by Frederick Hoehn, copyright 2013. |
Anger management. You didn’t used to hear much about anger management, and then someone put those two words together and invented that phrase.
Who gave us the phrase, anger management? Was it a Psychologist? Perhaps it was a Freudian Psychologist. More about that in a minute, but speaking about anger management, let me tell you about a guy I used to play chess with, Bob.
Bob and I were tenants in the same building in Los Angeles. They had a lobby and a TV room. When we watched TV, Bob was pretty good at solving the word puzzles on “Wheel of Fortune,” and so was I.
Bob and I would sometimes play chess. I guess we both played at about Master level. I had previously won a small chess tournament that we had on my ship in the Navy.
But when you would sit across the table, playing chess with Bob, he would be muttering unpleasant things about you. That’s rather bad manners, and bad chess etiquette. In fact, it could provoke fights. That’s why I quit playing chess with Bob.
Bob would get angry if someone beat him at chess. In fact, when he was playing another pretty good chess player there, after the guy won the game, Bob assaulted him physically.
I take my chess seriously, too, but if you happen to win the game, I won’t assault you. That wouldn’t be the Christian thing to do. But Bob wasn’t a Christian.
Later that evening, though I had stopped playing chess with him, Bob and I were talking in the Lobby. Many of the tenants there knew that Bob had assaulted that fellow.
Bob said something about maybe taking some Anger Management classes. So it seemed a good opportunity for me to explain to Bob that Anger Management classes would not get the job done.
I explained that those classes wouldn’t get the job done because at the classes, they would not be casting demons out of people, which is what needed to happen with Bob.
When I told Bob the problem was demons, Bob said, “That’s probably it.” That’s the smartest thing I ever heard Bob say.
So did Bob ever go and get demons cast out of him? Not as far as I know. Not long afterward, I moved to a different city. Another fellow who was given to anger was Lester Sumrall in his youth. He would let himself get angry with people and hurt them physically. But Sumrall got cured of it. Sumrall also was unwilling to obey God.
Still in his youth, Sumrall came down with Tuberculosis, a severe disease that has killed many. It was so bad for Sumrall that the doctor said he didn’t expect Sumrall to make it through that night.
That night, God gave Sumrall a vision. What Sumrall saw in the vision was a large coffin on one side, and a large Bible on the other side. The Lord said to Sumrall, “This night, you will choose one or the other.” In other words, Lester Sumrall was either going to choose to be a preacher, or he was going to die.
Sumrall said, “Well, I guess I’ll be a preacher.” It seems to me he made the right choice.
After choosing to obey God, Sumrall stopped the excessive anger.
Sumrall later did a famous casting out of demons from a woman in the Philippines, and cast demons out of other people. Dr. Norvel Hayes learned to cast out demons from Lester Sumrall, and then Hayes went on to cast out more demons on his own.
Speaking of Psychologists, I’ve heard that among the various professions, Psychologists have one of the highest suicide rates. I suspect that’s because they have rather low cure rates with their patients, and are quite frustrated at their lack of success with their patients.
When Psychologists study to get their degrees and credentials, I’m pretty sure that one of their textbooks is not the Holy Bible, but it certainly should be. The Bible introduces people to the subject of demons, if people are not already aware of demons.
Demons cause mental problems like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Kleptomania, Severe Anger, Serial Killer, Paranoia, and dozens of others.
You know, I think maybe people were smarter about two thousand years ago than people today, at least in this one area.
One time Jesus asked the question, “Why are you trying to kill me? (John 7:19) They answered Jesus, “You have a demon, who’s trying to kill you.”
But these days, they wouldn’t say, “You have a demon,” they would say, “You’re paranoid,” not realizing that paranoia is generally caused by a demon.
But they really were trying to kill Jesus, and with the help of Judas Iscariot, they did get Jesus crucified.
So, if you’re a Psychologist, and trying to cure mental diseases, you’re severely handicapped if you don’t know about demons, since demons are behind so many of the mental diseases.
But even if you did know about demons, you still don’t have the authority to cast them out unless you’re a Christian. Jesus gave the Christians authority over demons in Luke 10:19 and in Mark chapter 16.
“See, I give you power…over all the power of the enemy...” (Luke 10:19) And we know from Ephesians chapter six that our main enemy is the devil and his demons. Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin explained that the four categories of demons are there in Ephesians chapt. 6. “Principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and wicked spirits in high places.” (Eph 6:12)
But if someone wants to cast out demons, not only should they be a Christian, but also they should ask the Lord for the Baptism with the Holy Ghost with the speaking in unknown tongues (languages).
Jesus said, “You’ll receive power after the Holy Ghost has come on you.” (Acts 1:8)
Get that extra power that you’ll have after Jesus baptizes you with the Holy Ghost. You’ll be at a disadvantage without the Baptism with the Holy Ghost.
And how does someone know that they have received the Baptism with the Holy Ghost? The evidence of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost is the speaking in unknown tongues (languages).
The unknown tongue is a language unknown to the person who is speaking. Please read my article, “The Baptism with the Holy Ghost.”
Freudian Psychologists are followers of Sigmund Freud. No doubt Freud had some intellect that he used to speculate on causes of mental problems. But I don’t think he was too bright a guy.
In talking about women, I heard that Freud said, “What do they want? What the (bleep) do they want?”
So, evidently, Freud didn’t bother with God, nor with God’s book, the Holy Bible.
Thus, Freud was not well-read. If Freud had been well-read, he would have been aware of the scripture where Solomon, probably the wisest man in the Old Testament, spoke these words: “Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, so that thou canst not know them.” (Proverbs 5:6) (King James Version)
I don’t say that applies to all women. There are some God-fearing women around.
Someone might say, “But Fred, if you cast out demons, why didn’t you cast them out of that chess-player, Bob?” Here’s the thing—one doesn’t cast demons out of someone unless they’re willing to have their demons cast out.
Furthermore, a person can be endangered by having demons cast out of them.
Jesus said, “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he (the demon) walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none. Then he says, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he has come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. (Matt 12:43-45)
So, if Bob had wanted to have demons cast out, I would have insisted that he first accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, otherwise, Bob could have wound up worse than before.
But I never saw any interest by Bob in getting born again. What a pity.
The most important task for every human being during their life on earth is to get themselves straight with God.
My Mother accomplished that, and went to heaven. My Dad failed at that, and went to hell.
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