Old Testament New Testament Bible Scripture

What are territorial spirits?

Question: "What are territorial spirits?"

?Territorial spirits? is a term some Christians use to identify demonic occupation of a specific geographic location. Interestingly enough, and perhaps ironically, it is also a term pagans use to describe an otherworldly presence believed to be residing in a specific geographical location.

The Christian concept of territorial spirits comes from passages such as Daniel 10; John 12:31; John 14:30; John 16:11; Mark 5:10; and Ephesians 6:12. All of these passages imply that fallen angels have been given some type of responsibility over a certain area. Thus, they seem to be territorial. However, we need to remember that this is by inference; the Bible never explicitly defines a hierarchy of demonic authority and control in the world. What the Bible is clear about is that demons are definitely at work in the spiritual realm and that believers are very much involved in a battle against them.

In Daniel 10, for example, the angel struggled against a demonic adversary the entire time Daniel was praying and fasting. It wasn't until the resolution of Daniel's spiritually focused time that the angel could finally break away and come to Daniel. Ephesians 6 exhorts believers to stand firm against our spiritual adversaries and to remain alert and ready for battle. So there is no doubt that our struggle on earth is mirrored in some way in the spiritual realm.

The problem that comes with the use of the term ?territorial spirits? is that some Christians believe it is their duty to engage territorial demons in spiritual warfare. This, however, cannot be justified by Scripture. There is not a single instance in the Bible where someone actively sought out a demon in order to engage it. Demon-possessed individuals were encountered, and even brought to Jesus and His disciples for healing, but the disciples didn't go out looking for demons to cast out of people. Nobody in the Bible ever prayed that the demon princes of their town be bound from working their will against the residents of that town.

Territorial spirits, although not a scriptural idea, may very well exist, as seen in the previous passages. Such a term as "territorial spirits" is really not that important, though. What is important is our response. A believer in Christ has no biblical support to engage in prayer-led spiritual warfare against demons. Rather, a believer needs to be aware that there is a spiritual battle and to take it seriously (1 Peter 5:8). Our lives need to be focused on prayer and on growing in faith. Should we ever encounter a demon, we definitely have the Christ-given authority to deal with it, but we should not go looking for them, territorial or otherwise.

Related Topics:

Is there activity of demonic spirits in the world today?

Who / what were the Nephilim?

What are familiar spirits?

Why doesn't God give the fallen angels a chance to repent?

Who is Satan?

Return to:

Questions about Angels and Demons

Return to:

elhijodedios.com Home

What are territorial spirits?


Questions About God

Does God exist?

Who is God?

Is God real?

Is God dead?

What are the attributes of God? What is God like?

What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?

Can monotheism be proven?

What is Theology Proper / Paterology?

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?

Did God create evil?

Why does God allow the innocent to suffer?

Does God love everyone or just Christians?

Is God sovereign, or do we have a free will?

What are the different names of God, and what do they mean?

Where was God on September 11th?

Why doesn't God still perform miracles like He did in the Bible?

Does God hear / answer the prayers of a sinner / unbeliever?

Why does God love us?

Why was God so evident in the Bible and seems so hidden today?

Does God punish us when we sin?

Why is God a jealous God?

Who created God? Where did God come from?

How do I get the image of God as imposing and angry out of my mind?

Does God change His mind?

Has anyone ever seen God?

What does it mean to fear God?

Is it wrong to question God?

Is there anything God can't do?

Does God have a sense of humor?

Why is God so different in the Old Testament than He is in the New Testament?

Is God / the Bible sexist?

Why does God demand, seek, or request that we worship Him?

Is God fair?

Why did God command the extermination of the Canaanites?

Is God male or female?

What is YHWH? What is the tetragrammaton?

Does God make mistakes?

What does God look like?

Why does God allow sickness?

What does it mean that God is love?

Why does God create people when He knows they are going to go to hell?

Why does God allow evil men like Hitler and Saddam to come into power?

Does God tempt us to sin? What about Abraham in Genesis chapter 22?

What is deism? What do deists believe?

Does God still speak to us today?

Why does God allow natural disasters, i.e. earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis?

What was God doing before He created the universe?

What is God's will?

What is the immutability of God?

Could God create a rock so heavy He could not lift it?

Why does God refer to Himself in the plural in Genesis 1:26 and 3:22?

Why does God require faith?

Does God help those who help themselves?

Why does God allow birth defects?

Why does Scripture emphasize the right hand of God?

Does God have a physical body?

Can God sin? If God cannot sin, is He truly omnipotent?

What does it mean that God is infinite?

Why does God allow evil?

Why does Isaiah 45:7 say that God created evil?

Where is God now? Where is God when it hurts?

Does God want us to worship Him as Father?

Is it sometimes God's will for believers to be sick?

What is the key to truly knowing God?

How is belief in God any different from belief in a Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Why won't God heal amputees?

Is God cruel?

Is God imaginary?

Why did God allow the Holocaust?

What does it mean to find God?