An Interesting Look at Schizophrenia
The following has been excerpted from the book Pigs in the Parlor, by Frank and Ida Mae Hammond
Schizophrenia is a very common problem. Some authorities in the field of mental illness estimate there may be as many as fifty million schizophrenics in the United States. This is about one out of eight persons. Schizophrenics account for half the population in psychiatric hospitals. Of course there are varying degrees of schizophrenia. Some cases are acute while others are quite mild. Many schizophrenics have never been treated professionally. Schizophrenia has remained a very baffling problem to mental health professionals. The cause and cure has remained shrouded in uncertainty.
The disturbance and disintegration of personality known as schizophrenia or dementia praecox is frequently encountered by the deliverance minister. I would estimate that as many as one fourth of those who come to us for deliverance are found to have the schizophrenic pattern. The Lord has graciously given us a special revelation on the problem which enables us to deal with such cases more effectively. Since the revelation came to my wife, Ida Mae, I have asked her to write the remainder of this chapter.
The Schizophrenia Revelation
Ida Mae Hammond
We were working very closely in deliverance with a person who did not show much improvement after repeated ministries. This person was very earnest about wanting deliverance. She loved the Lord very much, she believed with all her heart that deliverance was the answer to her problems, and she cried out to the Lord in desperation. She was completely cooperative with the ministry. Nevertheless, the over-all results were disappointing.
Time after time we felt that the victory was gained. For a few days her personality would show signs of stability, then suddenly everything would go into upheaval. We would be right back where we started.
Then one night after an especially violent upheaval I was awakened from sleep. The Lord was speaking within my spirit. The Lord said, “I want to give you a revelation of what is Sarah’s problem. The problem is schizophrenia.” Now, I was not knowledgeable on the subject. In college I had studied some psychology – enough to be familiar with such general terms as manic depressive, schizophrenia, paranoia, psychosis and neurosis. I reached back in my memory to recall that schizophrenia is sometimes referred to as “split personality”. The Lord gave me this definition: “Schizophrenia is a disturbance, distortion or disintegration of the development of the personality. You will no longer call her Sarah but ‘Sarah One’ and ‘Sarah Two’, for she has more than one personality in her”
I was still in bed – still had sleep in my eyes – as the Lord continued giving the revelation. He instructed me to put my hands together, palms facing with the fingers laced together tightly. He said this represented what the schizophrenic nature was like. Each hand represented one of the dual personalities within the schizophrenic, neither of which was the real self. They were tightly interlocked. The Lord said, “Your hands represent the nest of demon spirits that make up the schizophrenia. I want you to know that it is demonic. It is a nest of demon spirits, and they came into this person’s life when she was very, very young. I will show you how it operates.”
Next the Lord instructed me to take my hands apart VERY SLOWLY. As my fingers were slowly disengaged the Lord showed me that these demonic spirits in the schizophrenic must be separated, cast out and given up. The process requires time. It is a shock to the person to discover that so much of his personality is not the real self. He may be afraid to discover what his true personality is. He needs time to adjust and to fall out of agreement with the false demon personalities, point by point. He must come to loathe the schizophrenic personality, and fall out of agreement with it. The Lord recalled to my memory Amos 3: 3. “How can two walk together except they be agreed.”
One by one my fingers were disengaged, illustrating the pulling apart of the demonic personalities. (Later, each finger was given a demonic designation). The last two fingers to come apart were the middle fingers on each hand. The Lord showed that these fingers represent the core of the schizophrenic – Rejection and Rebellion. When these are finally separated the person can consider himself healed – delivered and knowing who the real self is.
The control demon is called “Schizophrenia” or “Double Mindedness”. The Bible says, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1: 8). This is the scriptural designation of a schizophrenic. The amplified translation says:
[For being as he is] a man of two minds – hesitating, dubious, irresolute — [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything (he thinks, feels, decides).
The phrase translated “two minds” comes from a compound Greek word literally meaning “two souls”.
The next stage of the revelation came a few weeks later. The Lord instructed me to draw the outline of my hands on paper. Then He named the fingers as various demon spirits and showed me how each demon sets itself up in the schizophrenic. The control demon of schizophrenia invites other demons in, in order to cause the distortion of the personality. Schizophrenia ALWAYS begins with “rejection”. It commonly begins in childhood or infancy and sometimes while the child is yet in his mother’s womb. There are many causes for rejection. Perhaps the child was not wanted. It may have been the wrong sex desired by one or both parents. The conditions in the home may have been unsettled. There are many “doors” that lead to rejection.
