INTRODUCTION: This is an interview with Dr. Greg Reid, a youth pastor, speaker, author of many books, who has his own website, and is a former victim of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and a man of GOD who understands spiritual warfare because it’s a reality for him.
He has written a book about it: WAR of the AGES: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan’s kingdom.
Q#46: Describe the differences between those who are only mentally ill and those who are demonized. What are some of the key indicators a demonized person manifests that sets them apart from those suffering from mental disorders?
Q#47: Does the Spirit of GOD flow more powerfully through those of greater sanctification and thus make them more effective in spiritual warfare (In other words – the genuinely holier a person is, the more ‘hell’ they can give to demonic powers)?
Q#48: Beyond the demon seeking and finding satisfaction in vicariously experiencing pleasure of its hosts’ sin, what strategic value is such a demonized person to Satan?
Q#49: In your experience, how long does it take on average to train a Bible-believing Christian who can then competently and confidently engage in spiritual warfare (including exorcisms)?
Q#50: While realizing that there isn’t a universal formula in demon extraction, I read your article “Dealing with the Demonic: Rules of Engagement“. I printed copies of this out and handed them out to the other pastors of the church and I’ve included it in my own Discipleship 103 – Spiritual Warfare class.
Chapter THIRTEEN – New Testament References
Q#51a: I always thought that “demon” was synonymous with “unclean spirit” but you classify them as a particularly nasty, restless, tortured sort of demon that afflicts its victim with the agony integral to itself. Did I understand you correctly?
Q#51b: Once a soul is swept clean, it’s vital that the victim receives Christ – so they are then a “full house” by the Holy Spirit with no potential vacancies where demons could lodge. When the Demon Extraction Team is convinced that they are able to communicate with the victim with no interference by the demon, do we need to ask the victim if they will receive – not just deliverance from demons, but also salvation in Christ?
And if they the answer “no” – is this legitimate grounds to end the attempt to exorcize because they might be afflicted “seven more worse” than the demon itself?
Q#52b: How is 1 JOHN 1:9 key to deliverance from oppression?
A: Staying in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ is both hearing it preached and reading it in scripture on a daily basis. To fail here is to weaken the very armor we fight with; deliverance from oppression means so filling our hearts and minds with His Word that the tentacles of the enemy must let go for there is no place they can cling to that is not ‘Word-fortified’.
Q#53: Demons use religion to their great advantage spouting their endorsements for “another Jesus” and “another Gospel”. Uninformed people see the obvious evil in Satanism or even witchcraft, but they see New Age and mystical meditation practices anywhere from benign to beneficial.
Q#55: What is the difference between (raw) power and delegated authority?
Q#56: You recommended The Beautiful Side of Evil by Johanna Michaelsen and The Light That Was Dark by Warren Smith – as do I myself! What other such books do you consider must reading re: spiritual warfare?
Chapter FOURTEEN – Discernment
Q#57: It’s the Spirit of Truth – the Holy Spirit and the Word of Truth – the Holy Scriptures whereby we are given and cultivate the gift of discernment.
When we see Jesus, we see both “grace and truth” (JOHN 1:17); do you think discernment ministries can devolve into witch hunting societies where there is an overemphasis on truth over grace and as a result, can cause serious damage to the church? What does a healthy balance between grace and truth look like in a practical sense?
Q#58: I think one of the best discernment ministries is the one that spear-headed the whole thing: The Berean Call, founded by the late Dave Hunt. He said, “If Christians were reading and studying their Bibles, The Berean Call and other discernment ministries would either not be necessary or reduced in operations.” Comments?
Q#59: One of my favorite quotes regarding discernment by Andrew Murray is “GOD’s gift of discernment is GOD’s call to intercession“. Comments? Do you have any favorite quotes or anecdotal wisdom?
Q#60: I used to live in a house formerly occupied by a witch. Within the first 6 months or so, I saw shadow creatures, the lower half of a satyr, I heard knockings and thudding sounds upstairs while I was downstairs. A friend of mine stayed overnight once while I went to work on graveyard: when I came back the next morning he said, “It sounded like people were moving furniture upstairs!”
Chapter SIXTEEN: Basics
Q#61: JOB #1 is not to interrogate a demon that has indwelt a person and how they got there; rather its “to set the captive free”. Where is the balance between not conducting an interview with the spirit and learning the legal right by which a demon has someone in bondage?
Q#62a: Have you partnered with saints who are very experienced in deliverance – and what were some of the valuable lessons you learned from them?
(1) I need to take that counter-measure – a determination not to flag or quit but to outlast all the enemy’s tricks, and also
(2) prepare myself and my team through taking care of ourselves in rest, nutrition (if not fasting) and being Word-filled before we engage, then just focus like a laser beam on the extraction and not let the demon wear us out either physically or mentally.
Chapter SEVENTEEN: Specific Doors of Entrance – Part One
Q#63a: “Sex and drugs and rock-n-roll” have been strong influences and common since the ’60’s. When did the occult – which completes this ‘terrible triad’ come into play and what were the main venues where it streamed into our society?
