Cutting the deep demonic roots of slavery is a complex topic for many. As intercessors, we must ask for the clarity of mind and voice to cut through any cloaking so that the Holy Spirit can achieve His work bringing about God’s Kingdom here on earth.
I believe the Lord is calling us as spiritual warriors and intercessors to do the work of cooperating with the Holy Spirit to drive out these evil spirits, in both individuals as well as certain social movements, by the authority of Jesus Christ through prayer.
In Part One we addressed some historical background exposing where and how the root of racial injustice in America began through slavery. Then we identified specific names of the enemy who are seeking to continue to destroy America.
In Part Two we consider the decedents of those enslaved and discern if they too have a responsibility in this work of healing. While at one time they were innocent victims, their attitudes of unforgiveness, of holding on to the resentments, and not dealing with the demonic spirits that came over from Africa, they are actually contributing to blocking the healing of this “open sore of the world.”
In a previous article, the Lord led me into an experience of Jesus forgiving the sins of my slave owning ancestors and healing the wounds of their past racial injustices. You can read about that here.
Finally, bringing both parts together, we must look to the future of our nation. How can we acknowledge our past, be healed from our wounds and use the lessons from those before us to enact real and lasting change?
This change can come only by listening and learning from one another’s experiences and praying as a unified body of Christ and cooperating with the Holy Spirit to see His plan on earth as it is in heaven.
Cutting the Deep Demonic Roots of Inherited Slavery
America is still in bondage.
One need only to watch the nightly news to see that America is in civil unrest.
Shouting and rioting in the name of racial injustice floods our cities and the conversations around the water cooler.
Slavery was abolished in 1862 with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. 1, yet 150 years later there is still quarreling over race, justice, and equality.
America is slave free, right?
A slave is, “a person held in servitude as the chattel of another 2.”
Certainly, this is not true of anyone living in 2020 in America, right?
If we continue to search the meaning of slave, the word also means, “one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence.”
Another word for slave is captive.
When one is held in servitude, captured by another, made completely subservient to a dominating influence, then that is a slave.
In this light, we may not be slaves to human masters, but are we still slaves to sin?
The sins plaguing our country have been passed down through the generations from the start of physical bondage in the Atlantic Slave Trade.3
“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin.”John 8:34 (NLT)
“They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.”2 Peter 2:19 (NLT)
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free…”Luke 4:18 (NLT)
Inheriting Demonic Slavery.
There are events in the life of an individual that may open the door to evil spirits thus causing them to become attached to someone.
Typically, these relate to experiences where enemy spirits were drawn to the person and gained some degree of influence/control.
For the most part, such bondage is the result of the practice of the occult, sexual sin, hatred, bitterness, violence, and loss of control through indulgence in drugs/alcohol.
Evil spirits may attack and attach themselves to a person through contact with either persons or places that may have been “charged” with demonic power.
Demonization can also occur through the person having curses put upon them or when they have made satanic covenants.
The most tragic of all is when a person has been sinned against, such as in the case of rape or child abuse when the person is truly an innocent victim.
It is through this sinful action that an evil spirit can be transferred to them from the one committing abuse.
When these opened doors are not closed through the healing and forgiveness of Jesus Christ in the lifetime of the person abused or victimized, demons can afflict individuals of future generations.
What we must do in this teaching, is to shift our attention from the means that individuals may be demonized or possessed by evil spirits to how evil spirits actually take control over groups of people and over social expressions and movements.
This takes us to the complicated topic of how Satan will form demonic strongholds around a core group of deceived and/or demonized leaders.
Descendants of Slaves to Sin.
The Holy Spirit is providing us with evidence that these demonic spirits have passed down through the generations among those descendants of the African slave trade and are manifesting today.
A classic example of such a stronghold is best exemplified in how Satan birthed the Nazi demonic stronghold.
It was then that the enemy exerted control over the whole movement through the demonized leaders and the social, political, government, military and ideological system that was put in place.
At work in our world today there are Marxist based movements, fueled by the same enemy, seeking to establish demonic strongholds in our nation. T
hey are represented by the #BlackLivesMatter organization (BLM) and the Antifa organization (and its affiliated/unaffiliated splinter groups).
There are also satanic strongholds in expressions of White Supremacy movements such as Neo Nazis and the KKK.
All of these powerful demonic strongholds were able to take root because Jesus Christ had not been given the opportunity to heal and forgive the wounds of these past racial injustices.
Descendants of those who owned slaves or were slaves have inherited their own wounds and struggles.
I have written already of the restoration and forgiveness of my own heart as a southern-white man from the South. You can read about my healing journey for healing for myself as well as cutting off family ties to racism and slave-ownership here.
One thing was very clear to me. It is that I, as a white person of Anglo-Saxon and Viking descent, am NOT called to take on the inherited slave-driving-spirits we discuss in Part One of this article. That role is for those of African descent.
Without diminishing the role of my own slave-owning English and Scottish ancestors, born-again believers who are the ancestors of BOTH the Africans who were sold into slavery and those who transported, traded and sold them in the institution of slavery must do this work of healing together in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
My role is instead of either an Aaron or Hur.
