Evil Soul Ties and Unholy Covenants
By Phil Scovell
The term "Evil Soul Tie," is not my invention. I heard it
for the first time from a Christian counselor by the name of
Areon Potter. He has worked for over 25 years as a Christian
counselor and largely in the area of demonic influence in a
person's life. Some would refer to what he does as deliverance
ministry but it isn't. Due to the nature of intercessory prayer,
some people suggest what I do is deliverance ministry, too, but
I learned about evil soul ties when I was pastoring a church
in 1990 and it was discovered we had a witch in the church. Some
believe she was never born again but was sent to our church to
try and destroy the church. That certainly isn't uncommon and
people of Satanic groups and mind control occults do exactly
that. I personally believe, however, she was truly born again
but had never been fully delivered from the woundedness of her
past. Thus, she returned to what had worked for her before and
what had worked for her before was evil in nature.
This woman began saying that she wanted spiritual help and
counsel concerning her past life and I began having counseling
sessions with her. She had no family and soon became associated
closely, too closely, with our family. This was my first church.
I was young and pretty green and most certainly inexperienced.
The subtleness of this woman was not detected by me or my wife at
any time. The goal seemed to be for her to come between my wife
and I but it didn't work. I have always used my wife's insight
and sensitivity to give me input to the nature of others and
especially other women. As I said, my wife was even fooled by
this woman. It reveals the level of deception that was going on
at the time. My children began having horrible nightmares and
many other unusual things occurred.
During this time, this woman began using her old tricks of
the Satanist trade and I began being demonically attacked. The
attacks were so powerful, I called an elder of the church to come
in the middle of the night two different times and we prayed all
night. At one time, I literally felt the demons as if they were
tossing cold dirty buckets of water against my body. I began
hearing voices and having anxiety episodes. For over two years,
I lived every day in cold freezing demonic fear. This was when I
began spending time in Areon Potter's office. He taught me about
evil soul ties so I could pray and break the bondage this woman
had placed upon me demonically and he taught me many other things
along these same lines of demonic intrusion.
Simplifying the definition, an evil soul tie, or what might
also be called an unholy covenant, is the creation of an unholy
relationship between two people. By its own title, the
relationship implies one of unholiness. The term "evil" further
clarifies the relationship because of the demonic influence
involved. Since it is unholy, the enemy has a foothold, and
probably worse, a stronghold which he has established by
perpetrating deceit in the relationship. He isn't about to give
up this stronghold unless he is exposed and the lie is removed
upon which the unholy covenant is based. Furthermore, the unholy
relationship opens the door for many demons to move into a
* Good Soul Ties
The best example of a holy covenant relationship would be
our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Our souls are knit
together with Him in love and holiness and we become one. The
Holy Spirit also comes to dwell within our spirits as The Witness
that we are the children of God.
Another example of a normal soul tie, or what we can
literally call a covenant between two people, was established
between David and Jonathan. Of course, we now have a whole false
theology perpetrated which says these two men were homosexuals.
Yet, the Scriptures say that they loved each other; surpassing
the love of women. This did not mean they were homosexuals; it
meant they were brothers. To read more into this covenant is
less than Biblical interpretive honesty. The picture of covenant
between two is clearly framed due to the love these two men had
for each other. You can read about this covenant relationship in
1 Samuel chapter 20. Upon Jonathan's death in battle, David
makes his statement concerning his love for Jonathan surpassing
the love of women in 2 Samuel chapter 1. Again, to interpret
this as homosexual in nature violates every hermeneutical rule
concerning Biblical interpretation of a text. Of course, you
have no problem with the simple interpretation of this story
unless you have an unholy agenda you are attempting to promote.
When considering what constitutes good soul ties, or
covenant relationships, a marriage is a perfect example.
However, due to demonic influence in any relationship, even an
evil soul tie can be created between married couples who love
each other. Yes, I certainly agree; that having an evil soul tie
within the framework of a marriage is unique and seems impossible
but due to the nature of an evil soul tie, it is not impossible
but can be quite common. Let me offer an example.
* Evil Soul Ties
Let's say that sexual expressiveness in a marriage is
lacking for some reason. This could be due to any numbers of
things but lets say one has a high sex drive and the other
partner has a low sex drive and it is nothing more than that.
Let's say the husband becomes frustrated as a result of there
simply not being sufficient sexual expression in the
relationship. What might happen in this case?
