The Dallas Demoniac

PossessionbgConfession time… demon possession is something I’ve believed in because it’s in the Bible. But, I had never experienced anything resembling it…until Sunday morning.

At about 8:30am I came down the stairs to deliver my PowerPoint slides and notes to "the clicker," and saw a woman holding her son close to her. She said to me, "That guy is crazy!" She pointed to a man who was in the chapel–hissing, yelling, gyrating, and looking violent.

My first thought was–mentally disturbed. So, I went into the fellowship hall to borrow a cell phone and call the cops. Well, soon enough I realized that the man has followed me into the Fellowship Hall (where the church is currently worshiping due to construction). His eyes were rolled back into his head, and yet he could see. He was talking to Satan, and confessing to a murder he had committed. Though his eyes were solid white, he could see. And no one who was trying to get his attention could get through to him.

And then I spoke…and things got interesting.

I said, "Sir…" and he whipped around, hissed and roared at me. He said, "Jesus, I know that you are the risen one!" and then picked up a chair and threw it at me. Then, he came swinging. I was able to dodge a couple of punches…and then, thankfully, one of our larger brothers happened to be there to subdue the man…but not before he got to turn all the communion tables over…grape juice flying everywhere. Three men held him down, and 911 took 20 minutes to get there. As the cops took him away, he was talking to both Satan and Jesus…eyes still hollow.

I don’t really know what to say except…on a day in which we were making a major announcement like the one we did Sunday (the multi-site announcement), it was creepy. It was creepy that he could only hear me. It was creepy to hear him dialoguing with Satan, and Jesus. It was creepy to have someone physically attack me right before a service. The whole thing was just creepy.

My adrenaline level was just shy of galactic when the service started. We had a time of prayer for the man, and for all who witnessed it who were rattled. And we went on…we prayed, we sang, we preached, and we announced, and we applauded, and it was just another Sunday at Highland Oaks.

Here’s the question…do you believe in demon-possession? Why or why not? And, have you ever experienced something similar to this? Creepy…

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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9 thoughts on “The Dallas Demoniac

  1. You Betcha I believe it! Those that deny that this can happen, deny the work of the Spirit as well!
    AS far as I understand the scripture, Satan is STILL in control in this world. The FINAL battle ( Christ’s Resurrection) has already taken place, so we know how it ends. But, Satan and his demons are alive and real. Fortunately though, his days are numbered!
    Bottom line, God is glorified when His power is displayed in overcoming demon possession. Perhaps in this case as in the First Century, by prayer and fasting.
    It would be interesting to know where he is now, and if he can be prayed for and fasted out of demon possession.
    Try it! The Spirit still moves today!
    God Bless and thanks for sharing that story!

  2. Do you believe in demon-possession?
    Why or why not?
    Spirits are real and were cast out by Jesus in the New testament, they too were tortured by the sounds of truth. Altough Tim is not Jesus he speaks the truth of Jesus and that is heard by many.
    Have you ever experienced something similar to this?
    I saw two ghosts in my lifetime. Not sure what the correct term is but they were real.
    Tim –
    Maybe you should get a little BJJ training for next time you run into a demon.

  3. I missed the excitement but heard about it, of course. I just want to compliment you, Tim, on staying cool and delivering a wonderful sermon in spite of the distractions.
    I taught middle school in DISD for 36 years. There were a couple of times I crossed paths with students that I was convinced were demon-possessed. There was just no other way to explain the amount of evil that existed in their beings.
    It’s truly awesome to have God on your side when dealing with Satan!

  4. While I’ve never personally witnessed demon-possession, I definitely believe in it. About 10 years ago I had the opportunity to get to know a former missionary to Africa named Keith Honey. He shared many stories of demon-possession that he personally witnessed in the African bush. Perhaps Satan doesn’t usually let his demons become obvious here in the United States because that might drive us closer to God. We would realize that it is only by His power that we are saved. As it is, we usually feel like we have things “under control” until an event like this wakes us up to reality.
    Have you ever read Frank Peretti’s books “This Present Darkness” and “Piercing the Darkness”? Although they are fiction, they have impacted my thoughts about the spiritual realm.

  5. Good Grief!!! I’m just glad all he had to fight with was a chair and his fists. What a way to prepare your mind for the worship assembly that day.
    I do believe in it, whatever you want to call it and however it comes about. Whatever amazing, non-natural things that can be accomplished as a result of the power of the Spirit living in us, I believe the opposite can be said as well. The power of Satan is alive and well and I think responsible for the evil we see and hear of today. As there are people who sell out to God’s Spirit, I believe there are people who sell out to Satan as well.
    I’d be interested to know how you felt standing face to face with this man. Do you feel God did anything special with you during those moments?
    Glad you and your church are OK.

  6. Incredible story. I felt like I was reading a story out of Scripture. The powers and principalities become much more real in situations like this.
    I would normally assume most people are mentally disturbed in similar situations, but the timing and description seems that this was indeed a demon-possessed man.
    I chalk this up as another learned lesson that I would have never received in school. Unbelievable story!