Christian Magazine Answers the Question: ‘Can You Be Raped by the Devil?’

I’ve wanted to know the answer to this question for years. And finally, the Christian media satisfies my curiosity with some terrific investigative journalism!

Can You Be Raped by the Devil?

The Succubus

The two most identifiable sexual demons are the incubus, which is a male sexual demon that traditionally assaults women, and the succubus, which is a female sexual demon that assaults men. Sometimes they also lure people into homosexual behavior.

[Contessa] Adams notes that one evangelist, whose name she would not divulge, was so troubled by the sexual pleasure the succubus gave her that she even contemplated suicide.

Adams says the succubus spirit that used to attack her confused her so much that she contemplated becoming a lesbian.

“Unless you’re strong enough to rebuke it, they’ll keep coming back,” she says. “You must speak the Word of God, knowing you have power in the name of Jesus.”

But how do we fix this problem? Simple: Dust, vacuum, and mop your house:

[U.S. Prayer Track president Eddie] Adams believes the most valuable tool against these sexual demons is based on Matthew 12:44, which speaks of when a demon is cast out and then looks to return, but finds the house is clean, swept and in order. People must have their houses in order so that a demon can no longer gain entrance, Adams says. It is a part of the reprogramming process that takes place when an individual submits his or her life to God.

I realize that Charisma represents the crazier side of the Christian spectrum, but when it comes to the existence of things like demons and Satan and his attempts to lure you into sin, it’s not just the radicals who buy into them. Those are almost universally accepted concepts in the Christian world.

It’s just a hell of a lot more fun to see the obvious lunacy put on full display on Charisma‘s website.

(via Joe. My. God.)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • ErickaMJohnson

    I don’t believe god asked for Mary’s consent before Jesus was conceived….

  • trivialknot

    Demons are “almost universally accepted concepts”?  I’m sure that belief in demons is less common than belief in angels.  And in the US, let’s see…

    77% believe in angels (88% of Christians)???

    Well, okay.  That’s a lot.

  • C Peterson

    “Contemplated becoming a lesbian.” Wow, talk about unclear on the concept.

  • Silo Mowbray
  • RobertoTheChi

    Is that considered a legitimate rape?

  • C Peterson

    Well, since she spawned, we have to assume the rape wasn’t legitimate. No consent required.

  • Brian Scott

    I like how they used the word “reprogramming”. It’s like they weren’t aware of the negative implications of the word.

  • David Evans

    “People must have their houses in order so that a demon can no longer gain entrance, Adams says. ”


    Here are the relevant verses from Matthew:
    12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

    Clearly the empty house is a metaphor for the man’s mind or soul. The moral is precisely the opposite of what Adams thinks: because the man’s mind is now clean and empty, there is room for even more demons to take up residence. The man should have filled his mind up with improving thoughts so as to leave no room for intruders.

  • Isilzha

    Well, now I have a good excuse for my disordered house!

  • Isilzha

    Well, now I have a good excuse for my disordered house!

  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Holy can of crazy shitballs Batman!

  • Troels Jakobsen

    Well, to my knowledge no woman has ever become pregnant by an incubus. So yes.

  • Karen

    I seem to recall a TV show my husband watches occasionally on the SyFy channel called “Lost Girl”, where the female lead is a (bisexual) succubus learning how NOT to demonize her lovers; she just wants to be a normal person.  Don’t know if the show is still on.  But I expect the fundies watch an occasional episode of this kind of stuff and totally get off on it…  It all strikes me as silly.

  • HughInAz

    If you get raped by Satan, can you get an abortion? Or are you forced to give birth to the Antichrist?

  • pagansister

    Does that mean I have to clean my house?   I never heard such a bunch of bull!   Dirty house=Satan?  Seriously, who makes up this stuff? 

  • Gary Hill

     and there I was thinking homosexuality was simply a lifestyle choice…….

  • drakvl

    Didn’t the incubus and succubus originate to explain the erotic dreams of sexually inhibited monks and nuns?

  • DougI

    And here’s another example of why you don’t see any fundamentalist Christians winning Nobel Prizes in science.

  • Michaelbrice

    Wow. I learn something everyday, apparently there are straight and gay succubus (succubi?), wonder if there are bi, TS and TG succubus and incubus too.

