Jesus related the parable of a servant whose master forgave him a debt of several million dollars, but who then refused to forgive a fellow servant a debt of just a few dollars. The parable concludes with a judgment on that unforgiving servant: “And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him”
In the next verse Jesus applied this parable to all Christians: “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
The torturers, I believe, are demons. I have encountered hundreds of Christians who are in the hands of the torturers for one simple reason: unforgiveness. They have claimed forgiveness from God for the incalculable debt of all their sins, yet they refuse to forgive another person for some offense, real or imagined.
After Jesus taught his followers the model prayer we have come to call the Lord’s Prayer, He added only one comment: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
There are various forms of torture to which we may be subjected. There is, for instance, physical torture. One example is arthritis: twisting, torturing, crippling, binding. I (Derek Prince) am not suggesting that all arthritis has a demonic cause. Yet it is remarkable how often arthritis is actually associated with an inner attitude of resentment, unforgiveness,
Then there is mental torment. One common form is the fear of going insane. You would be surprised at the number of Christians tortured by this fear. Frequently they are ashamed to confess it to anyone. Like the enticement to do evil, this demonic attack may also take a verbal form: Your Aunt Lois just entered a mental institution and your neighbor had a nervous breakdown. And you’ll be next! Usually this fear is the work of accusing
demons that continually bombard the person’s mind.
Another form of spiritual torture is an inner accusation that says, You’ve committed the unforgivable sin. When a person tells me he is being assailed by this thought, I (Derek Prince) always answer, “That’s nothing but an accusation of a lying spirit. If you really had committed the unforgivable sin, you would be so hardened that you wouldn’t care. The fact that you are concerned about it proves that you have not committed it.”