Pastor James J. Barker

Text: ACTS 19:11-20


  1. My message this evening is entitled, "Demons Busy in Arizona, NYC, and Everywhere."
  2. Immediately after the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, liberal Democrats started blaming Sarah Palin and other conservatives for the shootings.
  3. These murders have absolutely nothing to do with Sarah Palin or talk radio or the Tea Party or conservative politics.
  4. The killer, Jared Lee Loughner, was not all influenced by the Tea Party or talk radio.  He has said he has wanted to kill the congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, since 2007, before most Americans had ever even heard of Sarah Palin.
  5. If people really want to try and understand the deranged thinking of this killer, Jared Lee Loughner, here is where they can start.
  6. The killer never attended Sunday School or church and apparently neither did his parents.
  7. Apparently his mother (or perhaps his father) was a big drinker. A neighbor, George Osler, whose son Zach was a friend of the killer, said every time he saw the killer's mother in the supermarket, "she had at least one 30-pack of beer in her cart."
  8. The killer had a problem with authority and could not hold a job.  He jumped from job to job because he couldn't get along with his co-workers or supervisors.
  9. Another important detail: the killer was involved in heavy rock music. Mr. and Mrs. Osler said the killer and their son listened to the heavy metal bands Slipknot and The Mars Volta.
  10. I went online and typed in "Slipknot."   A photograph of the band showed them on stage surrounded by Satanic pentagrams.
  11. Here is a quote from an online article: "Slipknot has been the subject of many controversies throughout their career, both for their image and their music. The lyrical content of some of Slipknot's songs has been linked to several violent and criminal incidents. One such case from 2003 involved a pair of young killers who blamed the lyrics from the song "Disasterpiece" for their vicious crime. Another from 2006 involved the lyrics from the song "Surfacing" being found at the site of a grave robbing" (
  12. I went on line to find out about The Mars Volta and read they are "characterized by chaotic live shows and very heavy drug use" (
  13. The killer in Arizona is not a conservative Tea Party activist but a rebellious, doped-up misfit, who is possibly demon-possessed.
  14. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament give many examples of people possessed or influenced by demons. From these various examples we can gain insight as to how a demon possesses someone (cf. Lev. 17:7; Deut. 32:17; II Chron. 11:14, 15; Psalm 106:37; Isaiah 8:19, 20; Matthew 9:32, 33; 12:22; 15:21, 22; 17:14-18; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 4:33-36; Luke 22:3, 31; Acts 16:16-18).
  15. In some of these passages, the demon possession causes physical ailments such as inability to speak, epileptic symptoms, blindness, etc.
  16. King Saul, after rebelling against the LORD, was troubled by an evil spirit from the LORD (I Samuel 16:14, 15; 18:10, 11; 19:9, 10) resulting in him being extremely moody, depressed, and violent.
  17. I said all that to say that the same evil spirits that plagued people in the days of King Saul and in the days of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the days of the apostle Paul, are still around today.
  18. I will just mention three vivid examples from the past few days.
  19. First, there this Jared Lee Loughner, the deranged young man who shot and killed six innocent people and wounded at least 13 others (including a US Congresswoman) in a shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona.
  20. I have already mentioned he was into heavy metal rock music. Furthermore, Loughner had erected a spooky altar with a skull sitting atop a pot filled with shriveled oranges in a tent behind his home.
  21. Nearby this demonic altar is a row of ceremonial candles and a bag of potting soil. This creepy shrine indicates that this killer is apparently mixed up in the occult.
  22. Those who study the occult have told newspaper reporters that these strange elements are featured in various ceremonies of different occult groups. Acquaintances said Loughner was obsessed with the Mayan prophecy of a 2012 apocalypse and mind control.
  23. Furthermore, his neighbors say the killer was interested in Eastern meditation, which is also demonic.
  24. The second news report is from Mexico, on the other side of the border from Arizona.  This news report tells us that Mexican police found 15 headless bodies on an Acapulco sidewalk -- all but one of them headless.  They were all lined up on a sidewalk outside a shopping center in Acapulco.
  25. The killings were apparently done by a drug cartel. At least a dozen mayors were killed nationwide in Mexico last year. Their killings were all attributed to the drug cartels.
  26. Revelation 21:8 says, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
  27. The Greek word translated "sorcerers" is pharmakeus, which means drugs or magic potions.  It is where we get our English word "pharmacy" (drug store).
  28. By the way, Jared Lee Loughner's classmates have described him as a "leftwing pothead."   He had been arrested for possession of drugs, and had been rejected by the U.S. Army in Dec. 2008 after he admitted that he was a drug user.
  29. The devil uses drugs to destroy lives and send people to hell.
  30. The third story is much closer to home -- about 20 miles from here.  I referred to it Sunday morning.  I was hesitant to go into details then and am hesitant now.
  31. A young (20 years old) homosexual killer, Renato Seabra, has confessed to brutally torturing his journalist sodomite partner in a Times Square hotel for more than an hour -- and then castrating him with a wine corkscrew -- to get rid of  his "homosexual demons."
  32. He tortured him and killed him last Friday night.
  33. The killer is a Portuguese male model.  I have heard that most male models are homosexual.  His victim was a popular Portuguese fashion columnist and flamboyant homosexual named Carlos Castro, 65 years old.
  34. "I'm not gay anymore!" the accused killer told investigators. He told cops that he killed Castro "to get rid of demons."
  35. Demons drew this young man into perversion.  Then they led him to brutally murder his perverted partner. They also nearly drove him to commit suicide.
  36. Seabra confessed to the gruesome slaying Saturday night while recovering at Bellevue Hospital, where he was being treated for self-inflicted slashes to his wrists, sources said. He was then charged with second-degree murder.
  37. Our Lord said, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).



