How Do Demons Enter In?
Deliverance ministries have been springing up in churches all over the country to set people free from the powers of darkness. Pastors by the thousands have come to know there is demonic bondage in their own congregations, in their own lives, and in their own families.
Many other pastors simply choose to ignore the problem for these reasons:
1. They do not understand it.
2. They are fearful because they don’t have the answers.
3. Their theology, learned from men, didn’t equip them to cast out demons.
4. They fear their involvement would cause them to lose support, numbers, reputation, or even their job.
So congregations stay in darkness, and most deliverance ministries stay very, very busy. Most people who receive freedom do not continue to be free, but return to the same bondage.
There are some questions about this demonic bondage in the church today. How did it get there? Why is all this happening? Is God trying to tell us something? Obviously, we have missed the truth somewhere. We have to admit that an enemy has taken over many individual’s lives, and we have no understanding.
I once heard a pastor say, “If the law has been done away with, why do I see the curses of the law from Deuteronomy 28 in myself, and my own family, and in my congregation?” The answer is that our religious traditions have caused us to have a total lack of understanding about the part God’s law plays in the life of a Christian. We certainly need to set the captives free, but first, we need to understand why they’re captive. And we need to remember that the enemies have come to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). They are not blessings!
Almost every time anyone comes with a word about the law, there rises up a cry of “legalism,” or “you don’t understand grace.” Until you are willing to hear what God has to say about His law, you will never know true freedom, nor will you have understanding about the powers of darkness.
Since this is a very difficult subject, you must first agree that perhaps you have not yet received all of the truth. Then agree that if God has given someone understanding and light, it will be in the Bible in balance and context. Do not be like the Pharisees and react to the first statement you hear that is contrary to your traditions. If we have been in darkness in our religious traditions, let’s be willing to be led out of darkness by the Spirit and Word of God. But we have to admit first that we have obviously missed something somewhere. Jesus promised His disciples, “Ye shall know the truth, and THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE” (John 8:82). Jesus also said, “When He, the Spirit of Truth, is come He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
Stay with the Scriptures throughout this chapter and the entire book, even though at first it may disturb you. Everything will fit together before we finish. Also remember that the truth will come against anything we have learned wrong. But if we love the Lord Jesus Christ more than we love our religious traditions, we can unlearn anything we have learned wrong. Then the Lord can lead us out of spiritual darkness.
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