Weekly Sabbath Survey
Soul Ties — 5-18-2013
A soul tie is the joining or knitting together of a relationship that cannot be seen with the physical eye. However, if you could see as God sees (as angels and demons see), you would see people linked/tied together in the spirit realm. There are good and Godly soul ties just as there are evil and ungodly. Because of this tied togetherness, people are connected to one another on a spiritual level. Through this kind of connection, we are influenced by the other person’s spirit, their addictions, sicknesses, characteristics, ideas, habits, opinions and/or emotions. Geri McGhee
“Soul Tie” is a term that does not appear in the Bible, at least not in the King James Version that I am most familiar with. It is said in other ways. I Samuel 18:1 says the soul of Jonathan was “knit” to the soul of David. They were friends who became like brothers. A soul tie is a spiritual connection between two people.
The most familiar and all encompassing soul tie we call “marriage.” The two people become one in an extreme bonding on every level. Paul wrote [1 Cor. 6:16] that when a man commits fornication by joining himself to a pagan temple prostitute he is made one with her as God said, ‘The two become one flesh.’ So during physical intimacy, the soul tie happens even when the two people are not married. Other less intimate types of bonding would be the ‘Best Friend’ kind like David and Jonathan. Some women made friends with another little girl in grade school and they have remained friends into old age. A person who mentors you in the Lord forms a soul tie with you, a divine connection. It also happens in families between siblings or other relatives. These are usually the good soul ties.
The other kind are the bad ones that Geri mentioned above. These are “connections” that may or may not appear too harmful. Most have a demonic spirit aspect nvolved. Years ago when I was flying on the speaker circuit, the “Hari Krishnas” were working the airports. For some reason they were not stopped from harassing the public. I was aware of their strange powers, and would not let them touch me if I could avoid it. I called the name of Jesus out loud in one particular case. A persistent young woman followed me halfway across DFW airport before I could get away. When I spoke the name, “Jesus,” she said ‘Hari Krishna’ 2-3 times. Her eyes looked kind of dead until she started saying the name of her god. Then, her eyes sparkled with electricity and looked sort of insane (think Charlie Manson). I knew I was not looking at anything human. These people had a demonic power to get people to give them money.
The Bible tells us to try the spirit of people we meet. We should stop condemning ourselves for instantly disliking a new person, and pray for discernment about feeling creepy and having an aversion to a person. Determine if this is someone you don’t want to spend much time with. Go with your instincts that are put in us by the Holy Spirit. Don’t embrace strangers too closely, too quickly. (Shaking hands is a tough one, but we can pray silently for protection when we don’t know who we are touching.) There are harmful soul ties even in families and church people. If you feel like you don’t want to be around the person, it may be a bad soul tie. All ties, good or bad are super hard to break because it has spiritual power. Once you know you need to make a break, do it quickly and stick with your decision. (This may not be easy!)
The Scriptures tell us, not to form alliances with an unbeliever, a person who is not saved. Christian people who pick unbelievers for best friends, business partners, or especially in marriage have made a soul tie with the person and whatever spirit they may have in them. It can be a tough time for the Believer until the other person gets saved or the relationship ends. It will take compromising to keep going in the relationship. We can and should befriend unbelievers, help them if we can, always gently telling them about our faith and salvation in the cross of Jesus, but always keeping ourselves from any devilish thing about them. If they are influencing us more than we are them, it’s time to move on. Break the soul tie.
From time to time even the most careful among us may “pick up” something from people at work or unsaved family. When we are made aware of it, we must pray and ask others to pray for us to be delivered from anything that is not of God. It may be something demonic with the soul tie or could be just an undesirable habit we need to shake.
You must not ever become unequally yoked with unbelievers: for who would knowingly mix righteousness with iniquity, or who would mix fellowship in The Light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:14 Power New Testament
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah