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What About Transference of Spirits?


We have a deliverance ministry here in CA. There are three of us working together. One of our partners who has the gift of discerning of spirits is always talking about how spirits transfer by touching or laying on of hands.

He stands on the scripture: 2 Tim 5:22- Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. We have heard this interpreted as pertaining to the commissioning of elders, but He feels it means that we should be extremely careful in the laying on of hands as we minister to others. We believe that when we are praying for others and we have prayed that we be covered in the Blood of Jesus that we are protected from the transference of spirits. Is not the Blood of Jesus the strongest power in the universe?? We would like to know more about how spirits transfer, and what your experience and thoughts are on this subject. I noticed that there is a audio tape on the transference of spirits, would this be helpful to us? Thank you for your time and effort.

HBC response:

We also place the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us and the person we pray for in deliverance. In addition, we “bind all transference’s of spirits” according to Matthew 18:18 before we begin praying. I believe you are almost correct in stating that the Blood of Jesus is the most powerful thing in the Universe. I believe that the Name of Jesus Christ, in the name of which, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, is the most powerful thing in the Universe…and that if we pray against the transference’s of spirits according to His Word, in His Name, this is what will protect us from transference’s of spirits.

I’ll have to try to find the scriptures “covering ourselves in the Blood” to protect us. It alludes me at the moment where that scripture passage is. The Blood that was placed over the door of the Israelites was to protect them from death–a foreshadow of the Blood of Jesus which covers us and protects us from the second death, eternal damnation…separation from God. As far as the Blood being a shield about us, I’ll have to research.

One thing I’d like to mention before I run, though, is that your friend’s comments about the transference’s of spirits seems to me to be laden with fear. And we know that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). So red flags ought to be popping up over that one aspect of his belief–the fear of transference’s. At the same time, though, it is common knowledge that witches do in fact transfer spirits from one to another by the laying on of hands. The passage your friend brought up, in context, does refer to the ministry and ordaining someone for leadership in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It would be taken out of context if it’s stretched to apply to the transference’s of spirits, although, transference’s do in fact happen at the laying on of hands.

But in addition to the laying on of hands, spirits transfer from one to another by simply agreeing with one another. Take for instance:

Proverbs 22:24-25
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. (KJV)

The “lest thou learn his ways” we believe to be the transference of spirits from one to another. Much like a child who hangs around with the wrong crowds. Well, what drives the wrong crowds to do evil things? And when that child joins that gang of people, what then drives the child?

We should be careful what church we attend and who we listen to preaching on the radio. Transference’s of spirits can happen from receiving bad doctrine:

2 Cor 11:3-4
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (KJV)

“If ye receive another spirit”–well if since Paul is talking to the Corinthians, who are Christians, who already then have the Holy Spirit, “receiving another spirit” can only apply to evil spirits especially in the context that the preaching is regarding “another Jesus” and “another gospel.”

Transference’s of spirits can happen between good friends. It doesn’t necessarily have to be some stranger or false prophet.

But there is no reason to fear demons, or their transference. We’ve got so many demons to deal with, there’s no reason to fear that we’re going to get a transference that will mar our perfect “100% delivered” status. At the same time, there are transference’s of spirits, and we need to be aware of this and protect ourselves accordingly (Matt 18:18). Being wise as serpents, innocent as doves…

Win wrote a really good booklet on the subject if you want to check out our bookroom. It’s called “Soul Ties and Binding/Loosing Spirits, Booklet #5.” There’s also a video on Binding and Loosing Spirits available which is an incredible resource. You’ll find these both at www.wrwpublications.com

Win also used to speak about these “famous spiritual teachers” who ran around the country saying “Don’t touch me. I’ll lose the anointing I have on me” before they went on stage. Win said something to the effect of, “I don’t want what he has.” People can really get wrapped up in feeling holy and clean, and yet we’ll always be sinners saved by grace, an imperfect and rebellious people standing before a pure and holy God.

Jesus walked amongst prostitutes and lepers in His ministry. He wasn’t afraid to touch people, was He? He wasn’t afraid to go into the Pharisees houses to eat. He wasn’t afraid to talk and meet people on their level.

Can you see Jesus walking about the streets telling people not to touch Him, afraid that He might get a transference of spirits when He prayed for them? “Now as I apply this spittle and clay to your eyes, blind man, I hope I don’t get a transference of any of your filthy demons because I’m so clean and you’re not.”

And the one time that Jesus did ask who touched him, the woman who had been bent over and sick for 12 years I think it was, pointed her out so that (1) she would know where the healing came from; and (2) that it would be a testimony to the Father’s Glory. People touched Jesus everywhere He went.

And what about Peter, who’s shadow which fell on the sick, healed them. Do you think people weren’t touching Peter?

So I hope I’ve answered your question.



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