Should houses be cleansed of evil spirits?

Due to my involvement with demons through deliverance, I have heard many reports of unusual demon activities in connection with houses and objects.

Books and objects identified with anything related to Satan’s kingdom have been known to attract demons. Sinful activities on the part of former residents account for some houses needing to be cleansed.

Many have told of hearing voices or sounds in their houses. Such manifestations are sometimes called “poltergeist”, a German word meaning “knocking or noisy ghosts”.

What about the owls and frogs? These are classified among the creatures mentioned in Deut. 14:7-19 as being unclean and abominable. They are types of demon spirits.

“The graven images of their gods you shall burn with fire, you shall not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourself, lest you be ensnared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. Neither shall you bring an abomination (an idol) into your house, lest you be ensnared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God” (Deut. 7:25-26).

Demons are definitely attracted to houses by objects and literature that pertain to false religions, cults, the occult and Spiritism. All such materials should be burned or otherwise destroyed. Houses or buildings which are suspect of demon infestation should be cleansed by the authority of the name of Jesus. Those who live in such places should stand on the provisions of the blood of Jesus Christ.  Probably the greatest abomination to God is worshiping other gods in any form such as having an idol in your house.

“The graven images of their gods you shall burn with fire, you shall not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourself, lest you be ensnared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. Neither shall you bring an abomination (an idol) into your house, lest you be ensnared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God” (Deut. 7:25-26).

Notes on witchcraft, symbols and accursed objects (excerpts)

In Satan worship, oftentimes the arms are crossed as a sign of submission to and being bound by the devil. Also a sign of rebellion.

Often good luck charms, ankhs, astrological symbols and other jewellery with hex signs, etc. will cause interference with deliverance. Some objects, particularly rings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewellery which has been given to a person by someone in witchcraft will have curses and/or bondage in them.

There is a resurgence of hex signs, and ancient geometric and mystical motifs which are being incorporated into designs for clothing, jewellery, decorative objects and china. In antique shops there are often selections of rings, pendants, pins and various kinds of jewellery which were originally designed to bring good luck and to act as a talisman to chase evil. Some of the most popular currently include: The Egyptian ankh (a cross with a loop at the top which was an ancient fertility symbol); the ancient witchcraft sign of the broken cross, popularly known as the peace symbol; Chais (consists of Hebrew characters spelling the word life); all kinds of Polynesian tikkis, figures, and other things; a wiggly tail which is called the “Italian horn”; protectors from the evil eye; a hand with the index and little fingers pointing up (a satanic witchcraft sign); and a great variety of crosses, clovers, stars, wishbones, lucky coins, mystic medals, horseshoes and other items.

Another interesting thing is how many times in religious fetishes and statues there is a dangerous resident demon power.

If it is necessary to do an exorcism in a house it is wise to clean the house spiritually afterward, to head off any trouble which might be caused by spirits remaining in the place. (Command the demons to leave the people, house and property.)

A word about incense (excerpts)

Believers must be careful about bringing incense into their homes. Most people are unaware that much of the incense sold in curio and novelty shops was manufactured by devotees of the Hare Krishna cult. Their wares are dedicated to this demon god of the Hindus and can cause much trouble.


Dolls were believed to bring good luck to their owners; to make livestock give more milk; help win wars; and heal the sick. Only witch doctors or medicine men were allowed to handle them.

The dictionary defines a doll as a small carved or molded figure which served as a cult object or representation of a nursery story, cartoon or puppet character.

Both World Book and Britannica point out that dolls were buried with people and were supposed to be friends and servants in the spirit world.

Roman and Greek girls, in preparation for marriage would leave their dolls on the altar of the temples of Artemis and Diana. To this day multitudes of idol (demon) worshipers use dolls in pagan religious ceremonies.

One night when my wife was complaining to me about the child’s insolence, out of nowhere I said, “Her problems are those doll babies! It’s witchcraft!”

The next night while I was praying for someone’s deliverance, she picked up an encyclopaedia to check what it said about dolls! There it was: “origin in witchcraft and magic”.

