When I visit my parents over Christmas, my viewing habits usually change, watching a show that one of my sisters, mom or dad enjoys. On an evening several years ago, my older sister and I began watching an A&E marathon of Cold Case Files. Though intrigued by the technology, nothing in the first few episodes grabbed my attention. As I was about to call it a night, a quote from a detective from California blew my mind; stating emphatically, “yeah, demonic forces are behind many of the serial rapist and killers in our state!”
The context of this statement was in reference to a confession made by a serial rapist and murderer who had recently been detained by police. According to this man, when he was 13, he was seduced by a demon in a dream. After many reoccurring dreams, he began to follow a voice in his head to first rape females; then over time kill women after raping them. Instead of saying the devil made him do it, he said, “a succubus made me do!” In the awkwardness of the moment, my sister and I looked at each other thinking, I can’t believe that’s real! At the conclusion of this case, I ran down stairs, entering my parents’ computer room to prove this non-sense wrong. What I found, changed my perspective on the spiritual realm.
Like the latest State Farm Commercial, you have to be careful about the sites and sources you reference and research on the internet. Places like Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary and Occult websites can cloud your judgment as well as fill your minds with unwholesome images. The Meriam-Webster dictionary gives the most accurate account revealing Incubus as male demons who tempt woman into having sex when they sleep and Succubus as female demons who tempt men when they sleep. However, I wanted to go deeper than a definition to see if there were any case studies or real life encounters that appeared credible. In my initial search, I discovered 3 with historical documentation. My findings suggest what some law enforcement officers already believe; there is a direct correlation between demonic forces and violent crimes like rape and murder.
Over my 29 years as a Christian, its clear there are several topics considered taboo for churches to address from the pulpit. According to Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family Ministries, roughly 25 % of all pastors in America, struggle with some form of pornography. If one of these men or women tried to speak out by confessing their sin, most if not all would have their positions terminated. Thus, sexual issues like Incubus and Succubus are never mentioned, swept under the rug with all the other controversial issues. I’m not a biblical scholar nor do I claim to be one, yet it appears Incubus and Succubus fall under the category of spiritual forces of evil mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. My objective for this piece is not too promote panic each time you go to bed. Rather, I want each person to be armed with the power of God’s Word, the Bible, so that you will successfully take your thoughts captive as you sleep, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Remember the promise of 1 John 4:4, “Greater is He who is in you than is he who is in the world!”
by Jay Mankus