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This sermon is the first of 3 delivered at the 2023 Academy of Theology Conference hosted at Christ Church Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this year.

Our responses to matters pertaining to the spirit world are usually influenced by our African traditional belief system(s). But what does the Bible say? Charlie Rampfumedzi helps us understand what spirits are and how Christians ought to view them, in light of the truth of God’s word.

The African mind attributes every bad occurrence to the involvement of spirits.

In Charlie’s words, “Every bad occurrence in your life, the first thing is you attribute that to the involvement of the spirits. That’s how the African mind and their lifestyle are shaped. Everywhere you go, whatever you do, the first thing that is right in your mind and affecting your mind – spirits.” “But,” as Charlie continues, “The truth will set you free.”

The Christian faith doesn’t deny the reality of the spiritual world. Indeed, most biblical authors recognise that Christians are engaged in spiritual warfare. However, in this talk, Charlie shows that this reality should be understood within the salvation and lordship of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, we can know certain things about the spirit world, which God has revealed in scripture.

Entrust Yourself to the Greatest Power

As he says, “The Son, the Lord Jesus, will set you free and if the Son – Jesus Christ – sets you free, the Bible says you are free indeed. You will trust him and fully devote yourself to him – not live your life as if he exists – but realise that he really exists. He’s real. He’s real. What you accepted, what you have received, you have received the real deal – Jesus Christ.”

There are no spirits of human beings, saved and unsaved, on this planet.

Charlie concludes by saying, “Lastly, all Christians are indwelled by the Holy Spirit – all of them. Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in you? You are not your own. For you were bought with a price. You belong to someone else, to God, the Holy Spirit, the best teacher, the permanent, resident teacher who is with you, not two days, not three days, all the time. That’s why he’s the comforter. That’s the one we need as the followers of Christ. And that’s what we pray for, that through our gospel, those who are troubled by the spirits will receive the gospel and be indwelled by the Holy Spirit, not by other spirits.”

The makeup of this world is complex, but there are things we can say confidently regarding the spirits of those who’ve died. We can also take confidence in the lordship of Jesus Christ and empowering presence of his Spirit.

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If you can’t listen or watch this sermon, you can always read the transcript below. You also might want to check out a few related articles:

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Are Dreams and Visions Messages from God? // Africa Study Bible
Yes, Ancestral Worship Is Idolatry

Date: 19th August 2023

Location: 2023 Academy of Theology Making the Invisible Visible Conference, Christ Church Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa