Debunking the “Christians Can’t Have Demons” Theory

[Note: This post is not intended to be a treatise on this topic, but actually is some thoughts I posted today on my Facebook Timeline. It’s brief and to the point. Dr. Steven Lambert]

For Christians to claim Christians cannot have demons simply because they are Born Again is like saying their car cannot break down simply because they are Born Again, or even sillier, that they don’t have to fill their gas tank or change the oil or refill the oil if it is low because they are Born Again, or that they are free from the Law of Gravity because they are a Born Again Christian. (I wouldn’t recommend attempting to prove that one by jumping off the roof of a tall building any time soon, if you really believe that one!) That’s all mysticism, which is naturalizing the spiritual and/or spiritualizing the natural. (more…)

The Curse of Unauthorized Covenants

By Dr. Steven Lambert

Spiritual abuse, or abuse of authority, remains to be one of the most prevalent though latent problems in the Pentecostal/Neo-Pentecostal church more than four decades after it was first infused into the very fabric, foundations, and functions of that stream of the church through the aupices of the Discipleship or Shepherding Movement in the early 1970s. The deviant doctrines dispersed through that false movement ultimately resulted in the derailment and demise of the Charismatic Movement, as well as the defilement of its myriad of spiritual offspring (believers, churches, ministries) with the spiritually decimating disease of hyper-authoritarianism. Despite the fact that most church leaders of that segment of the church — even more so, it appears, the Neo-Charismatics — multitudes in the U.S. alone were and are victims, whose spiritual and natural lives have been very really affected by this spiritual epidemic.

The real authors of the doctrines of authoritarian abuse are not the original five men who were the main principals of the Shepherding Movement, but rather are the devil and demons, for these teachings were/are among the most pronounced examples of what the Apostle Paul under inspiration of the Spirit identified as “deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1). The net effect of this then is what so many fail or refuse to recognize or acknowledge — that victims of spiritual or authoritarian abuse are not just affected psychologically and therefore, as some ignorantly and callously, castigate should just “get over it and get on with their lives,” but they have become victims of demonization. To state it more directly, spiritual abuse victims are “demonized,” and they desperately need deliverance from the evil spirits (demons) that are the real force behind the spiritual and psychological trauma they have experienced. (more…)

Jesus vs. Occult

By John Piper

I would like to begin this morning with a definition of the term occult. I designate anything as belonging to the occult that involves dealings with the world of spirits or of supra-normal forces which (dealings) are not oriented on Jesus as he is revealed in the Bible. With this definition I am assuming the reality of a spirit world and of mysterious supra-normal forces. I am assuming that the church makes a grave mistake when it says that supra-natural phenomena are restricted to another age or that only godly people can work miracles. Such a mistake lays the church open to the power of evil precisely because it refuses to recognize the presence of that power. The definition is also intentionally very broad. I mean to include everything from the most blatant Satan worship to the most commonly accepted use of horoscopes. As examples I would mention séances, necromancy, and all forms of communicating with the dead, PSI, ESP, and all forms of supra-natural psychic phenomena, real magic (as opposed to simple sleight-of-hand tricks), fortune telling, the casting of spells, wearing of charms, the use of ouija boards, astrology, etc., etc. What I would like to show this morning is first, that the Scripture forbids God’s people to be involved in these practices, second, why this is so, and third, what our positive alternative should be. (more…)

Why Hurt People Hurt People

[Editor’s Note: We published this article on several of our other website blogs, and republish here because this is most definitely an issue that deliverance counselors should have an acute interest in, in that demonized people fit the descriptor of “Hurt People” more than any other category of people, and they do indeed set about hurting others as a result of the hurt with which they themselves are beseiged and harbor within. Hurt people need deliverance! Demons and devil are the ultimate culprits behind every scenario and campaign of hurt, the ultimate goal of which is to wreak destruction in the lives of the victims as well as the victims upon whom the victims of hurt then in turn perpetrate hurt. It’s a vicious cycle that can only be stopped by real deliverance!]

