You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
The time has now come that the ‘destroyed’ victims of spiritual, psychological, and physical abuse must realize that Jesus promised in Jn. 6:37, “...The one who [sincerely] comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” Jesus is our Redeemer and He will never lie to us. If you can understand and remember just one Bible verse, take this promise. Make it yours. Write it everywhere you can see it. Read it aloud, confess it, thank God for it, and stay at the feet of Jesus because of it. You don’t have to “pray” if it is difficult, or impossible for you to pray. Simply speak your heart to our Father in heaven in the Name of Jesus. Tell Him exactly what you feel, how much you need Him, and that you are returning to Him by His grace. You don’t have to “feel” He hears you; choose to believe it no matter how you feel. Confess Heb. 11:6 to Him and thank Him for it, “[Please help me to believe and forgive me faithlessness, my Father in heaven.] I choose to believe that You Are God, and that You Are a Rewarder of those who diligently seek You.” Then, keep on seeking God until your breakthrough comes. It might take time but wait on Him, as God might test your commitment to trust Him above all else.
Submit and dedicate yourself, and everyone and everything that pertain to your life, wholeheartedly to Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you, and to help you to pray in His will. Confess your sins again if necessary. Choose to repent and believe that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” through the blood of Jesus. Once that is done, your sins are gone. Stand on this incredible fact. Remember to also ask God’s forgiveness for consulting those Christian shamans, and confess your association with them as idolatry and witchcraft, (1 Jn. 1:9; 1 Sam. 15:22-23.) Jesus promised in Eph. 1:7, “In Him we have [present tense,] the redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of [all our] sins…” Confess this out loud whenever necessary. Jesus is our High Priest Who lives forever to intercede for us. He knows the terrible things you are going through right now.
You must wilfully, while rejecting all feelings of being dirty, confused, and condemned, accept Jesus’ Word as the Truth. You will “know the truth [about everything,] and the truth will set you free.” Ask our Father to show you the truth about yourself and your circumstances. If you must go and confess your abuse against someone else, do not hesitate, (Jam. 5:16-18.) Do restitution where possible. (If you lied, tell the truth, etcetera.) Decidedly forgive those who have sinned against you as well. This is not necessarily a feeling, but a decision to “forgive from the heart.” If possible, turn away from those who make you stumble, (1 Cor. 15:33; 1 Ths. 5:21-22.)
Þ If demons attack you and try to sidetrack you, rebuke them in the Almighty Name of Jesus. Never engage with them in conversation. Simply say, “NO! STOP this in Jesus’ Name! I reject you and all your lies. Get away from me at this moment and never return! It is written, I have [past tense] overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony, and I do not love my life even unto death, (Rev. 12:11.) Whether I live or die, I belong to Jesus! I am complete in Jesus, Who is the Head of all principality and power… Through faith He has made me alive in Him; having forgiven all my trespasses. He wiped it all out by nailing it to the cross. And so, He disarmed all principalities and powers, and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it,” (Col. 2:10-15.)
My own ‘deliverance’ experience
I had the immense privilege to have been God’s instrument in the lives of broken people for most of the 33 years that I follow Him. At first, without any guidance except what I received from ‘deliverance ministries,’ I also bought into many of their deceptions and the twisting of Scripture, although by the grace of God, I never went to the extremes we witness today. I have confessed all transgressions of God’s Word as sin and asked His forgiveness and cleansing through the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. Over the years, God has been bringing me to the truth concerning ‘deliverance’ and many other church deceptions, so that I can understand the Truth of His Word, and also help others to ‘know the truth, as [Only] The Truth will set [us all completely and eternally] free.’
My path to freedom from these ‘deliverance’ lies began as I eventually realized that my own ‘experience’ did nothing to free me from the presence of a threatening, dark entity, which constantly haunted me since shortly after I gave my life to the Lord. It was quite some time after I was supposedly ‘ministered to’ that I had a terrible ‘dream.’ I was wrestling with a very strong, dark ‘man.’ As I woke, he rolled off the bed and went to stand at the foot-end of the bed. I rebuked him and tried to cast him out in the Name of Jesus, but he did not move. I ‘pleaded the blood of Jesus,’ but he did not move. And then, the Holy Spirit took control. I spontaneously flung my arms in the air and began to praise God out loud. Suddenly, a ‘lightning bolt’ shot into the room – and he was gone. Praise the Holy, Almighty Name of Jesus!
I believe God sent a mighty angel to remove him from me. I do not know where he came from and why he harassed me for so long before God took him away. What I do know, is that does not matter at all. He did not live in me. Not in my mind or anywhere else in my body.
