Fighting Fire with Consuming Fire: Drowning Swine, Ch. 9

Mark 5:10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. (ESV)

Once a name is given, then things can be done to deal with the problem. After struggling through my unknown pain, a name was finally provided – kidney stone. Before the name, I had no real strategy to fight. With the name, the battle was on. I took a pill and started guzzling water. When you discover the name, you can develop a strategy and begin the war.

When it comes to demonic power, possession, and influence, we must name the demons and then develop a strategy to fight. Darkness fights dirty, a fact that shouldn’t surprise us. Ephesians 6:16, for example, informs us that the evil one is busy hurling “flaming darts” at people. So we need strategies that work to successfully counter this flaming attack. You’ve heard the old slogan: fight fire with fire. When it comes to demons and darkness, we need an even better strategy: fight fire with “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). Our God is a consuming fire who engulfs the wimpy darts of darkness.

Now to the question at hand: What can we do to fight, especially keeping in mind that the eternal consuming fire is the one fighting through us?

How to Fight Actual Demon Possession

If a person is possessed by an actual demon, and that demon is identified and named, then our battle strategy should be to cast it out of the person. This is what Jesus does, and it makes a great deal of sense – get rid of it. We must get rid of it just like a surgeon gets rid of a blockage in his patient’s artery.

However, casting out a demon is much easier said than done. As I admitted in the previous chapter, I’ve never identified with certainty an actual demon possessing a person, and so I’ve never attempted to cast one out either. In fact, I would quickly admit that I don’t think I have the power to cast one out, and I honestly have never met anyone aside from Jesus that I believe did have that power.

My suggestion, then, would be to pray that God would do it. He is the consuming fire, not us. To attempt to fight an actual demon in one’s own strength is as unwise as a grasshopper taking on the Jolly Green Giant. It will certainly lead to failure. In spite of popular movies portraying modern exorcists, I would never suggest tangling with what appears to be an actual demon, nor would I suggest hiring a religious huckster to do it. Rather, simply pray for God to intervene in the person’s life and cast the demon out. Only he can do it.

When attempting to diagnose whether a person really is possessed by a demon, it is very important to discern whether the person is a genuine Christian or not. Genuine Christians cannot be possessed by demons, because of the protection of the Holy Spirit within them. So if a person appears to be a true believer, and has fruit in her life as evidence that this is so, I would conclude that her struggle – however dark it may look – is not with an actual demon within, but with her own flesh acting in demonic ways. Professing, fruit-bearing believers who are acting in dark ways do not need exorcism. They need the strategies listed later in this chapter for fighting personal “demons.”

On the other hand, if a person is an unbeliever, and it appears he has an actual demon within, then I suggest a strategy of asking God to deliver him by casting the demon out. If we attempt to tangle with the demon in our own power, we greatly risk harming the possessed person and others badly.

This is illustrated in our story when the townspeople attempted to subdue Legion with chains. Though we are not told, more than likely when the chains were ripped apart, the man’s arms and legs were both injured in the process. In their attempt to fight the demons on their own, they made matters worse.

But we must be cautious with this. Sometimes, we might think a person is a Christian (and thus free of demon possession) when they are not genuinely in the faith. It might be that a person professes Christ as Savior, but has no gospel fruit as evidence in his life. If that person is acting in a deranged, dark manner, it is certainly possible that he is not a true believer and that he is not protected by the Holy Spirit. It might even be that he is possessed by an actual demon.

In that case, however boldly the person verbally declares his status as a Christian, we should be praying for God to cast out the demon – that is, if we have good reason to believe one is there. We should only assume a person is a true Christian (and, therefore, probably not possessed by an actual demon) if they have demonstrated clear evidence of the fruit of the Spirit over time: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

To illustrate, suppose I visit the cemetery where my grandparents are buried, and there is a naked man running around the gravestones, cutting himself with rocks and screaming at the top of his lungs. Another visitor to the cemetery walks up to me and says, “He’s been doing this for ten years straight,” pointing at the lunatic. I would probably believe strongly that the man is demonically possessed, even if he runs up to me and says, “I am a Christian! I follow Jesus!” Well, that would be interesting, but the evidence in his life points in a different direction. I would conclude demon possession in spite of his profession, and I would pray that God would cast out the demon that clearly seems to be inside him.

More often, we will see less extreme cases, where a person habitually bears any of “the works of the flesh” without repentance or remorse. Paul says:

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (ESV)

If the fruit of a person’s life is characterized essentially by these things, and there is no evidence of God’s grace, it is best to assume the person is not a genuine Christian and is, therefore, susceptible to demon possession. This is true even if the person verbally announces that he follows Jesus.

