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THE EXORCIST #2

 

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

 

A sermon preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Morning, October 15, 2000

 

"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Revelation 12:12).

 

The Exorcist is now in its third week of re-release. It continues as the fourth leading movie being shown to crowds of young people across America. Now nearly thirty years old, The Exorcist has been re-released with an additional eleven minutes of previously edited film restored to the original.
Young people who have never before seen The Exorcist on a big screen are now flocking to see this movie about a teen-age girl who becomes demon possessed, and the confrontation between her and the Catholic priest who attempts to cast out the demon.
The movie features Lee J. Cobb in his last motion picture role, as the detective who has his neck broken and his body thrown out of the window by the demonized girl. Max von Sydow plays the priest who enters the girl's room to see her head twist around and green bile spew forth from her mouth as she screams out obscene and blasphemous curses and levitates several feet above her bed.
Movie critic Roger Ebert calls it, "A brilliant horror film, one with an ability to reach and disturb us" (Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2000, p. F-20). The New York Times calls it, "One of the scariest experiences in horror films" (ibid.). The Oregonian (newspaper) said, "Watch it again…at your own risk" (ibid.).
And there is a risk in watching a movie like this. I believe that many young people open themselves up to demonic influence and even demon possession by taking into their minds movies, videos and video games which are centered around violence, sex, horror and a glorification of Satan, and demons, and death. You just can't put that kind of junk into your brain without it doing something horrible to you - in your subconscious mind and in your heart. Those demonic, violent scenes are imprinted on the video recorder of your mind forever.
Before you see something like The Exorcist, ask yourself, "Do I want to record this on my brain for the rest of my life?" That's why I strongly warn you - do not go to see The Exorcist. The images that will be recorded on your brain will haunt you for a lifetime and do you deep psychological and spiritual harm. Many young people have committed suicide after seeing it.
I think young people are ruining themselves by watching movie and TV junk. Remember the old computer adage, "Junk in, junk out." What you put into your brain will come out in your life!
The Los Angeles Times recently ran a news story subtitled, "Graphic and Violent Images Bombard Teenagers" (Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2000, page A-1). Here's part of that news report:
     On the weekend after members of the U.S. Senate grilled Hollywood executives on their marketing of R-rated movies to minors, youngsters were busy living out their daily lives. And, as usual, they were absorbing, among other things, a slew of violent and tawdry images. Not only from films but also from radio, video games, computers, CD players and TV news, commercials and entertainment.
     Adults long have complained that entertainment geared to adolescents has gone too far. But never before have there been so many ways to be exposed to so much explicit and graphic content - and never has it been marketed so directly and persistently to so many youngsters.
     "The average young child now has got access to more information, data and mediated experience than ever before in the history of planet Earth," says Robert Thompson, professor of film and television at Syracuse University.
     Jake Parsons, 15, hung out Sunday at the Irvine Spectrum, where he and three friends bought tickets for a PG-rated movie at the mall's 21-screen megaplex, then sneaked into the R-rated "The Exorcist." Later, Jake settled in his room with his computer, his stereo and his 250-channel TV.
     At Jake's home, where he is the only child, there are three TV's, two stereos and two computers. Everything in his room faces his TV, which has 250 cable channels.
The average teenager now lives in a home with three televisions, three tape players, three radios, two VCRs, two CD players, one video game player and one computer (Federal Trade Commission Survey, May-July 1999, reported in Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2000, p. A-26). That's the average! That's way too much junk being pumped through your brain like a sewer pipe! No wonder so many young people go weird today! They open themselves up to demon possession by plugging their brains into the sewer-pipe of Hollywood. They spend hours stewing their minds in a muck of garbage. Their brains are boiled in rotting, raw sewage! And that's why so many become demonized today!
Now I want to talk about the subject of Satan and demons this morning. We will look at what the Bible says on this subject. There is so much Satanic activity going on today that you need to know exactly what the Bible teaches on this vital subject - because the Bible tells us a great deal about Satan.
The Bible gives many names of the Devil, and his names reveal who he is and what he does.
 
 

I. He is called "Satan."

 

He is called Satan in the book of Zechariah:
"And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him" (Zechariah 3:1).

