PIGS in the PARLOR: Practical Guide to Deliverance

PIGS in the PARLOR: Practical Guide to Deliverance
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By Frank & Ida Mae Hammond 

Table Of Contents:
Foreword 
1. Pigs In The Parlor 
2. Our Spiritual Enemy 
3. Fight The Good Fight 
4. The Value Of Deliverance 
5. How Demons Enter 
6. 7 Ways To Determine The Need For Deliverance 
7. 7 Steps To Deliverance 
8. 7 Steps For Retaining Deliverance 
9. Filling The House 
10. Demon Manifestations 
11. Deliverance: Individual & Group; Private & Public 
12. Self-Deliverance 
13. Intercessory Prayer Warfare 
14. Ministry To Children 
15. Binding And Loosing 
16. Pros And Cons On Tips And Methods 
17. The Deliverance Team 
18. Should I Be A Deliverance Minister? 
19. Practical Suggestions For Deliverance Ministers 
20. Demon Groupings 
21. Schizophrenia 
22. Facing Issues And Questions 
23. The Final Conflict 

Chapter 5 How Demons Enter 

Demons are evil personalities. They are spirit beings. 
They are the enemies of God and man. Their objectives 
in human beings are to tempt, deceive, accuse, 
condemn, pressure, defile, resist, oppose, control, steal, 
afflict, kill and destroy. 

Demons enter through “open doors”. They have to be 
given an opportunity. There must be an opening. In 
other words, one does not pick up a demon by walking 
down the street and accidentally bumping into one that 
is looking for a “home”. 

The organization of Satan’s kingdom enables him to 
attack each one of us personally. There is not a person 
on the face of the earth who escapes his notice. He 
devises a plan to ruin and destroy each one. It is a 
sobering realization that you and I are definite targets 
of Satan’s wiles. But how does he gain entrance? 

Sin 

The door for demons to enter may be opened by oneself 
through sins of omission and commission. In the fifth 
chapter of Acts we read of a couple named Ananias and 
Sapphira. They sold their property that they might give 
the full proceeds for the benefit of the church. But they 
became covetous and decided to keep part of the money 



for themselves. In order to cover up their act they 
perpetrated a lie. But Peter received a supernatural 
word of knowledge as to what they had done. Peter 
asked Ananias why he had opened himself to the Devil. 

But Peter said, ANANIAS, WHY HATH SATAN FILLED 
THINE HEART TO LIE TO THE HOLY GHOST, AND TO 
KEEP BACK PART OF THE PRICE OF THE LAND? Acts 5:3 

Because of their sin, Ananias and Sapphira opened 
themselves to be filled with spirits of covetousness, 
lying and deceit. The same thing can happen to anyone 
who sins willfully. 

In the fifth chapter of Galatians we find a list of 
seventeen “works of the flesh”. They include the sins of 
adultery, fornication, witchcraft, hatred, wrath, strife, 
envying, murders and drunkenness. Through my 
experiences in deliverance I have encountered demons 
that responded to each of these designations. What, 
then, is the relationship between the works of the flesh 
and the works of demons? When a man yields to 
temptation he sins in the flesh. Through such sin the 
door is opened for the invasion of the enemy. Then he 
has a compounded problem - the flesh and the devil. 
The solution is two-fold: crucify the flesh and cast out 
the demons. 

A classic example of the door being opened by sin of 
omission is the failure to forgive. In the case of the 
unjust steward (Matt. 18) he was turned over to the 
“tormentors” because he was unwilling to forgive his 



fellow servant after he himself had been forgiven by his 
master. God warns us that all who have experienced 
His forgiveness and refuse to forgive others will be 
turned over to the tormentors. What clearer 
designation of demon spirits can we find than 
“tormentors”? Unforgiveness opens the door to the 
torment of resentment and hatred and related spirits. 

Life Circumstances 

Evil spirits have no sense of fairness. They never 
hesitate to take full advantage of times of weakness in a 
person’s life. Of course the weakest time in most lives is 
childhood. A child is completely dependent upon others 
for protection. Without question the majority of 
demons encountered through ministry have entered 
the persons during childhood. Christian parents need to 
understand their responsibility to protect their children 
as well as how to deliver their children from demon 
oppression. 

One of the first questions asked in pre-ministry 
counseling is, “How did you relate to your parents as a 
child?” In the majority of cases this question opens the 
door for a listing of grievances for which the parents 
are blamed. How often I have heard such replies as, 

“My father was an alcoholic.” They go on to relate 
various fears associated with this condition in the 
home. There was insecurity and often poverty because 
father was unable to provide, or spent the family 
income in support of his addiction. As a child in such a 
home grows a little older he becomes embarrassed and 



ashamed. The quickest way to understand what doors 
were opened for demons to enter is to hear an account 
of a person’s childhood. 

