August 16, 2014

Spiritual Gobbledygook

I've noticed that Pentecostal/Charismatic believers will often, rather than accuse one of pride or arrogance, say that one has a proud spirit or an arrogant spirit. It's not just those particular sins either. It goes for anything, really. It's never "Bob is overly critical." Instead, it's, "Bob has a critical spirit." Never, "Susan is a manipulative gossip." Always, "Susan has a Jezebel spirit" (the Jezebel spirit seems to be used as a sort of catch-all category for women).

What does all this talk about spirits even mean? Do the folks who talk like this even know? I guess it's supposed to sound more spiritual or something, but it just sounds weird to me. Are there any examples of this kind of talk in Scripture. Did the apostle Paul ever accuse anyone of having a lustful spirit or a divisive spirit?

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