Pastor Olatunbosun Obafemi

Captivity is a state of being kept in a prison or cage. In this context, it is to be under the control of a demonic spirit. Under this condition, the captured exists only at the whims and caprices of Satan. Unlike a physical prison, the victims of this type of captivity may be walking on the streets freely while they are spiritually in a cage.

Many people are subjected to terrible patterns of life because of their shallow spiritual understanding of situations surrounding them. Like the church in Laodice, the 7th church in the revelation of John where the people were neither hot nor cold, they claim to be rich but they are actually poor.

“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:17

The above scripture vividly describes how someone or a group of people can unconsciously be working under the captivity of Satan. Many people who claim to be faithful are actually alien to God. Many are known in certain ministries but overtly not doing the will of God. Jesus Christ said He will deny these set of people on the Day of Judgment because they are simply workers of iniquity; all they do are for their own personal gains.

Some Christian denominations are caged by the doctrines they fashioned for themselves. Most of these doctrines are incongruent with the scriptures but drawn up out of competition or as a strategy for increased membership. Likewise, many nations are practically in one form of captivity or the other.

In Nigeria, for instance, many years after political independence from colonial rule, the combination of the past and present leaderships are still unable to provide basic needs of sustenance for the citizens; millions of agile and brilliant Nigerians are jobless and live below poverty level. There’s no dependable provision for the security of lives and properties for the common man. No stable electricity, no good roads, no decent healthcare facilities, no future for the coming generation, in fact, all the basic good things appear farfetched for the common man.

From the foregoing, we can see that both individuals and nations can deliberately or erroneously walk into captivity.

How Can Someone Be In Captivity?

Being in captivity or not depends on whom or what you have faith in. For Christians, a person who has no Jesus Christ in his or her life is in bondage. For Muslims, if you don’t believe in Prophet Mohammed, you are doomed. Similar views are held by other different religious faithful across the world.

Approaching it from the biblical angle, anyone who does not have Jesus Christ as a personal Lord and saviour lives in captivity and if he does not repent, will end in hell fire. According to John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” To be identified as a true Christian, you must manifest the values of Jesus Christ in your conduct and way of life. You must stand for what Jesus stands for and do away with your old ways of life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

If you don’t have Jesus in your life, you live at the mercy of the rulers of darkness of this world. You become a magnetic property for satanic forces. A life without Christ is a life full of crisis.

Also, anyone who lives a careless life will slip into captivity. For example, a promiscuous fellow will surely hang on the bosom of demons. Even while you live holy, a young fellow intending to get married must diligently seek the face of the Lord. This is because entering into a wrong marriage is synonymous to entering into a life of captivity. Even, if you later divorce your spouse, the scars are already registered.

Many married people are in regret today because they allowed infatuation or other worldly sentiments to inform their decision of whom to marry. Some mastermind the death of their spouse so they can be free to marry another person. The problems attached to wrong marriage are endless; this is why anyone who carelessly enters into one will live to regret it.

People can unconsciously walk into captivity as I have earlier explained. And this is one of the reasons the Bible says Christians should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

When the Bible says you should not be unequally yoked, it means, don’t walk by the standard of unbelievers. Unbelievers are those whose ways are not in sync with the word of God. The scripture describes them as workers of iniquity. Today, if you assess some young female Christians by their dressing, you will find it difficult to distinguish them from street prostitutes.

While I was in Ilorin, Kwara state capital in Nigeria, during one of our Sunday school classes, a young lady while responding to the question “why do Christian ladies put on clothes that expose their vital body parts?” said she was encouraged to put on such dresses because she had noticed that those who wear them are given more attention by young men in the church. Of course, this kind of wrong perception is one of the factors for a failed marriage.

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