As the husband begins thinking, he begins wondering if it is
something wrong in his own life. thoughts such as, "Well, if I
were a better man, made more money, could buy her more things,
make her happy, take her out more often, afford a house instead
of the small apartment we are living in, and maybe if I could buy
her a new car, things would be better and I would be more
attractive to her. Maybe that's the problem," he thinks, "I'm
just not attractive to her any more." Thoughts such as these
will stir up other feelings he has about himself in the blink of
an eye. He will begin considering that he might be inferior and
he will quickly remember other events in his life which were not
so pleasant. What if he had been involved in premarital
sexuality and he has never been freed from the guilt associated
with the sin for which he has been forgiven. More darkness gets
Eventually, and I say this without reservation, this
thinking will not only stir up things in the past for this man,
but it will quickly and easily attract demonic interest in what
he is thinking. They will dump even more garbage on him as he
continues trying to determine the nature of his problem.
Arguments ensue with his wife. Eventually he breaks down and
talks to someone he believes and trusts in at church.
Once he has tried everything he has been told by those he
trusts at church and he finds nothing changes, or changes very
little, more frustration sets in. He knows, deep down inside, it
is because there is something wrong with him and the tiny voices
behind his thoughts encourage him to continue thinking along
these felonious lines.
One day, because his car broke down and is in the shop for
repair for a few days, a buddy at work starts giving him a ride
home. They talk about sports most of the time but before long,
they become friends and start spending more and more time
On the way home from work one day, he decides, since no body
else seems to know the answer, why not share his frustrations
concerning his marriage with his new nonchristian friend.
Besides, the man is older and has been married longer. He and
his wife seem to be very happy together. Maybe getting input
from someone who isn't a Christian might help. So he expresses
his frustration to his new friend. His friend laughs when he
finishes his story and says, "You wanna know what I did to solve
that problem, Frank?" He says he would appreciate knowing how he
handled it. "I went out and found me a nice prostitute and when
I got home, I showed my wife the credit card receipt." Frank
burns his mouth with the coffee he is drinking on the way home
and nearly chokes. As a Christian, such a thing never remotely
crossed his mind but he couldn't say so to his friend. He
inquires how something like that solved the problem. "Well, it's
this way, Franky, my boy," the older man says. We had one huge
fight that night and I ended up sleeping over at a friends house.
A few days of me being gone, my wife calls me up and asks me to
come home. I did. She apologized and said she was wrong and
wouldn't let anything like that happen again in our marriage. I
told her if it did happen again, I would just do the same thing
again so to get her act together and she did." Frank, by this
time, is hopelessly confused but the seed of deceit has been
In this story, Frank does not go out; to sleep with a
prostitute because his Christian convictions and beliefs won't
permit him to do so. Instead, he finds another answer. He
decides, with a little demonic help, that his wife doesn't really
love him. Jealousy begins to burn and because his wife is young
and attractive, he begins to notice those other men looking at
her. The jealousy ignites his anger about himself and the way he
feels about himself and they end up in a Christian counselor's
During the counseling sessions, the husband admits he is
jealous. The demonic influence by this time has blown his
reasoning ability literally all to hell. Meaning, of course, his
reasoning is so beyond the biblical, he is thinking more in the
unholy realm of demonic influence than in the Holy realm of God's
Word. He now even has come to believe his wife is sleeping
around on him and that's why she doesn't express intimacy with
him. He has no idea how he knows this, as the counselor
discovers, but he believes it with such strong fervor, he even
refers to his wife as a whore throughout one of the counselling
In this story, I have made it easy to see the progression.
the essence for this story is based on a true story that a
Christian counselor friend of mine told me he experienced in his
own counseling ministry with a husband and wife. In my telling
of the story, because I have altered the story and expanded it to
make it easier to understand the nature of an evil soul tie, how
did it come into play? It was the result of the man's sexual
promiscuity in his earlier days as a teenager. In short, the
unholy relationship he had before he got married, which was not
fully taken care of in his walk with the Lord, was brought into
the marriage. The results of this created the evil soul tie, or
the unholy covenant, between he and his wife. The solution?
Deal with the lies in the husband's life and let the Lord heal
him. Then if any residual conflict or incompatibility remains
between husband and wife, address it directly. With the evil
soul tie broken and other spiritual issues healed, their will be
nothing causing conflict between husband and wife and
incompatibility issues can be easily solved.