Baby – seven months old (excerpts)

The Lord began to show us the legal grounds Satan held. It was in his dolls! He had received one for Christmas and a small plastic boy sailor doll at birth. The Lord also told my husband of various stuffed toys (in shapes of animals – whales, dogs and kangaroos), a plastic toy “Big Bird” and matching bib. These were thrown away and curses from them broken. Look for strange sicknesses or diseases that will not heal in children.

When the Lord commanded that “no graven images” were to be made, He wasn’t being cruel and heartless. He knew the damage they could put upon people (Ex. 20:4). The Lord has also shown us that puppets are a deception and the Lord places a curse on those that use deceit (Jer. 48:10).

To exorcize inanimate objects (excerpts)

In the case of objects dedicated to demons (idols, artefacts, etc.), the best course of action is to destroy them. However, it is well to check secondhand cars, homes, and apartments also because if the former owners had Ouija boards, or other occult paraphernalia, or were involved in serious bondage to sin, then there is every reason to suspect that evil spirits could be lingering behind. These spirits can and will cause trouble to the new owners.

Keep in mind that any prayers offered to anyone or anything other than God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit constitute prayers and/or worship to demons. Very often these are answered in the form of curses, for demons can and do respond to those who request of them. If you know of demonic prayers against your family, break the curses placed against you.

We suggest that two Believers go on a mission such as this with Bible in hand. These should be destroyed: Look for little Mexican sun gods, idols, incense, buddhas, hand carved objects from Africa or the Orient, Ouija boards, anything connected with astrology, horoscopes, fortune telling, and so on. Books or objects associated with witchcraft, good luck charms, or the cult religions (metaphysics, Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.), rock and roll records and tapes all fall in the category of things which have been often loaded with evil spiritual power.

Verbally denounce Satan and his power, and all of his demon hosts and claim authority as a Believer-priest because of the name of Jesus Christ and the authority of His shed Blood. There is more power in the spoken word.

Some Scripture which has proven useful in this includes: Rev. 12:11; 22:3; Col. 2:14-15; Gal. 3:13; Deut. 21:23; 32:5; Num. 23:8, 23; II Sam. 7:29. Read out loud in the house.

In some cases the door lintel and window sills have been anointed by touching them with olive oil. Other things such as statues have been so anointed in Jesus name and many times the demonic power is checked or destroyed. Any specific areas of demonic activity or influence of which you are aware should be denounced by name (Prov. 3:33).

Many symbols are of demonic origin: fleur-de-lys – Britannica Encyclopaedia gives this explanation. In India and in Egypt it was common decorating device used as a symbol of life and resurrection, the attribute of the god Horus. The mobile winged horse – Pegasus; FTD’s (Flora Worldwide Delivery) symbol is Mercury or Hermes – the messenger of the gods, god of commerce also god of fraud and cunning. Caduceus the winged wand of Mercury – doctors and the American medical profession. Nike is the goddess of victory (Athena). The cornucopia represents the goat mother

(Amaltheia) who suckled the infant-god in a cave, Zeus is said to have given it to her to insure a plenteous supply of food.

When you read the scripture given at the beginning of this lesson you probably began to feel that all of the gods and goddess and all mythology is a collection of demon worship. Many of the gods and goddess are referred to in the Old Testament by the names the Hebrews would have used. All of them come from the old Chaldean Religion. Tammuz is mentioned in the Bible and the references to groves, temple prostitution etc. is about idle worship or demon worship. Everyone should do a little research into this and discover the original reason for all our holidays and symbols.

Old encyclopaedias are better that late editions because the latter editions leave out much information that is vital to us. Research the meaning of Biblical references to groves, temples, temple prostitutes, and celebrations in both Old and New Testaments. It will open you eyes to the revival of Satan and demon worship in America and to our coming judgement. God did not overlook the Hebrews worship of Satan and the demons and He promises not to overlook ours either.

To really follow God demands that as soon as you learn of something you do or have that is an abomination to God you remove it from your life immediately. Your Christian friends may not agree with you and may criticize you. After you have done you research and have submitted it to God you follow His direction.

Cursed objects and demon infestation

Cast out of people and houses; command all demons to go by these names or associated with these objects.