Schizophrenia can be demonically inherited. Notice I said “demonically”. By that I mean it is not in the blood system., not in the genes – it is in the demons! In other words, demons seek to perpetuate their like kind. It is easiest for them to do this within a family. For example, suppose the schizophrenia nature is in the mother. The demons will pick out one or more of her children to feed down through. The schizophrenic mother feels rejection. She is the one who is primarily responsible for feeding love into the family. She is the one who touches, handles and fondles the infant. The rejection within herself creates problems in her relationships with the child. So, the child is opened for rejection by the mother’s instability. I repeat, schizophrenia ALWAYS begins with rejection.
Now, one can have a rejection spirit and not be a schizophrenic. In other words, it is all in the matter of forming a personality. You can have a rejection spirit and still manage to form your own personality and be secure in yourself. To the contrary, the schizophrenic is always floundering… “Who am I?” The identity of the true self is confused or lost.
Rejection is the control demon in one of the personalities set up within the schizophrenic. Rejection depicts a withdrawn type of personality. (It is a feeling within — it is agony within … it is inferiority … it is fantasy … it is unreality – it is all on the inside – “I don’t share in this.”) This is one personality the demons set up.
The second personality set up by the demons is “rebellion”. When a child does not have satisfactory love relationships in life he grows up being unable to feel and share in love relationships. A rebellion sets in. He begins to fight for love. Or he lashes out at those who have starved him of love. Rebellion asserts itself in stubbornness, self-will, and selfishness. Here is another personality. This one is not inward and withdrawn. It is aggressive and lashing out in anger, bitterness, resentment, hatred and retaliation. The schizophrenic is literally under these two opposite powers. He can switch from one type personality to the other in a moment’s time.
The Lord showed me that I was to refer to the schizophrenic person as “Sarah One” and “Sarah Two” … there are really three personalities involved – the real personality, the rejection personality and the rebellion personality. In thirty minutes time one may see all three personalities manifested. Naturally, this brings much confusion to the person himself as well as to others around him.
The real person is neither of the “hands” the “Real Self” is… at the bottom. The demons have not permitted the real self to develop. The schizophrenic does not know his real self. When the schizophrenic begins to be delivered, the real self must have Jesus … developing that personality, and making it all He wants it to be. This is why the schizophrenic deliverance requires time – sometimes several months or even a year, or longer. If every demon in the schizophrenic person were suddenly cast out he would feel totally lost. Identity with the “Real Self” requires time. As the schizophrenic nature is knocked out the true personality must come forth to replace it.
…a “hurricane” …
The schizophrenic person continually creates “storms” around himself. He is caught in these storms, and others must relate to what is happening …
If the person trying to relate is also unstable he brings his storm into the schizophrenic’s storm … persons who are stable can relate to the “hurricane” in a stable way. Such a person can engage the storm without being damaged or scarred. He is not captured by the turmoil …
These times of storm cause the root of bitterness to form and to be driven deeper and deeper.
Now let us see what the other fingers on the left hand represent. The “ring finger” is designated lust.
The Lord showed me that this demon “weds” a person to the world for love. Lust is rooted in rejection. If one has not received satisfactory love through the normal channels of life, the carnal nature will begin to search for its kind of love – sensual love. Thus, the door is opened for the demon of lust to enter. A companion spirit in this group is fantasy lust which may cause the person to imagine he is some great lover of the motion picture world or to fantasy sexual experiences as a prelude to overt acts. The harlotry spirit in women may first manifest itself in dress and provocativeness. Sexual perversions represent extreme attempts to overcome rejection. Sexual experiences, real or imaginary, can never satisfy the need for genuine love. They are the devil’s substitutes for real love and leave a person ridden with frustration and guilt.
The little finger on the left hand represents insecurity and inferiority … yet another manifestation of rejection … a deep sense of rejection feels insecure and inferior.
The ring finger on the right hand represents self-will. This demon “weds” a person to selfish desires. This opens the way for stubbornness, selfishness, and unteachableness. Again, we see the compensation for rejection. Since the person has been rejected or fears rejection he is driven to pamper self … to push self. He is thereby trying to overcome feelings of rejection.The index finger on the left hand is “self-accusation”. This demon causes a person to turn against himself and tears down his sense of personal worth. In most cases we have found “self-accusation” coupled with a “compulsion to confess”. For example, if the person has fallen into immorality he cannot rest until he has confessed his wrong-doing. He usually confesses to those who should show him the most love. He is driven to do his in an effort to “shock” others into giving him forced attention and thereby find a substitute for love.
Now, let us move to the right hand in the illustration. The middle finger … is designated “rebellion”. As we have seen, rebellion identifies one of the false personalities set up by the demons. This group of demons may be considered compensating spirits for “rejection”. Rebellion is the opposite of rejection. One is expressive and turbulent, the other is withdrawn and insecure.