The Ruse of Inheritance 

Multiplied instances have been found where evil spirits 
were able to indwell persons through the ruse of 
inheritance. If a child is told that he is like his parents 
and can expect to inherit their weaknesses he becomes 
vulnerable. My own mother was a very nervous 
person. When I was a young boy she had a nervous 
breakdown. I developed a fear that I would inherit this 
weakness. The fear of being nervous actually opened 
me to the reality. My nerves began to give way. It was as 
though something was inside my body and crawling all 
through me. I would become very weak and unable to 
fulfill my responsibilities as a pastor. The doctor put me 
on barbiturates which made me so drowsy I would 
have to go to bed. My work load would stack up and I 
would get more nervous. I was on a treadm i l l from 
which I saw no escape. Several times I came near 
resigning my church and leaving the ministry. Five 
years ago I was delivered from the demon of 
nervousness and related spirits. There has been no 
more crawling nerves and no more need for drugs. The 
demons that told me that I had to be like my mother 
were all liars! 

If we allow him to do so, the devil will give us our 
inheritance. But the Psalmist said of God, “He shall 
choose our inheritance for us” (Psalm 17:4a). I have 



found many others like myself who accepted the lies 
and fears suggested by the devil. Many persons are 
collapsing from a fear of mental illness. Because a 
parent had this problem the devil says, “This is your 
inheritance.” Do you know that a person can be so 
possessed by the fear of mental illness that he will 
eventually end up in a mental hospital? I have seen 
many persons delivered from this particular 
tormenting fear, My father died of a heart attack. My 
mother was dying of heart trouble. Aunts and uncles 
had gone the same way. The devil kept telling me that 
this was my inheritance. I went to my doctor for a 
check-up. He asked questions about my family’s 
medical history. When he found out about all the heart 
trouble in my family he predicted that I would develop 
a bad heart. At the age of forty six I went to the hospital 
suffering from chest pains. When I had the attack 
someone gave me a nitroglycerin tablet and the pain 
left instantly. The doctor could find no damage to my 
heart but was sure that I had experienced a light heart 
attack. Two months after I left the hospital I had a 
second attack. It struck me on a Sunday morning before 
I got out of bed. By this time I had learned of the 
operation of demon spirits. I announced to the 
congregation that we would have a special ministry 
meeting that afternoon in which they would minister 
deliverance and cast out the demon of heart attack. 

That was five years ago, and I have never had another 
pain in my chest and no longer expect to have one. I do 
not accept the proffered inheritance of the devil but 
accept the healing and health of the Lord Jesus. 



“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to 
destroy: I am come that they might have life, and have 
it more abundantly.” John 10:10

26 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 2, 2019

    Troy Day

    Robert Borders Paul L. King bringing some memories 🙂

  • Peter Vandever
    Reply April 2, 2019

    Peter Vandever

    bad theology!

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Troy Day

      well this book was written long time ago @ the start of 21st century public Charismatic deliverance Cant blame them for all but at least its better theology than Bob’s – what your problem with it?

  • Robert Erwine
    Reply April 2, 2019

    Robert Erwine

    I read this book back in my younger Christian years, and thankfully did not put a whole lot of stock in it for very long. It’s been a long time since I read the book, but from what I recall demons allegedly cause just about every imaginable problem and can be found under just about every proverbial rock. Believers in the ideas expressed in this book will no doubt waste much time and emotional energy trying to rid themselves of entities and their belongings that allegedly bring these creatures into their lives. The ideas expressed in this book have the potential to cause a lot of psychological damage. This book is not recommended, nor are the irrational religious beliefs promoted in it. The authors blame nearly every kind of persistent sin on demonic activity, going so far as to claim that they hadn’t met a Christian yet who didn’t need to be freed of demonic influence. (Possession/ oppression… whatever you want to call it).

    Frankly, this book terrified me as an impressionable young convert. I was convinced that my own fleshly appetites must be the result of demons inside of me. Then a remarkable thing happened: I began to open the Bible and read for myself what God has to say about the sin nature.

    In particular, I stumbled across Romans 8:13-14 (ESV): “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

  • Robert Erwine
    Reply April 2, 2019

    Robert Erwine

    The Holy Spirit, the divine Agent who makes us children of God, does not share the temple of our bodies with demons. Moreover, as the above passage makes clear, the believer is commanded to “put to death the deeds of the body,” an idea hardly consistent with demons making Christians act in unseemly ways. In Christ we have been given the spiritual resources we need for sanctification.

    An interesting book no doubt, and much work. On it’s topic – exorcism, it is clear that there are a growing number of self-appointed exorcists out there, forming a mini-industry by sleight of hand, motivated for forms of egotism, money or insecurity.