1. Books and objects identified with anything related to Satan’s Kingdom.

2. Sinful activities of former residents left curses.

3. Knocking or noisy ghosts (poltergeist) and apparitions.

4. Owl and frog images of all types.

5. Witch’s mask and fetishes used by witch doctors.

6. Objects and literature that pertain to false religions, cults, the occult and spiritism.

7. Graven images of gods (demons).

8. Objects dedicated to demons (idols and artefacts).

9. Ouija boards or other occult paraphernalia.

10. Prayers and worship to demons bring curses on home.

11. Mexican sun gods; idols, incense; Buddhas; hand carved objects from Africa or the Orient; anything connected with astrology, horoscopes, fortune telling, etc.; books or objects associated with witchcraft, good luck charms or cult religions (metaphysics, Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.); rock and roll records and tapes.

12. Jewellery given to a person by someone in witchcraft, hex signs, ancient geometric and mystical motifs, jewellery designed to bring good luck and act as talisman to chase evil.

13. Egyptian ankh, broken cross (peace symbol), African jujus, Italian horn, protectors from the evil eye, hand with index and little fingers pointing up (horns of Baphomet, satanic salute), crosses, clovers, stars, wishbones, luck coins, mystic medals, horseshoes, religious fetishes and statues.

14. Products with cryptic curses (hidden secret, occult curses).

15. Dolls used for witchcraft and magic; puppets, cult objects or representations.

Five steps to cleaning house

1. Six-way prayer of forgiveness – you forgive your ancestors, descendants and others, ask God to forgive and bless them. Ask God to forgive you; you forgive yourself for sins against your body. Also ask forgiveness for spiritual adultery.

2. Break curses and soul ties from others (ancestors) and to others (descendants); break curses of psychic or Catholic prayers.

3. Clean out house of those objects or exorcize objects (you do this).

4. Anoint house with oil and cast evil spirits out of house (you do this).

5. Cast demons out of people that came in through curses from others (optional); for mass deliverance, see Cursed Objects and Demon Infestation.

References (excerpts were taken from these references.)

1. “Should Houses be Cleansed of Evil Spirits”, pp. 141-143, Pigs in the Parlour

2. “How to Exorcize Inanimate Objects”, pp. 220-222, Battling the Hosts of Hell

3. “Biblical Curses”, pp. 56-59, Annihilating The Hosts Of Hell, BOOK I “Notes on Witchcraft, Symbols and Accursed Objects”, pp. 18-20, Conquering The Hosts Of Hell

4. “A Word About Incense”, pp. 17-18, Demolishing The Hosts Of Hell

5. “Dolls”, pp. 54-55, Annihilating The Hosts Of Hell

For more detailed information see “The Occult and Cursed Objects List” on this blog.

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10 Responses to Should houses be cleansed of evil spirits?

  1. Claudine says:

    Please can someone give me advice. My husband, who is born again, does not believe that it is wrong to bring any objects relating to false gods or religions into the home. He will not listen when I get upset about the Buddha, Bacchus, a totem, books on mythology, false religions…. He is an artist and also believes that it is fine to have very crude, explicit books on so-called Erotic Art, but which are, in fact, just filthy pornography. He tells me that God does not care about these things; that I am narrow-minded, fundamentalist and conversative. He tells me that it is necessary for him, as an artist to study all things. It seems that the Word of God written in black and white telling us to have not a hint of immorality or obscenity; or telling us to think on things that are pure, holy or good report, means nothing to him.
    I am tired of fighting about this. I have prayed and interceded endlessly. Part of me believes that if someone else told him these things he would listen, but because his wife is the one doing the nagging, he digs in his heels!
    It is stating the obvious to say that my husband suffers many things; addictions, drink problems, gluttony, depression, low self-esteem, double-mindedness [almost schizophrenic, I would say], confusion, inability to feel close to God…. I could go on and on. When I link these things to what he allows in the home, he becomes more and more stubborn.
    I love him so much, and hate to see him suffer this foolishness, and resulting trouble. I know his problems are demonic. He has such a kind, worshipful, evangelical heart, and will speak about the Lord Jesus to anyone. However, he does not grow in his walk with God, and he will happily go from church, straight into drinking.
    Here is my question:
    What authority do I have in our home to throw out offending objects, thereby incurring the anger of my husband?! I have done it with some items, and he gets angry, but then seems to relent quite quickly.
    What authority to I have to anoint these objects with oil and bind up the associated spirits, if it is my husband who allows them in>
    What can I do, as the wife, to reduce the spiritual power at work in our home and in my marriage and in my husband, when he, who is the head of the home, allows this breach in our defenses?
    Please advise. Thank you so much.

