Ray Comfort on Demons and Mental Illness

Question to Ray:

Can you please explain how you can tell the difference between mental illness and demonic possession? Also, would you handle the situation the same way if you met someone with similar symptoms today? At what point, if ever, would you seek medical help?

Ray’s Response:

I think that the definition of “mental illness” isn’t very clear. Could someone be called insane because they said that the earth was round when science knew that it was flat? Is it someone who denies the theory of evolution? Some would say so. Who is it that defines someone who is mentally ill? Would it be a registered psychiatrist? Who says that they are sane, and what is the criteria for sanity? How do you know that you are sane, because someone who is mentally ill more than likely thinks that they are quite normal?

Now to your question, of how to tell the difference between someone who is mentally ill or is demonically possessed. It’s clear that the way to tell if someone is demonically possessed is that they will almost certainly want to stay away from the light of the gospel.

I am not an expert on this subject (I don’t chase it–both the incidents I related happened in the mid 1980’s). I have only had one or two incidents since that time, and I do handle it differently.

I don’t spend time allowing the demons to speak. I tell them to be quiet (see Mark 1:25 and Mark 1:34), then speak directly to the person, sharing the gospel with him. I go through the Ten Commandments to show him what sin is, preach the cross, and the absolute necessity of repentance and faith in Jesus. Sin gives permission for demonic possession. True repentance closes the door (see James 4:7).

If the person looked as though they would do themselves bodily harm, I would call some sort of medical expert. However, that would be secondary. Although I visit doctors and believe in the use of medicine, my experience is that often mentally ill people are given drugs that don’t deal with the problem. Straight-jackets are no longer needed because powerful modern drugs make these people zombies. The symptoms are merely masked. Repentance and faith in Jesus goes to the root of the cause.

Full post here.

What do you all make of this?


One thought on “Ray Comfort on Demons and Mental Illness

  1. What do I make of this? I have friends and family members that have mental illnesses. It is beyond insulting to say that brain malfunctions, whether they be physical damage to the structure of the brain or chemical imbalances, are solely the work of demons. Cancer and diabetes are diseases that should be treated by doctors, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder are the work of demons.

    I think it is hard enough for people to seek and receive treatment for mental illness without Ray spreading this hateful garbage to his loyal fans. I think Ray has no business diagnosing and treating mental illness at all.

    Also, what does Ray think of things like MS? My husband has MS. I can show you pictures of the lesions on his brain. Lesions that have cause balance problems and numbness in his feet as well as anxiety. The damage is to the brain, but it’s not mental illness, so what does Ray make of that? Is the numbness disease, but the anxiety demons?

    As you can see, this entire episode has angered me and I think anyone who listens to Ray should question everything else he has ever said.

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