To answer the question, “why God permit’s Satan’s attacks,” I look to the book of the century, “War on the Saints.”
Sister Penn-Lewis writes:
“Only through the fire of sifting will the people of God be urged forward to the battle and victory which will drive the forces of Satan from their place in the heavenlies……Wrong conceptions of divine things can only be destroyed by experience. Many of the children of God are deceived whilst they think they are protected by God. They comply with the conditions for God to work, apart from intelligent understanding of why He does so,and they do not realize that it is just as possible IGNORANTLY TO COMPLY WITH THE CONDITIONS FOR EVIL SPIRITS TO WORK, through ignorance of the laws governing both divine and satanic workings. (pg. 299)
I can certainly relate to Sister Jessie’s words. While I was a minister within the organized church for 25 years, I thought that I knew a lot about deliverance. As I look back, I realize now that I only knew a very “little bit.” Actually, my “little bit” seemed like a lot in comparision to my peers and ministerial colleagues who barely even mentioned that the devil actually exists. I had even cast out a few demons, but never inside of conventional church walls.
Churchfolk in bondage in the community sought me out by either telephone or they knocked at my door. I was primarily sought after “on the down low” by both denominational and word of faith churchgoers, not because I was an ordained minister but in truth, it was known that I had experience in the occult. I describe my first deliverance session with a word of faith Christian woman who was addicted to alcohol in “To Curse The Root:” “I had never conducted a deliverance before but I believed God’s word so I began by rebuking the spirit and commanding it with a loud voice to come out of her in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. My daughter, fourteen years old at the time, began to join me in the command.
From the moment I began, Laura started to cough and vomit up a greenish fluid, which I thought was bile. We got her a pail, as she continued to heave and retch.Then, like the wisping sound of wind, an unearthly,guttural,rasping sound issued forth from deep in Laura’s throat.”(pg. 110.”) Laura was delivered that day and she has remained drug free since 1983. In fact, she is now an evangelist and a certified addiction counselor. This was a great victory for my daughter and I since we moved out in faith without any knowledge. However, with only a smattering of spiritual warfare experience, I believe that one of the reasons why I had to be driven out of the organized church was so that I would not be hindered from “going deeper.”
Unfortunately, the organized church continues to be unwilling to face the truth and churchfolk are content to remain ignorant. I prefer to press forward to gain the knowledge necessary for discernment. Discernment is not only spiritual but it also involves natural reasoning, wisdom and commonsense. The more battles I experience, the more knowledge I acquire. With each captive, I learn more each day how to resist the wiles, schemes, accusations, tricks, weights and obstacles of the devil. Giving up the support and acceptance of people is a price worth paying.
Take yoga as an example. Some of the clients that I have worked with over the years practiced yoga BEFORE they became a Christian. They are now being tormented. The torment that they are presently enduring is unimaginable. The obscenities, cursings, blasphemies and ravings that come forth out of the mouths and throats of those whom Hindu demons control is “unearthly”,especially when they also speak in tongues. It is progressive, but we are experiencing some success. Yoga is rooted in Eastern mysticism, incompatible with Christianity. Yet, there are Christians who believe that it is possible to extract physical benefits from yoga, in spite of its demonic roots. In fact, there is now an acceptable practice, spreading like wild-fire primarily in the denominational churches called “Christian Yoga.”
Operating in some of the United Methodist Churches and the Parkwood Baptist Church, it is believed that “getting quiet to hear God” by “tuning out the world’s frequency to tune into God’s frequency” is obtainable through Christianized yoga. Church leaders ignorantly believe that applying scripture to yoga provides an opportunity for its participants to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. What the deceived do not know is that conversion to Jesus Christ of Nazareth through the practice of yoga is akin to expecting “Satan to cast out Satan.” It just won’t happen. Why? Because through passivity, yoga stretches open up the seven psychic centers in the body known in the occult world as chakras.
Chakras are actually demonic doorways for Hindu deities who themselves are principalities and powers. Each of these demons rules a particular sphere of life, which I am presently researching. Once these doorways are opened through passivity, the deities stand guard over each portal: Over the crown is Shiva; the third eye is Hakini; the throat is Savashiva, the heart is Isha, the navel is Vahni, the sexual organs are Vishnu and Rakeeni and the anus is Brahma.
The main problem is that the passivity of the yoga practitioner has weakened his will. This kind of passivity empowers any one or all 8 demons or deities. While each deity stands guard over the doorways that it rules, countless other lower demons pass in and out of each of the 7 portals. To unseat a demonic deity is not impossible but it is very challenging, to say the least. What I am presently learning is that once the captive is strong enough in his or her will, each demon must be cast out one at a time by the name of the deity. Then the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth must be applied to the doorposts of the 7 psychic centers in order to permanently close these doorways, opened by the apparently harmless practice of yoga.
Almost one hundred years ago, woman of God Jessie Penn Lewis in collaboration with Evangelist Evan Roberts of the revival in Wales wrote “War on the Saints.” This book has no competition or comparison. Simply put, the pain of “waking me up” to how the religious demon had deceived me palled to the astounding joy that the revelations of truth continue to bring me, almost on a daily basis.”War on the Saints” literally set me free, equipped me to serve and inspired the contents of my third book, “Faces of the Religious Demon.”
So no one has defined passivity better than Jessie Penn Lewis. In her own words:
The primary cause of deception and possession in surrendered believers may be condensed into one word, PASSIVITY; that is, a cessation of the active exercise of the WILL in control over the spirit, soul and body or either, as may be the case. It is, practically, a counterfeit of “surrender to God.” The believer who surrenders his members or faculties to God, AND CEASES TO USE THEM HIMSELF, thereby falls into “passivity” which enable evil spirits to deceive, and possess any part of his being which has become passive.” This deception over passive surrender may be exampled thus: A believer surrenders his “arm” to God. He permits it to hang passive, waiting for ‘God to use it.’ He is asked, ‘why do you not use your arm?’ He replies, ‘I have surrendered it to God. I must not use it now. God must use it.’But will God lift the arm for the man? Nay,the man himself must lift it, and use it, seeking to understand intelligently God’s mind in doing so.(War on the Saints, pg. 71.)
Sister Lewis amplifies this general definition of passivity as a state of being out of control because of a loss of free will, a condition of inactivity or idleness. In order to know what is going on in the spiritual realm, I believe that every serious Christian should have access to “War on the Saints.” I recommend that you purchase either a soft or hard cover and keep it real close by. Make sure that it is unabridged as the abridged version has been seriously “butchered by Christians who disagreed with her.” On those few occasions that I myself have had reservations about one of Jessie’s teachings, I have been disproved more than once.