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when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue
and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching,
because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the
teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was
possessed by an evil spirit cried out, "What do you want
with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know
who you arethe Holy One of God!" "Be quiet!"
said Jesus sternly, "Come out of him!" The evil spirit
shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The
people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What
is this? A new teachingand with authority! He even gives
orders to evil spirits and they obey him."
Many modern psychologists try to explain these Scriptures by
saying that the people in Jesus day did not know anything
about mental disorders, so they blamed demons for peoples
mental sicknesses. However, it was not just the people in those
days who believed in demon possession, but Jesus also believed in
the reality of demon possession, and by casting demons out of
people, they were cured. In other words, if demons are not real,
then how did Jesus get good results?
Ive also seen positive results when driving out demons.
For example, years ago I received a midnight call. The young man
over the phone, frightened and bewildered, pleaded,
"Something has happened to my wife. She has lost her mind.
We dont know what to do, and my mother-in-law said to call
In the background, I could hear the wife growling and
screaming. I promised him that I would go to his house
When I arrived, the man opened the door, and I could see his
wife on top of the couch, cringing and growling. She was totally
I looked into the husbands eyes and said, "I
dont think youve ever seen the power of God before,
but today youre going to see Gods power deliver your
wife from demons."
I walked toward the wife and laid my hands on her and spoke
sternly to those spirits. I commanded all the spirits to leave.
Within a couple of minutes, the woman snapped out of her
psychosis. She looked at me and said, "Who are you?"
She looked at her husband and asked, "Whats going
She was not aware of the entire incident, yet she was totally
back to her normal self. The husband began to cry as he saw his
wife delivered from spirits. He immediately gave his life to the
If demons are not real, then how could this woman as well as
countless people be helped through casting out demons? The fact
is demons are real and exorcism is real.
The Ministry of Deliverance
The ministry of deliverance must be carried out in accord with
the Scriptures. The harm which has been caused by so-called
ministers of deliverance is a result of them departing from the
Bible and getting into extra-biblical and, worse, unbiblical
practices. The Scriptures give us several important facts about
Jesus ministry of exorcism.
First, Jesus emphasized teaching and preaching above driving
out demons. In the above scripture, the reason Jesus came into
the Synagogue was to teach. The Bible says the people were
amazed at His teaching. Today, Im amazed at the lack of
teaching among ministers of deliverance.
Some people think they are called to specializein
deliverance. Exorcism should not be anyones specialty.
Every minister should specialize in teaching the Word of God to
people, and then when the need arises, they can drive out demons.
Dont go to Sister Deliverance to get set free from
demons. These people seem to have revolving doors with signs that
reads: Bring your paper sack with you and prepare to vomit your
demons. Dont misunderstand me, I have seen people vomit
after they have been delivered, but I dont look for it.
People ask, "Why does it seem that people cough or vomit
when demons come out?" Well, there is Scriptural precedent
for physical manifestations. The Bible says, "The evil
spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek."
It is normal for there to be physical manifestations when spirits
come out, especially physical manifestations through the mouth.
Notice that this spirit came out with a shriek.
This is exactly what happened when Philip drove out spirits,
"With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many" (Acts
8:7). A shriek is a high, pitch scream. It seems that the exit
for evil spirits is through the mouth. After all, it is usually
our big mouth which became the open door for demons, so it stands
to reason, that the mouth is the exit as well. Coughing and
vomiting are manifestations of the mouth.
In my youth, I was working at a local restaurant when one of
my fellow employees confided in me. She said, "Tom, I know
youre going to think Im crazy. But I feel that I have
a demon inside of me. Nearly every night when I go to bed, this
spirit begins to scare me." This girl was not a charismatic.
She was not even a Christian at the time. She simply believed
that evil spirits were real.
I told her that I believed her and that I would try to help
her. We ended the conversation and proceeded to continue working.
We closed the restaurant and started cleaning up. The Lord
startled me, "Tom, if you will speak to the spirit now, the
demon will go."
