BURN OR DESTROY IT
In the Book of Acts, is the story about the seven sons of Sceva. (Acts 19:16),“And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” Then, we find in verse 17, “This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks, and alarm and terror fell upon them all; and the name of the Lord JESUS was extolled and magnified”. 18 “Many also of those who were now Believers came making full confession and thoroughly exposing their [former deceptive and evil] practices. 19 And many of those who had practiced curious, magical arts collected their books and [throwing them, book after book, on the pile] BURNED THEM in the sight of everybody .” This is the scripture that Christians use for “book burnings” “record burnings,” etc.
Note they BURNED the books. We’re talking New Testament here. Why didn’t they just bind up or cast out the demons in these books? The Satanic anointing on these types of books will retain their unholy persuasions and draw others to read them and capture their souls. Evil spirits cling to these unholy things. Some of you have artifacts from Africa, India, etc., where these artifacts are offered up to their gods, many pray demons into these artifacts and they sell them. People tell me that they bind up the demons or cast them out of the artifacts but the Bible says give no place to the Devil; God says to destroy them. I’ve heard many testimonies of severe problems caused by these idols (including dolls, rock and roll albums, jewelry, etc.).
I personally knew a pastor that went to Africa to preach. He brought back many African object d’art such as, masks, staffs with fetishes, shields and hung them on his office wall. I warned him about having these pagan idols, he laughed at me saying, “That’s stupid, these are just pieces of wood, they have no power.”
I tried to sway him to think about the evil spirits attached to them. Nothing worked. He had been taught a natural Christianity that did not recognize that demons really do have power and could take advantage of a Christian through owning ungodly ignorance. This particular preacher lost his super big church and was demoted to a small-town country church.
The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver o gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared thereof: for it is an abomination to the Lord they God,” (Deut. 7:25).