Hello in part 1-We have stated in an effort to understand with the battle over demonic spirits we have to understand internal signs to avoid and so on.
Now the task at hand is how we need to acknowledge that we are in a real war with real armies and real weapons of mass destruction. Remember spiritual warfare is a battle that by definition, can involve combat between two persons, between factions, between armies and they consist of any type of “extended contest, struggle, or controversy.”
Now what that being said, the question came up-“can whole communities suffer from demonic possessions?” For reference,my answer to that question would be a very quick, yes! While this is not an effort to scare anyone the fact still exist that we must help people understand that the forces of evil are very real in this world.
For whatever reason, cases of alleged demonic possession have been on the rise in recent years and show no signs of stopping. Religious institutions around the world have been reporting an exponential increase in the amount of exorcisms performed by clergy, and many churches.
To prove this point for starters- we must understand that community possession can occur in many ways for example there is a phenomenon called “mob mentality” occurs when demons insert the same evil thought into a mob of people at the same time.
The Mob Mentality
The moment the mob is caught up in passion, demons know the power of suggestion can become actionable and when this occurs, the result is a true phenomenon. It is as though the mob suddenly behaves as if it has “one wicked mind.” The fruit of demonic behavior is anger, hatred, violence, and destruction and when adrenalin induced anger goes beyond reason, you can be sure demons are present.
Lynching in the early 20th century (picture, above) is a perfect example of Mob Mentality-The white perpetrators smile and pose with their victims and fellow Klansmen who have murdered thousands of African American men, women and children then took pictures of the gruesome and evil event.
According to biblical scripture-The “mob mentality” possibly could apply to the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah (illustration, below) which we understand were allied with the cities of Admah, Zeboim and Bela. These five cities, also known as the “cities of the plain” (from Genesis in the Authorized Version), [Gen.13:10] Divine judgment by God was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were completely consumed by fire and brimstone.
Neighboring Zoar (Bela) was the only city to be spared. Sodom and Gomorrah have been used historically and today as metaphors for vice, sexual perversion, and homosexuality, although a close reading of the text and other Ancient Near Eastern sources suggest that this association may be incorrect.
On last point that I think it is very important to mention. According to historical research- it was during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, there was an ‘epidemic’ of such possessions. Some of the hundreds of cases that were reported were group possessions in which many people in small, close-knit communities, such as convents and orphanages, displayed the same symptoms. Why?
The question as to why and how demon possession can effect mass groups of people is a good question, but If we use our imagination and possibly some common sense then we can say yes!-that consistent bad habits and filthily living may be a chronic incubator for evil to exist, and demons to feel motivated to work. Examples can be areas where drugs become influences, prostitution, wild parties and sex clubs are largely frequented and so on.
As a person of faith our response must be a clean healthy lifestyle. Period!
(This Article is Part 2 of A Seven Page Series on Spiritual Warfare)
Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO. Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN,Apolitical America, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019. Listen to Greer’s radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email email@example.comHis website is www.gregglgreer.com.