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Let this be a warning to all who thinks falling away is impossible if we open the door to or play games with sin.

When people that love God hear of the exploits of Miley Cyrus the natural inclination is likely disgust towards her & the entertainment media she represents. Correctly so. I have not personally seen, nor want to see what she did, but I also noticed the words of her dad:

He acknowledged there is “no doubt” that his family is being ruined by Satan.

It occurred to me that given that we, now alive in Him (Yeshua), were loved while we were yet in sin – let’s at least say a prayer for conviction for Miley. If her dad said that, I don’t know that it could have been spoken as a counterfeit. We should help carry the burdens other have – we must be a praying people!

Surely people have been delivered out of equally or more hellish bondage than she finds herself in. God doesn’t need her as a witness of His love and power of deliverance, but may she indeed be granted repentance & give glory to Him once she is delivered from the chains & the pit.

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Miley Cyrus tweeted: “You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all the things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.” She later deleted the tweet that stirred up much strife among her fans. Cyrus regularly attended church as a young girl and even took to wearing a purity ring as a sign of her Christian faith. In 2008, Cyrus, an already very wealthy 15-year-old told Fox News in an interview that it is her faith that keeps her “grounded” and admitted her desire to follow Jesus. “Live like Christ and He’ll live in you, and that’s what I want to do,” she said. Just a few years after her father Billy Ray Cyrus, popular country music singer, said in an interview with GQ Magazine that he regretted having her in the “Hannah Montana Show” and also admitted to having made serious errors as parent. Billy Ray confessed that the entire family got baptized and were cautious of the temptations within the entertainment industry before to going to Los Angeles. ”Somewhere along this journey, both mine and Miley’s faith has been shaken,” he said. “That saddens me the most.” He acknowledged there is “no doubt” that his family is being ruined by Satan.

Also see the bottom of page on the description of Demon Possession from The Moody Handbook of Theology.

The question & three potential answers, each with reasons why the answer might be correct.

Some callers give their opinions, plus some more thoughts…

Closing thoughts…

Line of Fire Radio, listen to full audio here.

DEMON POSSESSION

Definition. Charles Ryrie defines demon possession as

A demon residing in a person, exerting direct control and influence over that person, with certain derangement of mind and/or body. Demon possession is to be distinguished from demon influence or demon activity in relation to a person. The work of the demon in the latter is from the outside; in demon possession it is from within. By this definition a Christian cannot be possessed by a demon since he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. However, a believer can be the target of demonic activity to such an extent that he may give the appearance of demon possession.

Fact of demon possession. There was a great outbreak of demon activity and demon possession during Christ’s sojourn on earth, no doubt in opposition to His Messiahship. The gospels abound with accounts of demon possessed people (Matt. 4:24; 8:16, 28, 33; 12:22; 15:22; Mark 1:32; 5:15, 16, 18; Luke 8:36; John 10:21). Leaders in the early church such as Justin Martyr and Tertullian make reference to demon possession as does the Shepherd of Hermas.

Nature of demon possession. Demon possession evidences itself by a change in moral character and spiritual disposition. Frequently a different voice, a different educational level, or even a foreign language will reflect a difference in the affected person’s personality. The demons speaking through the man immediately recognized who Christ was (Mark 1:23–24), which meant he had supernatural knowledge and intellectual power. Another symptom of demon possession was exhibited by the man in the country of the Gerasenes with his supernatural physical strength and ability to break shackles and chains (Mark 5:3–4).

Enns, P. P. (1997). The Moody handbook of theology (298). Chicago, Ill.: Moody Press.

MP3 audio links: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3.