Schizophrenic or Demonized

John 8:47-49 WEB

He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don’t hear, because you are not of God.” [48] Then the Jews answered him, “Don’t we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?” [49] Jesus answered, “I don’t have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.

The accusation of being demonized is a plague in the church. It caused Jesus trouble, and it causes us trouble. One of the challenges is someone owns the church building. Someone’s name is on the utility bill. And that someone has a vision they are pursuing. So, when someone from the crowd brings a word of correction, an easy out is to call them demonized. People’s lives and mental health are damaged by these careless accusations.

You see how easily Jesus was accused of being demonized. And don’t make a mistake about it, Jesus suffered because of those accusations. Just like every believer suffers from such accusations. For example, when you call someone a demon who has schizophrenia, they will likely stop taking their medicines because you prayed for them, and they believe they are well. So now, once their mental health issues arise, most churches would ask the member to leave.

Calling someone a demon should not be an easy decision to make. For Christians, it is the ultimate shaming tool. To tell someone they have a demon is to accuse them of a partnership with Satan. That implies deliberate intent. That is the problem with even suggesting a demon is involved.

Lord Jesus, help me never accuse someone of having a demon. Let me bring those concerns to only you so that everyone can have their privacy. Give me the wisdom to understand what is going on with other believers. Help me focus on them enough to understand their issue. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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