  • Marco Conti

    I have been meaning to vacuum the house for a couple of days now. better hurry.

  • 4m32kn0w

    I’m a Christian and I have only ever heard ONE person say anything about believing in demons. I have been to multiple different churches over the years and I have NEVER heard anything from the pulpit or the pews about this kind of thing. I agree with you completely on this issue but saying “those are almost universally accepted concepts in the Christian world” is blatantly false. I should also mention that I say this as someone living in the Bible belt. Christians are as diverse a group of people as any other. I, myself, do not presume to speak for all of us and acknowledge there are quite a few out there who use Christ as an excuse for all types of strange and deplorable behavior. That said, most of my friends are Atheist and they usually know more about the bible than most Christians. I have the utmost respect for Atheists, because as a lesbian and a feminist I have issues with a lot of the same things churches have been are getting up to lately and for all of time. Also, my Christian friends and I think the idea of teaching creationism in schools is wrong  and the whole flying-spaghetti-monster argument is brilliant. Trust me, there are more intelligent Christians out there then you would ever expect. We just tend to get overlooked because we don’t try to shove our beliefs down other peoples throats. 

  • julie

    I’m going to have to disagree with you there. I was taught all about demons and so were my Christian friends. It’s not commonly brought up in church sermons, but if you asked around, you’d probably find that most Christians believe in them. It’s not like they’re an obscure part of the Bible that no one reads. Jesus cast out demons, and you pretty much never find Christians disregarding things Jesus said or did.

  • Jeff P

    Good for you. I wish you well and hope that the intelligent Christians can once again start to define the religion and promote that the separation of church and state is a good thing for all involved.

    Unfortunately, I have known quite a few Christians that have sincerely believed in demons and who also want the US to become a Christian theocracy.

  • abb3w

    The house cleaning thing sounds like another data point linking (ritualistic) religiosity with OCD.

  • RobMcCune

    Congrats on not being deluded about a number of topics. I would disagree with you about the fact this is a fringe belief makes it irrelevant when last year presidential candidate and current head of the Republican Governors Association, Rick Perry, held a prayer rally to kick off his campaign full of people who believe the sort of stuff described above. When people in power are associating with this nonsense it becomes relevant.

  • Fugen

     You can always consider an adoption….

  • Isilzha

     Or not!

  • Isilzha

    So, why would you WANT to be an xian??

  • FurryMoses

    In fairness, he did say “the existence of demons and satan”. I’ve never met a Christian who would deny the existence of satan, and his temptations and I was brought up in a Christian household for 15 years.
    None of the Christians, I knew, would buy into the details about succubus etc, but then that’s not was claimed.

    “but when it comes to the existence of things like demons and Satan and his attempts to lure you into sin, it’s not just the radicals who buy into them”

  • FurryMoses

    Carl Sagan’s “The Demon Haunted World” has a whole chapter on the belief of demons and what came of it – a very interesting (and disturbing) piece. Nearly everyone believed this stuff in the Middle Ages.
    I thought it was interesting how Nuns often reported the incubus bearing an uncanny resemblance to their local Bishop. And never connected the dots…

  • NotTHATguest

    If I were to take a totally unscientific poll of people raised catholic, we would see that many were told as little kiddies that then DEVIL liked to take residence underneath YOUR bed and was ready to sweep in and take sinful children to HELL.

    And don’t tell me Catholics aren’t Christians.

  • NotTHATguest

    So Jesus is the son of an incubus?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I’m a Christian and I have only ever heard ONE person say anything about believing in demons.

    1) Christian who believe in demons are common. Congrats on not having hung out with them.2) As for the Christians who don’t believe in demons, why are they rejecting the Bible? If you don’t believe in demon possession, clearly you are rejecting Jesus H. Christ.

  • Reginald Selkirk

     Either that, or it was not meant to be taken literally.

  • RobertoTheChi

    The majority of christians I know believe in demons. Many of them are catholics, but it’s pretty even across the board in the belef of demons from all the denominations that I know.

