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Confronting the demon posessed

May 28, 2012

Confronting the (possibly) demon (influenced or) possessed. (Post edited 6/6/12 )

General: Our knowledge of post-bibllical demonic activity is largely annectdotal. The experiences are of a profound spiritual type. But  it is difficult to convince others, particularly unbelievers, of the realtity of spiritual experience. And provoking curiosity about demons may lead to spiritual damage in self and / or others.

Paul arrested for exorcism.

Applicable example: (Act 16:16-19 NKJ)  Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” 18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. 19  But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.

Acts 16 context, other versions, commentaries, dictionaries, etc. at Bible Gateway .com and (Acts 16, NET w. notes). Passage  Inter-Varsity Press commentary via

From a forum post. {{_ There has been talk and scriptures which talk about casting out demons.}}

The best accounts of relatively U. S. recent exorcism is in Malachi Martin’s “Hostage to the Devil”. I belive these to be basically reliable. But I have a notion that the real cause of effectiveness in these encounters may be the silent prayers of a born again Christian who is assisting the official exorcist. The official process seems to be a form of works religion with set procedures and fixed vocal formulae resembling magic incantations.

{{_ Would casting out demons rid someone of a particular sin or help them overcome a particular sin they are committing?}}

The problem is not one of improving human behavior. The problem is that a human being is possessed by a separate and evil spiritual being.

{{_ How would you know when / in what circumstances to cast out demons?}}

The begotten again Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will provide the guidance and the power in such circumstances. It is possibly the one situation in the post apostolic church age when the filling with the Spirit for special service may be experienced. In those probable confrontations between begotten again and demon possessed that I have personal knowledge of, the power of the Spirit working through the believer was sufficient cause fear and raw helpless hate in the demon and/or awe in the possessed. But I have no doubt that the power was there for exorcism. Exorcism was just not God’s purpose at that time and place.

{{_ Dos the casting out of demons have to be in the presence of the person or can you pray asking God to cast out the demons for a person?}}

God may be waiting for certain people to pray before He brings about the casting out. But, offhand, the examples of scripture seem to be examples of personal confrontation. Such confrontations are safe for the born again. It is the demon that is in serious danger from the Holy Spirit who is indwelling the believer. But for the merely nominal Christian there is danger of serious assault both physical and spiritual. Martin’s book includes some accounts of serious physical and spiritual injuries to the exorcist. This is why I believe that the successes may be due to a silently praying assistant who happens to be born again. The indwelling Spirit in that man supplies the effective force. Not the formula recited by the nominal Christian.

{{_ if the person is not willing because they don’t believe they have any demons to be cast out would the cast out work?}}

The will of the possessed has been severely corrupted by the demon. But the demon is totally at the mercy of the Holy Spirit indwelling the true believer and the plan of Providence for those involved.

Quite often only the withdrawal of a frequently bothersome demon possessed person is accomplished. Sometimes praying out loud for the suppression of any demonic forces present has marvelous effect. This may include commands to any demons present. This has been used with remarkable effect on visiting Jehovah’s Witnesses by friends of mine.

You do not need to be a professional to do these things. But you must be born again. The indwelling Spirit will handle the direction and the power. The filling with the Spirit and the perfect joining of the believers will with that of God in these situations is an unforgettable experience. God takes care of his own when it comes to demons. And He has His own plans and purposes when it comes to demons. We can merely be thankful for the occasions when He chooses us to serve Him in this way.

{{_ Please excuse the number of questions as I thought it would be better to put it in one thread rather than several.}}

The questions seem to have worked out okay for me. I hope that my answers have been sufficiently clear and not too lengthy.

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