When I developed the Christian counseling model called “deliverance counseling,” I explained the reason for its existence in the book “FACES OF THE RELIGIOUS dEMON: Freedom Through Deliverance Counseling.” However, as I reading through “War on the Saints,” I found a quote written at least 100 years ago that explains deliverance counseling better than I can. So here is the phenomenal quote of woman of God, Jessie Penn-Lewis:
“It has been thought almost universally, that the only way to deal with demon possession is by casting out the evil spirit, by some divinely equipped believer. But facts prove that this method is not always successful, for though the diagnosis of the intruder’s presence may be correct yet THE GROUND THAT GAVE IT OCCUPATION CANNOT BE CAST OUT; and unless the ground is dealt with, no full relief can be obtained, or change seen, in the majority of cases.”
In others, when the evil spirit apparently departs, it must not be concluded that the person is entirely free, for it may be that what has occurred is only THAT A PARTICULAR MANIFESTATION HAS CEASED, and it is not unlikely that another manifestation may appear; possibly not a visible one, or one easily perceived or detected, but recognizable by ANY WHO HAVE LEARNED TO DISCRIMINATE between the workings of evil spirits, and those which are human or divine.
It is possible also to suppress a certain manifestation for a time, and not entirely get rid of it; and the SAME manifestation may return again and again in DIFFERENT GUISE, UNLESS THE GROUND IS DEALT WITH.
Where the demon has a distinctive personality that is different and even contrary to its captive, its presence is obvious. So when it is cast out, the captive knows he or she is free because the relief is immediate.
However, where the demon’s essence cannot be distinguished from the captive, it is hidden and can appear to be a natural property of the captive.
In such cases, truth should be presented FIRST, and the WILL of the captive should be strengthened so that he or she can refuse and DISOWN THE GROUND.” (page 180)
In a nutshell, Jessie Penn- Lewis has succinctly presented the case as to why I do not practice deliverance ministry and why I have developed a deliverance counseling model.
If you would like to enter into deliverance counseling, set up a telephone session by calling 518-477-5759.
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