I am to “hold up the hands” of my African American brothers and sisters fasting, prayer, confession, and worship.
The Moses prayer efforts of my African American brothers and sisters are to do battle with these ancient spirits of slavery (A true biblical example of intercession between Moses, Aaron and Hur is found in Exodus 17: 8-16).
The Urgent work of Born-Again Believers in this Time of Crisis
To enter into this topic, I present to you a prophetic vision from my daughter Elizabeth who is anointed for prophecy and intercession.
The vision exposes the demonic roots of slavery in Africa and calls those born-again-believers, whose ancestors were slaves, to their unique role of closing these doors to the demons and for being able to receive Jesus’ healing from those wounds.
If we fail in this task at this strategic time in history, Satan will continue to have ground to block the United States from realizing the hope and dream of some of America’s original founders, Abraham Lincoln4, “ex-slave and second founding father Frederick Douglass5,” and Martin Luther King, Jr.6 who said, “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”7
A Prophetic Vision Calling African Descendants to Take Authority Over the Ancient Evils from The Slave Trade.
I believe that this is a prophetic vision and call for Jesus Christ’s followers of Christ is to pray into this horrible and sinful reality.
This may be for all of us to engage in, but it must especially be discerned and acted upon by African American, born-again, Holy Spirit anointed followers of Jesus Christ.
Healing from this deep wound must take place as part of the healing of America’s soul.
The following vision was received by a PRMI Intercessor, Elizabeth Long Schultz.
I awoke in the middle of the night to the distinct sound of the rhythmic beating of tribal drums. I jumped out of bed, alert, and on edge.
Once fully awake, the sound had vanished, and I knew that it had been a dream. I went back to bed and asked the Lord to show me whether it had been a prophetic dream (for it had been very vivid and accompanied with a profound sense of urgency) or just the odd noises that sometimes happen at night with the HVAC ducts settling.
As I was drifting back to sleep, I heard the drums again.
At 6:30 the next morning, I was meeting with my small Upper Room prayer team of 4 women (all white) called to intercede during this time.
While discussing our prayer assignment for the morning, another intercessor felt led to pray for the African American Christians and community.
I then shared about the sound of drums that had awakened me. After praying into the dream, it became clear that the drums were African war drums calling an enemy to battle.
After praying for more discernment and direction, the word came to pray that those war drums of vengeance would be turned into the joyful rhythms of the worship of a liberated people.
But throughout the prayer, we still felt stifled and unclear as to what exactly we were to be praying. It was like we were circling the landing strip but not able to land. There was a clear sense that there was something BIG that was hiding and something equally as BIG that we were supposed to be praying but we could not grasp what it was.
After a few minutes of prayers for further confession, petition, and asking the Lord to open our eyes, two very clear impressions came to me that were confirmed by the group.
First, that while the sins of American slavery and racism are real and horrible, they are NOT the originators of the current chaos…they are simply the façade of a deeper and ancient evil that has used slavery as its means for centuries.
The impression was that this ancient evil originated in Egypt and that Moses had to face this principality. He led the Israelites out of Egypt, out of slavery, but the spirit remained in Africa.
When Portuguese traders came to Africa, they found already flourishing highly developed slave trade conducted by Muslim raiders and traders as well as African kingdoms willing and eager to sell their own race into slavery.
From the description of the horror and brutality of the slave trade by the Africans themselves, especially the Muslims, and later the Portuguese then read the reports by the famous missionary David Livingstone.8 Such acts of inhumanity must surely have opened the doors to demons in both the slave traders and those they captured and sold. And this all before being put on slave ships.
It is important to note that during the middle ages, slavery 9 had been nearly eradicated in Europe due to Christianity and it was the discovery of the “Dark Continent10” that rekindled the evil practice.
This ancient spirit (don’t know its name yet!) was transplanted to the North American continent via the slave trade and placed a rotten stain on what should have been the triumphant establishment of true justice and human freedom in the American Republic.
Second, as we prayed into the above, there came to me a powerful image.
I saw a huge grass-covered mound, made from centuries of dirt piling up over the debris of civilizations. Under that mound lay the ancient spirit, hiding silently yet deadly.
I then saw in the image hundreds of African warriors, wearing war paint and dressed in the armor of God.
They were empowered and magnificent to behold. Mighty men and women caught up in WORSHIP!
They surrounded the ancient mound and with their spears began to rhythmically strike the earth. (That tied into the word to pray that the war drums of vengeance would be turned into the rhythms of worship of a liberated people)
As they struck the earth, they commanded the evil spirit to emerge, to COME INTO THE LIGHT, in the name of Jesus.
At that, I saw the mound begin to shake and chunks of dirt began rolling off its surface as a grotesque and gruesome figure emerged.
Once fully emerged, the warriors struck with their spears (spears= the empowered, Christ-glorifying prayers of African American intercessors!) and that ancient evil was removed – whether destroyed fully or cast out of our North American continent, I do not know.
I believe the Lord is calling us as spiritual warriors and intercessors to join in prayer with our African American brothers and sisters to see healing and freedom from the inherited demonic roots of slavery. We can do this by the authority of Jesus Christ through prayer.
