Did the Devil make me do it? is one of the many excellent short books published by The Good Book Company. This book asks and answers some basic questions about the Devil in about 80 pages. Here are some of the questions: Where did Satan come from?; Why does Satan have so many names?; What is Satan like and what does he do?; What is demon possession?; So should Christians perform exorcisms?, etc. Now I won’t say the author asks and answers every conceivable question about Satan, but Mike McKinley (MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary, Pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia), is incredibly thorough in this brief work.
Some might wonder what kind of theological or exegetical depth McKinley can obtain in 80 pages. Quite a bit, actually. With regards to the events surrounding the fall of Satan, He argues that Isaiah 14 is NOT an explicit (or primary) reference to the fall of Satan, but rather the text clearly refers to a historical person, the King of Babylon. Also, in the handling of 2 Peter and Jude, the author takes the position that these passages describe the general fall of demons, not a specific group of more depraved demons chained up until the final judgment.
I think my favorite part of the book was the inclusion of biblical lists. For example, in answering the question So should Christians perform exorcisms? , McKinley lists 9 ways Jesus interacted with demons and 3 general ways the disciples interacted with demons. These brief descriptions tagged with scripture references are helpful for novice Christians who are trying to lay a foundation of biblical demonology.
My only criticism is found in McKinley’s treatment of demon possession versus demon oppression. For some reason, the author seems to make confusing or ambiguous statements. He says,
“One thing the Bible doesn’t tell us, however, is that demons possess anyone. In fact, several times in Scripture people are said to have demons, but demons are never said to have people! ”
He later continues,
“So if you put all this evidence together, ‘demon possession’ is a term that we might do well without. While people in the Bible are said to ‘have a demon’ and demons are said to ‘enter into people’, for the most part this demonizing results in attack and influence more than that total personality domination implied term ‘possession’.”