There now exists in the mental health realm an entire discipline related to trauma-related disorders and syndromes. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is perhaps the most known among non-professionals. It was first recognized as an actual mental health syndrome relative to military servicemen serving in combat during the “Vietnam Conflict,” which, incredibly and inscrutably, has never been officially recognized by the United States government as a “war.” The ramifications and tenacles of trauma, mental health scientists and professionals are continuously learning, are extremely far-reaching in the psychological make-up of individuals who suffered from it. Moreover, the numbers and demographics of those afflicted with various forms and degrees of trauma-related mental health problems are staggering and astounding.

The number one result of trauma to the human psyche, simply stated, is an inner “hurt” or “pain.” And the most common result of that hurt or pain is that “hurt people hurt people.” Without a doubt it is true. In fact there are untold myriad of people who’ve suffered from inward hurt their entire lives, some from cradle to coffin, to put it bluntly, who are so used to living with this internalized pain that they never come to a realization that it is there, and that it has had a far-reaching impact upon virtually every aspect of their life, relationships being the most affected aspect. Untold numbers of relationships — marital, familial, business, and every other kind of social relationship there is — have been either negatively impacted or completely destroyed as a result of hidden (occult) hurt. Those who suffer from un-discovered and un-treated hurt usually are the locomotive in a long train of decimated relationships, and as a consequence live a life of continual sadness, sorrow, self-loathing, solitude, and sometimes self-destruction. (more…)

So You Think Psychic Power Is Fun and Games?

By Charles Carrin

“For unclean spirits crying with a loud voice came out of many who were possessed and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished (bewitched) the people of Samaria…” (Acts 8:7-9).

Years ago, I received an urgent call from a young Church of Christ pastor in Tennessee who wanted time with me. He was in great distress. We met at the Nashville airport and went to his home where he shared his crisis: “The only power in my ministry was argument and debate,” he explained, “There was no manifestation of God’s presence like the early church experienced. I became so despaired with my spiritual deadness that I turned to other sources. And I made wrong choices — I went into Eastern Mysticism.” I listened as he continued. “I found real power — but power that soon became dark and frightening. The problem was that having invited it into my life, I could not make it leave. It began to dominate, control, and in a merciless way, forced its will upon me.” His story was familiar. The “spirit-guide” that had invaded his life, harassed his sleep, affected his family relationships, and succeeded in separating him from those he loved. In time, it destroyed his ministry. As we talked, depression clung to him in a merciless way.

When he finished, I explained that he had “touched the unclean thing” (Isaiah 52:11), which God forbad. The good news was that his repentance and the power of Christ could free him. I reminded him that there is no power of darkness that can successfully stand against the authority of Jesus (Philippians 2:9). (more…)

Purification Through Deliverance

By Dr. Steven Lambert
This prophetic word was originally posted Aug 11, 2006 on the SLM Online blog.

Purification is the byword of 2006! During 2006 God will begin to bring forth a new emphasis on purification of the Body of Christ, individually and corporately. And, purification entails deliverance — casting out demons.

2006 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the so-called Azusa Street Revival, and the Pentecostal Awakening that God brought forth at the turn of the 20th Century. The Winds of the Spirit blew repeatedly during that one-hundred-year period bringing forth the Pentecostal, Healing, Charismatic, Prophetic, and Apostolic Movements. But, what the Church has failed to recognize is that none of these refreshings, renewals, or revivals, whatever you want to call them, were an end in themselves, but rather just a part of the continuum of restoration God is bringing forth in the Church Jesus is building (Ac. 3:19-21).

