Reblogged from Wolves Bane…good blog, BTW…:-)
Within the Charismatic church are a broad variety of beliefs that collectively are called the deliverance ministry. These doctrines at their core teach that born again evangelical Christians can have demons ( evil unclean spirits) dwell within their physical bodies.
Up until a few years ago I myself adhered to this doctrine until by the mercy of God, my eyes were opened unto the scriptures. The practice of exorcisms upon bible believing Christians are not uncommon in most Charismatic church assemblies. Actually many who practice this ‘ministry, tend to think that demonic entities within the bodies of Christian believers are quite common. Those who adhere to this practice believe that it is their responsibility to evict or cast out any demons that dwell in a Christian’s body. The mystery in this is that it all takes place is after they have become followers of Jesus and have within them the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.
The teaching for this is based upon their understanding of man as a tricotomy. That being that man is made up of soul , body and spirit. They teach that demons would dwell within both the soul and the body part of man and that the spirit is the part that is seated with Christ in heavenly realms, far from any contact with demonic entities. They believe that they are working out their salvation with fear and trembling by driving out the demonic intruders from their redeemed bodies and souls just as Joshua drove out the Canaanites from the Promised Land.
Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
The trouble with this doctrine is that it is not taught anywhere in scripture. As with all false doctrines there are negative consequences that affect many other areas of belief and lifestyle once embraced. There is not one biblical example anywhere of a born again Christian needing an exorcism to be set free from an evil spirit. Everyone who had demons driven out of them in the bible by Jesus or the disciples were either heathens or unsaved Jews. In many cases it was the exorcism of the demons that enabled the person to become a follower of Jesus. They followed Christ because he had set them free from evil spirits. The Gaderine demoniac being a prime example.. One might also include Mary Magdalene as another who had seven devils driven out of her. Jesus said those have been forgiven much love much and Mary Magdalene is portrayed in the scripture as one who loved the Lord very deeply. Mary is an important person in the argument of the charismatic’s for they use her as an example of one who was a Christian and had seven devils dwell within her and had them evicted by the Lord.
To counter this argument, I would say that the bible does not state when the devils were driven out of her so the Charismatic argument is not a sure one. Also this deliverance was before the death and resurrection of Christ for it took place sometime during the Lord’s earthly ministry. It was therefore before the Holy Ghost indwelled believers as a seal of their salvation. This is really important for the primary scriptural argument I have against the possibility of Christians having demons dwell within them is the scripture: 1st. John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
If both the Holy Ghost and demons indwelled our earthly bodies then the apostle John would have to be more specific as to whom he was making reference to in the above quote. Not only this, but Paul the apostle tells us in 2nd Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
If the Charismatic doctrine of Christians retaining demonic entities from before their conversion to Christ is accurate then this statement from the apostle Paul is incorrect. ‘Not everything has become new at all, sure you are saved but the kicker is that Christ via the sovereignty of God decided to leave demons within your body to teach you principles in spiritual warfare and victory over dark powers.’ I hope you can see how ridiculous this argument is as well as it being an insult to the work of the Lord Jesus upon the cross as it would mean that he only partially redeemed us.
The fruit of this doctrine is that charismatic’s become Christian narcissists, obsessing over personal deliverance and freedom from both ancestral (generational) curses as well as curses acquired from personal sin. The scripture says that Christ became a curse for us…Galatians 3:13-14 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The beauty of this is that we no longer need to be subject to the law from which all the curses come forth. He whom the son sets free is free indeed!
The negative fruit from the Charismatic deliverance ministry is that the redemptive work of Jesus is lessened as men after conversion now need to persue’ spiritual keys’ to achieve liberty in Christ. This leads to a form of gnostic spiritual insight from deliverance gurus who suggest you may have demons and curses from the sins of your forefathers, your own sin, the iniquities of your culture and almost every evil practice that you once walked in before and after you became a Christian. Spiritual paranoria can only be the result.
Getting back to my thoughts, charismatic’s eventually start blaming their own sinful habits on demons and not really owning them and repenting. They therefore remain stuck in bondage and blame the devil. This downward spiral of self centered obsessive behaviour eventually brings an honest victim to the place of wondering if Christ actually achieved anything at all when he died for them upon the cross, such is the mountain of Gnostic ritual and secret keys necessary to bring the simplest believer in Christ to any degree of deliverance.
The liberty of finding out that Christ really did it all upon the cross and that we are free from all demons, all curses and all necessary inner healing is almost incalculable. Today I stand as one who by God’s mercy can rest in the completed work of redemption through Christ. When the Lord said it is finished, it was indeed.
I am thankful that the lord set me free from all demons, all curses, all sin and all failure when he shed his blood upon the cross and bought me. I am secure in the knowledge that I have become adopted as a son of the living God. My inheritance is as a fellow heir in the commonwealth of Israel and that every blessing in God is yes and amen in Christ Jesus.
Friend do not allow the false deliverance ministry of the charismatics to steal your joy or cause you to stumble any longer. Honour God by believing that He has done exactly what he has said in the scripture and start to walk in the good of that.