Question on Demonic Influence

The following question was asked online:

Is it possible that the person who committed the murders in Colorado acted without demonic influence? When human beings exhibit total disdain for life isn’t that an obvious sign of demonic influence?  Is there a book that could be written by someone like this shooter called, “Satan Told Me”?

On Sunday we talked about five categories of sin that demonstrate the presence of Satan and open us up to his control. One of those categories was sins of the will, by which I meant defiant disobedience, rebellion and anger.  We talked about suicide in this category. We could have included “total disdain for life” as you have indicated.

In Genesis 4:6-7, as Cain is contemplating the first murder, God says to him: “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

God was warning Cain that his anger was creating a doorway for Satan to come in and master him. I have no doubt that for many mass killings like the one in Colorado, anger is the doorway that Satan uses to control a person and this Satanic control is seen in the resulting total disdain for life.

Another place where this can be seen is with regard to abortion. Because abortion is the asserting of a woman’s “right” to choose over and against God’s right to give life, it is a sin of the will.  Abortion opens a person up to the influence of the Evil One and shows signs of his presence. It is no accident that Pharaoh and Herod both try to kill all children two years old and younger. These are men who are under the power and control of the Evil One.




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