The Campus Ghost


I recently had a booth displaying my materials at a Christian college lectureship. It’s always fun to reconnect with old friends like this, but it’s also a great way to make new ones!

I always give a prominent place to my Spiritual Warfare Stakes, and this often causes folks to come take a closer look and ask questions. I love to share the incredible stories of good things happening in the lives of folks after they have staked out their place for God, reading the embossed verses out loud and putting the stakes in place.

One man walked up and started asking questions about the stakes, and we struck up a lengthy conversation. He asked me, “Do you believe in ghosts?”

“Well,” I began, “I think that in reality these are demons who disguise themselves as ghosts of people who used to be alive. If Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), then I think it’s no problem for them to pretend to be the dead relative of someone. I think they do this because if they didn’t use this explanation, then people would realize they were demons, and want them to leave, but if people feel these spiritual beings have a reason or even a right to be there, then we will just accept them and not command they leave in Jesus’ Name.”

“That makes sense,” he responded.

Then he told me this story:

“It was common knowledge when I was in school here many years ago that we had a campus ghost named Gertie. Gertie had been murdered in a building near the campus here, and later on that building and property were purchased by the college and added to the facility. The structure was torn down, but the bricks were salvaged and used on the new building. That building had a large auditorium inside.

“We had a Ouija Board in our dorm room, and played with it from time to time, asking Gertie questions and laughing at the answers she spelled out as our fingers lightly touched the pointer and gave her responses. We thought it was just a funny, harmless activity.

“One day, one of our friends suggested we ask Gertie to meet us somewhere. So we got the board out and asked Gertie if she was willing to meet us somewhere on campus. The pointer spelled out her answer: Y-E-S. Where? S-C-I-E-N-C-E A-U-D-I-T-O-R-I-U-M was her answer. What time? 1-P-M.

“The next day were were all excited to go meet Gertie in the science building right after lunch, and we laughed at the fact that the science building had been built with the bricks from the original building where Gertie had been killed.

“We got there at about 1:15 pm, and didn’t see anything. This really didn’t surprise us, as we hadn’t actually expected to see anything. Another round of laughter.

“Later that day, we went back to the room and got out the board to ask Gertie why she didn’t show up.

“How are you, Gertie, we asked. M-A-D was spelled out in response.

“Why are you mad? we asked, laughing. L-A-T-E.

“We were all shocked. We had been late.

“We threw the board in the trash and repented of our naive sin of using something that connected us to evil.”

Yes. Evil is real. Evil has power. And Christians shouldn’t dabble in it.

“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”
Ephesians 5:11 NLT

Steve Hemphill, author / inspirational speaker
“My Search for the Real Heaven”
(Also Available In Spanish)
“My Search for the Real Heaven Workbook”
“My Search for Prayers Satan Hates”
“What Are The Stakes?” (God Markers On the Land)