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A DEVIL IN CHURCH
A Devil In Church "The churches are full of people with unclean spirits. Many preachers have an unclean spirit themselves. A lot of unclean conversation goes on at church and among those who are called Christian people. That is a shame and a disgrace because Jesus would always cast out the unclean spirits when He encountered them. You can't have God abiding in you and an unclean spirit. The Holy Spirit will not dwell in the same place with an unclean spirit." - Bro. Mike Miller - "The Unclean Spirit" - Midway Bible Baptist Church "It is possible that those who are very much under the power and working of Satan may yet be found in the synagogue, among the worshippers of God." - Matthew Henry Mark 1:23 says - "And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit..." Luke 4:33 says - "And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil..."
Is it possible for our present-day churches to be full of people with unclean spirits? Can the preachers themselves have unclean spirits? Can people under the power and working of Satan be found regularly among the worshippers of God? Is it true that unclean spirits are the seedbed of most of the problems in the church and the sin-sick world?
Before we examine these two Scriptures from the Gospels of Mark and Luke, let's look at a few other Scriptures. 1 John 5:19 says - "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." There are two truths found within this verse of Scripture that every child of God must fully grasp and understand. The first is that he is - "of God." And because that is true, secondly, he is - "not of the world" nor of the "wicked one." The following Scriptures undeniably bring this out -
• Because the child of God follows Jesus - "the Light of the world" - he doesn't "walk in darkness, but has the light of life." (John 8:12)
• The "prince of this world" - Satan - has "nothing" in him because he is "in Christ" and Christ is "in him." (John 14:30)
• Because he is "chosen out of the world" by the Lord Jesus, he is "not of the world" and "hated" by the world "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15:19)
• What has brought on this decisive distinction and separation from the world has been the unadulterated "word" of the Father - "I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world,