An unholy covenant, or an evil soul tie, is created every
time sexual immorality is committed. The reason for this is
simple. The Bible clearly states that a couple becomes "one
flesh" upon their marriage which is consummated by sexual
intercourse. The oneness of the marital union is thus holy by
nature, therefore, and when we commit sexual sin by having sexual
intercourse with someone other than our mate, an unholy bond is
established. Can't the Christian ask for those sins to be
forgiven? Of course and 1 John 1:9 confirms we can.
Furthermore, rightness with God is reestablished instantly.
However, since the soul tie created by the act of immorality
establishes bondage, the Enemy has a foothold in a person's life.
This is why, when praying with people, they say things like, "I
have prayed and prayed and prayed and begged God to forgive me
but I still feel so guilty so he must not have forgiven me.
Maybe I can't be forgiven for what I did." Such confessions
become even more entangled as the Enemy builds a stronghold in a
person's life over the years.
Evil soul Ties can also be established between friends. For
example, I had a friend for thirty years who was more a father
figure to me than a friend. This friend is not a Christian.
Over the years, he became involved in daily meditation. He began
believing in psychic phenomena or what is generally referred to
now as parapsychology. He eventually began believing in
reincarnation and he even developed a relationship with a spirit
guide. A spirit guide is a demonic spirit. He preferred calling
it his guardian angel when talking to me because he knew I
believed otherwise about such things. His philosophy was, "If it
doesn't do any harm and only does good, it can't be wrong or
evil." The devil loves to use this philosophy and many people
believe it without question. My friend was one of those who
believed exactly that.
Swopping information along these lines concerning the
paranormal verses the Biblical supernatural over the years, it
became apparent his spirit guide no longer wanted him to remain
in contact with me. This is likely due to the ministry the Lord
led me into which, through intercessory prayer, sets people free
from such unholy covenants. He created a conflict within our
relationship that made it impossible to remain friends. This was
very likely his spirit guides idea and not his own.
I have written a brief article about an evil soul tie which
I had with my daughter that you can find on my website. In this
case, my daughter was, by nature, bonded to me simply because she
was my offspring. My daughter became involved with drugs and
alcohol and immorality. The Lord clearly spoke to me one night
through prayer and informed me that it was time to give my
daughter over to Him. In the process, He, my Heavenly Father,
established a new covenant with me concerning my daughter. I, in
return, had to release my daughter. The evil soul tie which was
created was related to my wishes and desires that she be saved
from the drug and alcohol abuse. Yes, this is the same thing God
the Father wanted for her as well. The difference was, however,
I felt responsible. Why? Because I felt I had failed as a
father in raising her. This was a lie of the Enemy and
established the evil soul tie.
As the Lord spoke to me one night about this unholy
relationship, I realized I was in the way because I was bonded to
my daughter and I was attempting to force the issue of her
healing on my terms. God doesn't work that way. He had to get
me out of the way before He could do His work in her life. I
broke the evil soul tie, therefore, which in turn automatically
returned my relationship with my daughter back to a good soul
tie, or normal relationship with me, and thus God was allowed to
do His work in her life on His terms.
* Breaking Evil Soul Ties
As already mentioned, the way an evil soul tie is generally
broken, is by discovering, through prayer, the lie upon which the
unholy covenant was established. It does not go away simply
because we have asked for forgiveness for the sin we have
committed. Why? Because an evil soul tie is established by
implanting a lie. That lie is normally buried over the years by
thousands of life experiences. In more dramatic cases, for
example, sexually abused children often suppress the trauma so
well, they may be 30 or 40 or 50 years of age before the original
events resurface in their memory. I recently prayed with a woman
whose woundedness did not surface until she was in her sixties.
Sometimes the trauma is so severe and buried so deep, they
have no memory of the actual event at all; yet it is still there
buried deep within their mind and their emotions. Current day
events will eventually trigger the wounded emotions of the
trauma, and out comes this roaring frightening horrible pain that
seems to have no actual memory attached to it. The solution?
Through intercessory prayer, the lie can be located, along with
the actual memory, and the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ will
expose the lie and remove the pain and heal the woundedness.
* The Prayer That Breaks The Evil Soul Tie
I use a prayer that my friend Areon Potter wrote and uses in
his counseling ministry to break evil soul ties. This prayer,
however, will not have lasting results unless the lie is first
located, exposed, and replaced with the truth of the True Lord
Jesus Christ. Then the prayer will break the unholy covenant
permanently and set the person free.
If you have more questions about evil soul ties, unholy
covenants, spiritual bondage of any kind, or need prayer to be
set free in some area of your life, call Safe Place Fellowship.
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