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Can the Unsaved Be Delivered from Demons?

 

How can an unsaved person be delivered when spirits of deception and mind control seem to be blocking the hearing of the gospel and the way to salvation?

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I hope you’ll stop by our web site, and read the frequently asked question entitled, “Is Deliverance also for the Unsaved?” In that essay, you’ll find that biblically speaking, salvation must come first, with deliverance following.
I think I understand the heart of your question, though, and that is how does one get around the obvious fact that demons are keeping people from coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?
The Bible addresses this very question…
2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)
The “god of this world” or “god of this age” is of course, Satan.
SATAN
Another common name for Satan in the New Testament is “the devil,” meaning “slanderer” or “false accuser.” Other titles by which Satan is identified in the New Testament include “the tempter” (1 Thes. 3:5); “Beelzebub” (Matt. 12:24); “the wicked one” (Matt. 13:19,38); “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31); “the god of this age” (2 Cor. 4:4); “Belial” (2 Cor. 6:15), “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2); and “the accuser of our brethren” (Rev. 12:10).
(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary,)(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
So if Satan is blinding the minds, or in your own words “spirits of deception and mind control seem to be blocking the hearing of the gospel”, how do you spiritually attack them?
Well, we believe that deliverance is only for the born-again believer, since deliverance is the “children’s bread” (Matthew 15:26, Mark 7:27). So if you cannot biblically (and safely) cast out demons from the unsaved, what is there to do?
In answer to this question, we practice the biblical principle of “binding and loosing” as mentioned in Matthew 18:18, as in other places. There is also a Frequently Asked Question on this topic as well, if you’d like to find out more about it.
I’ve been reading a book entitled, “How to Pray” by R.A. Torrey. It’s an excellent book. In chapter 9, there is a stinging explanation on why our prayers are often times unanswered, and it is not because God doesn’t want to answer our prayers, but because we are walking in disobedience to His word. I’ve included these things in the prayer below.
Essentially, what we do, is that we pray the scriptures something like this, in your case…
“Father, according to your Word in 2 Peter 3:9, you are not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance in Christ Jesus. This is your will, Father, according to your Word. And in 1 John 5:14-15, your word declares, that if we ask anything according to your will, you hear us, and we know that if you hear us, whatever it is that we have asked of you, we know that we will have whatever it is that we’ve desired. So Father, your word declares that your will is that my unsaved friend should not perish, but come to repentance. And Father, I ask, according to your will, that you will cause this person to come to repentance. Since I ask according to your declared will, I know I have what it is that I’ve asked of you.
And Father, according to Matthew 18:18, your word says that whatsoever I bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatsoever I loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. I right now, in Jesus’ Name, bind the spirits of deception, mind-control and any other related evil spirit working against my unsaved friend to keep him from coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Any mind-binding, mind-blinding spirits, spirits of confusion, doubt, and unbelief, I bind you, in Jesus’ Name, so that my unsaved friend might come into the knowledge and understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that they can have the free will to choose to accept or reject Jesus Christ. Father, also according to Matthew 18:18, I loose spirits of salvation, adoption, revelation of Jesus Christ through God’s Word in the Bible, counsel, wisdom, understanding and humility upon my unsaved friend to help him understand what God has done for him through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. I pray this according to your word, Father, which is your will, and knowing that I am praying according to you will, I know that you will answer this prayer, so that my unsaved friend will have the free will to accept or reject Jesus.
Father, I also ask you to reveal any hidden sins in my heart, as the Psalmist David prayed in Psalm 139:23, since sin hinders my prayers to you (Psalm 66:18). I also ask that you try my motives to prove them pure, Father, and not selfish. My heart’s desire is that my unsaved friend will bring glory to Your Name, and not so that my life will be easier, or that I might gain something by it, thus fulfilling James 4:3, which says that I ask and receive not because I ask to spend it upon my own pleasures. I also ask you, Father, to reveal any idols in my life that would hinder my prayers to you, according to Ezekiel 14:3. That you’ll expose any stinginess in not giving to the poor, which will also hinder my prayers to you , according to Proverbs 21:13. And if there is anyone that I haven’t forgiven, that you’ll bring these to mind that I might confess and/or rectify the situation so that my prayers will not be hindered, according to Mark 11:25. Also Father, if my relationship with my spouse is not pleasing to you and according to your Word, that you’ll expose this that I may confess it and ask for your help so that my prayers won’t be hindered according to Peter 3:7. And lastly Father, help mine unbelief that my prayers not be hindered according to James 1:5-7.
I ask all these things to further your kingdom, to give you all the glory, honor, and praise, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
This is how we would pray.
The scriptures also tell us to pray until we see it come to pass in Luke 11:5-8 and Luke 18:1-8. R.A. Torrey had this to say: “God delights in the holy boldness that will not take no for an answer. It is an expression of great faith, and nothing pleases God more than faith.” Torrey also points out that MUCH of Jesus’ time was spent in prayer, and for us to think that we only need to pray once and it’s done is to “have gotten beyond [our] Master (Matt 26:44).”
Again, read up on the Frequently Asked Questions page, and follow up on the scripture references I’ve listed above. And most importantly, pray without ceasing as Paul did in Romans 1:9; Ephesians 1:15,16; Colossians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 3:10; and 2 Timothy 1:3!
Hope this has helped.
HBC

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