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The Book of Mormon (stage show) and Demonic Attack

I was innocently changing channels when I heard this song -the words, curses and demons -met my ear.  Since this is something I know about, I stopped to listen. A man is singing about how demons are attacking his mind – guilt, fear, anger, revenge, homosexuality, regret, confusion, lying, for starts. He is told to turn it off by his Mormon leader.

It doesn’t work, and it is not supposed to work.  Mental disciple is important but getting rid of demons is not only deliberate mind control.  Demons are spirit beings and must be dealt with by the Spirit of man through the Spirit of God. The answer is not in the Book of Mormon or any other man-made book.

Here are the lyrics of this song.

ELDER MCKINLEY
I got a feelin’ that you could be feelin’
A whole lot better than you feel today
You say you got a problem…well, that’s no problem!
It’s super easy not to feel that way
When you start to get confused because of thoughts in your head –
Don’t feel those feelings – hold them in instead!

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’!
It’s a cool little Mormon trick
We do it all the time

When you’re feeling certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light –

And turn ’em off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘bap’!
Really, what’s so hard about that?
Turn it off!
Turn it off!

ELDER CHURCH
When I was young, my Dad would treat my Mom real bad
Every time the Utah Jazz would lose
He’d start a-drinkin’, and I’d start a-thinkin’
How’m I gonna keep my Mom from getting abused?
I’d see her all scared and my soul was dyin’!
My Dad would say to me, ‘Now don’t you dare start crying!’

Turn it off!
Like a light switch
Just go ‘flick’!
It’s our nifty little Mormon trick!
Turn it off!
Turn. It. Off!

ELDER THOMAS
My sister was a dancer, but she got cancer
The doctor said she still had two months more
I thought she had time, so I got in line
For the new iPhone at the Apple Store
She laid there dying with my Father and Mother
Her very last words were, “Where is my brother?”

Turn it off! (Yeah!)
Bid those sad feelings adieu!
The fear that I might get cancer too…

[laughter]

ELDER MCKINLEY
When I was in fifth grade, I had a friend Steve Blade (Oooh, Steve Blade…)
He and I were close as two friends could be (We could be close…)
One thing led to another, and soon I would discover (Wow!)
I was having really strange feelings for Steve…
I thought about us on a deserted island (We’re all alone…)
We’d swim naked in the sea, and then he’d try and –

Woah! Turn it off!
Like a light switch
There it’s gone! (Good for you!)
My hetero side just won!
I’m all better now
Boys should be with girls – that’s Heavenly Father’s plan
So, if you ever feel you’d rather be with a man –
Turn it off!

ELDER PRICE
Well, Elder McKinley, I think it’s okay that you’re having gay thoughts. Just so long as you never act upon them.

ELDER MCKINLEY
No, ’cause then you’re just keepin’ it down
Like a dimmer switch on “low”… (On “low”…)
Thinking nobody needs to know (Uh oh…)
But that’s not true!
Being gay is bad, but lying is worse
So just realize you have a curable curse –
And turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Turn it off!

Turn it off!

Now, how do you feel?

ELDER PRICE
The same.

ELDER MCKINLEY
Then you’ve only got yourself to blame
You didn’t pretend hard enough
Imagine that your brain is made of tiny boxes
Then find the box that’s gay and CRUSH IT!
Okay?

ELDER PRICE
No, no…I’m not having gay thoughts!

ELDER CUNNINGHAM
Alright! It worked! (Yay!)

He turned it off…
Turn it off…
Turn it off!
Turn it off! (Turn it off!)
Like a light switch
Just go ‘click’! (Click click!)
What a cool little Mormon trick (Trick trick!)
We do it all the time!

When you’re feelin’ certain feelings that just don’t seem right
Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light
And turn it off!
Like a light switch on a cord
And now he isn’t gay any –

Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Turn it, turn it, turn it, turn it…
Tuuuuuurn it…
Turn it off!
…Off!!!