    If an unlicensed person set themselves up and described themselves as a Psychiatrist or a Surgeon, would you go to them for treatment or an operation ?

    Would you trust self-appointed exorcists or healers to baptise you, to marry you ? With exorcism, they take advantage of the stress of the situation .

    One wonders if these self-appointed exorcists will next expand to personally promise salvation ? Are they attempting to privatise religion, or simply to erode and destroy it ? Beware not of those who attack the Church openly, but those who attack it in a hidden, subtle and insidious way. A primary objective towards innocent souls (not initiates of Satanism or evil) is to convince decent people of the non-existence of Satan, Lucifer, evil or demonic spirits. Does the Devil and evil exist ? An examination of the events in nazi germany should be enough to convince even the most die-hard, embittered sceptics or so called exponents and ..protectors’ of liberal thought who oddly object on principle, to anything not visible before their eyes. No need to feel foolish in making a precedent of ..belief without physical evidence before your eyes’ – we accept media news at face value every day, and no-one has ever seen an atom, even under the most powerful microscope – but we have nuclear power nevertheless.

    Not all authorised exorcisms by the Church always work, for various reasons. What is certain however, is that a lot of psychological damage, some permanent, can be done by those who are not authorised ordained priests – and has been done to people being ‘exorcised’ by these self-appointed so called ‘exorcists’. There should be laws against this, like there are for ..miracle cures’ sold from used bottles out of the back of a wagon. These people have the capacity to indefinitely wreck multiple lives , I should know !

  • Robert Erwine
    Reply April 2, 2019

    Robert Erwine

    To stretch the meaning of Mark 16:17,(18) to accommodate a strange variety of self-appointed people who seek to perform exorcisms for personal motives, but decline to be bound by any form of oversight or professional standards, and refuse to enter the priesthood to be ordained first, then authorised – the accepted and normal route (where they are properly screened, trained and authorised on a case by case basis), is wishful thinking and only benefits these non-authentic ..exorcists’, and… intelligent evil.

    I would suggest steering far away from this kind of literature that gives our defeated enemy way too much credit for what can be explained by human depravity. This book doesn’t provide deliverance from anything, for the book itself IS bondage

    The authors seem to endorse exorcisms in which the allegedly possessed person is held tightly by the practitioners, which the authors note frequently results in screams to be let go and vomiting. The authors recommend this technique for children. This book is a recipe for injury or death by smothering. The book also seems to lack scriptural basis for many of its claims, particularly its views of schizophrenia.

    The book pigs in the palor has hardly any Biblical basis. It is more or less a fabrication of the author’s own delusions. I am quite familiar with Scripture and what it says about dealing with evil spirits and this book couldn’t be more off base!!! People who buy into this book on a hook-line-sinker basis should seriously reconsider their understanding of Scripture and the life of Christ!

    this book is dangerous! The author claims that he was having a heart attack and instead of seeking medical attention he called the church together to have a prayer meeting so that they could “cast out the demon of heart attack” — if that’s not lunacy with no Biblical foundation I don’t know what is. I believe wholeheartedly that God heals people to this day but to have a heart attack and say it’s due to demon posession is ludicrous. Seek medical attention first, cast out the demon later!!! Sheesh

    Honestly, Jesus did not have His disciples hand out buckets for people to vomit out the demons (this is truly something the author recommends!).

    The Bible does not support the many “suppositions” this author has made to create his own ideas about how demons ought to be handled.

    Seriously, folks, go get your Bible and just read it instead of wasting your money on something like this. Plain and simply, it’s a false teaching you should avoid like the plague.

    This book provides a bleak glimpse into the minds of some extremely deluded people. It purports to be a “practical guide to deliverance,” an instuction manual on casting out demons from the possessed. In fact, it is a book-length recipe for disaster, an amalgam of dangerous misinformation. For example, schizophrenia (incorrectly identified as multiple personality disorder) is explained as a “nest of demon spirits,” and the book presents illustrated instructions on how to drive these demons out. Can you imagine the harm done to children with mental disorders ?

    First, some background. I am a Bible-believing Christian and I believe that demons exist, that they tempt and harass believers, and that people can be demon-possessed or “demonized” today.

    However, PIGS IN THE PARLOR is one of the worst Christian books I have ever read. Hammond teaches that *everyone,* including every Christian, has at least one demon and should seek to be delivered from it . In the Gospels, though, no one who had a demon ever approached Jesus and requested deliverance. No one! Loved ones had to bring the demoniacs to Jesus because they had no control over their bodies.

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 2, 2019

    Troy Day

    Robert Erwine nice copy paste – now do tell us what do you think about all this demonology deliverance business?

    • Robert Erwine
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Robert Erwine

      its from my blog about it . see my notes

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Troy Day

      you have demon deliverance blog about what?