  1. All of the nations in the Old Testament were involved in demonism, and all of them were very violent.
  2. The Canaanites, the Philistines, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and all the other nations were involved in the occult and were all very violent.
  3. Many of the murders committed today are committed by demon-possessed people, such as this recent shooter in Arizona.
  4. Often some deranged lunatic will push some one in front of a subway train.  When arrested these crazed killers will say "voices" told them to do it.  Those are the voices of demons.
  5. Back in the summer of 1969, Charles Manson and his cult killed at least ten people in Los Angeles.  Though Manson got the most publicity there were actually many other hippie killers running around the country murdering innocent people. 
  6. The media focused on LSD and other drugs, but overlooked the role demons played in the crimes.
  7. And for the most part, the media downplayed the demonic influence of rock music.  Charles Manson was obsessed with rock music.
  8. The Manson family murderers were inspired by Manson's prediction of what he called "Helter Skelter," an apocalyptic war he believed would arise from tension over racial relations between blacks and whites.
  9. "Helter Skelter" is a name of a strange Beatles song.  At the Manson trials, Vincent Bugliosi was the chief prosecutor.   Mr. Bugliosi (with Curt Gentry) wrote the book, Helter Skelter --  The True Story of the Manson Murders.
  10. In his book Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi claims that a member of the Manson admitted to him that they had killed  somewhere from "35 to 40 people" and that, Ronald Hughes (a court-appointed attorney who represented one of the Manson Family killers) was the first of the retaliation murders.
  11. There have been many unusual deaths and unsolved murders that  law enforcement officials believe the Manson Family may have been involved in.
  12. Bugliosi also brought out how Manson, spent most of his life in reform schools and prisons, and while in prison was converted to the Scientology cult, which he found was a useful tool to control people's minds.
  13. Bugliosi believes Scientology turned Manson from a petty thief and pimp into a violent mass murderer.



  1. That is why demons are often referred to in the Bible as "unclean spirits." 
  2. This is from the Family Research Institute’s website: “Death and disease accompany promiscuous and unsanitary sexual activity. Many gays have sexually transmitted diseases and intestinal parasites (worms, flukes, amoeba).”
  3. Homosexuality is deadly and it is closely connected to many other horrible sins.  For example, homosexuals often drink alcohol, take drugs, and have sex with multiple partners at one time.
  4. Their behaviour is so disgusting I cannot describe it from this pulpit. (See
  5. Homosexuals are heavily involved in pornography—often child pornography.
  6. And as we were reminded this past weekend, homosexuals are often very violent.  Empirical evidence has demonstrated that homosexual couples have higher rates of domestic violence than do heterosexual couples, especially among lesbians.
  7. Many homosexuals engage in sadomasochism and torture. Television shows present homosexual characters as kind and compassionate and sensitive, etc.
  8. Undoubtedly some of them are.  But unfortunately, many of them are violent psychopaths. The worst serial killers are usually homosexual.  Many of them are cannibals.
  9. A Russian homosexual named Andrei Chikatilo apparently has the modern world record for serial killing.  He was convicted of killing 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990.
  10. Henry Lee Lucas claimed that he killed hundreds of people, but the authorities thought he was exaggerating.  In any event, he did kill quite a few, including his own mother and his sodomite boyfriend’s niece.  In 1985 he was convicted of killing five people.
  11. Lucas’ sodomite partner in crime was Ottis Toole.  In prison, Ottis Toole confessed and later recanted killing 6-year-old Adam Walsh. The little boy disappeared in 1981 outside a Hollywood, Florida, mall, setting off a nationwide manhunt and launching the TV career of his father, John Walsh, who created hosts the television series “America's Most Wanted.”
  12. Randy Kraft was convicted of murdering 16 men, but allegedly killed over 60. Other notorious sodomite serial killers include: Donald Harvey -- 37 murders; John Wayne Gacy -- 33 murders; Patrick Kearney -- 32 murders; Bruce Davis -- 28 murders.
  13. Dean Corll, Elmer Wayne Henley, and David Owen Brooks ran a homosexual torture and murder ring. They killed 27 men (many of them young boys).
  14. There are lesbian serial killers too. Aileen Wuornos was a lesbian who admitted to killing seven men.  She was executed in 2002.  The next year Hollywood made a big movie about her.
  15. Jeffrey Dahmer was a cannibal and a homosexual, who murdered at least 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.
  16. Homosexuals are in bondage to Satan and his demons, and so are many promiscuous heterosexual sinners.