God’s heart is and always has been that “none should perish” (John 3:16). Together we pray that the individual lives deceived and enslaved in these inherited strongholds will be liberated, healed, restored, and redeemed for the Kingdom of God.
As the Israelites were driven out of slavery and bondage from Egypt, we too must pray and cry out for the freedom of our African American brothers and sisters from this great evil of inherited slavery. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1 NKJV).
A Word and Prayer Guide
Bishop Dr. Jim Logan
What is more, I believe that as we together do this deep work of healing from the wounds of slavery, that the revitalization of the Church and Biblical faith of America and the West will come, and is indeed coming through those of African descent.”Bishop Dr. Jim Logan
Further reflections from Bishop Dr. Jim Logan:
It is easy for African Americans to be bitter and cast blame for the very real ills they have inherited. These ills are not the reality of all in the African American community, but all can relate stories of personal experience or that of relatives passed down through the years.
If African Americans are to lead this charge, it will be imperative for us to confess our arrogance and in all humility seek to heal the very real divisions, prejudices, and colorism that exist in our own communities.
It will also be necessary to agree on how we move forward taking responsibility for the travesties of our own doing, while forgiving those who perpetrated and still perpetrate them upon us.
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”Amos 3:3 (NKJV)
In my own life I have experienced prejudice from those of European descent as well as from my own community. The prejudice from my own community, whether it is jealousy focused upon education and economics or the lighter hue of my skin, is far more damaging in many ways than that from those of European descent. These divisions are broad and difficult to break, but not impossible. However, this needs to be the starting place.
Let Us Pray…
- We are called to join in the prayers of all those Africans who in the terrible process of their enslavement cried out to God for life and freedom. We must pray that their descendants will be blessed with the freedom and abundant life that they yearned and hoped for.
- We pray for the descendants of those who were enslaved and those who trafficked in the slave trade or who owned slaves would all in the power of God almighty know the fulfillment of that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s biblical vision of Let Freedom Ring!
“I have a dream today . . . “
“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning. “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring.”
“…When we allow freedom to ring—when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last.11‘”
3. We pray that a spirit of bitterness would be broken among those who experienced racial torment and abuse, and who continue to experience it today at the hands of those still bound by racist ideologies.
4. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ that the spirits of Molech and ancestral worship taking root in African American communities would be broken, uprooted and destroyed, and that the influence and appeal of Islam would be bound and rendered null and void.
5. We pray that the internal divisions in the African American community and churches that inhibit cooperation and unity would be healed and that the cover would be removed from institutions and organizations that have benefited from blind allegiances (i.e., DNC, NAACP, Planned Parenthood, etc.).
We thank Bishop Dr. Jim Logan for his reflections and prayer directions.
There can be little doubt that this is a time of prayer. Never before have the needs of the American nation needed more prayer. Join with intercessors all over the world to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to bring the Healing of America’s Soul.
During further prayer time, I was given Romans 12:9-21 to pray over our African American brothers and sisters as well as the whole of Christ’s church.
Romans 12:9-21 (TLV) “Let love be without hypocrisy—detesting what is evil, holding fast to the good. Be tenderly devoted to one another in brotherly love; outdo one another in giving honor. Do not be lagging in zeal; be fervent in spirit. Keep serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, enduring in distress, persisting in prayer, contributing to the needs of the kedoshim, extending hospitality. Bless those who persecute you—bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be proud, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Repay no one evil for evil; give thought to what is good in the eyes of all people. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live in shalom with all people. Never take your own revenge, loved ones, but give room for God’s wrath—for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” says Adonai. Rather, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For by doing so you will heap coals of fire upon his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
And as a strong word of warning and to emphasize the urgency of the task, I was given Ezekiel 22:30-31,
“I searched for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand in the breach before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one. Therefore, I have poured out My fury on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; I have brought their own way upon their heads.” It is a declaration of Adonai. (TLV)
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- On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/emancipation-proclamation
- Miriam-Webster Definition of Slave. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slave
- The Atlantic slave trade, transatlantic slave trade, or Euro-American slave trade involved the transportation by slave traders of enslaved African people, mainly to the Americas. The slave trade regularly used the triangular trade route and its Middle Passage and existed from the 16th to the 19th centuries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_slave_trade
- 16th president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country’s greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He succeeded in preserving the Union and abolishing slavery. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln
- An American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass
- an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr.
- I Have a Dream” is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_a_Dream
- David Livingstone (19 March 1813 – 1 May 1873) was a Scottish physician, Congregationalist, and pioneer Christian missionary with the London Missionary Society, an explorer in Africa, and one of the most popular British heroes of the late 19th-century Victorian era. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Livingstone
- Slavery became increasingly uncommon through the Middle Ages replaced by serfdom by the 10th century, but began to revive again towards the end of the Middle Ages and in the Early Modern Era. The Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, British and a number of West African kingdoms played a prominent role in the Atlantic slave trade, especially after 1600. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_medieval_Europe
- A phrase to describe Africa, used in the Middle Ages by Europeans.
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Speech, given in 1963 during the Civil Rights Movement in America. https://www.history.com/topics/civil-rights-movement/i-have-a-dream-speech