Recently I asked on my facebook status, "When was the last time you saw a demon come out in a local church?" Answers came back: "Never", "1992", "23 years ago", "last year" and so on. Someone said that demons feel quite at home in the modern church today – no need to come out!
A lot of time church people (and leaders) carry on as if:
"There are no demons in Australia [substitute your favourite sophisticated town, city or country]! You might find one in Africa though."
"Since Jesus died on the cross, the devil was defeated, so we don't need to cast them out any more".
Some feel there is no point casting demons out of people in the world, since they will just come back in – and there is no need to cast them out of someone who has received Christ, since in Hezekiah 3:16 it clearly states that a demon and the Holy Spirit cannot live in the same body at the same time.
Tom Woythal posted on my facebook status as a comment: " 'We have been taught by devils not to fight devils.' That just about sums it up."
Well, I can't be satisfied with the status quo here.
I can't be satisfied when I observed my own wife who is a very sincere Christian TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT by thoughts and pains. Yet when the demons were cast out – along with a lot of vomit, she was able to rejoice in the Spirit and the constant harrassment ceased! These demons mostly got in through moments of weakness associated with extremely traumatic events which happened in her childhood years. My wife is a genuine overcomer. Most people who grew up with a single alcoholic father in a city like Bucharest would not have done as well as her.
I have to be honest with everyone and say that I myself have needed deliverance on many occasions. In 1988 for most of the year I was practicing deliverance on myself. Demons that were binding my mind in various ways were coming out – mostly with yawns, tears and sometimes with coughs.
I have learned that almost everyone needs deliverance. Maybe if you are a third generation pentecostal preacher you may not have that many iniquities to deal with, but not many people are like that out of the total population.
I know this whole area is controversial, but I am willing to stick my neck out here. I KNOW that many many Christians are in need of help, and cannot find it in their local churches.
I pray that God will raise up churches and MORE online fellowships which are effective in dealing with this kind of thing. Because it is SORELY needed.
For theological justification of some of my statements, please read the Spiritual Warfare section of my site.
If you agree with what I am saying here, I urge you to rise up in the Spirit and band together with people who are serious about putting into practice the ministry of Jesus.
Because Jesus said, "These signs will follow those who believe. In my name they will cast out demons." (Mark 16:17)