The word "Satan" comes from the Hebrew word "Sawtan" which means "adversary" or "opponent" - "to resist" or "withstand." Satan is the opponent of God. He resists God.

Jesus said, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do" (John 8:44). If you are not converted you will resist God just like the Devil resists him! One man said, "I don't feel God," so he missed church and went to Las Vegas. I rebuked him sharply. He didn't like it. I told him, "Now you're feeling God like you wanted." You see, when you actually do feel God, He reproves you of sin (John 16:9). But you resist God's inward probings and reprovings. Satan means adversary, opponent, one who resists. And you follow him as he guides your mind in the path of resisting God.
 

 

II. Satan is called "the devil."

 

Then, the Bible also calls him "the Devil.." We read in the Bible,
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do" (John 8:44).
Devil comes from the Greek word "diabolos" in the New Testament. It means "false accuser" or "slanderer." He accuses and slanders man to God (Job 1:6-11) and slanders God to men (cf. Genesis 3:4-5). He leads lost people to falsely accuse real Christians. That is why many of you have lost friends and relatives who will try to stop you from coming to this church, and they will do almost anything to keep you from being converted. They will resist God on this matter because Satan, the one who resists God, will lead them to do so. They will make any accusation they can against this church because the Devil, the one who slanders and accuses, will put in their minds to do this.

 

III. Satan is called "the god of this world" (or age).

 

Also, Satan is called "the god of this world." The Bible says:
 
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ…should shine unto them"
(II Corinthians 4:3-4).
 
This means that Satan is the ruler of the thoughts and spirits of mankind in general. He is not Almighty God, the true God of the universe. But he is "the god of this world," the ruler of this "age." Satan rules the world in this age, in this time. He blinds your mind so that the gospel seems unclear and fuzzy to you, even if you have heard it many times.
Actually, the gospel is quite simple. 
"Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures"
(I Corinthians 15:3).
"And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:4).

Your business is to believe on Christ. The Bible says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).

It seems like it would be a simple thing for you to believe the facts that Jesus died to pay for your sins and that He rose from the dead and is alive in Heaven at the right hand of God. It seems like a simple thing to then believe in Jesus, Himself, and let Him save you from sin. But uncounted thousands of people do not get saved after they hear the gospel. Why? Because their minds remain blinded by "the god of this world." It takes a supernatural awakening and conversion to strip away the false thoughts that Satan puts in your heart (cf. Ephesians 2:1-10; II Corinthians 3:14-17).
 

IV. Satan is called "Beelzebub."

 
After Jesus healed the blind and dumb man who was "possessed with a devil (demon)" (Matthew 12:22), we read that,
"When the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils (demons), but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils (demons)" (Matthew 12:24).

The Devil is called Beelzebub seven times in the New Testament. In the Old Testament the name was Baalzebub (II Kings 1:12). It means "Lord of the flies." It was the Israelite parody of the name of Baal, calling him "Lord of the flies." It was brought over into the New Testament as Beelzeboul (English Beelzebub), meaning "The Lord of Dung," and is a name given to Satan. The devil is really both: "The Lord of the Flies" and "The Lord of Dung." This pictures the fact that he is really lord over a manure heap. He will lead you to a manure heap if you keep listening to the lies he puts in your mind. The Devil tells you

- "You don't have to be in church every Sunday."
- "You don't have to break off your sins."
- "You don't have to be converted."
- "Don't listen to that preacher."

If you listen to his lies you will wind up in Hell, in the dung heap. He is the Lord of the Flies and the Lord of Dung. Don't listen to him or you will become part of his manure pile!

 

V. Then there are the names "Abaddon" and "Apollyon."


 

These names appear in Revelation 9:11,
"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon"
(Revelation 9:11).

The Hebrew name "Abaddon" and the Greek translation of it, "Apollyon," both mean "the destroyer." This is the name of a leading demon in Satan's demonical hierarchy (cf. Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 12:7). But his name also reveals much about his leader, Satan, for Satan himself is "the destroyer." I Peter 5:8 tells us:

"Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (I Peter 5:8).

