Southeast Asia is a hotbed for demonic supernaturalism and gruesome ceremonies such as Thaipusam (a self mutilation ritual). Much of this region is under a sway of the devil and the spiritual needs of the people is great. Not too long ago my wife and I had the opportunity to travel to this region and to minister with the hopes of bringing some light into this darkened region.
After a brief layover in Japan we flew into Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. One of the largest cities in this region, we quickly found that the city had a traffic problem. Crowded and yet beautiful Bangkok was a city of many wonders. The landscape was littered with majestic Buddhist temples and towering buildings. The city also had its share of Hindu temples and as Hinduism Today noted, “Bangkok is the epicenter of Thailand’s Hindu and Sikh population…” In our drives through the city we noticed quite a few of these Hindu temples peppered throughout. I was distressed at the sight of them. I was reminded of when the apostle Paul was in Athens and how he was also disturbed to see that a city of “full of idols” (Acts 17:16). Idol worship is common throughout the third world and we witnessed firsthand the spiritual dynamic behind idol worship in these demonic temples.
I have seen the effect of idol worship has in places like Western Africa but traveling to Asia and seeing it in Bangkok was different. Allow me to explain. My wife and I entered a few of the Hindu temples and we experienced some devilish things. We were not prepared for the overwhelming clouds of incense smoke as we entered the temple grounds. Devotees were scattered about offering everything from food to money and toys to the various Hindu deities represented. The deities themselves were a sight to see. Some were quite grotesque and creepy looking. Some of the images of their deities represented horror and vile sexuality.
My wife saw a Thai lady quickly cross the street to get some bottled water from a street vendor to only offer it to a Hindu deity. Does she not know that this false deity is incapable of satisfying her deepest spiritual needs? I noticed a group of people bowing before these demon gods in worship. Emptiness was written all over their faces. A quick glance at their facial disposition tells the real story however. One could actually “see” the evils spirits in some of the devotees. It was a truly eerie sight to behold. While we were observing all of these strange things going on in the temple my wife and I begin to sense a strong spiritual oppression encamp around us. It as if the demons behind these Hindu deities knew we were a threat to their work.
Instantaneously, these demonic spirits attacked my wife and me. At about the same time we both experienced a very mild but noticeable discomfort in our bodies and spirits. We could actually “feel” it as if the demons were pressing in on us. I began to pray and speak for the Lordship of Jesus Christ to reign tangibly over the temple. I began to sense the devotees were disturbed by our presence. We continued to stand firm in our battle with the demons in Bangkok.
Amazingly, after leaving the temple we both noticed the minor discomfort that we had experienced in the temple had vanished. We were free from Satan’s attacks. Demons do often attach themselves to idols. In fact, the apostle Paul tells us that the, “…the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons” (see 1 Corinthians 10:20).
Many missionaries all over the globe speak of experiencing an evil supernatural presence when around idols. The reason is because there are evil demons nearby longing for false worship by the unsuspecting. That is why the apostle Paul cautions that those who offer sacrifices are in reality offering sacrifices to demons.
Moses tells is in Deuteronomy 32:16-18
They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols. They sacrificed to demons, which are not God- gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear. You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.
In Psalms 106:36-37
They worshiped their idols,
which became a snare to them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
Again, we see that those who participated in the false worship of idols are in reality in communion with demons. This is very dangerous as this can open a door for demon invasion.