Chapter 11 Deliverance: Individual And Group Private And Public The ministry of deliverance belongs to the church. It should go right along with preaching, teaching, and healing. In the Great Commission as recorded in Matthew we read... And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU: and, 10,1 am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matt. 28:18-20 The casting out of demons is a vital part of that which Jesus commanded his disciples. In Mark's account of the commission he quotes Jesus as saying, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils..." Notice the plural pronouns "them" and "they". This suggests that it is a ministry of the church rather than of the individual. Today the Holy Spirit is bringing forth a crash ministry of deliverance in the church because it has been so long neglected and the church must have it to be prepared for the coming of the Lord Jesus. Deliverance CAN take place as part of a regular church service. Jesus did not shrink back from casting out demons publicly and in the place of worship and teaching. And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught... And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out... And Jesus rebuked him saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. Mark 1:21,23,25 I have been in services like that. The very presence of those who were moving in the power of God over demon spirits caused the spirits to react and cry out or speak out. It would depend upon the point interruption in the service as to what course was taken. Sometimes spirits were told to be quiet until the message was finished. The demon would thus be bound until time to cast them out. Again, the situation might lend itself to immediate deliverance. This happened once in a service where I was ministering. At the very end of my message demon spirits took over a man and his wife. They were Christians but had not known the baptism in the Holy Spirit. They had come to the service with the intention of mocking and making fun the "Pentecostals". But during the service they came under conviction. The message emphasized the power in the blood of Jesus. The woman began to shake violently. When those nearby started to pray for her the demons began to scream through her. When the husband moved to see what he could do to help, the demons in him began to scream shake him. The congregation continued to sing praise songs and let us ministered to the man and his wife in the aisle of the church, until they were free from the demonic seizure. Then both of them were prayed for to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and in a few moments they were speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave utterance. Both delivered from demons of alcohol and nicotine as well as many other. They have continued in their Spirit-filled life with great zeal and joy. Up to this point in my own ministry, most of the deliverance been on the basis of a private conference-type ministry. Our deliverance team will go into a church or community. There will be several teaching sessions on demonology and deliverance. The people are encouraged to make appointments for ministry. We will set up appointments much like a doctor's office. About two hours are scheduled for each person. We strongly encourage ministry for fam ili es with both parents and children of all ages participating. About thirty to forty-five minutes of the time is given to a conference and the remainder to the process of deliverance. This approach to deliverance has proved to have some strong points in its favor. For one thing, the conference discussion brings to light the times and ways that demons were able to gain entrance into the person's life. The person is able to learn how the various demons operate. This understanding is a big help in their being able to close the doors to the demons after they have been cast out so that they will not be able to regain entrance. Of course the demons are listening to the conversation and realize that their presence is being disclosed and their ways of evil work are being brought to light. This serves to stir up the spirits and by the time you are ready for ministry the demons are usually on the surface and come out more readily. The conference- type ministry has the disadvantage of being time- consuming, but it has the advantage of being more thorough than the public and group deliverance. The heart of Jesus cries out for more workers. In the context of Matt. 10 Jesus is engaged in His ministry of teaching, preaching, healing and CASTING OUT DEMONS. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; PRAY YE THEREFORE THE LORD OF THE HARVEST, THAT HE WILL SEND FORTH LABOURERS INTO HIS HARVEST. Matt. 9:36-38 GROUP MINISTRY Group ministry involves the casting out of demons from more than one person at a time. The group can vary in size from two to a multitude. That this can be done has been demonstrated many times by persons moving in deliverance ministry. The deliverance minister will command the demons to go in the name of Jesus. And the demons will begin to come out. In large groups of a hundred or more, unless there are enough personal workers knowledgeable enough to give adequate help to each individual, some may not receive the ministry they need. In the group ministry there are some who receive a very adequate deliverance, others may not get as much as they need and some may not get any. Group ministry can be effective with children. I had the experience of ministering to a group of children, ages seven through twelve. We began by calling for spirits that are common to practically every boy and girl, e.g.fear, selfishness, resentment and anger. After a list of common spirits had been covered and commanded out, individual children with particular problems were dealt with more specifically. The parents and pastor of the children were present and assisted with the individual ministries. Two children also received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and one gained liberty in tongues. More has been said about ministry to children in a separate chapter. It is inconceivable that Jesus ministered to each person individually. He was swarmed by multitudes of persons wanting healing and deliverance everywhere He went. He and the twelve could not have personally ministered to each individual, yet the record makes it clear that he ministered to "all" who came. In Peter's sermon to the household of Cornelius he tells us: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing ALL that were oppressed of the devil. Acts 10:38 Private Or Public Ministry? Sometimes we are made to feel that we have to make a decision between two things. Do we really have to choose between public or private deliverance? It is evident that the Holy Spirit has directed in both. Let each believer do it the way the Lord shows him. Private ministry is important if not essential in some cases. We are finding that most Christians have some dark pages in their lives. There are things which have never been confessed to anyone. Demons thrive on the hidden and unconfessed sins. They bring guilt and unworthiness to hinder the spiritual growth and witness of the believer. Most persons feel quite comfortable in confessing these things to the deliverance counselor. It is made clear to them that the digging into the past is for the purpose of revealing the doors through which demons entered in order that those doors might be closed forever. Some individuals require more teaching and encouragement than others in being able to retain their deliverance. Some grasp quickly the techniques of spiritual warfare while others are slow to learn. Some are more vulnerable to attack through other persons in their lives, especially in the home. The minister feels the importance of each case and wants to be at his very best under God, that the person ministered unto will be able to continue in his deliverance in victory.