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CAN CHRISTIANS BE DEMON POSSESSED? ARE CHRISTIANS CALLED TO CAST OUT DEMONS?



Posted: 08/01/12

Worldview Weekend Radio with Brannon Howse

Can Christians be demon possessed? Are Christians called to cast out demons? What happened when Pastor John MacArthur tried to cast out a demon from a woman at his church? Why did his command for the demon to leave not work? What finally released the young women from her demonic bondage? Why are Christians not to be afraid of demons? What specific Bible verses assure Christians that we do not have to be afraid of demons? What specific Bible verses tell Christians how to avoid Satan's snare of sin, discouragement, and a damaged testimony?

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Yes, Christians Have Authority of Christ to Cast Out Demons Part 2
Posted On: 08/03/12 03:44:53 PM Age 0, GA
In addition to my earlier post on the teachings of the early church fathers that Christians do have authority to cast out demons, I thought it best to also include the Biblical authority for us to do so, and to answer the question as to why Dr. MacArthur could not cast out the demon he spoke of. The Biblical authority for Christians to cast out demons: Mar 9:38-39: "And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me." There are two lessons here. The first is that just like the Apostles, there are many today who want to forbid another believer or speak ill of them because that other believer doesn't follow their way. This exclusive (or prideful) attitude of even the Apostles is discussed at length in numerous commentaries. The second lesson is that by faith and the power of the name of Jesus Christ there was at least one (and probably others) who had the power to cast out demons. It's noteworthy to mention that this other believer was not an Apostle or even in the 70 who were later selected and commissioned by Christ, i.e., the power to cast out demons is powered by faith in Jesus Christ, the power of the name of Jesus itself, and as noted below, sometimes also requires prayer and fasting. In essence, these lessons are a rebuke to those who wrongly claim that the power to cast out demons was only given to the Apostles or were for only a given time. CASTING OUT DEMONS MUST BE DONE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND ALSO REQUIRES FAITH IN HIM. The Bible gives us two examples of people casting out demons in Jesus name, but without faith in Him, and the consequences of that (Acts 19:13-16, Mat 7:22-23). Mar 16:15-17: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues . . ." CASTING OUT A DEMON CAN ONLY BE DONE IN THE POWER OF JESUS NAME. Mat 17:18-20: And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith . . ." CASTING OUT DEMONS REQUIRES FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, NOT JUST USING HIS NAME LIKE SOME MAGIC FORCE. Mat 17:21: "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." SOMETIMES, PRAYER AND FASTING ARE REQUIRED TO CAST OUT SOME DEMONS. Joh 14:12: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." So, based on what Scripture tells us, there are only three reasons why Dr. MacArthur could not cast out the demon he confronted: Faith, prayer, fasting. In His love and truth.



Yes, Christians Have Authority of Christ to Cast Out Demons
Posted On: 08/03/12 08:21:27 AM Age 0, GA
While the example of John MacArthur not being able to cast out demons is illustrative, it is not proof that Christians do not have the authority of Christ to cast out demons. In addition to the NUMEROUS Biblical teachings that Christians to have such authority, including Jesus himself saying this is one of the signs of a true believer--casting out demons, this was also taught by the early church fathers, i.e., those taught by the Apostles themselves and their students, as well: Justin Martyr: Second Apology, Chapter VI.—Names of God and of Christ, their meaning and power: "For numberless demoniacs throughout the whole world, and in your city, many of our Christian men exorcising them in the name of Jesus Christ . . ." Justin Martyr: Dialogue with Trypho, Chapter XXX.—Christians possess the true righteousness: "For we call Him Helper and Redeemer, the power of whose name even the demons do fear; and at this day, when they are exorcised in the name of Jesus Christ, crucified under Pontius Pilate, governor of Judća, they are overcome. And thus it is manifest to all, that His Father has given Him so great power, by virtue of which demons are subdued to His name, and to the dispensation of His suffering." Justin Martyr. Dialogue with Trypho, Chapter LXXVI.—From other passages the same majesty and government of Christ are proved: "And now we, who believe on our Lord Jesus, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, when we exorcise all demons and evil spirits, have them subjected to us." Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, Chapter LXXXV.—He proves that Christ is the Lord of Hosts from Ps. xxiv., and from his authority over demons: "For every demon, when exorcised in the name of this very Son of God —who is the First-born of every creature, who became man by the Virgin, who suffered, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate by your nation, who died, who rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven —is overcome and subdued." Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book II, Chapter VI, "yet all things are subject to the name of our Lord,3014 so must they also be to His who made and established all things by His word, since it was no other than He who formed the world. And for this reason do the Jews even now put demons to flight by means of this very adjuration, inasmuch as all beings fear the invocation of Him who created them." These are just a few of the teachings of the early church that echo what Scripture already clearly says--Christ gives us the authority to cast out demons in His name. It's not only His name, but His blood (see Rev 12:11) by which Christians overcome the power of Satan. In His truth and love.

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