On the other hand, suppose I have a friend at church who has professed trust in Jesus, has studied her Bible regularly over a period of years, and has regularly served and ministered to others. One day, I receive a call from her, and she says, “I don’t see any point in living anymore! My life is horrible! I am considering ending it all right now!” In her case, though she may even be overtly suicidal, I would not at all think she was demon-possessed, even if she stated, “I feel so dark inside.” Her profession of faith in Jesus and the evidence of the fruit of the spirit in her life over time would lead me to some other conclusion. That is, I would believe she is oppressed by external dark forces and that the lingering darkness of her flesh is winning a victory in her life. I would not pray that God would cast a demon out of her, but I would try to help her using the strategies listed later in this chapter for dealing with personal “demons.”

The main point here is this: If we come to believe a person is possessed by a demon, which is a conclusion we should come to only after very careful consideration, then our strategy to fight should be prayer. We should ask God, the consuming fire, to cast the demon out of the person.

Is This a Weak Strategy?

I realize some readers may think this strategy for dealing with actual demons is a very weak strategy. Some may think we should attempt exorcisms and confront demons head on, even if we are unsure of the presence of an actual demon. But that view betrays a misunderstanding of the power of the dark side relative to mere human power, and it also severely underestimates the power of prayer. Furthermore, the Bible nowhere commands people to perform exorcisms, much less does it give instructions for how they should be done.

Recently, I heard the sad story of a young woman who was hooked in the ear by her groom-to-be with a fishhook. The engaged couple were fishing together, and he was prepared to cast. As he flung the rod back, the oversized hook grabbed the top side of her ear, quickly piercing through to the other side. Once the shock wore off, the couple developed a strategy to deal with the problem. They first considered attempting to extract it themselves, but soon realized the barb of the hook would prevent them from removing it without causing serious damage to her ear. Seeing that as a dangerous strategy, they changed plans and wisely ended up at the doctor’s office, asking a professional to help them with removal.

It is similar when it comes to dealing with demons. When they possess someone, they “hook” themselves into a person, latching onto the soul like a leech. When people in their mere human strength attempt removal, they risk harming the person even worse, and there could be collateral damage to others as well.

It is a great deal wiser to take the person to the only professional demon remover we know personally. Only Christ can effectively subdue the being and cast it out of the person. This is why prayer is not a weak strategy at all, but is the strongest tool at our disposal when dealing with what appears to be an actual demon. Prayer is the process of asking the professional to come and help do what we cannot do.

But someone may object and say, “Jesus is not on earth anymore. When he was here, he cast out demons regularly, but now he has ascended into heaven. So how can we ask him to cast out a demon when he is not even here?” This objection cannot be sustained, however. Jesus has physically ascended into heaven, but he has sent to us his promised Holy Spirit. He is working just as actively on earth now through his Holy Spirit as he was when he was physically present.

Earlier, I recounted the story of Jesus healing a Roman Centurion’s servant (Matthew 8:5-13). This is the Centurion who insisted that Jesus need not come to his home to heal the servant because he was powerful enough to bring the miracle from a distance. Jesus commended his faith and healed the servant, though he was many miles away from the servant’s location.

I believe Jesus can cast out demons today, just as he did when he was physically present on earth. He can work from a distance through the power of the Holy Spirit to expel dark beings from a person’s soul. The way we ask him to do this is through prayer. It is anything but weak to call in the specialist and depend on his power.

Someone else may object and say, “But God has called me to cast out demons and has given me the power to do it.” This objection reminds me of the seven-year-old boy who put a towel around his neck like a cape and ran around the house proclaiming he was Superman. It is all well and good until he tries to fly by jumping from the top of a tree.

Yes, the Bible does tell of certain people besides Jesus casting out demons. In fact, we read of Jesus specifically giving this ability to his disciples:

Matthew 10:1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. (ESV)

We also read of Paul casting out demons. As an example, a certain young slave-girl in Philippi was demon-possessed and brought great profit to her masters by way of fortune-telling. When Paul came to town, she followed him and his team around, screaming out and causing chaos. We then read, “Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And it came out that very hour” (Acts 16:18).

Some people today would say they have this same gift of casting out demons in the name of Jesus. For what its worth, I don’t think so for two reasons.

First, there is never an instance in the Bible of someone casting out a demon besides Christ himself or one of his apostles. The apostles were unique, chosen, and empowered men who were given an extra measure of grace to perform signs and wonders for the purpose of authenticating Jesus’ message. These gifts were a part of their peculiar apostolic calling. It is an error to assume that the special gifting of the apostles is somehow normative for believers in the church today.

