This article is well worth reading.
The title’s question mark gives away my conviction concerning this popular teaching.
It’s too long a message for a blog entry, so I’ve put it on my Other Writings page.
Here’s how it begins:
Let me lead into this subject by sharing my personal experience with a fellowship that used the term “familiar spirit” to refer to evil spirits that (according to this fellowship) entrench themselves in the families of mankind. For example, if Grandpa and Uncle Bill and cousin Jack are alcoholics, this is the work of a “familiar spirit,” and inevitably the new generation will grow up and be victimized by the same. Or, if Great Grandma and Grandma and Dad have heart disease or Alzheimer’s, this is no doubt the work of a “familiar spirit.”
The elders of this fellowship would sometimes visit the fellowship I was part of, bringing this teaching with them—to the point that…
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