Drugs, Yoga and Demons :: by Ron and Nathele Graham

Christians believe in the supernatural. For example we believe in the virgin birth, we believe Jesus walked on water, and we believe the Red Sea parted to allow the Israelites to pass. Amidst all of the “good” supernatural things from God, somehow we deny that there is also “evil” supernatural. Demons are mostly considered spooky myths with no truth, but the fact is demons do exist and are very active in the world today.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Though God’s Word is full of evidence of demonic activity and warnings against it, most people today simply laugh at the idea that demons might actually be real. Movies and books have desensitized people to think demonic activity is entertaining make believe. Nothing could be more wrong.

Christians have willingly been “dumbed down” and many today cannot defend simple Christian beliefs, let alone more complicated ones like demons. Satanic activity is all around us but has been ignored by many preachers in order to not upset the sheep. Instead of studying God’s Word to find truth, many Christians sit in their pews and hear nothing more than a watered down sermon. Don’t get me wrong, we need to hear about God’s love and forgiveness, but we also need to be prepared for spiritual warfare.

Somehow biblical subjects relating to fallen angels and Satan get ignored; Christians are not prepared for the battle. Why should we put on our spiritual armor if Satan is just a funny looking guy in a red suit? Instead of being prepared for spiritual warfare we go into this mine field with blinders on. Instead of opening the eyes of the congregation, too many preachers ignore the demonic realm and soon Satan and his minions don’t seem so bad.

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Demons are real and pure evil. We need to be prepared to battle them.

There is a lot of disinformation around us and instead of holding God’s Word in authority we look to the world. Instead of searching Scripture to see what God’s Word has to say about such things, many Christians base their theology on what they see on television, movies, and music. Ineffectual preachers who haven’t got a clue about supernatural demonic existence don’t know how to recognize demonic activity and allow yoga, New Age, and other evils to sneak into their congregation.

Demons aren’t believed to be real and thus are seen as nothing more than myths and fairy tales. Somehow we can read of Jesus casting out demons but think “that was then and this is now.” Nothing has changed since Jesus walked this earth and demons are still an issue. Study your Bible and you will come to understand that this battle is real.

Demons presence is everywhere and poised to pounce like a lion hidden and waiting on its prey. Give them the opportunity and they will take control of your self-will. They are spirit beings and they need a portal in which to enter and set up residence in a human body.

Portals are easy to open but demons can’t just come in, they must first be invited. Christians must be on guard so that no unintentional invitation is given. We have the protection of the Holy Spirit and cannot be possessed, but if we willingly open a door and invite a demon into our life we can be oppressed.

Drug use is one way to open your mind and body to demons. Paul gave a list of works of the flesh (of Satan) when he wrote to the Galatians. Part of that list reads “Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies” (Galatians 5:20).

The word “witchcraft” comes from the Greek word “pharmakeia” which, among other things, means “the use or administering of drugs.”

Though drugs have been an issue since the beginning of time, the 1960s ushered in a generation who used mind-altering drugs to “tune in, turn on, and drop out”. In doing so they opened the way for demons to enter. Marijuana, LSD, cocaine, heroin, and so on will alter your thinking and invite demons into your life. Nobody should be involved with drugs, especially Christians.

“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8).

Christians must always be on guard against evil and keep our wits about us. Another invitation to demons is yoga. This satanic practice is even promoted by misguided Christian congregations who allow this satanic practice into their hallowed halls. Anyone who practices this Eastern Mysticism opens their minds to demons. According to one website:

“Yogis in India have conceptualized the seven “chakras,” or wheels of energy since ancient times as the ethereal body (energy body that engulfs the physical body).

They take in vitality (prana) from the surrounding atmosphere. They are located along the central axis of the body. These chakras govern the seven levels of the spiritual life of the yogic practitioner. The yogi strives to awaken or become conscious of these centers of energy through visualization and breathing exercises that concentrate attention on the areas in the body where they are located. Each is associated with a specific aspect of physical functioning and appears to be the center and energetic source of specific emotional qualities.

