You will know the truth and the truth will set you free
The Great “Deliverance Ministry” Deception
[Acknowledgement to BBC Pictures Dan Murdoch and the person who took the photo on right]
On Left: Masonic/Jesuit, Protestant priest Bob Larson , (this is a must-watch video,) openly gives his masonic sign at the beginning and parades before the whole world clothed in Roman Catholic cross and collar. We are really living in the end of the end-times, where Jesus warned, the “abomination of desolation… stands in the holy place.” [Not in the so-called restored temple of Jerusalem, but inside the New Covenant temple of the Holy Spirit, the blood-cleansed, believing body of Christ, 1 Cor. 6:16-17: Mt. 24:27.]
On Right: Messianic Jews and other Evangelicals call up unknown spirits by blowing the Jewish Shofar, (the Ram’s Horn) in their attempt to supposedly cast out demons from believers. The Shofar and other Jewish beliefs belong to the Jewish Synagogue — which still rejects their Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, after nearly two millennia.
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I believe that the entire Bible, interpreted in context, is the unchangeable, eternal Word of God. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself Is The Truth; The Living Word of God, (Jn. 1:1-13; Heb. 1:1-14; Col. 2:8-15.) As soon as we add or subtract from the contextual truth of God’s Word, we diminish our blood-cleansed redemption and spiritual freedom, salvation, and blessing in Christ, (Gal. 3:10-14.) This is why I am not interested in feeding anyone any type of man-made doctrine, unscriptural practice, or ‘ministry,’ which incorporates the occult to manifest strange teachings and spirits to glorify wolves in sheep’s clothing.
For far too long, false teachers, prophets, and ministers of all sorts have functioned in the midst of the body of Christ; abusing God’s blood-cleansed children by keeping them from the real truth of God’s Word, (Heb. 7:11-19!) So, in this study, as in all my other work, follows the Scriptural truth about the bizarre dogmas clergies have taught us to enslave us to their unscriptural church rule, (Heb. 7:11-19!)
The Lord Jesus Christ declared, “I Am the Light of the world. He who follows Me [through the truth of My Word, will walk in real Holy Spirit power, and] will not walk in darkness, [or bondage,] but have the light of life,” (Jn. 8:12; 16:8.)
Then the Lord unmistakably declared, “If you abide in My Word, [not in church doctrines and unscriptural spiritual manifestations,] you are My disciples indeed. And you will know the truth, and the truth [of My true, contextual Word] will set you free… AND IF THE SON HAS SET YOU FREE, YOU ARE FREE INDEED!” (Jn. 8:31-32;36.)
So, what happened to this full freedom in Christ? Well, the real God-given freedom of believers was compromised at the moment churches lost the words “repentance from all sin” from their vocabulary. The inconceivably false doctrines and religious showmanship we find in churches and private ‘deliverance’ can only lead those in need of redemption deeper into bondage. It is ONLY the real truth about anyone, anything, any situation, and especially the Word of God, that sets us free!
· Jesus, before the cross under the Old Testament Covenant, cast out demons from His Old Hebrew nation
· What must we “do” to be fully redeemed [delivered or free] in Christ and “have” the “full anointing” of the Holy Spirit?
· Scriptural proof that the entire ‘deliverance ministry’ franchise is a massive hoax
· After Jesus’ resurrection, we only find contextual, Scriptural accounts of casting out demons from unbelievers
· So-called ‘deliverers’ turned the truth of Scripture upside down to justify their ‘ministries’
· They illogically ask, “Everything God does is not written in the Bible — why limit God [by obeying His commandments?]”
· Paul and other New Testament writers explained away all so-called ‘demonic habitation’ as “the flesh” or “sinful thoughts”
· The ‘experts’ and what they commit against gullible believers in the Name of Jesus
· The broken, confused, and bound people: the carnage left behind by ‘the experts’
· What is the Whole Armor of God really?
