d like to hear any related personal experiences.
Any info would be greatly appreciated and please watch the videos if you want to provide a well thought out answer. Thanks and God bless!