Each of these emphases that transpired since 1906 were vital elements in the restoration that God has been taking the Lamb’s Wife through in order to prepare her for the return of Christ to claim her as His Eternal Bride. The Pentecostal movement initiated a renewed awareness regarding the imperativeness of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Yet, that Truth was and is not an end in itself, nor a panacea by any means. Rather it was one piece of the spiritual puzzle, so to speak. (more…)

Demonized People Need More Than “Religious Bandages”

This is the third part in a series on the subject of deliverance written by my good friend, Charles Carrin. As best as I can recall, I believe it was in the mid-90s when I first had the great honor and privilege of meeting Charles Carrin. The first night I met him at the church he was pastoring at the time, he graciously invited me and my wife to join he and his wife for dinner following the service. I immediately recognized the special anointing upon his life and that God had “set me up” for one of those divine connections. Over the past few years, I felt led to reach out to renew fellowship with Charles. Each time I’ve called, he graciously invited me to join him and his precious wife, Laurie, for lunch at one of the South Florida restaurants he dines at for lunch most every day of the week, usually sharing it with one of the many younger ministers who look to him for fatherly and sometimes grandfatherly mentoring. I’ve always hated when anyone refers to a man as being “sweet,” and still refuse to do so myself, but no one I’ve ever known manifests the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit like Charles Carrin. One of the best tributes I can give him is I always feel disappointed when the visit’s over and it’s time to leave — a rarity for me.

One of the things Charles and I share in common, though it has actually never been the subject of any of our conversations, is our experiences with the deliverance ministry. As I’ve shared numerous times in live preaching, conversations with other ministers, as well as a few of my articles, my personal introduction to deliverance ministry occurred totally unexpectedly and without my permission in one of the evangelistic meetings I was ministering at early in my ministry in 1977. In this article, Charles shares that that was the year he personally received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and was introduced to the “charismata,” or manifestation gifts of the Spirit, as well as deliverance ministry. (more…)

Ancient Warfare’s Message To The Modern Church (Part 1)

By Charles Carrin

When the Roman General Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, laid siege to Jerusalem in 70 AD, and brought Jewish nationalism to crushing defeat, one of the principle weapons he used against the city was a gigantic battering-ram named, “Nico.” The title, Nico, was prophetic, and in a very real sense speaks to the church today. The word means “conqueror.” “Nico” is the same word used in the Greek text of Revelation 2:15, where Jesus speaks to the church in Pergamum of His hatred for the “doctrine of the Nicolaitans.” The word Nicolaitan is a combination of the words, “nico,” i.e., “conqueror,” and “laos,” meaning “laity,” or people of the congregation. The message of this combination of words is obvious. In the only instance in Scripture where Jesus is described as hating something (though God stated, Esau He hated; publisher), it is used here. He hates the doctrines and deeds that enslave the saints. He wants the saints to be free, and has fully purchased that freedom for them. (more…)

Deliverance Ministry May Be Your Answer

By Charles Carrin
[Mar 18, 2010]

I spoke at a Conference in Tennessee recently and afterward, [didacted by publisher], a brother long-acknowledged for his prophetic gift, asked that I minister deliverance to those in the congregation suffering from depression. When I gave the opportunity more than 100 people came forward. The Holy Spirit moved in power and some of the same demonic manifestations recorded in the New Testament took place. This large number who experienced new freedom in Christ re-enforced a fact I have strongly suspected:

Many Christians suffer from long-term crises which pass unhindered from one generation to the next. These include such problems as depression, disease, explosive anger, alcoholism, lying, domination, manipulation, and numerous other destructive habits. Few realize these are not unavoidable ancestral “traits” or that they can be stopped.

Since demons and curses are spiritual in nature they can only be corrected by spiritual means. Medical, psychiatric, or other forms of therapy, excellent as they are, may relieve symptoms but not touch sources of spiritually-based problems. Such depths can be penetrated solely by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Years ago, a Christian psycho-therapist who understood only the psychological nature of such problems sat in my office and said, “I have often wished I could reach inside my patients and pull out the offender.” I looked him straight in the eye and said, “You can.” (more…)

Deliverance–The Children’s Bread

By Dr. Steven Lambert
This prophetic word was originally posted Apr 10, 2010 on the SLM Online blog.

The Great Commission:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mk. 16:15-18)

According to what Jesus said, if you are a believer, you should be casting out demons! That’s what believers do: cast out demons! Notice also it was the very first thing He addressed in what has been called, “The Great Commission!” While it is indeed the Great Commission to all the church, regardless of denomination, affiliation, or creed, yet it is the most disobeyed command Jesus gave. (more…)

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