Don't fall prey to Deliverance Ministries-part1
Updated: Sep 5
The most common definitions of "deliverance ministries" revolve around solving a person’s problems related to demons, spirits, and possession. Those who promote and practice deliverance ministry claim that Christians can be indwelt with demons.
In order to be free from addictions, depression, and all sorts of sins that may weigh or afflict the person, the demon must be exorcised. Deliverance ministries claims that this sets the afflicted person free from the “bondage” they are experiencing.
It is common for the person to attend a series of “discipleship” classes ending with exorcisms as the form of treatment. Exorcism is the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons from Christians, that are believed to be possessed. This practice is anti-Christianity.
Although "deliverance ministries" are gaining popularity, many Christians are now seeing it as a negative and un-biblical practice that can have serious and disastrous consequences, even though it claims to offer “freedom” to the individual.
There are even support groups forming to help people who have been victimized from various deliverance ministries. Dr. Juncker defines Deliverance Ministry as “the name commonly given to Christian individuals or ministries who believe:
(1) That Christians can have demons inside of them
(2) That there are specific methods, techniques, and prayers for discerning the
presence of demons and for casting them out
(3) That such exorcisms are a necessary prerequisite for living a successful and victorious Christian life.
Evidence for these beliefs is derived from experience and from a handful of verses taken out of context.” This belief system preaches circumstantial messages which are found wanting when subjected to the scrutiny of scripture.
When we study what the Bible says about demons, it is very clear that Christians cannot be demon possessed. However, the Bible does say that a believer can be oppressed or influenced by a demon.
What’s the difference?
Possession means that the demon has full control over the person. Examples of this can be found in Matthew 17:14-18 and Luke 4:33-35; 8:27-33. Demon oppression is very different. If a person is oppressed by a demon, that demon influences the person toward sin.
There are no instructions or commands in the Bible to cast a demon out of a believer. There are no instructions or commands in the Bible to cast demons out of a believer. Instead, believers are instructed to CAST OUT demons....Mark 16:17 "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons......" OUT OF WHO? ( Out of Non-believers, NOT Christians).
1 Peter 5:8-9 says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. But guess what? He can’t devour every Believer. The devil walks around seeking “WHOM” he may devour because there are Christians whom he may not devour! Note the word "whom"; which means that the devil cannot devour everyone!
The devil cannot devour believers who are submitted to, and who trust in, God’s grace. Those being devoured are those trying to conduct spiritual warfare in their own strength. The enemy uses specific strategies to derail Christians. One of these strategies is to get Christians to try to gain right-standing with God through their own efforts.
Today’s deliverance teachers often claim that it is a matter of semantics (meaning of words, or definition). They say that a Christian cannot be possessed and state that he can be “influenced” or “oppressed” instead.
However, their practices are not in agreement. They believe that a Christian can be influenced or oppressed to the point of becoming indwelt with demons with the need to cast them out. They state there is a space inside the believer’s body where a demon can indwell, but the Bible nowhere teaches such specifics.
Believers are a new creation and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not indwelt by demons. Romans 8:9-11 says, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
The Bible is very clear "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you [God] is greater than the one who is in the world [Satan]” (1 John 4:4). Chuck Smith explains how proponents of Deliverance Ministry get around these clear verses, “The proponents of this unbiblical doctrine use such terms as Christians being ‘invaded by demons’ rather than demon possessed.
This is nothing more than a word game and a smoke screen to hide the scriptural weakness of their position. They also present an illogical supposition that demons can invade or control the mind or body but not the spirit. God’s Word declares that the body is a temple of the Holy Ghost who is in us.
OBADIAH 1:7 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness: and the house of Jacob shall possess their possession.
This scripture in most cases have been wrongly misunderstood as believers going to Zion one day to be delivered and possess their possessions. Rather it was a prophecy concerning the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
The phrase “upon mount Zion shall be deliverance” simply means upon mount Zion shall be the delivered lot. Meaning that all who will express their faith in the salvation work of Christ are the people who will live in Zion.
To be in Zion simply means to be in Christ, no wonder the Bible says that “if any man be in Christ he is a new creation”. Zion is now the dwelling place for all believers who are delivered by the blood of Jesus.
Deliverance is the movement of a person from one Kingdom to the other, that's why the Bible says “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”(Col 1:13).
Zion stands for Christ, deliverance stands for salvation. Now with this understanding we can simply say that Obadiah's prophecy is fulfilled in Christ (Hebrews 12:22-23).
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