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A Biblical approach to
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Jesus referred to deliverance as children's bread
and said it was not fit to cast before dogs
(those outside of covenant with God)


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The kind of people that Jesus was casting demons out of

I think it's also important to look at the kind of people that Jesus was casting demons out of. There were many people coming to Him for healings and deliverances, they believed that He could help them, therefore it could be argued that they were believers. Another common scene is when Jesus was preaching in the synagogues, and demons would manifest and He would cast them out of people right there in the congregation. Mark 1:39 makes this very clear:

"And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils."

The people in the synagogues were either hypocrites or sincere children of God. Can you show me just one example of Jesus casting an unclean spirit out of a hypocrite such as the Pharisees? Jesus said Himself that deliverance was children's bread, and therefore not fit to cast before dogs!

A great example of a true believer and church going woman who was set free from an evil spirit is the daughter of Abraham that we find in Luke 13:10-17:

"And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him."

Let's back up and take a look at the setting here; she was a church going woman who was in the congregation listening to Jesus preach, and while He was preaching He noticed her and stopped everything He was doing so He could set her free:

"And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God." (v. 12-13)

Now are you going to honestly try to tell me that this woman with this condition was a hypocrite, and she went to church just to look good before others? This woman was severely handicapped, and made a regular effort to attend church, even though it would have been much easier for her to stay home! It costed her a lot of hassle to make it to church each Sabbath! Furthermore, have you ever seen Jesus cast a demon out of a hypocrite such as the Pharisees? No, instead He went around rebuking them for their hearts were not right before God!

After Jesus healed her, He then referred to this woman in a tone of honor as a daughter of Abraham, which was something He had never done to a non-believer:

"And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" (v. 16)

The first thing people try to claim after I point out that she was a daughter of Abraham, is that she was a mere physical Jew. This is simply not true. Let's examine what the requirements are to be considered a child of Abraham:

John 8:39, "They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham."

Looking at the context of this verse, it is clear that Jesus was speaking to non-believing physical Jews. He made it clear that they were not true children of Abraham, yet they had full physical blood-line rights to consider themselves Abraham's children!

What does it mean to do the works of Abraham? What works was Abraham known for? The answer can be found in Romans 4:3:

"For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."

It is also impossible to believe in God, and reject Jesus, because God prophesied about and testifies that Jesus is indeed His son, and whosoever believes upon Him will have everlasting life. In other words, he who does as Abraham is a believer in Jesus Christ.

Another argument that is very common, is that people were unable to be saved before Jesus died and rose again. But as Luke 19:9 shows us, salvation was quite possible while Jesus was here on earth:

"And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham."

Romans 2:28-29 also makes it clear what the requirements for a true child of Abraham are:

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."

As we look at these passages, it becomes very evident that a true child of Abraham is not a physical Jew, but a spiritual Jew. The daughter of Abraham was a true child of God who was crippled by a demonic spirit.

What is the point in casting out demons, if they leave automatically?

If Christians could not have demons, then there would have to be an automatic shedding of them at the time of salvation (I call it the auto-shed theory). If the spirits were automatically shed at the time of salvation, there would be no real point in casting them out. What is the point of trying to battle demonic spirits in a person and command them to come out, if all you had to do was get the person saved? If you ask me, if people aren't willing to accept Jesus as their Lord and savior, I don't think you're wise to go around casting them out at all. As you could see earlier, deliverance is not geared for unbelievers, and would only be setting them up for a much worse condition later on. If Christians couldn't have demons, there would be no real need for casting out demon spirits, but in Mark 16:14-17, it is clear that this ministry was meant to continue long after Jesus died and rose again:

"Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils..."


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