Secondly, in all the lists of spiritual gifts provided in the New Testament, not one of them mentions the gift of exorcism. We are told the spiritual gifts are given to all believers in various measures for the good of the church. There are all sorts of gifts listed or referred to in texts like 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 27-31, Romans 12:3-8, and 1 Peter 4:10-11. The gifts listed include things like teaching, prophecy, healing, administration, helps, and so on. But not once is the gift of casting out demons mentioned. Paul does say that some are given “the ability to distinguish between spirits” (1 Corinthians 12:10), but distinguishing is certainly not the same thing as casting out.

Once all of this is considered, we can safely assume the following: Christians today should be very cautious when we come to believe an actual demon is possessing a person. We should only come to that conclusion after a thorough examination of the person in question, ruling out all other possibilities. But if we do come to the conclusion that a demon is there, the best strategy we can use is prayer, asking God to cast the demon out. This is a wise strategy, not a weak one.

Strategizing Against Personal “Demons”

Though actual demon possession can and does happen, most people do not have to deal with it, at least not on a regular basis. However, every single person does deal with their own flesh, which acts in demonic ways. That is, everyone has their personal “demons,” as I indicated at the end of the previous chapter. These are not actual demons that possess, but demonic ways and sinful tendencies that often control our lives. As the Bible regular teaches, we are slaves to sin:

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” (ESV; see also Galatians 4:1-31 and Romans 6:15-23).

Let me first address unbelievers who struggle with personal “demons” of various kinds. Follow this strategy in order to find relief. First, name the personal “demons” that are at work, whether it is rage, hate, jealousy, greed, lust, adultery, idolatry, or something else. Once the “demons” are identified, admit that these actions are essentially your own sin and rebellion against God. These actions are not caused by a demon inside you, but by your own demonic choices. Don’t mistakenly proclaim, “The devil made me do it,” but rather admit your own responsibility in the matter. You are the one who has committed these dark actions.

After you have identified and named the personal “demons,” admitting that you are the guilty party, then go to God in prayer. Confess your sins to him, and ask him to save you through Jesus.

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (ESV)

Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (ESV)

Once you are certain that your soul has been redeemed and that you are now an adopted child of God, it is time to fight against the flesh with the power of the Holy Spirit as a Christian.

But how can you be certain that you have been redeemed? The Bible teaches that every believer will have clear and visible evidences of the presence of God in his life. He will have new desires for God, for holiness, and for the joy of the Lord. The fruit of the Spirit will begin to blossom in his life in various ways, leading him to be more loving, patient, kind, and so on. The darkness of sin will become less and less enticing (Romans 13:11-14), and he will be much more inclined to obey the laws of God: “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.” (1 John 2:3).

If these and other biblical evidences of salvation are visible in your life, then trust the promise of Christ that you are most certainly redeemed and eternally saved. After all, it is he who is at work within you to grow these fruits of salvation.

Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (ESV)

On the basis of God’s great salvation operating in your life, you now are in a place to fight against your personal “demons” as a Christian. But keep in mind, if you are unwilling to call out on the name of Christ for salvation, it really doesn’t matter what methods you use to fight darkness, you will ultimately lose, even if you have some temporary victories. Salvation is a necessary first step to winning the war that rages against your soul. Attempting to “fix yourself” with mere willpower will not solve the deeper darkness within. Only Christ can transform your heart of darkness into a heart of light. He alone has the power to exorcise the legion of sin that infests your soul.

The Christian’s War with the Flesh

Now, let’s focus on how Christians should strategize and fight personal “demons.” If you know you belong to Jesus and have received his gift of salvation, you must realize no matter how dark you may feel within, it is not at all likely that an actual demon has possessed your soul. As Christians, we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus and have the Holy Spirit indwelling our souls. Demons would probably love to claim the heart of a true believer as their own, but they cannot.

You must admit, Christian, that the darkness is your own. The lingering effects of your dark flesh, influenced externally by the world and the devil, can make you feel oppressed and downtrodden to a high degree, and may even make you think Legion himself is overrunning your soul! However, it is much more likely what the apostle Paul warns us about in Romans 6-8, where he teaches that every Christian is at war with his flesh, which is demonic in its activity.

Romans 7:22-23 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. (ESV)

A war is waging. Our personal “demons” (that is, our dark and weak flesh) are battling against the Spirit of God who has taken residence within us. We are called, therefore, to fight a holy war against this darkness by the power of the Holy Spirit:

Romans 6:12-14 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (ESV)

Paul further instructs us:

Romans 8:12-13 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (ESV)

Christians are at war with their own flesh, their own personal “demons.” Many years ago, pastor and theologian John Owen wrote a powerful book called Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, where he counsels Christians to fight hard, fight practically, and fight to win in the war against the flesh. Owen uses the term mortification to speak of the process of battling sin until it dies. Here is the best known quote from his book:

Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.