  1. Both the Arizona killer and the Times Square killer were deranged.
  2. One news report states that the Arizona killer liked to watch a demonic film called "Donnie Darko," about a teenager named Donnie Darko who has been seeing a psychiatrist because he has visions of a menacing, demonic-looking rabbit.
  3. This rabbit manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
  4. Another film that apparently made a big impression on the Arizona killer, "A Scanner Darkly," is about a brain-damaging drug that causes people to have schizophrenic behavior. These weird movies are all influenced by demons.
  5. One of the Arizona killer's schoolmates told a reporter, "He was one of the last kids to come in, and he sat down and almost immediately started laughing to himself in a way that was just kind of creepy."
  6. The Washington Post reported that Lynda Sorenson, 52, who was in a basic algebra class with Loughner, shared her concerns in emails to friends.  On June 14, she wrote: "We have a mentally unstable person in the class that"
  7. He  was suspended from community college in Tucson after five encounters with campus police between February and September last year.
  8. In September, college officials sent campus police officers to Loughner's home, where he lives with his parents, with a letter informing him he could not return without a mental health professional's written assurance that his presence at college would "not present a danger to himself or others."
  9. Through demons unstable souls lose their minds. One preacher put it this way: "Why can we not halt the drug trade that is destroying countless lives and damning souls? Why has sodomy become acceptable? Why can we not stamp out child abuse and the legalized slaughter of the unborn in abortion clinics? The Bible makes the answer clear: the human race is being manipulated by vast numbers of evil spirits who have great power" – John Phillips, (Exploring Ephesians).
  10. When men ignore and deny the supernatural realm, they fall into grievous error.  James Pike (1913-1969) was a bishop in the very liberal Episcopal Church.  Pike denied the supernatural realm, and just about everything else in the Bible.  He attacked the doctrine of the virgin birth of Jesus and the doctrine of the Trinity.
  11. The Episcopal Church started heresy procedures in 1962, '64, '65, and '66, each growing in intensity, but in the end they dropped the proceedings and decided to merely censure Bishop Pike.
  12. Pike was a chain-smoker, and a drunkard. He was involved in many adulterous relationships, including one with his secretary that led to his second wife divorcing him. (He was divorced and remarried three times.)
  13. In 1966, Bishop Pike’s son Jim committed suicide in a New York City hotel room while experimenting with the drug LSD. Shortly after his son’s death Pike began to dabble in the occult.
  14. In September 1967, Pike participated in a televised séance in an attempt to communicate with his dead son through the medium Arthur Ford, who was a Disciples of Christ (another apostate denomination) minister.  (A preacher involved in demonism!)
  15. In the early 1970’s, following the death of Bishop Pike (1969) and the medium Arthur Ford (1971), his biographer Alan Spraggett (who had hosted the television show during which Ford conducted his séance) discovered material in Ford’s papers which conclusively proved that Ford had faked the séance.
  16. Much of the occult world is based on fakery, but there is also much demonic involvement.  This is why it very dangerous (cf. Deut. 18:9-12).  There are many other similar warnings in the Bible.
  17. Bishop Pike wrote a book about his involvement in the occult, entitled The Other Side.
  18. Merrill Unger wrote an excellent book (from a Biblical perspective) about Pike called, The Haunting of Bishop Pike.
  19. Devils deceived Bishop Pike and they drove him out into the Israeli desert. After an extensive four-day search by the Israeli Army, Pike’s body was found in a deep gully.
  20. Bishop Pike rejected the Word of God.  He was deceived by Satan and his seducing spirits, and they ultimately destroyed him.
  21. Many people today put their trust in science, but science cannot explain the supernatural.  The devil has brainwashed people into rejecting the Word of God and accepting the theory of evolution.
  22. The devil’s work is everywhere today - evolution, psychology, most of the entertainment industry (e.g., Harry Potter), yoga, environmental fanaticism, and much of public education.
  23. The devil has various ways of luring unregenerate men into the occult world, not realizing they are being deceived by devils.
  24. First Timothy 4:1 calls these demons “seducing spirits.”
  25. King Saul went to the witch of Endor and it cost him his life.
  26. In Shakespeare’s famous play, Banquo warned Macbeth,

But ‘tis strange:
And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s
In deepest consequence.

  1. Evils such as spiritism, Halloween, vampire movies, religious deception, and widespread use of drugs, open the mind to demon influence.



  1. The devil is a master strategist.  He has large numbers of demons at his disposal.
  2. They have been very successful in turning our country from a Biblically based culture to a dark and confused, sin loving culture.
  3. Demons control the major news outlets, and the demon-inspired news media are now trying to point the blame for the Arizona killings on Sarah Palin and the Tea Party and talk radio, etc.
  4. They are trying to mislead people again.  The real culprits are Satan and his demons.
  5. This is nothing new.  The devil has been around a long time.  When President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, the liberal news media said he was killed because of the "climate of hate" in conservative Christian Dallas.
  6. But the killer was not a conservative or a Christian.  Christians do not assassinate people.
  7. Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist.  And Communists have killed millions of people -- in Russia, in China, in Cambodia, and all over the world.
  8. And demons are behind communism.

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