  • Carmelita Spats

    Satan is probably a genital-free virgin and completely disgusted by overweight church ladies who blame him for their own icky sexual urges which culminate in a most unfortunate state of affairs: a bottle of Creme de Menthe, some Reynold’s Wrap and a chipmunk. Satan is also tired of being blamed for the sexual torture of children by Catholic clergy. The Vatican has heaped  the sexual abuse of children on Satan:

    If character counts and as characters go, Satan is the bigger man because he has not scribbled an entire book talking smack about God.

    Number of out-of-wedlock births:


  • 3lemenope

    Starting its third season in a few months, actually. Though that show thankfully uses a supernatural conceit that has very little contact with Christian mythology. 

  • dantresomi

    you mean there are female demons that rape men? holy smokes.. (cleans house now!) 

  • wmdkitty

    I’ve seen The Omen. I know what happens after that…

  • 4m32kn0w

    I have HUGE problems with the Catholic Church so it’s a good thing I’m a protestant, and not of the Puritan or Calvinist variety if that was still unclear. 

    Anyway, seeing as I’m not Catholic I don’t feel comfortable presuming to be informed enough to speak on their behalf. Yes, of course Catholics are Christians. I really think the whole focus on sin has gotten out of control several denominations of Christianity. Being a Christian, by definition means that you believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and died for our sins. The Methodist church I went to while growing up explained it really well. I don’t avoid sin to make God love me. He already does. Instead, because He loves me and I love Him, I avoid sin as an expression of love and because it makes me happier to avoid it. 

  • 4m32kn0w

    Oh, forgot to mention.

    Of course Catholics are Christians! Anyone who says they are not must be using some highly questionable logic.

  • 4m32kn0w

    Your right, he didn’t claim that. I made an unfair assumption and apologize for it. I meant no disrespect and appreciate you pointing this out.

  • 4m32kn0w

    You’re right, it is relevant. I didn’t think I claimed otherwise, but perhaps I should have worded things differently.

     I just feel that a large number of Christians are being misrepresented. I don’t like people assuming I fit the “Christian Right”  stereotype anymore than you likely enjoy people casting you as an “Angry Atheist.”

    I’m a Texan and believe me, you do NOT want to get me started on all the problems I have with Rick Perry. I’m trying my best to forgive and pity him for his ignorance but its not easy.  

    Okay, I’m going to quote a Bible verse now, but I’m not quoting it at you. That would be stupid, it’s just a really old book if you don’t believe in God.  
    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray             standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”  Matthew 6:5

    Hey, Rick Perry! You’re doing it wrong!

    Bill Maher’s monologue about what would happen if Jesus ran for Republican candidacy is something you should watch if you haven’t already.

  • pagansister

    ——- which means that Mary’s body didn’t go into “no conceive mode” while she was made pregnant without that consent,  ( as was stated as a fact by the real intelligent congressman ,whose name I can’t remember right how.)  

  • Stev84

     Todd “legitimate rape” Akin

  • Deven Kale

    Wait til you see Omen III, when he comes of age…

  • Deven Kale

    Plus, there’s the head count… As far as I know, Satan has never wiped out an entire city because the people there liked God more than him, or ordered wars on entire nations because he wanted his favorite people to take their land. In fact, I think Satan can only be directly blamed for less than 20 deaths total.

    God:    Thousands+  murdered
    Satan: <20.

    Feel free to add on if you anyone knows more, Especially about deaths directly attributed to Satan.

  • Deven Kale

     Why would you clean your house? That’s how to get them to stay AWAY, isn’t it? Well, unless you’re referring to David Evans’ comment, then I should probably clean mine too! :)

  • Anon

    Am I the only one who is confused as to how a sex demon of the opposite gender might lure somebody into being homosexual?
    Also, what about bisexual people (not that we exist or anything) do we get an incubus and a succubus.
    Actually, that might be a reasonable excuse for the state of my bedroom.

  • pagansister

     Thanks  Stev84.   :o) 

  • Neil

    I’m pretty sure you can in fact be raped by the devil, but only if you are a female character in a long Stephen King novel.  If some guy appears in your dreams and tells you his name is “Randall”, be suspicious.

  • Robert Freid

    You guys are atheists, you do not believe in the antichrist or Satan I would assume.

  • walkamungus

    The Lysol and Swiffer people.