12th December 2016

Transferring Spirits

“What does the Bible say about transferring spirits?”Answer: The idea of “transferring spirits” is that people can transfer evil spirits by touching or being around other people. Those who teach such things teach others not to associate with friends or family members who might be able to transfer such a spirit into them. There is no scriptural basis for the concept of transferring spirits by touching or being near another person or by any other method. There is no doubt that we can be affected by negative attitudes or sinful behaviors in others, but to identify these as spirit beings that can be transferred to others is not biblical.The Bible teaches us about two types of spirit beings, the angels that have not fallen into sin and the angels that followed Satan in his rebellion. Angels that have not sinned are called ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14), and we are told that God sends them forth to be ministering to those that shall be heirs of salvation, that is those that believe in Christ as Savior. Angels that joined Satan in his rebellion are reserved in darkness (Jude 1:6) and constitute the spiritual beings (demons) dedicated to evil.The Bible has only one instance of demons being transferred from one living creature to another and that is when Jesus transferred the legion of demons from the possessed men into the herd of pigs (Matthew 8:28-34). Jesus did not repeat this miracle, nor did He ever warn His disciples (or us) about transferring spirits. There is no reason for a born again believer in Christ to fear Satan or his fallen angels. If we resist him he will flee from us. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”(James 4:7). As true believers, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We can be confident that the Holy Spirit is not going to tolerate a demon in His temple.

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