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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that demon possession is possible within their ranks?

This question came about as a result of my answering this question: Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in exorcisms?

Is it possible for Jehovah’s Witnesses to become possessed by demons (to the exclusion of obsession, oppression, exterior physical pain, infestation or subjection, which are seen as steps towards being truly possessed by a demon) or are they somehow immune to this possibility?

A small percentage in of Christians seem to hold on to this possibility.

Thus my question: What is the teaching of the Jehovah’s Witnesses on this subject matter?

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  • christianity.stackexchange.com/a/79610/23657 for further clarification of OP POV. See this great answer to a related Q – Kris Jun 14 at 17:53
  • @Kris Those are 2 good links! Deeply thought-provoking. RCs believe baptism (even as a baby) = born-again/Spirit anointed/member of Christ's Church; Protestants believe the Holy Spirit has first to convict and convert a person and then indwell them which joins them to Christ' 'body'; JWs believe baptised believers almost never get the anointing, indwelling Holy Spirit these days, without which a person is not a member of the spiritual 'Church'. No wonder there are so many different views on who the demons can possess, or not, and why JWs seem reluctant to clearly detail their view! – Anne Jun 15 at 11:07
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I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. We don’t believe that we are impervious to demon possession simply on the basis of being a baptized member of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but we do believe that we are impervious only if we have put on “the complete suit of armor from God.” (Eph. 6:11)

Ephesians chapter 6 goes on to define this figurative suit of armor as:

  • The belt of truth fastened around your waist
  • Wearing the breastplate of righteousness
  • Feet shod with readiness to declare the good news of peace
  • The large shield of faith
  • The helmet of salvation
  • The sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word

If we are wearing this suit of armor, we will “be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil” in all their forms. If someone was demon possessed, the course of action would be to inspect and fix that person’s figurative “armor,” removing anything from their life that is connected to demon activity.

I have never heard of a Jehovah’s Witness getting possessed by a demon, but it would be possible if that person had strayed from the faith and no longer came under God’s protection.

See the article, “Can the Devil Control Humans?” for more info.

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    Your straightforward, clear answer is appreciated. But when you claim, "We don’t believe that we are impervious to demon possession simply on the basis of being a baptized member of Jehovah’s Witnesses", you don't offer any JW sources for that. Could you possibly cite, and quote the official view there? That would be appreciated. – Anne Jun 12 at 19:52
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    @Spirit No, but generally JWs don’t discuss cases of demon activity because it can be counterproductive, but here is a video that explained how a family got relief. jw.org/… – 4castle Jun 12 at 21:46
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    Thanks for that link but it does not deal with the question of whether a baptised JW could ever become demon possessed. There is surely a difference between suffering demonic harassment/attempts to mislead, and actual demon-possession (as per descriptions in the NT)? Examples given by you (especially that video link) are of non-JWs getting help to study and do the things listed in that previous link. JW "Baptism symbolizes dying to one's former way of life and becoming alive to do God's will" (Bible Teach p183) so those not baptised as JWs cannot be viewed as pleasing God, and open to attack? – Anne Jun 13 at 8:25
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    @Anne I agree with Anne that it deals with demonic oppression and not demonic possession. The two are clear distinct manners in which evil sprits operate amongst mankind. – Ken Graham Jun 13 at 19:16
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    @Kris My question clearly refers to demonic possession! – Ken Graham Jun 13 at 20:24
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My sister is demon possessed and was baptized at 16. She married into a family that practices witchcraft when she wasn’t an active witness. Although active again, she is still possessed.

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    Welcome to the site! Are you also an active Witness? What is she doing now that makes her active? Has she approached the elders for help? What did the elders say she should do? How do you know that she is still demon possessed? More details would be helpful. You can edit to improve your answer. – 4castle Jun 23 at 11:48

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