Besides many other miraculous experiences with the One and Only Deliverer, Jesus Christ, I also witnessed so much of the catastrophic chaos in churches; the humiliation and maltreatment of people in need, and the fact that nearly all the same people that were ‘delivered’ last week, were back the following week, while their problems constantly mounted. I began to seriously doubt that such a thing as a ‘deliverance ministry’ exists, and turned prayerfully and earnestly to Jesus’ Scriptural truth. Now, years later, God, in His infinite grace, is still sending broken, utterly confused people to me. People, often devoid of any Scriptural truth and polluted with so many false prophesies, dangerous deliverance techniques, and outright lies about God Himself, that only Jesus Christ Himself can put these broken people together again.
IF DELIVERANCE MINISTRIES WERE REAL WHY DO THEIR TEACHINGS CONFLICT WITH SCRIPTURE?
They teach afflicted people that their born again human spirits are clean, but their souls or minds are filled with demonic strongholds where demons dwell, which must be cast out, right? (I also fell for this clever deception in the beginning.) This is wrong, because the marvelous Word of God actually says that deceptions can be erected in the minds (or thoughts) of even born again saints, or true, blood-cleansed believers, (2 Ths. 2:9-12.) Believers can be deceived, not because demons can live in their ‘brains’ or minds in ‘fortified castles,’ but because our thoughts or beliefs still have to be ‘changed’ or be constantly “renewed” from believing the deceptions we were taught in the kingdom of darkness, to knowing the perfect will of God, (2 Cor. 10:4-6; Rom. 12:1-3; 1 Pt. 1:13-19.)
Long before we decided to accept and follow Jesus personally, (Jn. 1:12-13,) the Holy Spirit was already speaking His truth into our thoughts so we could recognize deception and other disobedience to Scripture, and distinguish between Biblical Truth, lies, and twisted truth. (The Holy Spirit came to “lead us into all truth,” which He will continue to do throughout our lives on earth IF we allow Him to lead us, and IF we follow Him obediently, Acts 5:32.) And so, in the beginning, as we began to obey His voice, He convinced us of sin, righteousness, [or a right standing before God,] and ultimately of judgment, should we not obey Him and repent from the deceptions that keep us away from God, (Jn. 16:7-11.) Consequently, many sinful beliefs already fell long before we could decidedly accept Jesus’ truth and be saved.
Þ That is why the apostles nullify the claim of fortified ‘castles’ in our ‘brains.’ In 2 Cor. 10:3-6 and in his other Epistles, Paul never even suggested that we must “cast out demons” from our physical brains or minds. Even if demons were living there, demons would still not be the real problem. We ourselves, by choosing to believe lies and to continue in personal sin, caused the problem. We ourselves also choose to nurture the problem as long as we do not seek God’s Real Scriptural Truth and repent from false church dogma and other deceptions. Discipleship in Jesus is all about personal choice, responsibility, and accountability, (Jn. 1:12-13.)
Þ ‘Deliverance ministries’ flourish because they feed people with a lack of personal responsibility. They teach people they can be passively ‘delivered’ from their sins and troubles; they do not have to actively withstand the devil and their own ‘sinful flesh,’ or bad desires, (Romans chapter 8.) Believers think they can simply consult a ‘deliverer’ and that person will instantly do it all for them. It is time that believers seriously read Matthew chapter 25 to see what Jesus commanded in terms of discipleship and personal responsibility.
All sinful beliefs and thoughts were not automatically changed when believers were “called out” or removed from the kingdom of darkness and brought spiritually into God’s Kingdom of Light through their personal rebirth, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)
Þ Therefore, I cannot emphasize enough that spiritually born again believers still have to “be [mentally] transformed by the renewal of their minds.” Actually, they themselves must renew their thoughts and beliefs” by not “conforming to the [religious] world,” which is merely believing church doctrines that make people into spiritually dead, diligent church members, (Rom. 12:1-2.)
Failing to renew their minds through contextual knowledge of God’s Word is the greatest problem among believers, as they do not understand “what the will of God is,” (Rom. 12:1-3.) Therefore, they cannot obey Him. Peter calls the goal of this lifelong process of mind-renewal “the end of our faith; the salvation of our souls [or minds; our will, intellect and emotions,]” (1 Ths. 5:23.) “So, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace of Christ… As obedient children, do not conform yourselves to the former lusts as in your ignorance, but as He Who called you is holy, you also must be holy in all your conduct…” (1 Pt. 1:9; 13-15.)