Deliverance: Do You Really Want It?
It is important that deliverance ministers are as transparently honest to their clients as those requiring deliverance are transparent to their deliverance ministers and caregivers. So I will begin by telling you, the reader, the truth about deliverance ministry: only a small percentage of those who come for deliverance actually get delivered. And although this is sometimes because the deliverance ministers themselves lack the skills to minister properly, by far the overwhelming majority are not delivered because they don't actually want to be delivered.
I knew a lady who had a medical condition. She was ill, knew it, and wanted to be well again. She visited her doctor and the doctor prescribed medicine for her illness. Each month she visited her physician, each month her renewed her prescription, and each month she went to the drug store to get her medication. When it was finally time for her to move house and we went to help her pack, we discovered a cupboard in her home that was full of unused medications. Not one of the bottles or boxes had been opened. She not only knew that she was ill and she not only wanted to be healed, but she didn't want to be healed enough to actually take the medication and get well. Today she is a very sick woman.
Whether you are coming for deliverance because you have a simple problem with smoking, or whether you are a victim of horrendous Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA), your deliverance will only be successful in proportion to (a) your willingness to be delivered, and (b) your consistent obedience to the 'course of treatment.'
The reason most deliverance fails is because the victims themselves fail to grasp the fact that deliverance is more than simply getting demons expelled: true deliverance means become an active and faithful disciple of the Lord Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Deliverance isn't just about kicking demons out: it's also about being filled with the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) so that the demons don't come back. I have had very compliant clients do exactly what I have told them to get rid of their demons but who, once delivered, have declared independence from the Deliverer, believing they could continue their own lives in their own will. Such have always got redemonized, and usually far worse than when they first came to me for help.
People want to be rid of their demons without becoming true Christians and there is no way you can stay free of demons and not become a true Christian. Many deliverance ministers do great harm to their clients when they don't tell their victims these things so that what happens is that victims make a nominal commitment to Christ to get rid of their demons and then, when the demons are expelled, soon forget Christ, thinking they can live their own lives. Let it be made perfectly clear from the outset: life is about either following Satan or Christ - there isn't a third alternative called following self-will. Life is about totally submitting to Christ or submitting to Satan or yourself ... which are the same thing ... because the only way you can follow Christ is by transferring the sovereignty of your life from self or Satan to Christ.
The first truth that all victims of demon oppression have to be taught is that they do not belong to themselves. And that goes for the deliverance ministers too. Has God given us free-will or free-agency? Yes He has. We have the freedom to choose what we will do in life. But it is important that we clearly understand exactly what that means, because the bottom line is this: the only ultimate choice we have is to either live our lives the way Christ wants us to live (and so be demon-free) or to live our lives the way Satan wants us to be (and so be demon oppressed or possessed). The reality of life is that we either choose the path of life we were created for (loving and obeying the Saviour) or choose one of many millions of related paths that we were not created for (loving Satan and obeying him). However ludicrously simple this may sound it is over this one principle - which lies at the head of deliverance ministry - that so many stumble and never get proper deliverance. It is why so many fail. And it is the one issue that faces every single human being because a life without Christ and a life without obedience to the commandments gives Satan legal rights over you. And when he has those, then the demons flood in.
People sometimes accuse me of saying these things to 'scare' them into 'my religion'. If this were 'my religion' then I guarantee it wouldn't work. The object of telling the brutal facts is not to scare people into heaven but to scare them out of hell. You can't be scared into heaven - you can only be attracted to it by the pure force of divine love. The reason most people come for deliverance, however, is because they know they are in hell and are already scared - they know that some malevolent, evil force is controlling their lives and they desperately want to be quit of it. When someone goes to a physician for help with a painful disease, they're already scared - to then attack the doctor because he prescribes medicine which in the short term makes her feel even worse is insanity, and yet that's what people do. That's what that lady did because she didn't like the side effects of her medication. She rejected long-term healing because she would not choose the short-term discomfort of the medication. In short, what she lacked was true faith.
When unbelievers come for deliverance they are usually desperate enough to be rid of their demons but not desperate enough to see that it is their sinful condition that was usually what was responsible for their misery in the first place. Deliverance ministers - if they are genuine - are not like the doctor prescribing a method to kick out demons: their task is to simultaneously map out a whole new way of life. Their task is not just to expell demons but to get the victim to confront their sin-nature that propelled them on a course of life that led to them making wrong choices that in turn led to demonization. And even if you are an SRA victim who had little or no choice in being abused, you do have the choice in the way you respond inside. Just because as an SRA victim you have been subject to the most unspeakable horrors does not mean that had you not be abused you would automatically have been an angel. SRA victims have sin issues to deal with too, and if they are not dealt with, the doors will remain open for redemonization after deliverance.
I learned my lesson in this matter the hard way when I worked with an SRA victim for two years. Like most SRA people, she wanted deliverance desparately. After hundreds of hours of work and much sacrifice from those helping economically her live a life so that she was not dependent on her satanist abusers, and after delivering about a hundred alters (sub-personalities) and leading them to Christ, often very dramatically with incredible supernatural happenings that would be the envy of your average Christian, we came up against a wall that prevented full deliverance taking place. Apart from perhaps 5 or 6 alters who wanted to dedicate their lives to Christ and serve Him with all their might, mind and strength, none of the rest did. Yes, they wanted to pay Christ lip service, were grateful for their deliverance, but did not want to live the Christian life or integrate with all the other alters. In short, they wished to retain sovereignty over their own lives, and live the lives the satanists had denied them. The heartbreaking result was that they ended up prisoners of the satanists again and are even more oppressed than ever before.
There aren't two gospels. There isn't a 'special-favour' status for SRA victims or for anyone who has lived a life of hell, because if there was, God would be impartial. There aren't any exceptions for those who have lived a life of terror. There is only one Way, one Truth, and one Life, and the conditions are the same whether you are a generational victim of SRA or just dabbled with an ouija board when you were a teen but went no further.
My Christian doctrine has become sharpened and polished through deliverance ministry as I have witnessed the powerlessness of certain so-called Christian teachings. The SRA victim I have mentioned believed within all her parts - because this is what she had been indoctrinated with by her satanist controllers who operated under cover in a church (her satanist uncle had been a pastor of it) - that 'once saved, always saved' and that salvation by grace means that we don't need to obey the commandments any more. These two heresies have ruined more deliverance than any others that I know of, with the exception of those that deny the full deity of Christ. And the reason why? It is because disobeying the commandments is what gives Satan legal access through demons in the first place! Pure and simple.