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Don't fall prey to "Deliverance Ministries" part2

Updated: Sep 5, 2020

Deliverance Ministries are a Hoax!

Listen to this account from a prior participant of a deliverance ministry. When asked why he feels the need to warn others about deliverance ministry, he said: “I warn that this practice can be paralleled to 2 Peter 2:19.

It is a legalistic form of ‘freedom’ is being offered that will only lead to further bondage, ending in futility and disillusionment. It enslaves people to the delusion that they continually need demons cast out of them. This works against the freedom that Christ offers.

“Jesus Christ warned us to watch out for false prophets who can mislead others (Matthew 7:15-23, 2 Peter 2:1-2). “We must ask ourselves why Jesus would label those who were casting out demons as evildoers.

After further examination of what deliverance ministry teaches, compared to the objective truths found in Scripture, it became clear to me that many of the leaders were ‘evildoers.’

Even though they may have been passionate and sincere, they were sincerely wrong. We have been warned in Scripture not to go beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6).

Any "Deliverance Ministry" attacks essential areas of biblical teachings:

1) It denies the person and work of Jesus Christ by teaching that He is weak and cannot protect His own children.

2) It denies the sufficient grace and new creation granted to the believer upon salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

3) It ignores Scriptures that states the evil one can no longer touch the believer in Christ (1 John 5:18; ‎John 14:30).

“Many believers fail to see God’s sovereign faithfulness and protection found in 1 Corinthians 10:13 which always provides a way out. We are really without excuse, as believers, to blame our behavior on demons.

“John gives us great assurance when he says: ‘We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him” (1 John 5:18). The Greek word for translated as “harm” is hapto. It means “to fasten to.”

The evil one cannot fasten to a believer. We have been purchased and redeemed through Christ’s sacrifice and are no longer our own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We have been called to put to death the sins that can entangle us and to walk by the Holy Spirit who now indwells us.

We are called to glorify the Lord with our bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2). If you are considering becoming involved in a deliverance ministry, I encourage you to study what the Bible says and make an informed decision. Remember, it is Christ and His truth that will set you free (John 8:31-32), not the casting out of demons.”

Deliverance Ministries and the Dangerous Results

A shift of blame: Deliverance ministry shifts the blame for sin, addiction, and other struggles to the demonic. This is an unhealthy and unbiblical way of dealing with sin. Instead, a believer is called to renew his mind to the truth as revealed in the New Testament.

Our wickedness comes from the heart (Mark 7:20-23), as well as from the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), even without the aid of demons. We are exhorted to reckon ourselves as dead to sin and alive to God, walking in the strength of the Holy Spirit instead (Titus 2:11-14; Galatians 5:24, Col 3:3-5).

Deliverance ministries deny the Lord’s power over satan and actually grant the illusion of Satan having greater strength over the Lord than he really has. Deception has a high price that can enslave many into having a false assurance and relationship with Christ, as He said in Matthew 7:15-23.

To teach that the Holy Spirit can share the same temple along with demons would certainly be a house divided as well as come dangerously close to blaspheming Christ who indwells the believer (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

A dangerous preoccupation with the demons

God calls believers to be preoccupied with Him, not obsessed with things that oppose Him (Romans 8:5-8). Those involved with deliverance ministry have reported that they become dependent on their deliverance minister as the solution to their possession. It fostered paranoia rather than peace and security.

A false view of salvation

Many in the deliverance ministry misunderstand the significance of Jesus’ death, resurrection and glorification. The Bible very clearly says that Christ’s work on the cross was sufficient and complete.

Deliverance which is salvation takes places at salvation. It is not a process. Further deliverance is not necessary. To teach otherwise gives the impression that Christ’s work is incomplete and is an INSULT to Jesus and His perfect work of redemption.

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