Evangelization and Spiritual Warfare Strategies
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. Psalm 7:11
The demonic Powers and Principalities settled in an inhabited region never operate independently of the people who live there, it is the facts of their inhabitants who summon them, concert with them and make them settle in their region.
The case Jesus presented about the unclean spirit seeking rest after leaving a person shows us, first, that it is not the uninhabited places that demons seek, that demons choose to live in the same urban settlements established by man; and, second, it shows us that demonic forces depend on “man” to exercise their dominion over the earth; or rather, they depend on the facts of this one, or these, to operate with right over the region.
Why are a person’s deeds so important? The facts of a person are an extension of his essence, they are his definition and the characteristic of his being. A person’s deeds are to him what fruits are to a tree, it is the part of his nature that makes him “like” God.
16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?… 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:16-20
Why do demons depend on man’s deeds to operate? Man is not like God only by his form, nor only by the breath of life that God put in him; the likeness of God in him consists in his ability to “rule” over all creation. In the account of his formation it is emphasized that the reason for doing him in the image and likeness of the Creator is so that he may rule over all creation.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26
Additionally, in the account of when he is placed in Eden, it is defined that Adam is placed in the garden to dress it and keep it,,
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Genesis 2:15
The terms, to dress and to keep, correspond to the words עָבְדָהּ (a.bo.daj), and שָׁמְרָהּ (sha.me.raj) respectively, both in feminine gender.
The first word, to dress, is also used in the book of Numbers (4:35, 39 and 43), and in the first book of Chronicles (25:1), except that in all these other texts the word עָבְדָהּ (a.bo.daj) is translated as to minister, and/or, in ministry. The word is used exclusively to define the service of the Levites and singers in the service within the Tabernacle, and eventually, in the service within the Temple; the term is used in the other books of the Old Testament to refer to a priestly function.
So, the word עָבְדָהּ (a.bo.daj) from the Genesis, translated into English as to dress, does not necessarily have to do with “agricultural” work, as most versions suggest; it refers rather to a “protocol” work of ordination and regeneration, similar to the work of a priest within the Temple. This is the value of a man’s “deeds.
It is man’s innate ability to “create” and to transform his environment —his deeds— that Satan needs from him in order to operate on earth. Satan does not have the capacity to “create”.
and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
The Principalities and Powers are attracted by the facts of people, they are the “lightning rod” that invites them to park in a place; man’s deeds are the “food” that strengthens the satanic work on the face of the earth.
14And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:… 17And unto Adam he said,… 19 in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. Genesis 3:14-19
We are not referring to covenants with Satan, we are referring to “acts”, the totality of man’s acts. In the dialogue between God and Cain, after both Abel and Cain presented an offering to God, God discovers to Cain that the acts of a person are those that determine whether he approaches God or Satan,
6And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. Genesis 4:6-7
When man turns away from God all his acts, without exception, become acts of perversity, acts of impiety and unrighteousness, and acts of malice and idolatry, and these become the legal basis for the operation of Satan on the locality.
The man who turns away from God is named in the Bible under the term “ungodly”. David established in one of his psalms that God is angry with the ungodly man every day,
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. Psalm 7:11
Why is God angry with the ungodly? God is angry with the wicked because by his deeds, number one, the earth is defiled:
17Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. 18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: Ezekiel 36:17-18
And, number two, because by their deeds the earth is given over to the operation of Principalities and Powers, and they settle on it:
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 1st. Corinthians 10:20; read also Revelation 9:20; 16:14
The apostle Paul also explains that the wrath of God weighs upon all the ungodly all the days of their lives, because their deeds disperse disobedience in the environment,
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6
for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: Colossians 3:6
God’s wrath upon the wicked is so great that He hears none of their prayers, as stated in the Gospel of John:
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. John 9:31
The wrath of God upon an ungodly man may lead him to definitively depart from his Presence, as established in the books of the prophets:
2I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob, 3 and I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Malachi 1:2-3, read also Romans 9:13
And this that God can separate the ungodly from His Presence is definitely because God’s Grace also includes “time” to be applied; Grace does not mean indefinite waiting:
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Revelation 2:21
Thus, ungodly (wicked man) is the classification that corresponds to those who turn away from God, and whose acts give right to the Principalities and Powers to settle in the inhabited regions.
The Holy Scriptures classify all these acts as abominable acts before the presence of the Lord, and the fact that God abhors these acts is what opens spiritual spaces for demonic forces to establish themselves in the adjacent areas of those who practice them.
for the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee. Deuteronomy 23:14
Based on these instructions, the apostle Paul urges the community of faith in Corinth on the need that each community of faith should have to cleanse itself of satanic contaminations, for if they do not do so they not only put at risk the permanence of the Lord among them, but also expose themselves to the imposition upon them of a power of evil,
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2nd. Corinthians 7:1
This instruction is present in all the writings of the Old as New Testament,
23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24
4Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. 5Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up. Psalm 28:4-5
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Romans 1:18
To all this we must also add the acts of sexual perversion. The subject of sexual perversion is much broader than we can imagine, includes situations ranging from genital manipulation to the natural deformation of the sexes, including between these two points the different forms in which fornication occurs.
