If you are a Christian writer and are not yet familiar with WORLD Magazine, then I need to point you to it.
It is the news as it should be reported–objective, truthful, and from a Christian perspective.
I don’t agree with their overemphasis on engagement in politics as the solution for our troubles, but I appreciate and respect their stand. As far as I can see, political solutions are temporary. God is the only one who can solve the issues of our day. We need to trust his sovereignty over national and world affairs.
World will present the issues and give you the information that you need to respond as an informed writer, reader, or fellow traveler on your own spiritual journey.
With the exclusive interview of Charlie Sheen on tap for broadcast on ABC tonight at 10PM, the news is full of his face and words. In my 61 years of life, thirty-four of which I spent working with people of all kinds and in various stages of soul-care, I view Charlie Sheen from a unique, seldom heard perspective. I am saddened and concerned that we are witnessing the self-destruct of a fellow human being. This is not a judgment on him nor is mine the last word on what is happening to him, but it is an informed opinion.
Charlie Sheen evinces many of the behaviors of a man in deep spiritual trouble. I am not qualified to speak of his psychological symptoms, which others claim, are present. Nor am I able to comment on his physical health (chemical or hormonal imbalances). What I can comment on is what may be the underlying causes of those symptoms. In my opinion, Sheen is experiencing demonic oppression. I’ve seen this on the mission field. Most especially in Brazil. I’ve seen it elsewhere where heavy drug use has opened a door in the psyche for access by dark spiritual forces.
Watch his movements. Listen to his words, often lacking in syntax and coherence, almost always self-aggrandizing, invincible. Notice the simmering anger, body language indicative of underlying rage. I plan on watching the interview tonight because I want to observe him more closely to see just how much access those spirits have to him. What I have yet to hear is religious talk. Almost all demoniacally oppressed people exhibit unusual religious behaviors or language at some point. Even Charlie Manson got to the place where he thought he was simultaneously Satan and Jesus Christ. I expect Sheen may end up saying something religious at some point in the interview, but whether he does or doesn’t, he exhibits many of the most obvious signs of demonic oppression that I’ve studied or seen in action.
To explain Sheen’s behavior as “manic,” which I heard in a news report last night, is to say nothing more than “we know that something’s out of balance and this is why.” To explain abnormal behavior by saying that someone’s chemistry has caused that behavior is to explain the behavior, but not the cause of the chemical change itself. Biological changes can occur by a spiritual catalyst. What I’m answering is the “how” and “why.”
Chemicals as a doorway to the spirit is nothing new. Native Americans will tell you how real this is. So will shamans of various cults and occult communities.
What Charlie Sheen needs is not more money from CBS. What he needs is faithful friends who can recognize demonic interference and know how to pray and function in deliverance ministry.
QUESTION: Do you think psychology and medicine hold the only solutions for those who manifest serious behavioral symptoms, or is there a spiritual aspect we Westerners have ruled out?
I will fight those who fight you,
and I will save your children.
I will feed your enemies with their own flesh.
They will be drunk with rivers of their own blood.
All the world will know that I, the Lord,
am your savior and your redeemer,
the mighty One of Israel. –Isaiah 49:25c-26
Here in this text, the prophet Isaiah speaks to Israel a “word of the Lord.” He hears a word from God regarding Israel’s future. In it we get a glimpse of God’s determination to defeat any foolish enough to propose Israel’s defeat or destruction. He is in effect saying, “Hands off my chosen people.”
God makes it clear that He will act on Israel’s behalf as He had in the past where he actually brought insanity upon an attacking army. The result was that Israel witnessed the self-destruction of an entire army on the field of battle. God gave Israel’s enemy over to their hatred and lust for blood by allowing their madness to go unrestrained. They all perished. [see Isaiah 60:12].
God makes it clear in vs. 26, that Israel’s enemies will self-destruct:
1.they will consume their own flesh;
2.they will be “drunk with rivers of their own blood.”
They will begin with intense hatred for God’s people and that hatred will consume them as they destroy themselves for nothing. In the end, Israel will not only stand, but will glorify God as the whole world sees the Savior, Redeemer, the “mighty One of Israel,” defend his people This will have the effect of turning the hardened hearts of the godless everywhere to see God’s hand of protection over His people. How much more so for those in his Family now–those who are in Christ?
Father, glorify yourself in your people. Use the enemies of your people to bring nations to their senses. May all the families of the earth come to reflect your glory to the principalities and powers in the heavenly realms. Establish the remnant! To your glory . . . make her the praise of the earth. Fulfill the faith of Jesus I pray.