Sadly, the mortification of sin is a neglected teaching in the modern church. Unlike John Owen, relatively few pastors, teachers, and Christians are willing to explore in depth what it means to wage war against the darkness of lingering, indwelling sin within the believer’s life. Because of this, many people do not know the freedom and joy that Christ intends his people to experience daily. So to help Christians fight, here are some biblical strategies that are proven to work.

Waging the War Within

First, as I’ve already indicated in the previous chapter, we must name the darkness. Again, we cannot fight what we do not know or understand. When we name our personal “demons,” we stand a much better chance to fight against them successfully, the Holy Spirit empowering us for the battle.

Secondly, we must confess our darkness. The demonic realm hates to be identified for what it really is, because it loses its disguise and ability to deceive. Naming and confession both expose darkness in a way that damages it badly.

But what exactly is confession? In one way it is similar to naming, but it goes beyond it. Naming says, “Here is what this thing is.” Confession says, “I am the one who does this thing.” Confessing takes personal responsibility for the darkness within, which is why it is often very difficult for Christians to practice. After all, nobody wants to be thought of as dark and evil, and when we confess, that is exactly what we are admitting: “I am the one who did this evil thing.”

For example, if a Christian struggles with uncontrollable anger, that demonic tendency needs to be named – Wild Rage – and confessed. That is, the Christian should go to God and say to him, “I have an uncontrollable temper which I confess to you. I am guilty of harboring in my life the personal “demon” named Wild Rage, even though I know it displeases you and brings ruin to my soul.”

It is also important to recognize and confess that the sinful actions we commit are primarily against God. Though we certainly sin against other people, our main concern should be that we have offended God and that we have broken his law.

King David understood this when he confessed to God, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Psalm 51:4). Though he had sinned against Bathsheba by committing adultery with her and against Uriah by having him murdered, yet David understood that he had mainly sinned against God.

We make a terrible mistake if we only confess that we have hurt or offended a fellow human being. Our fellow human beings are not the ones who have the power of eternal judgment over our souls. Only God has this power. So when we confess to God, we must confess that we have sinned primarily against him.

After confessing to God, the Christian should then go to a fellow believer and confess to him or her as well: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16). This can often be much more difficult than confessing to God! Why is this? Because currently, God is invisible to our eyes, but our fellow Christian is sitting directly across the table from us, eyeball-to-eyeball.

Though it may be difficult to do, confession is a gift from the Lord that shines a blinding light into even the most secret corridors of darkness. As bitter as it is to admit a shortcoming or sin to another person, when we are willing to expose a personal “demon” for what it is, we have taken a giant step towards victory over it.

I can personally testify that confession is extremely difficult, but it works. Even as I write I have been dealing with a personal “demon” that I have named Isolationism. This is a sinful tendency of my flesh to greatly prefer being alone over being with people. Having analyzed myself carefully against the teaching of Scripture, I see that this tendency goes well beyond basic introversion and into a dangerous and sinful desire for seclusion.

Proverbs 18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. (ESV)

One of the ways God helped me identify this was by confronting me with the sad reality that I feel relieved when I leave the presence of others. That just should not be. God has not designed people to be alone or want to be alone for unhealthy amounts of time. The relief I feel is not because other people are frustrating or annoying (after all, I have a wonderful family and church), but because my soul tends to want the darkness of isolation. It leans in that direction. This is part of the strategy indwelling sin uses inside my soul to wage war against me.

It was difficult for me to admit and confess this personal “demon.” Since darkness is always seeking to justify itself, I tended to blame others for my desire to isolate myself, saying things like, “Well, if people weren’t so difficult, I would want to be around them more.” But God wouldn’t let me justify my darkness this way, reminding me that all people are sinners and, therefore, can be difficult at times. I was deeply convicted when I remembered this includes me. Just because people can be hard to be around sometimes is not a sufficient reason to disobey God’s command to love others and be a willingly joyful part of their lives.

So I had to confess to God that I am the problem, not others. I confessed to him, “I have a sinful desire to run away from people and hide in seclusion, even though this is clearly not what you want for my life.”

Once I named this personal “demon” and confessed it to God, I also went to a person I trust, a fellow believer, and as difficult as it was, I confessed this sinful tendency to him as well. He confirmed that the relief I was feeling when I left the presence of people was dangerous, and that I should, with God’s help, learn to see people in a different light – the way God sees them. I must train myself to look forward to being with people and to understand hard-hearted isolationism as a demonic practice.