The Devil will not be satisfied until he destroys you for eternity in Hell. The person who listens to the lies of Satan "shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels" (Revelation 14:10). That's where the Devil wants you to go - to Hell! He will do everything he can to get you to go to Hell.

The Devil is not in Hell now. That's important to understand. Many people think he has on a red suit with a pitchfork, and is in Hell. Oh no! He's "the prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians 2:2). He's in the air all around us with the demons (Ephesians 6:12).
And the demons and Satan are resisting God, slandering Christians, and ruling people in this age. Satan is truly only the lord of a dungheap. He is out to destroy you and get you to go to Hell.
Now there's really nothing that you can do to escape from Satan. He has you in his trap, in "the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will," whenever he wants (II Timothy 2:26). Also, your mind has been blinded by him (II Corinthians 4:4). In fact, whether you know it or not, you are in a sense continually controlled by him (Ephesians 2:2).
You say, "Dr. Hymers, do you really think the Devil has that much of a hold on me?" Yes, I do. I think that you are actually a hopeless slave of the Devil. And I think you can't do anything to save yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9). You are too hopelessly enslaved by the Devil to do yourself any good.
And that's where Christ comes into the picture. Jesus Christ came to the world to set you free from the Devil. Charles Wesley wrote, "He breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the prisoner free."
At the very beginning of His ministry on earth, Jesus quoted Isaiah 61:1-2 and said that it applied to Him:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because…he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised (or 'crushed,' Strong's Concordance #2352)" (Luke 4:18).
I do not agree with the Catholic Church, but I found this interesting. An official exorcist for the Roman Catholic Church was recently asked this question by Newsweek magazine:
You saw 'The Exorcist" many years ago. What did you think when you saw it?

The priest answered:

It was positively awesome seeing the depth that the devil will go to get somebody… (Father James LeBar, October 2, 2000 Newsweek Web Exclusive at www.newsweek.com ).

The Devil will indeed go to great depths to destroy your soul. But Christ will go to even greater depths. Christ has come "to preach deliverance to the captives" (Luke 4:18).

What must you do to receive deliverance from Satan by Jesus Christ? First, you must come to this local church every Sunday. I know that some will criticize me for saying that, but it is absolutely true. The New Testament nowhere teaches a churchless Christianity. So, be here every Sunday. Don't let anything stop you if you really want Jesus to deliver you from Satan’s power.
And then, secondly, throw yourself on Jesus Christ, Himself. He has died for your sin. He is risen - at the right hand of God. Throw yourself on Jesus Christ and He will forgive your sins and save you.
Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched, Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity joined with power.
He is able, He is able, He is willing, doubt no more.
He is able, He is able, He is willing, doubt no more.

Lo! Th'incarnate God, ascended, Pleads the merit of His Blood;
Throw yourself on Him completely, Let no other trust intrude;
None but Jesus, none but Jesus Can do helpless sinners good.
None but Jesus, none but Jesus Can do helpless sinners good.
          ("Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched,"
                      by Joseph Hart, 1712-1768,
                      altered by Dr. Hymers, line 2 of stanza 2)

 

Scripture Read Before Sermon: Philippians 4:8; John 8:44;

                                                 Matthew 12:22-28; Luke 4:16-18.

Solo by Benjamin Kincaid Griffith: "Come, Ye Sinners" by Joseph Hart

THE OUTLINE OF

THE EXORCIST #2

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
 

"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Revelation 12:12).

 

I. He is Satan - the opponent or adversary, Zechariah 3:1.
II. He is the devil - the false accuser and slanderer, John 8:44;
           Genesis 3:4-5.
III. He is the "god" of this age, II Corinthians 4:3-4; I Corinthians 15:3-4;
           Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:1-10; II Corinthians 3:14-17.
IV. He is Baalzebub and Beelzebub - the Lord of the Flies and the
           Lord of Dung, II Kings 1:2; Matthew 12:24.
V. He leads "Abaddon" or "Apollyon" - the destroyer, Revelation 9:11;
           Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 12:7; I Peter 5:8; Ephesians 2:2;

                   Ephesians 6:12; II Timothy 2:26; II Corinthians 4:4;

                   Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians 2:8-9; Luke 4:18.