Summary: Are there any real haunted houses? What is a Christians response to haunted houses?
What About Haunted Houses ?
After reading part of the article I’m using this morning I began to pray, and felt the Lord say “They (my people, specifically Here) don’t believe in the reality of evil, even with all the Bible’s warnings. I felt that since Halloween had just occured this was the time to address the topic of haunted houses. Your first question to me will be, “Do you really believe in that stuff?”, and the answer is a resounding yes. If you don’t you don’t believe the Bible, you believe your scientific worldview. The Bible tells us about a cosmic war between God and a fallen angel named Lucifer for the souls of mankind. It tells of demons, evil spirits, and a very real spirit world that interacts and affects our physical world. Now, don’t misunderstand me, while I believe something supernatural is going on in those houses, I don’t interpret it the way non christians do. Lets look at the topic.
43 "When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ’I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
Here Jesus uses the illustration of deliverance of a person from an evil spirit and his subsequent worse demonization to show a warning to them. They were trying to get rid of evil without replacing it with God’s Holy presence. (Matthew 12:43)
I want you to see an underlying truth that evil spirits want something to inhabit. When Jesus cast them out of a man they went into the pigs, and when they drown they went somewhere else. There are many things the Bible does not directly address, but it gives us principles to help us understand. Jesus said I have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. But when the Holy Spirit comes he will guide you into all truth. He is still guiding in full agreement with the Word, because it is his word. The Holy Spirit and experience has shown us that spirits can and do occupy inanimate objects, if they can affect the physical world and mens souls.
The Johnsons got a great deal on their home. They some found out why: “It was what some call “a haunted house”- that is a place where there was an uncomfortable and negative presence.
Some people are attracted to haunted houses because they are different and exciting. Some have told in this congregation that they went and stayed in one for the thrill. You can’t guess who so don’t try.
For this reason some hotels advertise, “Stay in our hotel. It has a real ghost!”
A supernatural presence may seem fun to visitors, but it is rarely fun to the homeowners.
Now I am not talking about fake, made up, mechanical haunted houses set up for halloween and you pay money to go through. Or Scooby Doo kind that always have a human cause. I am only talking about the ones for which there is no human cause for the activity.
In my ministry people will say you are going to think I’m crazy, but strange things are happening in our house. This is not a new experience “A 16th century prayer went like this, “From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!” The real question should not be are the experiences real or not, but what is the cause.
I Demonic Disturbance
A. Symptoms of Demonic Disturbance
Demons or evil spirits can at time throw things at people, move furniture, or make various noises. At other times they create extreme temperatures -generally cold- or nauseating odors, or they may impede ones’s ability to pray. Satan can attack us physically, emotionally, or spiritually. (Charisma p45)
Symptoms p 48 Spiritual Housecleaning
B. Sin opens the door for Occupation (Not every house is haunted )
a. When Adam sinned Satan gained his rule over the earth
b. The Bible says if we allow anger to remain in us we allow Satan a place in our life.
c. Sin -Rebellion and disobedience to God is not some small thing.
1. We can also invite them in through occultic practices
Hotel Voodoo conference p35 Spiritual housecleaning
(Ouija board, Seances, tarot cards, games like Dungeons and Dragons, Masters of the Universe, Pokemon, Pornography, etc)
-the person who owned the home before you may have done it.