    • Robert Erwine
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Robert Erwine

      about this book

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Troy Day

      so you dont think Trump needs some deliverance ?

    • Robert Erwine
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Robert Erwine

      this isn’t about trump , this is about a false word of faith teaching

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Troy Day

      word of faith?

    • Robert Erwine
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Robert Erwine

      PIGS IN THE PARLOR is one of the worst Christian books I have ever read. Hammond teaches that *everyone,* including every Christian, has at least one demon and should seek to be delivered from it (12). In the Gospels, though, no one who had a demon ever approached Jesus and requested deliverance. No one! Loved ones had to bring the demoniacs to Jesus because they had no control over their bodies.

      In the Gospels, the symptoms of those who had a demon included extreme strength, epileptic-like fits, self-destructive behavior, screaming, and revulsion at Jesus Christ (a symptom no Christian can have). Compare some of the symptoms that Hammond says are common in people who have a demon: worry, procrastination, gossip, caffeine addiction, and the like (28-29). In fact, these things supposedly *are* demons. Also on the list of nearly 300 demons are stubbornness, shyness, daydreaming, discouragement, headache, retardation, forgetfulness, heartache, embarrassment, sexual frigidity, and intellectualism (113-15). I suppose I have the last-mentioned demon. Ignorance and stupidity, however, did not make the list.

      Hammond also teaches the doctrine of positive confession, that if we say something negative it “will open the door for the enemy” (35). On this false doctrine, see the book _The Word-Faith Controversy_.

      Hammond implies that most demons enter a person before birth or during infancy (117). Most adopted children “will have spirits of rejection” (118). A child’s stuffed toy frog had to go because it could attract demons (142). (Sorry, Kermit!)

      This book promotes deception and magic in it’s illiterate superstitions for feeble minds.

      The only deliverance you will be shown in this book is the deliverance of your time, money and sanity.

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Troy Day

      hahhahaah spooked you out of reading didnt it 🙂

    • Robert Erwine
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Robert Erwine

      huh ? I wrote a page by page blog about it in 2011

    • Link Hudson
      Reply April 2, 2019

      Link Hudson

      Robert Erwine Was bad breath on the list? Seems like I heard that. How does this rank compared to Rebecca Brown books?

  • George Hartwell
    Reply April 2, 2019

    George Hartwell

    I would agree with an assessment that Pigs in the Parlour is not a healthy read. However, I am more and more convinced that most that we have called ‘deliverance ministry’ is not healthy. It has always had and continues to have mixed fruit. I suspect that any teaching or practice that gets Christians overly focused on demons is unhealthy, nay dangerous. Again that is from observations.

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 2, 2019

    Troy Day

    Yes and YET George Hartwell even Peter Vandever would agree that it is ONLY demon deliverance ministry that sets as students of Christ from all other OT students of Moses who never delivered no one from demons and had no clue what it was

    • George Hartwell
      Reply April 3, 2019

      George Hartwell

      There is no doubt that demon deliverance – as practiced by new-convert Chinese – was a key factor in the conversion of the Chinese in the 1800’s.

  • Paul L. King
    Reply April 2, 2019

    Paul L. King

    I agree with the overall negative assessments, and even though it does have some elements of truth, I cannot recommend it to anyone. I read the book in 1973 and promptly went out to practice it, with devastating consequences. They say all mental illness is demonic. I tired to cast demons out of a schizophrenic woman. If she wasn’t paranoid before, she was by the time I tried to deliver her by the Hammonds counsel.

  • Isara Mo
    Reply April 3, 2019

    Isara Mo

    Very good book

    • Paul L. King
      Reply April 3, 2019

      Paul L. King

      Isara Mo with 48 years of deliverance ministry experience, I have to strongly disagree. It is very unsound biblically and theologically

    • Isara Mo
      Reply April 4, 2019

      Isara Mo

      Paul L. King
      Personally I have read it I think twice.It was one of a set of 5 books which a friend sent me from the UK on request including Derek Princes “They Shall Expel demons..and Rules of Engagement..
      I personally think the authors Ida and Frank had covered the most essential areas in deliverance ministry.
      But to the books Biblical and theological soundness i really cannot argue because I don’t have a sound Biblical and theological background.
      You could be very right on that..

    • Troy Day
      Reply April 4, 2019

      Troy Day

      I know a guy who lived with Prince in Africa and recently wrote a book on demonology He is a Messianic Jew so his linguistic insights are incredible

      He claims that on purpose Prinse did not write EVERY thing he knew about demon casting because people could not handle it – especially the African occult stuff and how it relates to Biblical demonology As far as I understand Pigs in the parlor is a very very milder version – more of cliff notes or introduction to demon warfare for Westerners and our quite demon-free theology

  • Troy Day
    Reply April 3, 2019

    Troy Day

    With such great interest we may publish the rest soon

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