Deliverance ministries generally assume that sin is always the reason why a captive is demonized. Yet it has been my experience that it ain’t necessarily so.
Several of my clients have done wrong things— sins of all kinds, witchcraft, incest, you name it but some of my clients have done no wrong. They have lived lives that Christians who are not being tormented by demons should emulate. It is sad to say but there are countless faithful church goers who have been out-and-out deceived by religion and religious people. I can find no excuse to place the blame on the deceived.
Today, people are being saved and delivered, one at a time over the telephone. I am available 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. But I am only one person. I can only handle 30 clients a week. I am getting closer to the end of my life. I can only make a very small impact. Even if I was a mega preacher, I would not be able to do more than any of the rest of them are doing. They are not really the root of the problem. It is the model that we have ALL been using–bringing huge crowds as well as small groups into small and big barns, without repentance, on a “believe and receive” gospel.
Let’s face it and be real here. As a denominational pastor for years, I myself could do absolutely nothing while a part of that religious system. Yet today, the tide is turning, the Holy Spirit is moving and people are being saved and delivered. My job is very simple. I preach the gospel of repentance and the bodily resurrection of the Lord and the Holy Spirit is moving on hardened hearts to lead people to repent, giving them the faith to believe on Jesus. I am casting out demons—on the telephone, no less–from those who will humble themselves to receive it. This one referenced case has taught me that since the organized church is not working, radio and tv is not working, it would be useless for me to reinvent the wheel cause it wouldn’t work with me either. It hasn’t and it won’t. I don’t know any other models other than working with people one on one. I have been out on the street in street ministry. That DOES work if the basic gospel is being preached and it is not aimed toward bringing people into a church that is going to confuse them.
What I am expecting is that the Lord is going to do a mass thing, around the world, similar to what He did to me and for me. I was an atheist and I was not seeking Him. He came after me in a dream and brought me to the cross without the benefit of man. I was sent to church, not to be nurtured, but that I would understand and perceive the problem and learn what NOT to do about 25 years later. More than two decades of “Church” has not done much for me. As I wrote in the “Come Out Of her God’s People”, I have remained a root in dry ground. I got a hunger for the word from Kenneth Copeland and others and Joyce Meyer provided some good, solid teaching.
But for the most part, I was attracted to Copeland and the rest of them because they were “supernatural” and my background was in the occult. The two were almost an extension of each other and so I found word of faith to be “comfortable”—in other words, charismatic witchcraft. The denominations harmed me in the beginning because they were loose on sin and so until I got grounded on my own and took dominion over my own sin, I fell to carnal ministers. But once I had sexual sin under control, the denominations did not really harm me. They may have hurt my feelings and injured my pride, but they didn’t harm me. They couldn’t harm me because I was saved BEFORE I arrived. Just as the denomination I was in didn’t know the truth, I didn’t know the truth either.
The major point I am making is that the church as it is now operating today is “doing harm” to people who are serious about finding Jesus. And I shudder at the thought. I KNOW the problem. The problem is 200 years old, starting with evangelist like Charles Finney and others. I thought I KNEW the organizational solution. Once, I thought that the answer was in home fellowships, in spite of the many problems that can affect that also.
You see, I really didn’t realize just how much the devil has penetrated the church. I have faith that God is going todo something. I am simply throwing up my hands and praying, “Lord, this battle is YOURS and I don’t have a clue as to how you plan to deal with it. Just “cause me to be ready.” Once I said this prayer just a few months ago, I was shown that I have not really been “a root in dry ground.” I too have been contaminated by the beliefs, traditions and practices of both the denominational and the nondenominational Protestant church. It seems that every week, the Lord brings to my attention some practice or some area of biblical “mis” interpretation that clients need to be cleansed from. In my book “Faces of the Religious Demon,” several cases of this sort are described in detail.
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