This is satanic and Christians need to run from this evil practice. The yoga positions are designed to activate a “Kundalini” in the base of your spine. When released it supposedly rushes up your spinal cord to your brain. What is Kundalini? It is a “fiery serpent”. Scripture refers to Satan many times as a serpent or a dragon. Do you see how evil this practice is? Totally demonic. By the way, there is no such thing as Christian yoga. Many Christians can’t find the time to read and study the Bible, but somehow find time to practice yoga.

“I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways” (Psalm 119:15).

It is God who we need to have foremost in our hearts and minds, not the fiery serpent.

Aside from drugs and yoga, another way to invite demons into your life is through “necromancy.” Necromancy is defined as the conjuring of the spirits of the dead. Scripture tells us that “divination, sorcery and spiritism” are practices forbidden by God. Scripture is quite specific concerning the prohibition of any attempt to contact the dead.

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12a).

The Israelites were going to enter the Promised Land which was filled with demon worshipping people and Christians are living amidst the demon worshipping people of this fallen world. God forbids His people to practice evil. Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Both died and the rich man was in the place of torments.

Fully aware of his suffering he wanted to go and tell his brothers to change their ways, but that was forbidden. If you think that a loved one who has died can come to give you advice, you are wrong. Necromancy always involves demons, and anyone who practices it opens themselves up to demonic attack. Satan and his demons seek to destroy human beings; their intention is not to communicate truth or wisdom, but pure lies.

Peter said we are to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

There is to be no contact between the dead and the living. Period.

Today we see that evil is growing stronger. Remember the man in Florida who ate another man’s face? He growled at the police as they tried to stop the attack before shooting him. At first the authorities thought he was on drugs, but the autopsy didn’t support that. This was demonic and it isn’t an isolated incident. Lately we hear of many mass shootings.

The killer murders and injures many people then turns the gun on himself. This is satanic. Because Christians have chosen to ignore the warnings about Satan throughout our Bible, Satan is growing stronger and Christians are growing weaker. God isn’t growing weaker, but Christians no longer honor Him as we should. By accepting activities such as yoga, “recreational drugs” or horoscopes we are going against God and are allowing portals to be opened and demons to enter. Demons are real.

Born-again believers in Christ cannot be indwelt by demons. We are already indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God and He doesn’t share space with malevolent misfits.

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13).

Here’s the rub, whenever Christians go against God’s Word Satan may be allowed to build a stronghold; you can be oppressed by Satan and your walk with God hindered. If you profess to be a Christian, why would you engage in any activity that God abhors? Drugs open up entry ways for demons to enter and mystical practices such as yoga give demons rights in your life. Stand firm on God’s Word and don’t be fooled by Satan’s lies.

How can people protect themselves from the demons all around? First and foremost accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. At that point you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and have protection. Next, turn away from the things God abhors.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” (James 4:7-8).

Resist Satan by turning away from drugs, yoga, necromancy, and any number of other activities promoted by Satan. You cannot bring every thought to the obedience of Christ if you are high on drugs or if you are clearing your mind and putting your body into positions designed to release the fiery serpent into your brain.

You cannot bring every thought to the obedience of Christ if you are trying to contact the dead for guidance instead of consulting the Living God. Don’t be deceived. Demons are real, but Christ is stronger than anything this world has to offer. Submit yourself to Him.

Many people today simply refuse to believe the fact that evil supernatural beings exist. Knowing that demons and fallen angels are real is not difficult for the informed Bible student; God wants us to know about Satan and beware of his treachery.

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:3-4).

Ignoring the fact that demons exist won’t make them go away and choosing activities that invite them into your life is something Christians should not do.

The supernatural is all around us and I have just touched on a few of the dark, evil powers we face. You can choose to follow evil or you can choose the power and love of Jesus Christ. My suggestion is that you choose Jesus Christ.

God bless you all,

Ron and Nathele Graham