Deliverance Ministry’s Use of a List of Demon Names
In the field of deliverance ministry, there are 3 schools of thought: The Spiritual Warfare School, the Providential School and the Laodicean World View.
The Spiritual Warfare school of thought is like this. God is not really sovereign and therefore the light and truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is NOT sufficient to set captives free. As such, new doctrines have been created like “generational curses” as an outstanding example. New doctrines have been created by those who have taken scripture of its natural context to develop a complicated practice known as “deliverance ministry.” In the spiritual warfare world view, we MUST know the names of demons. Too often, proponents of this view ask demons what their names are, expecting them to tell them the truth, based on ONE scripture where Jesus asked for a name and the demon answered, “Legion, for we are many.” Let’s face it. The Lord wasn’t going to stand there and call out 6000 names.
Then there is the Providential School. These are those who believe that God is in control and therefore, all we need to do about demons is to seek after Jesus, live a righteous life and not pay any attention to demons. Don’t study them, simply call on the Lord to be delivered. To them I ask. “What about Job? There was no more of a righteous man in his day and time, yet God set Job up to contend with the devil.
I stand with a school that I myself have laid the foundation for: The Laodicean School.
I start with the premise that we are living in the 7th church age of Laodicea. As the Lord points out, this is an age of gross religious deception due to pride, spiritual blindness and vanity. Therefore, EVERYTHING supernatural must be tried and tested. Deliverance ministry is supernatural and so it too must be “suspect” as it was designed and created by deceived Christians in the early 70’s: Frank and Ida Hammond with their book “Pigs in the Parlor,” and Derek Prince and his books, particularly “How to Expel Demons.”
I take the best from both views. God is in control but He requires us to know the enemy’s tricks and wiles.
Do I have a list of names? Yes. A very short list.
TO BE CONTINUED
For a detailed presentation of these 3 schools of thought, the New Idolatry would be helpful as they are described in detail in a chapter entitled “The Conspiracy of Deliverance Ministry.”
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