Dissociation and Deliverance
In deliverance we see a great deal of dissociation. The subject of deliverance can be controversial in some churches, and of the churches that accept deliverance, the whole concept of dissociation and DID can be even more controversial. Some well-meaning Christians believe that anything you find inside of someone, that is not the core person, is a demon. So when they start commanding these traumatized little child parts to get out, they end up traumatizing the already terrified alters even further.
Those who struggle with deliverance in general usually do so because they have been taught something like this: “The Holy Spirit and a demon cannot occupy the same space; therefore, because a Christian has the Holy Spirit inside, they cannot have a demon.” This problem arises because of a misunderstanding of the way God created man. Man is a three part being consisting of body, soul, and spirit. When a person receives Jesus as Lord and invites him into their heart, they are born again, and the Holy Spirit comes to live in their spirit. The place where Satan attacks us is in our body and soul areas. (For more on this subject see the blog titled, Can Christians Have Demons?) Most Christians understand this when we are talking about the body. We know that sickness and disease are of the enemy; and it can be quite obvious at times that a particular physical illness is clearly demonic. Therefore, if Satan can attack our body like this, a Christian can have a demon. When one understands that, the next thing they want to argue about is exactly where the demon is located. Is it in someone or upon them? Are they oppressed or possessed? Actually the Greek word used in the Bible is neither oppressed nor possessed, it is the word demonized, in EVERY Biblical account. So we tell people to call it whatever they want to call it, let’s just get rid of it!
The place that Satan attacks us more often than any other place is in our soul area. The soul consists of the mind, the will, and the emotions. When a child is abused, they are opened up to demons through the trauma. We see this over and over again. The sheer nature of trauma opens a person, especially a child who has no idea how to handle that trauma either mentally or emotionally. So they stuff all that pain and trauma down somewhere deep inside, in the soul area. However, it is in the emotional aftermath of the trauma that the enemy builds his strongholds. The natural response to being abused, is to get angry because of the injustice. Consequently, whenever we find demons of Abuse, we almost always find that demons of Anger, Rage, and Hate are there also.
About 90% of deliverance is about inner healing, and of the people who are hurting badly enough to seek deliverance, probably 98% of them experience some degree of dissociation over and above the “normal dissociation” discussed in Part 1 of this article. We need to bring those traumatized parts where the pain is buried, to Jesus so that he can heal them. Jesus is the only one who can heal these kinds of wounds. As Christians, we usually know that holding onto bitterness and unforgiveness is a sin, and that it opens up a doorway for the enemy to attack us. It gives him a legal right to access our lives. So what is it that happens when the person we are ministering to has forgiven, but they have these child parts on the inside that nobody even knew were there? Nobody ever asked them (the alters) to forgive, and in most cases they have not forgiven. Very often, the enemy’s legal right to be there is hidden in the alter personalities. So as we take the alters through the forgiveness process, we are taking away Satan’s legal right to be there. Then we can get the demons out, often without much of a struggle at all.
So the deliverance process is a process of bringing the alters to Jesus for healing, and getting them to forgive, thereby taking away Satan’s legal right to be there; and then we cast out the demons. If we try to cast out the demons before dealing with the legal rights, we can scream at demons all day long, and they aren’t going to go anywhere. And if somehow we do get them out, they will soon be back, because they still have a legal right to be there. This is how dissociation and the deliverance process work together.
Certainly there are times when we all have to deal with strong emotions. What I am talking about is a sudden flood of strong, usually negative emotions that may seem to come out of nowhere, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. Feeling emotionally stirred up most of the time is not normal. It is an indication that there is something there that needs to be dealt with. The same is true for the person that seems to have no emotions at all, or someone who finds it difficult to express their emotions.
By Cynthia Yarbrough