You probably notice that deliver makes up a big chunk of deliverance. One meaning of deliver is “to set free” — and that’s what deliverance is: the act of setting someone free. Deliverance often has religious connotations, but the word can be used for other kinds of rescue or liberation.
If you’re seeking deliverance, you want to be set free or removed from a bad situation. If you are taken hostage by charlatans masquerading as prophets, I sincerely pray for your deliverance.
What is “deliverance?” People often use the term “deliverance” as if it were synonymous with the casting out of demons. Indeed, deliverance may entail casting out demons, but the term, as used in Scripture, has a much broader meaning and deeper significance.
In the Bible, “deliverance” conveys an overall picture of salvation through the hand of a loving and powerful God. It describes the full impact of Jesus’ death and resurrection being applied to and outworked in the lives of God’s people. And it signifies the fulness of freedom in Christ.
Many have been taken by the trickery of Charlatans well-polished smooth talking false teachers who perform tricks and call them miracles. They hold deliverance service after deliverance service, unleashing demons to torment congregates only to showcase that they can control demonic powers. Not so much to deliver people but to make the congregates beholden to them because they exhibit great spiritual power.
Jesus Christ warned us of these times:
“… there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matt. 24:24.)
Unfortunately, along with much of the world, some of our loved ones are influenced by false prophets, false Christs, and modern movements of spiritualism. Some have become victims of satanic influences because they do not understand or realize the power of the adversary who knows human weaknesses and is ever present.
Who is this evil power? Is he real? Does he exist?
John the Revelator capsuled that powerful struggle in heaven, the outcome of which has such an impact on all of humanity:
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
“And prevailed not;
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, … which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, … for the accuser of our brethren is cast down. …
“ Woe to the inhabiters of the earth … ! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev. 12:7–10, 12.)
Dramatization of Deliverance and demonic exorcism in church
Sadly, there has been a significant increase in fake and dramatized demonic displays in the church. What is more worrying is the space and platform given to these demonic spirits to speak in the church a lot of these charlatan lead churches are giving centre stage to these demons as they hold long televised conversations with them. One must question why? Why the long conversations with these demons?
Some of these places we are calling churches are just demonic centres where charlatans masquerade as men and women of God in order to raise money for themselves through all sorts of seeds and some even sexually abuse women and girls to satisfy their sick satanic rituals.
We are cautioned to be careful when dealing with spiritual phenomena. First John 4:1 admonishes us not to “believe every spirit,” but rather to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” Jesus encouraged a testing of fruit (Matt.7:15-20) as a means of evaluating. It is of paramount importance to test every spirit find out if it aligns and conforms to scripture. Ask yourself what is the fruit of the so-called deliverance ministry? What is the fruit of all the drama you witness in some of these churches?
Jesus Christ is the architype
Christ’s exorcisms were very brief (see Matt. 8:32; 17:18). The deliverance ministry counterfeit extends for hours. Going by what we have seen and witnessed in these prophetic deliverance services where these charlatans converse for a while with these demons and then start fighting with them for a while. Some have even wrestled physically with demons, one is left to wonder how Jesus Christ could be involved in this at all.
Jesus gave His church power over all evil, and there is no record of it ever being withdrawn. Our failure to conquer evil is not attributable to a divine power shortage, but rather to human negligence, as is evidenced in Matthew 17:14-18. There are many instances recorded in which Satan and his hosts suffered total defeat from Christ’s followers exercising faith in His name. This can and should be the experience of the church today.
How Jesus Christ did it
Jesus never let demons draw Him into extended dialogue. Matthew 8:16 says, “He drove out the spirits with a word.” The most verbal interaction between Christ and the demons recorded in Scripture is that of His dealing with the demoniacs of Gadara. That brief conversation consisted of the question “What is your name?” (Mark 5:9), along with the command to “come out” (verse 8). Texts such as Mark 1:34 and Luke 4:41 indicate that Jesus normally would not even allow the demons to speak. In contrast, I have seen deliverance ministry people enter into lengthy arguments with demons, often taunting them. This is a species of spiritism, which is communication with the evil spirits.
Information given by the demons, when they are given centre stage to address the church in most of these charlatan lead places, is generally accepted by deliverance advocates as being factual. However, John 8:44 terms Satan a liar and the father of lies. So how can we trust anything a demon says? Why give a demon the chance to even address the church? Why hold the microphone for a demon? Why film and broadcast far and wide the voice and message of a demon? Whose purpose are these churches serving?
Pray for those taken hostage by the false teachings of charlatans
In most of these charlatan run churches life is all about the feel-good-factor of entertainment, and the real issues of the Faith are obscured.
So, caution is necessary. We should not assume that all those who attend these charlatan led churches are truly converted. I say this with care, for many are. But we remember that numerous people have been lured in by promises of healing, and even prosperity, rather than by the challenge to repent and yield to Christ. Once there, they have been sustained, not by doctrine, but by a diet of emotional thrills.
In many of these deliverance services and the so-called-prophetic healing meetings life is all about the feel-good-factor of entertainment and personal happiness. The real issues of the Faith are obscured. When the Gospel is presented, it is often no more than a shallow form of ‘easy-believism’. Friendship and phenomena take the place of a real spiritual life. There will, therefore, be many who are not truly saved. And if they should leave and find their way to sound evangelical churches, their greatest need will be to hear the Gospel. Let us pray that their eyes are opened to the truth as the movement to expose Charlatans rages on.
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