· The vast difference between God’s Defensive Battle and their “Offensive Spiritual Warfare in the Heavenlies”
· Continually ‘binding’ and attacking defeated demons in ‘spiritual warfare,’ making the defeated enemy is so powerful?
· Haunted Houses where spirits won’t leave — what is going on there?
BEFORE GOLGOTHA, STILL UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT COVENANT, JESUS CAST OUT DEMONS FROM HIS OLD TESTAMENT/COVENANT NATION, THE OLD HEBREWS
Jesus ministered mainly to His own Hebrew nation, as they were still under the Old Testament, temple covenant of the Law. He came to His own, the Hebrew nation first, (Jn. 1:1-14.) All non-Hebrew people were and are called “Gentiles.” The physical building of the Old Testament temple was still the “dwelling place” of God and the meeting place of the Old Hebrews, (Acts 7:44-50.) At that stage, Jesus had not gone to the cross yet. So, the Holy Spirit only ‘came upon’ them, because “the Holy Spirit was not yet given” to constantly indwell all true believers, (Jn. 7:39.)
The entire Old Testament Covenant with the Hebrew nation ended at the cross when Jesus died and was resurrected from the dead to inaugurate His eternal, New Testament Covenant with believers from “every tribe, tongue, and nation,” (Heb. 8:13; Rev. 5:9; Jn. 3:16.)
Þ That is why in Jn. 12:31-33, just before Jesus went to the cross, He prophesied that He was about to break humanity’s bondage to Satan. He declared, (paraphrased,) “[I was casting out demons from Hebrew believers until now.] But now is the judgement [for the fall in the Garden that transferred Adam’s reign to Satan. Now, through My atonement for all humanity, I will fully redeem or deliver all true believers, because] now will the ruler of this world will be cast out, [as his bondage will be destroyed over all those who would believe in Me,]” (Rev. 5:9; Col. 2:9-15.)
So, since the cross Jesus completely, at the moment of their personal rebirth, once and for all, ‘cast out’ Satan from all those who sincerely accept Him; totally annihilating the devil’s power over all His born again, genuine believers, (Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6-7.) Paul explained in Col. 2:13-15, “...He has [past tense,] made alive [all true believers] with Him, having forgiven them all trespasses, having wiped out the [requirements of the law by fully fulfilling the law in their place, Mt. 5:17,] having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed [all demonic powers,] He made a public spectacle of [Satan and all his demons,] triumphing over them in it.”
Then, at Pentecost, after Jesus’ ascension, the Holy Spirit came once and for all to indwell all Jesus’ personally born again believers. So, Jesus promised that He will be with us and in us, “even to the end of this world.” That is why every sincere believer already “has the full anointing of the indwelling Holy Spirit, Who [consistently] abides in them,” (Mt. 28:20; Acts chapter 2; 1 Jn. 2:20; 27.)
WHAT MUST WE “DO” TO BECOME JESUS’ DISCIPLES AND “HAVE” THE FULL ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
One cannot ‘join’ God’s spiritual Kingdom to be redeemed or delivered, saved, and blessed in Jesus, (Gal. 3:10-14.) One must sincerely believe in, accept Jesus, and make a personal commitment to Him to remain in the Truth of His Word and to follow Him as His disciple, (Jn. 8:12.)
Þ So, let us simply believe what Paul said about the greatest miracle of all miracles: the spiritual rebirth of believers. “We who trusted in Christ after we heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of our redemption, [and by the blood of Jesus received His full deliverance through the forgiveness of all our sins, Eph. 1:7,] in Whom also, having believed in Him, we were [immediately] sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise [when we accepted Jesus as our personal Redeemer,] Who is the Guarantee [of our] redemption [or total freedom in Christ] of the atoned for possession…” (Eph. 1:12-14.) This means, sincere believers are possessed by the Holy Spirit and fully redeemed!
