The manual is not intended to:
1. Turn your whole ministry into solely a deliverance ministry.
We live in a day when many ministers claim that God has called them to preach only a specific part of the gospel. We have been called to preach the WHOLE COUNSEL of God [Acts 20:27], be it Salvation or Sanctification or Baptism of the Holy Ghost, Prosperity, Faith, and Deliverance etc. etc. We must be balanced and be careful of not to overemphasize or under-emphasize
2. Make you begin seeing demons under every green tree!
While it is true that demons are behind many problems that people have, it is also true that other reasons may be behind some problems. We must use discernment in all that we do.
3. Make you become suspicious of people.
We must not go on witch hunting trip as a result of this manual. Rather, we must use these teachings in a positive way that translates into helping the needy.
THE MINISTRY OF DELIVERANCE
Defined in simple terms:
The process of casting out demons is called deliverance
The ministry of deliverance MUST go hand in hand with the ministry of evangelism.
The absence of this vital ministry in any church results in spiritually disabled Christians being raised in the church.
1. Jesus commanded it. Mark 6:7; Mark 16:15-18; Matt. 10:1-8
2. Jesus practiced it. Mk. 2:2-20 with Mt. 8:28-34; Mat.9:32-33; Matt. 12:22 with Lk. 11:14; Matt. 15:22-29 with Mk. 7:25-30; Matt. 17:14-18 with Mk. 9:17-27 and Lk. 9: 37-42; Mk. 1:23-26 with Lk. 4:33-35; Mk. 16:9 with Lk. 8:2-3; Matt. 8:30-32; Matt. 4:24; Matt. 8:16; Mk. 3:22; Lk. 4:41.
From these many scriptures [and the many more unrecorded instances Jn 21:25], it is obvious that Jesus spent a good deal of time ministering deliverance to the possessed. Lk. 4:18 and Acts 10:38 What He did, He expects us to do also! John 14:12
3. The disciples practiced it. Mk. 9:38; Lk. 10:17
4. Peter practiced it Acts 5:16
5. Paul practiced it Acts 16:16-18; Acts 19:12
6. Philip practiced it Acts 8:7
With these multitudes of precepts, practices and patterns concerning deliverance in the scriptures any one who gets involved in deliverance ministry today has solid scriptural backing.
EXPLORING THE WILD, WEIRD and WACKY WORLD OF DEMONS
Are they real?
There is no doubt that the Bible, interpreted in normal fashion, testifies very clearly to the reality and activity of demons.
Evidence from the Old Testament
1. A spirit being spoke through the serpent in Genesis 3 and caused the fall of man. Satan may be considered a demon, since he is named the “ruler of the demons” [Matt. 12:24] 2. A demon volunteered to be a “lying spirit” to Ahab 1 Kings 22:20-22 3. There were spirit beings energizing the world rulers in the time of Daniel Dan. 10:13, 20 4. No fewer than five different Hebrew words are translated by the Greek Septuagint version of the Old Testament by the well known New Testament Greek words daimon or daimonion. They are shedbim [Deut. 32:17; Ps. 106:37], setrim [Lev. 17:7] ‘elilim [Ps. 96:5] gad [Isa.65:11], and qeter [Ps.91:6]
Evidence from the New Testament
More than 100 references to demons sprinkle the New Testament. Four Greek terms definitely refers to demons. Diamon is used once in the critical editions of the New Testament [Matt. 8:31]. Daimonion occurs 63 times, and pneumata [spirits] appears 43 times. The general term for angels, angelos, describes demons in several contexts [Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:7, 9] It is significant testimony to the reality of demons that every writer [though not every book] of the New Testament, except the author of Hebrews, mentions demons or evil angels. Even Hebrews however, directly names the devil [Heb. 2:14].
Evidence from the testimony of Christ
1. Jesus accepted the fact that Satan was the ruler of an...