For many years a certain teaching has been circulating in charismatic circles that a person can have a demon inhabiting a part of his body but have the Holy Spirit in his spirit. That would mean they would still be stuck in addictions, or depression, living in some sort of sin, or in torment of some kind, but because they love God and speak in tongues, they are considered baptized in the Holy Spirit and truly saved.
This is false and unbiblical. Paul says, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons,” (1 Corinthians 10:21 MEV).
That verse says it all, but for whatever reason, churches are willing to bend the truths of the Bible to allow possessed believers to settle for the miserable situations they’re in as if it were normal, and to even criticize Christians who disagree with them, as being judgmental and pharisaical. But this belief that both God and demons can inhabit a Christian who is saved and infilled with the Holy Spirit, is degrading the nature of God and denying His power and holiness. He cannot and will not share our lives with demons, even though He prompts, urges and intervenes in lives that are far from Him in order to awaken their faith. It’s not as if God abandons those who are under the control of demons, but He will not inhabit them until they choose to reject those demons completely and allow Him to be Lord. How can Jesus be your Lord and Savior when a portion of you is under the lordship of Satan’s kingdom? “What communion has light with darkness? What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what part has he who believes with an unbeliever?" (2 Corinthians 6:14-15 MEV).
When a person transitions from living in the world and being used by Satan, to a man or woman of God, obviously there is a period when both demons and the Holy Spirit are tugging at them, and they alternately open up to one or the other. But this can never be considered a permanent or normal state. A person is always facing one direction or the other, moving towards God or moving towards the devil, no matter where they are on the journey.
But if we continuously make excuses to allow sin and demons in our lives, we reject God outright. Why would we do that? We’re saying by our actions that we don’t believe He has power to destroy demons in the lives of His children, or if He does, we’re saying that He doesn’t care enough about us to provide us with that power. Neither of those are even close to the truth! We’re also saying that being born again is just a label, and not a real transformation. When a person is far from God they are numb to sin and aren’t bothered by its presence. But when a person is close to God they quickly identify even the smallest sin and can’t stand its presence. Though we’re all sinners and have our own failings, when we truly know God, making excuses for sin or inviting it into our lives, just doesn’t happen.
Anyone playing this game, in my mind is a possessed believer.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2 MEV)