The first thing Jesus does when we sincerely believe in Him and accept Him, is to totally redeem or deliver us from darkness! Our redemption from the clutches of Satan and his demos is the first and most important aspect of our salvation and blessing in Jesus Christ!
Churches stole this incredibly important fact from believers in Christ! They never told us that all sincerely born again believers, [mere church attendees excluded,] are the completely redeemed or delivered, “atoned for possession” of the Holy Spirit Who constantly lives in them, (1 Cor. 6:15-20.) True believers are the holy, New Covenant temple of the Holy Spirit until the end of this world, (Mt. 28:19-20.) They are the “chosen generation [of true believers;] a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that they may proclaim the praises [and Gospel] of Him Who called them out of darkness into His marvelous light,” (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8!)
Paul confirmed in Colossians 1:13-14, “[At our rebirth when we sincerely accepted Jesus,] He has [past tense] delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed [or transplanted] us into His Kingdom of [Light.] In Whom we have [present tense] the redemption, [deliverance or spiritual freedom] through His blood, [which comes] by His forgiveness of sins… Colossians 2:8-10, Beware lest anyone cheats you through [false church dogma and false spiritual practices...] for you are [spiritually] complete in Jesus, Who is the Head of all principality and power.”
Þ Church membership and human ministrations play absolutely no role in all of this. All Jesus’ believers must be personally born again into His Kingdom through personal faith in Him and acceptance of Him, to live as completely redeemed (fully set free,) saved, and blessed children of God as the “atoned for possession” of the indwelling Holy Spirit, (Eph. 1:7, 12-14; Gal. 3:10-14.)
So, it is important to understand that, as born again disciples of Jesus who live spiritually inside His Spiritual Kingdom and also have His Kingdom inside them because of His indwelling Holy Spirit, they cannot fall in, out, and back into Jesus’ Kingdom as it pleases them, (Jn. 18:36.) Personally born again believers willingly and by choice must occupy this place (or spiritual position) inside the Kingdom of God because, as the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God is “within them,” (Lu. 17:20-21; KJV. Col. 1:13-14; Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)
Redemption, salvation, and blessing are, therefore, not ‘things’ we still have to attain, earn, or hope for after we have accepted Jesus Christ. His deliverance or redemption at our rebirth IS our salvation and blessing in Him. Our Father’s complete redemption from all darkness at our rebirth is our “package” of spiritual “completeness” in Christ, (Col. 2:9-10; Lu. 17:20-21; 1 Ths. 5:23.)
· Most importantly, Jesus did not leave the ‘minds,’ (thoughts and beliefs,) of believers in bondage to darkness when He called them at their rebirth “out of darkness into His marvelous Light.” Thus, Jesus commanded active discipleship through obedience to the Truth of His Word and His Moral law in the power of the “abiding,” indwelling Teacher, His Holy Spirit of “All Truth,” (1 Jn. 2:4; Jn. 8:31-32; 14:15-17, 23.) He commanded all His disciples to personally study His Word to constantly “renew” or “transform” their ‘minds’ or thoughts, so they can know Who He really Is; who they really are in Him, and how to follow or obey Him above all else to glorify His Name, (Rom. 12:1-3; 1 Pt. 1:13-19; Jude 1:20; Jn. 13:34; Mt. 10:37-39.)
· Neglecting Jesus’ commandment to “renew our minds” can produce terrible spiritual and emotional consequences, (Hos. 4:6.) Disregarding this commandment is a major cause of either never attaining, or “backsliding” from the Truth of Jesus’ Word. Neither traditional nor modern church dogmas really explain Scriptural discipleship in Jesus, (Jn. 21:14-16; Mt. 10:37-39.) So, once problems begin to pile on top of one another, millions of believers, (who were falsely taught that God and demons inhabit even sincere believers,) seek “deliverance” form so-called “exorcists” who, rejecting Jesus’ full redemption at the rebirth to function outside the truth of Scripture, do more harm than anyone can imagine.
