Do you work with individuals?
We do not work with individuals unless their local church is participating in the process. That would involve the pastor(s), elders, or deacons agreeing with what is going on and learning from our process with the intention of ministering deliverance themselves later on. We strive to equip the local church with the resources and tools they need to develop and maintain their own deliverance ministries.
Do you operate outside of the USA?
We do not operate outside of the USA and currently have no plans to do so.
I have a relative that I think needs deliverance. What should I do?
The desire for deliverance should come from each individual. There is a major life change that occurs and if an individual is not willing to follow God or make necessary changes to their behavior, it would be better to not move forward with deliverance. It is difficult to watch loved ones struggle with demonic oppression, especially when you know what could help them. They have to want it though; deliverance is for the desperate. We should always broach the subject with love. We shouldn't force deliverance onto others. Pray for them. Pray for opportunities to share your testimony with them. Then let God do what He does best.
How can I volunteer with you?
We do not have open volunteer positions at this time.
Can you provide an outline of what your training for churches looks like?
The training is spread out over 3 courses designed for brand new Christians to get them up to speed. We can easily modify that by removing unnecessary teaching for a more mature group of Christians. Our first course is an introduction to spiritual warfare. We use C.S. Lewis's writings to help visualize what is happening spiritually.
The Spiritual World
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Summary
Angelology / Demonology Surveys
Qualities, Knowledge, Activities, and Types
Spiritual Anthropology 1
We discuss our view on how the "Body, Soul, and Spirit" all work together and fit in each human being
Fruit of the Spirit and Acts of the Flesh
Our second course digs a little deeper into the biblical narrative with a quick survey of important moments in scripture, then we focus heavily on the gospel to make sure everyone has a very clear understanding of the "Good News" and then where the Church fits into all of that. We also teach on Ephesians 6 with the Armor of God and about closing "open doors" in your life and keeping them shut.
Biblical Narrative Survey
The Armor of God
Donning Armor Prayer Example
Spiritual Anthropology 2
Closing Open Doors
Keeping Closed Doors Shut
Our 3rd course isn't structured like the first two because it's tailored to whatever your specific ministry needs are. This is where we would get into how to practically expel demons and give the class an opportunity to participate. The degree of that participation is really up to the class or ministry leaders.
What is your theological view on demonic influence?
Our definitions of possession and oppression:
Possession is owning something. We do not teach it is possible for a Christian to be possessed by the enemy. Scripture makes it very clear that we are rescued from their kingdom and are now possessed by God (Colossians 1).
In an ownership sense, Christians cannot ever be possessed by the enemy. We were redeemed, purchased / bought and now belong to God (Romans 3).
The Holy Spirit indwells each believer at the time of salvation as a seal, deposit, and guarantee of God's ownership of us (2 Corinthians 1).
Oppression is controlling someone or harassing / mistreating them. Throughout human history, humans have oppressed other humans to varying degrees. In the same way, the enemy oppresses humans through varying degrees of control, harassment, and mistreatment (Ephesians 6 / 1 Peter 5 / Job).
We don't use the term "demonic possession" at all. Instead we just say oppression and everyone falls somewhere on that varying line of oppression. Some are attacked more, some are attacked less.
The Greek word "daimonizomai (Strong's G1139)" is used 13 times in the New Testament. The KJV translates it: possessed with devils, possessed with the devil, of the devils, vexed with a devil, possessed with a devil, have a devil. The Outline of Biblical Usage by Larry Pierce states: to be under the power of a demon. Strong's defines it as: to be exercised by a dæmon:—have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil(-s).
The major points we would note here from Strong's are "exercised by" and "possessed WITH" and not "possessed BY" which is an important distinction.
With these definitions in mind, we teach Demons can influence our thoughts and actions and even sometimes give us physical problems like epilepsy or deafness. We do not affirm ALL issues are rooted in the demonic. Job (a believer in God) had severe oppression from the enemy. We think it's important to note that God placed limits on what could and couldn't be done at certain points.
The theological basis for our deliverance process is built on these scriptures:
We stand on these scriptures as the foundation of our model. Nothing in our model is against what the Bible says, but the specifics of how we do it are mostly based on experience and what is most effective and efficient.
When reading that Jesus "cast out a demon and it left" it can make you think it just happened super quickly and that was that. Sometimes it does happen quickly, but sometimes it does not. Deliverance requires patience.
Sometimes we are challenged by well meaning Christians who say exorcisms shouldn't take as long as they do for us if we are doing it the way it was done in the gospels. We kindly remind them that the gospels are historical books and don't include every detail of something it brings up.
Look at 1 Chronicles 23. The first verse in that chapter is very brief. The same story is in 1 Kings chapters 1 and 2 with many more details given about the event. We teach the same is true for deliverance in the New Testament. The Bible doesn't give every little detail about the process. It requires faith and action to fulfill Mark 16:17.
Sometimes the demons claim to be in the person, sometimes they claim to be on / over the person. We aren't convinced the physical location of the spirit matters, or if they even have a physical location at all. All we are concerned about is removing the influence the spirit has over the individual so God's fruit can manifest in their lives and families.