  2. Truth in Reality says:

    Hi Claudine, I’m sorry to hear you are having these problems.

    I may be wrong in saying this, I honestly don’t know, but I know if it was me, knowing the destruction that the demonic can cause, illness, destitution and destruction even death, I would do what I could to get rid of the cursed objects and if your husband allows it, even with resistance, remove them.

    Clearly your husband is not thinking straight and may well be under the influence of the demonic who will try and stop him from removing the items which will cut the hold that they have on him. Just as if someone is mentally ill, you wouldn’t let them do something that was harmful both to them and to you and any others in the house or even those who are not living in the house but are in the family.

    It is possible that when you throw things out, it is not him who is angry but the demons influencing him.

    I would also question whether he is actually born again as people often believe they are when they are not, plus it is also possible to backslide as once saved always saved is false doctrine.

    Scripture is quite clear. It says do not bring a cursed thing in your home unless you become a cursed thing like it. I don’t see how much clearer that can be.

    False religions are actually totally demonic and a total abomination to God, and there is just no way that God can be all right with that.

    I believe you have correctly identified that is why your husband is having various problems.

    I believe if your husband wants to be truly born again and truly saved so that he is not in bondage – and addictions etc are a sign of this – your husband really does need to be obedient to the Word of God which is abundantly clear on these matters, The Bible is clear that God does not tolerate what is an abomination to Him. That is why one can pay a high price for ignoring them.

    On the other hand it could be a case of putting the cart before the horse and if your husband gets more deliverance that he appears to need, he could naturally not want to have those unpleasant objects in the home, feeling a definite revulsion to them, rather than an attachment to them.

    It is a mistake to think that a Christian, even if he is born again, cannot have a demon or demons. In fact there are deliverance ministers who say that most do have. Certainly that makes sense in terms of only Jesus was without sin.

    Quite possibly then the answer is deliverance itself, so that demons are no longer influencing his decision-making process.

    Maybe you could buy him Derek Prince’s book “Blessing or Curses – You Choose” which explains quite clearly using scripture.

    Also renunciation prayers (which can be found on this blog and elsewhere on the internet) and playing an audio Bible and praise music in your home may help the situation generally and that can only be a good thing.

    I do hope this helps. Please let me know if I can help more.

  3. Claudine says:

    Thank you. I agree with everything that you have told me. I just cannot submit to him telling me that God is bigger than all of these things, so he is not concerned about them at all. His flaring anger when I try and talk to him about these cursed/filthy things is indicative of the demonic at work! I cannot make him go for deliverance, he keeps saying he will; but is utterly lethargic, and double-minded about whether or not he even believes in deliverance. He promises, but does not follow through. However, I certainly do pray to bind up and silence the demonic that is influencing him.
    I have hesitated in getting to work on our home myself, feeling I should submit to his leading, but his leading is taking us into danger, and I now certainly will throw out everything that I can lay my hands on that I know is cursed. There are a few things that I am not able to destroy, but I will anoint them with oil, also anointing the doors. It must be true that I do have some authority in my home, and marriage, even though he is the head.
    Why should I, as a born again, Spirit led and filled believer, have to suffer the indignity and danger of idolatrous, cursed things in the home where I am meant to feel at peace?!

  4. Truth in Reality says:

    Well I think that can only work if a husband does submit himself to Christ. Reading the whole of it, rather than just part, this is part of both submitting to God. If your husband refuses to submit to God, then the problems arise from that and you submitting to your husband won’t work. It certainly won’t resolve the problems. Here are some relevant scripture.

