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Beware! Try the Spirits

 

I must mention something about certain types of people who may block or hinder deliverance.  Probably you are aware of groups who practice snake handling and even drink poisons to demonstrate their spirituality.  This is a demonic mockery of Mark 16:15-18, for “thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Matthew 4:7).  Jesus refused to use His power for vain glory.

A woman from Tennessee visited our church requesting deliverance from evil spirits.  For a week, following each service, she received prayer and great numbers of demons poured out of her.  On her final night, she testified of her deliverance, praising God for what already had been accomplished in her life.

During the invitation, she came for more prayer and the remaining demons were forced to manifest and began leaving one by one.  Several workers were assisting in the deliverance.  Suddenly from behind the workers came a shrill, chanting voice.  “Ohhhhh Jeee-sus, Jeeesus, Jeee-sus!  Ohhhh!  Guh-low-ree, Hal-la-lu-yah, Ohhhh, Jeee-sus ….”  This was repeated over and over and could be clearly heard over the shrieking commotion of manifesting demons.

Looking around we saw a woman whom no one knew with her hands shaking and waving spasmodically in the air.  Her body was weaving and swaying to and fro, violently jerking as she was loudly “doing her thing.”  We shook our heads, for we had witnessed this sort of carrying on before.

One of the workers moved over and began to talk with her, trying to quiet her and distract her away from the lady who was receiving prayer.  The stranger airily informed him that she was from a certain Pentecostal church and she “knew all about deliverance.”   Then she went at it again, blatantly chanting, shaking, swaying and jerking.

Workers attempted to stay between her and the one in deliverance.  In spite of this interference, she darted around to the side and managed to reach in and grab the subject’s hand.  As soon as this happened, the body relaxed and the demons ceased manifesting and took a breather.  There was no mistaking it, this touch from the strange woman somehow had given them aid and comfort!

Courteously but firmly we managed to push away the “helpful”  woman and resumed the work of extracting the demons.  Still she stood as close as possible and continued her weird chanting.  When a demon would be on the verge of leaving, the woman would become very agitated and wave both arms and shout in a weird guttural language.  Immediately the demon would resist and refuse to come out and it was plain that he was being helped by the visitor.

An elder was summoned to deal with her.  He asked her politely to be seated on a pew and simply sit and pray quietly (for she kept protesting that she wanted to help that woman).  Standing her ground defiantly, she proudly assured him that she was not afraid.  Again she loudly proclaimed for all to hear that she “knew all about deliverance.”

With this she attempted to push past him to get back at the woman receiving prayer.  When he was quite firm and insistent about doing what she had been told, she snorted angrily.  Snatching her handbag from the pew she stormed from the church, muttering furiously about these “narrow-minded Baptists.”

After this the deliverance proceeded smoothly and before long the building was filled with singing and shouting praises to the Lord Jesus for His deliverance of many bound ones.  False Tongues, Heresy, False Gifts, Woman Preacher, Another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4), and others left.  Satan evidently sent in reinforcements in the person of the woman visitor to block or hinder the deliverance.

Be on guard for people who come in and attempt to take over, dominate or outdo the regular workers.  At our church we feel a deep sense of responsibility to protect those who come to us for prayer.  Not just everyone who walks in is welcome to minister to those in need.  Only those who are known and have accepted the authority of the pastor and elders in the local assembly are permitted to lay hands on people and pray.

False religious spirits particularly seem to enjoy making people twitch and shake like puppets on a string.  We have seen so much jerking and spasmodic muscular contractions pro-duced by demonic manifestations that frankly we find all such “holy jerking”  to be suspect.  Demons love to twist and distort but the Holy Spirit never does.

Make no mistake, not every group which practices “gifts” or “knows all about deliverance” is of God (Matthew 7:21-22).  Try the spirits (John 4:1).  One good way to discern the true from the false is to look for the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23).  Be aware that Satan will try to slip in to hinder you (Galatians 1:6,7).  Test the spirits by God’s Word.  John wrote:  “Believe not every spirit ….”   (I John 4:1-6), and earnestly warned that the spirit of Antichrist and the spirit of error (deception)  were already actively at work among them.  They were to doubt every supernatural teaching and teacher until they were proven to be of God.

The following is an excerpt from “Demonic Deceptions, Booklet #15″ by Pastor Win Worley. Copyright © 1983 by Win Worley, Revised © 1993. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including storage and retrieval system, without securing permission in writing from the publisher, WRW Publications, PO BOX 9309, Highland, IN 46322.

If you’d like to obtain your own copy of not only this, but other materials authored by Win Worley, please contact WRW Publications at www.wrwpublications.com

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