"War on the Saints" by Jessie Penn-Lewis

Chart 102

1. How evil spirits deceive. 2. The ground given for deception. 3. Where they enter. 4. Symptoms of the presence of evil spirits in a man. 5. The excuses used by evil spirits to cover ground. 6. Effects in and through the believer.


By first obtaining consent of the will.

By counterfeiting the presence of God as an influence.

By counterfeiting the person of God within.

By suggestions to the mind.

By false guidance.

By counterfeits of

  1. Divine things
  2. Human things
  3. Satanic things
  4. Angelic things

By teachings of demons.

By supernatural visions and voices.

By pushing to extremes, etc., etc.

Their first object is to deceive so as to gain (1) communication with, (2) entrance to, (3) confidence of the believer, that all their workings are of God.


Thoughts admitted to the mind.

Passivity of the whole being in various parts or stages.

Faculties unused.

Lack of mental control.

Lack of reasoning.

Lack of use of the will.

Giving up power of decision.

Ceasing to use the judgment.

Actions as the result of these various things, the actions giving more ground.

See Chapter 7 on "Ground."


They bury themselves in the very structure of the human frame, and enter mind or nervous system specifically.

See Chapter 7.


Attitude of "infallibility."

Antagonism to truth about evil spirits.


Inability to reason or listen to other's words.

"Flashes" of memory.

Loss of memory.

Suspicious spirit.

Abnormal talkativeness or reserve.

The body in time becomes open to the evil spirits' use of { eyes, head, vocal organs, tongue, jaws, muscles, hand, feet } manifested in uncontrollable movements.

See Chapter 7.

N.B.--All symptoms may be manifested in slight or acute degrees; singly or as a whole.


It is "Divine."

It is "sin."

It is "disease."

It is "physical."

It is "natural."

It is "temperament."

It is "heredity."

It is "brain-fag."

It is "fatigue."

It is "imagination."

It is "spiritual."

It is "vision from God."

It is "revelation."

etc., etc.

See Chapter 7 on "Excuses."


General weakness.

Mental and bodily lethargy.

Nerve irritation shown in impatient restlessness.



Loss of decisive power of choice.

Spirit of division.

Prejudices without reason.

Marred judgment.

Exaggerated view of self, painful or pleasing.

Lack of moral vision and judicial balance.

Unholy laughter.

Excessive disposition to weep.

Depression and oppression, etc., etc.



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