Account Of A Christian Who Was Demonized
By Being "Slain In The Spirit"
Kurt Koch, Occult ABC, "Charismatic Movements" and "Demon Possession", 1978, pgs. 33-34, 50-52

Mark (not his name) was a Christian in a church that he thought was formal and dead. He went to a Pentacostal church, where hands were laid on him, and he was what they called "slain in the spirit". He was lying on the floor in a trance. When he came out of it, he was praising Jesus in a loud voice, and he continued praising Jesus.

While attending this Pentacostal church, Mark also received a gift of tongues. The name of the spirit of the tongue was "Domenigaio." Here are some of the notes taken when this demon was cast out in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Domenigaio, how many associates are with you in Mark?"

"I am alone."

"When did you enter him?"

"When he was slain in the spirit."

"Who sent you?"

"The devil, from the pit."

"Do you acknowledge our authority over you in Christ Jesus our Lord?"

"I do."

"What is your commission from Satan?"

"To deceive."


"In his love for the Lord Jesus; ruin his faith; have him follow Satan."

"You were posing as the Holy Spirit, weren't you?"


Mark denounces this demon in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he is cast out into the pit in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The name "Jesus" keeps coming into Mark's mind, so we command in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that, if there is a demon in him named "Jesus", he come forward and give his name.

Answer, "Jesus."

"What Jesus?"

"Jesus of the devil."

"What is your work, what did Satan commission you to do?"

"To fool him; to steal the glory from God."

"When did you enter him?"

"When he was slain in the spirit."

This demon had to acknowledge his defeat by our Lord Jesus Christ, through the blood of the cross, and was cast out and into the pit, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We see here again that demons sometimes claim to be Jesus. Further, it here becomes evident that the so-called "baptism of the Spirit" in the charismatic movement is usually an opportunity for demons to enter.

Experiences with the so-called charismatic movement teach us to pray more than ever for the gift of discerning of spirits. These experiences also warn us to be led, in faith and obedience by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, into all truth.

One question is hotly displuted among Christians. This is the question whether or not a Christian can be possessed. Many years of experience lead me to the conclusion that those who have no experience of dealing with the possessed say "no". Those, who have counseled many possessd ones, know that even believers can be controlled or ruled by demons. These facts do not follow anyone's preconceived ideas. Our ideas must be formed, rather, on the basis of the facts.

I have had many discussions on this subject, particularly in America. I am therefore all the more thankful for the men who confirm my own experience. Among these are Dr. Edman, former president of Wheaton College, Professor Unger, already mentioned, the psychiatrist Dr. Jackson, of Milwaukee, who is a doctor both of medicine and of theology, the psychiatrist, Dr. Reed, and others. When I lectured in various countries, there were other men in conversations who declared they had counseled more demon-possessed believers than unbelievers. I must also mention Pastor G. Birch. In a letter of September 21, 1973, he wrote: "My wife and I have experience in Borneo of casting out demons in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. But here at home (Canada), we have seen 120 people delivered from demon possession in eighteen months. All these people were Christians." My friend Pastor Birch is not an extremist. You will find his name mentioned again in the chapter on "Speaking In Tongues".

My most detailed account of a case of possession is to be found in my book, "Unter der Fürung Jesu", beginning on page 250. Dr. Lechler, an experienced psychiatrist who, like me, recognized the fact of demon possession, described this account as the best-established example of pessession in modern times.

In England I have also found a few psychiatrists who share my conviction. Several years ago I was invited by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones to address some psychiatrists at Westminster Gate on the subject of pessession. In the discussion, one psychiatrist came up with the usual argument, that what the Bible describes as possession would today be regarded as mental illness. I did not have to try and correct his view. Two of the other psychiatrists contradicted him. One of them said, "I have had seven cases of possession in my practice." The other said, "And I had eleven cases of possession." This last-mentioned psychiatrist became a friend of mine. We held a seminar together for 200 Anglican clergy. During the week, this fellow believer told me: "Your book, "Christian Counseling and Occultism" confronted me with the problem of possession. I have now, for several years, observed typical cases which cannot be classified in the normal language of psychiatry. It was there that I discovered the truth of the thesis you maintain."

If there were no demons, Christ could not have disarmed ("spoiled", King James Version) them (Collossians 2:15). If believers can never be misused by Satan as his mouthpeice, Jesus would not have had to say to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan, Thou art an offence to me" (Matthew 16:23).

We know of the enemy's power. We know how easily believers are tempted, but we know still more of the victory of Jesus Christ. The triumphal cry of the apostle makes hell shudder: "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!"

© Kurt Koch 1978, Occult ABC, "Charismatic Movements" and "Demon Possession", 1978, pgs. 33-34, 50-52