When Diane Sawyer asked Whitney Houston to name the "worst devil" in her life, she was expecting an answer like "cocaine", "pills", "alcohol" or some other drug. But Whitney's answer during the 2002 interview was: "The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy."
Her answer was partly correct. There was a devil. But it wasn't her.
Though the cause of her death is yet to be announced, let's look at some clear facts about Houston:
- She grew up in church
- She openly confessed to believe in God
- She said (in the interview below) that she prayed every day
- Therefore, she knew the Word of God
- She had a drug habit
- She had been in a drug rehab for the third time last year
- She had been drinking the night before her death
- Alcohol and prescription drugs were in her hotel room where she was found dead
Do you see any discrepancy in the above points? The obvious one, of course, is: how come a person with so much belief in God and knowledge of Bible is overcome by a drug habit? Are drugs more powerful than faith? Was God ignoring Houston's prayers?
These questions alone could shake a person's faith. Some will say that a drug addiction is just too powerful - even faith in God cannot overcome it. But a person who really believes in God cannot believe that statement. So what happened, then?
It's not enough to believe in God. You also need to know there is a devil (who isn't you), and you need to fight him.
Unfortunately, either Whitney Houston didn't know that, or if she did, she didn't know how to do it. That's the part that makes me angry.
There are just too many Christians singing hope-filled songs, filling up on Bible knowledge, but who are totally ignorant of one of the most basic teachings of the Lord Jesus:
But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. Luke 11:20-22
One of the conditions for the kingdom of God to enter a person is that any demons already dwelling in that life - call it demons or drugs or depression or traumas, whatever you want to call it - must be cast out first.
The sooner you understand there are demons fighting over your soul, and that you must be stronger to fight them back, the sooner you will be truly free.
Bishop Renato Cardoso