This is such a powerful subject because it is the #1 argument the anti-deliverance protesters use. They claim that the moment you accept Christ, that all your demons go away automatically. One illustration that somebody recently gave me was, “When you walk into a room and turn the light on, the whole room becomes light!” My reply was, “But what if there’s a desk in that room, and under that desk is some darkness?” Let me ask you this, when you accepted Jesus, did you automatically shed all of your weaknesses? Bondages? Addictions? Sinful fleshly desires? If you struggled with lust, did it all go away the moment you accepted Jesus? If not, then did your light not get turned on? How can the light of Christ be turned on in a person’s life yet darkness still remains in their soul (mind, will and emotions)? Apparently light can dwell with darkness!
The truth is that we are composed of 3 parts, a physical body, a spirit (the real you) and a soul (mind, will and emotions). When you are born again, your spirit is made new, and old things have passed away. For the Bible says:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Cor 5:17)
But how can a believer still carry over bondages (strongholds, demons, etc.) if they are made new and old things have passed away? The answer to this is simple… our souls are NOT born again! Though our spirits are new, our souls are not. We are told in the Bible to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (see Romans 12:2), and even Paul said that there was indeed evil present in him (see Romans 7:21). How could Paul have evil present in him if he had the Holy Spirit and was a new creature in Christ? I thought light could not dwell with darkness!
Some might argue that the fleshly kind of evil is different than evil spirits. So are we now trying to say that some kinds of evil can remain in the presence of God, and others can’t? This is a bunch of hogwash!
If all people had to do was accept Jesus and all the darkness left their lives, there would be no point in casting out demons. Why put a patch on somebody’s demonic problem if they are unwilling to accept Jesus anyways? Jesus said that if we cast a demon from a non-believer, it comes back with 7 more even more evil spirits. Is that what you want to happen to those whom you drive demons from? That doesn’t make any sense. Jesus said clearly that deliverance was the Children’s bread, referring to those in covenant with God (see Matthew 15:26).