    Genesis 2:18–20
    Luke 22:42
    John 5:30
    James 1:21; 4:7
    Ephesians 5:22–24
    1 Timothy 2:13
    1 Corinthians 11:2–3
    1 Peter 3:1

    My suggestion is that i you can get your husband to say some renunciation prayers – perhaps along with you – which only have to be said once (aloud) that could provide your husband with some deliverance so that he feels encouraged to go further down the road of deliverance which really is the answer, whether the deliverance comes before getting rid of the cursed objects or the other way around.

    No one in their right mind with the knowledge of the devastation that can be caused by keeping cursed objects in the home would actually do that. So to my mind that would indicate that your husband does not understand and appreciate what he is actually doing.

    People believe “God won’t mind – he will understand.” They don’t realize it’s not about what God ‘thinks’ but about demonic licence rights. God has already spoken about this and he won’t change his mind. Please see Deuteronomy 28. At no point the NT does it say anything like oh btw it’s ok to keep cursed objects in your home now. Why would it? Why would anyone want those objects in their home? People who say the OT no longer applies, have not read the NT which makes it clear that it is still relevant. 2 Timothy 3:16: “ALL scripture is beneficial…”

  5. Claudine says:

    Thank you so much. This has been very helpful, and I agree with everything you have advised me to do.
    I trust God for complete victory and healing. My husband was somebody who once walked in great faith and obedience to God. He was badly hurt, rejected and criticised by a former pastor/teacher (who then came out as gay and promoted ungodly teaching in a book that he wrote on homosexuality. This same man now lives like an almost Nebuchadnezzar type of character, unkempt, of unsound mind and known in the community as an unhinged nuisance….sad story!] and this resulted in my husband becoming angry, hurt and rebellious.
    He slipped back into a life of sin and used harmful behaviour to mask his emotional pain.
    But, I believe in the power of prayer and I know that victory is coming! All of this is such a lesson in the blessings of obedience, and the curses that come with disobedience.
    Many thanks.

  6. Truth in Reality says:

    It’s good that you have mentioned rejection as rejection is an important subject and something we all suffer from since we rejected God and in turn became ourselves in a way rejected. As the Bible tells us, the whole world lies in wickedness and there is no one righteous, no not one. All our righteousnessES are like filthy rags, etc.

    There are prayers to renounce rejection. A Google search will turn up more information:

    Please make a note to avoid listening to false teachers such as Joyce Meyers who say some things which are true but mix in sometimes seemingly inconsequential but nevertheless devastating lies and use self-help psychology which is not the answer. I believe in sola scriptura, the Bible has the answers that are enough to find deliverance and salvation. The Holy Spirit will always glorify Christ, not people or books, etc.

    For a Christian who doesn’t believe in deliverance, there are also many articles and even books about can a Christian have a demon. Note the words of the Lord’s Prayer “Deliver us from evil.”

    Here is a deliverance type sermon on rejection, but more will be available on the net.

  7. Claudine says:

    Thank you.
    No, I certainly do not listen to all the watered down teachings out there! I have never understood how people get sold on these celebrity preachers, devouring all their materials, as if they hold the answers to everything!
    I am writing from South Africa, and Joyce Meyer has an enormous following here….

  8. Truth in Reality says:

    As does Angus Falth Like Potatoes Buchan who is believed by many to be the only genuine one as he doesn’t focus on money! Nevertheless he must have made a fortune from his book.

    I know someone who carried that book to church with them every week under their arm and read from it whenever they could but of course it ought to have been the Bible. There is an excellent article about Angus Buchan on here from someone who knew him personally.

    One problem with all these false teachers is that people turn up with any number of different versions of the Bible so most of them don’t know when somebody says it says something in the Bible whether it is true or not! The devil’s version of the Tower of Babel.

    How the devil hates the KJV Bible, it is anathema to him. That’s why playing an audio version even on very low volume and when not in the room helps a lot!

    • Claudine says:

      I am not sure why someone would do that with his book because Angus Buchan himself is known for his cowboy hat and his Bible under his arm!

  9. Truth in Reality says:

    The devil is very crafty and more subtle than any beast of the field.

    If only people would test the spirits and apply Acts 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is NONE other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

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