The ring finger on the right hand represents self-will. This demon “weds” a person to selfish desires. This opens the way for stubbornness, selfishness, and unteachableness. Again, we see the compensation for rejection. Since the person has been rejected or fears rejection he is driven to pamper self … to push self. He is thereby trying to overcome feelings of rejection.
The index finger is called accusation. It too, is a compensating demon. It draws the attention away from the rejection. It seeks to eliminate a concentration on self by calling attention to the others. The left index finger points at self – “I am to blame,” while the right index finger points at others – “You are to blame” The accusation demon opens the door for companion spirits of judgementalism.
The little finger on the right hand is self-deception. Its companions are delusion, self-seduction and pride. These three spirits of “self” inflate pride. Pride is another compensation for rejection. One who feels rejected wants to feel important. The spirit of delusion comes along and says, “You are REALLY somebody”; “You are a spiritual giant!”, or some other kind of giant. The ego that has been wounded appears to be given a boost. But it is all demonic. It only leads to greater frustration and disappointment.
In one case ministry, the spirit of self-deception had convinced a thirteen year old girl that she was nineteen. She took on another name to go with her other person. She attempted to think, talk and act like an older girl. She was pushed beyond her abilities and her normal maturity. It added greatly to her oppression.
… the thumbs represent the “Paranoid” phase of schizophrenia. Part of it is represented in the left thumb because it is rooted in rejection. On the rejection side are spirits of jealousy and envy. Those who are deficient in reciprocal love relationships become jealous and envious of those who do experience satisfying love. On the rebellion side are spirits of distrust, suspicion, fears and persecution. There is another demon in this latter group and it is called “Confrontation with honesty at all cost”. Suspicion and distrust build up in the person until he is compelled to confront the other person. After the confrontation the pressure dies down within him for a while. But it leaves the attacked person to handle his wounds. The person acting under the influence of paranoid demons is quite insensitive to how many wounds he causes, yet he is super-sensitive to every offense toward himself.
The revelation portrayed in the fingers and thumbs has proved to be infallible, as judged by numerous ministries with schizophrenics. There is no flaw in it.
The demons listed down the left hand are representative of other spirits that are commonly found within the rejection side of the schizophrenia pattern. These will have some variations from person to person. The listing is suggestive rather than exhaustive. It is apparent in most instances that the demons listed on the left hand are in some way associated with the triad of rejection-type spirits … rejection, fear of rejection and self-rejection.
The listing of demons on the right hand include control and possessiveness. They are directly related to rebellion.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” (I Samuel 15: 23a)
This verse can be interpreted two ways. First, I interpret it to mean that to God rebellion is as abominable as witchcraft itself. I also interpret it to mean that one who has a rebellious nature has the nature of a witch. The purpose in witchcraft is to control. It is the controlling of another person by knowingly or unknowingly employing the power of evil spirits [demons]. Rebellion often leads to control.
Now, let us continue down the right hand. There is a “root of bitterness”. In all of life one does have conflicts. Things DO happen and words ARE spoken that require an attitude of forgiveness. Here lies the problem with the schizophrenic. He is unable to forgive. He has an unforgiving spirit. The things that happened thirty years ago are just as alive as they were the minute they happened. The root of bitterness is kept alive and out of it comes resentment, hatred, anger, retaliation, violence and murder. There can be many other demons attached to such a root of bitterness.
How does the schizophrenic come out of this tangled mess? The three main areas to conquer are REJECTION, REBELLION, and THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS. As these areas are conquered the “house” (life) must be filled by the giving and receiving of love, by submission to every valid authority and by forgiveness of all persons regardless of the circumstances. When these three areas are conquered the other related spirits lose their strength. Determination is necessary. The person who can persistently say, “I WILL BE DIFFERENT! I WILL NOT LET DEMONS RULE MY LIFE!” will eventually see victory.
… As the deliverance takes place over a period of time, “The Real Self” must rise up and part the false schizophrenic personalities by falling out of agreement with all of their influence and all that they represent. “The Real Self” must take on the nature of Jesus himself. Spiritual exercises such as Bible study, prayer, fasting, praise and fellowship with other believers is essential to a successful deliverance. These spiritual exercises will also accelerate the deliverance process as the person’s life is filled with the positive things of Jesus Christ.
It is hard work for both the schizophrenic patient and the deliverance minister. I greatly admire schizophrenics who fight through to victory. I admire these victories above all other deliverances. The schizophrenia deliverance is the deepest, most involved and most determined deliverance that we have encountered.