I walked to this girl as she was vacuuming the carpet. I said
to her, "The Lord spoke to me and told me to tell the spirit
to go, and it will go."
She turned off the vacuum cleaner and said, "Then tell it
I pointed my finger at hershe was about ten feet
awayand said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus, I
tell you evil spirit to come out of her!"
The moment I said that she gasped, "Ugh!" She looked
startled and exclaimed, "Something came out of my mouth.
What was that?"
"That was the demon. Its gone!"
Let me repeat. This girl knew nothing of the charismatic
movement. She had never seen people delivered from evil spirits.
She had no past experience which could cause her to
psychologically make her think that the demon should come out of
her mouth. But it did. This incident is similar to the biblical
examples of shrieking.
Dont Talk with Demons
A second fact about Jesus and demons is this: He never held
conversations with demons. He said, "Be quiet! Come out
It is true that on one occasion Jesus asked a demon his name,
but this was because the demon refused to go. I suppose you may
ask a demon its name if they refuse to depart, but its not
wise to hold a conversation with them. Ordinarily, Jesus shut the
mouths of demons. This is the normal way of deliverance.
I heard someone pound on my door. As I opened it, one of my
members barged through, "Tom, you have to come with me
quickly! Theres a man whos demon possessed. I and
some others need your help to drive out the demons!" I went
As I arrived, there were about four men who were trying to
excise the demons from this man. Everyone was shouting different
things, "Whats your name!" "Tell us about
the realm of the spirit." "Where did you come
from?" "Recount to us about the role of demons in
Mexico." Everyone was more interested in talking with the
demons than casting them out.
The people would grab the man and try to hold him down, but
the demoniac simply threw them across the room.
One guy turned to me, "Tom, these demons dont want
to leave. Weve been at it for several hours. Why dont
you give it a try. Maybe you can cast them out."
I walked over to this man, reached out my right hand and
touched his shoulder. Looking him in the eyes, I said,
"Im not talking to the demons, Im talking to
you, sir. Please come over here to the couch and sit down with
me." He did.
I asked him, "How long have you been like this?"
"For many years, I have heard these demons talk to me and
speak through me. I want to be free, but I cant."
"Yes you can!" I assured him. "And I believe
that you will be set free today."
"Can you drive out the demons from me?"
"I sure can with Gods power."
He grinned, "I think you can."
"I know I can." I laid my hands on the man and said
calmly, yet sternly, "In the name of Jesus, I command all
the evil spirits to come out of him." I named several which
I believed were in him.
No sooner than I said this, the man looked up at me and smiled
wide, "Theyre gone!" The other men all sensed
that the spirits had left him.
That night, the leader of this group came to me privately and
asked, "Tom, what were we doing wrong? Why couldnt we
drive out the spirits?"
I explained to him, "You should not hold conversations
with demons. By doing that, you prolong the deliverance. Simply,
take your authority over the spirits and cast them out!" He
accepted what I said.
Give Orders to Demons
This brings us to the third principle about exorcism as
witness in the ministry of Jesus: He drove out demons with His
When Jesus drove out the demon from the man in the synagogue,
the people were astonished on how He drove out the demon. They
said, "He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey
him." They werent used to any one driving out
demons with simply their words. This is the way Jesus delivered
people from demons. Another scripture says,
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were
brought to [Jesus], and he drove out the spirits with a word
and healed all the sick. (Matt. 8:16)
Jesus expelled demons with simply His word. He used nothing
Im surprise how many Christians depend on various
methods of casting out demons. The only method you need is your
words. Your words can drive out demons.
Yet, when people try to perform an exorcism, they bring out
the holy water, a crucifix, candles, incense, prayer beads, a
blessed Bible, a prayer book, and anything else they think will
be effective to drive out the demons. But they lack one thing:
Listen, if you want to be successful at driving out demons,
then take all your religious paraphernalia, and find the nearest
garbage can and dump all the unnecessary accessories in it. Then
youll be ready to drive out demons.