· However, Jesus Himself made a way for believers through His complete atonement in their place, to also “return” to Him, (or rather, to return to peace in Him.) Should believers that were overcome by false church doctrine and spiritual practices, truly desire to know and obey His will, and to live in the complete redemption or deliverance of Jesus, they can stand on God’s Word. Jesus promised, “...The one who comes [or returns to Me like in the parable of the prodigal son,] I will by no means cast out,” (Jn. 6:37.)
SCRIPTURAL PROOF THAT THE ENTIRE ‘DELIVERANCE’ FRANCHISE IS A MASSIVE HOAX
Rom. 12:1-3 commands, “I beseech you… that you present your bodies, [spirit, soul, and physical body, 1 Ths. 5:23,] a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [through the blood of Jesus,] which is your reasonable [or basic] service [to Him.…]”
Þ Contextually interpreted Scripture rules out all notions that God will share His living, blood-cleansed temple with the devil. That’s why Paul asked in 2 Cor. 6:16, “What agreement [comparison or affiliation] has the temple of God with idols? For [born again believers] are the temple of the Living God…” So, how can demons live in the hearts, minds, and bodies of sincere believers in Christ, although we “all [sometimes] stumble,” but can ask and receive forgiveness from God? (Jam. 3:2; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.) They don’t. Not at all. Unless believers unscrupulously, deliberately, and unrepentedly disobey God. “The Holy Spirit came to convict [everyone] of sin, [so we cannot have ‘unknown’ sin if we ask God to “show us the great and unknown things we do not know;”] righteousness [if we repent,] and judgment [if we refuse to repent,] because the ruler of this world is [already] judged.” The evil one does not receive mercy from God, but those who sincerely confess their sin “are cleansed from all unrighteousness,” (Jer. 33:3; Jn. 16:8-11; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.)
Þ The following Scriptures also totally refute the doctrine that teaches real believers can be indwelt by demons. Paul warned in 1 Cor. 6:15-20; 3:16-17, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or don’t you know that he (or she) who is joined to a whore, [both male and female fornicators are whores,] is one body with her [or him?]’ [They become one physical, soulical, and spiritual body with the harlot, 1 Ths. 5:23.] For the two, God says, will become one flesh. But he who is joined to the Lord is [entirely] one spirit with Him. [Spiritually, we are “bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh,” Eph. 5:30; Col. 2:9-10.] Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that one does is outside the body, but he [or she,] who commits sexual immorality, sins against his [or her] own body [and thus sins against the holy temple of the Holy Spirit.] Or do you not know that your [entire] body is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in you… and that you are not your own? For you were redeemed with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your [mind or thoughts and human] spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Cor. 3:16-17, “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
See? All true believers are holy and completely without indwelling demons. But if we commit sexual immorality and adultery, (also as Jesus described emotional adultery in Mt. 5:27-30, which include fornication such as watching porn,) it will have defiling consequences on the holy temple of the Holy Spirit. Fouling our minds with fornication and adultery, left unrepented, will manifest in physical harlotry and adultery. Faith, commitment to Christ, and repentance from sin can never be separated from one another.
Nevertheless, even if we did commit sexual immorality, we can confess our sin in sincerity and repent from it, and God will forgive us and “cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 Jn. 1:8-10.) This is not to say Satan won’t harass us afterwards. But then, all he has on blood-cleansed, repented believers are deception and a fake show of power.
Þ True believers, who were totally ‘redeemed’ or delivered at their rebirth from all bondage to Satan and his dark kingdom, are “possessed” by the indwelling Holy Spirit, (Eph. 1:7; 12-14.) They strive to obtain true knowledge of God’s Word to live in sincere confession of, and repentance from all sin, (Rom. 12:1-3; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.) This is how real believers deal with demons; not through so-called “exorcism,” (Eph. 7:7;12-14.) Yet, living in the indescribable grace in Christ is not a licence to commit any type of immorality and so, to violate His Moral Law unrepentedly. God views the “destruction of His temple” seriously, as seen in 1 Cor. 6:15-20; 3:16-17.