Confessing to God and my friend (and also writing about it here for others to read) has had a heart-melting, pride-shattering impact on me. It wasn’t fun, but it confirmed the problem and helped me strategize ways to mortify it.

As you analyze your life, seek to be honest about where you fall short of God’s commandments and standards. Ask God to help you be honest in your assessment and to expose sinful tendencies to which you may be blind. If you do this sincerely, it is likely God will show you some places in your life that may be defined as personal “demons,” things that need to be named and confessed. Once you identify these, openly tell God of your areas of struggle. Admit to him your fallenness and brokenness. Then confess to a Christian brother or sister. This is a necessary step towards healing.

Third, we must plead the promises God has made to us in his Word. Here’s how this works. Go to a passage of Scripture where God makes one of his wonderful promises to us, and read it several times slowly. Focus on each word and phrase of the text. For instance, take a close look at this passage:

Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. (ESV)

Here is an astounding promise from God! He promises that his people are set free from sin, that they are being sanctified, and that they have been given eternal life.

Consider also the promises of Christ to give peace to his people:

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)

On the basis of these texts, the one who struggles with anger might plead the promises of Christ like this: “Lord, I struggle with the darkness of Wild Rage within my soul, but you promise that this indwelling sin will not have victory over me. You promise that I am set free from it and that I am not a slave to this rebellious tendency. Rather I am covered with your peace through Christ. I trust your promise that this sin will not drag me to condemnation, but that you are making me holy and giving me life eternal.”

Once she prays this way, then she should preach the same promise to her soul like this: “O Soul, don’t you see that Christ has made a promise to you? Don’t you see that Wild Rage cannot win in your life because you belong to God? Trust him, my soul, and fight against this darkness! Seek the peace of God that he has promised is yours!”

Pleading God’s promises and self-preaching those same promises are ways of regularly reminding yourself who you are in Christ and of the victory that is yours through him.

Fourth, we must engage in serious prayer. Once we name and confess our demons, and plead God’s promises to us, we must spend ample time in deep and serious prayer. In our prayer times, we must ask for God’s help to successfully wage the war.

For example, the man who struggles with lust must consult regularly with the Lord like this: “Lord Jesus, Adultery is influencing my heart. Will you help me? Lord, will you make it clear to me what is happening the moment Adultery begins tempting me? Help me to discern its subtle temptations before it has a chance to latch onto my heart.”

When we pray earnestly about our struggles, and believe that God provides the transforming grace we need to change, he does indeed help us. In his great power, he reduces the influence of darkness on our hearts when we call out to him.

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. (ESV)

Fifth and finally, we must connect to a fellowship of believers. When we surround ourselves with fellow strugglers, all seeking to bring glory to God, we will find more success than if we attempt to go at it alone.

Put simply, Christians waging war with their own dark flesh need a church. The church is a community of believers (or, really, a band of soldiers) who name demons and demonic influences, and war against them together. That is not all they do, but it is a major part of the discipleship process:

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (ESV)

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)

A church is a group of people who are constantly pointing one another towards the empowering, indwelling Holy Spirit as the source of true life, comfort, and peace, and the one who brings us final victory. A church is a place where Christians should be mutually stirred up to engage in acts of love and goodness, which requires a successful fight of personal “demons.”

If you are not part of a Bible-believing local church, then you are disobediently operating outside of God’s design for you as a believer. This will inevitably result in a sharp reduction in your ability to fight indwelling sin. Thus it is imperative that you find a church where believers are mutually benefiting one another in the war against sin.

Be Killing Sin

Jesus found out Legion’s name and then dealt with him accordingly (he cast a plurality of demons into a plurality of pigs). Are you willing to name your demons, and with God’s help, deal with them accordingly? Take the challenge seriously. Fight the good fight, waging war against indwelling sin and the darkness that remains in your heart.

To do this, you must fight fire with consuming fire: Name and confess your demons, plead God’s promises over your life and preach them to your soul, pray with all seriousness, and latch on to other believers in the church. These are God’s good strategies that will work to bring about the mortification of sin in your life. Fight fire with consuming fire, and “be killing sin or it will be killing you.”

This post is Chapter 9 of the book Drowning Swine.

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  1. Jesus the Missionary
  2. Here Be Demons (and Pigs)
  3. Darkness Is Dark
  4. Among the Tombs Crying Out
  5. Darkness Kills Itself
  6. Who’s the Boss?
  7. Team Affiliation
  8. Naming Your Demons
  9. Fighting Fire with Consuming Fire
  10. Why God Made Pigs
  11. The Idolatry of Economy
  12. Holiness, Sanity, and Missions

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