Sexual perversion is aimed at attacking the image and likeness of God impregnated in man, the purpose is to erase in man the nexus he may have about an Almighty God. The most common forms of sexual perversion are related to the subject of fornication. Fornication in the ancient biblical concept is defined as prostitution,
13Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 1st. Corinthians 6:13-15
Paul also classifies as fornication the sexual unions of a father with his son’s wife, or vice versa,
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 1st. Corinthians 5:1
The Law of Moses regulated and forbade all such unions; these unions are also considered fornication,
11The nakedness of thy father’s wife’s daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness… 14Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt. Leviticus 18:11-14
11And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them… 20And if a man shall lie with his uncle’s wife, he hath uncovered his uncle’s nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. Leviticus 20:11-20 (Deuteronomy 22:30; 27:20)
In the book of Ezra fornication is presented as unions with impure peoples,
For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. Ezra 9:2
This foundation is also found in the apostle Paul’s writing to the community of Corinth,
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2nd. Corinthians 6:14
These acts of sexual perversion were the cause God intended to destroy the world by a flood,
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Genesis 6:1-3
The situation presented was not because of sexual immorality, it consisted in not having kept the purity of Revelation given to generations that God chose to keep the pure knowledge of His Presence among men; hence the perversion, because they derived Revelation and turned it into knowledge available even for the perverse. A similar situation is again manifested in the case with the daughters of Moab,
And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. 2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 3 And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. Numbers 25:1-3
So, though we have no struggle against flesh and blood, as we have been well instructed by the apostle Paul, we cannot ignore that the perverse facts of the “ungodly” of the zone is what sponsors the permanence in the place of the Principals and Powers that operate between them.
In his own epistle Paul states that the “sons of disobedience” are those who are supporting with their acts the functioning of the demonic forces settled in the place.
5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. Ephesians 5:5-7
Thus, to sum up, the actions of the person in community constitute the basis of the spiritual depravity in which every community develops its way of proceeding, the new members are indoctrinated and forced to accept their modus operandi.
As we see, the perverse situation of a community is not the result of the “assault” of spiritual forces of evil that burst surprisingly into the locality, it is the interaction of the facts of each one in community that degenerate and becomes the raw material for the construction of its perversity, this is clearly evidenced in the account of the construction of the tower of Babel.
3And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. Genesis 11:3-5
But not everything remains there, the spiritual depravity of a region fosters itself through the facts of supremacy that its inhabitants show in their desire to be better than others; it is an evil that is born in Cain and that the Bible classifies as “iniquity”. This trend affects even all religious circles.
Some impose themselves on others through violence, others through cultivating impiety and injustice; but a great majority do so through ritual practices according to the occult sciences they have developed for this purpose: magic in all its forms, sorcery, witchcraft, spiritism, voodoo, astrology, and other occult sciences, are not alternatives to solve people’s problems, as commonly presented, in its background this type of practices are intended to equip people with perverse tools so that those who exercise them “excel” over their other immediate peers. This is the principle of perversion.
The depravity of the deeds of the inhabitants of a locality are transformed into acts of curse that fall on the land of the region where they are practiced. The book of Leviticus calls it “defilement”, and identifies it as the base of operation of the satanic Principalities and Powers to operate with right in it.
25and the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants… 27(for all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled; Leviticus 18:25-27
The prophet Isaiah identifies that a land defiled by the depraved deeds of its inhabitants, is a land that loses its facultative properties of germination,
5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6and I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry. Isaiah 5:5-7
The spiritual depravity of the inhabitants of a region is generally manifested in the detriment of the urban condition in which its inhabitants live; based on the principle that each one seeks or reproduces in his environment what he carries inside, a person who has practiced and accumulated perversity in his actions, will capture in all his social manifestations all the perversity he carries inside.
In the account of the case of demon-possessed Gadarene, we can observe that the possession that a demon exerts upon a person, or upon a place, will be consistent with the perversity to which the person has been exposed, or the perversity he has practiced, according to the personality he has manifested,
26And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. Luke 8:26-27
The fact that the possessed Gadarene did not wear clothes, that he did not bathe and that he still lived in the sepulchers, only describes that the Gadarene before falling under the demonic possession, was a person with a violent and destructive character, extremely imposing and intransigent among the community with which he lived; the demons that possessed him simply “enhanced” the first facts that led them to possess him.
The perversity that a person practices and accumulates in his inner being can also be expressed in the physical constructions he develops; hence, through observation, it is easy to determine the type of Principalities and Powers that operate in the place. A visual inspection of the urban conditions of the place allows us to see the condition of its inhabitants.
Everything is captured in a map through what man manufactures in his environment. Wide and well-developed places can also be ways of capturing the perversity of the dwellers. Thus, the architecture of the place, its institutions, its culture, its urbanism, and even its laws, are the “make-up” that covers the impiety and injustice that develops in the place. A building higher than another is only indicating the supremacy of those who live or work in it; a city full of gardens and green areas is indicating that the city has built on deception and lies, and that imagination, fantasy and magic are the raw material of its injustices.
This is the doctrinal basis that makes it possible to understand, and enter, into evangelism and spiritual warfare of areas that manifest to be regions where satanic Principalities and Powers have settled.
Thus, in short, the demonic forces stationed in a place subsist by the acts of perversity of the inhabitants of a region; what remains for us to add is that the demonic forces have cyclic power, and their strength is renewed with the life cycles of the community.
24For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; 25 whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth… 27so that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. 28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians… 34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter? Acts 19:24-35
We do not fight against demonic forces that came from nowhere, we fight against forces of darkness that were summoned, and that subsist in the place because there are those who authorize them to remain in that region.
Faced with this situation, what is the participation of a man and a woman of faith within their community? How does a man and a woman of faith get rid of being influenced by the Principalities and Powers of the place?
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All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.
Pastor Pedro Montoya
 Matthew 12:43; Luke 11:24
 1st. Corinthians 7:9
 Romans 1:26
 1st. Corinthians 6:8
 Ephesians 6:12