I emphasize this subject because so many Christians have been wrongly taught on the subject and therefore have not received the help they need, help that IS available.
The most common misunderstanding on this subject is that darkness and light cannot co-exist in the same space or the same temple. As biblical as that sounds, it is not found in the bible. Here is the verse that these well-meaning Christians quote to perpetuate this misconception:
1 John 1:5-7
5This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Notice it says that “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” The passage is talking about God’s nature not ours. It is talking about our fellowship with God. This does not say we cannot walk in darkness, it says we should not. The fact that these verses warn us not to walk in darkness, indicates the possibility that a Christian can walk in darkness. So in fact Jesus tells us that dark and light can co-exist. He emphasizes that we must deal with the dark parts in our life
34Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. 35Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. 36If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.
The phrase “Make sure” indicates that there is an effort required on our part to rid ourselves of darkness; we need to make sure. The next phrase “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners,” clearly indicates that it is possible to have a part of us that is dark. So while the statement that dark and light cannot co-exist in the same body cannot be found in the bible, these passages indicate that they should not co-exist.
25Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27nor give place to the devil. 28Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
This passage is written to Christians. It is a list of things that Christians need to be careful about, one of which is “…giving place to the devil.” in verse 27. The Greek word for “place” in this verse is topos, which means a physical space, a part of the body, or a room in a house. Clearly we are warned not to give a place or a room in our house to Satan. So a Christian can give place to a demon.
If Christians can’t have demons, that implies we are to cast out demons from non-believers. How could we, in the name and power of Jesus, cast out a demon from someone who rejects the name and power of Jesus?
43When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. 45Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.
The key to this scripture is in verse 44. The house is empty. No Holy Spirit. They are non-believers. So you must be a Christian to receive deliverance or you are in danger of ending up with more demons! At Pulling Down Strongholds, we do not minister deliverance to non-believers.
We know that when a believer comes to Christ, they don’t automatically change into perfect sinless people in their outward behavior. It takes time for someone to change their thoughts and behavioral patterns in daily life. The Bible says that salvation must be worked out daily, with fear and trembling. This is the process of sanctification. The ministries of inner healing and deliverance can be very helpful in that process.
It is shameful that there are so many churches that do not embrace deliverance. Many suffering people, who know they have demonically rooted problems, continue in confusion, torment, and anguish. And there are even more who don’t know that their problems are demonically rooted, and they also continue in confusion, torment, and anguish, all because they are told the lie that Christian’s can’t have demons!
With Jesus’ help, we can change this!
By Cynthia Yarbrough