Does Jesus command anyone to rebuke, bind, or cast out demons? The words Spiritual Warfare may make you feel uncomfortable. Many Christians hear the word Deliverance Ministry and Spiritual Warfare, and red flags instantly go up. And they should!
The Bible tells us there is no doubt we do face a battlefield in the spiritual realm that seems to be intensifying. How are we to engage in this battle? The answer can be found in Ephesians Chapter 6. Meditate on those verses.
I am concerned about the historical beginnings of deliverance ministries from within the New Apostolic Reformation movement. I regret that I didn’t know enough about the topic of Spiritual Warfare in 2011 to be able to give a biblical response to Dr. Karl Payne, author of Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance. I interviewed him several times when I was a host of Stand Up For The Truth, but when voicing my concerns was brushed off by my boss. “It’s a completely biblical book,” I was told. And yet as I read it, I knew that there was something dreadfully wrong about Christians dabbling in the demonic.
Payne is a “modern-day pastor who casts out demons.” I recommend reading the link to see how he does it. Then read Bob DeWaay’s excellent article, How Deliverance Ministries Lead People to Bondage. Finally, this White Paper on Angels, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare
- Mark Driscoll speaking to demons: “I want to know who all is involved here and what we’re dealing with.” (solasisters.blogspot.com)
- Gladiator-style takedown of demonic forces, Part 1, by Marsha West (christianresearchnetwork.com)
- Gladiator-style takedown of demonic forces, Part 2, by Marsha West (christianresearchnetwork.com)