Note from James: For more about Hollywood and entertainment industry and how the biggest names are Free Masons:
Altiyan Childs, the winner of X-Factor Australia 2010, gives his testimony how he came to salvation in Christ in this YouTube video that exposes the secrets of the “hidden religion” he used to belong to – Freemasonry. It is a 5 hour long video that you will need to watch in segments. Warning, the content of this video is not suitable for children.
Q#63b: The three-fold cord doesn’t necessarily have to include the occult per se, but false religion can be a part of this: are there any that are more powerful in the binding of this cord than others? Ex.: Hinduism over Islam? Mormonism over Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Q#64: A long line of alcoholics may not have “learned behavior” as the primary cause of their addiction; perhaps demonic spirits could be the cause? Or the same can be asked of sexual deviations and perversions?
Q#65: How can 1 COR 7:14 be reconciled with what many believe happens – when a parent renounces the occult and receives Christ, and the familiar spirits then latch on to the children who are not saved (but never got involved in anything occultic). What gives them legal right? Isn’t the sanctifying influence of the Christian parent enough to repel such generational curses or familiar spirits?
Q#66: People believe the Ouija board is just a game, but I recall a time when a cousin of mine approached me and said she had “funny things” spooking her family. I started naming off occult items and if she had any of them and she denied having any, but upon further reflection remembered that someone gave her a Ouija board as a gift – she never played it, nor any family member, and she stored it in a closet somewhere. I told her that this could very well be the source of her problem, and would she mind if I took it off her hands, which she readily agreed to.
Q#67: Curanderismo, Santeria, Voodoo and other kinds of shamanic belief systems will often blend Roman Catholicism into their workings. One wonders why Roman Catholicism specifically? Some believe because Roman Catholicism has its roots in Babylon: the Mother of Harlots – hence a long history of powerful satanic influences and forces. Comments?
Q#68: Witchcraft holds to pantheism, that all creation is indwelt by ‘God’ and is ‘God’.
Q#70: It’s astonishing to me, the number of Christians who are not only comfortable with the idea of communicating with their deceased loved ones, but actually engage in what the Bible calls necromancy. Will compromise such as this, when one disobeys the direct command of Scripture (as found in DEUT 18) deepen demonic bondage and deception – even for Christians?
Q#71: On page 277 you list 11 points of uniform theology by departed loved ones, ascended masters – and interestingly enough by our “space brothers” who’ve traveled untold numbers of lightyears to communicate the same message to us as ‘the dead’! Comments?
Q#72b: So using one’s imagination to engage in sexual fantasies which usually accompany masturbation/self-pleasure are dangerous on a demonic level? These things have exploded exponentially since Internet porn has become commonplace.
To what lengths have you counseled people who are caught up in all of this to cut off any ties that can lead to sin?
Chapter EIGHTEEN – Specific Doors of Entrance: Part Two
Q#73a: On ISLAM – Mohammad as well as Ignasius of Loyola and others have often encountered spirits or angels in caves, grottos, tunnels, bridges – even deep inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. Is there a connection here?
Q#73b: It’s fascinating to consider that mystical meditation disciples can be found in all of the major religions of the world, including Islam (the Sufi’s). The late Fr. Thomas Merton, a practitioner of Contemplative Prayer gave high praise to the Muslim mystics and as much as identified himself as a Sufi. Comments?
Q#74: On HINDUISM – Would you say that this religion is the most pervasive influence here in America? How is it disguised?
Q#75: On BUDDHISM – How much of this belief system is there in the entertainment industry, such as major motion pictures that became enormously popular?
Q#76: On JEHOVAH’s WITNESSES – What sort of demonic manifestations can result from people adopting this religion as it would seem they have no involvement at all in anything ‘demonic’ per se.
Q#77: On MORMONISM – Joseph Smith was a ‘peeper’ and even after founding his religion, resorted to occult practices – so it doesn’t surprise me at all that adherents would experience demonic manifestations (compared to the relatively ‘straight-laced’ JW’s). There are close associations of Mormon elders and occult rituals, are there not?
Q#78: On SCIENTOLOGY – Not many people know that the founder of this discipline, L. Ron Hubbard, was involved in Satanism under the high priest (and mentor to Hubbard), Jack Parsons! Can you elaborate on Parson’s black magick experiment, gone awry that resulted in “…an explosion”?
Q#79: On MASONRY – This one is rather “a gimmee” – this group is extremely influential in global affairs because the ones at the top (and hidden in the York Rite) are high ranking Luciferians with direct connections with “principalities and powers”. What’s your perspective?
And so here ends part 3 0f 4 of this fascinating interview with Dr. Gregory Reid; I hope that your interest has been excited enough to get a hold of a copy of his book, WAR of the AGES. I honestly don’t think you will regret purchasing one.
It truly is a Boot Camp experience in training for spiritual warfare, and “it ain’t just for Sundays anymore!”