Þ Then, Paul shows us how to maintain that holiness, “Do not be conformed to this world [by thinking like they do,] but transform [your thoughts and beliefs] by the renewing of your mind, that you may know [and do] that… perfect will of God.” And Peter confirmed, “Gird up the loins of your mind, [your thoughts and beliefs,] be sober… not conforming to the former lusts… but as He Who called you is holy, you also [must remain] holy… knowing that you were… [already fully] redeemed… [at that moment when Jesus “conveyed you from darkness into His light,] with the precious blood of Christ…” (1 Pt. 1:13-19; Col. 1:13-14.)
The only way Satan can get hold of Jesus’ born again disciples, who live inside the Kingdom of Light, is by getting hold of their “minds” or thoughts. As the devil cannot indwell the holy temple of Christ, he imitates the conviction of the Holy Spirit, (Jn. 16:8-10,) and convinces believers to accept his twisting of the truth and outright lies. This happens when we ourselves decide to give him permission to, after our spiritual rebirth, further enslave our thoughts by not repenting from lies, false doctrine, lusts, fear, manipulation, etcetera, which is disobedience to the protective Moral-Law commandments of God, (Jam. 1:13-18; Gal. 3:10-14; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; 1 Ths. 5:21-22.)
Þ Jesus fully won the war for humanity’s redemption, but the battle is constantly for our thoughts, which shape our beliefs, (1 Ths. 5:23; 2 Cor. 10:3-6.) As long as believers think they are “sinners saved by grace,” who are inhabited by demons and by God, their minds or thoughts will remain in bondage to darkness. Sinners and born again saints are two opposite spiritual species. One species is possessed by the devil; the other species is possessed by the indwelling Holy Spirit, (1 Jn. 5:17-19; Eph. 1:7; 12-14.)
Nevertheless, passages such as Acts 8:5-13 are used to ‘prove’ that demons indwell believers. This is another good example of how churches abuse Scripture to justify their false doctrines. Demons might live in false believers and those who remained mere church attendees, but they can never, under Jesus’ New Testament Covenant, live inside the sincere believers of Jesus. (Our sincerity is not human perfection but the total reliance on Jesus’ Perfection in our place; Jam. 3:2; 1 Jn. 1:8-10; Col. 2:9-15.) However, the abuse of this passage clearly illustrates how churches divert attention from the sequence of events and the context of the passage to suit their beliefs. This passage in Acts 8:5-13 is not about exorcism. It’s about preaching the redeeming Gospel of Jesus to unbelievers to demonstrate how Jesus fully delivers them from the power of darkness to bring them completely into His Kingdom of Light at the moment they sincerely believe and accept Him!
It is written in Acts 8:5-13, “Philip preached [the Gospel of Christ] to the [curious unbelievers of Samaria who came to listen to him because they heard that God manifested miracles through him.] And the multitudes with one accord heeded the [truth of the Gospel and of course, then accepted Jesus as their Christ and God. Eventually, so did even Simon the sorcerer. But before the Holy Spirit indwelt them and while Philip was still preaching,] unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed, [because the Holy Spirit does not share His temple with demons. As a result,] many who were paralyzed were healed… Verses 12-17, And [after] they believed Philip’s preaching… they were water baptized [just as Jesus commanded in Mt. 28:18-20.] Now when the apostles heard that Samaria accepted the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them [to more clearly explain discipleship, and the gifts and work of the Holy Spirit.]”
Spirit Filled Bible 1991 footnote — beware new translations, “This passage is subject to unnecessary debate. The sequence of events described leaves little doubt that they received the Holy Spirit [at their rebirth when they accepted Jesus,] evidenced by their water baptism.” Then, through Peter and John, they experienced the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, (Mark 16:16-18.)