First, feelings have nothing to do with it.  Demons create the negative feelings of lust, or envy, rage, the list goes on.  The devil’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy you with evil thoughts and emotions.

How do you react?  Immediately you eliminate contact with the problem source.  If you are watching porn, then make a covenant with your eyes, a term from the book of Job, and never watch again.  You can set your compute to warn you or eliminate that.

More importantly you must recognize that the devil, the enemy of your soul, is out there looking for ways to destroy you at any point where you let evil take over your mind.  If it is music stop that too.  If you have unsavory friends, get better friends.

But the best warfare is to say out loud (the bathroom is a good place for this as others might not think this is cool) and say the following as loudly as you can.

“Satan get off my back and out of my life.  I know who you are and what you are doing in Jesus name flee from me and never come back.”  Then announce the troubles he is causing,

People ask me, why the loud voice?  Because demons will pretend to be deaf.  And if you shout, you sound mad  If you whisper a rebuke no one will take you seriously.

My daughter had a terrible stomach ache when she was in elementary school.  She went to the girls room and shouted just as I have instructed you.  You do not need to be 12 to do this; you can be any age.  The authority of Jesus’ name does not depend on your age or status.  Be aggressive.  What about “steal, kill and destroy” sounds passive to you?

Tell the devil off whenever you need and this will clean up your mind and your life.  But turning something off simply won’t work.  If it did work it would be in the Bible.

Covet, Envy, Jealous, Greed, Anger, Hate

These four words describing attitudes are all found in the Bible. But today their usage can be quite different.  In fact the word “jealous” in scripture is not always sin – God is described as a jealous God so we need to know what He is upset about and why. Humans can sin as well if they believe something is their right, and it is not.  And jealousy is a sin when it involves competition.

Covet means to desire something.  It can be a simple toy for a child, or wanting a college degree. And God can give you a desire for something. Psalm 37:4 says if you delight yourself in the ways of God He can give you some Godly desires.

That explains why some people want to serve poor mission areas to deal with egregious social problems.  It is unexplained behavior as far as others are concerned, coming straight from God Himself.

But then there is just the “I wants” which can deteriorate into acquisitiveness. How often a child wants a toy and then after a few minutes pays it no more attention. And that becomes greed which is the continuing desire for anything and everything way beyond your own ability to manage or your personal need.

Greed is never satisfied which  is how the Bible describes hell – Proverbs 27:20  Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. That is why the restaurant’s menu has pictures of luscious desserts. 

When we describe hell as being a place of torment we need to include never being satisfied as a condition.  And that would depend on what the person wanted so very badly in life – sex, money, power, food, companionship? Picture hell as an eternity without it.

Envy is the worst of these sins.  James 3:16  “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” That identifies four unhappy conditions – envy, strife, confusion and evil work all at the same time.  Envy comes in at tops because it desires what others have.  

This is the covert world of the adulterer.  It is not enough to want someone else’s spouse – you want THAT one.  Of course after you have it you throw it away and go on the next person, property of another. That is why adulterous marriages so often break down. The glue that held it together was not love but some other sin and sin eventually collapses under its own weight.

There is also righteous anger and hate.  We are to be angry and sin not.  That means to be angry at what God is angry about, not our own personal animus.  We can hate what he hates as well.  I have a list in the back of my mind of what he hates – child abuse, sex trafficking, lying, fear, anything that shows He is not first in your heart and life.

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

God considers the souls he creates His personal property and does not treat lightly those who abuse their power over human beings.

And that brings us to jealousy.  God can be jealous because jealousy means that someone wants something you properly own.  God is jealous over His people simply because they are His People.  We don’t think about this when we pray but we should.  If someone that we know was once a Christian and has now strayed, you can ask God to go get His property back.

Your child may be neck-deep in drugs, but he/she is not your property – but still God’s. Pray to God and ask Him to return His property to Himself.

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